Transcript of "Software Product Simulation - Captivate or Flash?"
Software Product Training
<ul><li>Software product training using authoring tools like Captivate or Adobe Flash is an effective mode of eLearning. </li></ul>Captivate or Adobe Flash
<ul><li>Screenshots of the software acts as a raw content for developing an online course. </li></ul><ul><li>The learner is taught on how to use the software by creating a simulated environment. </li></ul><ul><li>The effectiveness of learning can be enhanced by using audio. </li></ul>
<ul><li>If the software has an intuitive interface and navigation, the learner can easily learn the software by simple demonstration using Captivate, a rapid elearning tool. </li></ul>Both Captivate and Flash can impart training
<ul><li>If the software is complex and has multiple users and tasks, it becomes difficult for the user to learn the software, hence Adobe Flash is recommended. Some of the examples of complex software are SAP, Call Center software, Customer portals etc. </li></ul>
<ul><li>For complex software products, the effective instructional strategy is using Watch-Try-Do (WTD) approach. </li></ul>Do Watch Try
<ul><li>The Watch-Try-Do approach provides a smooth transition in learning - from watching, to trying and finally, doing the operations. </li></ul><ul><li>The strategy is to first show the operations, and then invite the learner to try and perform the required operations with some guidance and finally, allow him/her to try the operations all by themselves. </li></ul>What is Watch-try-do?
<ul><li>The raw content for the complex software products will be Captivate screen, describing the flow of the software, its navigation and its uses. </li></ul><ul><li>Based on the Captivate screens, a detailed storyboard is developed to incorporate Watch-Try-Do. </li></ul><ul><li>Also, by using Adobe Flash, we can create WTD simulations with ease. </li></ul>How to create WTD simulations?
<ul><li>For both simple and complex software products, Captivate plays an important role in developing eLearning content. </li></ul><ul><li>It helps to record screens and navigational flow of the product effectively. </li></ul><ul><li>It also integrates audio and offers a customized interface for the learner to navigate and explore the simulation. </li></ul>Benefits of Captivate:
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