January 16, 2021
Why Would I Waste My Money on Captivate
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January 16, 2021
Why Would I Waste My Money on Captivate
I've been an eLearning designer and developer since 2005. In 2015 I started my own eLearning design company. I began to create Adobe Captivate video tutorials to help promote my business through my own YouTube channel at https://youtube.com/paulwilsonlearning. These videos were intended to attract potential clients looking for a skilled eLearning designer and developer. This strategy proved successful as I've worked with clients from all over the world, helping them build highly engaging eLearning solutions. My YouTube channel presented an additional benefit of attracting aspiring Captivate developers to seek me out as a teacher. I now offer both online and onsite training on Adobe Captivate, teaching the skills that users need to build engaging and interactive learning.
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Here is such a statement from Kim:

Thanks for the video – however, if Adobe Captivate is such a great teaching tool, why are you using a screen recorder and youtube to teach it? If all I need is a free screen recorder and youtube to teach my subject, why would I waste my money on Captivate? Does not make sense. Thanks.”

Here was my answer to Kim:
“That’s a good question, and hopefully, you’ll agree that I have the right answer. Like my favourite handyman Mike uses different tools for different jobs, Adobe Captivate is an excellent tool for many other learning solutions. Adobe Captivate is a perfect tool for creating self-directed learning that you would upload to a learning management system. Adobe Captivate projects with a good LMS allows an organization to track and report on the progress of their learners. My YouTube videos don’t do this at all. Sure Google gives me analytics related to how many people watched my videos and for how long, but I have no idea if anyone is learning anything. Besides, the purpose of my YouTube videos is not necessarily to train my students. I prefer to think of my YouTube videos as advertising for my real business, teaching clients Adobe Captivate. My videos are the free sample to find out if you would like to have me teach you for an hour or more on one or more topics about Captivate.

But like Mike the handyman, I use other tools for other tasks. I record and edit my videos for YouTube using a program called Camtasia (there is a link in the description for this). I used to use Adobe Captivate’s Video Demo feature, which performs a similar function. In this case, Camtasia is a more robust solution. If you asked me to create a software simulation or an interactive video that I could report on the learners’ results, Adobe Captivate and a good quality LMS would be my choice.”

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2021-05-17 08:51:37
2021-05-17 08:51:37

Thanks for sharing it’s very helpful.

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2021-05-17 11:33:38
2021-05-17 11:33:38
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You’re welcome.

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2021-02-03 04:52:29
2021-02-03 04:52:29

Is it more or does anyone else want to know if Kim responded?

I have read a response from you previously with a different “tool belt” analogy, and it is a good one that makes complete sense and I’m sure can be used in multiple discussions.

Variety is what I read when I hear that. There are lots of options to teach/train people. If you want to teach by video, there are platforms where that is what it is. Personally, I like the variety. I can only watch so many videos at one time before I get bored. If I control the story, if I control the pace, then I am good to go.

Different strokes for different folks as they say.

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2021-02-03 05:16:46
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As of right now, Kim did not reply.

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2021-01-17 22:09:50
2021-01-17 22:09:50

Great answer. Most people have no idea about corporate learning and their needs. The corporate world is different from Udemy or Coursera model. SCORM and other tracking languages are keys for this world. And, Adobe Captivate is at the center of this corporate learning world.

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