Converting my PowerPoint to eLearning

I will be ending my Masters in eLearning Design and Development this September and I realised that I have nothing to show the world that I can build eLearning training programmes (let me add that I’m not a guru like Paul Wilson ). Anyway, I decided that I needed to start somewhere, and considering that I do not have content or materials to play around. So, I decided to convert my research presentation to eLearning.

I was impressed as to how easy it was with Captivate 2019 and how beautiful it came out; the following was even added to give it an unusual twist.

  • Animation (Sadly it didn’t work on HTML)
  • Music
  • Quiz
  • Interactions and so much more

You can click to check it out, and the journey has just begun

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The ABC’s of Captivate

Just completed my first Adobe Captivate two day beginner training.  I must say that I am excited to dig my hands in.  I am a trainer for a medical group, and I can already see how captivate will enhance productivity within my role.  Throughout the training, the Captivate trainer did a great job at laying down the foundation as well as guided us through an introductory hands on project to help us put what we learned in to practice.  I’m excited to start developing new content.  More to come…

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Adobe’s Helpful Policy

It really worked!!!
I was very much excited to see new features of Cp2019. BUT, I was also much confused about using Cp2019. Because, as other software, it would be free for 1 month. And I know, time passes so fast that within no time, 1 month gets over. And frankly, currently I was not having budget to go for Cp2019. But Adobe policy to encourage sharing of idea and work to the community & thereby giving free license for 1 year is awesome!!.
Today I got it!!

Thanks to Adobe policy maker and whole back end support team.
I am sure that I will, in-turn, contribute more & more to the Adobe community.
Thanks once again.

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My Journy so far, with Captivate…

I started using Captivate 5.5. in 2014. Captivate Ver 5.5 itself had great features. The best part is, Adobe does not stop after launching a new version with an added feature but continue to bring whole new version every year with lots of new useful features. Presently using 2017, and will soon be using CP 2019.

I also appreciate their back-office team. Once we are recognized as certified, they do have our value. Whenever I have posted any query(regarding matters of Certification, its validity, and its incentives etc. … ) through email, they have always solved the query.

Also community effort to bring all captivate professionals under one roof (https://elearning.adobe.com) is really appreciable. I get a quick response to my query. At the same time, I do get appreciation from others whenever I have posted good work. This makes us proud.

Thank you Adobe.

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Certification as an Adobe Captivate Specialist

Getting Certified as an Adobe Captivate Specialist

This fall (2018) I completed the Adobe Captivate Specialist certification in Las Vegas, Nevada. The certification process was by no means easy. But it was entirely worth it.

Pre-training online

The pre-training was a series of videos covering the A to Z of Adobe Captivate 2019. The videos are made available via Adobe Prime and you work through them in a step-by-step process. All told, it took me approximately 30 hours working in my home office to complete the videos and the associated student activities. I had to plan my time and take plenty of notes.

Face-to-Face training

The online pre-training was followed by an intensive day of face-to-face training in Las Vegas. Our classroom of learners worked, almost non-stop, for seven hours straight. Thanks to our instructor Paul Wilson, the supporting Adobe Captivate team and Kevin Siegel’s book “Adobe Captivate 2019: The Essentials”, we were able to go in-depth, get answers to our questions and become more fluid with the software.

Exam

At the end of our day in Vegas, we sat an online exam. It started with one easy question, which was followed by about 39 difficult questions! My notes and the “Essentials” book helped enormously as I tried to recall the vast body of knowledge that I’d just inhaled. Above all, what mattered during the exam was my headspace. I thought, “No matter what, whether I pass or not, I now posses a solid foundation in one of the leading eLearning authoring tools.”

Celebration and Success

Fortunately, I passed… It was an amazing relief, a source of pride and an incentive to enjoy a city designed for fun. It was also a key reason why I was able to secure my next contract as a Senior Instructional Designer. I may have gotten the job without certification. But to me, the experience and the designation, tipped the scales, if only because it boosted my confidence and helped me sell myself to the hiring organization.

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A Designer’s First Impression of Adobe Captivate

I don’t have a background in teaching or education (unlike many other participants in this community), but instead have many years of experience working as a designer for advertising agencies and publishers. Most recently I was involved in crafting a interface (UI) for the new eLearning hub of a large Australian university. This project sparked my interested in eLearning design and I decided to take a closer look at Adobe Captivate. Here is my first impression of Adobe Captivate:

User Interface
Being already very familiar with the software of the Adobe Creative Cloud – particularly InDesign, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator After Effects, Premiere Pro – I was surprised that the user interface seemed to be more closely related to some of the Microsoft applications than other Adobe software. Maybe this is because many educators are more likely to have used Microsoft Word or PowerPoint than Adobe InDesign or Photoshop? Nevertheless the interface seemed to be easy to grasp and necessary tools and commands were easy enough to locate.

Pricing
Even though it would have been great to have Captivate automatically included in ones Creative Cloud subscription, I believe the monthly subscription price is reasonable enough – especially compared to some of Adobe’s main competitors in the eLearning space…

Multi-Platform
What I believe is great about Adobe Captivate is that it’s available for both Windows and Macintosh. Unlike some competitors that are only available for Windows machines, Captivate can be downloaded for MacOS. It makes things so much easier, as I don’t have to either buy a cheap Windows laptop just to run my eLearning software or install a Windows emulator on my Mac.

I’ll post another testimonial as soon as I’ve had more time to explore Adobe Captivate.

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Baby and I Journey to Adobe Learning Summit, Las Vegas 2018

I’m CheRae, an (aspiring freelance) Instructional designer specializing in developing eLearning courses.

The thing I like most about being an Instructional Designer is that I get to wear so many different hats. In a single day, I’ve been a Film Maker, Voice Actor, Script Writer, Producer, Photographer, Graphic Designer, Teacher, and Video Game Developer!​

My eLearning journey first began in college when I created an LMS site in my Curriculum Instruction class. I enjoyed the assignment so much that during my work study as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant I persuaded the Instructor to allow me to build a site for our class. That experience enabled me to obtain my first Instructional Design internship before graduating, where I first used the Adobe Captivate authoring tool.

After starting a family and taking a hiatus from developing eLearning products I recently got serious about sharpening my skills and attended the Adobe Learning Summit in Las Vegas where I completed the Adobe Captivate Specialist assessment following the pre-work modules. While I thought it very difficult to complete all of the pre-work modules within the two week period things at the convention went fairly smooth.

Everything was awesome! Adobe created an app to help attendees register for breakout sessions and navigate the convention halls where there was tons of free food around every corner and plenty of interesting topics and people. The keynote speaker even elicited a tear from my eye as she spoke about the difficulties of raising a family and being a career woman and since I had traveled to the convention with a 12-month-old infant her words really resonated with me at a time that I really needed to hear them.

The best part of it all is that I get continued access to the library of video tutorials from Dr. Pooja Jaisingh Adobe Prime. I have to admit I was little skeptical but I can know testify that it was worth every penny!

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Captivate Training

Back in August, I was lucky enough to have a Captivate 2019 training course with a world-renowned Captivate expert (who has requested to be unnamed). This training course gave me an unparalleled insight into the features and best practices of Captivate.

The training was formatted in a way that catered to new Captivate users as well as users who had a simple understanding of Captivate, like me. Not only were we taught the information, but we were then given to chance to learn and make mistakes on our own. Upon completion of each task, the instructor recommended better ways to solve our problems.

While I learned a lot during this training, some of the most important elements were best practices for using Captivate to improve efficiency in our builds. For instance, I learned how to create custom workspaces, which has since saved me a lot of time. I’ve also learned how to create defaults based upon my project building needs (add properties, timing, library, etc). Additionally, I gained a better understanding of the differences between responsive and blank projects and learned about the new 2019 feature, interactive videos.

By the end of this training course, I not only learned new tools, but I also learned better course building strategies. My previous learning had been self-taught and was very limited, but my instructor provided knowledge and experience to improve my future courses.

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Adobe Captivate – easy kick-off into video tutorials

Just started with Captivate 2019, I needed to do a video tutorial for a design software package, I had never done anything like it before. Within about 15 minutes I had screen recording up and running, corrected audio soon followed and there was my first video (audio is much trickier than I thought, plus hearing one’s own voice takes a bit of getting used to!).

I can’t wait to explore the other tools for my Graphic Design Fundamentals course I am putting together.

Takes my design as well as my lecturing to a new level and opens it up to a new audience!

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My first and only authoring tool.

When I first started to work in e-learning, I thought the job was easy. I assumed that the experience I had had as a classroom teacher will make my life easy in then-trending e-learning business, and, very naively, thought that  e-learning doesn’t differ much from any other kind of teaching. Soon I realized that I was completely wrong. Of course, teaching experience helps, but e-learning turned out to be a whole new world.

I went through a long line of frustration trying to rely on open source software and here came Adobe Captivate. My first (and only) authoring program. I started with version 6, and since then, I can tell the software made a tremendous progress. It is not ideal, but we don’t live in an ideal world. I did not have almost any experience with competing software, but as I notice it’s just a matter of choice. There were some people who tried to ‘convert’ me to other authoring tools, but they weren’t successful. I can say that Captivate has all the features you need to create great e-learning resources. But it is a tool, so it doesn’t do the job for us.

A great thing is that Adobe Captivate developers try to follow the trends. In the contemporary fast- changing world is so hard to follow the trends. But here, I really think Captivate is successful. We have responsiveness included (was it version 8 that the first responsive possibilities were added (?) later followed by fluid boxes), now interactive videos and VR. I can honestly say that Captivate abilities are only limited by the amount of our creativity.

And finally,  I also value this community, I discovered not so long ago. Thank you all participants and contributors! I am waiting for more to come !

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