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.
E-learning Authoring Tools: The Civil War
JULY 25, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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). Includes an assessment tool and can generate certificates. Another super easy authoring tool to start building courses. UI is similar to PowerPoint. Translation tool. Fun Features.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Professional Presenter X – comes with sim tool, assessment, capture tool, documents to flash tool, etc.
Top 10 HTML5 eLearning Authoring Tools
AUGUST 20, 2015
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. In the continuation, you will find a list of the top 10 tools you can start using with ease. This online tool enables you to create basic, but effective courses and lessons.
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
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.
Fears of the Course Authoring Tool Market
OCTOBER 17, 2012
Its nearly Halloween and with that comes the shocking and fearful excitement or lack thereof of the scariest things on the plane appearing at the movie theaters, in costumes, television and for us, the course authoring tool market. Just in the past two years the per license cost of authoring tools has skyrocketed. Authoring Tool Treat. So why the fear?
10 Rapid Authoring Tools that Support HTML5 [Infographic]
JULY 29, 2016
With mobile devices ceasing to support Flash-based training materials, the demand for Flash to HTML5 conversion tools has gone up. Today’s market is filled with several rapid authoring tools offering tons of customization options, in-built images , in-built interactivities, assessments, PowerPoint plug-ins, standalone software, cloud based applications, etc.
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.
Free PowerPoint Templates for eLearning
FEBRUARY 19, 2015
Today we are giving away four PowerPoint Templates and a few other goodies for your eLearning. These PowerPoint Templates can be used in all your standard eLearning authoring tools (iSpring, Snap, Articulate Presenter, and Adobe Presenter). Free PowerPoint Templates. Download Free PowerPoint Templates. View all our PowerPoint Templates.
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.
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?
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?
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.,
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. So we asked members of our development, customer support and design teams to recommend the top eLearning tools they can’t work without. Best productivity tools for eLearning. Tool: Trello. Tool: Google Drive. Tool: IFTTT. Tool: Momentum.
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.
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.
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. 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? 54% said PowerPoint add-in. Question 2.
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. Audacity is a free, open-source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds. PowerPoint. SCORM. Articulate. iSpring. Audio.
10 Widely Used Authoring Tools that Support HTML5 and Empower E-learning
JULY 12, 2016
After knowing the growing importance of HTML5, let’s check the most widely used e-learning authoring tools that provide HTML5 output. You can import your PowerPoint slides into Captivate and retain animations without additional plug-ins while publishing them directly to HTML5 because of the HTML5 native support it offers. 2. This is an add-on to PowerPoint. Elucidat.
5 Tips to Transform Your PowerPoint to Interactive E-learning Course [Infographic]
JUNE 17, 2016
Every organization has a lot of PowerPoint presentations developed for classroom training programs and converting these PowerPoint presentations into e-learning courses is one of the major challenges for organizations. These PowerPoint presentations cannot serve as self-paced learning material in the absence of an instructor. Learning Technology rapid authoring tools
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?
Updated Comparison of E-Learning Authoring Tools
NOVEMBER 12, 2013
With the release of Studio ’13 a few weeks ago, I thought it would be a good time to update my authoring tool comparison grid. As always, this grid reflects MY OPINION of working with each of these tools. The tool has more variety and flexibility than before, but none of the changes have fundamentally changed the positioning of the tool in the broader landscape.
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.
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. What do you think the future of gamification in application software is?
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.
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. Articulate Storyline, Presenter, Quizmaker, and Engage are all valuable tools to “gamify” your online content. iSpring is a fully-integrated add-on with PowerPoint. Raptivity.
PowerPoint 2010: Animating a Venn Diagram
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
AUGUST 8, 2011
If you find yourself in need of a Venn diagram, there are a few basic Venn diagrams available via PowerPoint's SmartArt. Instead, this is a great opportunity to use the Shape Union and Shape Subtract tools I've written about before. Click the Shape Subtract tool. Click the Shape Subtract tool. " PowerPointby AJ George. Animate a Venn diagram.