State of the Authoring Tool Industry
MAY 16, 2016
When looking at the state of the authoring tool space, two words come to mind. And for the entire rapid content authoring tool space, I have to ask – Why? An authoring tool solution is supposed to be all about the ability for folks to create, build courses that can be linear (A to B to C) aka click-click or non-linear (why WBT was empowered in the first place, where the learner can bounce around A to C to G, focusing on what they need to learn, and returning as often as they want). . PowerPoint is presentation software. Assessment tool.
What’s the Best Way to Learn a New E-Learning Authoring Tool?
ATD Learning Technologies
OCTOBER 10, 2016
I get asked this question a lot by people either entering the e-learning field or looking to pick up a new e-learning authoring tool. Whether you want to learn Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, or any other tool, there are many ways to get started. Most authoring tools have an online community offering a ton of free content. Free Online Tutorials. Books.
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?
AUGUST 31, 2016
Desktop vs. Cloud Based Authoring. Google apps, for example, has your standard apps (like Microsoft Office Suite) that you once had installed onto your Mac or PC solely accessible from online. Collaboration Like mentioned above, one of the biggest downfalls of desktop app authoring software is how difficult and time consuming it can be to collaborate on a project.
Evaluating 3 Useful Tools that Support E-learning Development
OCTOBER 30, 2016
In my previous blog, we’ve compared 3 widely used authoring tools – Articulate Storyline 2, Adobe Captivate 9, and Lectora Inspire 16. But apart from these rapid authoring tools, a few other tools are also used by e-learning developers such as the multimedia editing tools, PowerPoint add-ins, and tools that help you make digital resources.
Survey Says… (authoring tools)
MARCH 28, 2013
Hi, this is the ghost of Richard Dawson bringing you another exciting episode of Authoring Tools Survey. We are in the final round and our contestant, Craig Weiss, will try to ascertain what the latest data from his recent survey means to the masses. Survey Information. We asked e-learning audiences around the world via the internet, what they were seeking in authoring tools. Craig – are you ready to enter the final round of Authoring tools survey? What features would you like to see in an authoring tool? ” Question 1.
Gamification In Application Software Training
AUGUST 29, 2013
We are highly excited to see this trend because, like most of you learning professionals, we too believe that the best way to learn new software is by doing real tasks in a real environment, in a fun way. The first one on our list is ‘Ribbon Hero 2’, one of the best examples of application software gamification. ” ~ Karl Kapp. INTRODUCTION. The revolution has begun!
Interview with Sue Beckingham, #EdTechBook chapter author
Dont Waste Your Time
OCTOBER 20, 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. anything I wish to save and also share information that I feel will be of interest to my PLN. Related posts: Students and Information Technology 2012 #edtech #eLearning #educause. DH – Hi Sue. Why keep it to myself?!
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 SCORM specifies how tools and content communicate. SCORM compliant authoring tools. Each has particular strengths.
The Key to Adoption of Collaboration Tools: Process Integration
SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
Plenty has been written about why employees are slow to adopt enterprise collaboration tools. For example, in a Klint Finley interview called Five Principles for Improving Social Enterprise Adoption , Yakabod CEO Scott Ryser cites the importance of “political juice.” The more important missing piece for gaining user adoption of enterprise collaboration tools is less obvious.
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. When it comes to selecting software, it can be hard to know what to look for and what questions to ask. Here Select E-Learning Software by Understanding the Type of Tools. Form-based authoring.
LCMS - Warehouse and Authoring
FEBRUARY 1, 2011
One thing is pretty clear, LCMS tools have really headed towards a kind of super Authoring tool and there's a related but quite distinct need for support for a Warehouse. The following all come from her, and I've interspersed some commentary: Requirement: “We need to figure out a way to get information from other departments to make sure we have the most current information available.” Your reader also points out a common problem in larger organizations of knowing whether or not the content is the most currently available information.
Top Picks for 2016 – E-Learning
NOVEMBER 11, 2016
Best Web Conferencing Tool. Abillity to include your conference information within Gmail, Outlook and other e-mail providers when you schedule a session. . Ideal for SMB in my opinion. I’ve tried a lot of web conferencing tools and this one finally delivers. . Best Authoring Tool. Best Video capture, editing tool for online learning. HD Audio.
How to Record Software Simulation in Adobe Captivate 9
NOVEMBER 22, 2016
If you belong to an organization that is involved in developing software, you know how tough it is to create training that will teach your employees how to use software the optimal way. How do you overcome these problems and train your staff effectively so that they become ready to use the tool? It’s a fairly simple process to record a software simulation in Adobe Captivate.
Top 9 Competencies of an Informal/Social Learning Designer
MARCH 15, 2014
Informal/Social learning is one such major revolution (other than mobile learning and gamified learning) that demands a shift in the mere thinking of ‘learning’. Course design (formal learning blended with the right mix of informal and social learning). Informal/Social Learning Design Competencies. SKILLS: 6. ATTITUDE: 8. Power to the Learners : An interesting read!
10 Social Media Tools For Learning
The eLearning Coach
NOVEMBER 16, 2009
Do you have a training or information need that could benefit from a social media strategy? Many of these tools and services are free or have a free trial period, which can encourage you to experiment in a small way at first. Be sure to do additional research and comparison with similar products prior to making a selection as this is just a small sampling. Audacity. Dimdim.
Fewer Full-Sized Courses. More learning snacks, ePubs, Videos, and Reference Tools
FEBRUARY 9, 2013
As tablets and phones enter the workplace, we also see clients getting excited by “just-in-time” access to ePubs and reference tools. There’s a bigger push to reduce the total time spent in formal training, while conversely a perception that people need more and more information to do their jobs effectively. The flipped classroom is one obvious example of this. complete. ePubs.
3 Interesting E-learning Samples Developed in Captivate
OCTOBER 19, 2016
Adobe Captivate 9 is one of the top rapid authoring tools available today to create interactive e-learning courses. Responsive learning design tool: The improved responsive learning design tool helps develop several versions of the online course for multiple devices from a single source. Training on using a tool. What is your experience with this tool?
5 E-learning Samples Developed in Lectora Inspire
NOVEMBER 29, 2016
This rapid authoring tool offers many features that make it the favorite of courseware developers. Conversion of text-heavy content into engaging e-learning: The tool allows you to convert text-heavy content such as compliance material or product manuals into engaging e-learning. The files, once translated can be imported back into the tool to create the translated course.
Top 4 Tips for Designing Information-Based Courses
FEBRUARY 24, 2014
We design more information-based courses today than we would care to admit. Agreed, these courses can instead be called web pages, cheat sheets, information dumps, knowledge stores, etc. Consider these situations: Learners are starting out on a new job, and there are loads of information to be covered. Here are our top 4 tips for designing information-based courses: 1.
Informal Learning – the other 80%
APRIL 16, 2013
The start-up stiffed me but the paper morphed into the Informal Learning book. think it’s held up rather well. I’ll be leading a series of master classes on informal learning and working smarter in Europe. Informal Learning – the other 80%. Because organizations are oblivious to informal learning, they fail to invest in it. About the Author. It’s real.
Information on E-Learning and WCAG 2.0 Compliance in Australia
JULY 27, 2013
For example, some Flash interactions such as many games are currently no longer usable as they cannot be read by text to speech readers such as JAWS. checklist for more information. From a development perspective, content must be authored in tools that can produce output that is WCAG compliant. Author : Buffer, Inc Website : [link] -->. compliant? WCAG 2.0 WCAG 2.0
Top 9 e-Learning Predictions for 2014
JANUARY 18, 2014
The year saw many interesting developments directly impacting e-learning in areas like: Courseware Authoring Tools. Learning Modes (Informal Learning/Social Learning). Social Learning/Informal Learning. The 70:20:10 Forum continued playing a major role in spreading the positive implications of embracing informal learning in organizations. Learning Analytics.
Action Mapping With a Twist: A Tool for Budgeting E-Learning Development
JULY 2, 2014
found that completing an exercise similar to Cathy Moore’s Action Mapping process – the same process many of us use for designing our e-learning content – was an effective tool for identifying significant time and cost factors for the completion of a project. For example, for project pre-work, this may include gathering content materials and writing a design document. Here’s how.
Interview with Terese Bird, #EdTechBook chapter author
Dont Waste Your Time
DECEMBER 4, 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. For everything else, for most documents and some research software, I use the university PC which is very handy in the way it’s set up, I must say. Related posts: Interview with Wayne Barry, #EdTechBook chapter author.
Some Tools for Social Learning and How they Help Learning
JANUARY 24, 2011
Here is a table with some tools for social learning, short description of the tool, the best use for social learning for the tool and some examples. Definition of the tool. Best Use of Tool. Examples. Wiki software allows users to create, edit and link web pages easily. Wiki software is often used to create collaborative websites. The term “wiki” is from a Hawaiian word that means “fast” or “to hasten.” It is so named because of the speed in which wiki software allows someone to update the web site. Slide sharing software.
Free and Open Source Text to Speech Tools for e-Learning
JANUARY 16, 2011
News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 1/16/2011 Free and Open Source Text to Speech Tools for e-Learning Open source software can be used as we wish, without long-term commitments and with a community of professionals that extend and support them. Uses the worlds best text to speech (TTS) software.
Short, informative, focused: The secret ingredients of explainer animations
SEPTEMBER 21, 2016
Give your learners a focused burst of information to reinforce your elearning course. An explainer animation puts a lot of information on a single subject into a small package. Informative – There’s a message. From the learner’s point of view, explainer animations are interesting, attention grabbing and informative. What is an explainer animation? v=s_JLmxhnpNY. Start.
PowerPoint or Prezi: Which is Best for eLearning?
NOVEMBER 4, 2014
These programs are tools; what you do with them determines whether or not they’re effective. Either one can have too much on screen at once, too many transitions, unengaging information, etc. Both programs are designed as presentation tools, so either one should be able to fill that role. I’ve already written about how to create eLearning using PPT, so I won’t re-visit that here.
3 Secrets of Workshop Facilitators: Leverage Them to Author eLearning Rapidly
FEBRUARY 9, 2015
And, the technology embedded in online training tools makes it easy to duplicate the positive parts of facilitator-led workshops while removing the not-so-positive parts. Here are three secrets of expert workshop facilitators and how you can adapt them to rapidly author online training experiences that rival, or surpass, facilitator-led workshop experiences.
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.
Moodle: A fantastic tool for informal learning - and not just “e-learning”
AUGUST 31, 2009
Along with two of my colleagues at BLP, we showed attendees OUR Moodle site - and attempted to illustrate many of the cool features Moodle provides and how Moodle facilitates informal learning and not just functions as a place to house and track e-learning. Example: I created a “course in Moodle called Adobe Max. 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. Those who want to use it just to track learning are missing its point.
Smile Sheet Questions -- New Examples July 2016
Will at Work Learning
JULY 6, 2016
Since February, when it was published, I've received hundreds of thank you's from folks the world over who are thrilled to have a new tool -- and to finally have a way to get meaningful data from learner surveys. New Example Questions. You can sign up for my email newsletter if you want to increase the likelihood that you'll see new smile-sheet questions (and for other learning-research related information as well). Question Example -- A Question for Learners' Managers. My first example comes from a world renowned data and media company. First to restate.
8 eLearning Quiz Design Tips
APRIL 1, 2016
You may not know it, but most of the good quiz authoring tools (Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, Lectora Inspire, etc) give you total control over your quiz design. At its core, a good free-form quizzing tool will allow you to do 5 things: Customize the backgrounds of the slide. Don’t be afraid to use humor. I’ve written before about using an informal tone.