Memes & Scavenger Hunts: Ten Ways to Improve Your L&D Program on a Budget (Includes Webinar Recording & Slides)

Yesterday’s webinar discussed memes, scavenger hunts, and other cost effective ways to spice up a training program. The session was one of the most popular yet – over 1,300 registrations and hundreds of people who have attended live or watched the recording so far.  A lot of awesome ideas were shared by the audience.

You can watch the recording or take a look at the slides:

The slides include links to additional resources.  Here they are:

Here’s the full session description:

Is your learning and development budget missing some zeros? This session is for you. Sadly, Oprah isn’t going to attend and give everyone a new bank account. But you will get boatloads of budget-stretching ideas from your colleagues during this interactive session. You can still provide a great learning environment, even if you’re running short on funds!

Katrina Marie Baker, Senior Learning Evangelist at Adobe, will provide some practical tips on how to:

  • Engage learners in the classroom or virtual classroom without spending money
  • Get help from departments outside of L&D (yes, you can make this happen!)
  • Use learning technology to make your L&D team more efficient
  • Persuade leadership to give you more funding next year

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Build a Participatory Culture to Engage Learners (Learning Thursday #16)

Check out the last Learning Thursday article on connected learning here.

In a participatory culture, individuals take an objective into their own hands with the intention of achieving a collective goal.  In the classroom, instructors can create a participatory culture that drives their learning process forward, with the intention of building knowledge. Interactions within the learning community leads to group knowledge greater than the sum of the individuals.  Educational technology provides the practical structure individuals need to collaborate and pass on knowledge.

In a participatory learning culture, each subject matter expert is also a learner.  Different mediums and topics are offered for public consumption, and contributors often don’t care whether they make money off of what they’ve created.  They just want to share their passions.  To me, participatory learning cultures are an example of education being driven by love.

The Harry Potter Alliance is an example of a collective effort intended to create change in a number of social and cultural issues.  The 100,000+ students who are part of the alliance incite major social changes. They pursue new legislation and are capable of gathering massive charitable contributions.  These accomplishments are possible because a number of individuals chose to be motivated by their unified passions.

How can the concept of collaboration be applied to classroom experiences, and how can we enable teachers to deliver such experiences?  In considering my own work for Adobe, I think about the Adobe eLearning community.  Community members are spread across the world, and they interact through a combination of Adobe conferences and smaller events, on-site classes, virtual classes, and an online community.  Adobe also participates in outside events and communities, such as the Association for Talent Development’s conferences, and web sites like Training Magazine Network.

Adobe’s community members create projects, share what they’ve done, and troubleshoot each other’s issues. The community’s collective imagination is applied to a topic, problem, or project. This makes everyone’s projects better, and over time, it helps Adobe enhance products by listening to customer feedback.

A similar knowledge building process occurs in wikis.  There’s a certain amount of chaos – one person generates the idea for an article, others begin contributing, some information is correct, some is not, revisions occur, sometimes facts are debated to determine validity… and this cycle goes on for as long as necessary in order to finally reach a relatively finished product.

The founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, discussed how contributors on Wikipedia are essentially building and revising an encyclopedia collectively.  While anyone can submit revisions, there are 600-700 “core contributors” who work together, build the majority of articles, and critique each other’s work.  Often one person will start an article and others will get excited and begin helping to build it.  Every article reflects diversity of thought, which is a key benefit of the wiki format.  Having multiple individuals contribute leads to a more neutral and balanced viewpoint.

One key aspect of the participatory culture is that learning and teaching can occur at the same time, in a complex real world environment.  Individuals could be analyzing content, and reflecting on how their own knowledge and experiences tie in, while at the same time contemplating what they can add to enhance what already exists.

If you’re interested in creating a participatory culture for your corporate training program, check out Adobe Captivate Prime.  You can create discussion boards for your learners, and Prime’s built-in editing tool allows them to create and share videos, audio, and much more.  Here’s a demo of Prime’s social learning features.  And here’s a recent webinar I presented on ways to engage learners without breaking the bank.

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7 Blended Learning Myths And The Truth Behind Blended Learning LMS Implementation

Is blended learning really more expensive than traditional training? Are instructors expected to take a backseat to learning technologies? In this article, I explore the truths behind the most common blended learning platform myths. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

LMS Reporting cpQuizInfoPretestScorePercentage

Hello – I’m looking for help getting the system variable cpQuizInfoPretestScorePercentage to report out to my LMS. I understand Captivate’s purpose in a pretest question to help direct the learner, but my organization analyzes pre-/post-test scores. I can get the data on each question, but it would be helpful it it reported the full score. Thank you!

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LMS show the learner progress bar as a Percent value 0% 

Hi. I am using Adobe Captivate 2019 release 11.50.476 …  I have just finished a project. I uploaded my output scorm project in the LMS (Adobe Captivate Prime).  I can enter the course in the LMS .  I dont have any problem of it. But When I exit the course. LMS show the learner progress bar as a Percent value 0%  or If I finished the course LMS show the learner progress bar as a Percent value 100 %. I have tried a lot of thing. But I didn’t get result…  Please help…

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xAPI Loads fails after a second update of the content


I am new to using xAPI and have only started after the Upgrade 2 to Captivate 2019.  So it may be a dumb question.

I created a project and published it as xAPI.  The first time I loaded it to the LMS (litmos) it was OK.  The settings were as in the image except as version 1.0.

I made changes and published again as Version 1.1

It failed in the LMS as it basically said the manifest already existed.

Here is the tincan.xml contents that seems to miss information on the Version I am thinking.

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″ ?>
<tincan xmlns=””>
<activity id=”http://LOVC_AAA” type=””>
<name>How to think like a modeller</name>
<description lang=”en-US”>How to think like a modeller</description>
<launch lang=”en-US”>index_TINCAN.html</launch>

Am I seeing a bug here or is it something else.  If I do SCORM it works OK.

Any help appreciated.

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Going to TechLearn in September?

I’m very excited to be going to TechLearn for the first time!  And it’s in New Orleans!!  The main conference runs from September 17 to 19.  More information here.  Will you be there?

I’m teaching two sessions on September 18.  Descriptions below.

Engaging Social and Blended Learning Experiences in Adobe Captivate Prime (10:30AM)

Want to know what’s new and unique in Adobe Captivate Prime?  This session will take you on a tour of Prime’s fluidic course player and new social learning features.  Join Katrina Marie Baker to learn how the new features can support your blended learning program.  We will cover:

  • How Adobe Captivate Prime allows learners to share web-based and user generated content on topic-specific discussion boards
  • Ways learners can create their own videos, audio, and screenshots directly in Captivate Prime
  • The new social learning browser add-in that allows learners to share web content easily
  • How the fluidic course player helps you deliver a variety of content on mobile devices and web pages outside of the learning management system

(If you’re interested in this topic but can’t join the conference, check out this recording of a similar virtual session.)

Successfully Implement Your Learning Technology Platform (2:15PM)

Congratulations! You’ve selected the perfect learning management system (LMS). Now what? Join Katrina Marie Baker in this 60-minute session for a lively discussion and some amusing war stories from past implementations.

This class will cover how to:

  • Complete your implementation so smoothly that executive leadership is in awe of your project management skills.
  • Avoid common pitfalls that cause your implementation to stretch out longer than originally expected.
  • Work effectively with your LMS vendor to determine a timeline, set expectations, and get everything done on time.
  • Assemble an administrator team that is excited, knowledgeable, and well organized.

(If you like this topic, you might also be interested in this recording of a similar virtual class, and this LMS implementation task list.)

Hope to see you at the conference!

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Adobe Captivate Prime LMS makes a clean sweep at 2019 CODiE Awards!

Adobe Captivate Prime LMS takes top honors at 2019 SIIA CODiE Awards

Captivate Prime was named the Best Corporate / Enterprise Learning Solution and the Best Corporate / Workforce Learning Management Solution of 2019 as part of the annual SIIA CODiE Awards. The prestigious CODiE Awards recognize the companies producing the most innovative Business and Education technology products across the country and around the world.

The winner announcement was made by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, during the SIIA Ed Tech Conference & CODiE Awards in San Francisco.

The judging process – A SIIA CODiE Award win is a prestigious honor, as each award winner was first reviewed by expert judges including educators and administrators whose evaluations determined the finalists. SIIA members then vote on the finalist products, and the scores from both rounds are tabulated to select the winners.

See the entire list of 2019 winners here

About the CODiE Awards
The SIIA CODiE Awards is the only peer-reviewed program to showcase business and education technology’s finest products and services. Since 1986, thousands of products, services and solutions have been recognized for achieving excellence.  For more information, visit

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Can’t upload Captivate course to sum total learning management system

Hi ,

Trying to upload a captivate course to LMS.  Loads into course wizard initially but get message

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How to see Captivate’s SCORM debug logs in an LMS

Even if you’ve setup an Adobe Captivate file to work correctly with a Learning Management System (LMS), not every LMS has great tools for troubleshooting tracking and reporting problems. If your LMS doesn’t have the ability to see SCORM debug logs, the following video will show you how to modify one of Captivate’s published files so you can see the debug logs.

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