Our reader Linda Tromanhauser of ADP (Automatic Data Processing, Inc.) writes: "We often use GoAnimate videos in eLearning. One thing I discovered on my most recent project is that in Storyline, you can insert a GoAnimate and have clickable items on top of it, on the same slide. So the video plays, and then the learner can select an option. I thought that was cool."
That does sound cool! I have a project under way in which I will add the same kind of functionality in Captivate. But in the meantime, I figured out I could do something similar in Adobe Presenter!
Adobe Presenter is a PowerPoint add-in. Taking advantage of GoAnimate’s ability to import PowerPoint, I used GoAnimate to create an animated teacher for a grammar lesson. She talks, moves, points, and discusses text that appears on the slide with her. And then at the end of the video, my animated grammar teacher introduces a quiz.
To integrate the video with the quiz I had created in Adobe Presenter, I first created a button image in GoAnimate. Then I have my animated teacher point to the button and say, “Click here to take the quiz.” To bring functionality to the button, and to bring my learners into the quiz, I took a screen shot of the GoAnimate character pointing to the button at the end of her scene.
That screen shot serves as the first slide after the video in Adobe Presenter. In Presenter, I placed a transparent, clickable shape over the button, and assigned it a hyperlink that takes the learner to the next slide: the first question in the quiz.
The learner then takes the quiz, the quiz is scored, and the quiz reports its results to the LMS. From animated lesson all the way to SCORM-compliant reporting. There is a lot to love about integrating GoAnimate with eLearning, regardless of which eLearning software you use.
Jennie Ruby, CTT, COTP, is a veteran eLearning developer, trainer, and author. Jennie has an M.A. from George Washington University and is a Certified Technical Trainer and Certified Online Training Professional. She teaches both classroom and online courses, and has authored courseware, published training books, and developed content for countless eLearning projects. She is also a publishing professional with more than 30 years of experience in writing, editing, print publishing, and eLearning.