H102 Build Custom Interactions Using Advanced Actions, Variables, and JavaScript

1:30 PM - 3:45 PM Tuesday, November 15

Many designers and developers find that after using Captivate for a short time, they want to start doing more, to create more interesting learner experiences, but they often hit a wall because they lack a background in simple scripting. This hands-on workshop will provide you with a big step forward in learning the secrets that can unleash your creativity. You will learn how to apply simple and complex actions within your eLearning, and as a result, you will be able to confidently take on those tasks that seemed daunting before!

Almost all learning is delivered online now, and it is rapidly moving toward mobile devices. Did you know that Captivate can adapt your learning effortlessly? With learning on the web, you can now take advantage of HTML5 technology, and that opens a whole new world of possibilities. By adding just a little bit of JavaScript to your Captivate project, you can make it do things that are simply not possible with Captivate (or any other tool) alone. Therefore, in this workshop you’ll also learn how to create and call JavaScript functions that add new power and flexibility to your learning.

Bring your laptop with the latest version of Captivate, and be ready to feel the power! By the time you’re done, you’ll be able to:

  • Create user variables and use both system and your own user variables
  • Apply a simple action whenever needed
  • Create and use advanced actions and learn how to share them
  • Create and apply scripts in JavaScript to truly extend Captivate’s abilities

Joe Ganci


eLearning Joe

Joe Ganci is the owner and president of eLearning Joe, a custom learning company. Since 1983, he has been involved in every aspect of multimedia and learning development. Joe holds a computer science degree, writes books and articles about eLearning, and is widely considered an eLearning development guru. He consults worldwide and also teaches at conferences and client sites. Joe writes tool reviews and has received several awards for his work in eLearning, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999 and an eLearning Guild Master Award in 2013. His mission is to improve the quality of eLearning with practical approaches that work.

Phil Cowcill

Senior eLearning Specialist

PJ Rules

Phil Cowcill is senior eLearning specialist at PJ Rules. He started his career in 1983 when he was hired as a technologist at a local college. In 1985 he joined a team to develop Canada's first Interactive Videodisc. He started teaching part-time in 1989, moving to full-time in 1995. He led his class to build one of the first news websites that streamed video in 1996. In 2011 he launched the very first dedicated mobile application development program. Phil retired from full-time teaching in 2015 and moved to working as a contractor with the Department of National Defence as a senior eLearning specialist.

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