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Create Engaging eLearning using Effects in Adobe Captivate 7

Guest Blog by: Joanne Nichols, Adobe Certified Trainer and an Adobe Certified Expert in Adobe Captivate

When creating eLearning it is important to ensure you keep the user engaged.  By nature we are inquisitive, so why not create eLearning to capture the learner’s interest using this to our advantage. Rollovers are a great way to do this. (Obviously this means that these rollover effects that I am teaching you today cannot be used for mobile learning. However you can replicate the effects using click boxes and advanced actions, but be mindful that on mobile devices there is no rollover state so you would just skip the “on rollover” portion of the effects).

One way I have done this is to create a category game, so rather than having a boring slide with button menu items like this:


Why not engage the learner with a hidden category game. The category is hidden and the user has to rollover the category badge to reveal the category. By using effects we can engage the learner by animating the graphics and keeping them engaged.

I have recorded the steps to create the category game and have included the captivate v7 file ready for you to follow along with my recording and try the steps yourself.

The next effect I like to use is the page turn effect. This is great when referencing articles, newspapers etc., I give them a virtual book which keeps the learner engaged. This recording also features how you can create tabs using smart shapes.

Click here to get the category selection game captivate file

I have recorded the steps for you and again have included the completed captivate v7 file as well as the book image resources for you to recreate following my recording.

Click here to get the page turn captivate file

Click here to get the book image as a Photoshop file

Click here to get the book image as a png zip file

As mentioned in the webinar I talked about using human images on slides can make the learning redundant if there is no emotional attachment or relevance to the images being used. I recommend you look at Bruce Hilliard’s latest 2 newsletters which contain great information on his findings with how the brain learns.

I am happy to help anyone if you have any further questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact me or head to my website for more great links to other sites I find useful.

Here is the link to information on the neuroscience of how the brain learns. It is a link to the last 2 newsletters from Bruce Hilliard.

As also promised here are the links to resources that will help you create engaging eLearning:

Here is the link to Presenter Media, a great site I use to get graphics and animations for my learning. Using this link will give you a $10 discount on the membership price 🙂

Here is the link to the Effect List put together by Col Day. It does relate to Captivate 5 and the explanations are in Col’s words but it is a very useful resource to help you understand what each effect does.

Effects in Adobe Captivate 5.0/5.5

If you missed my webinar on using effects in your learning to engage learners the full webinar was recorded and can be viewed here:

A big thank you to Dr. Pooja Jaisingh and the Adobe team for giving me the opportunity to share my knowledge and a big thank you to Lieve Weymeis for helping with the webinar and sharing her vast knowledge and last but in no least a big thank you to the audience that attended the webinar, the feedback was very positive and I am glad I didn’t do too bad a job.

Looking forward to the next one.




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