e-Learning solutions to meet your individual needs
Adobe’s Captivate is one of the main players in the world of e-Learning, allowing users to create interactive learning modules that can be published to a variety of formats and report back to company LMS systems.
So which are the big two e-Learning tools?
Each system has its own advantages and disadvantages. It is really down to what you want to achieve and to your budget, as the prices differ greatly.
The second of the main e-Learning Systems is Articulate. This has been described as a show stopper, but so is the price. Retailing in excess of £800 plus VAT, and with a number of optional bolt-ons, this is by far the most expensive option. However, the high price does give you an indication of its capabilities. This is fully SCORM compliant and interacts exceptionally well with all known LMS systems. In terms of appearance, it looks very familiar as it is laid out to look and feel like PowerPoint.
This makes it fairly intuitive to use. Unlike PowerPoint, you can publish to HTML5 as well as formats suitable for iPads and the like. There are some great characters you can add to your material and there is an extra pack of assets made up of high quality digital images, but this does not come cheap at over £400. You can build complex training scenarios and these can be saved and re-used in other projects very easily, as well as quizzes with drag and drop interaction. So, this is a good product with a high price tag, but it will let you create interactive e-learning that can be directly reported back to an LMS system.
And finally, Captivate. This sits firmly in the middle in terms of pricing. If you are familiar with other Adobe products, you will soon understand the layout and how to access the different functions. This too can create fully interactive e-learning modules. In fact, you can create even more complex learning scenarios than Articulate, but the downside to this is a steeper learning curve. Captivate may not have as many built-in features as Articulate, but is part of the wider Adobe learning suite of products. So, if you have images edited in Photoshop, or animations created using Flash and professional audio tracks with Audition, as well as a host of other Adobe products, then all these can be seamlessly integrated into your e-learning. You also have the option to install third party widgets, many of which are free, but some are chargeable. These can add an extra dimension to your modules. Adobe itself also provides free templates and assets that can be downloaded to your machine such as characters (version 6) in different poses. In order to create complex scenarios which respond differently depending on what the users do or select, you use variables and advanced actions which could be described as mini macros. As well as assigning scores to quiz questions, you can also add click points that user have to interact with which also have scores associated with them which are all ultimately reported in to an LMS system.
Captivate is a good all-rounder. More than just a slick video capture tool like Camtasia, but perhaps lacking some of the clever features of Articulate. It can create top class interactive e-learning material that can be published to a wide variety of formats, and for a reasonable price too.
Training courses and tailored programmes
We provide Adobe Captivate training courses and in-company tailored programmes over 2 days on how to use Captivate’s features, where you will learn how to create standard slides, record slides, add video, soundtracks and voice overs, as well as import existing material you may have from PowerPoint, create quizzes and many more capabilities.
Bespoke e-Learning design
Our business systems consultancy team provide tailored e-Learning design services for businesses, here are some examples of module we have developed
- SAP Portal Navigation
- Timesheet Entry and Approvals
- Purchase Requisition Creation and Approvals
- LMS System Modules
- Cyber security overview
- Office 2013 custom modules
- Technical Rail industry modules
- Windows 7 upgrade module
It's not just point and click e-Learning