June 29, 2019
Adobe Captivate in Government Training Development
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June 29, 2019
Adobe Captivate in Government Training Development
An experienced Educational Psychologist, Instructional Systems Developer, and Educational Technologist, through various instructional design models and concepts, produced, employed and managed hundreds of hours of instruction. In 2000 I began my career as a Network and Computer Systems Administrator and Journeyman Instructor for the United States Navy, which led to an MTS (Master Training Specialist) certification and a Bachelor of Science from Southern Illinois University. I then devoted research and efforts towards adult learning; mainly focusing on blended learning methods (a mixture of e-Learning and traditional learning). Once I gained ample experience in the field of education and learning development, I then enrolled at University of Connecticut to tweak my skills in the areas of new literacies for Adult and Children (k - 12) Education. Once I earned a Masters of Arts in Educational Psychology and Technology, which transitioned to developing and managing courseware for Villanova University, Florida State University, and Michigan State University through Bisk Education; I was then approached by the United States Navy to conduct research, coordinate and develop instructional technologies, and manage Submarine Officer and Nuclear Schools in their Innovation and Development Lab. 
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Early 2000s

Since the early 2000s, the government has seen that e-Learning is an inexpensive and robust solution to train our soldiers, sailors, and airmen, on the grounds and at home. Previous to the 2000s, the government would use various other means to prepare their students to include: videos, physical training aids (mock-ups), On Job Training (OJT), unnecessary training pipelines, and etc. These solutions cost money, put our military personnel in unnecessary harm’s way, and overall do not provide the best learning experience for the student.

The Benefit

When the government saw the benefit to eLearning, they began creating courses for everything! No complaints, but from 2000-2018 the majority of all products were created using Adobe Flash as the primary animation/framework. If you did not get the memo, Adobe is stopping the support of Flash in mid-2020, and because of this, the government has strict rules. If software or hardware that is no longer supported by the leading vendor, then they are no longer allowed to have it within their network.

Good News

Good News! Adobe is keeping up with the industry needs and creating design and development tools to replace the Flash (e.g., Adobe Animate and Adobe Captivate) Specifically for Instructional System Specialists we use Adobe Captivate 2019 to convert the current courses from Flash to HTML5. Because of its ability to provide various means of instructional capture (e.g., Video Demo) and bundling the instructional materials together for SCORM and xAPI compliances with numerous branching and SCO options it is the perfect fit for the government.

I am not only having fun but excited to see what our service members will say when they see the upgrade not only in the material but also in the learning experience.

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2019-07-04 07:29:08
2019-07-04 07:29:08

I suppose this article is USA only? It would be less confusing if articles meant for one country would mention it. I have always thought this community to be international, not limited to USA.

BTW Flash is not dead at all,  because that is the application (now named Animate CC) and still is the base of most games, and also of AIR applications which will not disappear when the Flash PLAYER needed for showing SWF content in webbrowsers will have died. Just a clarification. That HTML5 still is not standardized and supported by browsers in very different ways is a big problem, certainly when outdated browsers are imposed or used in some companies and administrations.

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2019-07-11 15:37:38
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Thanks for the response, apologies for the late reply. However, I must say that the USA or abroad the EOL of Flash is still Mid to End of 2020, please see the Adobe Announcement, which does explain international actions of unlicensed Flash Players as well.

BTW I never said that Flash is dead; but Adobe will no longer be supporting it in 2020, which is Global. Because of the business rules of the US Government and many Non- US Government organizations/groups (e.g., colleges, universities, and private ~ non-private schools) also follow the same. Various organizations are not going towards Flash after that date, not because Flash is the wrong product or it will magically go away, “which I understand that it won’t,” but because of Cyber Security reasons and the danger Flash possesses is genuine to those groups; especially when Flash is not “officially” backed by a legit company.

” Adobe is planning to end-of-life Flash. Specifically, we will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats.”  — ( Flash & The Future of Interactive Content) — Adobe 2018

Again, I never said Flash is dead, but the services are coming to an end, Globally.  ; )

Joshua

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2019-07-11 15:50:38
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Flash player will be dead. Flash as application not.

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2019-07-02 17:30:00
2019-07-02 17:30:00

This is a great analysis. Our custom development team has built many government courses in Captivate and we have had great success, particular when it comes to Accessibility standards (a necessity with government projects, as I’m sure you’re aware).  Adobe has made some great strides when it comes to developing for 508 compliance in Captivate, and we’re excited to see what future updates will hold.

Glad you’re enjoying Captivate, and thanks for sharing!

-Andrew

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