January 23, 2009

Zen of Captivate 4

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Delivering productivity through rapid authoring of complete, complex and rich content

Organizations are increasingly looking at rapid development methodologies which can deliver quality eLearning content in days/weeks instead of months, at a fraction of the cost.

Adobe® Captivate® 4 is designed to allow organizations to dramatically increase the percentage of courses that can be developed using rapid methodologies.

Rapid authoring is taken beyond application simulation and screen capture to allow for the creation of complete end-to-end coursework which can include complex interaction, conditional branching, quizzing, personalization and rich media.

Adobe® Captivate® 4 continues to democratize the authoring space by ensuring lack of scripting/multi-media knowledge does not dampen the need to create quality eLearning content.

To satisfy the needs of advanced authors, product extensibility is introduced in Adobe® Captivate® 4.  Well-defined extensions also opens the window of content reuse across projects; and across authors within and outside the organization.

Improving the efficiency of the ID-SME interaction

Learning and Development departments seldom work in isolation in the creation of eLearning content. The Instructional Designers (IDs) and other learning professionals need to necessarily engage with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) during various stages of the authoring workflow. These SMEs could be within the organization or within the customer organizations. The workflow between these two is essential but highly inefficient.  

Learning and development (L&D) departments within a organization are also exploring ways to use their learning resources effectively, by “outsourcing” the content authoring to the SMEs which will allow them to use their primary skill sets in defining instruction structure and learning objectives of a course.

Adobe® Captivate® 4 offers L&D departments multiple tools to improve the efficiency of this interaction. These tools can be used in isolation or together.  The exact mix of the final solution that will be used by a specific department is left to that department.

Posted by Tridib Roy Chowdhury3:02 PM
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