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Authoring Tools- The DevLearn Experience

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I knew that its core audience would be instructional designers and e-learning developers. . I suspected that the expo would feature a large quantity of rapid content authoring tools. From products that ranged from the latest versions of RCATs to new vendors in the space, including text to speech. . Back in 2000, the knock on rapid content authoring tools were they “pre-template” driven solutions. Other vendors are falling suit.

The Latest: Rapid Content Authoring Tool Market

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The RCAT (rapid content authoring tool) market continues to be healthy with nothing to slow it down – uh, except maybe one thing (more on that later). Yeah, I know we have just jumped into January, but in a review of the past several months, authoring tools continue to follow a similar path amongst themselves with certain feature sets. I am still surprised on how vendors who are offering assessment only tools are staying in the game.

Authoring Tool Market – What I am seeing

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Have you ever opened up a fortune cookie and said to yourself, “How did it know that about me?” Because the industry as a whole is a lemming, I expect more vendors to come on board. Right now I am doing a survey on authoring tools (more on this at the end of the post) and so far 100% of all respondents state that HTML5 output is required in an authoring tool. I do believe that HTML5 output will continue to grow as an authoring tool feature.

Rapid Content Authoring Tools 2010 – Innovators, Winners and Updated Trends

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2010 E-Learning 24/7 Awards (No official icon logo handed out to winners, rather just a “WHOO-HOO&# – uh, you can make that sound to yourself.thank you). 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.

A Look Back at E-Learning in 2012

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Mobile Learning. LMSs – Finally vendors took notice. Sadly though many still are in the dark on true mobile learning – i.e. not accessing their platform via a mobile web browser. eLogic Learning. exact learning. Upside Learning. Authoring Tools.

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Latest E-Learning News and Notes

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So that a more constant date is set each week for this blog, the topic “Latest Content Authoring Tools Trends&# will be posted Tuesday morning, July 19th. Then going forward, each Tuesday a new blog posting will appear. This month’s news and notes includes details on the E-Learning 24/7 Course Authoring Tool Shootut, A new Content Authoring Tool Directory along with interesting data points, LMS Info and final tidbits.

5 E-Learning Forecasts for 2012

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They involved talent management, “hello and goodbye” with vendors, social learning, upswing in mobile learning, new feature sets in the authoring tool space, flat lining in web conferencing and standalone platforms. LMSs/LCMS/CMS/learning platforms in commercial and open space continued their presence. I have seen continued interest and downloads for open source AR tool kits. Augmented reality opens those doors.

Latest LMS Trends – The Truth is No Longer a Stranger

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The LMS/LCMS/Learning Portal market continues to be strong. In my latest directory, 393 LMS vendors – global, of which 34 or so are open source systems. In a market this size, and with so many vendors overly focused on the U.S. and not necessarily worldwide (which should be the case), there is bound to be those vendors who are seeking new opportunities. Acquiring another LMS or e-learning vendor. Extended Enterprise & E-Commerce.

E-Learning News and Notes

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Standalone Quiz/Assessment Tools. I love Questionmark, its a wonderful product and it can use a “connector” to integrate into your learning platform or system. However, times are continuing to change in regards to the overall standalone quiz/assessment tools market. Greater increase in the number of learning management systems offering quiz/assessment tools. The same can be said for survey tools. Collaborative Learning Systems.

User Friendly or Hype?

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The number one reason people leave their current system or purchase a different e-learning product? Authoring tools whose interface either looks like to was written in 1997 (thus outdated) or is so confusing, that the premise of rapid, just is not possible. Quiz assessment tools and systems, that assume everyone wants to do T/F and M/C or Short Answer and T/F only. Learning Management Systems, LCMS, Learning Portals. E-Learning 24/7.

Social Learning – What’s the Point? Time to turn the tables on the naysayers

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That is what one senior exec said to me, the other day when it came to social learning. I shot off the usual reasons, the benefits, the gains and then found myself expanding into the next possibilities of where a system and content authoring tool had to go. For vendors, they could make it happen and generate revenue. Even with slideshare, you can actually post e-books and other documents, so it follows suit in a system. ditch the blog). E-Learning 24/7.

Evolving the E-Learning Experience for the 21st Century

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What always stuns me are vendors who state they know what their learners want, but in reality have no clue, because they themselves do not see the technology and its usage among the masses. A greater number of people, worldwide are using SaaS then ever before, mobile products, tablets – especially the iPad – is growing at a feverish pace, people are using online storage, beyond just placing photos and media, and open source is continuing expansion. E-Mail.

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ET and E-Learning

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Well, if you thought that was what I was referring to, then you have the wrong blog – I think the movies section is somewhere over there — ET in this case refers to emerging technology. Emerging technology that has I believe the potential to do wonders in the e-learning space.

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E-Learning Early Indicators

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That smartphones were the answer to mobile learning. Vendors were saying, lets “wait on those&# or “our customers are not requesting them, so we are holding off&#. Social learning? If they were doing it, Facebook like page, a crummy blog that looks nothing like a real blog, a Twitter like feed, maybe RSS, text chat and YouTube functions and upload/download angle. Not just a few vendors, the industry as a whole. 2 Mobile Learning.

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E-Learning Innovative Products – They are Out There

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I especially love it when it happens in the e-learning industry. Innovators and Risk Takers – emerging technology integrated, new ideas, pushing the envelope in what is possible in e-learning/social learning/m-learning, coming up with something that has never been done before – risk takers. When they hit stride, other vendors take notice and soon, the lemming revolution begins. An e-learning marketplace. E-Learning 24/7.

5 Trends to Watch 4 n 2011

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They are similar to what you see in your standard LMS, course content, learning paths, reporting – but it is not as robust (which is fine for some end users). One vendor with 750 users, priced out at nearly 24K a year; another close to 11.5K – thus depends on users is a factor. If you are an e-learning vendor exploring the SBM do not take them lightly, a few are slowly entering my 2nd trend. Social Learning and M-Learning.

E-learning News September 2010

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911 E-Learning Webinar Series Kicks Off. EST. Social Learning – C the New, the Possible, the Evolution – to register, click Social Learning Webinar. There will never be a charge to the 911 E-Learning Webinar Series, and questions are encouraged. Unison allows e-learning developers to build, test, review and publish Flash-based courses in minutes, from any computer connected to the internet. Social Learning – Collection.

Top 10 LMSs for 2013

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Back again to bring this first in a series of rankings for the top ten learning management systems for 2013. Vendors can move up, down or out of the rankings – after all it is on-going. I’m not a lead gen for the vendors listed – rather the goal is to provide you with vendors that meet numerous criteria including UI, features, support/service, mobile, feedback from current and past clients and future game plans. Support of the iPad, thus mobile learning.

5 Trends to Watch 4 n 2011

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They are similar to what you see in your standard LMS, course content, learning paths, reporting – but it is not as robust (which is fine for some end users). One vendor with 750 users, priced out at nearly 24K a year; another close to 11.5K – thus depends on users is a factor. If you are an e-learning vendor exploring the SBM do not take them lightly, a few are slowly entering my 2nd trend. Social Learning and M-Learning.

Award for all awards

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Granted it does not include bloggers (I hand them out- more on that in a sec) or believe it or not – other vendors, but it is a nice list nevertheless. Nothing wrong with that, mind you, after all when a company or vendor wins such an award it makes for great advertising and marketing. There are a couple of ways that a firm, company, vendor or individual can win an award, depending on the organization that is selecting winners. E-Learning 24/7 Approach.

How to Buy a LMS

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LMS – Learning Management System – most commonly sought out by folks. LCMS – Learning Content Management System – going the way of the dodo bird. M-Learning- Mobile Learning. E-Learning – Online Learning. Many people confuse the term thinking it means electronic learning and thus will boost that they were doing e-learning 20 years ago or even longer. RCAT – Rapid Content Authoring Tool.

2010 LMS Products of the Year

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I include Learning Portals, LCMSs, as part of the mix. Open Source Systems – That have to be 100% free to be considered. Extended Enterprise – System must have e-comm, multi-tenet – fully skinnable, additional functionality. That said, across the board for all Big Dog systems, their social learning functionality was weak. Open Source LMS of the Year. You can also sell your Jackdraw courses in the e-comm marketplace. E-Learning 24/7.

Latest E-Learning Insight and News

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The Extended Enterprise blog post and directory will be visible this weekend. Well, a lot has been happening in the past three months, from SaaS driven to talent management to course authoring to name changes and everything in between. There is a growing list of vendors, including small/mid size that are adding talent management components that match the Big Dog systems. A couple of vendors have added HRIS modules. Open Source Systems. E-Learning 24/7.

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Lectora Online: 5 Reasons to Use the Online Tool

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We already have heard of the authoring tool Lectora Inspire. If you have text-heavy content which you want to convert into an e-learning course, there’s no better tool than Lectora Inspire. Creating successful online learning courseware is not as simple as it seems.

APIs and Mashups r ur new ABCs for E-Learning

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Unfortunately, too many vendors in the e-learning space have failed to see the power and potential of this capability, and have decided to ignore them. An API (Application Program Interface) enables an interface from a piece of software to communicate with another piece of software (in its simplest form) or multiple pieces of software (called a mashup). Open Architecture. APIs are open source code, so that developers (inc. Social Learning?

LMS & LCMS Directory

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Click to view and download the directory, which is in an Excel file - E-Learning 24/7 LMS & LCMS Directory. CMSs, learning portals geared only are not on the list. Open Source LMSs are not on the list, you can find this information here. The market continues to grow it is nearly impossible to see every vendor’s latest solution. Additionally, vendors can cease to exist quickly. There are a large number of vendors who support ERP systems, inc.

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HTML5 – Let the Games Begin!

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Every month, I will providing an emerging technology that I believe will be a game changer in the e-learning industry. This is part of my new features that I will be offering as part of this blog. I call it ELGC (E-learning game changer). Improves video and audio quality – extensively – thus your Social Learning/Social Media experience has just increased infinitely; Vivemo, Blip.tv Open Source not Proprietary like Flash.

HTML5 – Let the Games Begin!

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Every month, I will providing an emerging technology that I believe will be a game changer in the e-learning industry. This is part of my new features that I will be offering as part of this blog. I call it ELGC (E-learning game changer). Improves video and audio quality – extensively – thus your Social Learning/Social Media experience has just increased infinitely; Vivemo, Blip.tv Open Source not Proprietary like Flash.

Being Thankful: E-Learning Thoughts

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Thus, it makes only sense to present my list of “thanks” from an e-learning perspective. Vendors who added innovative features including text to speech (way to go SoftChalk), to true HTML5 support (Claro, Cm-Studio, Rapid Intake, Toolbook and sort of HTML5 output – Lectora) to image editors, SDK kits, gaming sims and Sony PSP devices. Vendors who dumped desktop apps and went into the “cloud” – thank you, thank you.

Something is Going on Down there in the LMS Market

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In the movie Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room , one of the opening shots shows the skyline of Houston from above. LMS Vendors and Tablets Update. That said, why is this happening: A significant (over 90%) of vendors are holding off this year and at least part of next year from optimizing their solution to the iPad. But with LMS vendors jumping into the mobile learning sector, at least in some cases, it may be a tad misleading. LMS/LCMS/CMS Vendors.

Social Learning and LMSs Marketplace

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As social learning continues to grow, LMS/LCMS vendors are taking various approaches. While some view themselves as “social learning&# savvy, incorporating various components, others seem to see themselves as just sitting on the sidelines. LMS/LCMS vendors are following one of three approaches when it comes to social learning. Dip their feet in it – just a bit, a little here, a little there – oh and call it a full social learning platform.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Designers Tools

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Friday, June 08, 2007 Instructional Designers Tools Theres been a good conversation going on over at Christy Tuckers Experiencing E-Learning blog about instructional design. Christy has been writing about how to get started in instructional design and what technology tools you might need. I have no formal IT training but have learned alot by doing.

ATD ICE 2016 – Post Review

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Lots of folks interested in my Find an LMS service (I find three LMSs for you) and my new e-learning strategy services (contact me if interested). . And before the review, I want to thank readers of the blog and followers of mine on social media, who stopped by and said “hi” Great honor, seriously so thanks again. I saw a lot more folks than in previous shows and more e-learning vendors too. Vendors were in the basement. The vendor?

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LMS vendors: R u hearing us?

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LMS Vendors. 30% vendors offer at least one type of social media – from my latest LMS directory. Dozens of LMS vendors, had typos on their web pages, zero screens of the system, links that went nowhere and two kicked up my Firewall warning of possible privacy collection and one had a Trojan Horse (I use a hardcore firewall and A/V). Over 90% of LMS vendors had their sites available only in English; so the potential customer could not view it in any other language.

Product Review: GeoLearning GeoMaestro

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Offers Lectora (rapid content authoring tool) as a separate option which can integrate with GeoMaestro. Social Learning standard features – Lame. Social Learning add on module – Not a lot for what you get at an additional cost. It is truly amazing on how vendors seem to think lots of stuff on the page, is the way to go and navigation is just a requirement. Why vendors still think this is not needed or used, makes no sense. Social Learning.

Something is Going on Down there in the LMS Market

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In the movie Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room , one of the opening shots shows the skyline of Houston from above. LMS Vendors and Tablets Update. That said, why is this happening: A significant (over 90%) of vendors are holding off this year and at least part of next year from optimizing their solution to the iPad. But with LMS vendors jumping into the mobile learning sector, at least in some cases, it may be a tad misleading, especially with smartphones.

Product Review: Mzinga OmniSocial

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I’m on my way to get a car that enables me to launch a robust social learning system. OmniSocial is a social learning platform, with learning management capabilities and with the ability to select individual apps in the system and only use those you select to install onto your web site or learning portal. Because it offers the capability to start out using it either as the robust social learning product and ignore the LMS part (inc. E-Learning 24/7.