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Best of the Best: Content Authoring Tools

eLearning 24-7

Again, not every tool below is SaaS based, but at some point, you have to move to the SaaS world, especially if you are offering or saying you do – some type of mobile learning functionality. I’ve seen some authoring tools that fit most of the criteria above, but whose ease of use is substandard or even really bad. There is never any pay for play here – even my vendor clients are aware that they may not win best of the best.

Rapid Content Authoring Tools: Market, Mayhem and Reality

eLearning 24-7

As the evolution of e-learning continues, the rapid content authoring tools (RCAT) market follows suit. This is a growing market with new vendors showing up, but at the same time, others disappearing. While the assumption would be that all the products are alike, or that fee based tools are superior to their free counterparts, nothing could be farther than the truth. Once you did though, you could do quite a lot with the tool. 43 Vendors do not have one.

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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. Open Source Product of the Year (i.e.

Taking cmi5 adoption further by developing a Conformance Test Suite

Rustici Software

For the last 18 years, some of the most important work we’ve done at Rustici Software has been the standards-based efforts we’ve worked on with the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative (ADL). In 2010, we were awarded a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) from ADL to modernize SCORM Communication, an effort that became known as Project Tin Can, and ultimately xAPI.

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An explanation of cmi5 in (mostly) plain English

Rustici Software

The content author creates AUs (learning activities) that use xAPI to capture advanced learner data and assembles the AUs into a course structure with instructions. The content author also provides satisfaction rules. Source: ADL cmi5 Specification.

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Ultimate eLearning terms you should know: Part 2 (M-Z)

LearnUpon

Moodle (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment): Open source learning platform mostly implemented in education settings. One of the main benefits of open source platforms like Moodle is that they’re free and can be highly customized. Companies should be wary of the value a “free” learning platform can deliver and alert to the costs quickly accrued in maintaining, updating and supporting an LMS without a vendor.

xAPI, LRS – The Interview

eLearning 24-7

Aaron, can you tell me a little bit about your background and how you became involved with ADL? Two months after my layoff, a company called CTC recruited me to work for ADL. My job was to help author SCORM 2004, focusing on how to develop content that would work in SCORM systems. I worked with ADL from 2003-2006 and participated in the Technical Working Group afterwards. This work informed the conversations with several current and former ADL friends.

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The Ultimate Glossary of eLearning Terms

LearnUpon

It’s a five-phase framework that instructional designers use; a guideline for building effective training and learning support tools. ADL (Advanced Distributed Learning). Integrating with a vendor’s API can speed up the eLearning processes by automating time-consuming manual tasks like updating, deleting, or exporting lists of users. Authoring Tool. Often paired with an LMS, this software is used to develop content for online learning and training programs.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point?

Learning Visions

I’m a recent convert, perhaps on the path to open source evangelism.) Because it’s open source, there are no licensing costs. Moodle and other open source products have huge communities behind them. Talented individuals who can program like hell and believe in the open source philosophy. There’s no vendor who creates Moodle per say. But the beauty of open source is you can customize it.

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. This particular one was special, as we were formally reviewing the Project Authorization Request (PAR) for the Experience API to become a formal standards project.

Webinar Q&A: Empowering Continuous Learning with the Experience API (xAPI)

Experience API

Answer: xAPI allows for learners to be identified by email address, Open ID or an account on some system, such as an LMS. Open Source LRS. Is there an open source LRS? Answer: There’s four different Open Source LRSs that I’m aware of: Learning Locker , ADL LRS , lxHive and TinMan. If you’re looking to get started with xAPI on a limited budget or want to do a lot of development yourself, an Open Source LRS is a good option.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Value of Instructional Designers

Learning Visions

Many instructional designers ( Christy Tucker , Wendy Wickham ) build their own courses using tools like Captivate. He says its important that instructional designers understand the tools and technology that are out there (as an architect understands building materials), but an instructional designer should be tool-independent and "technology-agnostic". Do you think instructional designers should be able to use the tools?