E-learning Development Made Easy With Adobe Captivate 7

Last year, Adobe released the newest version of Captivate, Adobe Captivate 7. This tool can be used to author software simulations, branched scenarios, and randomized quizzes. The new version is power packed with drag and drop components, templates for games, HTML5 support for mobile learning, YouTube video support in the eLearning course, Tin Can API support and many more features which keep the developers come back for more.

Let's see what features puts this tool on top and makes it ideal for developing eLearning courses.

Import Your PowerPoint

With Captivate 7, you can easily and quickly turn a PowerPoint presentation into an eLearning course. You can import your PowerPoint including text, bullets, shapes, audio, animations and triggers, into Adobe Captivate 7 and publish them directly to HTML5. You can add characters, themes, smart arts to make the presentation an engaging eLearning course.

Customization Made Easy with Advance Actions

Captivate offers a great feature called Advance Actions. With these actions one can easily customize the GUI (graphical user interphase) of an eLearning course that is designed using Smart shapes and buttons. With these actions you can develop simple-to-complex interactivities; you can assign action to the navigation button, develop drag and drops, and branching scenarios and many more.

Easy-to-use Interface

Adobe Captivate has a user-friendly interface that improves your authoring experience significantly with a multiple document interface and personalized workspaces.

Import Quiz

Using Adobe Captivate 7 you can instantly create a fully formatted, grade-generating, review page optional quiz without assigning any actions or variables manually.

Import Quiz

  • Shared Advanced Action

    It is tiresome to create the same actions over and over again, either within your project or across many projects; you can overcome this difficulty with Adobe Captivate 7. This tool provides possibilities to reuse/share advanced actions, not only across many projects, but also within a project. For example, you can use advanced actions features from Captivate 6 projects and reuse them for new projects in Adobe Captivate 7.

  • Inbuilt Enhanced Interactions Library

    An easy-to-use tool with inbuilt templates to quickly insert the content; you can choose the one which you like from the variety of templates with different styles.

    The table below shows the interactivities that you can create with Adobe Captivate. So, you can see basic things like images and diagrams, hotspots, rollover's tabs time line, numbers and process, slide shows, FAQs, videos and animations for interactivity, and you have a number of question types for the assessments like single select, multiple select, drag and drop, matching, drop down and scenarios to assess by formatively or summatively. The attractive point here is that interactivities can be modified with not much of effort and if you are creative enough and if you put a little extra effort, you can actually create your own interactivities using this particular tool.

TO TEACH

TO ASSESS

Images/ Diagrams

Multiple Select

Hotspots

Drag and Drop

Rollover

Matching

Tabs

Drop Down

Timeline

Scenarios

Numbers/Process

 

Slide Show (Media Tour, Guided)

 

Drag and Drop

Make your eLearning captivating with drag-and-drop quizzes, which can also be accessed on your users iPads. You can choose and customize from a mixed bag of drag-drop interactions available in this tool.

Drag and Drop

Interactive Branching Scenarios

With Adobe Captivate, it is now easy to make branching scenarios. For a given situation, you can include buttons, click boxes, text boxes and other elements. You can present your learners with decision points, which elicit response from them. Each decision can include multiple responses. Each response can have text or audio feedback and the branching to the required slide in a course.

Interactive Branching Scenarios

Screen Recording

We use simulations to teach software applications or operation of a machine or a device in virtual life. It creates a risk-free environment for the user to practice a Software application or operating a device. For long, Adobe Captivate has always been known as a screen capturing tool. With Adobe Captivate 7 you can generate simulations by recording anything that is on the computer screen. While recording, these tools can automatically capture the mouse cursor movements and keyboard activity, clicks on the screen and also any audio if played through a microphone.

After you record, you can edit the recorded video, you can add captions, transition effects, audio, graphics, etc.

Screen Recording

HTML5 Support

Increasingly, organizations want to make their eLearning courses compatible to mobile devices such as iPads. By providing this option, learners are motivated to take courses at their convenience - not necessarily at the workplace. In this context, Adobe captivate is useful as it is capable of publishing courses in multiple formats, Flash, HTML5 and iOS format from a single source file. The output in the iPad appears similar to the output seen on a PC.

App Packager for HTML5

To access the content offline, this is an interesting feature included in this version. This feature enables you to publish your captivate content as an app that is compatible to Android and iOS platforms.

App Packager for HTML5

E-learning course output in an iPad appears similar to the output seen on a PC. We did some testing to check how the course performs on an iPad - which interactivities work properly on an iPad and which ones can be avoided.

Interactivities

Flash

HTML5

Table of Contents

Yes

Yes

Slide Transitions

Yes

Yes

Drag & Drop

Yes

Yes

Quiz: Multiple Choice

Yes

Yes

Quiz: True/False

Yes

Yes

Quiz: Fill-in-the-Blank

Yes

Yes

Quiz: Short Answer

Yes

Yes

Quiz: Matching

Yes

Yes

Hotspot

Yes

Yes

Rollovers

Yes

No

Flash Objects

Yes

No

Interactivities

Yes

Yes

Captivate for Translations

We at CommLab have done a survey among our customers and prospects - 200 organizations across 33 countries - to find out the importance of course translations. About 59% indicated multi-language eLearning was important to their organizations. And 85% of the respondents in the research translated their eLearning courses into nearly 10 different languages. So translations play a very important role and Captivate can help us in easily translating the courses.

Your primary course, which is developed in English in Adobe Captivate 7, can be quickly exported into MS-word or XML format for translation. All content can be translated and it can be imported back into Adobe Captivate. By doing this a lot of effort is minimized when we translate courses. What you need to do is to export or extract the content, get it translated and then put it back in the word document or XML format and republish it. It then automatically takes on the new language. Additionally, Adobe Captivate supports right-to-left languages like Hebrew or Arabic. It also supports DBCS, which is present in Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages and develops the courses into these different languages. This one feature saves a lot of development time.

Captivate for Translations

Captivate for Translations

Social Learning Using Twitter

In eLearning the biggest challenge is the isolation of learning that learners face. Now online collaboration is possible using Adobe Captivate 7 Twitter widget. This will enable course users to converse among themselves or with the tutor. Learners can now exchange tweets right within a course. They can tweet a question within a specific area of a course. All the conversations can be tracked using the Learning Analytics dashboard.

Tin Can API

The Tin Can API is an eLearning specification to track learner's activities. IT can record activities and delivers data that is quantifiable, sharable and trackable.

The Tin Can API can easily track a wide range of learning activities like Simulations, mobile learning activities, games, offline learning, and collaborative learning. With Adobe Captivate 7 you can publish your course that is compatible with Tin Can API.

Thus, you see that Adobe Captivate is a very powerful tool and enables you to present learning content effectively. Apart from the features mentioned here, this tool has many other features that make eLearning development faster and quicker.

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