Expectations From eLearning Authoring Tools

Upside Learning

Should be able to import external Flash SWF as well as audio and video in variety of popular formats. web, LMS, CD-ROM). I came across this mind map by Cammy Bean which covers nearly all the tools available for creating/authoring eLearning content. She tries to find answers to three simple questions regarding each tools mentioned in the mind map –. When do I use it? What do I like about it? What do I not like about it? For many tools, the answers are as expected.

eLearning Glossary: Definitions for the Most Commonly Used Terms

Association eLearning

For many, their first experience with eLearning was educational computer games delivered via CD Rom. Some examples of learning objects include Microsoft® Word or PowerPoint files, PDF files, video, and audio. If you’re new to eLearning or online training, it can seem like you’re wading through alphabet soup with all the various anagrams and terminology used in this industry. SCORM, LMS, AMS, LCMS, API, JITT, what does it all mean?!


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eLearning Defined

Tony Karrer

Typically used to describe media such as CD-ROM, Internet, Intranet, wireless and mobile learning. It includes the delivery of content via Internet, intranet/extranet (LAN/WAN), audio- and videotape, satellite broadcast, interactive TV, CD-ROM, and more.

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10 Great Moments in eLearning History

SHIFT eLearning

The Multimedia PC (MPC) came with a CD-ROM drive, meaning that the device can display video synced with audio. Alongside CD-ROMs came Microsoft Powerpoint, a modern presentation software quickly embraced by lecturers, executives, teachers and students. Using a multimedia computer, they were able to utilize video, audio, graphics and animation programs so that they can better interact with the computer''s interface. eLearning didn''t happen overnight.

What's Better: eLearning or Classroom?

The Performance Improvement Blog

Putting a course on the Web or on a CD-ROM does not ensure performance improvement.( Audio and video have continued to improve. We need to examine the proliferation of Web-based education before it gets out of hand (It may be too late.). Online college courses are being promoted as the panacea for producing more college graduates and strengthening the workforce.

Gramophone to IPod: What Has the Journey Got to do with E-learning Development

CommLab India

The world of audio players has come a long way in the last 70 years, from the days of the Gramophone to today’s iPods. As an e-learning professional, I believe the evolution of audio players has a lot in common with the evolution of online learning. The history of audio players as well as e-learning development can be divided into 4 phases. These audio players had little flexibility in terms of mobility, and as a result, listeners of audio were “tied up” to the gramophone.

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PowerPoint Add-ins – Develop E-learning Courses Rapidly

CommLab India

Its features include: Audio narration. The audio recording feature is so amazing that you can record audio and simultaneously synchronize it with onscreen text. Courses can be published to formats such as Flash, HTML, PDF, or CD-ROM. You can also record videos using a webcam to embed them into the presentations, and create your own audio narrations.

The Various Modes of E-learning for Corporate Training

CommLab India

The compatibility of web browsers with videos, audios, animation, and other media elements, make it a user-friendly medium to deliver the training. CD-ROM based learning. Today, eLearning has come a long way from CD-ROM to mobile-based learning. Is there a way to train global employees with minimal costs? Yes, through eLearning. It imparts knowledge to global audiences in one go through devices such as desktops, laptops, and mobiles.

Best Practices for Instructional Design in eLearning


Make sure your tool is well aligned to the output you want (LMS, CD-ROM, Mobile, Podcast etc). A storyboard should contain slide information, graphics, audio and video instructions, On-screen text, navigation instructions and interactivity instructions. As technology progresses, assuring the quality of educational experience continues to increase in significance. This, in turn, has led to a surge in the number of Instructional Designers(IDs).

Benefits of a Digital Library for Associations and Non-Profit Organizations


Depending on the kind of library to be accessed, a user can have videos and audio files, soft-copies of documents, images, e-magazines, and more as the constituents of a digital library. Storage Devices: CD-ROMs, optical storage devices, etc. Audio-visual aids, etc.

iBooks Author: Any relevance for learning in the workplace?

Clive on Learning

As Managing Director of Publishing for Epic, back in the 1990s, I was involved in quite a few CD-ROM projects that mirrored quite closely was is envisioned for the iPad. Last time I looked, HTML was quite capable of displaying pages of text, combined with pictures, video, animations, audio and games. The difference is that iBooks Author creates a tightly formatted, packaged product that can be sold, just like a CD-ROM or a paperback.

A Tale of Two Cases: Mobile Solutions with Phillip Neal #ASTDTK14

Learning Visions

It’s like in the olden days of elearning when we all moved from CD ROMS to the Internet. Create a glossary with audio tied to it (so sales rep would know how to pronounce things and not make that mistake in front of the customer). These are my live blogged notes from a session on the final day of ASTD Tech Knowledge with Phillip Neal, VP of Business Need at Maestro.

Usability and e-Learning – The Critical Connection

Learning Cafe

It can include the delivery of content via Internet, intranet/extranet (LAN/WAN), audio- and videotape, satellite broadcast, interactive TV, CD-ROM, and more. An interface is the medium via which the human (user) interacts with the product or application. The design of an interface whether it is a hand-held device, a cockpit, a console or a website, impacts human performance.

Instructional Design for Mobile Learning #id4mlearning

Learning Visions

raise your hand while interacting with a CD ROM). mobile focused vendors like Float) Four Conventional Learning Applications for Mobile Devices Instructional support uses (elearning on a small screen – lectures, video, audio clips, notes) Personal Organizers Learning Management Systems on a mobile Assessments New Learning Application Categories 1. These are my live blogged notes from a webinar today with Float Learning: Instructional Design for Mobile #id4mlearning.

Elearning. L&D's hard to kick habit?

Learning Rocks

It's quite normal to see all sorts of audio controls on the chrome of the player, despite the fact that Windows has separate volume controls, as do most computers (on dedicated buttons), speakers and many headphones. Audio controls seem to be an artifact of trying to create standalone "learning apps" that remind me of the sorts of CBTs put out on CD-ROM in the earliest days of my working life on versions of Windows that weren't as slick as we're accustomed to now.

Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Fun with Learning

Kapp Notes

I've been a fan of Jellyvision's You Don't Know Jack for a while, my first CD of the game had the following system requirements: 486SX/33 or better microprocessor Windows 3.1x Start with the audio script.

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Corporate Training Choices Explained

Your Training Edge

The student takes the delivered CD-ROM disks and can participate in the training in geographically dispersed staff. These courses are a combination of audio, video and other multi-media presentation. There are many types of corporate training. People often ask what type of training is best. While on the surface, it may seem that there is a reasonable response, the program is more problematic. Each type of training has inherent strengths and weaknesses.

Terms e-Learning Designers Should Know


e-Learning: e-Learning is a broad term used to describe learning that occurs through the use of electronic means, which can include web-conferencing, CD-ROM, and web-based training. Some of these guidelines include recommendations and guidelines for using digital audio and video, icon standards and user interface, and delivery stations and devices. There are concepts and terms that are part of the every day life of the professionals within an industry.

Open Source Authoring Tools for e-Learning


xical.org With Xical you can produce web-based slide shows, tutorials, tests and whatever else you can think of that can make use of integrated rich media, such as audio (speech and music), video, animations or interactive visual diagrams and the likes. Multimedia Learning Object Authoring Tool Multimedia Learning Object Authoring Tool enables content experts to easily combine video, audio, images and texts into one synchronized learning object.

What is eLearning?


Some of these factors include: The Internet – Prior to the rise of the internet, many relied on printed manuals, CD-ROMS and other restrictive methods for learning and training. Development of Multimedia – As eLearning progressed, the ability to integrate elements such as images, videos, audio and graphics proved to be a more reliable way of keeping learners engaged compared to traditional learning.

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.

Mobile Learning Moves the Evolution of Authoring Tools

Association eLearning

This simple tool also allowed them to automatically create SCORM and 508-compliant modules that could be delivered on CD-ROM, web or iPod (yes, iPod – the audio automatically extracted into a download into iTunes). With the growth of tablet devices, authoring tools are having to re-invent themselves, yet again.

Compressing Media in Your E-Learning Authoring Tools

E-learning Uncovered

You can use one of the pre-set options or customize the quality settings for both images and audio. 24 kbps is the default for for audio under this setting. The Optimized for CD-ROM Delivery option uses minimal compression for audio (128 kpbs) and images. When you check the Custom (Advanced) option, you can then set your own image and audio quality settings. From here, you can independently control the compression for audio, video, and image files.

Preference of E-Learning – Structured or not?

eLearning 24-7

The previous term that was widely used was CBT, Computer-Based-Training, which was taking a course on your computer via a CD-Rom, and later by some with a DVD-ROM. But it offers varations to the usual mode, that many of us experienced during our school days, sit in a room, put on a headset, listen to the speaker (audio only) and repeat. Trends are funny.

A Look Back at E-Learning in 2012

eLearning 24-7

CertPoint VLS Portals – but only to a laptop or CD Rom – so not a mobile device. Audio editing – still no match to Audacity, a free program. I love the end of the year. It enables you to look back and see the triumphs, the disappointments, the good and the bad. Many people look back and are amazed. Others look back and say “What if I did that” or “What if…” It is always a half full/half empty experience.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Emerging Technologies in e-Learning

Learning Visions

1980s CD ROMS. Browserless web" -- ala Google Earth -- full networked application -- like CD ROMs days -- direct application. Audio/Video Pulseplanet 2 minutes sound portraits of the planet earth. The CD ROM based training company I worked at did not successfully make the leap to the Internet. Cammy at Learning Solutions #ls2010 Audio Interview with Will Thalheimer on Common Des.

Ultimate eLearning terms you should know: Part 1 (A-L)


AICC (Aviation Industry Computer-Based-Training Committee): The first official eLearning content standard, AICC was developed by the Aviation Industry CBT Committee in 1993 as a CD-ROM based standard. Compliance learning content usually includes online text, audio and videos elements, with a corresponding risk assessment. HTML5 enables video and audio content to render directly in the browser.


Clive on Learning

Where online tools have the edge is when you're working collaboratively as a team - writers, graphic designers, subject-experts, a/v specialists, reviewers and so on - and when you are likely to be producing a large number of modules that share assets such as text, images, audio and Flash movies. There's only ever one current version and this can be exported at any time for deployment on an LMS or on CD-ROM.

Producing Podcasts: Some Considerations for Content Creators

The E-Learning Curve

Anthony Bates, author of Technology, e-learning and distance education (2005) states that audio (via radio broadcast) has been used in education for over seventy years. The introduction of CD-ROMs in the late 1980's mitigated most of these issues, and in a sense were the hardware breakthrough that presaged the beginnings of e-learning as we know it today. It was the emergence of the internet that genuinely facilitated audio and visual media-based learning.

$1 million e-learning no more…


We were creating CD-ROM based training for service technicians. In addition, maybe you add some audio narration to cover the highlight of each section or some video where needed. Home About Podcasts Videos Xyleme Inc. Home > Instructional Design , Single Source > $1 Million e-Learning no more… $1 Million e-Learning no more… April 15th, 2009 Goto comments Leave a comment I’ve been in the training and development business for nearly 20 years now.

Review of Snap by Lectora and how it stacks up against Articulate

Unicorn Training

With Snap you can write and design an eLearning course within PowerPoint then use Snap to convert it into a Flash based course, ready for deployment on the web, LMS or CD-Rom.Snap actually works as an add-on to PowerPoint and offers very similar functionality to Articulate Studio Pro, but at a fraction of the price. What is itSnap by Lectora is a new rapid eLearning development tool created by Trivantis (creators of Lectora).With

Ten years on

Clive on Learning

These used to be the exclusive province of specialist designers who produced CD-ROMs and the such like, using expensive software like Director. Rich media disappeared when we moved from CD-ROM to dial-up connections, but has since made a come back with broadband. Given the ease with which audio and video can now be produced and deployed, it's hard not to be optimistic about the potential.

30 years of personal computing

Clive on Learning

Big fuss about multimedia, as CD-ROM becomes mainstream. Increasing popularity of MP3 audio. The latest edition of Personal Computer World (PCW) magazine includes an interesting review of the key events and changes that have occurred in the thirty years since its first publication.

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Top 10 eLearning Predictions for 2010

Tony Karrer

And capture is moving towards video and audio. It was the time when we delivered multimedia training on CD-ROMs (sometimes called CBTs)? That you couldn’t really do audio or video or much of anything else over the web? Before I start with any of my actual predictions, let me throw in an overall prediction that the year is going to start off slow for most people, but by the end of the year, we will all be thinking: “Wow, 2010 was a crazy year!”

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: New Rapid e-Learning Tool from Epic

Learning Visions

Epic launches new tool for accessible rapid e-learning Product features to include: A wizard that guides users through course creation An in-built art direction library, allowing users to choose from a range of predefined look-and-feel templates The ability to insert media of the users choice (graphics, video and audio) Automatic one-click SCORM packaging Its not clear to me from the press release what type of authoring environment is used (is it Microsoft Word?)

The Ultimate Glossary of eLearning Terms


The first official eLearning content standard, AICC was developed by the Aviation Industry CBT Committee in 1993 as a CD-ROM based standard. HTML5 enables video and audio content to render directly in a browser. Digital audio files used by millions of listeners to learn about a huge range of subjects. From Agile to xAPI and everything in between, there are a lot of eLearning terms to get your head around.

What goes round: video and learning

Clive on Learning

plus two channels of audio, all full-screen and full-frame rate, and all with near-instant access. But by the late 1980s, CD-ROM had taken the place of videodisc, media went digital, and they took our video away. The CD was designed as a music carrier and had neither the bandwidth nor the capacity for decent video. If you thought early CD-ROMs were bandwidth-constrained, the Internet established new records.

Q&A With a Learning Experience Design Pro: Our Newest Rockstar, Marty Rosenheck

eLearning Brothers

I got a little bored with it because back then it mostly used CD-ROMs and things like that. Zach Batty: It sounds like that evidence, that the phone clip or the audio or whatever with compliance, that’s a huge part of that. We recently sat down with Marty Rosenheck, Ph.D., a thought leader and sought-after consultant, speaker, and writer on the application of cognitive science research to learning and performance.

e-Learning: In Search of a Better Definition

Big Dog, Little Dog

It includes the delivery of content via Internet, intranet/extranet (LAN/WAN), audio- and videotape, satellite broadcast, interactive TV, and CD-ROM. One of the first definitions for e-learning is ASTD's , who define it as covering a wide set of applications and processes, such as Web-based learning, computer-based learning, virtual classrooms, and digital collaboration.

5 Innovative Ways to Train Your Employees Effectively

The Training by Nelle Blog | Corporate Training and Consulting

Employee training has evolved immensely since its early days of paper manuals and CD-ROMs. Interactive Documents Instead of creating simple text-only documents, interactive documents incorporate media-rich elements such as video, audio, and gifs to liven up the content.