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State of the Authoring Tool Industry

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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

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.

E-learning Authoring Tools: The Civil War

CommLab India

To address your urgency, e-learning professionals have been taking the help of rapid authoring tools to develop online learning material in a span of weeks rather than months. Among these, the three widely preferred e-learning rapid authoring tools are Articulate Storyline 2, Adobe Captivate 9, and Lectora Inspire 16. PowerPoint-like interface. Adobe Captivate 9.

Rapid Authoring Tools For Creating mLearning

Upside Learning

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.

Top 11 to 20 Authoring Tools for 2013

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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

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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. 

E-Learning Authoring Tool Comparison

E-learning Uncovered

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. 

New Authoring tool rankings #11 to #20

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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.

PowerPoint or Prezi: Which is Best for eLearning?

Association eLearning

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.

Authoring Tool Trends

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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

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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.

Top 10 HTML5 eLearning Authoring Tools

DigitalChalk eLearning

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

Upside Learning

– 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.

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The Latest: Rapid Content Authoring Tool Market

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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?

2014 Authoring Tools – State of Affairs

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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.

How To Easily Create ELearning Videos from Microsoft PowerPoint

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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

Help! What software tool should I use to record audio?

360 Training

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.

25 eLearning tools you need to have

LearnUpon

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.

eLearning Authoring Tool Must-Haves!

360 Training

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?

How to select the right authoring tool

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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

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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

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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.

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PowerPoint 2010: Creating a Spinning Animation

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

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

DigitalChalk eLearning

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

eFront

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.

7 Technical Tips for Creating Video Lectures

eLearning Brothers

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.

5 Tools to Help You “Gamify” Your eLearning Content

DigitalChalk eLearning

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.

Top Six E-Learning Tools for 2015

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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. 

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10 Widely Used Authoring Tools that Support HTML5 and Empower E-learning

CommLab India

Though Flash can create rich visual interactivities, it is not enough for the changing times. After knowing the growing importance of HTML5, let’s check the most widely used e-learning authoring tools that provide HTML5 output. iSpring Suite , earlier known as iSpring Presenter, helps you create effective mobile presentations that can be published in HTML5 format.

PowerPoint 2010: Animating a Venn Diagram

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

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.

Day 2. How to use SCORM compliant authoring tools

LearnUpon

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.

The Average Joe imperative

E-Learning Provocateur

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?

Leverage the Benefits of Rapid Authoring Tools

CommLab India

Well, rapid authoring tools could be the answer considering the benefits they offer to the process of e-learning development. Compared to courses created using the old authoring tools- Flash, Dreamweaver, XML/HTML and JavaScript which are called legacy tools, rapid authoring tools have an edge here is a comparison of their features: Feature.

Interview with Rachel Challen, #EdTechBook chapter author

Dont Waste Your Time

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.

Why PowerPoint Isn’t the Right Choice for Interactive E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

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

Rapid eLearning

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

Learning Visions

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.