The Future of Adobe Captivate

One of the most popular questions my viewers on YouTube ask me is what’s going to be in the next version of Adobe Captivate? Of course, I don’t know anything more than anyone else. However, one of the reasons that I enjoy attending the Adobe eLearning live events is the sneak peeks. This week did not disappoint. Here is what we learned.

Interactive video will be a big part of a future version of Adobe Captivate. You will be able to import a video from a file on your computer or from a video streaming service. From there you select various time stamps where you present questions to your learners. Depending on their input, the video can either continue playing from that point or jump back to another location if remediation is required.

360° virtual interactions will also be coming to Adobe Captivate. Imagine being able to present objects or locations to your learners that would be impossible to take them to under normal circumstances. For example, many workplaces may be too hazardous to conduct training sessions in, or perhaps it’s too costly to bring learners on a tour of such facilities. With Adobe Captivate you will be able to capture 360° photos and incorporate them into your eLearning. You will be able to add hotspots where learners can click and learn more about specific areas within that location. At the end of the tour, you can add quizzes to test the knowledge of your learners before they move on.

Last but not least we will see some significant enhancements to Adobe Captivate Prime, Adobe’s cloud-based learning management system that works with the Captivate authoring tool. In addition to the regular functions of an LMS, Prime will allow users to share outside content with their colleagues. Also, users will be able to create content to share with each other. Algorithms will determine if further content curation is required and can assign that curation to subject matter experts for review.

As with all the Adobe sneak peeks it’s important to note that these features are in development and there is no guarantee they will end up in the next release of Adobe Captivate or Captivate Prime. It is interesting to learn about what the future might include and also encouraging to know that Adobe is working hard to make these products even better for us than they already are.

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What Will elearning Look Like In The Future?

Lately I’ve been wondering what elearning will look  like in the future.

With technologies always emerging like virtual reality, gamification and more focus on mobile learning; will there still be a place for the current format of working through modules slide by slide?

I think technologies like VR will become more affordable for everyone and when the process is made easier, it could possibly become the new norm. But is this realistic, and what other technologies do you think could also change how we make training?

It also brings up the question of what skills do you think we should be learning now, for the future, so our current skills won’t become outdated.

Would love to hear your thoughts.


Microlearning-Gather your ingredients

It’s being seen and analyzed as the trend of 2017 for education and all around learning and development. The ecosystem of learning for consumers is overwhelmed, impatient and distracted. In the early days of the internet a study earmarked that a person logged on 5 times a day, present day it could be as much as 27 times, content creators have between 7 and 10 seconds to grab an users attention before they click away.

in 2017 employees find themselves working from several locations and structuring their work in nontraditional ways to accommodate their lifestyles. Companies are finding it difficult to reach these people consistently and even harder to develop them efficiently. Close to 50% of the globes workforce will be mobile by 2020 and video traffic will constitute close to 60% of the Internet’s traffic.Employees are accessing information—and learning—differently than they did just a few years ago. Most are looking for answers outside of traditional training and development channels using online mediums and their mobile phones to justify the “Just in time learning” method.

Rapid change in business and organizations means everyone needs to be constantly learning. Learners are stepping into social ecosystem to understand more about their profession and upskill themselves.

Before creating a new catalog of courses or refurbishing what you already might have its always good to look at some prerequisites, I like to call them qualifiers.

What are the key ingredients you need to begin the ideation and eventually the creation process for Micro sized courses and content ?


Typically employees have less then one percent of a work week for training and learning, the content and delivery method needs to be relevant, collaborative and on demand.

Training and learning and development are moving to more digital formats, it’s colliding with new realities in learners’ jobs, behaviors, habits, and preferences. Catering to the intersection in their learning personalities and great content will show more traction and a clear result oriented ROI.