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Build eLearning scenarios in Adobe Captivate

Captivate is a powerful tool for building software simulations.

But did you know that it’s also a great tool for building soft-skills scenarios as well? Let me show you how.

Download the files

Click here to download the free Captivate scenario template. 

Why scenarios?

Scenarios are one of the best eLearning approaches because you’re adding interaction (choices and feedback) instead of just pushing information in a “click-click-click” course.

When you build training, what you’re really trying to do is improve performance in the real world. And that’s what scenarios are all about: shift from learning “knowing” information to “doing” something better.

Pick a scenario model

Scenario building doesn’t have to be complicated. Two of the eLearning gurus I respect the most use simple (and similar) models. Tom Kuhlmann calls his the “3-C model” of Challenge, Choice and Consequence, while Michael Allen splits up the acronym into his 4-element “CCAF model” of Context, Challenge, Activity, and Feedback.

See some examples of the model in action

Here is a video where I show a few examples of the scenario model in action.

Understand how the file is set up and make changes

The key to adding interactivity to Captivate is setting up the file properly. I’ll walk you through it in the video below.

There were a few tricky things with getting the links to work, but if you follow the process above, you can duplicate scenarios pretty quickly and get a course put together in no time.

Wrapping it up

I hope you found that lesson useful, and enjoyed the free download.

Let me know if you like this approach in the comments below!

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