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!



HTML, CSS, JavaScript, HUH?!

For the past couple of weeks I have decided to jump into learning how to program. I realize that as an owner of my own company, it is important to make sure that I can do many different things and wear many different hats.

I came to this conclusion because I don’t want to not be able to perform for a client and this really only adds value to LearnHaus. It all started when I began learning how to use Adobe Dreamweaver. It wasn’t the kind of software that you design web content strictly using rapid development like adding drop down menus and images. You need to know how these programming languages work in order to really be effective and also make sure everything is packaged right. You also can do more with the software than just adding templates and colors.

In conjunction with Dreamweaver I am starting out with HTML. This is actually helpful because I can apply what I am learning in HTML to how Dreamweaver operates. Cool stuff. I started to think though, how does web design and code translate to eLearning and mobile learning? What are the implications?

I now realize that because we are creating solutions in the HTML5 space (since Flash doesn’t play well with mobile) that really it’s almost all the same. Creating a slide with video in a web browser is the same as creating it in an eLearning tool like Captivate and then publishing to HTML5 in the browser. The coding is probably close and it’s both being accessed in the browser which can work with HTML5. So in reality, the opportunities to really design and create unique learning and performance solutions is endless, well sort of. I want to learn Flash too but for now I think HTML5 is where I will focus.

I have more to learn like CSS and Javascript, plus I need to figure out to remember all the different tags and and making sure everything is coded correctly. This will take time I know. I am making the commitment to code to standards! I have also been spending some time in the programming community and I finally accepted the challenge of the Hour of Code . It really did only take an hour or less. I was able to see programming in a different context, in more of a gaming perspective. I actually was coding with Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies. It was simpler, but you have the opportunity to see the actual code and learn how you are creating the gaming interactions. It does challenge you to think about the interactions how you would code it.

For those who are thinking of whether learning code is beneficial to them or not, I would say even if you don’t want to be a hardcore programmer, understanding how it works is very beneficial. Knowing how your solution works on the backend is important for really creating solutions you want and what the possibilities are.

Here are some other helpful resources that I have found:

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

Lynda: Web Design Courses


There is so much more to learn and I hope to share more of my journey with you. I hope that I am also a resource as well. Feel free to contact me or comment on this post and I will be more than happy to talk more about this post and LearnHaus with you. Happy learning!



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.

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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.



Welcome to LearnHaus

For years, professionals in the learning field have worked very hard to design and deliver training that is effective and increase performance improvement all while meeting the goals and needs of the organizations they serve.  Each professional has a different skill set that can help improve the deficit that is occurring across all organizations. We have been calling this the skills gap. As my career has taken me this far I have observed the different types of learning professionals. Some are coaches, some are facilitators, and some are talent managers. What I have been fascinated by is how we design and create learning. Instructional design has been around for quite some time and the different approaches to it are well founded. I would like to take these and use as the situation calls for it.  I also find that adding technology to learning can enhance the overall learning experience. eLearning and mobile are highly valuable. But something struck me one day that I think changed the way I view the learning profession: Neuroscience and technology.

To understand how the mind and brain function are somewhat of a mystery to us who are not a scientist or behavioral health professional. The impact of memory and learning is profound in our profession. The knowledge we intend our learners to use to perform to make the organization successful won’t be learned because we are forgetting the actual body part that makes this possible. It’s not just about knowing that chunking information is helpful for the learner, but it is also about how the different processes in the brain interact and can counteract the ability to effectively learn new skills and competencies.

Some of you like me are taking a leap into this area so we can make a difference in the learning and performance process of our learners. I am just scratching the surface on the brain. There is so much that we know and that we don’t know. I intend to use this information to create learning experiences and environments that will help our workforce to be better.

Along with the research that I pick up I also plan to apply this to a variety of mediums. Technology will be coupled with this research to create and construct these learning experiences. I think that eLearning and now mobile learning can enhance these experiences. I don’t think that technology alone is the solution. A blended learning approach is what I think will have the most impact. The important thing is that it depends on what the learner needs. This is what will unlock learning’s impact on performance. A 3-hour eLearning course will be  a waste of everyone’s time if that is not what the learner needs, if it’s even learning at all. We can actually make learning experiences personal by designing for the brains of the individuals that require it. Of course what someone might need is just a 20 minute course or a performance support tool on their device. For that 20 minute course it should engage our brains (learners will not be alerted that their brains are engaged, they will simply click through the course). Without the brain we would not function. The networks in the brain are the lifeblood of successful memory and performance. By re-enforcing these networks and creating new ones effectively, performance will increase. The secret is how we build learning that will foster the brain’s strength of these networks.

There is a lot to uncover and redefine in this profession. I will be learning a  lot about these areas and I intend to share my journey with you. I also hope that we can learn something through this experience as well. This is an exciting time in our profession and the engagement I am seeing in the field right now is incredible. I am excited to take this leap into the new age of learning and performance. The conversations that I hope to have will impact our field in many ways that will once again change the face of learning. Welcome to LearnHaus.

BRAIN                                         TECHNOLOGY                                    PERFORMANCE