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2014 Authoring Tools – State of Affairs

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So far in 2014, the authoring tool space hasn’t really come out with anyone earth shattering, that would make you stand up and scream “Brussels Sprouts are the new “spinach” Avatars and background templates continue to “in” - A few vendors are now adding “real life” scenario backgrounds- but “real life” is open to interpretation. Built-in audio narration tools including some editing.

Top 9 e-Learning Predictions for 2014

Learnnovators

The year saw many interesting developments directly impacting e-learning in areas like: Courseware Authoring Tools. We believe that 2014 will see more powerful changes, owing to the maturing and convergence of some of these technologies. e-Learning Forecasts for 2014.

State of the Authoring Tool Industry 2015

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Yes there are vendors doing some new stuff, okay many, but a few items are not new, rather they have been around for a long time. SaaS boost – Finally more vendors are on the appropriate path for their consumers; but the big folks are not – why? SaaS vendors rule!

Is Wearable Tech a 2014 eLearning Trend to Watch?

Bottom-Line Performance

Consumers will continue to adopt wearable tech in 2014… there’s no doubt about it. Many of the “2014 eLearning trends” being touted as new by various websites are really just recycled from 2013, 2012, or earlier.

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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). 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.

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

Association eLearning

In other words, it allows learners to take courses and attend online events, instructors to track learners’ progress and scores, administrators to check reports, and more. It gives your association one software package that delivers, assesses, and reports on online training programs.

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Top 15 Learning Management Systems mid-year 2014

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They fail to let people know that building something isn’t free, even if the software to do so is equally free. And now, I present my top 15 systems for 2014 as of mid-year (final 2014 rankings will be in December). 15 Administrate – Part CRM, part financial tools, and a unique approach that works for a LMS. If you are seeking a system that is a mash-up of useful business tools with a strong LMS, than this is a system to examine. Authoring tool?

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Video and LMSs – Why changes will need to be made in 2014

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With 2014 already in play, it is time for many LMS vendors to awaken by the trumpets playing the background – you might think it is Muzak, but no it’s trumpets. In 2014, I believe it will be the year of video for consumers in e-learning, specifically with content and as a one off on that – in the LMS. Ability to play video courses within a LMS – not as a component within the authoring tool – rather as a pure standalone.

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What is an Authoring Tool?

Inquisiq

An eLearning authoring tool is a software package with which you can develop, create and package eLearning content so it is deliverable to end users. Many programs can be considered authoring tools, including Flash and PowerPoint. Some vendors offer PowerPoint plug-ins to add in extra features that you may feel are missing from your standalone PowerPoint program. These were able to create, deliver, track, and manage the training (the LMS).

Standard Options Apply

MakingBetter

This post is for vendors, developers and implementers of the Experience API and for anyone who may one day create something with xAPI. I’m going to ask you as vendors, entrepreneurs, developers, designers from all around the world to provide me with your counsel as I ultimately must direct the effort. In August, 2014 I participated in one of the IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee (LTSC) monthly meetings. They may be justifiably squeamish about tracking.

Latest Eight #LMS #Trends

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Another one on the rise for LMS vendors and honestly, e-learning vendors as a whole. Anyway, this trend is gaining some steam and it is clear that vendors as a whole have finally realized three important items. As a result, vendors who were anti- on/off synch are now working on it to become a reality. I’d love to see some HTML5 apps, but having vendors at least realize the importance of on/off synch and a self-contained app is a big win in my book.

#ASTDTK14 Review

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ASTDTK14 zoomed into Vegas last week with about 60 vendors (est.) On the expo side, and I know ASTD Events are going to disagree with me (err, they already have via Linkedin), I wasn’t overly impressed on the number of vendors’ booths. Authoring tools vendors – pickings were slim, Adobe was present, so was Allen Interactions (Zebra Zapps), but no Articulate? Conferencing vendors – Were there any? The vendor told me that in Feb.

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Product Review – Articulate Storyline 2

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Publish includes reporting and tracking details that you can tweak. Personally, I like this because everyone who uses software, often jumps right in and starts going, rather than take the time to read how to do things (inc. Some AT vendors have removed it as well.

Review of #ASTD2014 International Conference and Expo

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Although after talking to several vendors, irritation seemed to be a part of their response to me. Estimate 55% e-learning related content, including e-learning vendors and ILT vendors who added a “virtual training” component as part of their offerings. To me, many more LMS vendors than in the past, especially some newbies I’ve never seen attend the show. Expo vendor pick up in terms of leads and traffic. The same for vendors as well.

Step right up to the LMS Sideshow

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Act 2 – Select only a vendor who is well known (name recognized). What it does mean, is that the vendor is strong in marketing and getting their name out to the general public. You know that car you have in your driveway, the microwave oven you have in your kitchen, the golf club or basketball that you own, the authoring tool you are using, the cookies you are eating? If your LMS vendor does not offer it and you want it, go API. Hello, hello, hello!

eLearning tips from Tom Kuhlmann

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I had the pleasure of interviewing eLearning guru Tom Kuhlmann, VP of Community at Articulate and the author of the Rapid eLearning Blog , the most popular blog in the eLearning industry with over 100k subscribers. Tools like Storyline have democratized elearning.

eLearning 101: How to Make an eLearning Course (Updated!)

OpenSesame

What’s an authoring tool? The sharable content object reference model (SCORM) is a software standard that governs how course files communicate or report information to learning management systems. eLearning Authoring Tools. Teaching from software tools?

Latest E-Learning News and Notes

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Ecosystems for authoring tools – I’m not talking about it in the same scope of the LMS space (which I foresaw and which is occurring), rather think of it as a one stop shop for all your needs – I see this coming more by 2016, but there are already vendors doing it. Tin Can is not going to be a mature level in 2015 and some vendors have even decided to do their own thing (similar to Tin Can) and go from there. Well, in 2014, I didn’t see it.

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Solution Series: Learning Content Management Systems – What exactly is an LCMS?

InsiderHub

Schneider says that although there’s a common misconception that this type of software is only for enterprise or large business, an LCMS can be incredibly useful for companies who have, say 3 or 5 authors of content as well.

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DevLearn 2013 Summary

Geenio

Let’s start from a well-known vendor – Articulate, which continues to develop tools for tests. Articulate has recently made an attempt to introduce elements of content-authoring tools into their assessment editor. This year Adobe places emphasis on video tools.

Five LMS Lists

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Enables you to upload not only your own courses, but also courses via a 3rd party authoring tool and/or purchased via a 3rd party provider. . Also contains some type of mobile, an assessment tool or survey tool and social (or at least it is on its roadmap). The 2nd type is the same as the above, but the key here – is their solution is built around their authoring tool. So you have to use their authoring tool to create courses.

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Four Features UR LMS Must HAVE

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I mean someone had to come up first with “gamification” for a LMS, a first “output to HTML5″ for an authoring tool, a first for “high retention rates” (which on a side note, is worthless – I mean come on, how is it possible that every LMS vendor’s retention rates are in the upper 90 percentile?). Ability to bookmark and track video in a pure video course. A vendor created this capability back in 2002.

E-Learning Strategy – The Right Way to Success

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If yes, you will need an authoring tool. On a side note, some vendors call it “virtual classrooms” Do you want to track your learners? It is easy to say, “We project the cost of our entire e-learning solution to be $35,000 USD) and from that, we anticipate the cost for an e-learning tool to be XYZ and the rest to be for our learning platform and/or blah blah blah. If the vendor uses Flash, they might not support older versions.

What’s the difference between an LMS and an LCMS

Cinch

An LCMS is a tool for your admins to create content in a centralized repository. An organization that needs to keep track of user progress and completions should use an LMS as well. What if my LMS enables me to create content as well as manage and keep track of users?

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M-Learning Message Home

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Mobile to Me is not necessarily M-Learning to you (from the vendors’ perspective). Mobile is still on the rise, with more vendors (LMS, authoring tools, assessment, e-learning tools, etc.) If I wasn’t fully aware of the whole “mobile spin”, I’d naturally think that what is being said is that the vendor has some type of app (native/HTML5) which is available and when used it goes to their solution. 2014).

The Future of E-Learning – Forecasts

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Well, for one thing it identifies one of the items I see as gaining hot momentum in 2014 and continuing to hit the heat cycle in 2015 – Learning Chunks/Bytes. Let’s hit the zoom in button and see some of my forecasts for 2014. On/Off synch for mobile – A must in 2014.

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Podcast 13: High-Stakes Compliance Training Trends – With Bill Mastin of NetDimensions

Talented Learning

Are technology vendors responding with better compliance training solutions? LTG started in 2014 by merging two U.K. One of our customers is an East Coast state port authority that runs three airports. Every software company in the world has been affected by that regulation.

Readers Q&A on E-Learning

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Topics covered in this quarter’s Q&A: Assessment Tools in 2020. LMS Vendors to watch. Q: I attended your session on the Future of E-Learning 2020 and was curious on your perspective of where assessment tools will be in 2020. A: I’m split on the fence with standalone assessment tools (example: Questionmark). Most of them (not all), offer multiple capabilities beyond an assessment tool in say an authoring tool or a LMS.

Analysis of ASTD International Conference and Expo 2013

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to the expo vendors who forgot to bring any type of product example to the show – this event will go down in history! An additional fee of $700 per day for vendors who wanted to use Wi-Fi, which some vendors found to be spotty at best. One vendor I know declined the Wi-Fi and instead used their 3G smartphone tied back to their laptop. I suspect it will go up more in 2014. Training Reinforcement Tools – Big! You can track courses? EXTRA!

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September E-Learning Trends

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And you must have it by mid 2014. No surprise that some vendors are also waiting to see what happens. M-Learning with a native app – slowly trucking along, but I am hearing quite a few vendors who are either in development or getting going in 2014. Screen capturing/recording with various audio/video tracks. One vendor is focused only on SaaS products including social media.

LMS Technology Trends: Why Focus Is The Next Big Thing

Talented Learning

As I get deeper and deeper into the industry, I’m more convinced than ever that “focus” is the key LMS technology trend of today’s winning vendors. Unfortunately, it is too easy for LMS vendors and buyers to get lost in the “me too” feature race and fail to see the forest for the trees.

Joe Ganci – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

Joe is also a frequent teacher and presenter at industry conferences and at client sites, especially on the subject of eLearning development tools. His tool reviews appear each month and he is the recipient of several awards for his work in eLearning, including a Lifetime Achievement Award way back in 1999. For decades, you have been helping learning designers with your design approaches and your expert advice on the use of development tools. How often is the tool updated?

Current state of Gamification in the LMS Market

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on “Gamification” This information was from end of 2014. On the LMS side, at the end of 2014, 590. 40 vendors had at least three gamification features (8 of them had at least four features). Standard Gamification Features (The basics in today’s gamification space, even back in 2014). Several vendors offered the ability for admin (clients) to upload their own badge. You do not need a built-in authoring tool to do this.

Top 10 LMS Forecasts for 2015

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For this year’s forecasts, I reviewed and analyzed the data – not only for 2014, but 2013 too. Rather than go into a whole diatribe about CMI-5, I recommend you read this info on CMI-5 (put together in part from vendor RISC). I as many folks constantly referred to xAPI as Tin Can, but recently say in the past month, I found out that Tin Can was a trademarked name by Rustici Software. I expect an increase in the number of LMS vendors to have responsive.

Best of Elearning! 2015 Finalists Revealed

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This year, 100 individual products and solutions are being named as finalists — up from 89 in 2014. All vendor ballots were voided. Leadership Development Track. E-learning Dev Tool. Video Publishing Tool. Mobile Authoring. . Presentation Tools. Authoring Tool. Authoring Tool. Executives Nominate 100 Solutions Across Expanded 30 Categories for Excellence. Elearning! and Government Elearning!