Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Inserting widgets, part of Captivate 8 Essential Training.
Another great way to add interaction to your e-learning project is through using the pre-built learning interaction widgets. Now, these widgets come in a variety of shapes and sizes and they're designed to create interaction for the learner inside of your presentation. Now, our presentation has a lot of information and it follows a pretty logical linear path. For example, students are asked when they first arrive to go to the hub. Then, on their dorm move-in procedures, they're asked to only park in the loading zone to recycle their boxes and only use push pins in the wall. As we move through our presentation, they're then told how to prepare for the first day of school by going to the campus bookstore and making sure they're there at the right hours and they bring the right things, such as their student ID and their class schedule. And our students are even provided links to download their computer use policy and print a campus map.
Now, this is a lot of information and we may decide that we want to have a slide at the very end of our presentation where students can review the things that they've learned. And we're going to accomplish this with a learning interaction. Now, the first thing we need to do is to go ahead and add a slide where the learning interaction's going to live. Now, the interaction itself is going to take up a good portion of the slide, but we'll still probably have room for a title. Because of that, I want to use a particular slide layout. Now, I could just go Add New Slide and select Content Slide. But that's just going to add the same slide layout from the slide previous, which is the one that I'm currently looking at and that's not the layout that I'd like. Another way to insert slides is to choose Insert in the top menu and then select New Slide From.
This will give us a menu of all the various of options of slides that we can input. As I look down this, I see there is one that says Caption. It has a large red area where our widget could live and it's got a nice blue title box at the top. Let's go and select that. So, our new slide is automatically been added with the master slide layout that we want. I'm simply going to click to add a new title that says Review what you've learned. Now, I'm going to be inputting a widget, so I don't really need to have the subtitle or the caption, so I'm just going to select the box, use the Delete key to delete them. That way, I've got a nice, clean place to put our widget.
The next step is to come up to Interactions, using the drop-down menu and let's select Learning Interactions. Now, there's a variety of learning interactions that you can just place and customize. For example, you could have accordions or even tabbed buttons. You can create process charts, circle matrices. We do can do awards, which we'll incorporate into this project later on, and even some game-type elements to help the learners master the content that they are trying to learn. Let's go and select a timeline because it may be a nice way for the users to walk through everything they need to do when they first arrive at our fictional university.
With timeline selected, I"ll click Insert in the bottom right-hand corner. So here in the pop-up window, we're going to completely configure our widget. The first step is to understand how the widget's laid out. At the bottom, I have buttons and the buttons have a title that go with it. In the middle section, there's content that relates to each button. I also have a place for title and a description. So let's go ahead and start by giving our widget a title. I'm going to call this A review of arrival procedures. In the subtitle section, I'll just say Click through each step and make sure you don't forget something. Now, before we actually start adding content to it, there's a variety of themes that we can choose to apply to this particular widget. Looking at our presentation, I think this third theme down has a nice, flat look and seems to match the style and feel of what we're doing so far.
To get started, I'm going to give the first button a title. I'm going to double-click the button, which will allow me to add text to this particular title. We'll call the first button simply Arrival. Now, in the content for the button number one, I want to say, When you first arrive, head to the hub. Pick up schedules and get your dorm assignment. And that'll be the first step in the process for when students come to campus. If I wanted to, at this point, I could double-click again and we could actually add a picture. Now, our picture needs to be cropped to 100 pixels by 150 pixels.
If it's not exactly cropped to 100 pixels by 150 pixels, it will be stretched and may not look correct. Then at the next button, we'll do the exact same thing. We'll double-click the button and add a label, such as Dorm Move-in Procedures. And in the content area, we can simply summarize everything they need to know about moving in, like only park in the designated loading zone. Once you've added content for all the buttons that we're going to use, we can move the buttons around, positioning them exactly where we'd like them. If I was only using four buttons and because this is a fairly linear progression, I'm just going to evenly space them as much as I can across the timeline. If at any time you'd like to add additional buttons, you can simply click the plus button to add an event. If you want to remove an event, you can just double-click on that button and hit the negative sign directly next to it. So this point, we've got the widget basically configured with some button titles, as well as some content.
Now, between now and the next video, I'm going to go and fill out the rest of it, but for right now, I'm going to go ahead and click OK. And with our widget placed on the slide, I'm just simply going to click and move it around so it's in the proper position. There we go. That looks just about centered. Using these learning interaction widgets is a great way to increase your user's engagement with your e-learning and it makes sure they're reviewing all the information that they need prior to taking any kind of quiz or assessment you may build in.
- Choosing a project layout
- Applying and changing themes
- Adding text, media, and shapes
- Inserting interactive elements and widgets
- Adding audio and video
- Adding closed captions to video
- Using responsive templates, text, and images
- Accessing elearning
- Creating software simulations
- Publishing a Captivate project