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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.
It's time to take a look at a new feature in Captivate 6 that allows you to assess your user's comprehension knowledge ahead of time. It's called a pretest. And that will determine, based on their scoring, where they go next. Think about content that maybe contains basic, intermediate, and advanced training. Based on their pretest score, you can direct them to any of those locations. So if they get a low score, they go directly to the basic training. A higher score might take them to intermediate, or advanced.
We're going to use a very simple example for the sake of time here, using our SAMOCA Volunteer Orientation project. You can see I'm at slide number 1. If you've been following along with me, just click there. Alright, we're going to insert our pretest now by going to the Quiz menu, click Quiz, and there's the new option: Pretest Question Slide. Select that. And just like we saw when setting up a quiz, we have access to many of the different question types, and we can insert multiple questions as well.
We're going to do one simple True/False question. We'll select True/False, leave it at 1. It's a Pretest, it can't be changed; we click OK. It inserts a new slide after our first slide; I think this should actually be the first slide, so let's click and drag it up, so it becomes slide number 1. Next we're going to make some changes onscreen here. We're going to disguise this so it doesn't look like a true/false question. We'll start with True/False at the top, double-clicking there, highlighting it, and typing in SAMOCA Volunteer Orientation.
Next, where it says Type the question, we're going to do exactly that. We'll double-click to get inside, select the text that's already there, and type right over it. Have you taken this training already? The answers by default are true/false. We can change those too. Let's double-click True, select True, and type in Yes. And we'll change False to No; double-click, click and drag, type No. Let's just click anywhere off the slide here to deselect, and there's our question, but we do have some options now that we want to take care of, first of all, with the slide itself.
Let's go to Quiz Properties. Remember, this is our first slide, so we don't need to see a Back button. We can deselect that from the Options section. Clear; they might want to change their answer, so we'll leave that, but we don't need Next. Where they go is going to be based on their score, so that means now going to the individual questions here. Notice that Yes is a correct question, but really there is no correct question; it's just however they score, they are going to go to a different part of our training. So let's go in here, and make some changes to our pretest action.
Notice that we do have an Action section, and Edit Pretest Action is a button that we can click, and it opens up Advanced Actions. There is one in there already by default. Notice, it's QuizInfoPretestScorePercentage greater than 50. If they score greater than 50, they go to the next slide. Well in this case, with a true/false, it's going to be 0 or 50, so let's change it from is greater than by double-clicking; gives us a dropdown, and we'll choose greater or equal to, and we'll leave it at 50.
If they get the wrong answer -- which really isn't wrong at all -- if they choose No, it's going to represent zero. So we need another condition in here. Notice, across the top we have our first Untitled condition, there is our next one, and if we want to rename this, we could. Let's just double-click where it says Untitled, let's highlight that, and call it Yes. Now we'll double-click Untitled, the next one over, highlight that, and type in No. So what happens if they choose No? Well, there is nothing here for us already, so we need to double-click in the first row, choose either variable or literal; again, this is going to be variable.
Now we can click the dropdown, and scroll down to the same variable that we used in the previous condition. So as we scroll all the way down, we get into the QuizInfo stuff, and we're looking for PretestScorePercentage; there it is. Again, we'll choose an operator. This time it's going to be less than, literal, and we're going to type in 50. So if they get less than 50, what happens? Well, the Action row is empty. We need to double click there, select an Action, and we're going to have them go to a specific slide.
We'll choose Jump to Slide, and we'll select volunteer orientation, slide number 2. Now, if we go back to Yes, we weren't very clear about the Action. If they do score Yes, in other words, they have taken this training, what happens? We don't want them to go to the next slide. Maybe they should go directly to the quiz. So although it says Go to Next Slide, we can double-click that, and choose Jump to Slide, just like we did, and this time we're going to choose Quiz. Our Quiz slide is quiz slide number 26.
Let's update this, which will update the actual script. It's being written in the background. Click OK, and then close the up. So it's time to see if this works. We're going to preview it from this slide, so we'll go to the Preview button; choose From this Slide. It will take a second to generate your slides, and now we have what we call branching. Depending on the score, or the answer selected, our users will branch off into a specific location that we've prearranged. So, Have you taken this training already? If I choose Yes, let's see what happens when we click Submit. I go directly to the Quiz.
Alright, we'll close up the Preview and re-preview this again by going to the Preview button, and choosing From this Slide. This time we are going to choose No, we haven't taken the training, and see what happens. It should take us to the beginning of our content. So we'll choose No; click Submit. Some nice welcome applause as we arrive at our Volunteer Orientation, and now we would just simply click through our training, and eventually arrive at the Quiz.
Let's press Escape on the keyboard to leave, and that's a quick example of pretest, a new feature here in Captivate 6.
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