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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.
With Captivate 6, you get a number of new and improved tools, features, and functions not found in previous versions of Captivate. Let's discuss a number of them here before we use them later on in this course. My personal favorite is HTML5 publishing. By having the ability to publish your eLearning content to this HTML5 format, you'll be able to deliver your eLearning on the go, meaning your courses can be accessed on mobile devices. In fact, when you go to publish your eLearning content, it can be published to both Flash and HTML5 formats simultaneously.
With this hybrid format, your courses become even more accessible. Let's say a user is accessing your content on their iPad. When they launch the course, it looks for a Flash player. If it doesn't find one, it automatically flips to HTML5, and plays on the iPad. You can rest easy knowing that your scoring data will integrate smoothly with your Learning Management System, or LMS. In Captivate 6, you can publish your courses with ease to the most popular LMSs out there, like Saba, Moodle, Plato, Blackboard, and SumTotal.
Also new in Captivate is high-def screencasting. With the capture as a video workflow functionality, you can now create high quality product demos with great ease. It's like having Camtasia or Snapz Pro built into Captivate. You can even do things like insert a talking head, or maybe another video using a picture-in-picture format, publish it to YouTube with a single click, and you can edit the video, add transitions, use smart shapes, audio, and captions.
I really like the new themes in Captivate 6, similar to the themes you'd find in Word and PowerPoint. They can really help you get going with a new project's appearance. You will get an attractive and consistent look and feel with all your layouts, background, styles, and fonts selected for you, creating a professional looking project out of the start gates. Of course, you can edit these themes, and even create your own if you have the time, or need to do so. You now get smart shapes in Captivate 6. You can add a wide range of shapes, including circles, rectangles, triangles, callouts, arrows, lines, and banners, and when you add them to your eLearning content, you can even customize them, and convert them into buttons.
Smart shapes automatically adjust to fit properly on your page, and they look attractive. Now, this is a biggie for many eLearning for many eLearning authors: you can now insert text hyperlinks to direct learners to other sections of the course, or external sources for more information. Simple, but long-overdue. When it comes to creating your quizzes, there are number of new features here you're going to like, beginning with pre-test and branch-aware quizzing. You can use pre-test to assess the knowledge, skill level, or training needs of individual learners.
Based on the results, you then direct learners to the appropriate section, and quiz them at the end to gauge what they've learned. You also have the ability now to create partial and negative scoring. This means you can assign a score to each correct option when a question has more than one correct answer. You can also discourage guesswork by penalizing learners for wrong answers. Thanks to remediation, you can now make eLearning content even more effective, and improve the percentage of successful outcomes by using the all new remedial workflow.
When answering a quiz question incorrectly, you can have learners revisit the relevant section, grasp the concept correctly, and then retry the question. Also there's actors, or what we call ready to use character images. They are included in Captivate 6. You can choose different personas, like a business executive, or a medical practitioner to add to your Captivate projects. Now, there are number of categories and characters to choose from. These are just some of the new features and functions you'll find in Captivate 6 that will help you create visually stunning, interactive, and professional eLearning projects.
We will make use of them as we move through the various chapters in this course.
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