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FRED – Responsive eLearning Made Easy

Upside Learning

Elearning has been evolving alongside web technologies and has come a long way from its earliest days of CD-ROM-based Authorware-created desktop-only solutions. Then came Flash, which changed […]. As eLearning started being delivered through the Internet it became lighter (in bytes terms) and less sophisticated (richness- and interactivity-wise) to work well on low bandwidth dial-up connections. eLearning Development Framework For Responsive eLearning Development FRED Responsive eLearning Responsive eLearning Development

Learning Flash

Tony Karrer

My posts around the Beginning of Long Slow Death of Flash and my post from a CTO perspective that I Cannot Bet on Flash for new development stirred up quite a bit of response. A lot of it said quite correctly that HTML5 is not there yet. And that Flash provides things that you can’t do in HTML/JavaScript. However, there are some pretty amazing things you can do without Flash. Should I hold off on learning Flash. know a very little about Flash and made it a goal to learn more, but now I wonder. And Jeff suggests both Flash and HTML 5.

We're All New at This

ATD Learning Technologies

With us was Tom King, who helped create Authorware. At the time, King was one of the leading people at Macromedia (soon to be Adobe) working on making integration with SCORM happen in products like Flash and Captivate. It was February 2005. I was sequestered in a conference room during Plugfest 9 with Philip Dodds, chief architect of the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM™) and a few people on the ADL technical team. Click here to read full version

Adobe Summit Day 2 - Authorware and the future of e-Learning

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Adobe eLearning Solutions So, Ellen is talking about Authorware and IT's future in eLearning: 6 part plan 1)Business continuity 2)conversion 3)migration 4)enablement 5)develop the next gen leanring content authoring 6)improved communication Tom KIng will be acting as the Liaison for Adobe and the Authorware community to help this transition process. GREAT hosts!!! Good people.

Authoring Tool Market – What I am seeing

eLearning 24-7

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. The magic 8 ball is a fun item to use. Sure, you have the same probability of forecasting by tossing a penny in the air, but for some folks the magic 8 ball is a soothsayer. For my forecasts, the magic 8 ball does not apply. Not anymore. Wake UP!

Development Tools - Should I Cut Out the Middle Guy?

eLearning Cyclops

Back when I first started developing e-learning courses, I used Macromedia's Authorware. For more interactive elements, I used Flash and imported the SWFs into Authorware. Almost every course involved using Flash for interactive elements (animations, games, quizzes, simulations, video, etc.). It has gotten to a point where some of my courses are all developed in Flash and the e-learning authoring tools (DHTML) have been used more as a "shell" that decompiles it as a SCORM package. No, I can skip the middle man and produce entire courses in Flash.

Product Review – Articulate Storyline 2

eLearning 24-7

New Slide – Create a new page, chapter, lesson, whatever, generally speaking Slide screams PPT and no offense to the person who has been doing ID for x number of years, if you said “slide” to someone working on Authorware back in the day, you would have gotten a head slap.  Same with the flash icon.  Who is still using flash, BTW?  Speed 2 – Awful. 

Top 11 to 20 Authoring Tools for 2013

eLearning 24-7

Will it replicate those craving for an Authorware return? Can convert Flash to HTML5. Most – okay nearly all – final ranking lists appear in December, but here at E-Learning 24/7, it is all about breaking the boundaries.  It is all about doing something that others do not do – we all know that the readers of this blog – are trend setters! Fun Features. SCORM.

Mobile Learning Moves the Evolution of Authoring Tools

Association eLearning

In response to the demand for more accessible authoring tools, Authorware was born. Using Authorware , learning professionals could create learning programs with hyper-simplistic designs, primarily through dragging and dropping icons. To avoid this complexity, Authorware courses often followed a more simplistic “Click Next to Continue” style of eLearning design. To combat “boring” eLearning experiences, programs like Adobe Flash and Director came on the scene with an animated bang (anyone else remember the bird crash vector animation from the early Flash demos?)

The Latest: Rapid Content Authoring Tool Market

eLearning 24-7

Some vendors push heavily on PPT, implying that a great WBT is really a PPT converted to Flash.  It isn’t. Flash output – still red hot. Listen, Authorware is dead, so why create a product that is trying to bring it back to life with your own product? Flash isn’t going anywhere, except maybe the route of leaded gasoline. Here is a news flash: It’s not true. The data is in, the results are interesting and the competition is growing.  What does it all mean? Early Signs for 2012. Perhaps they are unaware of the RCAT space as well.  HTML5.

PowerPoint – The King of eLearning Tools?

eLearning Brothers

have come to appreciate that with some good thought and instructional design you can use most any tool to a decent level of effectiveness. I’ve seen terrible Flash and Lectora courses even thought they were created in amazing (expensive) tools. eLearning flash interactions, games, and PowerPoint backgrounds for your online courses. Should it be? Everyone has PPT.

Development Tools I Would Learn If I Were You - June's Big Question

eLearning Cyclops

They provided just enough to make us dangerous with HTML, Flash, Photoshop and Authorware. No, I do not use Authorware now, but it is hard to predict what will be an essential tool 10 years down the road. For me, I use Flash to develop games, but whether it is Flash or other game development tools get to know how to use them. Keep in mind some may be DHTML output, others create Flash SWFs. Here are some of my bookmarks  -  development_tools ,  cloud , games ,  flash_tutorial , SCORM , HTML ,  HTML5. Tools flash e-LearningSecond Life).

Using Silverlight/Expression Blend for eLearning Development

Upside Learning

Over the last ten years or so, major elearning developers have preferred to use tools like Flash, Authorware and Director from Adobe (earlier Macromedia). In recent years, with the inclusion of various features in Flash and the vast installation base of Flash Player amongst internet users, Flash has become be first choice for eLearning development and delivery over web.

Survey Says… (authoring tools)

eLearning 24-7

The days of just PowerPoint to Flash and simplicity are no longer cutting it.  Maybe I’m missing something here, but I constantly hear from e-learning developers at trade shows that there aren’t any products really geared toward them. I’m not saying bring back Authorware – because, please don’t, rather I am saying push the “oomph” button to make the product robust and powerful enough with feature sets these people want.  If you are unsure how to do it – then crowdsource and find out. . Survey Information. 507 people responded. 

Using Silverlight/Expression Blend for eLearning Development

Upside Learning

Over the last ten years or so, major elearning developers have preferred to use tools like Flash, Authorware and Director from Adobe (earlier Macromedia). In recent years, with the inclusion of various features in Flash and the vast installation base of Flash Player amongst internet users, Flash has become be first choice for eLearning development and delivery over web.

Using Silverlight/Expression Blend for eLearning Development

Upside Learning

Over the last ten years or so, major elearning developers have preferred to use tools like Flash, Authorware and Director from Adobe (earlier Macromedia). In recent years, with the inclusion of various features in Flash and the vast installation base of Flash Player amongst internet users, Flash has become be first choice for eLearning development and delivery over web.

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

SweetRush

In this article we dig deeper into the capabilities of Adobe Captivate 7 as we help you evaluate e-learning tools for your own use by answering some questions about e-learning authorware. 1. It cannot compete with Adobe Flash or other platforms based on programming languages. All this can be published to Flash® or to HTML5, ready for mobile use. 9. No problems here. Conclusion.

Any tool as long as it's Adobe

Clive on Learning

Just look at these results, showing the market share of tools in various categories: Rapid development tools: #1 Captivate (65% of Guild members); #4 Presenter (26%) Courseware authoring, i.e. more serious tools: #1 Captivate (60%); #2 Flash (47%); #3 Dreamweaver (43%); #5 Authorware (16%). Simulation tools: #1 Captivate (79%); #2 Flash (45%). Animation: #1 Flash (78%). And given that Captivate outputs to Flash, a very high proportion of e-learning content seems to be in that format. Audio recording (!!!!): #1 Captivate (44%).

E-Learning Innovative Products – They are Out There

eLearning 24-7

Add audio, video, images if you want – even Flash. Any 3rd party content authoring tool that enables you to add Flash files (and 99%) do, will work. Reminds me of the days of Authorware, but with less complexity and anger, plus with more features and usefulness for the developer. I love innovation. It is what makes any product or service, aspire to new heights. especially love it when it happens in the e-learning industry. Our industry is made up into four camps. Gerbil in the Wheel Mentality - innovation? New concept. They often rumble into the next camp. Everywhere.

No-Compromises Rapid eLearning

In the Middle of the Curve

Before - to build, it was a hassle (Authorware anyone?) + If you don't have connection to "Training" - you need to do something, right? like Sealund's offerings, Raptivity) - Freeform - blank screen and you can do whatever with blank screen (Flash, Authorware) PowerPoint is a nice authoring tool. Presentation: No Compromises Rapid eLearning Presenter: Tom Kuhlmann Rapid eLearning tools have democratized learning. Everyone is an expert at "something." - Empowers people to share their expertise. Ultimately Communities of Practice center around expertise. Place to add text.

Rapid Content Authoring Tools: Market, Mayhem and Reality

eLearning 24-7

Is it PowerPoint converted to Flash? Microsoft Word converted to Flash? Macromedia Authorware and similar products. While some could argue that Authorware was a RCAT, I disagree. Screen recorder or desktop recorder converted into Flash or.AVI or.WMV or MP4 format or other formats, with audio/video editing and recording (not all mind you offer audio/video editing). PowerPoint or Word converted to Flash, instant, virtually no add-ons, i.e. additional learning objects. Templates with some learning objects? That was then. Macromedia Director. Toolbook.

Course Authoring and Rapid eLearning Tool Satisfaction

Tony Karrer

Articulate Presenter Lectora Macromedia Flash Profess ion. Altova XMLSpy CustomDoc Macromedia Authorware fro. I don't know if I've seen this reported by the eLearningGuild , but their reports showed some interesting information about satisfaction levels reported by members on course authoring and rapid eLearning tool satisfaction levels. Lectora QMIND Design Collaboration P1.

The big question: choosing tools

Clive on Learning

If it's an e-learning tutorial that you're after, including the usual mix of multimedia and interactions, then you have to make an important choice, between tools that you install on your desktop and online tools: Desktop tools ( Flash , Authorware , Lectora , etc.) The Learning Circuits Blog Big Question for July is 'how should e-learning developers choose their authoring tools given the proliferation of tools on the market?' Nevertheless, I believe I should address the Big Question in a more measured way than in last week's rant, so here goes.

e-Learning Authoring Tools Crash Course -- Follow Up

Learning Visions

The list does include older tools like Authorware, which are no longer being supported and definitely missing a tool or two. We flashed through the list and then took a closer look at these tools, along with a few examples along the way: Flash www.adobe.com/products Captivate www.adobe.com/products/captivate Articulate www.articulate.com Lectora www.lectora.com Udutu www.udutu.com Raptivity www.raptivity.com Atlantic Link www.atlantic-link.co.uk Here are some of the resources I promised to post. Here's what I turned to: Kineo Authoring Tools Reviews OK.

5 Simple Ways to Get Started with E-Learning Development - The Rapid eLearning Blog

Rapid eLearning

To be a successful elearning designer means you have to know something about multimedia, graphic design, instructional psychology, and perhaps a little about Web and Flash technologies. Compared to building courses in Flash or Authorware, the rapid elearning tools are easy to use. This was developed by a Flash programmer. like it that I don’t have to know flash but can still get some of the same effects. Mark Sheppard : There are no shortage of tools that will let you generate Flash output without using Flash. The Rapid Elearning Blog.

Keeping Up - April's Big Question

eLearning Cyclops

April's Big Question from Learning Circuits is "How to Keep up?" This is in reference the immense and rapidly expanding technology tools. It is tough to stay on top of all the emerging tools. However, being involved in an e-learning community is a big help. For me it is a blog community and following many experts on Twitter. Not only am I often made aware of new tools, but also get opinions, tips, and examples of their use. You can never keep up with it all, but access to many experts who are also finding and sharing the lastest tech tools make it much less daunting.

Confused of Brighton

Clive on Learning

The next generation of authoring tools included a handful of really serious players, notably Authorware (now with Adobe) and Toolbook (now with SumTotal), both still going although not so strongly. Now, to arrive at a manageable number of alternatives, you have to sub-divide the market into categories: Rapid tools ( Articulate , Captivate , Atlantic Link ) as opposed to whatever the others are called ( Authorware , Lectora , etc.). Two situations recently have got me thinking about e-learning authoring tools. Everybody's got an authoring tool. Have you ?

Catching Up to Our Imagination

In the Middle of the Curve

know from the eLearning Guild Annual Gathering that companies are just starting to figure out ways to build tools that help us bring our instructional ideas into reality without having to be Flash professionals or world-class programmers. In one sense, the emergence of a generation that grew up with the expectation that 'digital environments provide high degrees of sensorial satisfaction and intellectual stimulation' has smoothed the path: at last the demand, and consequently the market, is there for learning practitioners to create great content. Finally(!), No one has it. money).

eLearning Topics

Tony Karrer

For example, when I view my blog's content through the eLearning Learning lens , it shows me that relative to other sources of content in the system, I tend to talk about: eLearning 2.0 (130) Work Skills (26) PWLE (16) Flash Quiz (8) Knowledge Work (40) That's a pretty fair representation of topics that I talk about. 2001 2002 2000 2003 2004 are associated years) virtual classroom – still current strategy – old flash – still current performance – old – not sure why – shouldn't this be a perennial topic? have doubts about the validity of these data. Just a thought.

#ASTD09 Powerful eLearning on A Budget

In the Middle of the Curve

Advantages: Open-ended, flexible, powerful + Challenges: Complicated, Time-consuming, Costly The cycle of development tools for eLearning - Code - Plato learning - Visual - Authorware, Flash - Templates - Sealund, etc (constrained to templates) - Code - Flash now considered programming language. Presentation: Design Delirium - Designing eLearning on a Budget Presenter: Scott Colehour, Allen Interactions Been looking forward to this one. -- To what extent are the authoring tools determining the state of our eLearning? What can the tool develop? Process often missed.

MyUdutu: One of those best kept secrets in e-learning authoring tools

Janet Clarey

I’ve used a bunch of desktop authoring tools – Lectora, Dreamweaver, Authorware, Captivate, and Articulate to name a few. In analyst speak, it is “robust.&# I wish it had been around when I was pulling my hair out learning Authorware. Cache flash (ability to bring content in before you need it – good for learners dial-up) (Yup you heard right. Flash templates. haven’t really used a lot of web-based authoring tools though. I was kind of out of that aspect (development) of e-learning at the time they started becoming more mainstream.

Training Standards

Tony Karrer

Should we support Flash? However, it all settled down to roughly Toolbook, Authorware and IconAuthor. HTML + simple JavaScript AJAX Flash each has different characteristics and quite different implications in different kinds of environments. Bill Sawyer posted in response to my Conversation Topics post. You can find posts aggregated via eLearning Learning - 100 Conversations. I've not met Bill before, and this was a great way to start. He is definitely challenged and thinking a lot about training standards. In fact, it is probably even more systemic. eLearning? Learning?

DevLearn and the Adobe Learning Summit!

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

And that's an industry leading software company focusing a major effort on the eLearning industry and the many elearning developers that have been using their tools to improve the learning process for so many. I was a very early user of Authorware , Director , and of course, FLASH. Ya know everyone's complaining about Flash not being on the iPhone, but maybe Apple's waiting for the new Shockwave? DevLearn and the Adobe Learning Summit! This is quite possibly one of the coolest things I've seen in my eLearning career. At least it felt that way to me. Am I dreaming? Maybe.

The E-Learning Foundations Intensive: Day 1

NuggetHead

The last of the morning sessions was split into two breakouts: Harry Mellon with Dazzle Technologies talked about “Flash, Authorware, and Other Authoring and Development Tools Review” in one room and Patti Shank with Learning Peaks, LLC talked about “Articulate, Captivate, and Other Rapid Tools Review.” I’m fairly proficient in most of the rapid tools so I decided to attend Harry’s session.