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If you are an instructional designer or technical writer, you have no doubt spent years attempting to perfect the art of teaching programs using fewer and fewer words. If you are in the business of educating, you know how difficult this job can be.

These days, interactive lessons that can be viewed over the Internet or from a CD are all the rage.

There are many programs that can be used to capture a computer's screen, mouse action and audio. Unfortunately, the resulting movies can be huge--a five minute lesson could easily gobble up nearly 100mb of storage space on a hard drive. Downloading a file that large will take a lot of time, even if a user has a fast Internet connection. Large file sizes are just part of the problem. The movies may not be cross-platform (they may not work on both Macs and PCs). Interactivity is a feature most of the "mouse capture" applications do not support. And there are few of these programs that allow images to be imported.

In short, the technology for creating interactive lessons WAS bad. But not anymore. Using Adobe Captivate 5, you can capture screen shots on your computer and quickly turn them into lessons (movies). The movies you create can be interactive--you can add images, captions, rollovers, clickable areas, typing areas and sound effects.

Course Overview

By the end of the class students will be able to:

  • Capture and record screen activity and effortlessly synchronize audio and video.
  • Develop and deploy engaging computer simulations and skill assessments.
  • Develop soft-skills training with complex branching scenarios.
  • Design engaging, interactive Adobe Flash® and multimedia presentation.
  • Create and deploy interactive tutorials and randomized quizzes with randomized answers.
  • Create informal learning content such as podcasts and screencasts.
  • Easily capture and communicate knowledge visually and effectively.

Prerequisites

Familiarity with Web browsers and the Windows user interface

Course Outline

  • eLearning and Captivate

    • In This Module You Will Learn About:

    • Education Through Pictures, page 2
    • Planning eLearning Projects, page 4
    • The Captivate Interface, page 7
    • Workspaces, page 9
    • Previewing, page 16

    • And You Will Learn To:

    • Explore a Project, page 7
    • Explore the Default Workspaces, page 9
    • Modify and Reset a Workspace, page 11
    • Create a Workspace, page 13
    • Navigate a Project, page 15
    • Preview a Project, page 16
    • Zoom Closer to a Slide, page 18
  • Recording Demos and Sims

    • In This Module You Will Learn About:

    • Resolution and Recording Size, page 20
    • The Development Process, page 21
    • Preparing to Record, page 23
    • Demonstrations, page 29
    • Assessment Simulations, page 34
    • Training Simulations, page 37
    • Custom Recordings, page 40

    • And You Will Learn To:

    • Rehearse a Script, page 24
    • Edit Recording Settings, page 25
    • Set Recording Keys, page 27
    • Record a Demonstration, page 29
    • Record an Assessment, page 34
    • Record a Training Simulation, page 37
    • Record a Custom Simulation, page 41
  • Captions, Styles and Timing

    • In This Module You Will Learn About:

    • Text Captions, page 46
    • Caption Styles, page 55
    • The Timeline, page 59

    • And You Will Learn To:

    • Duplicate a Slide and Hide the Mouse, page 46
    • Insert, Resize and Move Text Captions, page 48
    • Modify Text Caption Properties, page 51
    • Edit the Default Caption Style, page 55
    • Reset an Object Style, page 57
    • Change an Object’s Position & Size, page 58
    • View the Timeline, page 59
    • Change a Slide’s Display Time, page 60
    • Use the Timeline to Set Object Display Times, page 61
    • Show/Hide Timeline Objects, page 62
    • Use the Properties Panel to Control Timing, page 63
    • Set Mouse Properties, page 66
    • Check Spelling, page 67
    • Align Slide Objects, page 69
  • Images and Drawing Objects

    • In This Module You Will Learn About:

    • Slide Quality, page 74
    • Blank Slides, page 75
    • Images, page 76
    • The Library, page 79
    • Image Editing, page 83
    • Mouse Visuals and Sounds, page 90
    • Drawing Objects, page 92

    • And You Will Learn To:

    • Change Slide Background Quality, page 74
    • Insert and Delete Slides, page 75
    • Insert an Image, page 76
    • Set Image Size and Slide Position, page 78
    • Use the Library, page 79
    • Manage Unused Project Assets, page 82
    • Crop an Image, page 83
    • Create an Image Watermark, page 85
    • Work With Image Stacks, page 88
    • Add a Visual Click and Sound, page 90
    • Draw a Line, page 92
  • Pointers, Buttons and Highlight Boxes

    • In This Module You Will Learn About:

    • Pointer Paths and Types, page 96
    • Buttons, page 98
    • Highlight Boxes, page 104

    • And You Will Learn To:

    • Modify the Mouse Pointer, page 96
    • Edit Slide and Object Display Times, page 98
    • Insert a Text Button, page 99
    • Set a Button’s Timing and Options, page 101
    • Work With Image Buttons, page 102
    • Insert and Format a Highlight Box, page 104
  • Rollovers and Zoom Areas

    • In This Module You Will Learn About:

    • Rollover Captions, page 110
    • Rollover Images, page 114
    • Zoom Areas, page 116
    • Rollover Slidelets, page 118

    • And You Will Learn To:

    • Insert a Rollover Caption, page 110
    • Insert a Rollover Image, page 114
    • Insert a Zoom Area, page 116
    • Insert and Format a Rollover Slidelet, page 118
    • Format the Slidelet, page 120
    • Add a Caption and Image to a Slidelet, page 121
  • Audio

    • In This Module You Will Learn About:

    • Importing Audio Files, page 124
    • Slide Notes, page 127
    • Recording Audio, page 128
    • Silence, page 135
    • Text-to-Speech, page 137

    • And You Will Learn To:

    • Add Audio to a Slide Object, page 124
    • Add Background Audio, page 126
    • Add a Slide Note, page 127
    • Calibrate a Microphone, page 128
    • Record a Narration, page 130
    • Import Voice Narrations, page 132
    • Edit an Audio File, page 133
    • Insert Silence, page 135
    • Convert Text-to-Speech, page 137
  • Flash Video, Animation and Effects

    • In This Module You Will Learn About:

    • Flash Video, page 140
    • Animation, page 144
    • Text Animation, page 146
    • Object Effects, page 148

    • And You Will Learn To:

    • Insert Flash Video, page 140
    • Set Flash Video Properties, page 141
    • Add Animation to a Slide, page 144
    • Insert Text Animation, page 146
    • Apply a Fly-In Effect to a Text Caption, page 148
    • Apply a ZigZag Motion Path, page 149
  • Converting Demonstrations Into Simulations

    • In This Module You Will Learn About:

    • Demonstrations versus Simulations, page 152
    • Find and Replace, page 153
    • Click Boxes, page 155
    • Text Entry Boxes, page 159

    • And You Will Learn To:

    • Hide the Mouse, page 152
    • Replace Phrases, page 153
    • Insert a Click Box, page 155
    • Insert a Text Entry Box, page 159
  • Introduction to Question Slides

    • In This Module You Will Learn About:

    • Quiz Setup, page 164
    • Add Question Slides, page 168

    • And You Will Learn To:

    • Edit Quizzing Object Styles, page 164
    • Set the Quiz Preferences, page 165
    • Insert Question Slides, page 168
    • Format a Question Slide, page 169
    • Add an Image to a Question Slide, page 171
    • Paste as Background, page 172
  • Publishing

    • In This Module You Will Learn About:

    • URL Actions, page 176
    • Skins, page 179
    • Table of Contents, page 183
    • Preloaders, page 185
    • Publishing, page 187
    • Round Tripping, page 192

    • And You Will Learn To:

    • Link to a Web Site, page 176
    • Apply a Skin, page 179
    • Edit and Save a Skin, page 180
    • Delete a Skin, page 181
    • Create a TOC, page 183
    • Add a Loading Screen, page 185
    • Publish a Flash (SWF), page 187
    • Publish Word Handouts, page 190
    • Export Captions, page 192
    • Perform a “Round Trip”, page 194
  • FMRs, Panning, Manual Mode & Slideshows

    • In This Module You Will Learn About:

    • Full Motion Recording, page 198
    • Panning, page 202
    • Manual Mode, page 206
    • Image Slideshows, page 208

    • And You Will Learn To:

    • Create an FMR, page 198
    • Record a Lesson With Panning, page 202
    • Record Manually, page 206
    • Create an Image Slideshow, page 208