How We Captivate Audiences with Adobe Captivate

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How We Captivate Audiences with Adobe Captivate

Captivate is a powerful tool that’s used to create E-learning materials. That’s a broad description for what this program can do. I’ll be talking about all the cool things you can do in Captivate in detail eventually, but today I’d like to focus on what OPP uses this program for most: client support with webinars and quizzes.

1.       What Is Captivate?

A big question for people first using Captivate may be “Why should I use this to make slides when I could use any other program dedicated to making slides?” Well you shouldn’t. You should import what you make in another program into Captivate to make it better. A core power of Captivate when it comes to making webinars is that you can very easily import from other programs and combine different files and media formats into a cohesive piece. For example, we’ve used Captivate to create a webinar/quiz combination from a PowerPoint slide deck.

 2.       Easy Imports!

Importing previously made material into Captivate is relatively easy. Simply go to the File option, select “New Project” and then find the option that reads “New Project from MS PowerPoint. This will allow you to pull in whatever slide deck you have on your computer. The slides will import with whatever animations that were created in PowerPoint. However, if necessary, you can edit these with the in-house tools that Captivate provides, which match those used in PowerPoint and other Microsoft Office programs.

It’s important to note that if you are importing your slides you will not be able to change their text/content in Captivate directly, instead you will need to change it in whatever program you imported them from.

After changes are made you can navigate to the libraries tab in the top right corner of the Captivate screen where you’ll be able to find that your Captivate file is linked to its source file for easy updating. Simply click on the small red icon next to the name of the source file and Captivate will automatically update everything, giving you the final say on what slides or content should and shouldn’t be added.

 3.       Quizzes

A major selling point of Captivate for OPP is that it enables the creation of interactive quizzes that can be embedded with other content in order to create comprehensive and streamlined learning packages.

A quiz can be made in your current project by clicking on the new slide tab in the upper left hand corner and selecting the question option.

This will allow you to create new questions in specific categories like multiple choice, true/false, or short answer. Once they have been created you can add the text and content of the questions directly thought the slide.

There is also a “Quiz” tab located next to the “Properties” tab that will let you change the number of answers given, how many answers will be selected, the weight of that particular question, the number of attempts a quiz taker will be able to get along with various other options.

Once your question slides are created a result slide will automatically populate to the bottom of the project. This result slide will calculate the total grade and number of attempts along with various other results.

All in All

Captivate as a tool may seem like only pulls the capabilities from other programs. Well, in actuality it is the fact that Captivate takes from so many other programs that makes it a powerful tool. You shouldn’t be using Captivate to create slides, or graphics, or animations from scratch, and if you do so you’re using the program in a way it wasn’t made for. You should use Captivate to create new, fuller experiences and projects work that had been done in other programs. Captivate allows you to bring together strong pieces that might otherwise have to stand alone and lets them shine as a cohesive whole.

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