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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 chapter, we're going to talk about presentations. Presentations are a way for us to tell a story, or try to convince an audience to take some action, or to maybe buy some product. Many times presentations are used in sales and also in providing information about products and services. They're also used in education. Many of us are coming from training backgrounds, and we're used to using say PowerPoint to create content that we're going to deliver to an audience, or to a classroom. That same paradigm exists here inside of Captivate when we're building presentation-type content with Captivate.
It can also be used as a replacement for personal interaction. Many times people are stepping up to an e-learning system and they're watching content without the instructor actually being there. This is very common in business where you might go to a web site, look for more information, and you're going to watch a presentation at your own pace. These presentations can present themselves or be driven by the user. Typically, there is some type of audio or narration that might be either information or guidance.
There's often some type of interactivity, and at a minimum level, that interactivity might be used to navigate through the presentation. I have an example of a presentation here. It's called Chapter 1 presentation, and it's located in the Presentation folder, in your Examples folder, in your Chapter 1 folder. You can open it now to follow along. In this example, we've built a presentation for the Two Trees Olive Oil Company. It's supposed to be an annual report, or at least the start of an annual report.
This presentation is intended to be viewed in front of a small audience or intended to be viewed by someone online who's watching the presentation on their own. Many of these slides come directly from a PowerPoint presentation that had been given earlier in the season. One of the things that we can do with Captivate that's very exciting for presentations is to incorporate PowerPoint content without any translation. It's a direct import and a two-way communication between Captivate and PowerPoint.
If you have PowerPoint skills already, it's going to be very easy for you to transition to use them inside of Captivate. You can see that there are a number of slides. Some of them have names others do not. Since our flow of a presentation is typically linear, it's not so important to have names for all of the content. Later on when we're talking about branching and interactive content, then it will be important to name all of your slides and all of your content to be able to address them programmatically. Later on in this course, you'll see how to build this presentation from scratch.
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