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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.
Before we get into what Captivate is, what it can do, and start using it to develop our only eLearning projects, let's take a look where we are headed in this course. If you have the exercise files, double- click the folder, where you'll find the completed project named Volunteer_orientation_SAMOCA_final. We will double-click that file, which launches Captivate 6, and opens up the projects simultaneously. We will be discussing the user interface in detail, but before we get there, just take a look at the left-hand side of the screen, where we have what's called the filmstrip.
Here you'll find thumbnail representations of the various slides in the project. The selected thumbnail is displayed on the stage off to the right, and here's an example of a slide that is a question slide, and allows for branching. In other words, depending on what the user answers, they will be taken to a different location in the project. Answering Yes takes them directly to the end, where they can take the quiz. Answering No takes them to the next slide, where they can review information before taking the quiz. The next slide, you can see, has a speaker icon where audio has been embedded.
Slide 3, if we click that thumbnail, displays a list of hyperlinks; something new to Captivate 6. Hyperlinks to take users to other locations in the project, and a hyperlink to take them outside the project. Next, we have a number of slides that are actually imported slides from PowerPoint. If you already have them in a PowerPoint presentation, you can import them into Captivate. As we scroll even further down, you'll find the software simulation, and in this case, you'll see a number of slides representing a single simulation; that is, mouse movements with narration.
As we scroll past that, we get into some special effects, and embedded video, and then we see our quiz. Quizzes can use buttons like this to take the quiz, and then we'll see different types of questions, like multiple choice, true and false, we have fill in the blank questions, we have Short Answer questions, even matching questions, where you have to match up items in one column with another. We will be creating all of this as we move through the chapters in this course. Eventually, we will see the quiz results, and then finally, the end of the project.
Now, to really understand what this looks like, and how it's going to work, we can preview it. Now, there is a Preview button if you wanted to preview it, but I actually published this already, and have it up and running in my browser. So I am going to flip to the browser, where you see the very first slide, and there is our first question. Have you taken this training already? Answering Yes, and then clicking Submit, takes us directly to that first quiz slide, where we can take the quiz. I am just going to refresh this to go back to the very beginning, and I am going to adjust my view here; clicking the View menu, I am going to Zoom Out slightly, so I can see more of the slide. There we go.
Now, if we answer No this time by clicking the radio button, and submitting, there we go; a little bit of audio, some welcome applause, and here we have a couple of buttons again to continue, or go directly to the quiz, if we do realize all of a sudden that, yeah, we have actually taken this training already. So let's go to the quiz. When we click Take the Quiz Now, you'll see the first type of question, which has radio buttons; it's a multiple choice. We select our answer, click Submit, and we get some feedback.
In this case, we are correct, and we can click anywhere to continue, or press Y on the keyboard. Here we see a multiple choice. I am going to choose True, and Submit, that one is correct as well; click anywhere to continue. Here is a fill in the blank. Let's type in a wrong answer, CEO, and look at the feedback this time shows up in red. Now, these are all options we will be setting up as we create our quiz later on in this course. You can use numbers as well. What's interesting about the quizzes now: you can actually have more than one right answer.
Here is an example where we only need one of the right answers. I am going to type in answer the phone, and sure enough, that's correct, but there are some other responsibilities that we could have typed in, and been correct as well. You can also assign partial scoring, so if you get part of an answer right, you get some of the points. You can also take away points for incorrect answers. Here we have what we call a matching type question, where we need to match up names on the left with titles on the right.
So Francine, for example; I believe she's Public Relations. Philip, I think he's the Museum Curator, that's A, which would mean Jane, is our Executive Director. Clicking Submit shows me that I am indeed correct. Here is an example of multiple choice, but notice they are not radio buttons; they are actually checkboxes, meaning there can be more than one right answer, so I can select any of the behaviors. In this case, I am going to choose dress neatly, and show up to work on time. Now, I could get partial marks if I've missed one, but I am going to click Submit, and see that I'm correct, and Continue on. And there's my results; they are displayed.
I passed the quiz. Excellent! I can review the quiz if I want to, to see where I answered correctly, and where I went wrong. And that's just an example of a simple quiz as part of a larger project. We will flip back now to Captivate. So now that you have an idea where we're headed, it's time to start using Captivate.
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