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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 create an assessment template. We are going to modify an existing template that we built in an earlier chapter to include assessment slides. Let's open that file now. Open the file called Chapter 11.cptl. This file already has a welcome slide, a video slide, and a recording slide placeholder. Our assessments that we will build, will probably have the welcome slide and then either the recording or the video.
Having both of these in place gives you some flexibility later. If you don't need the recording slide, well, you can just delete it. If you don't need the video, you can do the same thing. I would like to add some question slides now to this project. We can do it by simply inserting new placeholder slides. Right-click on slider number 3 and then choose Insert > Placeholder Slides > Question Slide Placeholder. You'll see that there's a key command there. On the Macintosh it's Option+Q. This is one of those key commands you will probably want to remember.
We will insert that Questions Slide Placeholder now. I would like to insert four more and I'll use my keyboard command to do it. Option+Q, Option+Q, Option+Q and Option+Q. Now I have five question slides that follow the simulation recording and the video. I also need to create a master slide for those question slides. Switch to the master slide view if you don't have it available in the Timeline. You can get the Master Slide view under the Window menu and choose Master Slide.
From the Master Slide view, right- click and choose Insert > Master Slide. We now need the background to go on to the master slide. We could choose Insert Image but I would like to use the Library to do that. Switch to the Library panel, select the Images folder, and then we'll import into the Images folder. In your Chapter 11 folder in the Images folder, you'll see HandPQuizBackground.png. Select that now.
This is now been added to the Library. We can drag it on to the stage to complete our master slide. Select and drag. Now we have our quiz master slide and our normal presentation master slide. Having made these changes, let's save the project. We are going to call this Chapter 11_d.cptl. It's important that you do not change the extension of this file.
Having created this file, now I can save myself some time when I'm creating new assessments. All I need to do is to create a new project from this template and I have got my slides in place, my simulation recording in place, and my video to be able to build my new training.
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