Flash Based Training on MediaWiki

As I’ve mentioned a few other times here, I established a wiki for my organization’s intranet. It’s really taken off as a way for users to quickly and easily post and share documents. I mostly use it to post how to’s to nip in the bud the kind of support requests that eat away at my day. Very often I’ll get a ‘how do I’ question via email, spend 20 minutes posting a page on the intranet (complete with screenshots), and email the person back the link to the page I just made. That way I never have to answer that question again. In theory. Not all my people RTM if you know what I mean.

One thing that has helped as been creating flash based tutorials and posting them to the intranet. I use a product called Camtasia Studio by TechSmith. Essentially its just like doing a screenshot but using video and audio. I start it up, put on my headset, click record, and talk and click my way through the task. When I feel especially generous I add titles and callouts. Otherwise its a breeze to publish to flash and post on the site. I use an MediaWiki extension called Flashow to add Flash to the intranet pages.

2 thoughts on “Flash Based Training on MediaWiki

  1. Could you please elaborate more on this. Camtasia outputs number of files when exporting to flash and I’ve not been able to embed a camtasia video in Mediawiki. How did you accomplish this?


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