eLearning: Add Some Character to Your Lessons

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The good news is that both Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate offer some awesome, and most importantly, free Characters--out of the box. While Characters have been around for several years in Captivate, and in both versions of Storyline, the images below are taken from the most recent versions of both programs, Captivate version 8; Storyline version 2. Adobe Captivate 8 To insert a Character in Adobe Captivate, simply choose  Media   > Characters.

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eLearning: Determining the Best Size for Today's Lessons

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by Kevin Siegel      When developing eLearning lessons using any of the top development tools (Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, or TechSmith Camtasia Studio), you need to take the size of your learner's device into account. If you make your eLearning lesson too large (I'm talking width and height, not how many megabytes the lesson might be), learners with small displays may have to scroll to see your content.

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Adobe Captivate: Pretest Actions

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We recently introduced you to Captivate's Pretest feature. In this article, I'm going to follow-up with Pretests and teach you how to control a Pretest Advanced Action. The boss doesn't care if the learner spends the time watching the individual slides that make up the lesson, only that learners are given a fair opportunity to pass the quiz. Looking for training on Adobe Captivate? by Lori Smith.

Adobe Captivate: System Date Variables

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by Lori Smith    Adobe Captivate has provided System Variables for years. In fact, there are more than 70 Captivate System Variables in Captivate version 8. This week I'm beginning a series of articles that will take you through Captivate's System Variables, one group at a time.     The table below lists the different date variables available in Captivate.   Looking to learn Adobe Captivate? Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate & eLearning: Screen Reader Best Practices

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I'd like to follow up that article with information about screen readers. Screen readers are programs designed to allow visually impaired learners to navigate through a website or eLearning lesson by reading the content aloud. For instance, there's a section in the article that deals with compatible applications, something that is often overlooked. For this reason, your Adobe Captivate content might not receive keystrokes as you intended. by Kevin Siegel.

Lessons From The World Cup: The Best Teams Have Learned These 4 Things

Learnloft

These captivated spectators showcase their support in the most intense display of national pride. Entertainment factor aside, there are many valuable lessons to be learned as the most anticipated tournament is underway. I guarantee you these four lessons directly contribute: 1. A version of this article just appeared on Inc.com. As you almost certainly know, the World Cup is currently taking place in Russia.

Adobe Captivate: Aggregated? Go TOC-Less

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I covered the process of using Captivate's Aggregator utility some time ago. The Aggregator offers a quick way to combine multiple published SWFs into one, seamless lesson. Once the lessons are aggregated, they will share a single TOC, allowing learners to jump from one lesson to another at will. During a recent advanced Captivate class , one of my students asked if it was possible to remove the TOC. Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5?

Using Captivate to Create Cool Text Animations

Integrated Learnings

Adobe Captivate 5.5 One of the cool features in Adobe Captivate I have found myself using lately is the text animation. Captivate 5.5 You Failed!" ;) or "Lesson Complete"). I counted 85 different effects in Adobe Captivate 5.5. Captivate also provides a good selection of shadow properties you can adjust. These text animations look great embedded into your Captivate project. Captivate Animation Flashby Jonathan Shoaf.

The Top 78 Captivate Features

Adobe Captivate

Hi, all, I’ve been working on finishing the writing of my first Captivate manual and I thought this portion of it might be helpful to anyone who needs to know or be reminded me of all of Captivate’s features. 78 Important Features of Adobe Captivate 9. Captivate Version 9.0.2.437. An excerpt from Joe’s Upcoming Captivate Manual. What Can Captivate Do? It’s important to know about the features of Captivate. Use Widgets in Captivate.

ADOBE CAPTIVATE & GOANIMATE: Sharing Voices Is Quick and Easy

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In an earlier article, I described how I created an eLearning lesson that has GoAnimate characters discussing some spreadsheet problems. At a certain point, the lesson zooms in on a character’s computer screen, and suddenly a software simulation starts in Adobe Captivate. The voice of one of the screen characters becomes the voice who is guiding my learner through the spreadsheet lesson.   But how did I get the same TTS voice from GoAnimate to Captivate?

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Adobe Captivate & eLearning: How Long is Too Long?

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You can create the best-looking, most well-written eLearning lesson anyone has ever seen. But for the lesson to be effective, one of the most important things to keep in mind is that more does not mean better. If your lesson plays too long, you run the risk of losing the attention span of your learner and lowering the effectiveness of the lesson in general. In her article,  Keeping Pace with Today's Quick Brains ,  Kathie F. by Kevin Siegel.

Adobe Captivate 6: Best Practices for Working with Screen Readers

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I'd like to follow up that article with information about screen readers. Screen readers are programs designed to allow visually impaired learners to navigate through a website or eLearning lesson by reading the content out loud. For instance, if you're someone who is in the market for a screen reader, there's a section in the article that deals with compatible applications, something that is often overlooked. Looking to learn Captivate quickly?

Adobe Captivate 5: Nervous About Editing Your RDL? Dupe It. But Watch the Name

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by Kevin Siegel Back in March I wrote an article about editing Captivate's RDL files to control much of the text and punctuation that will appear in a project's text captions before  recording any of your lessons. That little trick will surely save any Captivate developer hours of work. First, I opened the default Captivate RDL file ( CaptureTextTemplates_English.rdl ) using Notepad.   Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5?

Top 70 eLearning Articles - Hot Topics: iPad Adobe Captivate - July 2010

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All these articles talk about the importance of usability testing, learnability testing for e-learning courses. Announcing Adobe eLearning eSeminars for July, August, - Adobe Captivate Blog , July 12, 2010 I'm thrilled to share the details of several upcoming eSeminars for the next several weeks. I'll be sharing thoughts on Adobe Captivate 5 for various audiences and interests over the next several weeks. Adobe Captivate (32). Best of eLearning Learning. July 2010.

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eLearning & Training: How Long is Too Long?

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by Kevin Siegel      You can create the best-looking, most well-written eLearning lesson anyone has ever seen. But for the lesson to be effective, one of the most important things to keep in mind is that  more  does not mean  better. If your lesson plays too long, you run the risk of losing the attention span of your learner and lowering the effectiveness of the lesson in general.

ADOBE CAPTIVATE & GOANIMATE: Sharing Voices Is Quick and Easy

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

In an earlier article, I described how I created an eLearning lesson that has GoAnimate characters discussing some spreadsheet problems. At a certain point, the lesson zooms in on a character’s computer screen, and suddenly a software simulation starts in Adobe Captivate. The voice of one of the screen characters becomes the voice who is guiding my learner through the spreadsheet lesson.   But how did I get the same TTS voice from GoAnimate to Captivate?

Can I use CP without an LMS?

Adobe Captivate

For instance, if I just wanted to use it for instructional lessons but I didn’t need to keep track of users…like in a help article. LMS LMS Integration Question captivate publish captivate publish to exe captivate publish to video preview/publish publish a project question videoCan CP be used without an LMS? Can this be done, and if so, is there a certain way I save it…what do I do? Thank you, Tanya. The post Can I use CP without an LMS?

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eLearning: Become a Pedagogical Agent

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by Jennie Ruby  If you've taken any of our  Adobe Captivate, Adobe Presenter, or Articulate Storyline classes , you are probably aware that these programs provide a selection of screen characters--cut-out pictures of professional actors in business, medical, or business-casual clothing posed as if they are talking to you.   Put Your Picture into the Lesson.  Here is one article to get you started:  Using Bitstrips Characters.

Caveat Auditor: The Role Of Critical Thinking In Modern Business Training

Adobe Captivate

In their article “Eight Habits of Effective Critical Thinkers”, Guinn & Williamson identify several qualities that clearly identify why critical thinking skills are so desirable (Guinn & Williamson, 2017). In this article, I’ll explore why critical thinking skills are so important to modern business, and in a series of activities that follow I’ll explore some methods that might prove useful for expanding the critical thinking skills of incoming employees.

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Using video as an alternative to create learning content

Litmos

In this article we'll look at ways to use video to deliver meaningful digital learning content. The most common way to create an 'eLearning Course' is with a rapid-authoring tool like Articulate Storyline or Adobe Captivate. If you're interested in learning how to create your own screencasts, check out this article for some great tips. Most courses designed in Articulate Storyline or Adobe Captivate are created in a slide format.

Top Tips to Guarantee a Successful eLearning Program Launch (Part 2)

Litmos

One thing that frustrates me about eLearning courses built with tools like Articulate Storyline or Adobe Captivate is that learning designers build huge courses with complex menu structures. Most learning designers will create a module and the lesson structure within the eLearning course itself. For a more detailed look into this concept, check out this article. Articles eLearning Enterprise Learning

GOANIMATE: Character-Based eLearning Made Easy

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  I’ve been working more and more on ways to integrate GoAnimate with more traditional eLearning lessons and content. For example, I wanted to add a human, interpersonal touch to an Excel lesson.     Now, it’s one thing to simply embed a video into an Adobe Captivate slide as a stand-alone, and then go on with a standard Captivate lesson in the next segment. And Captivate takes over.

The Importance of Interactivity in electronic distance learning programs

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Educators play a key role in engaging students with other participants in a modern and asynchronous way, encouraging them to respond to their questions by creating a learning community that will provide learners with equal opportunities for communication such as live lessons and interaction in the virtual environment (Maboe, 2017). Programs that can be used to do include Articulate’s Storyline or Adobe’s Captivate. his article was also published at [link] . . Articles

Creating Custom Themes: Tips & Takeaways

Adobe Captivate

Earlier this month, I gave a presentation on Creating Custom Themes at our local Adobe Captivate User Group. In this article, I will share some of those lessons learned – as opposed to the step-by-step technique of creating a theme. According to the online Help ( helpx.adobe.com/captivate/using/themes.html ), a theme consists of the following components: Master slides, Object styles, Skin and TOC (table of contents) settings, and recording defaults.

GOANIMATE: Character-Based eLearning Made Easy

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

  I’ve been working more and more on ways to integrate GoAnimate with more traditional eLearning lessons and content. For example, I wanted to add a human, interpersonal touch to an Excel lesson.     Now, it’s one thing to simply embed a video into an Adobe Captivate slide as a stand-alone, and then go on with a standard Captivate lesson in the next segment. And Captivate takes over.

Don't miss these big-time speakers at C3!

Litmos

Mark captivates audiences with lessons learned from his extensive travels and experiences in the Navy, outer space and on the ground. Articles C3With Litmos C3, September 18-20, 2017, Wynn Resort, Las Vegas less than two weeks away, we didn't want to miss the chance to remind you about some of the big-time speakers at this year's conference. You may be thinking, "I know, I know.

Background Music in eLearning & Copyright

Adobe Captivate

Over the past few months, I’ve received more and more calls and emails about the pros and cons of adding background music to eLearning projects (specifically projects created using Adobe Captivate). First and foremost, it’s a simple process to add background in Captivate via Audio > Import to > Background. The file comes with Captivate and can be used in your Captivate projects royalty-free. by Kevin Siegel, COTP.

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Why Story Lessons Are the Most Engaging Learning for Millennials - Tip #174

Vignettes Learning

How did she captivate you with her tales? You’ve probably shared a cool pic or an interesting article recently. These study results tell us that the lessons we share in training and development must not only align with company vision but also with the millennials’ personal values. As a child, you probably had a grandmother who told you stories. Now, think about your social media habits. You might also have liked and commented on your friend’s social media posts.

Joe Ganci – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

Joe holds a degree in Computer Science, and writes books and articles about eLearning. At the moment, Adobe Captivate has the clear lead in delivering responsive design learning, that which adapts itself to the device accessing the learning. Very few authoring tools accommodate responsive design today, Adobe Captivate being the best known of them, but others will follow suit. ABOUT JOE GANCI (President, eLearningJoe, LLC).

JOE GANCI – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

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Joe holds a degree in Computer Science, and writes books and articles about eLearning. At the moment, Adobe Captivate has the clear lead in delivering responsive design learning, that which adapts itself to the device accessing the learning. Very few authoring tools accommodate responsive design today, Adobe Captivate being the best known of them, but others will follow suit. ABOUT JOE GANCI (President, eLearningJoe, LLC).

Looking Back on 2010 with ADDIE

Integrated Learnings

So with this in mind, it seems appropriate to take a look at the articles posted to this blog over the past year and organize them according to how they jive with ADDIE. Two of this year’s articles primarily address analysis. Anatomy of an eLearning Lesson: Nine Events of Instruction and Anatomy of an eLearning Lesson: Merrill’s First Principles each describe models that guide eLearning lesson design from start to finish. By Shelley A. Gable.

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Background Music in eLearning & Copyright

Adobe Captivate

Over the past few months, I’ve received more and more calls and emails about the pros and cons of adding background music to eLearning projects (specifically projects created using Adobe Captivate). First and foremost, it’s a simple process to add background in Captivate via Audio > Import to > Background. The file comes with Captivate and can be used in your Captivate projects royalty-free. by Kevin Siegel, COTP.

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eLearning: Creating Accessible Content, Part 2

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by Anita Horsley      In the first article in this series, I discussed the  definitions for Section 508 , the amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which requires all Federal agencies (typically schools and government institutions) to make information technology accessible to people with disabilities. However, the more challenging component to eLearning is keeping the lesson interactive.

Top 10 corporate LMS

Ed App

In this article, we’ll take a look at 10 of the top corporate LMSs out there. Authoring – An LMS in the corporate environment needs an easy way to quickly develop lessons and courses. Lessons can use multiple engaging elements including gamification.

Lynda.com Online Training Library Review

The eLearning Coach

There’s nothing like sitting in a coffee shop with your laptop, sipping java and eating pastries (only the healthy ones) and learning how to use Captivate or Final Cut Pro with lynda’s excellent online software tutorials. Even though many courses are several hours long, they are organized into short lesson segments. A particular lesson might only last five minutes. A screen from a course teaching Captivate 4.

Convert eLearning into microlearning to supercharge your LMS

eLearning Architect

One thing that frustrates me about rapid authoring software like Articulate Storyline or Adobe Captivate is that it encourages learning designers to build huge courses with complex menu structures. In this article, I'm going to discuss some simply techniques that learning designers might want to consider using to drastically improve the user experience from within the LMS interface. The module is only showing lessons within the menu.

Questions of the Week

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Adobe Captivate: Can I Stop The Presentation From Continuing After a Web Link? I have a Captivate slide that contains buttons taking the student to one of our Web pages (a link to a URL). My problem is I'm not sure how to get the lesson to stop playing while the student checks out the site. as it stands now, the lesson continues to play in the background. Answer: Show the Properties of the object that initiates the URL link.

The Best Enterprise LMS 2.0 for Training and Knowledge Retention

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And that’s despite the fact that researchers tested recall immediately after a lesson. In fact, information retention jumps to 41% when lecture duration drops to 15 minutes (according to the same article above). Adobe Captivate Prime. Learn more about Adobe Captivate Prime.

eLearning: How to Incorporate Gamification Elements

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by AJ George  If you happened to catch my earlier article on the  gamification of learning , then you know that I have been dubious about its effectiveness. Short of setting up levels and leader boards and the number of "lives" you get in this lesson, here are some game-like concepts you can use to punch up your lessons.

Make a responsive splash screen with several pictures

Adobe Captivate

I hadn’t explained it because it wasn’t the objective to make a Css lesson in this video, but for people interested, here is the step by step process to make a responsive splash screen with several pictures. Notice: if you have already filled this field, there is no possibility to make it blank again (Captivate doesn’t allow it). Once your Captivate project is completely finished, publish it to the HTML5 format.