Localize Table of Contents to Different Language

A recent question in the forum was how to localize the Table of Contents text to another language.

You can edit the CPM.js file in the Assets folder > js folder – use Notepad to do so:

See example below.



Duration:true,statusFlag:true,hasSelfPaced:true,htmlFileId:19348,clear:’Clear Status Flag’,bookmark:’Bookmark’,moreInfo:’More Info’,slideTitle:’Slide Title’,duration:’Duration’,minutes:’Minutes’,go:’Go’,noSearchText:’No Matches Found’,


Duration:true,statusFlag:true,hasSelfPaced:true,htmlFileId:19348,clear:’Bandera de Estado Clara’,bookmark:’Marcador’,moreInfo:’Más información’,slideTitle:’Título de la diapositiva’,duration:’Duración’,minutes:’Minutos’,go:’Mi para Ir’,noSearchText:’No se encontraron coincidencias’

Make sure you edit the file after you publish your last version of your project. Also if the language has accents save the CPM.js file out of Notepad in UTF-8 format.

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Creating a Question Slide

Question slides are the foundation for analyzing what the learner has retained. You can use them for graded, survey, and pretest quizzes.

From the menu bar

1.  Click Quiz.

2. Select Question Slide.

3. Select the type of Question Slide you need from the Insert Question options.

Question Slide Options When Creating a Question Slide

For this example, we’re going to create a Multiple Choice Question Slide.

4. Select Multiple Choice.

You have the choice of creating a graded question slide, survey question slide, or pretest question slide. For this example, we’re going to choose ‘Graded’. Graded is the preselected option.

What type of question slide will you create

5. Click Ok.

6.  Double – click on the shaded area that says ‘Type the question here’.

7. Type your question.

8. Double click next to the letter A) where it says ‘type the answer here.’

9. Highlight the phrase ‘type the answer here.’

10. Press delete on your keyboard.

11. Type your first answer choice.

12. Double click next to the letter B) where it says ‘type the answer here.’

13. Highlight the phrase ‘type the answer here.’

14. Press delete on your keyboard.

15. Type your second answer choice.

16. Confirm the quiz properties are set based on the needs of your course.

You’ll find the settings to the right of the workspace area for the slide.

Question Slide Properties

17. Press Preview Slide.

18. Click File.

19. Select Save.

You’ve successfully created a multiple choice quiz slide.

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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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4 Amazing Ways To Uplift Boring Compliance Training With Microlearning

If you are looking for ways to make your compliance training compelling and interesting, read on! In this article, I show you how you can uplift your compliance training with microlearning and, successfully, meet your mandate.

How To Uplift Boring Compliance Training With Microlearning

Compliance training is crucial training for organizations that are mandated to comply with the policies and procedures from Govt or Regulatory bodies. The compliance training requires 100% conformance, and it must be completed a certain number of times during the year.

As a result, opting for an online mode of training to deliver and track compliance training makes tremendous sense. It enables organizations to roll out the training to the entire workforce at the same time, easily track their progress, and timely completion. The online assessments enable them to track the scores easily. Additionally, they can secure employees’ attestation on the mandate. All good so far, so where is the catch?

What Are The Issues In Compliance Training Design Because Of Which It Doesn’t Sit Well With The Learners?

Our compliance practice is now 17 years old and till date, one in six courses on the floor is for a compliance mandate. Over these years, we have seen a few issues with the way compliance trainings are designed, and why they tend to be boring.

  • If we look at the learner’s view, there is no intrinsic motivation to take up compliance training.
  • As the training is mandatory, more often than not, the learning strategies are rather predictable ones (read, boring).
  • The tone also tends to be a bit preachy or prescriptive that does not sit well with adult learners.

I am sure you see the paradox here. While the compliance training is crucial for the organizations, there isn’t enough focus on adopting learning strategies that can engage the learners and at the end of the training, they have a clear idea of why they must comply.

What Kind Of Approach Can Ensure Success In Meeting Your Compliance Mandate?

The impact of compliance training can increase manifold if the following strategies were adopted to:

  • Create awareness, prior to the roll-out of the training, to offset the intrinsic lack of motivation and ensure that the learners are cued into the significance of the compliance mandate. This message should be able to highlight the significance of the training for the organization as well for each employee.
  • Connect with learners in an interesting and relatable manner.
  • Ensure the learning strategy enables learners to assimilate the learning and, more significantly, retain it and apply it.
  • Provide cues to reconnect with learners to reinforce the message (over a period of time, this would trigger the desired behavioral change).

We have experimented with a wide spectrum of learning strategies (including microlearning in compliance training) that have helped our customers meet their mandate successfully.

Of late, we see an increase in the usage of microlearning in compliance training. In this article, I show you how you too can use the microlearning-based approach to uplift your compliance training.

What Is Microlearning, And What Is Driving Its Adoption?

What Is Microlearning?

As the name suggests, microlearning-based training uses short, bite-sized learning nuggets.

  • Seat time/Run length: They are typically 2-5 mins long (not exceeding 7 mins).
  • Focus: Each microlearning nugget will have an associated outcome.
  • Delivery: Depending on the focus and the usage, they can be delivered as a one-off nugget or multiple nuggets that are connected through a learning path.

Where And How Can Microlearning Be Used?

Today, microlearning is being used extensively to address a majority of the corporate training needs, and they are a great fit for:

  1. Formal training
  2. Performance Support
  3. Informal learning
  4. Social or collaborative learning

Why Is It Gaining Momentum?

Microlearning resonates very well with learners on account of the following key benefits:

  1. It offers tremendous flexibility to consume the training “on the go” and on the device of the learners’ choice.
  2. Given its granularity, it can be personalized.
  3. The learning path can have microlearning nuggets in different formats (notably videos) that keep the learners hooked.
  4. Each nugget can adopt a distinct style that matches the content to create a higher recall and retention.
  5. It is action-oriented. It encourages the learners to explore, learn, practice, face a challenge, solve a problem and so on.

What Value Can Microlearning Add To Your Compliance Training Mandate?

Microlearning can add value to your compliance training by offering:

  1. Higher engagement
  2. Higher completion rates (within the stipulated time – with lesser follow-ups)
  3. Better recall and higher long-term retention
  4. Triggers to behavioral change (leading to the desired behavior, aligned to the compliance mandate)

The compliance trainings can leverage on the microlearning-based approach in the following 4 ways to create higher impact:

  1. For the main compliance courses: Use a mix of diverse microlearning formats to create courses that are engaging and create sticky learning experiences.
  2. Prior to the program roll-out: Use the core strength of the microlearning technique to connect with the learners prior to the formal compliance training. You can use teaser videos, infographics, posters and so on and create awareness on the significance of the compliance training, and what the role of each employee is in meeting the mandate.
  3. Connect post the program roll-out: Provide room for reinforcement or practice (post the formal compliance training).
  4. Sustain the momentum: Create “communities of compliance practice” to sustain the compliance focus and keep the learners cued in (rather than the discrete connects through annual compliance trainings).

4 Examples Of Innovative Ways Through Which The Microlearning Format Can Uplift Boring Compliance Courses

As I had mentioned earlier, our compliance practice is 17 years old, and we have experimented with many techniques including:

  1. Gamification-based learning
  2. Scenario-based learning
  3. Story-based learning
  4. Guided-exploration-based learning

Now, I pick 4 examples that I term as NextGen compliance strategies that build on the approaches outlined above and will enable you in successfully meeting your compliance mandate.

Example 1: Microlearning In Compliance Training

This kind of a scenario-based microlearning activity is much suited for compliance trainings like information security, anti-bribery, insider dealing etc.

  • The scenario starts with a very brief context and then provides a situation that tests the learners’ ability to act in accordance with the compliance mandate.
  • The informal, illustrative approach presents a better way to engage learners.

Example 2: Microlearning In Compliance Training

This approach uses actual stories and experiences of employees who talk about specific aspects or situations they faced and what the impact was.

  • Each such microlearning nugget starts with short, impactful animations of employee stories.
  • Then, the related context on the impact on the self and the organization is presented.

Example 3: Microlearning In Compliance Training

This approach allows the learners to select their role and then they get access to microlearning nuggets for each topic aligned to that role.

  • The “WATCH” asset consists of videos showing the importance of compliance training and building awareness on the subject.
  • The “LEARN” assets contain “how to” scenarios on various aspects of the compliance mandate.
  • The “PRACTICE” asset has gamified quizzes and job aids (downloadable resources).

Example 4: Microlearning In Compliance Training

This is a short, gamified microlearning activity.

  • It tests the learners’ knowledge of the compliance topic.
  • It then provides recommendations on what learners need to learn more and what to focus their attention on.

I hope this article provides ideas on how you can use microlearning to uplift boring compliance training.

Source: https://www.eidesign.net/4-amazing-ways-to-uplift-boring-compliance-training-with-microlearning-2/

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Quiz Tweak 3: Play Audio/Object Audio


In a first  Tweak post I explained how to replace text feedback messages by images. Both types of messages can have audio attached to it, it will be Object audio. In the second tweak post I explained how you can cope with Slide audio: learner has to listen to it before the Submit button appears, to enter an answer.  Slide audio is necessary when you want to use the Closed Captioning feature of Captivate.  In this second part you’ll get some ideas about tweaking situations with Object Audio and Play Audio Command.

Play Audio

Alternative for Slide audio

This alternative means that you don’t need Closed Captioning, or at least that you don’t want to use the CC feature of creating it.

If you replace Slide Audio by the Play Audio Command triggered by the On Enter event of the quiz slide, you do not need to extend the duration of the quiz slide to the length of the audio clip as is the case with slide audio. As with slide audio, the default pausing point of the quiz slide will not affect the audio which will continue to play. If the user answers quickly, and proceeds to the next slide, the audio will stop automatically.

  1. If you want the learner to listen to the full audio before seeing the Submit button, you can use a similar approach as with Slide audio:For non-responsive projects and responsive project with Breakpoints: make the original Submit button invisible (will remain active) and create a dummy shape looking like that button. Create a shared action to be triggered On Enter, but which will now include the Play Audio command at the beginning.  That audio clip will also be a third parameter as you can see:
  2. Having an Alpha effect to hide the Submit button for a certain time (only workflow functional for Fluid Boxes project) will not be possible if the slide duration is not extended (which was the advantage of Play Audio). It can be used if you increase the duration of the slide, and move the pausing point.

Skip/Switch audio during Review

If you allow review after passing the quiz or failing on the last quiz attempt, you certainly don’t want to hear the same slide audio during review on question slides. You may want to exclude audio or replace it by another audio clip. When using Slide audio, you can only use an approach similar to the workflow with micro-navigation, explained in this post

That workflow allows only skipping the audio during Review. Instead of the tracking variable you can use in this case the system variable cpInReviewMode which is a Boolean, has the value 1 when in Review mode.

It is much easier when you are using Play Audio. Use the shared action shown before as template for a conditional action, which you can convert again to a new shared conditional action. Have a look at this screenshot, same parameters are needed as for the standard action without check for Review mode:

If you want to switch to an other audio clip during Review, you’ll have to add a Play Audio command in the ELSE part of this action, which will add one more parameter (second audio clip) to the shared action.

Audio Object

Before the command ‘Play Audio’ was added to Captivate, the alternative was the use of what I labeled an ‘audio object’. It is audio attached to an invisible object, mostly I used a highlight box with a style where everything was set to 0. It is described in an old blog post.

The idea is that when you show the audio object it will start playing, when you hide it stops playing. You can use this also as an alternative for slide audio, since audio will not be stopped by the pausing point neither. I wanted to mention this special type of object audio which can be used almost exactly the same way as Play Audio command, for both forcing to listen to the audio as for skip/switch audio during Review. However there is one big difference: it is never possible to have two audio clips playing at the same time when using Play Audio to start them. Starting a second clip when the first one has not finished playing, will stop the first clip automatically. The command ‘Stop Triggered Audio’ is like built in the command ‘Play Audio’. That is not the case with Audio objects: if you have two or more of those objects visible on the same moment, they will all play.

Multiple clips playing same time

Typical situation: you have audio started with the quiz slide in whatever way (slide audio, Play Audio of audio object), and you have attached audio to the feedback messages. If one of the messages appears before the main audio has finished, you’ll get a nice audio cacophony. For this situation the solution has already been given: force the user to listen to the main audio before he will be able to submit an answer with one of the previously described workflows.

Contrary to what some users believe it is not possible to stop audio when the user clicks the Submit button, first step in the Submit Process. The actions (Success/Last Attempt) from the Quizzing Properties are only triggered on the second step. It is possible to skip the first step, but that is the topic of a next Tweak Quiz post: tweak the Submit Process.


Next blog post will be about tweaking the Submit process: how to replace the second step by the appearance of a Continue button (similar to what you have in VR projects), nd about skipping the first step of the Submit process.

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Drag and Drop as Navigation

Here is another use for drag and drop that you might consider trying.


Reduce the number of boring click buttons and have the user interact in order to move through your course.

Take a look at this quick example and share some of your own thoughts on how you might use this idea.


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Classic Learning Research in Practice – Color Harmony

Colour plays an important, but secondary, role in recognition. A red apple and a green apple seem at first to be identified by colour. But both red and green apples are identified first as an apple, and only secondly by colour. The initial recognition is of form: this is an apple, not a banana, not a kiwi, not a pear. We see a red apple because, the colorant of a red apple absorbs all wavelengths except red. Only the reflected red wavelength reaches the eye.

An average human eye can discriminate about 150 steps, or individual colors (hues) of light.

  • Hue:the name of the color—red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet
  • Value:the relative darkness or lightness of a color. A series of intervals between black and white
  • Saturation, or chroma:the relative brilliance or muted quality of a color. A saturated color is a hue in its strongest possible manifestation

Harmony is the happy condition that follows when two or more different things are sensed together as a single, pleasing experience. Color harmony can be achieved by combining colors that are:

  1. Complementary
  2. Analogous
  3. Triad
  4. Split- Complementary

Harmony by the Numbers: Schopenhauer’s harmonious colour circle is made up of unequal arcs. Each complementary pair is meant to be equal in light-reflectance to the other two pairs.

red + green: 6 + 6 = 12 | blue + orange: 4 + 8 = 12 | yellow + violet: 9 + 3 = 12

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Math Practice

Here is an activity that combines a little bit of Drag and Drop to provide interaction along with some state changes. Oh – cannot forget the background magic that helps to perform the calculations. Not much flair – just the concepts. Helping to spark ideas for everyone.

This is a calculator of sorts that will perform the four basic math operations with the single digits that you place in the circles via drag and drop.

Each of the two drop targets, when accepting a numbered circle, assigns the value of that number to a variable and performs the calculation of the two drop targets.

The operator buttons on the side simply change the states of the banner, operator sign, and answer box and perform all the same calculations. This way – every action pretty much updates the answers in real time rather than having a separate “Calculate Now” type of button.

I know that all of you don’t need to practice your elementary math skills but the question is… how could you take a similar concept and apply it to your own projects?

Feel free to ask any questions that yo may have.


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‘An Explanation to Correct Answer’ in Review mode of Quiz Using ‘Shared Action’

As you might be well aware that, besides many, there are two very similar looking Actions that can be used to control & manipulate our Application created in Captivate. program.

Advanced Action & Shared Action. Every developer has different opinions on whether Advanced Action is better or Shared Action. And the fact is both have pro & cons. We are not going into that debate.

Here, I am demonstrating Shared Action to achieve additional functionality in our Quiz, that is lacking in the Captivate Quiz.

Captivate Quiz do give review feature. But it is practically of very less use. Because for any serious learner/teacher it would be never accepted that we declare and explain correct and incorrect just after 1st question (and for each question on the Spot!)…

What any would expect that, after Module completion, Learner would give an exam(Quiz) and at the end of the Quiz, he/she should get explanation about why his/her answers were wrong & the system’s Correct answer is only correct.

That is achieved in this tutorial by using ‘Shared Action’ where after completion of the exam, in review mode, each and every question are shown with an explanation to the correct answer.

Add two shapes in a question slide as shown below.

Create shared Action as shown below.

Test this action script by applying to any one question slide. That is, Apply Shared Action to ‘On Enter’ Event of  (any)one Question Slide and test it.

Once it works fine, Save it as shared action.

Now use that shared action for all question slides and just two parameters for the shared action in each question slides.

See Demonstration below & then Try it.


Note: Worth to read following articles posted by Lieve Weymeis (For Those who want to know more about Shared Action).

1)   http://blog.lilybiri.com/power-of-shared-actions-in-captivate

2)  http://blog.lilybiri.com/rare-tips-for-shared-actions

3) http://blog.lilybiri.com/shared-or-advanced-actions

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