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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.
One of the greatest features of Captivate is the ability to add quiz slides to your project. In this way, you can test your users to ensure they understand and comprehend what they've learned in the previous slides. Before we actually start inserting questions on slides, we need to make sure that our project is set up the way we wanted for a quiz, and that's what we're going to do first. It really doesn't matter what slide we're on; we're going to get this project ready for a quiz, and as we scroll down towards the end, and look at the very last slide, you'll notice it's just a blank slide that we really don't need.
So we'll clean that up by right-clicking the slide, scrolling down the list, and clicking Delete. You could also use your Delete key on the keyboard, click OK, and it's gone. Now our last slide is actually a quiz slide, which is an intro to our quiz, so Take the SAMOCA Quiz now. We probably need a button that will take them to the next slide. So let's do that. We'll insert a Button from our Object toolbar, give it a click, it shows up right in the center; let's resize it, so it's nice and big.
And now over here in the Properties, we'll decide what it does. For the name itself, we'll click and drag over Button, and the number that appears there, and just type in Start Quiz. That's what it's going to do. Let's scroll a little further down. You can see this is a Text Button, and the Caption is simply Button, and this is what's going to appear on our button. So let's type in Take the Quiz Now. A little further down, the only other thing we really need to worry about -- and we'll accept the rest of the defaults -- is what happens when they click this button. Well, it's going go to the next slide, which will be our first question slide in the quiz. That's already there. We are ready to go.
Let's just deselect that by clicking out in the background off of our stage to see what it's going to look like for our users. We could pretty that up if we wanted to, but we're basically ready to go. It's time now to look at the Quiz Preferences for this project. To do that, we'll go to the Quiz menu, and down to Quiz Preferences. Now from here, you can see it's just the Captivate Preferences, but we're looking at the Quiz Category now, with the first option selected, which is Reporting. Here is where we go to enable Reporting for this project. So if we're going to be, for example, connecting up with an LMS, a learning management system, we would want to turn this on.
We're going to leave it off for now, and talk about this later on. So let's go to the next subcategory, which is Settings. Here you are going to see the default Name for our Quiz is Quiz, and that could be fine, except it could be confusing as well. If, for example, you have multiple quizzes, you need to distinguish one from the other. So in this case, I am going to leave the word Quiz, click right before the word, and type in Volunteer Orientation. Right below that, are the options whether or not this is going to be a Required quiz.
When we click the dropdown, you can see there are four choices, and Optional is the default. So the user could skip this quiz, if we left the default selected. Do we want to make sure they have to take it? We would then choose Required. Do we want to keep score, and make sure they have to pass it before they can continue on? We would choose Pass Required. And do we want to ensure they have to answer every single question in our quiz? Answer All would be the choice there. Let's just go to Required, to make sure they actually have to take that quiz.
Next is an Objective ID, and again, this is important for those of you connecting up with an LMS. You could get an Objective ID from your LMS administrator, or on occasion, you may be able type in your own Objective ID. So let's just type in a short form for Volunteer Orientation: VolOrientation. We could also use that for an Interaction ID Prefix; look at the note down below. When publishing for pool sharing; in other words, if we're going to aggregate this quiz and all of its questions with other quizzes and their questions, we want to be able to distinguish the questions that came from this Volunteer Orientation Quiz by adding a prefix.
I'm going to use the same thing, VolOrientation, and you can do the same. Here is a neat setting; Shuffle Answers. If you're concerned about cheating, Shuffle Answers is a good option. What it's going to do for questions like multiple choice questions is shuffle them up. You'll have your questions, but it'll be different for every user. So it's going to be difficult to pass on the answers. I am going to turn that one on. You do see a message asking if you want to turn shuffling on for all applicable question types, and we'll choose Yes; not just multiple choice, for example. Maybe true and false questions as well.
Submit All; it's going to submit all of the answers. If you select this check box, you can check out the default messages, for example here; the first one is You have answered all of the questions. What do you want to do next? There will be a series of buttons and interactions on each of the slides that you'll see momentarily. What if they haven't completed all of the questions? They will see a message saying that one or more is incomplete, and you need to answer them all to continue. And there is also a message here for submitting incomplete quizzes, which is an option. It's required, but we didn't select that they had to answer every single question.
So we'll just leave the defaults as is, and click OK. One thing you can do in Captivate 6 is branch off. If someone answers a question one way, you may go to a different question than if they answered another way, and by turning on Branch Aware, we'll have that ability. Do we want to show their progress as they continue answering questions? Do we want to show them that they've answered X number of questions, or that they are a certain percentage of the way through the quiz? That would be Relative; the other is Absolute. Let's leave Relative selected.
Do we want them to see their score at the end of the quiz? If we select this check box, a new slide is going to be created at the end of our quiz, showing them their results. And if we wanted to, we could allow them to review those questions and answers by keeping this one selected: Allow User to Review the Quiz. So those are the actual Quiz settings. Let's go on to what happens if they pass or fail. We'll choose that subcategory here in the left-hand side. You can see the default is 80%; that's pretty high. I am going to bring it down to 75. You can type in whatever you need here as a passing grade.
The other option is to require a number of points. So in this case, the number of questions that need to be answered, with points assigned. So, what happens if they pass? Well, there are Action options similar to what we would see for our buttons when we create them: continue, go to the next slide would be a good one, but there's a lot of different things that can happen when they pass, like sending out e-mails, playing audio, for example, applying effects, even no action at all. We do want them to go onto another slide we're going to create, which is just a summary, thanking them for taking the quiz, so we'll leave continue selected, and continue down to what happens if they fail.
Well, do we want them to reattempt the quiz? You can see the default is 1 attempt. I think because it's a volunteer orientation, we are not so concerned about them passing or failing, but understanding everything. So we want them to have as many attempts as needed to really understand the information. In that case, we want the Retake Button to appear, and we'll click that checkbox. There are some Default Labels. These are going to show up all over your quiz slides. I just want you to see them, and understand that you can go in and customize them.
So later on, when we start creating our questions, you'll see these on the slide. Just know that you can come in here if you want to make any changes. When we click OK, watch what happens; it takes a moment to take in all of our information, and you can see a new slide has been created here, it becomes slide number 2 for me, and you can see these are the quiz results, because we want to show the scoring. It really doesn't belong up there, so we're going to click, and we're just going to drag it down the Filmstrip, until we get to the very end of our Filmstrip, which is going to be making it the last slide.
We will insert questions before this, and we're going to be doing that in the next lesson. So once we get it down towards the very end; just drag it down to the bottom. It will become, as we release at the bottom, slide 26. Let's go to the Properties. We should name this slide, click in the Name field, and I'll just type in Quiz Results, so we understand, looking at the Filmstrip, exactly what this slide is. We'll press Return or Enter, and now we're ready to start creating our questions.
We should save our changes at this point, and continue on into the next lesson, where we start creating the slides that will contain the questions for our quiz.
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