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VISIT and how to use it

VISITview: teletraining / distance-learning / collaboration software aimed at ... Voice connection - set up a conference call via phone or yahoo messenger ...

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VISIT and how to use it

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    Anthony Mostek NOAA National Weather service and Tom Whittaker

    Slide 2:Todays training

    Objective: prepare and teach teletraining lessons using VISITview background overview hands-on Requirements: basic DOS experience Power Point, Corel Draw or something similar Windows 98, 2000, NT, or XP computer (LINUX or MACS can be used)

    Slide 3:VISITview Project VISITview: teletraining / distance-learning / collaboration software aimed at the meteorological community

    History: Initiated 1998-1999 Four programmers have contributed Feedback from instructors directs changes Goals: Complement other training aids Continue to evolve as needs are identified

    Slide 4:VISITview Overview

    Modes pre-loaded lessons via a browser (VISITview RAMSDIS Online) Participants master (instructor) student listener Client/server Not a slide preparation tool

    Slide 5:VISITview Terminology

    Lesson a collection of pages Page one or more frames Frame a single image (GIF or JPEG) Client/server commands are initiated by the client; the VISITview server redistributes commands http://www.ssec.wisc.edu/visitview/terminology.html

    Slide 6:VISITview Client-Server

    Training Sessions the Lesson is downloaded to your local computer before the scheduled session the server is used to distribute the small commands to everyone (move pointer, turn to next page, draw text and animations, etc.) VISITview RAMSDIS Online all images are downloaded in real time from the server the server is also used to distribute the small commands to everyone (move pointer, turn to next page, draw text and animations, etc.)

    Slide 7:The Students view

    Download a lesson make a directory, ftp the file, run it (use a browser for VISITview RAMSDIS Online) Voice connection - set up a conference call via phone or yahoo messenger Basic mechanics (knobology) Starting up a session convenience batch files

    Slide 8:Features for students and instructors

    Big Red Pointer positioning (click) drawing drag for line SHIFT+CTRL+drag for box change color using choice box On - screen help open (ALT+?) (in English) close (any other key) Help pop-up

    Slide 9:Annotations drawing and text

    To draw free-hand, just drag mouse press button and hold while moving; when you release button, drawing is sent To draw a box, hold SHIFT+CTRL and drag the mouse To do text, click ALT+T. A | cursor will appear. Type your text. Move it around. Change color. Press enter to send it to everyone (press ESC to abandon)

    Slide 10:Animation Controls

    Animate or stop Change color Change animation speed Loop or Rock mode Manually set frame or fade Fade mode on/off Toggle between last two frames Single step back (<) or forward (>) Labels are dim example of disabled controls Erase all

    Slide 11:User ID and chat

    To initiate a chat window ALT+C Enter a user or site ID and hit the submit button Chat client window resizable. All chatting is public everyone sees everything. Write here.

    Slide 12:Other features

    Zooming pixel replication Enhancements colorizing images on-the-fly Portals - frame within a frame 4 panels emulation showing large frames Overlays available

    Slide 13:From the Instructors viewpoint

    Creating a lesson: your slides and the Builder Packaging and testing Distribution Doing a lesson

    Slide 14:Page and Enhancement Controls

    Load next page Load the selected page Load previous page Shows frame number and label / Select page to show Get client/student status of last load Choose an enhancement to apply to the current page Appears red when you have NOT loaded a selected page yet When beginning, hit Next to load first page

    Slide 15:Creating a lesson

    make your slides use the VISITview Lesson Builder check your lesson distribute your lesson run a session

    Slide 16:Make your slides

    Use Power Point Pages consist of one or more frames Each frame is a single GIF or JPEG image Image size determines VISITview window size 640X480 is good Portals and other issues

    Slide 17:Use the VISITview Lesson Builder

    Start the builder (visitbuild.bat or from start/All programs/VISITview Lesson Builder) Use browse to gather and organize your pages Put labels on each page Use file => move to move things around Use save lesson to save it into a ZIP file

    Slide 18:The builder interface

    File menu Edit menu Labels for pages URL for linked text or audio Initial Big Red Pointer position Page and frame thumbnails Slide through page or frame Insert Append Append all Browse thumbnail View pages, frames, portals, or overlays Browse directory and files

    Slide 19:File menu

    Open an existing lesson in a ZIP file Start a new lesson Save the work as a zip file Browse for images in a directory Make a Windows .EXE file drom a .ZIP file Import Presentation Make an image from a URL Unzip File Exit (if changes, ask to save)

    Slide 20:Edit Menu

    Undo previous Move or Delete or Insert or Append To move page or frame: select page/frame to move click this Move item click on destination page/frame Copy/Delete secected page or frame

    Slide 21:Browse for images

    Browse directories to find file names Current directory Thumbnail of last selected file (click so see original size image) Hints, cues, messages Insert thumbnail at selected position Append thumbnail to end (of pages or frames) Append all Filenames appear here when you browse. **Click to select one file **CTRL+Click to toggle one or more image files. **SHIFT+Click to select a range of files

    Slide 22:Organize Pages and Frames

    Type in page label Initial red pointer position Page selected (magenta border) Type in linked URL or audio filename # frames on this page Original filename Slide through pages/frames Select page or frame view If there are frames for a loop, check to have them looping upon startup and set the speed

    Slide 23:Save Lesson and Set Parameters

    Essentially, accept the defaults. Choose Save Lesson under file menu Specifiy filename (name.zip) Save Cancel Directory name Directory contents

    Slide 24:Parameter details

    Height height of window (frame size + 120 lines for controls (e.g. 480+120=600) Width width of window (frame size + 20 for borders (e.g. 640+20=660) Server hostname name of machine running VISITview server you want to use as a promary server (e.g. www.ssec.wisc.edu) Alternate servers name(s) of other machines running VISITview servers you use as backups (e.g. visit.cirs.colostate.edu) Entries here make alternate batch files.

    Slide 25:Getting assistance with VISITview

    Home page on the web (in English) http://www.ssec.wisc.edu/visitview Contacts ?

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