“Q & A” Section in “My post”

What is “Q & A” Section in “My post” of our profile page of this eLearning community portal?

The confusing part is, we do not have the option to select it while creating a new post! So even if we assume that we can add FAQ type information(both Questions and its Answers) in “Q & A” section, how to add it?

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A Hidden Gem in Captivate.

Creating a Mobile App of ‘eLearning Module’ in Captivate itself.

Adobe Captivate allows us to publish our eLearning modules as apps in a very easy way. This can be done with the help of the Publish menu itself.

In this article, I will show you the process of publishing your ‘Adobe Captivate project’ as an app.

1)  Choose to Publish for Devices (App) from Publish menu. You will be prompt for PhoneGap login credential !! The reason behind this is, Captivate uses PhoneGap to create App from our Captivate module.


2) But, We don’t have to worry. We can use our Adobe credential in “PhoneGap” as well!
Although you may be logged in to Adobe site with your Adobe ID, you need to again supply your Adobe ID and password to login to PhoneGap account(site).

Once you are logged in, you can proceed.

3) Choose App> ‘Create New’ for a new application.

Note: Choose App> Update if you are creating App which is already uploaded earlier by you in PhoneGap.

4)Mention the version number(example 1.0), name of the app(Example My_App1) and the Package name (Example, (Test_package) for the app.

If you wish to change preferences for the app, like geolocation, gestures, and accessibility, Click on More button.

5) Click Next to provide the required certificate information for your app. You can choose iOS or Android or both by clicking the check boxes adjacent to them and provide the certificate information corresponding to each platform.

You can see that “Publish” option is disabled and thereby forcing us to supply Certificate which we don’t have! (You can refer to notes given at the end of this post to create Certificate). But we can have another way to proceed.

6) Key /Certificate is compulsory for iOS but not for Android. So, for time being(scope of this article), we will uncheck iOS. And you will see that ‘Publish’ option gets activated.

 7) Click Publish to publish the output as apps for devices.

As I said earlier, Adobe Captivate uses the PhoneGap service at the backend to build the app. After the app is built, you are prompted to download the app as shown in the snapshot. Once you click the download, you can see PhoneGap site.

8) You can scan the QR code of your App, seen on the site as shown below.

9) Anyone can Scan that QR code in their mobile and install App in that.

Important Note:

Free account allows one private app, unlimited open source apps. So if you try to build the second App from the Captivate, you will get an error “Private app limit reached”!

But you can update your previously created App.

Creating a certificate for iOS

  1. Refer to the apple developer support site and create an app developer certificate. Refer to program enrollment for more information.
  2. Refer to the instructions on the PhoneGap build site as mentioned below to convert the certificates into supported P12 format and upload the certificates:
    1. Convert an apple developer certificate to a P12 on Mac and Windows

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Path to becoming an ACI (Part 2)

As explained in the previous blog, To become a Certified Instructor, besides becoming ACE, we need to show our teaching proficiency. Following Video was submitted for the same. (Kindly go through my earlier post …)

You may feel that my teaching is not clear & flow is too fast. BUT believe me, as per CTT+ rules, we have to cover so many points in just 15 minutes and so no choice. The second reason is, we normally get tensed & nervous as the recording was going on(that also for Exam!)

We have to cover the following points in 15/20 minutes!!!

1) Self-introduction
2) Students introductions
3) The Topic intro
4) About our Institute arrangements (Like where is a toilet, Pantry, etc)!!!
5) Teach the Subject.
6) Make discussion with students & get them involved.
7) Show practical also…
8) Review/Rewind what we taught.
9) Take their small test/quiz if possible(Assess them) And all this in 15 minutes, without any cut in the video(Max one allowed with real reason for that)!

All the above point in 15 to 20 minutes! (and the fact is, in real-life, normally we take 15 minutes in just intro !!)

For any guidance, you can email me at ckshah@excelcomputerinstitute.in or ckshah@yahoo.com

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Path to becoming an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI)

My self being an ACI in Captivate, would like to take you through the steps I completed to become an Adobe Certified Instructor.

Please note that, I had followed the necessary steps that were correct at that time(2015), but you may need to contact the concerned Adobe personnel regarding the latest requirements and changes in their rules/path if any (important links are given at the end of this post.).

I can summarize my whole journey (of becoming an ACI) in 3 parts.

Part 1) Became an ACE in Captivate.
Part 2) Gave an additional exam for the Captivate.
Part 3) Got a CTT+ Certification.

Part 1:

Step 1: Get hands-on practice of practical in Captivate.
Steps 2: Download the Exam syllabus (Topics, that will be asked in the Exam) from Adobe site.
Step 3: Now again do practicals, but this time, from an Exam point of view.
Step 4: Download Study material from the Adobe site, as well as from other sites (just google the relevant exam number!)
Step 5: Now do some theoretical preparation from the material you downloaded.
Step 6: Book/ Register for the Exam.
Step 7: Give that Exam and succeed in it.

Part 2:

After succeeding in the Exam, although you are an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE), in order to become an Instructor, Adobe requires (during 2014-15) that one should also clear another exam (Adobe Captivate with eLS extensions ). So I had to give that exam too.

For that, follow the same steps that we followed for the first exam & clear that exam.

Part 3:

Now, you need to show that along with subject expertise, you also have teaching proficiency.

You need to submit a certificate for the same.

So, if you have any such recognized certificate (Either Microsoft Certified Instructor or similar), good enough, else you are left with only one best option and that is to ‘get yourself ‘CTT+’ certified.

I went for the same. (CTT+ certification).

Procedure to get a CTT+ certificate:

To get a CTT+ certificate, you need to give two exams. one theoretical Exam(CTT+ Essentials – TK0-201 ) and one practical test TK0-202 (Teaching video submission).

First, I prepared for it’s theoretical exam(Exam number TK0-201…).

Registered for the exam and cleared it.

Once you clear the theoretical exam, you will need to submit a 15 to 20 min Video recording (as per new rule 17 to 22 minutes), in which you are shown teaching your students… Remember, ‘CTT+’ has nothing to do with Adobe Captivate. You can take any subject of your choice to teach. (I had chosen “JavaScript” Class for my Video recording, because practically, that can be taught in 15 minutes).

Once you submit that video to the concerned CTT+ Exam authority, they will evaluate that video and take a decision regarding how are your teaching skills…. Believe me, making that video was not so simple, as we need to keep in mind and follow the many rules laid out and prescribed by them in that 20-minute video. Also, you should not edit that video in any way if you do so you will fail!!. Editing/Cut in the recorded video is not allowed.

I submitted my video… and I cleared the process in my 1st attempt itself.

Once you get a certificate of CTT+, submit that to the concerned Adobe department (by email).

And in a week’s time, if all is well, you get an email from Adobe saying you are now an ACI. You will also get a Soft copy of the ACI Certificate from Adobe. And you officially become an Adobe Certified Instructor!

Please note: official procedure requires you to sign an Adobe agreement…

Hope this post will help and guide those who are interested to become an ACI.

 Important links:

For any guidance, you can email me at ckshah@excelcomputerinstitute.in or ckshah@yahoo.com

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Exporting-impoting All ‘Advanced Actions’ of the Project

Like Importing Question pools, writing in an external file and importing all Questions in one shot, Is there any way to save all Action scripts(Advanced Actions), Shared Actions in an external file for quick reference. And after modifying, and to import back into the Captivate project?
(I know we can see all together, in Project -> advanced Actions & Project ->Advanced Interaction) But exporting /importing all scripts / Shared Actions together??

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Error while running executable (published output of captivate project)

While running ‘Executable’ (Captivate project’s published file) in Windows 7, the program runs fine but while closing (while exiting) it always gives an error “This program requires Flash.OCX which is no longer included in this version of Windows.” Even I installed different version of Flash Player but that message is still coming.

Any idea to solve this?

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