State of the Authoring Tool Industry 2015
JULY 14, 2015
– This means that multiple people can work at the same time on the same course and same page – it is really an awesome feature, especially with SaaS authoring tools. Increase of authoring tool vendors – More are in, less are out, but there still is a gap between good and average – a huge gap. Learning games in the authoring tool product.
What’s the Difference Between an LMS and an LCMS? Hint: It’s Not Just the Letter “C”
DECEMBER 3, 2014
For example, you’ve likely seen Learning Management Systems (LMS) and Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) discussed on various websites and company pages. It gives your association one software package that delivers, assesses, and reports on online training programs. How is an LCMS Different from an LMS? An LCMS goes one step farther. Wrong. Are they similar?
LCMS - Warehouse and Authoring
FEBRUARY 1, 2011
eLearning Authoring Tool Must-Haves!
APRIL 23, 2015
Now that you have authored a draft of your online course content, have carefully crafted learning objectives and assessments, identified key audio and visual support, and planned out some engaging activities to get learners deeply involved in the subject matter, it’s time to build what you’ve designed. What course authoring software will you use? With so many elearning authoring tools available, choosing the right tool can be a daunting task. Ideally, a course authoring tool should have a simple learning curve. Does it scale?
Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) for Managing Course Assets
JANUARY 24, 2011
They have an LMS but not an LCMS. long time ago, the goal of an LCMS was to help to manage all of these kinds of assets. Along the way, a lot of the LCMS products on the market have become more about a kind of authoring approached with content stored in a database that is transformed into courseware. This is valuable for large scale authoring and translation of content. They also handle asset management, but I really have not been seeing the kind of large scale adoption of LCMS products for that purpose. Of course, it’s still a bit of a mess.
Top Six E-Learning Tools for 2015
SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
Qualifications for e-learning tools. None. I didn’t put together any secret formula or weighting criteria for these tools. I did look at several sites that listed tools and realized for the most part they were authoring tools or tools that are super mainstream and oh, they are authoring tools. When I did find a recent site, a few tools were different than the authoring tools or tools like Go Animate!, Trial Tools. Rather total e-learning tool here. . Well it is that time of the year.
What is an LCMS?
SEPTEMBER 15, 2016
Of all the acronyms floating around in our industry, LMS and LCMS will definitely cause the most head-scratching. Let’s focus on the lesser-known of these terms – the LCMS! LCMS – Learning Content Management System. When we add in the extra ‘C’, we end up with a learning content management system (LCMS). The LCMS will also be able to deliver the content that is created.
LMS vs. LCMS
Dawn of Learning
JULY 28, 2014
The Learning and Development industry, like any other, has been inundated with new technologies and tools for learning. Instructional Designers (IDs) are now under more pressure than ever to deliver the best content, and a tool that many IDs are familiar with is a Learning Management System (LMS). While these two learning tools share a similar space, they are actually quite different.
LMS and LCMS: What’s the Difference?
MAY 10, 2013
If you’re confused about the differences between a learning management system (LMS) and a learning content management system (LCMS), you’re not alone. In fact, an LMS and an LCMS are complementary but very different systems that serve different masters and address unique business challenges. In contrast, the focus of an LCMS is on learning content. Differences and overlap.
Top 5 Tips to Author Effective E-Courses
FEBRUARY 27, 2015
Precision and Simplicity: The beauty of effective authoring lies in presenting complex ideas in a simple and straightforward manner. While authoring courses, ensure to make best use of the course authoring tool that you are using and create simple, precise and compelling training. Shun lengthy and complicated sentence structures and transfer complex points of your training by using built-in templates (flowcharts, diagrams and animations) of your course authoring tool. Wondering what it takes to develop an outclass online training of your own?
E-Learning End Users Have Spoken – time for the industry to listen
JUNE 10, 2011
Recently, I conducted an emerging technology survey related to e-learning and the results show that end users are utilizing technology more then ever before and are seeking product features that LMS and content authoring tools, do not offer at this current time. Interestingly, a large portion of LMS vendors have not optimized their products for the iPad/ iPad2 and with the exception of two content authoring tools, HTML5 capabilities, specifically the ability to output a course in HTML5 does not yet exist. Content Authoring Tools and Image Manipulation.
Free e-Learning books
NOVEMBER 14, 2010
Therefore, as we move forward, we all must consider when, how, and why we integrate the tools that we do into our classrooms. => Resources Down-and-dirty Guidelines for Effective Discussions in Online Courses Joanna C. for Associations Jeff delivers an easy-to-read primer on how to leverage social media tools to expand the learning value that associations deliver. The Charles A.
Learning Solutions Series: Trends in Authoring Tools
JULY 31, 2014
There are tools to help with this that don’t require you to know a lot of HTML code. Generally, authoring tools provide the ability to work off an established theme, insert graphics and logos, and manipulate fonts and layouts. Because the use of an LMS and an authoring tool can sometimes be intertwined, some confusion exists about the differences between the two.
Solution Series: Learning Content Management Systems – What exactly is an LCMS?
JULY 16, 2014
Had the users employed an LCMS, or learning content management system, there would have been no question about working on the most up-to-date course documents – because an LCMS is a central repository, where updates can be made in real time and stored in a cloud-based system. An LCMS focuses primarily on content development, collaboration and sharing content. Solutions Series
Learning Objectives Drive Personalized Learning
SEPTEMBER 4, 2013
Easygenerator (authoring environment) and aNewSpring (learning platform) have together created a higher level in the personalization of adaptive eLearning by connecting the learning objectives from both of their systems. Learning objectives play a crucial role in learning – supporting the learner by ensuring an understanding of learning expectations and outcomes. Easygenerator.
Rapid Content Authoring Tools: Market, Mayhem and Reality
AUGUST 19, 2010
As the evolution of e-learning continues, the rapid content authoring tools (RCAT) market follows suit. While the assumption would be that all the products are alike, or that fee based tools are superior to their free counterparts, nothing could be farther than the truth. Once you did though, you could do quite a lot with the tool. assessment tools may or may not exist, attachments, preview windows, limited outputs, maybe audio/video or maybe not. it into Presenter, it can be a stand alone] and the video encode tool – small ). That was then.
The Power of eLearning Templates
APRIL 15, 2015
eLearning templates are useful tools for online course developers as they can help drive user engagement and enable trainers to present a course’s content in the most captivating and professional way. Today, with built-in templates in your course authoring tool, the extended team is necessarily required.
5 E-Learning Forecasts for 2012
DECEMBER 20, 2011
They involved talent management, “hello and goodbye” with vendors, social learning, upswing in mobile learning, new feature sets in the authoring tool space, flat lining in web conferencing and standalone platforms. LMSs/LCMS/CMS/learning platforms in commercial and open space continued their presence. Actually it already has with some end users. I have seen continued interest and downloads for open source AR tool kits. Allscripts merged hospital software with an accurate gesture -based system. Online Authoring Systems. Brainstorming?
Ways to Keep Learners Attentive During an Online Course
SEPTEMBER 25, 2014
There are many tools on the market that can help you—though, of course, we are huge fans of our own! Shazia Wajid and the 360 Authoring Team. Tips and Tricks authoring elearning ideas LCMS Shazia training Learning can be challenging. The anxiety and stress associated with time crunches, work pressure, and information overload can pose huge barriers to learning. As course developers , we have a lot of responsibility on our shoulders. Below are some tips for maintaining learner attention in online training. Start with a warm welcome. Too hard to create these?
Readers Q&A on E-Learning
JULY 29, 2015
Topics covered in this quarter’s Q&A: Assessment Tools in 2020. uh, you imagine that to yourself. Q: I attended your session on the Future of E-Learning 2020 and was curious on your perspective of where assessment tools will be in 2020. A: I’m split on the fence with standalone assessment tools (example: Questionmark). Most of them (not all), offer multiple capabilities beyond an assessment tool in say an authoring tool or a LMS. authoring tools, LMS/LP). authoring tools e-learning LMS buying a LMS Q&A
Bob Little – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators
JULY 20, 2015
As a communication specialist, what are your thoughts on using storytelling as a tool for effective PR? So, I agree that storytelling is an effective PR tool. Last year, Docebo – the Italy-based Cloud-based, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Enterprise learning management system provider – published the results of its researches into the worldwide e-learning market. It argues that, coupled with the increasing sophistication of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) pricing models, LMS usage levels will continue to grow. ABOUT BOB LITTLE (Senior Partner, Bob Little Press & PR).
Moodle: A fantastic tool for informal learning - and not just “e-learning”
AUGUST 31, 2009
Even better, the posts show the author’s picture and provide a link to the author so people can get in touch with the author if they’d like. Tags: LMS/LCMS emerging trends and technologies e-learning informal learning Moodle Last week I hosted a webinar called “Come Moodle with Us: Straight Talk on Moodle as an LMS Solution. Those who want to use it just to track learning are missing its point. In our case, it connects all the employees in our organization to each other. Example: I created a “course in Moodle called Adobe Max.
Social Learning – What’s the Point? Time to turn the tables on the naysayers
APRIL 4, 2011
shot off the usual reasons, the benefits, the gains and then found myself expanding into the next possibilities of where a system and content authoring tool had to go. It didn’t seem that far of a stretch, actually. LMS/LCMS/Learning Portals (commercial & free), Social Learning stand-alone systems, hybrid system, content authoring tools, m-learning, web conferencing (already exists in many systems), virtual worlds, virtual meeting systems (already exists in some systems), marketplace exchanges (not affiliated with a system). What’s the point?
Making the Move: Converting Training into Online Courses
JULY 23, 2015
Take advantage of the different features that your course authoring tool has to offer, and combine it with excellent content to create a course that makes learners come back for more. Take advantage of the built-in templates in our Learning Content Management System (LCMS) to create engaging and memorable learning experiences for your students. Remember, awesome course content coupled with efficient authoring tools can seamlessly help you transform your training into engaging and motivating online courses. eLearning is on the rise and it’s here to stay.
How to Break into eLearning
APRIL 14, 2016
Your course type will determine the tools you need to transform your content into an online format. Few of them are listed below: Camtasia : Camtasia is screen-recording and video-editing software. 360training.com LCMS: 360training.com Learning Content Management System (LCMS) is free, easy-to-use instructional design software. Online Voice Recorder : Online Voice Recorder is a free, simple Flash-based tool that allows you to record and save audio for your training. Ready to kick-start your online teaching business? Successful learners are doers.
Fundamentals of Good eLearning Scenarios
MARCH 13, 2015
Become an elearning author. Get the best tools and the best distribution network for workforce training. Examples How To Strategies Tips and Tricks Uncategorized authoring elearning Laura LCMS Shazia subject matter experts training Top-rated instructors strive to create useful and engaging online training to help learners get the most out of their elearning and help them apply the knowledge in practical life. They seek to shift from the traditional learning paradigm of “knowing” to the modern learning paradigm of “knowing and doing.” Make a difference.
State of the LMS 2012
FEBRUARY 15, 2012
Do you have a LMS/LCMS/Learning Platform. One important data point here – the term “LCMS” is on its deathbed. By the mid to late 2000′s, the split returned with LCMS and LMS (and yes, there were vendors who called themselves LCMSs for as long as e-learning – online learning – has existed). Synch with accounting software ala Quicken, etc.
5 Tips to Craft Good Multiple-Choice Questions
FEBRUARY 26, 2015
well-written assessment is an ideal tool for an instructor to assess learner’s knowledge and understanding of the course content. How To Strategies Tips and Tricks Uncategorized authoring checklists elearning ideas LCMS planning Shazia subject matter experts Assessments are an essential part of instruction. When it comes to designing assessments for online courses, multiple-choice questions are widely used because of their efficiency and rapidness. multiple choice question consists of a stem and set of options. Long and unclear stems are nothing but a waste of time.
Latest LMS Trends – The Truth is No Longer a Stranger
JUNE 20, 2011
The LMS/LCMS/Learning Portal market continues to be strong. Content Authoring tool, Assessment tool and surveys/quizzes. Built into the system, rarely charged extra for it, but sadly there are still vendors out there who charge you for the privilege of using it – specifically their content authoring tool. Typically not robust content authoring tools, but they will do what you need to have done, that said I have seen a few of the authoring tools that rival Captivate or beat it, but this is low, although I expect it to grow.
Online Training: Videos vs Animations
APRIL 21, 2016
The visual nature of eLearning provides an excellent opportunity for online teachers to attract, teach, and retain more than 60% of students who are “visual learners.” By integrating different multimedia elements in the course authoring software , online teachers can enhance the learning process and tremendously improve the performance of the students. For animations, you can use software such as Adobe Premier. For video production, you need to film with a good camera and then edit it in software such as Camtasia , after effects etc. Videos vs animations.
E-Learning Innovative Products – They are Out There
JANUARY 20, 2011
Accepts any courses built in any content authoring tools that are SCORM & AICC compliant – so you can upload and sell your courses that you built in Articulate, Captivate, even open source authoring tools (but they must be standards compliant). Especially, when they are building the course in a rapid content authoring tool. Something like my 3rd party content authoring tool. It is automatically converted into a single.SWF file, so you can use it with any 3rd party authoring tool. I love innovation. New concept.
User Friendly or Hype?
MARCH 12, 2011
Authoring tools whose interface either looks like to was written in 1997 (thus outdated) or is so confusing, that the premise of rapid, just is not possible. Web Conferencing tools, requiring you to download plug-ins or other files before you can start – one of the biggest pet peeves among end users, and the number one reason why people fail to get in, ending up calling your administrator, or you. Quiz assessment tools and systems, that assume everyone wants to do T/F and M/C or Short Answer and T/F only. Learning Management Systems, LCMS, Learning Portals.
Latest E-Learning Trends – Some good, some bad
MARCH 27, 2011
love this trend, because it clearly says that the rapid content authoring tool vendors are becoming innovative and are seeing the market. In my LMS directory (which includes LCMS, Learning Portals) there are 369 vendors. If you are having problems with a rapid content authoring tool and your LMS, please let me know. authoring tools content authoring tool e-learning e-learning vendors elearning LMS m-learning rapid content authoring tool tablet tablets craig weiss mobile learning pick of the month trendsgood thing?
Giving Thanks for Built-in Templates
NOVEMBER 21, 2014
If you have never used activity and game templates before, you might think that having templates available in your course authoring tool might make things “a little bit better”—but in reality, the net effect can be transformational both for you and for your students. In all training, but particularly in online courses, you as an author need to interact regularly with your learners to help keep them alert, focused, and actively exploring your content during the online training. With easy-to-use built-in tools, that barrier no longer exists. Problem solved.
How to Buy a LMS
JANUARY 23, 2013
LCMS – Learning Content Management System – going the way of the dodo bird. RCAT – Rapid Content Authoring Tool. Some tools offer more advanced capabilities and features for folks who have a strong ID (instructional design) or e-learning developer skill sets. Sim Tool – Simulation Tool. Authoring Tool. Looking for a system or authoring tool can be overwhelming. With over 511 LMSs on the market and more than 140 authoring tools finding the right one can be an exercise in pain and confusion.
Rapid Content Authoring Tools Directory
AUGUST 12, 2010
Listed below is the RCAT (Rapid Content Authoring Tools) Directory. Directory does NOT include any free authoring tools, since those are available elsewhere on this blog. Rapid Content Authoring Tools Directory. Access means how do you create the content, build the course – either online or your desktop/company server, prior to output which can go to the “web , “LMS/LCMS , etc. Next week: Rapid Content Authoring Tools: Market, Mayhem and Reality. Features 102 vendors. Feel free to use and share directory.
LMS & LCMS Directory
JULY 8, 2010
Click to view and download the directory, which is in an Excel file - E-Learning 24/7 LMS & LCMS Directory. Many vendors state “LMS , even though it comes with a content authoring tool and additional features – this is a trend. Tags: LCMS LMS Uncategorized e-learning e-learning vendors elearning Contains over 200 systems. To view the specific system, click on the system’s name and it will take you to the site or if possible, directly to the information on the system. Notes. CMSs, learning portals geared only are not on the list.