While designing projects in Adobe Captivate, we often want to create a course in the sequence, where the learner/student can move forward depending on the result of the previous course. There are different ways to combine Adobe Captivate projects and we will be going to discuss all of them today. So the real question is How to link Adobe Captivate projects?
Aggregator, basically let you combine the SWF files. SWF files require Adobe Flash, on your machine and no one wants to use it anymore. Adobe has already announced Flash, End of Life date in 2020. Also, SWF file does not open in Apple iPhone and iPad therefore, I would also not recommend you to use it. I will share other possible ways to achieve linking projects, where we can combine HTML5 outputs.
Adobe Multi SCO Packager
At the times you are designing your courses for Learning Management Systems which support SCORM, are easy to combine together. Multi SCO packager comes in handy in those situations. The main advantage of combining the projects using Multi SCO Packager is that your final package is still a valid SCORM compatible and works totally fine with your LMS.
How it works:
Multi SCO packager has three flavors, which we can use to combine our Captivate published SCORM output courses:
- Multiple SCOs
- Simple Remediation
- Pre-test Or Post-test Rollup
Allows you to add SCOs as individual files. However, you cannot group the files into modules. You can add multiple assessments using this template. The final score reported to the LMS is the average user score across the assessments.
Allows you to add multiple modules. In each module, you can add content files and post-tests. You can add different weightages to each of these modules, the total amounting to 100%. The score reported to the LMS is the average of the weights that users score in individual modules.
Users can take the post-test only after viewing all the content files.
Pre-test Or Post-test Rollup
Allows you to add multiple modules, each containing pretests, content, and post-tests.
For every module, users are allowed to take pretest first; content and post-tests are disabled. If users pass the pretest, they are considered to have completed the module and the subsequent module is enabled. If users fail the pretest, the content files are enabled, and after they complete viewing all the content files, the post-tests are enabled. You can add different weightings to each of the modules, the total amounting to 100%. The score reported to the LMS will be the average of the weights that users score in individual modules.
How to link Adobe Captivate projects
In the scenarios where we do not want to follow the linear approach as we have seen with Multi SCO Packager. Adobe Captivate also gives us option to combine projects that can depend upon certain conditions. Although this approach does not comply if you want to publish your course on Learning Management System. But in case you want to publish the project Internally or on a Web server, you can customize your Captivate project in various ways. This could be very powerful if you want to create your own assessment and want to open certain project only if the conditions are met. These conditions could be anything, that you can think of. Adobe Captivate is a very powerful tool and gives you the opportunity to create the Advanced action based on Conditions.
How it works:
Projects or courses in Adobe Captivate can be easily interlinked using the following features in Captivate:
- Interactive objects: text entry boxes, click boxes, and buttons
- Question slides
- Slide navigation
- Project action
Note: It’s worth to note that you should keep all Captivate projects in the same folder before you proceed with further instructions. Although, it’s not essential, a recommended workflow to achieve the desired solution in an easy way
Let’s proceed with the steps to perform project linking in Adobe Captivate:
- Create or open the first project, which will lead us to the next project
- In the first project, we need to configure our conditions and decide when we want to trigger linking
- We can trigger this event on Question slide, Enter or on Exit of Slide, Interactive objects, On Success, Last Attempt etc. of the project
- Our next option would be defining the advanced action for opening the project using two options:
- Open URL Or File
- Open Other Project
- Once we choose this option, we need to use the browse icon to select the Captivate Project or a file
- After selecting this option, you will need to publish the first project
- Once the first project is published, you will need to open the second project in Captivate
- While publishing the second project you will require to publish the second project inside “Callees” folder inside the First published project
- Once done you are done with linking, now test your project by opening the first project in a browser
Please refer to my video on How to link Adobe Captivate projects.