Captivate 2017 Fluid Boxes

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First thoughts

Having recently had to change hard drives and re-load all my software I had my first chance to upgrade to Adobe Captivate 2017. With all the talk in e-learning about fluid boxes that had to be my first stop. I have to say it was quite easy to get my head around designing with these  boxes and handy when duplicating slides to stick with layouts and themes etc The break points bar was an improved feature too.

First go

I wanted to keep this example short and sweet (think micro learning) a quick google and wikipedia and voila! A photography 101 on the rule of thirds

Quick turn around

I set myself another challenge to see if the fluid boxes speed up the design to delivery stage. In short yes they do

Time taken from concept to finish

Approx 1 hour

View it here: https://goo.gl/mVAqZp

 

 

 

You Tube in Adobe Captivate

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Working out Loud

I’m posting this blog to show you how I create e-learning and how I get my inspiration.

Soundcheck: You Tube/ text entry box with adv action 

This is an entry to Articulate’s weekly e-learning challenge, which has a handy time incentive to complete your idea on time.

Learner sensory input
I had the idea of the learner listen to a piece of music and then answer a question based on the tune.
This not only engages the learner using one sense (listening) but also starts them thinking on the answer.

The design
Looking for inspiration I went looking for images that were unique and music related (I don’t like using stock images as I feel they disconnect the learner from the content because they can be so bland and wallpaper like.)

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I came across the the above image and found my inspiration and colour scheme.

Instructional Design
The approach I took when designing this was to use the first 4 parts of Gagne’s instructional design framework

1. Gain Attention: To achieve this I used bespoke imagery and a bold colour scheme

2. Inform learner of objective: I set a challenge to identify the singer by only listening, thus increasing engagement levels.

3. Recall information: The challenge will test the learners recall and knowledge of current music.

4. Present stimulus material: The song starts as soon as the slide begins. And lasts for 30 seconds, ample time for the learner to decide on an answer. Stimulus is maintained by using motion paths (vinyl record moves on enter of answer) to reveal the visual part of the Y tube

Using Gagne’s approach suits this type of e-learning where the learner is presented with information and has to make a decision.

Engagement levels are raised by using only hearing and setting the question as a recall event. This focuses the learners attention on the audio and the question.

The presentation of the question is key to maintaining engagement levels.

Motion Paths and Advanced Actions

Rather than have the user click a button to reveal the answer (a pointless interaction and boring for the end user.) I chose to use a motion path (Adobe Captivates built in function to move images). This is not only a lot more visually appealing it also adds a little surprise element to the slide useful for keeping engagement levels high. I built the motion path into an advanced action so when the user enters their answer the motion path is set to go and a conformation text box reveals if the answer is correct or not.

Here’s the finished sample:

https://goo.gl/zDaX1X

 

 

 

De-escalation elearning sample

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From PowerPoint to Captivate 8 (Yes it can be done!)

There are a few I.D’s in the e-learning community who frown upon Captivate 8’s ability to import Power Point effectively. I’m not one of those people. It just needs a bit of pre-thought and tweaking. I did this for a module I created in a hospital setting.

What I changed

My Power Point had an animated hand introducing the module title and hyper-links within images to continue the presentation and to answer questions. I decided to change the animation and re-build the buttons in Captivate a much easier way to do it.

It’s that simple (Click the image below to view the html 5 module)

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My html 5 video intro

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The idea

If you’ve seen a movie or watched t.v. in the last twenty years you’ll be familiar with the production or channel video intro’s before the actual viewing.

The Creation/ Inspiration

I’ve been playing around with html5 animations recently to put in my e-learning courses. Then the idea came to me about creating my own intro video. The movie Trainspotting has a great intro sequence made to look like your stood in an underground tube station as a train whizzes by. THAT’s the look I was after

The Result

Once I was happy with the html5 animation I had to find some music to put to it the excellent http://www.freesfx site has a good selection of piano snippets to choose from but one stood out.

Check out my efforts below

 

E-learning Heroes Challenge #110

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1st screen wordpressStar Wars!!

Oh boy! I went to the cinema to see the first 3 Star Wars films (showing my age, there) so this was a challenge I simply had to accept. Almost everyone is familiar with the series and its characters /scenes etc so there’s a myriad of options to pick from. But I had to choose only one (shame!)

The inspiration

I wanted to more than just a trivial game I felt my entry needed to be educational in a real sense. The setting would be in the Star Wars universe but the learning would be on planet Earth.

Start Wars Bar and I.D.’s

I hope you’ve seen the original films and know about the famous bar scene. If not check the link here https://youtu.be/g6PDcBhODqo

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Basically it’s a rough gin joint fun of unusual aliens and rough types. This was to be my setting for a bar security/ doorman/bouncer to check a stormtrooper’s I.D. and the learner has to spot the fake.

Click on the link to view the sample

https://opensoft.talentlms.com/shared/start/key:BZFPJUVW

 

 

 

 

E-learning showing conversation

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E-learning Heroes Challenge #105

This week’s challenge was to find creative ways to show dialogue in e-learning. Which lit my creative side

The idea

I had plenty of ideas for this challenge but I had to whittle it down to one.

Ticker Tape – scrolling dialogue at the bottom of the screen

Translation – Two sentences in different languages

Subtext – Speech bubble for dialogue. Loose text for the thought.

But the winner was

Subtitles- The type you see on T.V. for the hard of hearing.

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The Design

I set myself an extra challenge which was to shrink the working area by using a mobile phone template. With space at a premium the dialogue had to be snappy. A busy workplace setting sprang to mind. I used text and audio to set the scene.

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The Result

I coloured the text for each character to help the reader identify who is saying what and used left and right placement to reinforce this.

Having the text pop-up also helped with identification and reading.

Click the image below to view the sample

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From PowerPoint Deck to interactive Elearning

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This post will show you how I created an interactive elearning module from a fairly dry and overlong Powerpoint Deck.

To view the finished sample: http://chilp.it/9b90c7f

The source deck

I found this Powerpoint on the web and thought it could do with some TLC. The presentation is 65 slides on health & safety in the workplace. The subject matter is important but the style and design of the presentation had me sliding down my chair at around slide 30.SLF 2

The solution

I took the main information from the aim of the deck (awareness of hazards in the workplace) and started to design an interactive module. PowerPoint delivers information a linear fashion, but I wanted the learner to have choices on how to view the course information, but NOT to skip any. I used Adobe Captivate to create this decision branching effect.

The development tools

I wanted to keep the info and some images in PowerPoint then use the interactive power of Adobe Captivate to create an engaging learning experience. I customised a Powerpoint template from the excellent Elearning Heroes community. I added the following elements from within Adobe Captivate

Text to voice

Insert a You Tube

Cartoon character

Next Buttons

Drag and drop

Quiz

This is a lot to add in to a six slide module, but I wanted to show how you can ‘lift’ a boring slideshow into an interactive and engaging elearning experience.

view it here : http://chilp.it/9b90c7f

 

Reusing Powerpoint animations in elearning

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Re-using Powerpoint slides when creating elearning can be a valuable way of saving time and reducing costs, especially when you’re on a deadline. This is especially true if your course requires some animation or motion paths to liven up your content (and which Instructional Designer doesn’t want to do that!). I also think this is a particular handy way of setting common themes for modules within an elearning course. The learner gets used to seeing the animation but is not bored by it as it has changed.

I’ve done a short screen capture explaining how quickly animations and Motion Paths can be changed for reuse.

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Click to see You Tube video

Visual communication Elearning Heroes challenge #77

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This morsel of a post was inspired by Articulate’s excellent weekly e-learning challenge #77 which was to communicate using visuals only, no words allowed. Accepting the challenge, I quickly decided I could utilise something from the most popular visual communication; art. Inspiration for the actual finished sample came from a popular t.v. game show ‘Catchphrase’ which uses visuals to convey information and the famous Dutch painter, Van Gogh, whose surname I could spell out using two visuals. Universally Understood In order for this type of information to be effective there has to be a level of understanding of the image being used. If you don’t know what a speed sign looks like, you’ll never know what the maximum speed is, for example. This is why I choose these examples, art is a universally understood communication and Van Gogh is one of the most famous painters’ whose work is easily recognised. The slides The intro slide practically worked itself out. I decided a simple Drag and Drop interaction would aid engagement and ‘buy in’ to the art theme. And the completion of a word using letters and an image would give the learner a quick reward challenge, which always increases engagement. intro screen The second slide would see the quiz factor cranked up, turning into a fun art quiz without words. Can you see a famous painter’s surname in the image below? Capture for blog Hope you liked what you saw and get inspired to visualise more for your next project.

Effects and Advanced Action in Adobe Captivate

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This morsel of a post came about when I was creating a E-learning Heroes challenge (Help learners polish their grammar #75). I wanted to visualise a sentence to help the learner understand the power a comma can have on its meaning.

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To enhance the learning experience I wanted to play a sound and move a graphic simultaneously.(Move the fly and play a fly buzz). I needed to create an advanced action that played the audio and ran the motion path effect. Here’s how you do it.

To accomplish this you:

  1.  Create the motion path: Select the object/ Right-click/ select Apply Effect/Add Effect/ choose your effect and save the xml file.
  2.  Create the Advanced Action: If you’re new to Advanced Actions have a look at https://helpx.adobe.com/captivate/using/advanced-actions.html
  3.  Insert the effect in Advanced Action: In Action choose Apply Effect/ choose the object with the motion path/ on the drop down Select Effect menu choose Custom/ now select your saved XML motion path.
  4. Save the Advanced Action and insert into your chosen object

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Here’s what my sample looks like: (Click on image to launch)

Advanced Action sample

Advanced Action sample