In the past I published a free table with some details about all the Learning Interactions in Captivate 8. Meanwhile some new interactions have been added, and with 11.5.1 some have disappeared (deprecated because of lack of use). That is the reason why I updated the table, which you have included here. You will find information about each interaction, and links to blogs I created about some specific interactions.
The Help documentation has a page dedicated to Learning Interactions, with 5 examples described in detail:
- Accordion interaction
- Radiobutton interaction
- Checkbox interaction
- Certificate interaction
- Bulletin interaction
Table can be found under this link:
Static versus Interactive interactions
In the former Widgets panel, which disappeared in the new UI of Captivate 8, you could see the three types: Static, Interactive and Question widgets. The last type has disappeared, leaving for Interactions only two types: Static and Interactive.
A Static interaction is like a static object: it has no Actions Tab in the Properties, it has no Events to trigger actions, you cannot attach a score to it. An Interactive Interaction, like any interactive object (shape button and other button types, click box, Text Entry Box, hyperlink) has events able to trigger an (advanced/shared) action. It can have a score possibly to be added to the Quiz total. To allow actions such an object can pause the timeline with a pausing point. For normal object there is also a color code for the Timeline: the static objects have a blue timeline, the interactive objects have a green timeline. If the interactive object has a pausing point it will be visible on its timeline. Look at this screenshot, which has several interactive objects, all pausing at 1.5sec. The Title and the three shapes in the group are static, have a blue timeline and no pausing point.
All learning interactions are Static in 11.5.1. The Games category, which is now deprecated, were Interactive. Beware: although the score for some Games is stored in the associated user variable, you cannot add that score to the Quiz total. The points attributed to a Game in the Reporting section, are granted to the user in the same way as most questions in Captivate (with exception of the MCQ): black-white. If the game has been played, the user will be awarded the points, whatever the score of the game was.
Disappearance of the interactive Interactions solves something which is bit confusing: they used to have a blue timeline, whereas the static ones have a green timeline. That was contrary to the normal color code, still find it confusing because green means to me that I could have an action, and a pausing point. The green object in this screenshot is a static widget (pyramid).
Slide will not be paused when inserting an interaction. To give the learner time to watch the slide you need to insert a pausing object (button, click box)!
Insertion and formatting of Interaction
Two possible work flows:
- In the Big Button Bar, use the button Interactions, last option. A dialog box with thumbnails of all interactions will be opened. You’ll see a badge ‘New’ or ‘Updated’ sometimes, when a new version has been pushed to your system.
- From the Insert menu, choose Widget and if necessary browse to the appropriate folder. In Windows that would be Public DocumentsAdobeeLearning AssetsInteractions_11_5. Choose the wanted interaction.
The second work flow is also valid for Widgets. But since they are not compatible with HTML5 output, will not talk about them here. The second workflow can be used if you have problems with the Thumbnails dialog box not showing up. After insertion, you’ll see the the dialog box to edit the properties and parameters for the interaction popping up. In this screenshot you see the dialog box for a simple radiobutton interaction with 2 options (True/False). I unchecked Highlight because that puts a rectangle behind the words ‘True’ and ‘False’. This is one of the interactions with an associated variable (see later), labeled v_one in this case.
As you’ll see in the table, several interactions have one or more associated user variables. In combination with advanced/shared actions this gives you lot of possibilities to use the interactions. Check the blog posts for examples.
Beware: those variables are not created automatically because you type their name in the Properties dialog box, you have to create them in the Variables dialog box as well. The type of the variable is mentioned in the reference table you were able to download from the link in the Intro.
Resizing – Refresh Widget
When using the interactions Radiobutton, Checkbox, Dropdown and Scrolling Text you’ll often need to resize the interaction on the stage to make everything visible. The placeholder on the stage then can look very distorted, discover the Resize Widget button in the Properties that will appear after each resizing to have the placeholder adapt to the new size:
Customizing – Theme colors
All learning interactions can be customized, at least for the used colors. For many (not all) you can have the Theme Colors palette applied to the interactions. I mentioned this already in an article about: Theme Colors. In the table you will see which interactions have that feature. It is not the case for the Checkbox, nor the Radiobutton interaction which is a shame. Please log a feature request! You can see the option in this screenshot of a Glossary interaction:
- Scrolling Text Interaction: I use it to replace a Text Entry Box, a Short Answer or a Fill-in-the-Blank question.
- Checkbox and Radiobutton: excellent to create choice lists, custom questions. Just wished formatting would be enhanced (and Theme Colors available).
- Timer: mostly used in combination with advanced/shared actions. Planned since quite a while to blog about this interaction. I prefer it over the Hourglass interaction which has exactly the same functionality, but image cannot be replaced.
- DropDown interaction, see this article. List interaction could be an alternative, but find it less intuitive.
- Timeline or Process circle: to explain processes, workflows
Once in a while if a lot of text has to be exposed, will use one of the other interactions from the ‘Display’ subcategory.
Are you sad about the disappearance of the Games? Maybe I will upgrade some of my older blog posts, would be now lot easier with the present version. What do you think about an updated version of the Concentration Game? Some JS experts have posted games in this portal as well. Look out for Greg Stager.
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