Adobe Captivate Prime ranked #2 in Top 20 LMS Software based on User Experience!!

We are super excited to announce that Adobe Captivate Prime has been ranked #2 in Top 20 LMS Software based on User Experience for 2019 published by eLearning Industry!

Adobe Captivate Prime was launched in 2015 with the objective of delivering seamless and engaging learning experiences. This award truly reflects our commitment towards our customers for offering industry-leading features that allow them to scale as they grow, and continuously reduce employee skill gaps.

Read the full report on the award here.

If you’re ready to invest in an LMS that features a mobile app, extended enterprise and partner training, sales enablement and social learning support, then look no further. Adobe Captivate Prime provides a free 30-day trial so that you can experience all these the benefits firsthand.

For more details, please write to Adobe Captivate Prime team at

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Demo of Adobe Captivate Prime’s New Social Learning & Compliance Features

Adobe Captivate Prime just released some great new social learning and compliance features!  You may have seen Dr. Allen Partridge’s recent post that breaks down some of the great new items you can explore.

Allen and I also presented a 60 minute demo today, hosted by Training Magazine Network.  (Click the link to watch the recording.)  We spent twenty minutes discussing how to deploy social learning and user generated content effectively.  And then Allen provided a step by step demonstration of the new features.

If you’d like some quick two minute videos on the new features, you can find them on the YouTube channel.

Check it out!  And please comment below if you have questions or suggestions.

Try Adobe’s learning management system, Captivate Prime, for free.  Connect with the author on Twitter or LinkedIn, and follow me on Adobe’s eLearning blog.

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Give Learners a Voice by Incorporating Social Learning

If you’re a fan of Adobe Captivate Prime, you may be aware of the new social learning features that were just released.  My favorite new feature has to be the discussion boards, which allow groups of learners to share web based and user generated content easily.  You can find out more in the below video.  (Videos on the other new features can be found here.)

Social learning is an important developing aspect of the learning technology industry.  So much of what we learn comes from informal interactions with the people we know, whether we’re interacting in person or through social media.

Sometimes we as learning professionals don’t need to have “the answer” for the learner.  Sometimes we instead help learners connect with people who can support their learning experience.  Here are some ways we can do that:

  • Create communities of practice that either meet in person or virtually
  • Create a mentorship program and provide a framework for mentors and mentees to collaborate effectively
  • Ensure self-paced and e-learning courses have at least one collaborative component where learners interact through a discussion board, virtual session, or classroom session.  See this article on blended learning.
  • Find ways to actively involve the learner.  Allow learners to share their knowledge and problem solve through project based learning.  Incorporate elements of constructivism into learning experiences.

Learning technology is making it easier to manage a global classroom and provide the social connection we all crave.  What are some ways you’ve used technology to connect learners?  Please share in the comments section.

Try Adobe’s learning management system, Captivate Prime, for free.  Connect with the author on Twitter or LinkedIn, and follow me on Adobe’s eLearning blog.

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Adobe’s LMS Amps up Engagement & Compliance in New Release

Adobe Captivate Prime, the learning management system from Adobe has been carving out new ground since its initial release in 2015. Today’s enhancements continue that trend and are marked by a clear milestone for the industry in Social Learning, User Generated Content & Gamification.

Social Learning

With a keen eye toward engagement, Adobe’s LMS has always demonstrated visionary leadership. Adobe began by delivering the universal HTML5 based content player that delivers courses, documents, videos & more all in any modern web browser. All of this is accomplished without the need for any plugins or proprietary players. By providing an immersive course viewer and removing all proprietary document formats, Adobe gave us a simple, hassle free learning experience.

Fluidic Player Image

This update goes well beyond the engagement level of the fluidic player. This version introduces common-sense social & user generated content tools that incentivize participation by adding integrated gamification features. Think of your learners – they are all over the Internet today. They identify articles, videos, blogs & more. They share these learning assets with one another using various social media apps, emails, IM’s and casual conversations. Unfortunately, there is virtually no way to track those asset shares, and no way to vet them to discover their value and veracity.

Check out the video overview of these new social learning features.

This release of Adobe Captivate Prime (LMS) provides solutions for learners to share materials that they discover online, to share their own, user generated content – via videos, audio recordings, postings, polls & more – and it provides the tools to create those user generated contributions. It provides an architecture to align those postings to skills / competencies within your organizational framework and it delivers a solution for the moderation problem – how do you ensure that posts are relevant, true and appropriate, that leverages the skill experts you already have in your organization. People who share content are incentivized to do so with gamification points, and people who review / approve posts are similarly incentivized.

  • Share the stuff you found online
  • Share your own tutorials, thoughts, and other creations
  • Use simple tools built right into the LMS
  • Easily align the posts to skills / competencies
  • Moderation is simple, fun, distributed by expertise & incentivized
  • Sharing is rewarded

The net result is an out of the box solution for social learning that is ready to go for virtually any organization.

Social posts are organized around conversational topics – or discussion boards in Adobe Captivate Prime. If, for example, I wanted to add some thoughts about ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ I could simply go to the Social Learning tab in Adobe Captivate Prime and select the option to ‘Post.’   If I didn’t find a board that seemed appropriate for my post, I can simply click the link to ‘Create a New Board.’

When you post, you will have an opportunity to post using a variety of media. You can simply type your message and add to the board in text, or you could mark that post a question – or even add a poll. You can also post via video recording, audio recording or screen capture. When you select one of these options the Adobe Captivate Prime app will open. (If you haven’t used it before, it will prompt you to download and install.) With this extension you can record web cam, microphone, and screen capture. This will allow you and your team to easily create quick tutorials, demonstrations and more to share ideas and information with one another.

Check out Katrina Baker’s post on Discussion boards

You can also upload files to share on the board or select files from the gallery of files you have created previously. Finally, you can leverage the browser plugin in Adobe Captivate Prime’s Social Learning tools to share a web page, article or other online asset with your internal team. Simply drag the icon into your browser’s bookmark bar, and then click the item in the bookmark bar when you are viewing the online resource that you want to share internally.  A small window / dialog will open and ask you some basic information about your post, like onto which discussion board you would like to share the content.

See Katrina’s post on the new Adobe Captivate Prime App

These expanded tools also add some cool potential uses to your LMS. I’m particularly excited about the private discussion boards. It is possible to use boards that are set to private to review submissions of skill demonstration video & audio recordings, either to monitor employee progress 1:1, for things like sales presentations, or to work with small groups – enabling teams to react and respond to one another’s work. This creates an opportunity to support mentoring and team collaboration within the social learning architecture.

In this new social learning architecture, each learner may be followed, creating a platform for social networking within your organization – and an opportunity to expand each employees connections to others within your team.  Posts may be up/down voted and subject matter experts actively evaluate the veracity and relevance of shared content to help minimize the workload for administrators, and maximize the value for your personnel.

Administrators have a dashboard to monitor the activity of boards, easily see who is actively curating content, and monitor the overall state of learning as well as the interest & activity aligned to organizational skills.  It provides an architecture for rapid response to changes in your industry granting quick information about trending topics of interest for the people in your organization.

Check out Katrina Baker’s overview of the Team Dashboard Feature

Another great enhancement in this update to Adobe Captivate Prime is the Team Dashboard for managers. Compliance training can be painful for everyone involved. Learners are often resistant to participate, and administrators generally abhor the chore of tracking down delinquency. Adobe has added a myriad of new tools to simplify compliance tracking and placed them where they add the most value.  Managers now have actionable dashboards with easy instant overviews of compliance completion rates whenever they log in.

The new skill tracker report in the Manager ‘Team View’ Dashboard.

This expands the role of managers to simplify compliance monitoring and improve overall awareness about skill gaps / progress toward skill achievement of every member of their direct and down line teams. Managers can easily identify teams and team members who are lagging, and even use the new predictive chart to identify skill / competency achievement – compared to their own expectations. This sweet new chart let’s you track skill accomplishment vs. your own timeline for skill achievement. If you planned to have 90% of your team up-skilled in machine learning by Fall, wouldn’t it be helpful to know if you were on target toward reaching that goal. Now you can monitor that progress at a glance and see both your expected target and the projected progress based on actual skill completion. It provides a simple mechanism to warn you if skill achievements are below your expectation, and simple tools to reach out to your team managers and prompt additional work if the progress is falling behind.

You can check out all of the new features in Adobe Captivate Prime today, just sign up here to try it out for yourself. There are quite a few additional features in there that I didn’t mention above. (New support for audio in the fluidic player, support for tracking outcomes of multiple quiz attempts, and awesome new QR code feature that adds the ability to instantly enroll and mark completion for a course – enabling some very cool use cases, like documenting informal huddles.)  As usual, we love to hear from you – so don’t be shy, share your thoughts and questions below.

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Learning Thursday #10 – The Many Acronyms of Learning Technology

Learning Thursday is a blog series that features a new L&D article every other week along with discussion points.  Read and then share your own ideas by commenting below!  Check out the last Learning Thursday here.

Have you ever noticed how many acronyms there are in the learning and development industry?

You’d think we were NASA.  Every instructional design model, every teaching method, and every new flavor of learning technology has an acronym.  Why?

In two words: Marketing strategy.

Take learning technology vendors for example.  Many acronyms are used to delineate different types of learning systems, when in fact the functionality across the categories is similar.  For reference, here are some of the more prominent learning system categories.  Feel free to comment other types below this article:

It’s not easy to define which system features or traits belong in which category.  It can be difficult to tell whether a specific platform is principally a learning management system (LMS), or a learning content management system (LCMS), or something else entirely.  An LMS can easily have learning record store (LRS) features, and vice versa.  Adobe Captivate Prime is an example of “hybrid” learning technology that straddles more than one category.

Here’s a video where I discuss similarities and differences between an LMS, LCMS, and LRS:

You might ask, if there’s so much overlap between system types, why don’t we just let go of these acronyms and refer to everything as a learning technology platform?  Because there’s the need for vendors to market their platforms.  And part of marketing is differentiation – making one product seem in some way better, more innovative, or more learner centric.  Making one type of learning technology seem more desirable than another.

I was talking recently with McLean & Company, contributing to their annual learning technology report that will come out this summer.  One of their questions was, “Are learning management systems going away?”  My response was that, in time, the term learning management system may indeed be replaced with something else.  But the inherent functionality we associate with an LMS – the course catalog, reporting capabilities, and much more – are necessary for many organizations and will continue to exist.

The fact of the matter is, it doesn’t matter which type of system a vendor provides, or what they call it.  What matters is whether their platform does what your organization needs, whether it’s user friendly, and whether the future of the platform is aligned to your organization’s goals.

If you are in the process of selecting a learning technology platform, look past the marketing verbiage and evaluate each platform for what it truly is.

Feel free to comment and share your opinions.

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Upcoming Webinar: “Five Must-Haves in an LMS to Get Mobile Learning Right”

Join us! On April 24, ATD Orange County hosts a virtual session of my class, “Five Must-Haves in an LMS to Get Mobile Learning Right.” It’s open to the public in exchange for a small donation to ATD. Click here for details.

The slideshare and session description are below. This webinar is inspired by Adobe’s white paper by the same name. Check out page three for useful L&D studies and resources.

Got Mobile? Our corporate learners are on the go constantly, which means we need to make training opportunities accessible from a wide range of locations. Fortunately, learning technology enables us to reach employees no matter where they work or travel.

Join Katrina Marie Baker to explore five ways a Learning Management System (LMS) can enable mobile learning. We will discuss how to:

  • Make just in time training content available to on-site and remote employees
  • Use QR codes to efficiently track classroom and on the floor/on the job learning
  • Enable travelers and sales representatives to access resources when wifi isn’t available
  • Format content so it displays responsively on mobile devices (links to supplemental resources will be provided)
  • Incorporate mobile learning into an employee’s overall blended learning experience

We look forward to seeing you!

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[Free Webinar #2!] Convert Classroom Training to Blended Learning Using Your Creativity and Adobe Technology

I recently did a webinar on this topic.  (Check out the recording and the slideshare.)  We had an awesome group who shared tons of ideas, so we’re going to do the webinar one more time!  Join us on April 2 at 9AM Pacific.

Register for free with eLearning Industry.

If you just can’t get enough of blended learning, come to my keynote session at ATD’s New England Area Conference on March 29.  We’d love to see you!

Convert Classroom Training To Blended Learning Using Your Creativity & Adobe Technology

Blended learning is a common buzz phrase in L&D, and it’s one that deserves attention. Using a blended learning approach means providing course content in a variety of formats – including videos, games, virtual reality (VR) activities, basic documents, and eLearning courses! You may mix and match many delivery formats in order to create a learning environment that is engaging and cost-effective.

Blended learning courses often include classroom or virtual classroom training experiences. But other content is used to augment and enhance the classroom. You may even deliver the same course content in multiple delivery formats so learners can choose how they want to learn. Blended learning gives L&D professionals the flexibility to use every type of course content in order to best serve the learner’s needs.

Katrina Marie Baker, Senior Learning Evangelist at Adobe, will provide food for thought on the following points:

  • Benefits of blended learning as they relate to the learner and organization
  • A cost comparison of 100% instructor-led training (ILT) versus blended learning
  • How to incorporate classroom experiences with other types of course content to engage learners
  • Ways learning technology can add value and make it easier to develop and deliver blended learning
  • Understand how the Fluidic player can help you leverage fully blended courses in your training programs

Group discussion will take place throughout the session.

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Managing Instructor-led training from the Instructor’s perspective

“Before you teach the course, you must schedule it.” – Confucius
Okay, maybe that’s not a direct quote from Confucius… but it’s still 100% true!  Many learning professionals spend time each day scheduling instructor-led and virtual instructor-led classes in their learning management system.
This session explains how to efficiently manage classes in Adobe’s learning management system, Adobe Captivate Prime.  You will learn how to:

  • Schedule instructor-led and virtual instructor-led classes
  • Use QR codes to streamline classroom attendance tracking
  • Manage attendees, multiple class sections, and wait lists
  • Add resources to a class
  • Track virtual attendee participation automatically via integration between Captivate Prime and Connect

These handy tips will be delivered by Dr. Allen Partridge, Head of Evangelism, Digital Learning Solutions, Adobe.

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