Resources – Learning Tech Discussions

List of resources that were collected during my session on learning technologies in today’s world. – Will

eLearning and the Science of Instruction by Ruth Clark

Design for How People Learn by Julie Dirksen

Cindy Huggett: Virtual Learning

Blackboard: Educational Technology

ed2go: Online Courses

Video: Joe Ganci eLearning Tools Comparisons – ATD Atlanta Chapter

Qstream: Mobile Learning for Sales

The Gamification of Learning and Instruction by Karl Kapp


Adobe Captivate 9!

I am excited to share that Adobe Captivate 9 is here! I’ve had the opportunity to work with Adobe Captivate 9 and try out some of the new features of the development tool. There are a lot of updates to what Captivate 8 laid the foundation for and continuing to build on ease of use for instructional designers and developers.

Adobe Captivate Draft 

Cp Draft

Probably one of the more exciting features that I really like is the Adobe Captivate Draft app for Captivate 9 available in the Apple App Store. Draft allows you to create your storyboard all right within the app and provides a lot of functionality. You can add slide objects and modify their properties like the size and fill color. You can even add hotspots and questions slides. When you’re finished creating your storyboard you can save it to Creative Cloud and open the storyboard file directly into Captivate 9 and add full development.

Cp Draft2

Enhancements to Responsive Projects

Another fantastic feature that has been enhanced is responsive projects in Captivate 9.  Now responsive projects have up to 5 breakpoints to create for the devices that you are delivering your projects on. These could be used to create specific views or you can create them as the landscape/portrait view alternative to your project.


If don’t want your learners to view content on mobile devices in landscape mode, you can do that as well with disallowing landscape orientation and including a message to only view the course in portrait orientation. You can find this in Preferences, Publish Settings.



Multi-State Objects 

A new level of interactivity has been added to Captivate 9 with multi-state objects. You can create these interactions without having to use show/hide techniques in your project. In the Properties panel that is new section called Object States where you can create different states for an object. There are still the three default states, Normal, Rollover, and Down. You can also create your own custom states with objects.


There is also a button called State View that opens up the Object State panel to manage the states you have created. You can add or delete states and add more objects to existing states.

CpState2                                         CpState3

You can execute then execute and Advanced Action to Change State of… so when the learner clicks on the target button it will then change the state of the object.


Here is an example screenshot of how states can work instead of the show/hide features in Advanced Actions.


This example has several car colors so when the learner clicks on each color button the car will match the color on the button. This was all created using the multi-state object feature in Captivate 9.


Geo-location Enhancements

Captivate 8 introduced geo-location for responsive courses, but now in Captivate 9 there’s an extra layer of functionality. Geo-location allows you to deliver content to you learners when they need it and where they need it.

One of the better features of this is the Geo-Location Emulator which allows you to test out the project as if you were in the learner’s location.


Another update is executing an Advanced Action when the learner’s location changes.



These are some of my favorite new features of Adobe Captivate 9, but there are many more. Check out the Adobe Captivate 9 product page to download a trial and get started!



Adobe Captivate 8: Rollover Highlight Text Caption

I know I have promised this over the weekend, so here is the little nugget I have found.

While I have been learning a lot about the advanced features in Adobe Captivate and the new features in version 8, I am also learning that if you think outside the box just a little bit, you can make some great discoveries!

I was creating a rollover caption for one of the projects that I am working on and as I added the rollover caption, I noticed that the rollover area was supposed to be placed on an object and the caption would obviously appear. When I previewed the project the word was not to be seen until the mouse had rolled over the rollover area DUH! This took me a minute to realize.

Here is what I wanted: When the learner rolls over text, the text should change to a different color to alert the learner to begin the course and also to grab attention to a plain, clickable text caption. So I sat there of minute and thought about how I could do it and then suddenly AHA! I put the pieces together to form the text caption that highlights when you rollover it. It actually is quite simple but thinking differently about what you have at your disposal is sometimes what you need to make new discoveries.

So I figure why not share my discovery with everyone else? It may be that someone has discovered this before but I don’t care because this was a small win for me. The small wins matter. Below are the steps that I took to create a rollover highlight caption. Enjoy.

In Adobe Captivate, navigate to Objects and select Rollover Caption.

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 4.00.18 PM

Next add the text to the caption and set the size and the font color the learner will see when they rollover the caption.

Text Caption

Re-size the text caption to the desired position and  Copy the text caption.

Create a new Text Caption and paste the text from the rollover caption and change the color of the text to what you want the learner to see before they rollover the caption.

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 4.13.00 PM   Text Caption

Re-size the rollover area to match the size of the rollover text caption text captions

Rollover Area Size

Follow the same re-sizing for the copied text caption so all 3 objects are the same size and in the same position.

All 3 in Same Size and Position

When you preview the file you will see the color selected for the dormant caption and when you rollover you will see the color when active.

Before Rollover          Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 4.52.57 PM

It is a small detail that can add a catch your learner’s eyes and get their attention. I hope that I can share more of these with you in the future as I continue learning more ways to use rapid development tools and other programs.