Captivate – an incredible rapid authoring tool that can be used to develop highly effective online courses. According to a survey conducted by the eLearning guild in 2013, Captivate is the most widely used rapid authoring software. What makes it so popular with eLearning developers? To find out, we need to examine the capabilities of this product from Adobe in detail. Let us now understand how Captivate 8, the latest version of this tool can be used to create wonderful courses that capture the imagination of your learners.
Captivate 8 has several innovative features, which go a long way in churning out engaging digital courses that create learner delight. We will see what they are and how they help develop courses of very high efficacy.
This is the most striking feature of Adobe Captivate 8. You can use this software to develop an online course that can be accessed seamlessly on multiple devices with varied screen sizes – desktop computers, laptops and mobile devices of all kinds. Responsive eLearning is a boon to organizations as it eliminates the need to develop multiple versions of the same course, each for a different type of device. This reduces the time and cost of online course development considerably. Furthermore, responsive eLearning makes maintenance of courses simple. This is because you need to update only a single version of the course as compared to different versions of a non-responsive digital course.
Adobe Captivate 8 comes with a set of responsive themes, which is very useful for creating learning content that is rendered differently, yet very effectively, on devices with different screen sizes. These themes are highly customizable and reusable. This tool allows you to specify the position of objects with reference to the screen-size of the devices, thus paving the way for excellent viewing experiences.
You can preview your course and get an idea how it looks like on each genre of device. Using an app called Adobe Edge Inspect, you can see how the course would look on a real mobile device. Courses developed using Adobe Captivate 8 can automatically detect the device on which they are accessed and adjust accordingly, delivering smooth learning experiences.
Another incredible feature of this online course authoring software is gesture enabled mLearning. The power of multi-touch interfaces is harnessed to facilitate effective access to mLearning courses. Your people can easily navigate through the course using their fingers.
You can define the upper and lower limits for the object-sizes, so that they don’t rescale across multiple screen-sizes. This ensures optimal viewing experience to the learners. You can also use the scroll-bar in your courses, when accessed on smart-phones and tablets.
It is very simple to develop content for online courses using Adobe Captivate 8. This software comes with a very easy to use interface that enhances the efficiency of authoring online courses. It facilitates seamless access to all features of this tool, enabling eLearning development effortlessly. Mac users can work with Adobe Captivate 8 at a resolution that matches their computer. You can harness the power of this rapid authoring tool conveniently as this software comes with wonderful retina display support capabilities. This tool allows you to eliminate undesired pop-ups and replace them with useful ones very easily, enabling hassle-free development of eLearning courses.
You can customize the in-built themes to suit your requirements with just a few clicks. You can enhance the aesthetic value of your course using a wide variety of colors available in the color palettes.
Importing PowerPoint presentations into and working with them in Adobe Captivate 8 is now child’s play. You can utilize master slides to format and ensure consistency in your course. You can also include a multilevel table of contents to facilitate easy navigation and keep themselves aware of their progress.
Adobe Captivate 8 is well-suited for the development of eLearning curricula as several courses can be combined into an eLearning curriculum effortlessly. It can also be used to develop courses in multiple languages to meet your global training needs. It provides excellent support to all languages including those written from right to left (Arabic, Hebrew, etc.) and containing double byte character sets (such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean). All you need to do is export your project to XML Localization Interchange File Format (XLIFF) and hand it over to the translator. Once the file has been translated, you can import the same into the tool and the translated course is ready.
It is common knowledge that interactivities are the heart of a good eLearning course. Adobe Captivate 8 helps you create highly engaging and interactivity-rich courses. It comes with an in-built library of interactions that enables you to add interactivities such as Hangman, Jigsaw, Pyramid, Accordion, etc. These interactions are available in all languages supported by the software.
You can use the Advanced Actions feature to create conditional interactions that can be used in multiple courses. Adobe Captivate 8 allows users to take notes while taking the course and these can be saved as PDF files.
This tool can be used to create drag and drop interactivities and these run smoothly on desktop computers and iPads. You can make the learning more effective through the use of human characters, which help the learners connect emotionally with the course.
You can have YouTube videos streamed in your course for efficient learning and facilitate access to learning resources on the Internet by embedding a browser interface. This tool can be used to impart highly effective training on software applications as it enables the recording of all actions on the screen. It is the perfect tool for creating learning simulations that are very useful to impart training on processes. You can also enable the learners to practice simulations during live training sessions and recorded presentations by adding the simulations to Adobe Presenter or Adobe Connect.
You can use branching scenarios very effectively, in courses created using Adobe Captivate 8. You can also add auto-text captions to provide better explanation in your digital courses.
You can import videos in AVI, FLV, MOV and MPEG and sync them with the slides of your choice. This rapid authoring tool allows you to use a wide variety of smart shapes and add colors to the slides to make the course eye-catching. It also has the following media features.
It is common knowledge that good assessments enhance the efficacy of a digital course. You can use Adobe Captivate 8 to create highly effective quizzes containing a wide variety of questions including matching, short-answer questions and fill-in-the blanks. You can include pre-tests and “branching quizzes”. You can guide the learners to specific sections of the course based on the results of the quiz. You can convert offline question banks into GIFT format and import them easily. You can randomize questions and allow the learner to get back to the relevant topic of the course when he answers a question incorrectly. This enables him to comprehend the concepts correctly and retry the quiz.
Adobe Captivate 8 allows you to publish your content to:
You can create learning content compatible with Tin Can, SCORM and AICC standards. You can publish your content as native apps for iOS, Android and Windows RT with a single click.
Thus, we see that Adobe Captivate 8 can be used to develop eLearning courses that are responsive and filled with interactivities. It allows you to create media-rich learning content quickly and add effective assessments. This rapid authoring tool also provides several publishing options. Indeed, Adobe Captivate 8 is an incredible tool. Isn’t it? We’d love to hear your views.