Adobe is investigating the needs of Captivate users regarding how you would like to store your quiz interaction and score data. As you may know, Captivate already provides a mechanism for sending this data to an LMS via SCORM or AICC (and a couple of other options), but the Captivate team also knows that some of you are asking for more.

They want to hear from YOU about your situation and what you would like to be able to do with the Captivate score and interaction data. For example, would you store data directly to a database without using an LMS, or perhaps use web-based services to store the data?

This is your chance to tell them exactly what you’d like to see. Please write up a short summary of the functionality you’d like to see, and a clear example of how you would use it, if it were available. Be sure to use a valid email address when posting so Adobe can contact you for clarification if needed.

Please note that I don’t work for Adobe, I’m just helping them get some user feedback; this blog post is in response to a conversation I had with some members of the Captivate product team a couple of days ago.

Update 12/1/08: I realized I posted this at a pretty bad time, with the long Thanksgiving weekend and all that Black Friday/Cyber Monday stuff going on. If you’d like to send an email directly to a Captivate product manager, shoot it over to Shameer Ayyappan (shameer at adobe dot com).

I’d still like to know what you all think, though, so even if you email Shameer, I’d appreciate it if you left a comment on this post, too. Thanks.

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  1. @david

    thanks for tweeting. i didn’t point people to the adobe feedback page because the developers are asking for direct feedback, and need it ASAP. otherwise i heartily recommend the normal adobe feedback system. 🙂

  2. I’d love to see some of these comments posted here as well. What to do with SCORM interaction data is a broadly interesting question in my book. Taking it a step further, I’ve posted asking what folks might like to see from the LMS side of things regarding interactions. Would it even make sense more broadly to see a service dedicated to interactions reporting?

    We’re not headed in this direction at the moment, but I am interested to consider the possibility and see how it might also play with the LETSI roadmap, etc.

  3. Hello Phillip.
    I thank you for the above information. I went ahead and sent Shameer a email. See copy below.
    Sent to Shameer on December 2, 2008 at 10:27 am
    Good day Shameer.

    I noted in a post from Phillip Hutchison ( that Adobe is interested in receiving feedback from users who would like to capture Captivate Interactions within a database without using a LMS.

    I am VERY interested in such a feature as many of my projects require storing Captivate Quiz results and surveys in a database. At this present moment I am using another authoring Tool that publishes to HTML and allows me to do that seemlessly published to HTML, but would like to use Captivate because of the strengths Captivate/Flash has regarding presentation and design. Whether using Access or MSSQL or MySQL, these are the options I am faced with everyday.

    Having interactions sent via email is not a complete solution as my users at my institution are taking online learning from general-use computers that can not be configured for their personal email.

    A easy method of doing this would be by providing standard ASP and PHP code samples within Captivate that can be modified to point to the respective databases depending on what developers are using.

    These code samples would capture data such as;
    1. The ID of the quiz/survey
    2. Title of the quiz/survey
    3. User Name
    4. Email address of the user
    5. Total Score
    6. Passing Status
    7. Interactions of the quiz/survey
    8. Question/Survey info
    9. Time/Date Info

    The above would make Captivate a truly powerful tool that fits the real-world requirements that developers meet in their work.

    I thank you for your time and the opportunity to share.
    Have a good day.


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