State of the Authoring Tool Industry
MAY 16, 2016
When looking at the state of the authoring tool space, two words come to mind. For the fans of PowerPoint, no need to worry, many vendors to select with various options, albeit many similar. And for the entire rapid content authoring tool space, I have to ask – Why? If I am an authoring tool vendor, I would explore what is happening in the authoring tool market, what my product looks like, how I can make it better for my target audience and what do I see or others I trust see the e-learning space is heading. . SaaS tool.
How to select an e-Learning authoring tool
Challenge to Learn
APRIL 8, 2016
There are hundreds of e-Learning authoring tools around and they come in many shapes an sizes, so how to select the one that fits your requirements? In In this post I will give a global overview of different types of e-Learning authoring tools and some questions that you can ask yourself. What is an e-Learning authoring tool? Types of authoring tools.
New E-Learning Rankings: Authoring Tools
FEBRUARY 14, 2013
best products that work under water (summer time) and from the e-learning prospective – the best authoring tools. Authoring tools are always changing – some for the better, others for the worst. Yeah it is another PPT spin product but does stand out. #5 Epic – GoMo Authoring tool - Again an example of a cool product from outside of the states.
Top 11 to 20 Authoring Tools for 2013
OCTOBER 20, 2013
desktop authoring tool that provides a wealth of features and additional software. Templates, themes, debug tool (nice), translation tool (nice too). For the latter group with all the capabilities there is enough there to create an engaging course that goes beyond just the basics. . Quite simply – it is easy to use and fast to create a course.
Ghost Edition – Top 10 Authoring Tools for 2013
OCTOBER 30, 2013
This year we will focus on the top ten authoring tools for 2013. For each authoring ranking, a brief true ghost story, then the vendor and why it was selected. What I like about this product includes the ability to output to HTML5, works on mobile devices, is extremely easy to use, appears within PowerPoint and SCORM. Nice assessment tool. Proof that you can create an amazing authoring tool without being based in the U.S. One of the first authoring tools to enable the synching of your voice to match the actors/avatars’ lips.
Rapid Authoring Tools For Creating mLearning
JUNE 17, 2010
Earlier we’ve mentioned some tools that can assist you in mLearning applications. However, each one needs a fair bit of knowledge and skills before they can actually implement solutions using these tools. However, to alleviate such difficulties, there are some rapid authoring tools available that can create mLearning without needing to acquire the technical skills.
Expectations From eLearning Authoring Tools
JUNE 30, 2010
I came across this mind map by Cammy Bean which covers nearly all the tools available for creating/authoring eLearning content. She tries to find answers to three simple questions regarding each tools mentioned in the mind map –. For many tools, the answers are as expected. While some try doing freeform authoring through a template-based authoring tool.
New Authoring tool rankings #11 to #20
FEBRUARY 21, 2013
Initially I wasn’t going to post authoring tool rankings beyond the top ten, until July. Easy to use interface and supports SCORM and AICC. #18 Mzinga Publisher - Holy macaroni! (No reason, I just love saying that) Mzinga shows up with a true social learning authoring tool. A few vendors say “social learning” but it is often far from it. Collaboration.
How to Create eLearning Using PowerPoint
APRIL 24, 2014
Having a solid foundation in PowerPoint is a must when using rapid content authoring tools to create online learning. Many rapid content authoring tools are either based on or an add-on to PowerPoint (PPT), including: Adobe Captivate, Articulate Presenter, iSpring Presenter, Articulate Presenter, Articulate Storyline, as well as Digitec’s own Direct-to-WEB.
Authoring Tool Trends
SEPTEMBER 12, 2013
Here now are the latest authoring tool trends (excluding the ones I posted in last week’s blog). 1. Enables the course author to skin/brand their course with their own logo, colors, etc. . Many authoring tools give you limited color options and may/may not enable you to add your own logo. Allows courses that are being built in the authoring tool to be in another language beyond what used to be the standard norm of just English. Some authoring tools offer as few as two, with English being one of them. Remember Count Chocula
Course Authoring Tools for eLearning Developers and the masses
SEPTEMBER 4, 2012
Tools these days come in three flavors. Authoring Tools for developers. The biggest problem facing the industry in the past few years are the lack of course authoring tools for e-learning developers and instructional designers. Celtix - Enables you to create storyboards and scripts. MLOAT - Multimedia Learning Object Authoring Tool. YouTube.
E-Learning Authoring Tool Comparison
JANUARY 24, 2013
We get lots of questions about our opinion on the major e-learning authoring tools. A while back, I did a comparison grid to help outline the key differences. There have been a lot of changes to the authoring tool landscape in the last 12 months, so I thought I’d update it. . Much of what you are doing is PowerPoint, which you most likely already know.
The Latest: Rapid Content Authoring Tool Market
JANUARY 18, 2012
The RCAT (rapid content authoring tool) market continues to be healthy with nothing to slow it down – uh, except maybe one thing (more on that later). Yeah, I know we have just jumped into January, but in a review of the past several months, authoring tools continue to follow a similar path amongst themselves with certain feature sets. Jump on the Bandwagon. I am still surprised on how vendors who are offering assessment only tools are staying in the game. Perhaps their audience is unaware of LMSs who offer assessment tools. What does it all mean?
PowerPoint or Prezi: Which is Best for eLearning?
NOVEMBER 4, 2014
The question is becoming more and more common — “Should I use PowerPoint (PPT) or Prezi?” But whereas PowerPoint tends to progress linearly from one slide to the next in a fixed sequence, Prezi uses “paths” to move between content by zooming out to reveal a big-picture overview, or zooming in to show details. Collaborative authoring. Read on to see why. Interactivity.
2014 Authoring Tools – State of Affairs
MARCH 17, 2014
Built-in audio narration tools including some editing. Screen capture and recording tool – I’m a big fan of this being included, but would like to see new capabilities beyond just the basics, then again, there are plenty of freebies out there that will do just fine. Timelines - I’m not talking tracks here, I’m talking timelines (seen in quite a few education focused tools). More authoring tools - Just as it is being seen in the LMS market. Most have an app, but the tool itself is not self-contained. Right now, not amazed.
Top 10 HTML5 eLearning Authoring Tools
AUGUST 20, 2015
The developers from the eLearning industry constantly create and design new concepts that change the way people learn and teach. HTML5 is one of the main tools used by eLearning professionals, mainly because of its versatility and flexibility. There are several HTML5 eLearning authoring tools available for developers. eLearning ToolsZenler Studio. Essay Writer.
15 Authoring Tools For mEnabling Your eLearning For iPads
JANUARY 30, 2013
– pointers on some of the tools out there, that you can use to help you take that ‘leap of faith’ into mLearning. So here’s the list of the tools that can do the job and which you might want a closer look at. One of the best tools, if you are already using Articulate, to convert your existing (Articulate based) courses to run on iPads, other tablets and mobile devices.
How to select the right authoring tool
SEPTEMBER 7, 2014
Actually, it can be just as exhausting and face nearly same challenges when you are looking for an authoring tool to build your courses. Authoring tools list AKA Where do you want to live. That same occurs when you are deciding on an authoring tool. With over 180 authoring tools in the market and with the majority not as well known, picking just the right one can be as challenging as selecting an area to live. I’m interested in what type of house err tool. In the housing world that would be whether you want a townhouse, apt.,
Authoring Tool Market – What I am seeing
MARCH 20, 2013
Right now I am doing a survey on authoring tools (more on this at the end of the post) and so far 100% of all respondents state that HTML5 output is required in an authoring tool. I do believe that HTML5 output will continue to grow as an authoring tool feature. It is time to realize that Flash output just isn’t enough anymore for folks. If you are an e-learning developer or instructional designer this has always been a favorite feature of authoring tools. The magic 8 ball is a fun item to use. Fortune Forecast Cookies. How basic?
PENS – Why your LMS and Authoring Tool Solution should include it
APRIL 28, 2015
Paul Schneider in my opinion is one of the guru’s in the authoring tool industry. Before we jump into PENS, let’s begin in the authoring tool industry. In the authoring tool industry there seems to be hesitancy to go into the cloud. While there are authoring tools that are SaaS based, there are significantly more that are not.
25 eLearning tools you need to have
MAY 12, 2016
It’s not much of a stretch to argue that an eLearning professional is only as good as their best tools. Aside from learning management systems, there are now all kinds of nifty online apps that can help you to organize your work, research trends, create course content, network with peers, and communicate with learners. Best productivity tools for eLearning. Tool: Trello.
How To Easily Create ELearning Videos from Microsoft PowerPoint
DECEMBER 2, 2015
And often we are asked about ways to use PowerPoint for elearning course content. Now, there are many ways you can integrate PowerPoint into any elearning program. Using a free tool like Screencast-o-Matic allows you to record your screen and then instantly save the video locally or upload to a platform like YouTube. Easy PowerPoint to Video Option. training tools
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?
Help! What software tool should I use to record audio?
APRIL 28, 2015
Many devices and industry-standard elearning tools offer simple and effective software for recording audio. One of our authors who was just getting started with elearning never before had had the need to record audio—and asked for advice on tools. This article lays out some of your options, focusing on simple voice-recording tools for your personal computer.
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.
7 Technical Tips for Creating Video Lectures
JUNE 14, 2016
Create engaging educational videos with no hassle or specific training? Check out 7 tips for creating video lectures on how to put together text, visuals and audio for the ultimate video lecturing experience. Creating video lectures these days is a piece of cake. There are a bunch of software tools that will accommodate most of your needs, and more. Audio tips.
Day 2. How to use SCORM compliant authoring tools
MAY 31, 2016
The purpose of SCORM is to increase ‘interoperability’ By providing a standard of communication that can be applied consistently, SCORM makes it easier for eLearning professionals to share and migrate course content across tools and systems. In In this second post, I’ll delve into the details of how a SCORM compliant course is created and explain exactly what defines it.
PowerPoint 2010: Creating a Spinning Animation
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
NOVEMBER 4, 2011
Have you ever tried to use PowerPoint to create a spinning animation (such as the ticking hands of a clock)? Ensure the duplicate graphic is selected and flip it vertically ( Drawing Tools Format > Rotate > Flip Vertically ). Flip the duplicate horizontally (Drawing Tools Format > Rotate > Flip Horizontally ). by AJ George. Copy the graphic ([ Ctrl ] [ C ]).
20+ eLearning Tools and Resources
JULY 24, 2014
With Articulate, you can create interactivity to a presentation by adding slide layers, drag-and-drop interactions, quizzing, screen recording, and software simulation. With iSpring Solutions, you can easily and quickly publish PowerPoint presentations to web-based formats and build adaptive flash-based quizzes and surveys. The Adobe Captivate software helps you create a wide range of interactive eLearning and HTML content. You can create high-quality product demos with the capture-as-a-video workflow. PowerPoint. SCORM. Articulate. iSpring.
Top Tools for Online Teaching
JUNE 28, 2013
Recently Top5 Online colleges.org published a list of the 99 Top Tools For Online Teaching , including eFront. Teaching Tools & Technologies. These tools for online teachers and learners can improve communication between participants who may be thousands of miles apart geographically, but learning together in a shared technologically enabled space. 1. Articulate Studio.
5 Tools to Help You “Gamify” Your eLearning Content
MARCH 5, 2015
There are many HTML5-based authoring tools that can help you create engaging online content. We’ve rounded up 5 tools to help you do just that. 1. Raptivity is a great tool to help you build rapid interactivity for effective learning. The tool features 180+ eLearning templates, including interactive comparison charts, diagrams, questionnaires, multiple selections, and more. Learn how to create an interactive presentation with Raptivity here. 2. Articulate has a number of applications to help you create more engaging content. Raptivity.
PowerPoint 2010: Animating a Venn Diagram
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
AUGUST 8, 2011
To depict the similarities and differences of these topics, you might create a diagram like the example below. If you find yourself in need of a Venn diagram, there are a few basic Venn diagrams available via PowerPoint's SmartArt. If you don't like those available via SmartArt, you can easily create your own. Click the Shape Subtract tool.
The Average Joe imperative
JUNE 24, 2014
remember trying to build simple objects using the developer tools, but I struggled. While I can’t hack into NASA, I’m confident enough to give any software a go and not be put off by shiny new toys. For example, everyone says that Articulate Storyline looks and feels like Microsoft PowerPoint. Love it or loathe it, PowerPoint is easy to use. So what happened?
Product Review: Microsoft Office Mix add-in for PowerPoint 2013
NOVEMBER 17, 2014
Open up any authoring tool (okay, most of them) and one item that you will see is the ability to add PowerPoint. Some products including Articulate Studio and Storyline use the Microsoft SDK PowerPoint ribbon as their main ribbon. Office 2013 with PowerPoint 2013 OR. PowerPoint 2013. Where do you find in PowerPoint? The product? Office Mix. Embed.
Interview with Rachel Challen, #EdTechBook chapter author
Dont Waste Your Time
OCTOBER 31, 2014
As part of a new series of posts, I will be talking to authors of The Really Useful #EdTechBook about their work, experiences, and contribution to the book. At that time we were only encouraged to develop PowerPoint presentations, but even so the opportunity with even the basic interactivity to engage students, blew my socks off. Interview with Wayne Barry, #EdTechBook chapter author.
7 Tips to Choose the Best Rapid Authoring Tool to Convert Legacy E-learning Courses to HTML5
JUNE 24, 2016
With mobile devices ceasing to support Flash-based training materials, the demand for Flash to HTML5 conversion tools has gone up. So, choosing the right authoring tool will be your best bet to make your courses HTML5 compatible. Choosing the right tool that suits your purpose can be quite challenging. But, there are some tools which do not offer this feature.
October 12: easygenerator to release the free edition of her authoring tool
Challenge to Learn
SEPTEMBER 28, 2012
Easygenerator has decided to launch the free edition of het authoring tool on October 12 th. The authoring interface of easygenerator is a Windows application, so you will need a computer with Windows to run it. That said, the courses you create with easygenerator can run on any kind of computers, browser, or mobile device. PowerPoint import. SaaS service.
Why PowerPoint Isn’t the Right Choice for Interactive E-Learning
DECEMBER 8, 2015
If you follow this blog then you know that I’m a big fan of PowerPoint. And with some practice and creativity, there’s not much you can’t do to create engaging multimedia. But is PowerPoint the best option if you want to create interactive elearning? Here’s What Makes PowerPoint Special. Top PowerPoint Tips & Tricks. It works.
How to Select the Right E-Learning Software
JUNE 21, 2016
I get a lot of questions about buying elearning software. And with that I get to see some of the ridiculous checklists that some IT groups create to compare software. Usually they place more value on number of features (regardless of their real value) than on how those features are used to create the online courses. Form-based authoring. Freeform authoring.
New eLearning Tools Roundup – #ASTD2011
JUNE 7, 2011
There were a lot of new authoring tools on the show floor this year. Here’s a quick run down on the tools I checked out and some of the buzz: Articulate Storyline Tom Kuhlmann and Dave Anderson of Articulate were showing off their new tool, Storyline, which goes into beta this summer. It’ll come with various character packs so you can create stories right out of the box. Not for the entry level user, but this product will certainly allow developers to quickly create some cool interactive experiences. Zebra is a cloud-based authoring tool.
PowerPoint 2010: Adding Animation to SmartArt
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
JUNE 21, 2011
PowerPoint's SmartArt allows you to visually communicate information. You can create SmartArt graphics that are lists, process diagrams and organizational charts. With the graphic selected, right-click on any of the individual elements and select Group > Ungroup (or select Drawing Tools > Format > Group > Ungroup from the ribbon). " PowerPoint
Power Up Pictures with PowerPoint
JUNE 22, 2015
If you have software tools that let you edit your photos and carefully plan your diagrams, fantastic! If not, do you have PowerPoint on your machine? Not only is PowerPoint a powerful way to put together a presentation, it can also be a quick and simple way to export formatted, perfectly-sized images. Set up PowerPoint to your target dimensions. inches wide x 5.0
New mLearning Authoring Tools – Wave #2
MARCH 27, 2011
Luke Hickey and team over the dominKnow took center stage in the LS2011 exhibits area to herald the launch of their next generation authoring platform called Claro. There were plenty of tools to create interactions (ala Engage-style functionality) as well as define animations and path-based motions which all rendered well in the final outputs. The Learning Solutions 2011 Event.
Tools to make you drool – video training toys for IDs
AUGUST 20, 2012
In this post, I take a look at some of the latest tools available to Instructional Designers to make their video efforts come to life. IDs have been able to embed video in a Captivate timeline for years but, with Captivate 6, Adobe has built in a new capture-as-a-video workflow allowing you to create high-quality product demos.
Learning objectives and how to create them
Challenge to Learn
MARCH 28, 2014
When you want to create a really bad learning experience, this is the way to do it: Don’t think about your learners. Dump a body of information in a course as if it was a PowerPoint. In the new web edition o f easygenerator you can’t create any content or questions without creating a learning objective first. Add a few images (has to look good). Learning