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In Captivate 5 Essential Training, author James Lockman demonstrates the core features of Captivate 5, the popular tool for authoring e-learning content such as interactive presentations, click-through simulations, and customized assessments. He shows how to import and sync PowerPoint presentations, add interactivity, and incorporate audio, video, and voiceovers. The course also includes tutorials on assessment reporting and integrating with SCORM-compliant learning management systems. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this lesson we are going to see how we can adjust a software simulation assessment that we had recorded in an earlier chapter. We are going to be using the contact_ assessment file that's located in your Chapter 10 Project folder. Open it now if you don't have it open. Next, switch to the Quizzing workspace and go to slide number 1. Let's zoom out to show the entire stage. We will use Command+0 or Ctrl+0 to do that. When you build an assessment through a software simulation recording, Captivate is going to record all the places where you click.
It's also going to provide a failure caption. In addition it tags the click areas that it builds to be part of a quiz. Let's look at the Timeline. In the Timeline you see a click box. Select the click box and go down to Reporting. This is in your Properties panel on the right. Captivate has already identified this click box as being something it needs to include in a quiz. When the user clicks on this box, it will add 1 point to the total.
If you click in the wrong place, Captivate will show this failure caption and then it will continue. Captivate will automatically number the interaction IDs. If you want a more meaningful name for that interaction, then you will want to enter it here. For this one let's call it name_click. No spaces are allowed. Hit Enter to commit the change. We need to expand the click box to cover the name area. We'll zoom in so we can see it better.
Now we'll expand the click box. Grab the corner and drag it so it covers the name field. The user expects that they should be able to click anywhere within the name field to be successful. Another thing to note is that assessments typically don't have hints. Also, they typically don't have success captions. The expectation is if they've done the correct thing then they will continue. When we recorded this simulation, we also recorded our voiceover.
If you don't want that audio track to play during the assessment, then you'll need to remove it at this stage. You'll need to proceed through the entire presentation and adjust all of the click boxes so that they are of the right size. You may also want to adjust the failure captions so that they better reflect what the user didn't do correctly. Let's go back to the Filmstrip. Let's look at slide number 2 and switch to the Timeline. Slider number 2 has this Typing Text. The typing text is prerecorded.
In the previous lesson we saw how we could remove the typing text and replace it with a text input area. Let's do that now. We replace with text animation and then we remove it with the Delete key. We can now create a text entry box. Move the text entry box down to the Name field, drag it to the right, and we can insert correct entries. If you had a simulation that required specific entries to be entered there, then it would make sense to enter correct entries.
In this case any value is correct. We can remove the Success, Failure, and Hint captions. We can also remove the button and shut off text validation. Going down to Reporting, you will see that we cannot include it in the quiz because we haven't turned on validation. If we turn on validation, then we can report this as a correct answer. For this specific simulation we are not looking for correct answers for these text areas.
We are looking for clicking in the correct places, however, so we will continue to score those. I'll leave it to you to adjust the remainder of the click boxes in this simulation. The last thing we've got to do to make this meaningful is to adjust our quiz settings in the Preferences. On a Macintosh these are under the Captivate menu. On a Windows computer they are under the Edit menu. Remember to give your quiz a name that makes some sense. In this case, we call it EmailQuiz. We will also type in EmailQuiz for the Objective ID.
In this case Pass or Fail would be determined by a number of points. Captivate tells us that there are nine points to be earned in this assessment. It's counted up all of those click boxes and tells us the total. Success may be 9 of 9. So you can either type in 100% or 9 points. You'll need to determine what the metrics for Success for this type of assessment. Click OK to close the Preferences. Having made your adjustments, let's save this as contact_assessment_a.
For making software simulation assessments Captivate does the heavy lifting when we record that simulation. It doesn't mean that the job is done. We've got to go back and ensure that all of the areas that Captivate has build for us automatically align with what the user would expect in an actual simulation.
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