Friday, February 21, 2014

Captivate + Raptivity = Fun, Engaging eLearning

Many instructional designers are always looking for new ways to add meaningful interactions to courses without adding more time and cost to an eLearning project. Using a combination of tools is a good way to do this. Here is one user who explains how she used Adobe Captivate and Raptivity to quickly create a software simulation course.

Hi Janhavi,

I support the technical department for a large corporation as an instructional designer. Many of my eLearning projects teach users about new features for new or upgraded software. The eLearning I create ranges from show-me product demos to interactive let-me-try application simulations.

Adobe Captivate is my company’s authoring tool. With it, I can automatically record screen captures and then later add text descriptions. The creation process for these interactions is time-consuming, since it involves recording screen captures, creating callouts, placing the callouts so that they appear correctly on the screen captures, and editing the final product.

On one project, I needed to create eLearning that showed Microsoft Office 2010 new features. This meant recording multiple screen captures to show the new features and then adding captions to point them out. In addition, I was under deadline pressure to finish the project quickly. I needed an interactivity builder that I could use to quickly build these screen captures and would pair seamlessly with Captivate. Raptivity was my choice to build interactions and then insert them into the course I was building.

I chose Screen Familiarization from the Raptivity Standard Pack 3 to build simple simulations that showed the new capabilities of Microsoft Office suite. In addition, I created an Interactive Table from Raptivity Standard Pack 4 to list new features by application, Word, Excel, etc., and briefly describe how each works. And, finally, I included Wild Cards - Time Bound from the Raptivity Essential Pack to keep my learners engaged. These interactions were very easy to build, publish, and insert into a Captivate file. With Raptivity, I was able to create engaging simulations much faster than with Captivate alone. Over the course of the project, this time-savings added up and helped me complete the project on time. In addition, the eLearning was more engaging and so encouraged retention.



In what creative ways are you using Raptivity? Have you like Cindy been successful in using Raptivity with an authoring tool? Please take a few moments in sharing a Raptivity training success story with us.

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