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Assessing software simulations

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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.

Assessing software simulations

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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Captivate 5 Essential Training

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  1. 2m 14s
    1. Welcome
      59s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
    3. Updates for Captivate 5.5
      39s
  2. 10m 18s
    1. Captivate 101
      5m 4s
    2. Understanding presentation basics
      2m 45s
    3. E-learning in a nutshell
      2m 29s
  3. 16m 34s
    1. Exploring Captivate's interface
      3m 59s
    2. Using the Classic workspace
      3m 31s
    3. Using the Navigation workspace
      3m 13s
    4. Setting application preferences
      5m 51s
  4. 1h 6m
    1. Starting from scratch
      2m 51s
    2. Creating a master page
      3m 47s
    3. Adding slide text
      8m 29s
    4. Checking spelling
      3m 10s
    5. Adding shapes
      8m 25s
    6. Adding images
      7m 31s
    7. Aligning and distributing objects
      7m 42s
    8. Using object styles
      9m 2s
    9. Finishing and previewing the project
      6m 7s
    10. Using Free Rotation in Captivate 5.5
      1m 57s
    11. Building with gradients
      4m 43s
    12. Adding shadows
      2m 56s
  5. 53m 39s
    1. Importing Photoshop files
      9m 33s
    2. Importing animations
      9m 0s
    3. Creating slideshows
      6m 10s
    4. Taking advantage of libraries
      9m 32s
    5. Using widgets
      7m 0s
    6. Importing PowerPoint presentations on a Mac
      8m 5s
    7. Importing PowerPoint presentations on a Windows computer
      2m 18s
    8. Understanding the Captivate exchange
      2m 1s
  6. 31m 14s
    1. Touring the Timeline
      5m 19s
    2. Adjusting timing
      4m 36s
    3. Adding transitions to objects
      3m 46s
    4. Animating using effects
      7m 55s
    5. Animating text
      3m 50s
    6. Zooming for emphasis
      5m 48s
  7. 53m 44s
    1. The recording environment
      33s
    2. Adding background audio
      4m 25s
    3. Adding audio to an object
      4m 23s
    4. Recording and adding voice-overs
      5m 1s
    5. Editing audio in Captivate
      7m 6s
    6. Splitting audio among slides
      6m 22s
    7. Adding video to a slide
      7m 9s
    8. Importing slide video
      4m 33s
    9. Synchronizing video
      7m 36s
    10. Creating closed captions
      6m 36s
  8. 49m 6s
    1. Adding buttons
      7m 56s
    2. Adding click areas
      4m 59s
    3. Adding rollover images
      5m 20s
    4. Highlighting objects
      6m 44s
    5. Adding rollover slidelets
      8m 2s
    6. Adding pop-up captions
      4m 38s
    7. Adding text areas
      7m 40s
    8. Creating branching presentations
      3m 47s
  9. 15m 11s
    1. Revisiting libraries
      1m 38s
    2. Sharing assets
      2m 41s
    3. Creating project templates
      6m 50s
    4. Using project templates
      4m 2s
  10. 31m 57s
    1. Preparing simulations
      3m 35s
    2. Preparing to record
      5m 35s
    3. Recording simulations
      4m 46s
    4. Editing simulations
      8m 55s
    5. Adjusting click-through trainings
      9m 6s
  11. 39m 6s
    1. Understanding assessment basics
      1m 53s
    2. Setting up a quiz
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding question types
      8m 22s
    4. Creating custom short-answer questions
      3m 28s
    5. Assessing software simulations
      5m 25s
    6. Pooling and randomizing questions
      6m 55s
    7. Using the new quiz features
      2m 46s
    8. Utilizing the new quiz templates
      3m 21s
  12. 22m 32s
    1. Managing quizzes
      1m 28s
    2. Reporting results
      4m 43s
    3. Using Acrobat.com as a learning management system
      3m 48s
    4. Getting reports from Acrobat.com
      7m 26s
    5. Generating SCORM-compliant output
      2m 4s
    6. Creating assessment templates
      3m 3s
  13. 9m 12s
    1. Introducing skins
      53s
    2. Editing playback controls
      4m 1s
    3. Creating a table of contents
      4m 18s
  14. 15m 3s
    1. Initiating a project review
      3m 59s
    2. Reviewing a project
      5m 58s
    3. Collecting reviewer comments
      5m 6s
  15. 35m 55s
    1. Securing a project
      6m 28s
    2. Rescaling a project
      3m 11s
    3. Sharing a project
      3m 13s
    4. Publishing a project
      10m 57s
    5. Setting up Flash player security
      3m 28s
    6. Exporting to Flash CS5
      3m 7s
    7. Exporting to video for YouTube and iOS
      5m 31s
  16. 29s
    1. Parting thoughts and goodbye
      29s

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