A Look Back at E-Learning in 2012

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LMSs – Finally vendors took notice. Authoring Tools – With only a small sample of vendors that are SaaS based, pickings are slim. The number of vendors who went mobile with tablets at the start of the year was extremely small compared to where it stands at the end of 2012.

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Authoring Tool Market – What I am seeing

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Because the industry as a whole is a lemming, I expect more vendors to come on board. In just the past month, I have seen quite a few vendors add this capability in their product – and for the most part they are all RCAT products. Audacity which is free – destroys it. Well some vendors have more than 15 come with their product. Anyway, I expect this number i.e. number of vendors to offer more than 10 interactive templates to rise.

When your LMS BFF is no longer

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The big elephant in the room that we hear so many times and vendors love to pitch (to get you to their system), but rarely the vendors themselves will admit to – many have only themselves to blame. Sometimes, it is the client’s fault and sometimes it is the vendor’s fault. I know, I know it is never your fault (client) – its those nasty LMS vendors, but as with the failure to recognize, often more than not it is duality, at least at some level.

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E-Learning Screen recording and video solutions – Should b simple, so why isn’t it?

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The ability to record audio in real time or post time makes a lot of sense and eliminates the need for using Audacity (albeit it is a wonderful and free product). There are more vendors who do not offer the ability to post – i.e. add audio afterwards it is quite amazing. Again, simple and yet again arguably with many vendors difficult to do. Another issue I have with many vendors who offer effects – again, I like that – is that they fail to mention.

Articulate, Captivate and Lectora – Do they deserve your praise?

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Their video encode program is lackluster, you are better off using Audacity – which is free. Screen capture – more and more vendors are adding it. From my angle they are falling into the same trap that so many other vendors in this space are already in – having features that just are the same ol same with lots of others in the space. Two weeks ago I got the wonderful opportunity to speak in OZ, specifically Melbourne, Australia.

Product Review: Articulate Storyline

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If you prefer to have multiple layers of recordings for one record, I strongly recommend using Audacity (which is free), then save and export the recording to Storyline. As a result, I recorded in Audacity and then used various plugins to enhance it, including the changing of tempo and pitch. For my instructional designers and e-learning developers, they loved creating courses. However, I found for the masses, including myself, it was a tedious but necessary part of the job.

Learning Tools – Do these really belong?

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And if we are going to talk about social media, why aren’t there any vendors from countries such as China? Audacity – It is a free, open-source audio tool.

What’s in Your Technology-Enabled Learning Toolbox?

Your Training Edge

Audacity. Simulations — usually custom designed by an outside vendor.

How to Use an E-learning Company to Develop Training Assets

CommLab India

Tools Used: Sound Forge, Audacity are examples of tools that can be used for Podcasts, but there are several other options that can be explored online. You have recently got a brand-new Learning Management System (LMS) installed in your organization.

Time for Change: MOOCs and Learning Technology

CLO Magazine

It’s inevitable that vendors that develop free, fee or accredited programs will look for opportunities there. Already, EdX, Coursera and Audacity have corporate development teams and are looking at content relationships with large companies. Once we get comfortable with Udacity, Khan Academy and YouTube, it’s natural that we, and the vendors that serve us, will copy those innovative ideas. Massive open online courses are transforming learning technology.

Building an Internal Simulation Capacity

The Learning Circuits

Build versus buy is a critical long term issue, although most organizations will want to leverage vendor experience initially.

Award Nominee Reveals His eLearning Authoring Toolkit [Guest Post]

eLearning Weekly

Several years ago we engaged a vendor to create three eLearning modules for a new product launch. When I went back to the product marketing team with the request for budget to re-engage the vendor, they were less than enthusiastic. If your company uses an LMS for learning content, ask the vendor if they have authoring software as well. I’ve also used Audacity , a free audio creation and editing tool, as well as various video encoding and editing tools.

What Tools Should We Learn?


Whether you ever record your own voice scripts or get into the mechanics of video production, it serves best knowing the tools your ‘vendors’ are using.