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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. 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. Is it PowerPoint converted to Flash? Microsoft Word converted to Flash? Once you did though, you could do quite a lot with the tool. Open Source Free Content Authoring Tools.

20 Frequently Asked Questions About E-learning Rapid Authoring Tools

CommLab India

With hundreds of e-learning development software available in today’s marketplace, choosing the right one which fully meets your training needs can be a major challenge. It is one of the most crucial decisions you must make to successfully convert your ILT material into e-learning courses. Authoring tools differ in their suitability for various factors such as learning styles, delivery platforms, file formats, e-learning standards, and the e-learning development process.

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

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Innovation abounded and the push to focus on the “PPT to Flash&# angle continued to shine. 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. Import and convert PPT to the web, add rich media. Assessment tool built in.

3 Rapid E-learning Myths Busted

CommLab India

This web-based course creation methodology helps companies convert their classroom materials into online courses quickly, in an effective manner. The cornerstone of online course development methodology is rapid authoring software such as Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, and Lectora Inspire. These tools can be used easily without any knowledge of programming. Online courses are developed just by transferring content from PPT files.

May Edition: E-Learning News and Notes

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In this month’s issue, my tribute is to the 80′s a time where the Net wasn’t around, ILT was the dominant force, CBT was up and coming and WBT was just a dream. I’m seeing a nice increase with authoring tool vendors and even learning management systems incorporating via interface/integration or the “hidden link angle” other products. One of eLearning Brothers’ products is showing up in other rapid content authoring tools.

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Don’t Just Transfer Classroom Training to E-learning – Transform!

CommLab India

When you convert these PowerPoint presentations as they are, you miss all the activities that facilitate better knowledge transfer, leading to gaps in the content. Conduct a thorough analysis to determine which of these training assets need to be converted to e-learning courses. You can also prioritize the order in which they have to be converted. You can convert them into interactive scenarios, when you move the training programs online.

Product Review: Mindflash.com

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Reports – very basic, but this is more a content authoring tool hybrid – which is becoming more prominent in the industry, so the minimal report is equally being seen. Inability to have course be non-linear when live; it stays linear (another typical ILT feature), hint: WBT’s power is non-linear. I found that there is a lag in terms of time for the “file” to be converted. I have been following Mindflash since it started as a beta.

Preference of E-Learning – Structured or not?

eLearning 24-7

People who were running training/L&D always viewed blended to be paper and ILT (pre-WBT). When WBT appeared, there was an “AHA moment” The early adopters recognized that web-based training not only could work, but could do a better job at training and learning, that the current mode of ILT and paper. There is plenty of data out there that supports the notion that WBT can equal and even surpass ILT for retention, comprehension and synthesis. Trends are funny.

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?

What if….? (E-Learning)

eLearning 24-7

I know people who have company laptops and thus cannot access this or that at home, including the installation of browser software, yet all these folks have a mobile device, in which they access sites. . Here is what will happen if people used the power of their authoring tool (sans Studio, which is really a PPT converter). And I equally agree that many authoring tool vendors do not provide tutorials on how to build a course (not just how to use their software).