So I have a slide video that has five overlay slides on it. It plays the first two well but for some reason in preview I don’t see the last three overlays. Any suggestions of how to fix that?
Does anyone know how to fix this? I am fairly new to Captivate and have not been able to troubleshoot it nor find anything online about it.
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The adoption of video-based training is on a roll. In this article, I outline how you can use its Next-Gen avatar, interactive video-based learning, and enhance your training’s impact.
Using videos for training has been an established practice for over a decade. With the wider usage of mobile learning and microlearning, we are seeing an exponential increase in the usage of video-based learning that can be consumed on the go, in short bites.
We know the impact of videos for learning, but did you know that it does have certain drawbacks or limitations that are equally important to note. These include:
The interactive video-based learning is the NextGen avatar of video-based learning, and it successfully mitigates the above said challenges. In fact, it will take the learning experience up by several notches.
Through interactive video-based Learning:
Tip: This is not all. You can convert any of your existing videos (in traditional format) to an interactive video-based learning format and create more engaging and higher impact training.
You can apply interactive video-based learning across your varied corporate training needs. They can be used for:
Here is a list of our top 5 interactive video-based learning strategies:
There are several value-adds as you use interactive video-based learning. Here are the top 5:
we had created our interactive video-based learning framework three years ago to help our customers see a 10X impact vis-à-vis tractional video-based learning.
As you would have noted, there are several compelling reasons why you should opt for interactive video-based learning (instead of or alongside the traditional video-based learning). I hope this article provides the required insights that will help you use it and enhance your training’s impact.
If you have any specific queries, leave a comment below.
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Usually I will not talk about a new version immediately after its release. However I am very excited about this intermediate release which is much more than just a patch. ‘Voor elk wat wils‘ (interesting features for each developer whatever her/his level) is Flemish proverb fitting in this case. Do not expect a full review in this post, I will talk exclusively about some of my preferred features Of course they appeal to my level of expertise. My apologies if you don’t like that ‘egocentric’ approach. Be sure I will write more in the future, need some time to explore in-depth., I may overlook some little gems which I couldn’t dig out yet, but will continue the search. You’ll find already three of those small gems at the end of the post.
It has been possible to fill a shape with an image since version 6. Converting the shape to a button was much easier to create nice buttons than the older workflow with Image button. For those image buttons you needed a graphics application and you couldn’t add a label. . Shape buttons also can have custom states on top of the InBuilt states which they share with the old button types (Normal, Rollover, Down, Visited) . Personally never use the legacy button types anymore. One exception: embedded buttons on Quiz/Score slides cannot be shape buttons, so I use transparent buttons for those..
However, those shape buttons were limited in two ways:
In version 11.5 it is possible to use SVG’s directly as buttons, no need to fill a shape. And you can limit the clickable area to the image itself! This is a big step forward. File size of SVG’s tend to be smaller, compared with bitmap images, and moreover they are excellent for responsive project due to their vector nature. The SVG, activated as button, has all the features of shape buttons: can be used on master slides, can be timed for the rest of the project (not in Fluid Boxes), can be added to quiz and score slides as extra button. A setup with 3 buttons like in this screenshot was not possible in previous versions, because the bounding boxes are overlapping: The screenshot may look blurry (has been converted to bitmap here) but the original SVG’s in Captivate are really crisp. Size of the SVG: about 75Kb.
Similar to SVG’s, bitmap images can directly be used as button, no need to fill a shape. Same for the clickable area: can be limited to the image itself (provided you have an image with transparent pixels of course – no JPEG but GIF or PNG). Depending on the type of images this extends the functionality which I explained in the first point. I will show a use case of custom hotspot questions with partial scoring like described in this older post. Watch out for use cases in future blog posts. Not only are you now rid of the cumbersome workflow which I described here, Themes
Themes have now a dedicated Theme Properties panel. The only way to access this panel is from the dialog box under the big button Themes. You cannot open it with the Windows menu, nor from the Themes menu. That last menu still has to be used to save a customized theme. Here is a screenshot of that panel:
This was a new feature in the first release of CP2019 which I really like a lot. The patch doesn’t add a lot (was well designed from start). On demand from many developer, you now are not only limited to videos on your system or from YouTube, but Vimeo videos are possible as well..
Another improvement is the possibility to insert a sequence of overlay slides (content or KC slides) on a frame of the video.
Theme colors: in the screenshot of the new Themes panel inserted earlier, you see that the main theme colors are now named ‘Color1…. Color10. This fits better the use of the colors, because in previous versions there was a Title color, which was not always used for titles, a Subtitle colors which was rarely used for subtitles etc…
Drag&Drop: when selecting Infinite attempts in the Actions tab, the ‘Failure action’ will disappear, very logical since it will never happen in that situation. Regret however that the wording ‘Failure’ is still not replace by ‘Last Attempt’. The action doesn’t occur On Failure, but only at the last attempt, same as for quiz slides.
Preview menu: for non-responsive projects, the option ‘Preview HTML5 in Browser (F11)’ is now the first option which is great! The death of Flash player for all browsers will soon be a fact, every developer has to switch to HTML5 output. The other Preview methods are all still based on a temporary SWF output (except Play Slide, which is NOT a preview method). To check the future output only the mentioned Preview HTML5 in Browser should be used.
…sure will find more of those.
This was not a complete overview at all. As I explained, need more time for features like the new Assets panel, use of Quick Start Projects, Branching setup, multiple themes, copy/paste appearance etc…
Video-based learning has become an important part of corporate training delivery today. In this article, I share pointers that will help you identify what training videos would work best for your employees.
Using videos for training employees has been around for a while. Of late, there is an acceleration in their usage. This is on account of the wider adoption of mobile learning and microlearning as they both leverage extensively on video-based learning.
Video is an immensely high-impact medium and when used as training videos for employees, they offer:
The value of using training videos for employees lies in their ability to offer:
You can use training videos for employees to supplement your corporate trainings and step up their impact. Some of the key trainings that can leverage on videos for employee training include:
The flexibility of training videos enables you to use them for:
This is not all. The true power of videos for employee training lies in their ability to contribute beyond learning or performance support intervention. They can contribute to other levels of the learning and performance ecosystem, notably to:
As I see it, there are a couple of aspects that you should note:
The cost of video-based learning for formal training or as Performance Support is higher as compared to traditional eLearning development. You also need to be aware that any updates or enhancements do entail significant costs and lead time.
Even though video-based learning offers an immersive learning experience, the video does have an intrinsic limitation of “passivity”. It allows learners only to start/stop or pause.
This can impede the learning impact when you have long run length videos.
Additionally, you cannot track the learners’ progress as they go through videos for training.
You have wide-ranging options that you can offer as training videos for your employees:
Here are 3 interesting options that you should certainly consider:
1. Interactive videos
This is a Next Gen approach that creates highly interactive and immersive video-based learning solutions. It includes:
2. Microlearning videos
These short, focused, bite-sized videos use rapid development approaches. They are particularly useful as a social learning tool. They are designed to be available within the learners’ workflow so that they can access the relevant bite exactly at the time of their need.
3. 360-degree videos for VR and AR
These can take your user engagement and stickiness of learning to an all high level.
Modern learners face challenges of distractions and multi-tasking, and they certainly do not want to carve out a block of time for training. They want the training to be flexible, short, focused, and available on the go. So, as you opt for videos for your employee training, match it with their lifestyle and accordingly, craft the learning journey.
Here is a list of my top 5 strategies you should adopt as you offer training videos for your employees:
You would see:
I hope this article gives you great ideas that you can use as you implement training videos for your employee training. If you have any specific queries, leave a comment below.
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