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Rapid Content Authoring Tools: Market, Mayhem and Reality

eLearning 24-7

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. Microsoft Word converted to Flash? An alarming rate of “get the content up now, ASAP&# regardless of what it looks like, instructional design is typically tossed out the window, especially when the ID, CD or whomever is tasked to create is handed a stream of documents in Word or PPT or some other form.

Learning Management System – LMS

Ed App

A top-level LMS comes with a free library of reputable, thoughtful, expertly-designed courseware. The Aviation Industry Computer-Based Training Committee (AICC) standard is an eLearning protocol. Currently, the AICC format is over 30 years old. Not so when the PPT is online.

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State of the Authoring Tool Industry

eLearning 24-7

PowerPoint still reigns – If you are a course purist, the idea that PPT should be seen as an authoring tool should make you grumble with disgust. . Strange, since I could find no evidence, no information from multiple research standpoints, that Microsoft pitches it an authoring tool. Yes, you can use it for many different things, and yes, Microsoft has an add-on that turns PPT into something similar to Adobe Presenter.

LMS Review: Litmos

Talented Learning

Anyone can sign-up for a 14-day Litmos free trial — no credit card required. For example, you can import digital files such as SCORM, xAPI (they still call it by the old “Tin Can” name), videos, Microsoft Word, PDFs and Adobe documents. Many features are not available in the free trial — including custom fields, video assessments and ability to set recommended courses. If buyers need these items, they will want to test them during the free trial.

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