Centre for Continuing Education

Adobe Captivate Course: Level 1

Adobe Captivate. Reimagine the way interactive eLearning is created.

Adobe Captivate lets you design and build engaging, interactive eLearning applications for multi-devices including Desktop, Tablet, Mobile and Web. Learn Adobe Captivate the smart way with Adobe Captivate courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.


Produce interactive simulations, videos, quizzes, test simulations & software demonstrations. Share your eLearning project using responsive authoring tools. This course is presented as a practical, instructor-led computer-based training course. You will have dedicated access to a computer, so you can follow instructor training and work through in-class activities.

This courses includes a take-home copy the publication Adobe Captivate 9: The Essentials.


Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand the Adobe Captivate application.
  2. Create simulations out of demonstrations.
  3. Record Demos and Sims.
  4. Use Interactive Buttons, and Highlight Boxes.
  5. Use Rollovers and Zoom Areas.


This course covers the following topics:

Getting started

  • Captivate interface overview
  • Managing your Workspaces
  • Defining Preferences
  • Navigating & Zooming
  • Previewing Projects

Creating a blank project

  • Setting up a project
  • Choosing Dimensions
  • Browsing Included themes
  • Adding Slides
  • Inserting images
  • Inserting Text
  • Using the Properties panel

Recording demos & simulations

  • Rehearsing your Script
  • Preferences – Settings
  • Record a Demonstration
  • Record an Assessment & Training Simulation
  • Record Custom Simulation

Pointer paths, buttons and highlight boxes

  • Change the Pointer Path & Type
  • Edit a Slide and Object Display Times
  • Insert a Text Button
  • Set a Button’s Options
  • Add a Visual Mouse Click and Click Sound
  • Insert an Image Button
  • Insert and Format a Highlight Box

Rollovers and zoom areas

  • Insert a Rollover Caption
  • Set Rollover Area Properties
  • Insert a Rollover Image
  • Insert a Zoom Area
  • Format and Position a Slidelet
  • Insert a Caption & Image into a Slidelet

Creating demonstrations into simulations

  • Hide the Mouse
  • Insert a Click Box
  • Set Click Box Options
  • Change a Slide’s Display Time
  • Insert a Text Entry Box


  • Preferences – Reporting
  • Understanding Tin Can and SCORM reporting
  • Preferences – Pass or Fail
  • Adding question slides
  • Defining Quiz Properties


  • Preparing to Publish
  • SWF Size and Quality
  • Publish Settings
  • Create Table of Contents
  • As a Flash (.swf) file
  • As HTML5

Delivery Style

This course is presented as practical, instructor-led computer-based training. You will have dedicated access to a computer so you can follow instructor training and work through in-class activities.


You will be provided with your own copy of Adobe Captivate 9: The Essentials, for you to keep.

Additional Information

Please bring a USB flash drive to class if you would like to make a copy of your work or any relevant class materials. Alternatively, you can save these to a cloud storage space or email them to your personal email address.


  • $50 repeat class - Conditions apply
  • Expert trainer
  • Dedicated computer for every student
  • Small class size
  • Student notes – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion
Adobe Captivate Course: Level 1

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What others say.

  • The course was well paced with lots of opportunities to try out aspects of the software.