Stunning Free Update to Adobe Captivate 2019 Raises the Bar with Quick Start Projects & Productivity Enhancements

This summer just got a lot hotter! The latest update to Adobe Captivate is out now, it is free to Captivate users who either own Adobe Captivate 2019 or are on a subscription plan, and it is chock full of fresh, sensational new features and resources. The clear headliner is the new built in Assets and the associated search tool. Adobe has found a delightful way to accommodate the needs of developers who are new to eLearning while simultaneously including a serious speed and performance upgrade for more experienced users. 

The Adobe Captivate 2019 Free Update Announcement Video – includes a short overview.

Quick Start Projects

At the heart of the improvements are a set of beautiful, professionally designed Quick Start Projects. These ready to go slide collections remove the traditional barriers to entry for eLearning developers by providing easy to modify, simple to edit slides that align to virtually every form of online instruction, interaction, quiz, scenario & more. The new search tools in the asset panel make it easy to go shopping for sample slides of virtually every time. But the jaw dropper here is the way Adobe has improved the simplest aspects of working with slides in Captivate 2019.

You just drag and drop – and image replacement is a reality. You can grab those images from your system folders, or from the Captivate library. All of the text elements and shapes are instantly editable, and new copy/paste appearance tools make it a breeze to clone new formatting. The new system is smart enough to allow multiple themes – so you can mix and match themes within a single course / project. And it even anticipates your most likely preference with shortcut menus to let you quickly specify whether to adopt a new theme for a pasted / inserted slide or to stick with the original.

Check out the getting started video for a more visual introduction to the enhancements and new features.

Getting Started with Adobe Captivate 2019: The incredible Free Update

Hot Swap Images

I’m completely obsessed with the new image swap feature and I’m guessing that you will be too. It’s cool to be able to quickly swap an image for something else, but the bit that blew my mind was that Captivate 2019 Update 2 let’s me do this virtually anywhere there is an image. I’ll explain… I use images as backgrounds all of the time. I honestly didn’t think image swap would work for things like that. Imagine my delight the first time I dragged to replace the background of a fluid box and ‘BOOM’ instant background swap. It works with shapes too! You just drag and hover, when you see the powder blue glow, let go – Captivate will do the rest.

Here’s my video overview of the image swap feature for those who prefer it in images rather than words.

Image Swap Feature Explained

Theme Enhancements Galore

Themes have had some major overhauls in this update. Now you can mix and match slides with different themes – using multiple themes within the same course. As you add each new slide you can easily decide whether to retain its source theme or to adopt one of the themes of the new project. This really expands what you can do with themes, and it doesn’t stop there. The Captivate engineers have also added fantastic new tools to make the day-to-day work of an eLearning developer – a lot easier. Now themes include shortcuts to the fonts that you used. So it is easier than ever to identify the themes used in a course, and to replace them all at once if you like.

There is even a new tool to identify when a font used in a project is missing on your computer. This can help you sort out font problems with legacy content, and even makes suggestions about fonts that you can use to replace the missing ones, with a simple click.

Theme fonts help you speed your course creation process

Yeah, sure, that’s a button

We’ve all heard it – the boss comes around the corner, glances at a layout for 2 seconds and solves all of the worlds problems by saying – well can’t you just make that thing a button? Not everything is a button, we would typically reply. Well – now it’s really just as simple as checking a box. Shapes have been enormously popular thanks to their ability to be converted to buttons with the tick of a checkbox in Adobe Captivate.  Now the same multi-state, rollover aware smart button solution can be applied to any image in Adobe Captivate 2019. Just select your image, and check the ‘Use As Button’ option in the properties inspector. It even works with SVG images!

This great video summary demonstrates how simple it is to make a button from an image.

ICONS!

Yes, Icons! Yes, right there in the Assets Panel. Why yes they can be recolored right on the stage. I’m probably a little to excited about this, but Icons are an incredible time saver for me. A nice big library of icons has been included in this update, and Adobe provides the bonus tools that we’ve all come to expect. Just drop your icon in, double click and voila’ the icon is now ready for color swapping. You don’t even need Adobe Illustrator, just select the shape are that you want to recolor, and use the color picker from the property inspector to swap those colors in an instant. (And if you really wanted to do something more, round trip editing with Adobe Illustrator is just a checkbox away too.

Adding icons to your course is easy with Adobe Captivate 2019: The incredible Free Update

Copy – Paste Appearance

Think format painter, but more powerful. This nifty little productivity enhancement allows you to copy/paste the visual formatting of text and shape elements, INCLUDING all of the states of those objects. Just right click (control click) on the object with the right appearance and select copy appearance. Then select all of those pesky future twins and find ‘paste appearance’ in the context menu. That’s it – you get instant formatting across groups and sets. This one new tool saves me incredible time formatting buttons and text elements.

Copy / Paste appearance saves valuable time – giving you a powerful tool to quickly format your text and shapes

Virtual Reality VR Gets another boost

Creating 360 Virtual Reality courses keeps getting easier. In this update several enhancements have been added that make it even easier to create virtual reality courses. A new action trigger allows you to launch videos from a hotspot in a a VR / 360 project. In addition, the popups, including text areas, images and videos now all have close boxes – so your learners can control how long the popup item is visible in the project. There are hint and rollover enhancements for the hotspots, and you can now edit the hotspot SVG images by double clicking. It is also now possible to adjust the size of a hotspot – using control handles that appear upon selection.

VR text elements got a substantial makeover in this update as well. Now you can see the text elements on screen while editing, and you can alter the font, the formatting, color and even the opacity of the background. This let’s you really polish the look and feel of your VR courses. Perhaps my favorite VR enhancement is the option to include hotspot interactions as reported quiz interactions. You can now set the score, name the interaction ID, and chose whether to report the interaction as part of a quiz.

An overview of the VR/360 feature.

Branching without Advanced Actions or programming

Yes, you better believe it. Now the most common branching workflows, including forced navigation and in-course branching are easier than ever to accomplish. You can download examples from the Asset panel and simply swap the images and content to use your own, or by following a simple naming convention – Captivate 2019 will do the work for you. The most common course navigation pattern is to provide a menu page for your learners, where they can select from several available topics. Usually you want to give learners the freedom to decide the order of learning, but also want to verify that each section of content has been visited. This workflow can now be accomplished without programming. You just name the menu slide ‘branching’ and ensure that the buttons on the menu slide follow a simple naming convention, and Captivate will figure out the branching logic for you.

Overview of the automatic navigation and branching feature

Similarly, Captivate can now automate navigation of multi-state objects on a single slide – creating a forced navigation workflow that will hide the button to navigate to the next slide until all of the buttons on the slide have been explored. The method for both the course branching and the forced navigation of multi-state objects on a single slide handle all of the common interactions and can save you a lot of time while completely bypassing the need for advanced actions. (If you are a power user – don’t worry – you can still use advanced actions, and as a special bonus – you can even combine them.)

There are so many incredible enhancements and new features in this major free update you absolutely won’t want to miss it. If you are already a Captivate 2019 user, you can get the update right now, simply by following these steps:

In Adobe Captivate 2019,

  • Select Help Menu: Check for Updates.
  • The Adobe Captivate Updater dialog will appear and guide you through the remaining update process.

If you aren’t a Captivate customer yet, you can download the free trial here.

If you just want to learn more, check out these additional resources:

 

 

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Classic Learning Research in Practice – The Perfect Blend

Unlocking the true potential of your human capital, demands a solution that goes beyond training. A complete Learning Solution facilitated by training but enriched with communication and on the job practice, moves a knowledgeable workforce to an experienced one. When an individual processes something, there’s no guarantee that the interpretation they receive is sufficient. And to effectively address that takes either interaction with other learners or an expert during synchronous learning.

A survey in The Career Architect Development Planner (McCall, Lombardo and Eichinger) revealed that: Lessons learned by successful and effective managers are:

The numbers are historical artifacts, and the true value of the model is that it extends learning beyond the classroom by implementing workplace and social learning. In the reality of today we rather call this blended learning with Formal-Informal-Social, or as Dan Pontefract defines it: the 3×33 ‘Pervasive Learning’.

This also aligns with the SECI model that describes how explicit and tacit knowledge is generated, transferred, and recreated in organizations. By Nonaka and Takeuchi, 1995.

During day to day life we encounter new challenges that unveil our unconscious incompetence. Seeking help from others that can demonstrate a successful resolution (Socialization) will make us conscious about our incompetence. If the challenge keeps on appearing a more sustainable solution in the form of formal learning (Externalization & Combination) will be needed so we become conscious competent. At a certain moment the item that appeared to be a challenge gets integrated in our daily routine (Internalization) as it has become unconscious competence. During these phases we move skills and knowledge from tacit to tacit, tacit to explicit, explicit to explicit, explicit to tacit.

To build a perfect blend that supports this model a proper micro-learning distribution and creation strategy will be needed:

  • During socialization use the expertise from the unconscious competent (SME), to guide the conscious incompetent. This will allow you withe help of the SME to record tacit knowledge into several micro learning blocks.
  • During externalization and combination, you will need to strengthen the tacit-tacit learning, this by revisiting the tacit knowledge with the recorded micro learning blocks that are enhanced with a formative assessment.
  • Encourage the newly conscious competent to contribute new micro learning blocks that can be used during socialization, externalization and combination.

Captivate Prime and Captivate are great tools that will allow you and the unconscious competent (SME) to create the micro learning blocks that and the formative assessments.

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How Corporate eLearning Caters to 6 Learning Styles

Corporate eLearning is swiftly growing as more and more organizations transition from traditional classroom training to corporate eLearning for their employee learning and development needs. But what is the reason behind corporate eLearning’s swift growth? A lot of things actually, if we get down to it, but most of all it is eLearning’s versatility, adaptability as well as its ability to cater to all known learning styles that make it the learning methodology of choice, not just for corporate training, but academic training as well.

What are Learning Styles, you ask? Let us understand. It’s a fact proven by scientific studies that each individual learns differently. Some people learn better when instructions are provided verbally to them, some by watching others do something, some by reading instructions, some through images and pictures, some on their own in seclusion, while others learn better in groups. A person’s learning style, thus, can be defined as the way they absorb, process, understand and retain information. Every person is different, and eLearning is considered an advanced learning methodology because it covers all of these learning styles. In this article, we’ll learn about these learning styles, while understanding how eLearning helps individuals with different learning styles acquire knowledge.

  1. Visual

Visual learners are those individuals that are able to better process and understand information presented to them in conjunction with images and videos. Thus, corporate eLearning modules for such learners should be optimized to include plenty of colorful visual stimuli. Make sure learners first see what they’re expected to learn, and keep verbal instructions to a minimum.

  1. Auditory

Auditory learners are those individuals that learn best when information is presented in audio cues. For example, they are comfortable with large pieces of information (such as lectures) as long as its recorded speech they can hear. For such learners, eLearning modules with voice-overs, as well as videos where an instructor delivers a lecture or presents information through speech work best. In case an organization uses a Blended Learning program, auditory learners respond better to traditional classroom training.

  1. Verbal

Verbal learners may sound similar to auditory learners but are not. Although verbal learners do learn better when information is presented in the form of speech, they also learn better when the information presented is textual or in writing. Such learners are also proficient in using written or spoken word to communicate, and learn better when they can communicate to and fro with their instructor or lecturer. The crux here is that verbal learners grasp ‘words’ better, and that is what an eLearning module designed for them should consist of. Blended Learning works wonders for such learners.

  1. Logical

Logical learners are creatures of reason, and will grasp concepts better if presented with logic and if they can easily recognize patterns in them. They like to learn through reasoning, solving problems, and understanding the cause and effect relationships of phenomena. To make sure logical learners learn better, the eLearning module given to them must contain problems, graphs, equations, formulae as well as infographics, as they can wrap their heads around such forms of information with ease.

  1. Social

Social learners, as is evident from their name, learn best in groups. Although traditional classroom learning springs to mind, modern eLearning programs utilize features like social sharing, team-based eLearning modules as well as Blended Learning to cater to social learners. One-on-one sessions with trainers too, have been shown to help social learners learn better.

  1. Solitary

Solitary learners learn best when left to their own devices in seclusion. Such learners need to be provided with mobile eLearning modules that they can complete at any time, any place if maximum learning is desired. Freedom, peace and quiet is what such learners require the most, and thus dislike learning in groups. Their learning program needs to be largely mobile eLearning modules, coupled with one-on-one training sessions with an instructor or trainer to clarify doubts.

Corporate organizations are quickly realizing the fact that they need personalized, custom eLearning programs that can cater to each individual employee in their organization.   eLearning is the future of learning, that much is clear. What remains to be seen is that which organizations capitalize on it and motor ahead, and which get left in the dust.

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10 Emerging technologies in E-learning

For over a decade educational technologies are emerging at exponential rates, But many schools and educational institutes fall short on understanding and utilizing these technologies. Today we are introducing 10 emerging technologies in e-learning that educators and school management must know/understand for providing quality education for the children. Let’s have a look at it.

1.Augmented reality

augmented reality

Augmented reality is an exciting topic that educators need to know. According to Wikipedia, augmented reality defined as  “an interactive experience of a real-world environment whereby the objects that reside in the real-world are “augmented” by computer-generated perceptual information, sometimes across multiple sensory modalities.”

The use of augmented reality visual content is able to catch student’s attention. It ensures you the engagement and interaction of the students in lessons, as they are seeing and experiencing what they are learning. The use augmented reality to learn abstract and complex concepts because it helps students to visually see complex 3D models rather than imagining it in mind.

Anatomy 4D, Elements 4D, Aug That are some of the most popular and useful augmented reality apps that students and teachers can use for effective learning.

2.Artificial intelligence

artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence is one of the most discussed topics in the educational industry. Artificial intelligence in education is a significant technology which helps education in a number of ways.

Personalized learning is one of the most important area of education that has used artificial intelligence. In personalized learning, AI helps you to find the best course material for you based on your identity, interests and your way of learning. Artificial intelligence replaced the old-fashioned classroom study with a more personalized and student-centered approach.Artificial intelligence can monitor overall performance by identifying the strength and weakness of a learner. It can rank learners based on their performance and give real-time suggestions to improve the overall performance of their studies. Artificial intelligence is very important so as to keep track, report and monitor the performance of the learners.

3.student data privacy and security

student data security

In the era of online education, the student data should be handled safely. In digital learning students may be required to share their personal information with many online services. This data sometimes get compromised and misused if not handled securely. Data security can be defined as the protection of data, usually in digital form, from unauthorized or unwanted access, use, and dissemination.

Hacking into a online learning portal makes it possible to extract all the student data including their personal details. It can be shared online for malicious purposes. A secure e-learning portal helps protect the student data from being hacked and ensures their security.It includes host security, network security, malware prevention etc.

4.Internet of things(IOT)

Internet of things

Many of you people are wondering what is internet of things or simply IOT. In layman’s terms internet of things is taking all the things in the real world(for ex: a light bulb, a car or any material thing) and connecting them to the Internet. Now you may be wondering how IOT will be useful in e-learning.

IOT helps to create a global network among educators and students. This helps  learners to interact with their peers worldwide.

5.learning Management systems

learning management system

A learning management system is a software that is used to deliver courses or training programs for students. It helps to manage the courses efficiently. By using a custom e-learning development, anybody can create,change and assign courses for students.

Using a learning management system you can give personalized courses to each student. You can identify the weakness and strengths of the student, and create customized courses that will help students to concentrate more on their weakest part to improve it. Many LMS support live chats with educators also, this will help shy students to ask their doubt and clarify it.

6.School management systems

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School Management Systems are software that helps educational institutions to manage their daily academic and administrative activities easily and effectively. School management systems are the most popular emerging technology in educational niche.

The education industry is undoubtedly one of the sectors that have found the best use of technology. This has helped education industry to save time and money to a great extent by avoiding manual paperwork and taking many shortcuts in their daily academic and administrative activities. Software like EduXpert School Management SystemFedena, etc are changed the way of how a modern school operates.

7.Cloud computing

cloud computing

Cloud computing is simply the group of computing resources located at various places in the world. The system can be shared and accessed from anywhere in the world.Cloud computing guarantees the access to basic data to anyone utilizing any gadgets from the workplace.

8.Mobile learning

mobile learning

Mobile learning or M-Learning is the method of learning through your personal mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets or even a laptop. The study materials are either downloaded into the device or accessed online. Mobile learning allows flexibility, allowing students access to education anywhere, anytime.

9.Virtual and remote laboratories

Virtual laboratories are web applications that emulate the operations of real laboratories. Virtual laboratories can be accessed anywhere without the need for a physical system, and it enables students to practice in a “safe” environment before using real, physical components.

More than 80% of students who used virtual laboratories scored higher in examinations compared to a control group. With 386 students, 80% suggested adapted to self-learning using virtual laboratories. 82% of university teachers who employ virtual laboratories indicated using them to complement teaching material and reduce teaching time.

10. 3-D printing

3-D printing

3-D printing is another helpful technology students using these days. It helps students print out 3-D prototypes. Learners can also take 3-D printouts of difficult to visualize structures to help understand easily. Such as 3-D structures of molecules for chemistry students, 3-D structures of cells, viruses, organs for biology students, topography, demographic, or population maps for geography students, etc

Source:  https://eduxpert.in/10-emerging-technologies-education/

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Looking for Instructional Designer Blogging/Writin about AR, VR, or MR in Instructional Design for Capstone Project

While completing my MATC (Masters of Arts Technical Communication) I’ve chosen to focus on the untapped potential of using AR (augmented reality), VR (virtual reality), and MR (mixed reality) in instruction design to improve learner experience for my capstone project. I’ve found many books to support my theory and several studies in different journals but as would love to be able to include companies and instructional design professions using at least one of the emerging visual technology formats as a major component for your current and future instructional design strategy.

I’m looking for links to blog posts, articles published in trade publications, interviews on podcasts, journal articles, and other published works (including slides from presentations and digital resources) to draw on for my capstone project.

Thank you for your time.

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How to automate elearning project operations to save time and money

What Do We Mean By eLearning Automation?

Commonly, automation stands for minimizing or eliminating human interaction in a process.

With the development of technologies, automation had an impact on every industry. We take many automated processes as a usual thing. For example, you sign-up for any software online and immediately receive welcome Email with your name included, after making a purchase the receipt is instantly sent to us. It’s a basic example of an automation process that includes email marketing and payments, but there is more in online learning.

The most common implementations of automation are quizzes generation, answers check, providing a student with immediate feedback and instantly showing results without human interaction.

The future of elearning automation is behind artificial intelligence (AI), where the learning process will be personalized to each user and the system will adapt to students performance. We have talked about it among elearning trends for 2019.

How to improve your elearning platform through automation

Authoring automation

Automation helps more effectively format and distribute content to users. For example, before starting a course, a student can take a quiz for the system to understand what areas the student is familiar with. The platform can then tweak the course modules according to the learner’s level of knowledge. Such an approach increases engagement and helps learner stay interested and move through the course quickly. Moreover, LMS can generate quizzes and exams from your assessments and create a unique learning path for each student.

If talking about corporate training, automation can save time for managers and HR departments in the way that employees are automatically enrolled into the right training modules for them.

Automated notifications and feedback

You can automate announcements of new courses and modules as they are published to save yourself time on manual sending and students benefit in staying up to date. Educators can automatically be notified with who and when have passed or failed test and immediately sent their results.

In addition, learner satisfaction surveys can be held automatically and generate reports for you.

Create a personalized learning experience

Automation of some elearning processes don’t just save time and money, it can completely transform the learner experience and make it more personalized. We have seen personalization in work on YouTube and ecommerce industry, it’s time to start implementing it in elearning.

For example, the learner fails a quiz. After that the system is triggered to send an email with some additional materials covering the topics, a student has failed on. Moreover, a user of your elearning platform can be enrolled to an additional course according to his final exam results. Students will have their own learning paths and can learn on their own pace.

Customer service and support

Modern technologies allow automating even such human tasks as support and Q&A. You can save yourself a lot of time and reduce the number of employees by creating rich FAQ page or even whole help center with search function as we have done for one of your clients.

In addition, chatbots can better customer satisfaction with an instant answer to questions.

Automated Report Delivery

It is possible to create automated report delivery and moreover, in different formats. For example, you would like to have a monthly report of your course performance in PDF format and Excel table with financial reports. In addition, they can be automatically sent to your inbox each month.

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Your platform’s integration with CRM can bring your business to the next level and we are not talking about just managing your customers. By monitoring learner performance and discovering patterns, CRM can bring valuable process automation.

For instance, some of your students abandoned learning on some module, CRM can detect that and send an email to users for encouraging them to continue the course.

Customer relationship management allows to control the stages, students are on and interact with them with relevant information. This also provides students with personalized experience.

Bottom line

Elearning automation can save you time, money and create a personalized experience for your users. As a result, the performance of your course or training should increase and the learners get better results as the system optimizes for their own pace and level of knowledge.

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Classic Learning Research in Practice – Heroes journey

1. Ordinary World – Limited awareness of a problem:

A likeable audience is unaware that they have a problem or an opportunity

2. Call to Adventure – Increased Awareness:

They are shown a unique idea that brings their world into imbalance

3. Refusal of the Call – Reluctance to change

They are skeptical, afraid, resistant to adopt it because it will require change

4. Meeting with the Mentor – Overcoming Reluctance

But a presenter with experience, valuable insights, and magical tools will help

5. Crossing the Threshold – Committing to change

So they decide to jump in and commit to the idea

6. Test Allies and Enemies – Experimenting with first change

Now the real work begins, but it is hard. People appose the effort to change

7. Approach the Inmost Cave – Preparing for a big change

They are determined to push the idea forward and begin to work on new skills

8. Ordeal – Attempting a big change

They take a major step, but it doesn’t workout as they’d thought

9. Seizing the Sword – Consequence of the attempt

They get discouraged and consider giving up, but they begin to see some benefits

10. Road Back – Rededication to change

They decide to continue with the a renewed excitement

11. Resurrection – Final attempt at a big change

Utilizing their new tools, they try one final push and are victorious

12. Return with Elixir – Final Mastery of the problem

The idea is widely adopted

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