MAKE TRAINING FUN!

Employee motivation and engagement is a critical component of employee relations in any organization today. When you add training requirements to everyday work tasks, it can be perceived as extra work that needs more time and energy than a person already spends at the workplace. It becomes imperative that employees feel propelled by something more than just managerial directives to take on and complete training. Additionally, L&D invests a lot in developing, procuring, and tailoring content for organizational training initiatives.

Click below to see how Adobe Captivate Prime can help you make training fun at work, and keep learners / employees engaged and motivated.

Make Training Fun – A 2021 customer guide

Please do get in touch with your Customer Success Manager for more information. For support issues, please contact captivateprimesupport@adobe.com. For feedback regarding this document please email jaisim@adobe.com.

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What is a Learning Experience Platform

Are you starting to notice acronyms like LEP and LXP and left scratching your head? The world of Learning & Development is constantly evolving and for quite a while now we’ve seen these acronyms growing more popular. But what is behind them, and are they relevant to you and your learning programs?

Adobe Captivate Prime - LXP interface

A Learning Experience Platform is an online service (in the ‘cloud’) that supports the delivery of learning objects (courses, learning programs and certifications) personalized to each learner. One good way to quickly understand the aspects of a Learning Experience Platform is to compare the evolution of such solutions to Netflix and other streaming video services. In most early cases, LXP’s were built as ‘bolt-on’ solutions that added this Netflix style personalization to existing Learning Management Systems in order to enable robust reporting, while adding personalization and aggregation / cultivation tools to the learning programs and solutions used by an organization.

In general, an LXP (or the functionality attributed to LXP’s) will augment a conventional LMS to add the following functionality;

  • Personalized content recommendations
    • Based on your job
    • Based on your known interests / skills
    • Based on the behavior you have had within the system (what learning have you accessed, been assigned etc.)
    • Based on the behavior of people like you (your peers, others with common skills and interests)
    • Based on common behavior across industries (other people with similar skill requirements and interests)
  • Easy aggregation of learning (often called ‘learning paths’)
    • Create your own ‘playlists’ by clicking + buttons or similar to add desirable content
    • Express your own ‘interests’ / skill paths to ‘teach’ the AI/ML engine what kinds of things you consider relevant
    • Shared paths / playlists – some social mechanism to allow ‘experts’ to recommend content and content collections that are particularly useful for learning some larger content areas.
  • Endorsement Mechanics
    • Rating tools – like stars, upvotes etc.
    • Commenting tools – methods to discuss or comment on learning content
  • Aggregation of courses from many catalogs
    • Common ‘course cards’ give a common front end search and access experience, even when serving up courses from diverse content providers
  • Marketing / Promotion tools
    • Banners or other mechanisms to promote important learning events and programs
    • Mechanisms to inject courses & learning objects, targetted to specific groups (audiences) within the organization

All of these functions are now available within Adobe Captivate Prime LMS. The new immersive interface effectively adds the high performing engagement advantages of a modern LXP, to the robust compliance and data reporting capabilities and blended learning (support for both face-to-face instructor led training and virtual instructor led training.) By including the entire technology support stack in a single solution Adobe gives organizations the ability to promote a modern, comprehensive culture of learning with a single, enterprise ready technology that is well suited to meet their learning and development needs and to slip easily into their existing technology stack. Organizations can replace multiple legacy technologies with a single, modern, intelligent solution.  If you want to learn more about this, check out my upcoming webinar on the LXP functionality inherent in Adobe Captivate Prime LMS.

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STRUCTURE YOUR TRAINING PROGRAMS ACCORDING TO YOUR TRAINING GOALS

How do you decide what kind of Training to create? Do you base it on the subject matter, length, format, user group, convenience? The good news is that all these factors help you decide.

Your Content Library may contain hundreds of training Modules, the smallest units of learning in Adobe Captivate Prime. When you start assembling these into Courses, Learning Programs and Certifications, it would help to keep in mind some objectives.

Click on the icon below to download our document on how to choose when to create a Course and when to create a Learning Program in captivate Prime.

Please do send us feedback and comments: jaisim@adobe.com or leave them below.

Thanks for reading! We hope you enjoyed the document and that you come back for more!

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Yeni bir öğrenme alışkanlığı (A new learning habit)

Son zamanlarda yaşadığımız pandemi dönemi biz öğretmenlere eğitim ve öğretim ile ilgili yavaşça değişen bir sistemin belki on kat daha hızlı değiştiğini hatta dönüştüğü gösterdi. Bu sistemin adı uzaktan öğrenme, çevrimiçi öğrenme ya da online öğrenme olarak adlandırılıyor. Pandeminin yarattığı paradigma dönüşümü, öğretmenleri de ayrı bir meydan okumanın içine itti. Yüz yüze yapılan eğitim öğretim sürecinin verdiği etkiyi uzaktan  eğitimde nasıl sağlayacaklardı? İlk başlarda çok zorlandılar. Oyunun kurallarını çabuk öğrenenler ve dönüşüme ayak uyduranlar bir üst seviyeye çıkabildi. Uzaktan ders tasarımının yüz yüze ders tasarımıyla yapı olarak faklı olması bazı öğretmenleri beklediklerinden daha zorlu bir duruma soktu. İşte bu noktada öğrenme yönetim sistemleri devreye girdi. Öğrenciler ve veliler ile iletişimin, bilgi paylaşımının, görev vermenin, multimedya araçlarının daha rahat sağlandığı bu sistemlerin öğrenim sürecine entegrasyonu öğretmenin üzerinde ki yükü bir nebze de olsa aldı.

Bir üst kademeye geçen öğretmenler ise artık daha yaratıcı olabilecekleri yazılımlar aramaya başladı. İşte o nokta da Adobe Captivate 2019 ile tanıştım. Derslerimde mümkün olduğunca çok interaktif öğelere yer verip öğrencilerin derse daha aktif katılımını sağlayacak bir araç ararken karşılaştığım ve özellik senaryo, oyun, video ve etkileşimli sunumlar yapabileceğimi düşündüğüm Adobe Captivate 2019 maceram bugün itibariyle başlıyor. Bakalım neler olacak? Öğrenecek çok şey var. Ama bende de bir üst seviyeye daha çıkacak motivasyon var. Her şey çocuklar için. Öğrenme durmamalı. Öğrenciler küsmemeli ve öğretmenler ders tasarımı yaparken bu durumun ciddiyetinde olmalı. Bu sebepten Adobe Captivate 2019 ile oyunlar, videolar, etkileşimli sunumlar yaparak öğrencilerime daha eğlenceli bir ders ortamı hazırlamayı düşünüyorum.

Ben hazırım. Haydi başlayalım!

 

English Translation:

The recent pandemic period has shown us teachers that a slowly changing system of education and training is changing maybe ten times faster. The name of this system is called distance learning, online learning or online learning. The paradigm transformation created by the pandemic has also pushed teachers into a separate challenge. How would they ensure the impact of the face-to-face education process in distance education? They had a hard time at first. Those who learned the rules of the game quickly and kept up with the transformation were able to take it to the next level. The different structure of distance lesson design with face-to-face course design has put some teachers in a more challenging situation than they expected. That’s where learning management systems came in. The integration of these systems into the learning process, where communication with students and parents, sharing information, tasking and multimedia tools are provided more comfortably, took some of the burden on the teacher.

Teachers who have taken it to the top are now looking for software that they can be more creative with. That’s where I met Adobe Captivate 2019. My Adobe Captivate 2019 adventure begins today, when I’m looking for a tool to feature as many interactive elements as possible in my lessons and allow students to participate more actively in the course, and I think I can make feature scenarios, games, videos, and interactive presentations. Let’s see what happens. There’s so much to learn. But I have the motivation to take it to the next level. It’s all about the kids. Learning mustn’t stop. Students should not be deprived of it, and teachers should be serious about this situation when designing courses. For this reason, with Adobe Captivate 2019, I plan to create a more fun lesson environment for my students by making games, videos, interactive presentations.

I’m ready to go. Let’s get started!

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Engage Learners with Automated & Customized Emails

From the time a user is added and registered in the LMS there are a variety of actions they are subject to or undertake, from being assigned roles, to being enrolled in Trainings, to being waitlisted, to being sent reminders, to being sent recommendations for trainings they may like.

If you are an enterprise with a large number of employees, who may at any time be enrolled in a variety of training programs, at different stages of completion, it becomes hard to keep up with the updates of the “who, where, when, and what” in an organized and efficient manner when it comes to their training progress.

The provision of a variety of email notification templates is a very useful tool for Administrators of an LMS, enabling them to decide when an email should be sent and to whom, and to customize it as they see fit. Additionally, learners also benefit from a wide range of email notifications, keeping them posted on their onboarding status, enrollments in Trainings, approaching deadlines, and even how their colleagues are faring on the leaderboard.

Download our customer guide and find out more:

Automate and Customize Email Notifications – Customer Guide

Hope you learnt something new and hope it helped! If you have any feedback or comments please do email me at jaisim@adobe.com. Always glad to hear from you.

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Making Responsive Projects in Captivate, that fit Prime perfectly.

Today, I did a thing. I recreated one of the default Captivate QSP’s (Quick Start Projects) – the first ten or so slides at any rate, in a rescaled variation. I wanted to share this because I usually want my projects to export from Captivate, to Captivate Prime.  I usually want my projects to be fully responsive, and that includes the ability to make those projects go all the way from full screen on a typical 1920 x 1080 view in browser, down to a mobile phone.

The problem, the project is postage stamped on the much larger screen.

By default however, Captivate responsive projects are size capped at 1024 x 627. Now for you, that might be fine, and you might be sure that your users are not viewing content on larger displays, but for me – I’m pretty sure that those who view my projects will see them at the larger size. Before I get into the details, I’ll share that I might have been more reticent to increase the default size of a Captivate project, if I were planning to do screen capture.  Increasing the project scale by this much could lead to a massive increase in the size of the resulting project – especially if that project contained heavy full screen video or application capture animation.

The project filling the entire screen - now at an appropriate max scale.

But if you do want your responsive project to grow to fill a screen that’s much bigger than 1024 x 627, I thought I’d share the steps required to make it so, even if you wanted to do it with a Quick Start project. This is a fairly simple task, rescaling a Captivate project requires just one command, however – because the project is responsive, there will usually be several additional tasks required in order to ensure that your project continues to behave nicely while it changes size and adjusts to fit other views and orientations.

I began the process in Captivate 2019, latest update. I created a new, blank, responsive project. Captivate happily creates a project for you, but … the max size is shown at the top of the window – and it isn’t the size that you wanted.  You might be tempted to try to adjust the max display size using the fields at the top of the stage, but that won’t do it.  You’ll need to use the Modify Scale command. From the top menu, select Modify: Rescale Project. This will then show you a simple dialog, where you can enter the appropriate maximum size. (1920 x 1080)

Do not select Maintain Aspect Ratio. Once you have typed in the new size, then press the ‘Finish’ button. Aaaaannnnnddd… nothing will appear to have happened.

Oddly, what will really happen is your project size display will now read 1024 x 1080. Just ignore it, your project is bigger than that, but it is ‘displaying’ only this portion of the project. We will be a bit more insistent.  Type 1920 into the stage width parameter at top of screen, and then type 1080 in the height parameter at the top of the screen.  If you want to make this setting available in future, also click the plus button to the right of the stage size options, and it will let you name this mega view.

Now you have a project that is set to full size, and you have a display view setup to view the entire project at that full size. Maybe.  It is possible, likely even, that in Captivate you do not by default have the application environment setup to link the actual height of slides to the preview height of slides. If that is the case you will see a broken link icon in the properties panel of the stage property inspector next to the preview height property.  To fix this, just select the icon / button and now the stage height will match the preview height. (1080)

But what about those tasty templates? What happens if you import a quick start template into this mega size template?  Depending on which slide(s) you import, you might not immediately see the difference. This is because background images in Quick Start templates, usually take advantage of the ’tile’ option, to change the size / location of the background image as the slide changes size and orientation responsively. However, that also means that most backgrou.nd images will be too small to perform as expected. The best fix for this is to simply resize the background image in order to ensure that it is large enough to fit the expanded size of the larger default slide. If the new image is upsized, then you will find that it fills the space, even without changing the fill option from image: tile, to image:scale.

So what’s the difference between image fill: tile, and image fill: scale. As the name suggests, scaling an image fill area will cause the image to stretch to fill the width and height of its container. This can be a big problem in responsive projects because the container can totally change from tall to skinny etc, and it will badly distort photographic images.  Tiled images can be locked to the center, or to one side / corner, and the pattern will simply repeat if the image is too large. Perhaps more importantly for responsive projects, tiled images will kind of auto-crop themselves, based on their alignment – so if the ‘figure’ is on the right, you lock the image to the right, and when scaled horizontally, the figure will simply trim the left side as space diminishes. This is how I was able to adjust the templates. I simply enlarged the background images (usually assigned to the fluid box backgrounds) and made no other substantial changes to backgrounds and images. I also increased the font sizes of the major text elements, in order to ensure that it looked right at even the larger size.

I suspect that adjusting things like quiz questions will incur a steeper penalty – take a lot longer to tweak, but this could provide you with a simple startup guide to begin the process, so I thought I’d share my experience. I’d love to hear your process – and more thoughts from you about handling this sort of thing.  I spoke with Dr. Pooja Jaising about this and she mentioned that you can easily handle this by using non-responsive projects, and ticking the box to enable HTML5 scaling – though of course you would lose the responsive behavior for tablets and phones.

Let me know your ideas and strategies in the comments.  I’ve included the sample I made Safety Course Mega Size – CPTX source, for your convenience.

 

 

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We’re hiring a new Adobe Captivate Prime LMS Evangelist … is that you?

Social Learning

The Adobe Captivate Prime team is seeking a hardworking communicator and experienced specialist in the learning management industry & related technology to provide vision and leadership for a fast growing, software as a service solution. As a leader in the digital learning technology space, we are committed to our customers’ success and the Evangelist ensures that customers’ needs are met both immediately and in the future. Collaboration across all divisions, including marketing, product management, customer success and sales is at the core of success in this work. By facilitating vision and communication across all internal groups and customers the Learning Evangelist has an opportunity to guide, while serving as the representative of the customer for Adobe, and the voice of Adobe for customers.

Learn more / apply for the role here: https://adobe.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/external_experienced/job/Remote-District-Of-Columbia/Learning-Evangelist_R102832-1

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Issues with videos after publishing – Captivate to Captivate Prime

I have created a project within Captivate using a number of YouTube videos.  When I preview the project using the “HTML5 in Browser” option, the course runs as I would expect – videos automatically start, buttons are usable, etc.

I need to publish this course within Captivate Prime, so I have tried 2 methods:

1) Publishing directly to Prime

2) Publishing as an HTML5 to my computer

While both “publish” without issues, when I preview the content, the videos do not automatically play.  The slide timing is the same as video is supposed to be, but it does not play…

I am a beginner who is learning through trial-and-error and webinars, and it isn’t working..Play

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The Adobe Captivate Prime Power Bi Connector – Best practices and more

You can now configure Power BI to export unified reports from the LMS, enabling you to combine L&D data with the rest of your enterprise data, or just achieve combined learning reports as needed.

Download and read the document here  to find out more.

We’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to comment here or drop me an email at jaisim@adobe.com.

Happy eLearning!

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