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Course Authoring Tools for eLearning Developers and the masses

eLearning 24-7

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. Professional Presenter X – comes with  sim tool, assessment, capture tool, documents to flash tool, etc.

Open Source Authoring Tools for e-Learning


eFront News from the e-learning frontier 10/17/2010 Open Source Authoring Tools for e-Learning As an e-Learning consultant I always was fun of open source software. In this post I am not going to talk about open source learning management systems such as eFront [1] but rather dedicated open source "authoring tools". The answer is simple. Posted by ???????????

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

CommLab India

This helped develop interactive features and animations in e-learning modules. Moreover, HTML5 provides offline access option to learners. After knowing the growing importance of HTML5, let’s check the most widely used e-learning authoring tools that provide HTML5 output. Adapt Learning ’ is the most widely used open source e-learning authoring tool.

Software End-user Training for Packaging Industry – A Case Study

CommLab India

They approached CommLab India, a leading e-learning solutions provider, to develop the online end-user training modules for this tool. Who were the end-users of the tool? Overcoming this issue and communicating effectively with the software implementation partner, taking into account the varying time zones and tight deadlines were the major challenges for us at CommLab.

New mLearning Authoring Tools – Wave #2

mLearning Trends

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. Published modules are packaged as SCORM objects and deployed with nominal hiccups for local/disconnected playback via an installed CellCast application on our test iPhones, iPads and Android devices. Check it out here.

Tools to make you drool – video training toys for IDs

Social Learning

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. Smartbuilder ( ) is a tool that can say it’s the only robust course authoring tool that does not require scripting. VIDIZMO’s  Ultra Mashup software allows you to edit various video segments together.

Interview with Sharon Flynn, #EdTechBook chapter author

Dont Waste Your Time

As part of a series of posts, I will be talking to authors of The Really Useful #EdTechBook about their work, experiences, and contribution to the book. DH – Have you found any one aspect of technology, not necessarily one tool or one piece of hardware, to be more valuable than anything else? Related posts: Interview with Sue Beckingham, #EdTechBook chapter author.

ZaidLearn: A Free Learning Tool for Every Learning Problem?


Free Learning Tool for Every Learning Problem? 101 Free Learning Tools OpenCourseWare and Open Educational Resources Free EduGames Printer-Friendly Version Lets explore the idea that there is at least one excellent free learning tool (or site) for every learning problem, need or issue! Gmail Social bookmarking tool? Diigo Tool to translate text or a webpage?

What’s the Difference Between an LMS and an LCMS? Hint: It’s Not Just the Letter “C”

Association eLearning

It gives your association one software package that delivers, assesses, and reports on online training programs. In addition to everything an LMS does, an LCMS also lets you create learning content (courses, lessons, modules, etc.). Or maybe they want to make something completely new but don’t have the tools they need. Which is which and how do you know when to use them? Wrong.


10 Social Media Tools For Learning

The eLearning Coach

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. Each tool fulfills at least one of these criteria: encourages collaboration; enables user-generated content or input; provides a way to share; and facilitates informal or formal learning. Google Collaboration Tools. Audacity. Dimdim.

E-Learning 24/7 Superhero Reader Edition: LRS Pros/Cons, Course design – what works

eLearning 24-7

The page will provide direct access to a wealth of information from many of the vendors (all were offered the opportunity to do so).   My goal is to get it up and running by next Saturday.  If you are a buyer, you will receive the info – user/password, prior to the site going live (which to repeat is not yet live). Hopefully they provided you with some additional insight and knowledge.

Mobile Authoring Tools: Hot Lava Mobile

The eLearning Coach

In this interview, Michael Gregory, Director of Systems Engineering for Hot Lava Mobile, explains this mobile authoring tool. Leveraging mobile is an ideal way to remind learners of what they have been previously taught by providing follow-up materials as reinforcement.  The device-specific applications provide the same level of tracking.  Performance Support.

3 Secrets of Workshop Facilitators: Leverage Them to Author eLearning Rapidly


These workshops also provide the opportunity to congregate with peers in a casual setting and to grow professional networks. 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. Ask key participants to create follow-up training modules.

Free and Open Source Text to Speech Tools for e-Learning


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.

Rapid Content Authoring Tools 2010 – Innovators, Winners and Updated Trends

eLearning 24-7

You can use either your own 3rd party content authoring tool and upload it into the “Cloud&# and then wherever you are, output either to your LMS, or onto Moodle or even WordPress (they have a plug in for that) OR place the course in Facebook or nearly any solution that accepts APIs.  OR you can create courses SCORM 2004 courses within their tool which is in the “cloud&# and do the same thing. Collaborative Review – which is integrated provides another level of Q/A. Assessment tool built in, Powerpoint Integration. Assessment tool built in.

Free e-Learning books


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.

E-learning Tools: A Developer’s Review of Adobe Captivate 7


This research is brought to you by SweetRush’s senior software engineer, Andrew Kubay. For the past several years, this tool has been one of the most popular software packages for e-learning development. In Captivate, you can create both demonstrations and simulations of software systems, author materials for soft skills training, and import existing PowerPoint® presentations.

5 E-Learning Forecasts for 2012

eLearning 24-7

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. 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. You simply hook it up to a computer and it provides a Kinect-like experience. Online Authoring Systems. ” The Future. #1.

Why the Experience API (xAPI) Is Crucial to Your eLearning Success

Everything E-Learning

xAPI was created by Rustici Software to replace SCORM (an earlier set of technical standards for eLearning software products). The ADL —or Advanced Distributed Learning—recognized the need for a set of standards to ensure that programmers write code that can play well with other eLearning software. Authoring Tools BlogSerious games. Simulations. Informal learning.

A Look Back at E-Learning in 2012

eLearning 24-7

Authoring Tools – With only a small sample of vendors that are SaaS based, pickings are slim. The next day or whenever he has a connection to the Internet, his data gets pushed out from the device and pulled into the platform or tool. AJ Square – but it is a separate module you have to purchase. Authoring Tools. I love the end of the year.

5 Practical Online Training Trends You May Have Overlooked


There is nothing especially new about rapid online training development tools. Before rapid authoring tools, designing online training required technical skill in Javascript, HTML, and graphic design, and the rapid online training authoring tool changed all that. These tools are supposed to speed up the production of online training. Cloud Authoring Tools.

Dev Corner - Roles and Authorization

Visual Lounge

I've recently been working on making authorization in Camtasia Relay more flexible. ASP.NET provides a set of classes, sometimes collectively called membership providers, to support authentication and authorization. Included in these classes are Role Providers. Authorization lives (mostly) in web.config and is limited to URL-based authorization.

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5 Top IT-enabled business trends that are affecting Corporate Learning


Every advancement – in terms of new software, increased processing speed, greater storage capacity, and so on – enables corporate employees to heighten their work experiences. For instance, we developed a learning portal that allows learners of a soft-skills training company access to short learning modules on the device of their choice. Advanced Analytics. The Power of Service.

Mobile Learning Moves the Evolution of Authoring Tools

Association eLearning

With the growth of tablet devices, authoring tools are having to re-invent themselves, yet again. It’s nothing new —just another step in the continual evolution we’ve seen since the early 1990s, when authoring tools were first introduced to help eLearning professionals create and deliver learning. Over the years, these tools have had to balance ease-of-use with the ability to create a robust learning experience. The Rise of Authoring Tools. While powerful for their time, these tools were not easy to use, requiring complex programming skills.

First-Time Storyboarding

E-learning Uncovered

Finished storyboards and completed modules from Artisan’s previous courses for the same client provided both examples and templates. Viewing the existing lessons provided a vision of where we were going as well as an understanding of how all of the source materials would ultimately fit into, and contribute to, our finished product. Trust the learning process.

Elearning platforms meeting PENS standard makes online training easier


Having an LMS that meets the PENS standard is a one-click process, saving course authors time. Publishing course content to a learning management system  ( LMS ) is often time consuming, causing frustration to course authors. Before the PENS LMS , course authors would have to upload SCORM content to an elearning platform , using a tedious multistep process. Source: [link].


4 Tips to Writing eLearning Scripts That Sing

Association eLearning

In a recent article in T+D magazine, author Cammy Bean provides several tips on scriptwriting that really resonate with me. When we’re sitting down to write a script, how many of us have caught ourselves actually writing words like: “Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to identify when sexual harassment occurs in the office setting.” Awkward.

Free and Open Source Web Conferencing (Online Meetings, Webinars.


As a result, the following post is Free and Open Source Web Conferencing (Online Meetings, Webinars) Tools for e-Learning. The following list contains free and open source Web Conferencing tools that are nt in particular order. note : Epignosis has created a module that provides integration of BigBlueButton conferencing in eFront Open Source Learning Management System.

User Friendly or Hype?

eLearning 24-7

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. Authoring Tools (Rapid E-Learning).

CourseLab (100% Free e-learning authoring tool?)


Additional module templates pack ( Costs $9 Only ) " Having been away from researching learning technologies for more than one year, I am really thrilled with all the new free learning tools available to educators and learners. Not sure if I have learnt that much, except for asking questions in a more systematic way using tools such as six thinking hats and CoRT.

Online courses must die!

E-Learning Provocateur

There’s method in my madness… The myth of rapid authoring. The proliferation of so-called rapid authoring tools over the last few years has coincided with an explosion in the number of online courses developed in-house. In the bad old days, technically challenged L&D professionals had to pay exorbitant fees to development houses to produce simple modules.

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CourseLab (100% Free e-learning authoring tool?)


URL: [link] Download: [link] Showcase Samples: [link] "CourseLab is a powerful, yet easy-to-use, e-learning authoring tool that offers programming-free WYSIWYG environment for creating high-quality interactive e-learning content which can be published on the Internet, Learning Management Systems (LMS), CD-ROMS and other devices.It can be used in a variety of learning initiatives including technical training , soft skills training and compliance certifications. They might argue that the authoring tool is free, but you need to pay for the Extras. learning tools

Localization & eLearning: The Translation Process

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

Project Scope: Translation of an e-learning module from US English into Chinese. Selection of team components, tools and software to be used. Use of fully digital, industrial strength Pro Tools recording system. Reliable translation providers will use a translation process that adheres to basic industry quality best practices. eLearning ePub Help Authoring Instructional Design Localization Social Media Technical Communications Television training by Jen Weaver. The 'unknowns' can make you feel a bit fearful about moving forward. Evaluation.

Interactivity in e-Learning – Do you need to go up a level?


Interactivities like simple animations, roll-over effects and slide transitions can be built in with readily available tools like MS PowerPoint and a levy of rapid authoring tools. Pop-ups or hot-spots are created within the content to provide a much-needed break for the learner. The type of content: Not all content needs interactivity for it to be effective.

How big data changes the training scenery


Managers and instructors need all sorts of reports: course status, course completion, module progress, proficiency coverage, missing work, assessment grades, learner activity, and so on. Some company documents, details about employees, providers and clients are best to be kept in a safe place, away from unauthorized eyes. We live in a world of data. Big data and data safety.

The Fantastic Four – Factors That Help Keep your E-learning Outsourcing Costs Under Control

CommLab India

learning companies that use the agile e-learning development process, develop short courses, offer translation services, and work with rapid authoring tools can keep online learning development costs under control. Ask your e-learning outsourcing solutions provider to create a 4-5 screen prototype rather than developing the entire course. Go for short modules.

Best Practices: Working with Text-Based (PDF) Courses

360 Training

The growing trend of online education has also opened many doors of opportunity for authors, trainers, teachers, and skilled professionals. Before you begin uploading your PDF into your course authoring tool , it is always a great idea to analyze it. Identify your content, distribute it into digestible sections (lessons/modules/topics), identify the learning objectives of each section, and insert them at the beginning of the course. Provide step-by-step instructions in your courses to avoid common questions such as: How to access and download the course material?

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