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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'll be setting up quiz reporting in our Captivate project. We'll be using the Chapter 11 file that's located in your Chapter 11 folder in your Exercises folder. We use the Preferences panel to set up quiz reporting. We find the Preferences panel under the Adobe Captivate menu on a Macintosh and under the Edit menu on a Windows computer. Because we have a project open, we now have a Project Preferences as well as the Quiz Preferences. We need to look at the Quiz Reporting preferences now.
Select it from the list. At the top of the options, you'll see Enable reporting for this project. We need to turn that on in order to set up the connections between this quiz and our learning management system. Captivate can talk to many different kinds of learning management systems and we've got to tell Captivate which type of learning management system we're using. Captivate's default behavior is to use Acrobat Connect Pro. Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro is an online web conferencing and e-learning platform that many companies use as part of their e-learning strategy.
If you're using Connect, your configuration is done. All you've got to do is enable Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro, determine what you're going to report, and you're all set. If you're using another type of system then there may be additional setup options. Related to Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro is Acrobat.com. That option is here and we'll be looking at that in detail in a later lesson. Acrobat.com is a free online service that allows you to collaborate online. It allows you to use Captivate and collect reports from your quizzes.
It allows you to capture review data from Acrobat. There are a lot of things that you can do with Acrobat.com. Again, we'll look at that in detail in a later lesson. You could also collect the quiz results on your own internal server, using this option here. This requires some programming and coding on your server and is beyond the scope of this course. You could also use email reporting. If you enable email reporting then the quiz will automatically send an email to the address you specify here. The results of the quiz will be included in the message.
The last option and probably the most widely used option is the top one. This uses a standard method of interchange between your quiz and your learning management system. Most learning management systems use one of two methods to communicate between the quiz and their learning management system. Those are called SCORM or AICC. Your learning management system administrator will know which of these methods is the right one for you and will be able to help you to set up the connections. There are a number of settings that you'll need to choose correctly in order to make the reporting work.
After you select your learning management system, you've got to determine what's going to be reported to that learning management system. You can report whether or not the user completed the quiz or whether they passed the quiz. I would like to know whether they passed it. I could also determine whether I'm reporting the raw score or a percentage to the learning management system. I don't always know what the score means so I'll take a percentage in this case. I can also determine how much or how little data I am going to be sending to the learning management system.
I can make those choices here. I can send as little as whether the user opened the program and used it and as much as all of the interactions that they had with that program. If I leave Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro as my report data choice, I'm going to get the most information that I can get out of the program. Lastly, I can determine whether I'm reporting just the scores or the Interactions that the user had with the quiz and the scores. This could include places that they clicked. It could include whether or not they saw certain slides and other types of information.
If your learning management system requires additional configuration, then your system administrator will have you use the panel behind this button. We are not going to take a look at that right now but at least you know where that is when your administrator tells you, "Open the LMS Customization Settings," you'll say aha! I know right where that is. For now we're going to select Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro as our learning management system. Later on in the chapter we'll set up reporting to Acrobat.com. Having enabled Acrobat Connect Pro as my learning management system, I'm going to choose OK and save my project.
We'll call it Chapter 11_a. Having set up the connection between this quiz and our learning management system, after we publish the quiz, the learner results will get reported to our learning management system. We are well on our way to understanding how well or how poorly our learners have done on our quiz.
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