Learning interactions enable you to provide interactivity to your Adobe Captivate projects without any effort in programming. In Adobe Captivate you can see a wide variety of statically designed interactions. There are several types of interactive experiences that a user come across in e-learning modules. By inserting these learning interactions in your Adobe Captivate projects and adding content
- In runtime, learning interactions do not get reduced below a certain dimension (320 px X 350 px).
- It is recommended that you only use one learning interaction per slide.
In Adobe Captivate 8.0.1, the following interactions have been updated to provide better user experience on mobile devices:
- Process Tabs
- Process Circle
- Circle Matrix
- Pyramid Matrix
- Pyramid Stack
- Radio Button
In responsive projects, these interactions autoscale themselves to align for all the views with a fixed ratio. Ensure you cover the whole slide when you use these interactions except for Checkbox and Radio Button. Set the top and left position properties of slide to 0 and 0, and height and width of object size to 100% and 100% respectively. Users can experience seamless alignment of interactions in each view. In Certificate interactions, pinch & zoom features have been added. Mobile view of Glossary interaction has been enhanced.
As an example, you will add the Timeline interaction, add timeline events, and then preview the interaction.
The screenshot below shows the Timeline interaction and the properties using which you can customize the interaction.
To edit the theme or the content in the widget after inserting, double-click the widget on stage. Adobe Captivate lets you to resize the learning interactions.
Your interaction is inserted in to the slide now. To edit the settings for the interaction, double click the interaction.
To set the variable for any option, highlight the option, and enter the name of the variable in the Variable Name field.
In addition, create the same variable in the Project Variables list. For more information on creating a variable, see Creating user-defined variables.
The variable you have created determines if an option is correct or otherwise in a quizzing scenario.
Add the radio button options and set the variable to the correct option. If you have assigned the variable T_a to the right answer, create T_a in the Project Variables list as well.
On the slide, insert a button, and assign an advanced action so that if T_a is equal to the correct answer, a success caption appears, else a failure caption appears.
In this example, you will take a quiz. If your quiz score is 100%, you will see a button which when clicked will take you to your certificate with your name printed on it. If you score less than 100%, you will not see any certificate button.
This example illustrates the use of system variables along with the Certificate widget. The variables used are:
- cpQuizInfoStudentName to store and display your name
- cpInfoPercentage to determine if the View certificate button is to be displayed
This interaction is an interactive widget that gives you the option to add multiple bulletin points that can include images and audio and allows the users to view each bulletin point during runtime.
To add a Bulletin interaction to your slide, click Interactions > Learning Interactions > Bulletin.
Id Description 1 Add text and modify the font properties. The text will appear when you click the icon on runtime. 2 Enter the slide number where you want the text to be displayed. Also, insert an image or audio for each text. 3 Click to update the preview of the bulletin text whenever you make any change. 4 Click to see all bullet text for the project. 5 Click to see all bullet text for the slide. You can see the text at runtime. 6 Choose an icon for the bulletin.
For some interactions variable provision is available. You can use these variables to store the results and use them in your course slides. Variable controlled interactions enable users to call variables and dynamically control interaction properties from slides.
Variable-controlled interactions are those interactions where you can assign variables to the interaction items and show or modify the values of the items at runtime.
|Interaction name||Purpose||Variable provision||Variable controlled?||Features|
|Accordion||Enables you to provide information in the form of clickable buttons, audio and images.||No||No||You can use this interaction in content heavy slides in the form of collapsible and expandable content, using buttons.|
|Tabs||Used to demonstrate content in multiple tabs||No||No||Enables to spread the content across multiple tabs instead of cluttering in one slide.|
|Process Circle||Enables you to define any business process or procedure for learners.||No||No||Clicking elements on process circle shows a panel at which you can provide descriptions for each of those elements.|
|Pyramid Stack||Similar to process circle except that you can put elements in hierarchy based on importance.||No||No||Clicking elements on pyramid stack shows a panel at which you can provide descriptions for each of those elements.|
|Timeline||Enables you to express data varied over a time sequence.||No||No||Clicking button labels on time sequence arrow shows up the content in the panel. You can change appearance of all these buttons using Buttons>Color in configure interaction dialog.|
|Circle Matrix||Similar to process circle except that it enables you to show data in a more complex form||No||No||Clicking numbered elements in the circle shows up content in side tabs.|
|Pyramid Matrix||Similar to Pyramid Stack except that it enables you to use a complex hierarchical structure||No||No||Clicking label elements on pyramid matrix shows a side panel at which you can provide descriptions for each of those elements.|
|Glossary||Enables learners to view unfamiliar terms from inside a course.||No||No||Modify themes and color schemes. You can import an xml file with a set of pre-defined glossary terms. Refer to sample xml file.|
|Certificate||Enables you insert certificates in your courses||Yes
||No||You can edit default variables and add
|Checkbox||Similar to radio button interaction except that users can choose multiple answers.||Yes||Yes||Multiple variables are available in this interaction for each checkbox item.|
|Timer||Handy to use this timer interaction in your slides to jump to other slides based on time out feature.||Yes||No||Follow the instructions in configure interaction dialog to design your interaction.
Option to count up or count down time.
|Drop Down||Enables you to provide quick options to your learners inside course slides so they can select the correct option from the drop down list of choices.||Yes||Yes||Users selected choice is stored in the form of a variable which can be used to trigger actions in slides.|
|Hourglass||Enables you to use it inside slides of your courses so you can trigger some actions based on time out feature.||Yes||No||
Variable value is 1 if timed out else it is 0.
Follow the detailed instructions in configure interaction dialog.
|Image Zoom||You can insert an image in your course slide to enable user to zoom and have a better view||No||No||You can import only .png and .jpg image files.|
|Notes||You can add it in the slide so you can type notes at run time.||No||No||User can change background color, modify content, save and print the contents at run time.|
|Radio Button||Enables you to provide quick questions to your learners inside your slides so they can choose the correct option.||Yes||Yes||
Option to choose the placement as vertical or horizontal.
Answer can be stored in the variable so you can use it in your courses.
|Table||Enables you to represent content of your slides in the form of tables.||No||No||Option to import an existing table in the form of .csv file.|
|Scrolling Text||Enables you to add content in the form of scrolling text area inside your slides. Text beyond the text area dimensions will be shown with the help of scroll bar.||Yes||Yes||Option to make the content of scrolling text as read only.|
|Web Object||Enables to insert live website url content in slides||No||No||Useful in compliance and policy based courses.
Note: Clickjacking websites is not allowed.
Adobe Captivate update for subscription and Adobe Software Assurance customers provides dynamic updates to learning interactions by polling the Adobe interaction store at regular intervals. The collection of interactions installed on your machine is compared with the one in the interaction store to determine the new or updated interactions.
When you open the Select Interaction dialog box, you find that some of the interactions are labelled as:
- New: New interactions that are available for you to use. The label disappears when you click the interaction.
- Updated: Interactions for which updates are available since you last viewed the Select Interaction dialog box. If you have the project open for a long period of time, you have to close and reopen the project to view the latest updates.
Updates to such interactions are dependent on the project data. So, irrespective of whether you have used the interaction in the project or not, you get to see the interactions that are tagged as Updated. If you have used the interaction in the project, you have to insert the upated one and reenter your data.
- Update: Interactions that you can update retaining your data intact. You can quickly update the interaction by clicking the Update button under the interaction in the Select Interaction dialog box.