Flash Based eLearning

How to Create Flash eLearning without Major Programming

You love Flash and would like to create some cool eLearning quizzes with it, but aren’t ready to dive into learning Flash’s deep ActionScript programming language for your quizzes? Well guess what, you don’t have to be an ActionScript guru to create compelling Flash eLearning! Flash has a series of little known built-in eLearning “interactions” which you can create in no time without deep programming knowledge. Other than a few simple timeline stop frame actions, everything you do is drag, drop, and typing in your courseware questions and answers; there are even built-in buttons to check for the correct answers and also allow you to move on to the next quiz.

So how does this all work?

Start (see screen shot below) by going to Flash’s’ menu bar: Window > Common Libraries > Learning Interactions. Choose one (see example below) of the following interactions: Drag and Drop, Fill in the Blank, Hot Object, Hot Spot, Multiple Choice, True or False. Follow the simple instructions in the panel on the left, type in your question, add your answers and test your movie – that’s it. If you want to use more than one quiz simply add a few timeline stop frame actions in a frame within the timeline at the end of each quiz.

Anyone using a Flash-enabled browser can see your eLearning content. You can even customize the quizzes’ interface, colors, fonts, graphics and more to meet your class or schools needs. If you want to get really fancy you can send tracking information to a server-side LMS (Learning Management System) that compiles with AICC & SCORM compliant standards. There are even powerful built in quiz templates that track cumulative results from a sequence of interactions which can then be routed to your LMS including Adobe’s very own Acrobat Connect Professional.

window menu selections screen shot


Learning interactions screen shot

Basic Requirements

Your eLearning interactions will run on any computer with Flash® Player 6 or later and a Flash-enabled web browser. The eLearning content is compatible only with ActionScript 2.0, so you must specify ActionScript 2.0 when publishing your Flash documents using the eLearning interactions.

To track user data from the Flash learning interactions, you must have the following: A web server-side LMS, such as an AICC- or SCORM-compatible system, Internet Explorer 4.0 or Netscape Navigator 4.0 or later (Windows), or Netscape 4.5 or later (Macintosh). Tracking to an LMS with learning interactions does not work with Internet Explorer on the Mac.

For more information check out Flash Learning Interactions  on Adobe.com.

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