Adobe Captivate’s Delay next action

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I’m always on the looking to improve my developing skills and the ‘delay next action’ seemed a good one to learn. I’m currently developing a Food Safety course and I wanted to add audio to a warehouse roller shutter door for the food delivery module.

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Converting You Tube to Audio

There’s a handy site that converts You Tubes to MP4 and I found just the sound I needed.

I added the sound to a button (that jumped to the next slide), so far so good. But soon realised that the button’s action superceded playing the sound of the shutter.

I had a problem to solve

So this was my chance to use the ‘delay next action’ command. All I had to do was place the command in between the play audio and jump to slide commands (see image)

delay actions food safety

and Voila! the audio is played on clicking the button but plays the sound first before jumping to the next slide.

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:




Part 3: Instructional Design For Good

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It’s been a busy week for me work-wise so I’ve concentrated all my course work into the weekend. Which I’m glad I did because there’s a lot of content to take in. Hats off to the team who’ve created the course it has a nice flow to it.

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Module 1 : Identify with your learners

  “it’s been emotional”

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Vinny Jones Lock, Stock and 2 smoking barrels

Know your learners’

Module 1 started with a vital part of what an I.D. does. Know your learners. The module had some marvellously written learner persona’s  and one stood out from the crowd that had my empathy kicking into overdrive, got me all emotional and had me rooting for her to do well. (I do like a good story!)

(In my experience as a Trainer and Learning Mentor getting to know the people you’re developing training for is vital to understanding where they are and how to get them where they want to be. This is especially true for distance training as I found out when assessing the I.T. skill levels of a team of orthodontists.)

Once I’d read her story, I felt myself filling in the blanks of her learning and imagined ways helping her complete her studies.

Jamie-Ann (Assessment and Outcomes)

Jamie Ann is an eager learner. She doesn’t like a classroom setting, and struggles to tolerate teachers and groups. She enjoys reading. She lacks focus.

My recommendations
Jamie Ann, would benefit from a blended approach of e-learning and reading, a Learning Mentor/ Coach would offer support and provide encouragement to complete her studies.


Next up: Module 2
Thanks for stopping by


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Part 1:Instructional design for Adult Education

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The Course:

I saw a post on Linked In asking for people interested in instructional design to work on a MOOC to develop a course in the basic adult education sector for Maths and English. Great! everybody wins. I get a real world I.D. experience, the Adult Educators get an OER course to CCRS (College and Career readiness standards)  and the learner gets a course for free.

My First impressions

  • The course is being run on the Canvas network which looks great and is very intuitive
  • The authoring tool Open Author looks great I can’t wait to use that! very exciting!!
  • It should take about 40 hours to complete and so is a nice side project to get my I.D. teeth into
  • It’s for a non-profit educator which suits my Open Source business ideals
  • It looks a fun project to do!!

adult learn zone

The Course project

The course is aimed at supporting adult learners who have not completed high school and is to CCRS standards and I can chose from the topics below (decisions,decisions!!)

English Language Arts and Literacy, including History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical subjects, and

It’s being created on Open Author with which you can create OER courses. I can’t wait to get started creating more courses with that. Ideas are bouncing around in my head already

  1. Intro to Libre office
  2. Gimp essentials
  3.  plus a few more quite possibly aimed at the Charity sector


Part 2 will continue my journey creating a course in the wonderful world of Instructional Design



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


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





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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E-learning Heroes Challenge #106 Design an e-learning cereal box

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Breakfast cereal don’t get my taste buds going, but this challenge certainly got my creative juices flowing. The wonderful community at Articulate had a great idea to create a cereal box with an e-learning theme. The learning industry is awash with buzzwords all promoting the latest fad, so I went with a new one, which, is also a good one.

Cognitive Overload

‘Thin slices’ created by expert Stephen Myers, explains single-concept learning, where the learner is given information one concept at a time, to help information overload.

Box creation

Once I had chosen ‘Thin slices’ and cognitive overload, I soon had the idea of the look I wanted. The longest bit was get the colour scheme and finding a font that suited the design.


I used Powerpoint for the background and shapes.

Dafont is an excellent font resource. I used  ‘Cut the Crap’ !

Cereal box ELH


I wasn’t overly happy with the image above it didn’t feel cereal enough.

Here’s my updated effort. With more of a story feel to it

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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:

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


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 :


Elearning Heroes Challenge #100


The excellent Articulate community’s weekly challenge had me reaching for my camera. I’ve long had the idea of using my own photos for a challenge, so I jumped at the chance.

The Challenge

This week’s challenge was to visualise ‘before and after’ comparisons. A quick Google for inspiration and I found my subject the American Prohibition. After finding the stats I needed I started to think of visualising this important part of history.

The props

The idea in my head popped like a champagne cork! A painting we have hanging in the kitchen and a wine glass full and empty would set the before and after off nicely. Two snaps later I was in Powerpoint


Click the image here to view the presentation

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