Flash Based Curriculum Certificate and Launch Next Item Button

As of 8/15/2013, the custom module for the Flash-based Curriculum Certificate plus the Launch-Next-Item Button has been updated.

Files: Packaged (already compiled and ready to use): Download Here

Files: Source (what you may or may not need depending on whether or not you have a Flash editor and are willing and able to go in and make changes and customizations as you see fit): Download Here

 The description and links are here: http://www.connectusers.com/tutorials/2010/08/cert_connect/

 

But more importantly, the actual walkthrough on using this is here: https://realeyes.adobeconnect.com/_a201884106/p53823069/

 

There are really two types of files in this package:

  1. Certificate (used to display a Certificate for Training modules of Adobe Connect; including Courses, Curriculums and Events)
  2. Launch Next Item (used to insert into Captivate/Presenter to launch the next item in an Adobe Connect Curriculum, so learner’s don’t have to close the content and find the next item on their own)

Both SOURCE (CS6) and PACKAGED files are available at the links above.  The source you don’t need unless  you will be wanting to actually edit the certificate (look and feel).  The packaged is the SWF’s you’ll use in the curriculum.

Certificate

This is the latest version of the certificate template (which hasn’t been uploaded to the ConnectUsers.com site). It includes a fix to the date fields as well as a number of enhancements.

It has been updated to an AS3-basedcertificate that works with Adobe Connect Training as a standalone file (recommended within Curriculums as a standalone Item), within AS3-based Presenter files and within AS3-based Captivate files. There a few requirements for using the Certificate.

 

If you are using with Adobe Captivate:

  • The file needs to be published as AS3

If you are using with Adobe Presenter:

  • You need to use Presenter 7.0.7 or higher
  • The certificate *needs* to be the last slide in the Presenter Slide Deck
  • There should be at least one slide between the last question and the certificate

Ultimately, the recommended solution is to inset the SWF as a standalone item at the end of a Curriculum and not attach it at all to a Presenter or Captivate file. Simply insert the SWF into Content, and then add a “Certificate” item as the last item in your Curriculum.

NOTE: Regardless of how it is inserted – it needs to be launched from Adobe Connect Training (as a Course, item in a Curriculum, etc). Also, all users *need* to be enrolled in the Training (even yourself as a test).

The updated AS3-based certificates have been available for a while. However, we haven’t really updated the articles or any blog/post, etc.  A lot has changed since the initial articles on ConnectUsers.com:

Link #1: http://www.connectusers.com/tutorials/2009/02/certificates/

Link #2: http://www.connectusers.com/tutorials/2010/08/cert_connect/

Hopefully you will be able to use the articles as a starting point and then understand what we’ve provided here.

The certificate will ONLY work in Adobe Connect and is not designed for general AICC/SCORM-compliancy yet (because the functionality is NOT exposed in Captivate, mostly).

This version has the following updates:

  • As a standalone item in a Curriculum, the certificate will now properly determine the status of the curriculum, no matter how many folders deep the certificate is found (previous versions only worked when the certificate was in the root of the Curriculum)
  • As a standalone item in a Curriculum, the certificate will send a completed status (and a score of 0), so that the Curriculum is properly completed. This wasn’t working when a Certificate was in a multi-level Curriculum (and wasn’t sending a status at all, previously)
  • The Curriculum now supports custom fields in the certificate. For example imagine having two Courses; one with CEU Credits of 1 credit hours, and the other with CEU Credits of 3 hours. You can create a single certificate file, but add information to the Summary field in Adobe Connect (e.g. CEU=3) and then create a text object on the certificate called “customCEU_txt” to display that data on the certificate. The recommended text object is “custom” + {NAME IN SUMMARY FIELD} + “_txt” and this will display the value in the Summary field. I have provided an example called “certificate_example.swf” in this package. After you import it into Adobe Connect, make a course out of it (or an item in a Curriculum) and add a return delimited entry in the Summary Field:

CEU=5

Dept=Development

This version has the following use-cases/work-flows:

  • Import the certificate as a standalone SWF as the final item in a Curriculum. Results from the Curriculum determine whether the certificate is displayed and capable of being printed.
  • Import the certificate into Captivate 4 or higher/Presenter 7.0.7; which is then imported into Adobe Connect as a Course. Results from the course determine whether the certificate is displayed and capable of being printed.
  • Import the certificate into Captivate 4 or higher/Presenter 7.0.7; which is then imported into Adobe Connect as an item in a Curriculum. Results from the course determine whether the certificate is displayed and capable of being printed.
  • Import the certificate into Captivate 4 or higher/Presenter 7.0.7; which is then imported into Adobe Connect as an item in a Curriculum (typically the last item in the curriculum). Results from the Curriculum overall determine whether the certificate is displayed and capable of being printed.
  • Import the certificate into any other AS3-based product; which is then imported into Adobe Connect as a Course. Results from the AS3-based product determine whether the certificate is displayed and capable of being printed.
  • Import the certificate into any other AS3-based product; which is then imported into Adobe Connect as an item in a Curriculum. Results from the AS3-based product determine whether the certificate is displayed and capable of being printed.
  • Import the certificate into any other AS3-based product; which is then imported into Adobe Connect as an item in a Curriculum (typically the last item in the curriculum). Results from the Curriculum overall determine whether the certificate is displayed and capable of being printed.

We have changed the names of the text objects as they’d appear on the stage. Here are the text objects that can be displayed on the certificate:

connectUserName_txt

connectUserNameFirst_txt

connectUserNameLast_txt

connectUserID_txt

connectUserLogin_txt

connectTrainingName_txt

connectTrainingCertificateID_txt

connectTrainingScoreRaw_txt

connectTrainingScoreMax_txt

connectTrainingScorePercent_txt

currentDate_txt

currentMonth_txt

currentDay_txt

currentYear_txt

connectTrainingCompletedDate_txt

connectTrainingCompletedMonth_txt

connectTrainingCompletedDay_txt

connectTrainingCompletedYear_txt

Launch Next buttons

These buttons will launch the next item in a Curriculum

They are exactly the same, but we just modified to change the text of the buttons so that it reads “Launch Next Item” or “View Certificate”. They should be inserted at the end of the content (e.g. Captivate or Presenter).

The buttons have been updated to launch the next item in a Curriculum, no matter how it’s structured in Adobe Connect. If the next item is in a sub-folder or a parent folder, the button attempts to wean that and launch the next item, automatically.

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