July 17, 2013

Creating and adding Custom Scenario Interactions in Adobe Presenter 9

Adobe Presenter Senario InteractionsScenarios and near-real stories add life to eLearning courses and make the content look and sound more meaningful. It also makes it easy for the students to understand concepts by looking at the examples and taking decisions in the scenario. They get a perfect simulated environment to practice the skills or modify behavior and the best part with scenario-based learning is that they are allowed to make mistakes and learn from them, without causing any harm whatsoever.

In spite of these benefits, you will find very few people creating scenario-based courses. Most of them rather settle for information-heavy eLearning courses. They confess that they understand the value of creating a scenario-based course, but they opt for a page-turner as it takes a lot of effort and time to design and build scenarios. So to lessen the burden for eLearning developers, we’ve introduced scenario templates in Adobe Presenter 9 which can be used to build decision points inside an eLearning course. It’s pretty easy to use these templates. Watch this short video to learn about the workflow:

Easy! Isn’t it?

But you are not restricted to using the existing templates. You can create your own custom branded templates and add them to Adobe Presenter 9 library. You can either create a template from scratch or take a copy of an existing template and modify/replace the objects in the template to create a new one.

To make it easy for you to add a new template, we’ve created an executable file which will automatically add the new templates to the existing set of templates and make it available from the Insert Scenario Interaction section.

Steps to download and run the executable file:

  1. Download the zipped folder from here.
  2. Extract the file from the folder.
  3. Rename newAprSIPreProcessor.txt to newAprSIPreProcessor.exe
  4. Right-click newAprSIPreProcessor.exe and select Run as Administrator.RunAsAdministrator
  5. Click Yes in the Security Warning dialog.
  6. In the APr Scenario Interacting PreProcessor dialog, click Browse for PPTX.BrowseForPPTX
  7. Navigate to the folder where you have saved the new template. Select the template and click Open.
  8. Once the processing is complete, you will get this message:Confirmation
  9. The new scenario template is now added to the Insert Scenario Interaction section.

Here are some tips you need to follow if you take a copy of existing template and modify it to create a new one:

  • Pick one of the templates from this directory: C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Presenter 9.0\Gallery\Learning Interactions OR use this Test Template
  • Modify the graphics/background/shapes on the stage. Do not alter the Master Slides and Layouts
  • Do not change any links on the slides. If you need to change them to suit your template, make sure the links are absolute (i.e. Jump to ‘Slide 3′ instead of using the relative ‘Jump to next slide’ action)

 

And here are the steps you need to follow if you are creating a template from scratch:

  1. All the content should be on Normal slides, Master and Layout slides must be empty.
  2. Use ‘Title and Content’ layout for all slides.
  3. Use absolute hyperlinks for all actions (i.e. Jump to ‘Slide 3′ instead of using the relative ‘Jump to next slide’ action) in the interaction.
  4. On correct answer slide, add an action button with a caption ‘Next’.
  5. On the Decision screen, add following text in the options shapes (in any order) NOTE: All capital letters. Only one CHOICE_CORRECT is allowedChoices
  6. Do not group the interaction choice shapes on the decision screen, they must be simple shapes. Hyperlinks must be added on the full shape (rather than adding it on the text inside the shape).
  7. For making your template accessible, keep the z order of shapes in the order which you want them to get visited through keyboard.
  8. Refer this sample scenario template to build your own template.
  9. Name your PPTX appropriately. This name will appear in Adobe Presenter menu when the template is added.

Please leave a comment here to let us know if you like this functionality in Adobe Presenter 9. We are also eager to see the scenario templates you build… Do share them with us!

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