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Adobe Captivate is a program used to create interactive eLearning content and provide custom online training to employees or clients. In this course, author David Rivers walks through the Captivate 6 interface and the process of building an eLearning project from start to finish.
The course shows how to make a presentation from scratch or with built-in themes, import Photoshop images and PowerPoint slides, and add interest with animation, widgets, and video. It also demonstrates how to prepare for and record a software simulation, synchronize video, add audio, and build quizzes into your project.
If you're going to be including a quiz in your eLearning project, you might want to report the results. Where would you report them to? Well, typically to an LMS, or Learning Management System, and there are a number of different LSMs out there, and there are number different options to ensure your project is going to be compatible with an LMS. We're going to talk about those now as we continue working with our Volunteer Orientation project here. Now, if you've jumped to this lesson, and you want to get caught up, go to the Chapter6 folder, open up volunteer_ orientation_SAMOCA31, and you'll have exactly what I have.
The first thing we need to do if are going to be reporting results is turn on that feature on in our Preferences. Here on the Mac, we go to Adobe Captivate, and select Preferences. On your Windows PC, go to the Edit menu, and select Preferences from there. Next, we will go to Quiz > Reporting, and Enable reporting for this project. As soon as we do that, you'll see there are a number of different options to choose from down below. So first let's talk about what's going to be included in those results. Status Representation, as you can see; include Incomplete, Complete, or Incomplete and Passed/Failed.
I'd like to note if they passed or failed. Also, down below for Success/Completion Criteria, you can see there are a number of different options. Did they access our project? That's a very little information. Which slides did they view, the quiz included? You can see if they've passed the quiz. That's checked off by default. I'm going to leave that one checked off. And Data To Report down below; you can see we can report the actual Percentage, or the Points that they scored on the quiz. If you're not sure what the Points represent, Percentage is a good option.
Also, we can record or report whether or not they were clicking certain buttons, and any other interactions that might occur on any of the slides in our project. Now, before we actually click OK, you'll notice up at the top we have a dropdown here, and by default, we're seeing SCORM 1.2, and if you're not sure what SCORM is, well, it's really a compliance. It stands for Shareable Content Object Reference Model, and it's a set of technical standards for eLearning software products like Captivate.
It tells programmers how to write their code, so it can play well with other eLearning software. So it's what we would call the de facto industry standard for eLearning interoperability, and specifically SCORM governs how online learning content and LMSs communicate with each other. That's one of the standards at there. Let's click the dropdown; you'll see an older version of SCORM. We also have AICC, another type of compliance that's very popular. Not quite as popular SCROM compliance. We also have Adobe Connect.
You could be publishing your results to Adobe Connect, which is a type of LMS. Acrobat.com gives you even more options. Could even be to an Internal Server, where you would need to do some programming and coding to make it work. Let's just leave at the default of SCORM. Also, we can select the Template from here if we wanted to. The Default, you can see, is selected for us. SendTrackingDataAtEnd is another option we can customize, but we will leave Default selected. Click the configure button next to SCORM 1.2, and you get a whole bunch of other options under the Manifest, and this is kind of important.
Typically, you'll be having a conversation with the administrator of your LMS at this point. For example, you will select a Course Identifier, and in this case, the administrator will give you a Course ID. Also, the Title needs to go in there; a searchable Title. Typically, in most LMSs as well, you can search through the Description to find the course you need. As you update the course over time you can come in here, and start updating the version as well. So you might have multiple versions of the same course. You can set durations; add keywords.
We're going to click OK, and just leave those as is, but you should be talking with you are system administrator for your LMS to get all of this Manifest information. Now when we click OK, and go to publish our project, we know it's going to be SCROM compliant, and the results are going to be reported to our Learning Management System.
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