Question: Authoring Tool Current Practice – Captivate, Lectora, and Storyline

I am a huge fan of Captivate.  I believe it’s a powerful tool that fosters a variety of training – simulations, demonstrations, courses, knowledge checks.

  • Do users in the community find they primarily use one authoring tool or multiple?
  • If multiple, are there examples or best practices you’ve discovered for blending authoring tools?

I look forward to hearing from the community.

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Webcam suggestions for Instructional Videos?

Hello eLearning Community!

I have been creating video tutorials for years, but I have been trying to step up my game a bit!

Now I use:
-a lavalier microphone
-Adobe Presenter (since it records you AND the screen at the same time)
– an intro animation created in Adobe After Effects
-Adobe Premiere for editing, and final output.

Everything so far is working, EXCEPT I would like to improve the video!

Curious what webcams you might recommend?

thanks in advance for your help and suggestions!

Here is my first video of a 10+ series


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Following on from my two previous posts which cover my thought process about familiarity in learning design and how distractions can affect both our work and learn environments, I wanted to write about instruction. Instructions we give as well as those we receive.

When you start something new, at work or at home, do you read or follow the instructions? If it’s a new cabinet (Ikea anyone?) or piece of furniture, you’ll probably follow the instructions quite clearly. I know I do. Same with Lego? Yes, me too, although I do like to mess with Lego and see what weird-yet-satisfyingly-symmetrical construction me and my boys can come up with.

Even with new technologies I usually like to read a little of the instructions to get me started, at least to the point where I know how to charge it and when it’s ready to use. These days most modern companies provide some excellent get-you-started instructions with their products; enough for the likes of me who just want to get started, more detailed versions online for those who want to delve deeper. 

When we have a new person join our team we often find ourselves working through an induction programme, introducing them to key people they need to know (IT, HR, estates, etc.) and then spend time showing the ropes in the VLE, LMS, online HR system, file server, phones, etc. See, we take care of our own and make sure they have enough to get started, then step back and give them room to find their feet, all the time being a careful parent ready to step in and answer any questions.

When was the last time you read the induction materials, and I mean read not just link-and-fact checked them?
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But what of our online learners? We have probably developed a full-on induction or on-boarding process for them. We’ve probably not revisited it for a couple of years as well, but have we done too much or too little for our distant and online clients (yes clients … there is a payment transaction going on, even in MOOCs these days). When was the last time you read the induction materials, and I mean read not just link-and-fact checked them? What about getting them tested by someone new to the programme? 

In my time I’ve seen old induction instructions that are out of date, yet still valid because links work and the platform hasn’t changed. That shouldn’t mean we can let them be. In the last few years I’ve seen major changes in how different learning platforms are used. What they do are still mostly the same, but how we use them is constantly, or should be constantly changing. Therefore the induction programme should also be changed to reflect that too. Again, it’s not just about the click-this and click-that instructions, but the information around why we are asking students to do something that needs checking.

What do you do then? Do you keep referring back to those initial instructions throughout the courses, reminding the learner about the tools or help available, or do you rely on them remembering it and, hopefully, reviewing the induction programme? When you use a different or new tool with the learners do you write some guide for them, on both the how it works and why you’re using it? I bet you do, but do you go and add it to the induction programme for the next cohort of learners? You should.

For me the process of inducting learners to your organisation or platform never ends, or rather ends when they complete the course or programme and ‘graduate’. If they’re studying a three year degree it’s an easy bet that the tools and how you use them will change (again, SHOULD change!) over the lifespan of their studies. If your learners are only with you for a short while, a matter of weeks, then there’s still no reason to not keep them informed with either email communications or VLE announcements when they’re going to encounter something new as part of their learning. If they’re used to MCQs week on week,  then you start using discussion boards, then a reminder about what they are, what you expect from the learning in the discussion, and how to use them is a good way to introduce the activity.

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TRAINING (SYD) – Adobe Captivate Foundations Course

Leaning Plan is delighted to announce our first ever public workshop, the Adobe Captivate Foundations Course.

We’ll be running this two-day workshop, with ongoing one on one support, at Adobe’s office in Sydney on Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd February.

Why are we so excited? Well, we’ve structured the workshop in a way which we would want to learn.

What does that mean?

We’ve asked our resident Adobe Captivate expert and course facilitator, John Stericker, to provide a short overview of the course in the video below.

Here are further details:

  • The Adobe Captivate Foundations Course will take place on February 22nd and 23rd, at Adobe’s Sydney CBD office.
  • The course is a two-day, project-based approach to learning Adobe Captivate – we’ll cover the fundamentals of planning, storyboarding and building projects.
  • The course cost is $1,000 for the two days and each participant will receive a 150+ page handbook, access to premium video tutorials, and ongoing one-on-one support from John.

So if you need help authoring eLearning, or refreshing your Captivate skills, please register your interest.

Hints created from Interactive Buttons disappear on Publish

I am using the Multi-Scorm Packager to zip the file and upload to my LMS. When I do so the hint buttons (1 for each of my transparent button that highlights an area to click) that normally appear when I hover over a section do not show up. Just gone. Even when I hover over the area or anywhere on the screen. I am just using the hint and not the success, failure etc.

I have looked back at my buttons and pauses and made sure everything is smooth. Not sure what could be making them just disappear. I’ve searched through the community forum and still can find anything to help.



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I made a few textual changes in my eLearning and now my slides automatically go to the next slide at the end.

Before my slides would stop and when I click on the next button in the playbar, it started the next slide. No clue why this function now is not working any more. Online I read about creating extra buttons, but I don’t want that. It worked with the normal play bar functions and after my changes in the text it now is not working any more.

Does anybody know what might be causing this issue? I’m using the latest Captivate version