To learn how to create courses, certifications, and learning programs in Captivate Prime, read this article.


Authors can create learning objects such as courses, certifications, and learning plans. Learners can consume these learning objects, while administrators can track the performance of learners based on the consumption pattern.


Adobe Captivate Prime enables authors to create courses using one or more modules related to virtual training, self-paced training, classroom training, and activities. Administrators can further use these courses to create course instances, enroll learners, assign badges, and enable feedback for these courses. They can also create learning programs, learning plans, and certifications using these courses.

Authors can import the existing e-learning content that is created using Adobe Captivate and Adobe Presenter. Other supported course formats include video files, PDF, doc, docx, PPT, and PPTX.

Creating a Course

To create a course, follow the steps below:

Basic course information

  1. Log in to Adobe Captivate Prime as an Author, as only authors have the rights to create courses. Now, on the Getting Started page, click Create Courses.

  2. On the Course Overview page, enter the name of the course. Now, enter a short description for this course, which is displayed on the course card. This description must not be more than 140 characters. Then enter the detailed overview for the course, which is displayed on the Course Details page. The description must not exceed 1500 characters.

  3. To make your course available in other languages, click Add New Language from the upper-left corner of the page. Select the language or languages in which you want to make your course available. Click Save. For more information, see Add content for different languages.

Allow multiple attempts

Once the admin has enabled multi attempts, as an author you can configure multi attempts for an interactive e-learning module at a course or module level.

Allow multiple attempts

Set Attempts at

You can set the number of attempts for a module to infinite or provide a definite limit.

The attempt information will be shown to the learner once it is enabled. The learner can choose to reattempt the module by clicking on the ‘Reattempt’ button.

Stop new attempt once module is completed or passed

To configure when to stop learners from selecting the new attempt option, enable the check-box “Stop new attempt once module is completed or passed”. The ‘Reattempt’ option will be removed from the learner view once they successfully complete the module.

Lock module between attempts 0:0:1 Format: Days/Hours/Minutes

You can lock modules for a specific time between attempts, by enabling the check-box “Lock module between attempts 0:0:1 Format: Days/Hours/Minutes”. When a module is locked, the learner cannot visit the module until the lock time provided elapses. 

You can define the end criteria of an attempt by selecting the ‘Player close’ or ‘Completion’ check boxes.

Player Close

Every module launch is treated as a new attempt if the criteria is selected as 'Player Close'. A learner is prompted with module lock details and attempt details on closing the player.


If the end of an attempt is based on Completion, then it will be calculated based on the content success criteria. Learners are not allowed to re-attempt the module until the content sends the completion information. Module lock and attempt details are communicated to the learner once an attempt ends.

Set time limit to complete module

Authors can set a time limit to complete a module by the enabling the check-box, “Set time limit to complete module”.

Every player launch is considered as a new attempt and the learner is prompted with the time details during launch.


The attempt will end automatically once the time elapses. Closing the player as well will end the current attempt.

Multi attempts at Module level

Selecting an attempt at 'Module level' from the 'Set Attempt at' drop-down list allows you to configure the options at individual module level.

Add modules

You can now add Content, Prework, and Testout modules. Content modules are the main modules that make up the course. Prework modules include some basic information, which can help learners get ready for the course. These modules are not mandatory for the learners to complete. Testout modules help learners skip the content and take the test if they are already aware of the content and want to take the test to fulfill the compliance requirement.

To add a content module, perform the steps below:

  1. Click Add Modules. You can see four options to add modules. The first option is to add Self Paced Modules. These are the modules that you create and add to the module library in Adobe Captivate Prime. These second option is to set up the Virtual Classroom. The third one is to set up a Classroom Module, and the fourth is Activity Module.

    Select module type
    Select module type

    Self Paced Module: In this mode, you can start and complete a course module at your own pace. You can set your own schedule.

    After you click the option, you can see the list of self-paced modules that have been already added to your module library. Here you can either scroll through the list and select the ones you want to add, or you can search for the modules by typing the module's name in the search field or the module tags.

    Add a module

    After you have selected the modules, click Add. These modules now appear under the Content section.

    Select module to add

    You can also rearrange the modules. Drag any module and move it up or down and arrange the modules in a proper sequence.

    Virtual Classroom Module: In this mode, learners can attend live online lectures, facilitated by a trained instructor. Enter the title, description, and set the duration of the session. You can also specify the conference url and the instructors to conduct the session. To save the changes, click Done.

    Virtual classroom module

    Classroom Module: In this mode, learners attend in-person lectures, facilitated by a trained instructor. Enter the title, description, and set the duration of the session. You can also specify the location of the class and the instructors to conduct the session. To save the changes, click Done.

    Classroom module

    Activity Module: In this mode, learners must complete a set of activities, such as, workshops, exercises, questionnaire, and other learning activities. Enter the title, description, and the external url for reference. To save the changes, click Done.

    Activity module
  2. Similarly, add modules for Prework and Testout modes.

  3. Choose the sequencing type for modules as Ordered or Unordered based on your preference.

    If you choose Ordered, the modules appear in the same sequence as you created them. If you choose Unordered, the modules are not sequenced. Learners can complete the modules in any order.

  4. From the Mandatory Modules drop-down list, choose the number of modules that the learner must take to complete the course.

  5. Add a cover image for the course. The catalogs are created by the administrator. For more information, see Catalogs.

  6. On the top-right corner of the page, click Save.

Add skills

On this page, enter the following details:

  1. Choose the course skills, level, and set the credits for the skill. Add more skills, if required.

    Course skills
  2. Choose the type of enrollment. The following are the options:

    a.      Manager nominated: Only managers can nominate these courses. A learner cannot enroll to these types of courses.

    b.      Manager approved: Managers approve these courses. Learners can sign up for these courses, but they are not enrolled directly to these types of courses without Manager’s approval. A notification request is sent to Managers when learners sign up for these types of courses. Upon Manager approval, these courses are listed as enrolled for learners.

    c.      Self-enrolled: Learners can directly enroll themselves to these types of courses.

  3. If you want to provide the ability for learners to unenroll themselves from your course, enable the check-box Learners can unenroll themselves.

  4. Select the pre-requisite courses that must be completed before taking up your course. Click the Courses field and choose from the list of courses.

    Prerequisite courses
  5. Enable the Enforce Prerequisites check-box if you want the pre-requisite courses to me made mandatory.

  6. Add keywords as tags related to your course. These tags help the learners to locate your course easily during search. All these tags are automatically added based on the modules that we have added. If you have other tags that you want to add to this course, you can go ahead and enter it.

  7. Add the profiles of your target audience for this course by clicking the text area and choosing the profiles from the suggestions.

  8. Add resource files for your course as extra material. Drag your materials such as text, or video, or audio files.

  9. Now this course will be available for these learners having these profiles as a recommended course. You can also attach additional resources for your learners in this section. Learners will be able to download these files for later reference. Once you are done with all these changes, go ahead and click Save on the top-right corner. This will save your course as a draft. Your course is saved as draft, by default.

Assign instructors for modules

  1. After you create modules for your course, you can assign instructors to the modules. From the Author dashboard, click Course Catalog.

  2. Click the course whose module you want to assign instructors to.

  3. From the Add Modules section, click the module to which you want to assign an instructor.

  4. In the Instructor field, specify the user name of the user to who you want to assign the instructor role.

    Fill in the instructor field
  5. To republish the course with the updates, click Republish.

Preview a course

Once the course is created and saved as a draft, you can preview the course as a learner, and then publish it to make it available in the course catalog.

To preview the course, click Preview as learner.

Preview as learner

This opens the course Overview page for you where you can see the modules, their order, and other details related to the course.

course Overview page

To see how the learners can experience this course, click each of these modules to start playing it. This starts playing the course in the Fluidic Player.

Publish a course

After previewing the course as a learner, you can publish the course, so that it becomes available for learners to consume. Note that the course is still in a draft mode.

A typical course life cycle looks as follows:

  • Draft –When an author completes creating a course and saving it. At this state, course is not available yet for learners.
  • Published –When an author completes publishing a course. At this state, the course is available for learners to enroll. You can also edit a course at this state.
  • Retired – After publishing a course, an author can move it to a retired state if the author doesn’t want the course to appear in course catalog for learners.
  • Deleted – A course under deleted state is when it is removed completely from the Adobe Captivate Prime application. Only authors can delete courses when they are in Draft or Retired states. 
Typical life cycle of a course

To publish the course that you had created, click Publish on the top-right corner of the page.

Publish a course that you created

On the confirmation pop-up message that appears, click OK.

The course is now available in the course catalog.

View a course

You can view a list of all available courses as an author. To view all the courses in Captivate Prime account, click Course Catalog. To view all your authored courses in Captivate Prime, click My Courses.

On the course card, hover on the options, and click View Course.

View course

The course information window displays. The course is in a read-only mode. To modify the course, click Edit.

Retire a course

If you retire a course, you cannot enroll new learners to the course. Learners who are already enrolled can take the course.

To retire a course, on the course card, hover on the options, and click Retire Course.

Retiring course

On the confirmation pop-up that appears, click Yes.

Duplicate a course

You can create a copy of the course and then modify the course. If you want to back up your course, you can duplicate the course.

Search for courses

Adobe Captivate Prime makes it easier for you to find the courses of your choice quickly. You can search for your courses in the following ways:

Search field: Click the search bar on the upper-right corner of the Course Catalog page. Type the course name or any keywords associated with your courses. You can also search using tags that are added during course creation. Tags are searchable inside Search Courses field, which means the tags are displayed in search field as you type.

Search field

Filter list of courses: You can filter the courses by state such as All, Published, Draft, and Retired. Based on your choice, you can view the filtered list of courses and select the required courses.

As an author, you can also sort the courses to better locate your required course. Click Sort by and choose alphabetical ascending order, alphabetical descending order, course created date, course updated date, and effectiveness of courses.

Filter list of courses

Enroll learners in a course

To enroll learners to the courses, or to allow managers to nominate learners for the courses, you must switch to the Administrator mode, as only administrators have the rights to enroll learners for the courses.

To switch to the Admin mode,

  1. Click your profile picture and then select Administrator.

  2. In the Admin mode, click Courses on the left pane. On this page, you can see all the courses created by all the authors in your Prime account.

  3. To enroll the learners, hover over the course card, and you can see the option Enroll Learners. Click this option.

    Enroll learners
  4. On the Enroll Learners dialog box, on the top-right corner you an see that the option Default Instance is selected. As soon as a course is created by an author, a default instance of the course is created. 

    Default Instance
  5. Start typing the name of a learner in the Include Learners field and choose a learner. You can also add user groups here. If you want to enroll all the learners in your Prime account, start typing all. You can also enroll learners in a team.

    Choose a learner and add user groups
  6. If you want to exclude any learner from the course., enter the name of the learner in the Exclude Learners field.

  7. After you have enrolled the learners, click Proceed. On the Enroll Learners dialog box, you can view the summary of the enrollment.

    Summary of enrollment
  8. To enroll all learners in the course, click Enroll. These learners are now successfully enrolled for this course. The learners get a notification to go ahead and take the course. To enroll more learners, repeat the enrollment procedure.

Unenroll learners from a course

While creating a course, an author can enable the option Learners can unenroll themselves, so that learners who are taking the course can unroll from the course.

An Administrator can also unenroll learners from the course.

Unroll learners from a course

For more information see Unenrolling learners.

Add course modules for Captivate and Presenter

You can also publish the course modules to Captivate Prime from Adobe Captivate and Adobe Presenter software using the Publish menu.

  1. In Captivate, click Publish > Publish to Captivate Prime.

  2. Provide the sub-domain name or email id and click Submit. If you have multiple accounts, you are prompted to choose the account.

  3. Log in with Adobe credentials. If you do not have an Adobe id, click Create Account. After authorization, you are directed to module publishing page.

  4. Provide all the basic information about the module and click Publish.

You can see the published module on the Captivate Prime modules page. For more information, see Publish project to Adobe Captivate Prime.

Course effectiveness

Course effectiveness score helps the authors to evaluate the courses which are not working as per learners needs and modify them accordingly. Course effectiveness is evaluated to understand the usefulness of a course to the learner. It is a combination of results from learner feedback on the course content. The course quiz results for a learner and the manager’s feedback evaluating a learner based on learning from the course.

In My Courses, an author can view the course effectiveness rating on the course thumbnails as shown in the below snapshot. You can see the rating for this course as 100.

Course rating

The course effectiveness rating value is arrived considering L1, L2 & L3 feedback values. To view the breakup of each feedback, click the course effectiveness value. A pop-up menu appears as shown below.

how course effectiveness is calculated

In this sample snapshot, 1 out 1 user received all the three types of feedback, hence the score is 100/100. From this table, you can understand the missing feedback to improve overall effectiveness. To view how course effectiveness is calculated, click the down-arrow at the lower-right corner of the pop-up menu.

how course effectiveness is calculated

As per the pie-chart shown above, more weightage is given to L3 feedback from manager.

Certifications and Learning Programs

Both Author and Admin can create certifications and learning programs for learners from the Author app. From the home page, click either Certifications, or Learning Programs to create the respective learning objects.

To know how to create and manage certifications and learning programs, see Certifications and Learning Programs.

Mandatory courses for external certification

In earlier releases of Captivate Prime, course completion from learner in External certification was not mandatory to complete a Certificate.

You can now make courses mandatory by enabling the option Set required courses as Mandatory for Certificate Completion in the Curriculum tab.

Set required courses as mandatory

When courses are set as mandatory:

  • The submission page of the Manager lists the learners only after the learners complete the courses.
  • The learner can only upload a file after completing the course.

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