Adobe Captivate Computer-Based Training
October 26, 2016

Adobe Captivate Computer-Based Training

Eric Batson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Adobe Captivate

We use Adobe Captivate to create computer-based training (CBT). The training modules we create teach others how to manage their websites. Each training module created with Captivate is housed within a learning management system (LMS), where users access the training. It is used in my department, which is responsible for creating and updating e-learning training materials.
  • Adobe Captivate allows you to include screen capture video, which is nice for demonstrating the functions of a website or software within a training module.
  • Adobe Captivate includes prefabricated learning interactions and games, such as Jeopardy, Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Hangman.
  • Adobe Captivate courses can be "responsive", meaning that they can adjust size and dimensions for desktop and mobile devices.
  • You must always save your work, because the occasional glitch may cause Adobe Captivate to spontaneously shut down.
  • When you create quiz slides you can't copy and paste text boxes exactly from one slide to the next. Consequently, standardizing each quiz slide format is a manual, slow process. (FYI - Other "regular" slides do not behave this way.)
  • Editing video/screen captures is cumbersome. This is the same company that makes Adobe Premiere video editing software, yet the video editing in Adobe Captivate lacks many of the features and user interface options that Premiere has.
  • Creating training with Adobe Captivate cuts the cost of travel to employ face-to-face training sessions.
  • Adobe Captivate allows our users to have "just in time" e-learning modules, where they can access training at their leisure, whenever they need a refresher.
  • Adobe Captivate allows us to make e-learning that is interactive and requires learners to make choices, run through simulations, and take assessments, versus simply watching a passive training video.
I do recommend the use of Adobe Captivate to create online learning modules, but be prepared to make graphics and edit video outside of this software. Once those things are created, they are easily implemented in Adobe Captivate training modules. I also like that you can create MP4 video files with Adobe Captivate if you do not need to create fully interactive training modules.