Last week I reviewed Captivate 9 and I was quite excited about the new Effect and State options. However, I didn’t go into any detail as it would have taken up the entire blog. So this post will take you through some of the ideas I’ve had on how to use the new effect and state settings in Captivate 9. Below is a link to a demo project; you can also download the source Captivate file if you want as well.
Computer games have unbelievable abilities to keep people’s attention. As a planet we spend 3 billion hours a week gaming. People are willing to invest hours of their time trying to beat their own high scores. e-Learning needs to tap into that drive.
Gamification of e-Learning is not just turning e-Learning into one big game. It is applying the successful mechanics and psychology of gaming to improve a learning experience. Using gaming ideas such as of levelling up or hidden extras can pull a learner into a course which leads to greater understanding. As a gamer myself I feel I’m well positioned to discuss which gaming mechanics we should be using to improve our e-Learning. Let’s have a look at some of the best gaming principles that can be applied to e-Learning without hugely increasing development time.
SCORM is probably the single most important part of learning management system hosted e-Learning and yet nobody really knows what it is. This blog is aimed to help you understand what SCORM is and what the future holds for SCORM.
It would be wrong of me to say that people ask me what SCORM is every day; in fact, I don’t think anybody ever asks me what SCORM is. People usually say SCORM at me with a puzzled look on their face, sometimes they just want to know if they are saying it right, but others actually want to know what it is. So I thought a blog would be a good place to start.
So Captivate 9 has been out for a couple of weeks now and I have had a good play around. While compared to Captivate 8’s new responsive layout, this release of Captivate lacks a headline feature. However, there are still plenty of new features that will help make your e-Learning great.
Well, today is the day that Windows 10 comes to the masses. It has been a relatively quiet launch compared to the hype we used to get from Microsoft back in the 90s, but Windows 10’s launch is big news. I have had a chance to play with various builds with Windows 10 through the Insider Program and it had me wondering, is Windows 10 a good thing for e-Learning developers? To answer this I’m not going to talk about the return of the Start menu, nor am I going to talk about the new flat design that was inevitable. What I am going to do is look at some of the new features of Windows 10 and relate their use to e-Learning.
I am currently reading Andrew Keen’s “The internet is not the answer”. In the book, Keen evaluates the last 25 years of the internet and says we need to rethink the web, rebuild the value of content, resurrect privacy and, above all, reconceive humanity. Which is quite a big ask. One of his main arguments is that the “digital revolution” is destroying, not innovating, every 20th century industry. This made me think, is e-Learning actually destroying training?
The integration between Edge Animate and Captivate was one of the new features I was most excited about when I reviewed Captivate 8 a while back . It has not let me down. I now spend as much time in Edge Animate as I do in Captivate when I am building custom e-Learning interactions. Below is a demo of showing how you can use Edge Animate to control and interact with your Captivate project. It has buttons controlling Captivate, adjusting variables and more. There is a short explanation of each slide below. You can also download all the source files and have a play around yourself.
So it is the time of year that all technical authors have been waiting for. MadCap have released a new version of Flare, number 11. I have to admit that this year I read the new features and I wasn’t exactly over the moon. However, once I got going with the trial I started to really appreciate Flare 11. Here are my highlights:
One of the most important thing to do before embarking on an e-Learning project is to identifying the e-Learning objectives. Learning objectives outline to the learner what is important, helps enable good assessment development and helps with course structure. However, good e-Learning objectives are annoyingly hard to define, so I thought I’d share a few things I try to do.