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Adobe Captivate Variables and Actions 101: Quick Start

Adobe Captivate Variables and Actions 101: Quick Start

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Many of today’s eLearning courses have two things in common: they’re boring and don’t engage the learner. Attend this session and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn how variables and actions can both personalize a lesson and engage the learner like never before.

During this 3-hour course, you’ll learn about the two types of variables available in Adobe Captivate: System and User-Defined. You’ll learn how to leverage System variables to include in your eLearning course. You will also learn how to create and use User-Defined Variables. These types of variables can collect data typed by the learner that can be recalled at any time throughout the course.

Additionally, you’ll learn about how basic and standard actions are fast, easy ways to make your eLearning courses more engaging and interactive. 

Note: This class is very interactive; exercise files will be provided for Captivate 9 or newer. If you are using previous versions of captivate you can attend the class but exercise files will not be provided. A trial version of Captivate is fine and can be downloaded from www.adobe.com


Adobe Captivate: The Essentials or similar experience mandatory.

Who Should Attend?

  • eLearning developers
  • Instructional designers
  • Content creators

Where is this class held?

This is a live, online class led by a field expert; and just like an in-person class, it is fully interactive and engaging. The difference between an online and onsite class? No travel! You can participate from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Many of our students choose to stay home from work on these training days, some never even changing out of their slippers! Where applicable, students are able to speak with and hear from the instructor and other participants throughout the course as they work in real-time to complete activities.

Need something a little more personal?

We understand your team might have specific training needs and we would love to work with you. We offer both online and on-site instructor-led, fully customizable courses tailored to your training needs. 

Email us so we can discuss your needs and set up your custom training »

Topics covered will include some of the following:

  • System Variables

System Variables are predefined variables that come with captivate when you buy the license. System variables help you pick up data to help you control what is visible to the user; to display information in other files such as the current slide; to manipulate information from the learner’s computer; and to display quiz information.

  • User Variables

User variables are created by you, the developer, and are captured when the learner clicks or types something such as in a text entry box or click box to create a specific outcome.

  • Events Triggered by Actions

The events that are triggered the action you choose. There are numerous types of actions that can be triggered when, you, the developer, decide.

  • Basic Actions

A basic action is a one action that can be triggered when you, the developer, decides.

  • Standard Actions

Standard actions can be one or more actions that are can trigger a variety of behaviors in sequence.

About Your Instructor

Dr. Pooja Jaisingh, Chief Learning Geek, is the founder and chief learning geek at LearninGeeks, leads the design and delivery of eLearning and training solutions. She has created several award-winning eLearning courses and eBooks, and regularly conducts workshops and webinars on eLearning tools and techniques. In her previous roles, she worked as a teacher trainer, instructional designer, and senior Adobe eLearning evangelist. Pooja holds a master’s degree in education and economics and a doctorate in educational technology.

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I really enjoyed the class. Being new to this area of training it gave me an overall better understanding of the do's and don'ts of online training.
Whit Saunders (Online Trainer Training)