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2014 Authoring Tools – State of Affairs

eLearning 24-7

So far in 2014, the authoring tool space hasn’t really come out with anyone earth shattering, that would make you stand up and scream “Brussels Sprouts are the new “spinach” Avatars and background templates continue to “in” - A few vendors are now adding “real life” scenario backgrounds- but “real life” is open to interpretation. Built-in audio narration tools including some editing.

Courseware LMSs – Good or bad for the industry?

eLearning 24-7

Maybe you scored it via Wiley, but in many possibilities you purchased the content thru your LMS vendor. It’s much easier than say going directly to the content provider, buying it from them and then having them talk to your LMS vendor to put it in for you (which, honestly you should do, because it will save you money). What if instead of focusing primarly on the LMS, you went courses first from a vendor and in return got the LMS for free.

Flash Quiz Tools

Tony Karrer

Update June 2008 - added one free flash quiz tool based on a question I received. This tool is listed at the bottom. They didn't really need tracking of user responses, instead they wanted them to be fun. I suggested a couple of tools, but then wondered if I had given them the best list of tools. Here's guild member satisfaction ratings for tools in the test / quiz category. Note - the empty column now contains links to more information on the tools.

Choosing the Right Outsourcing Partner for Your Rapid Courseware Development

CommLab India

To make the conversion, you can choose from any one of the latest authoring tools like Articulate Storyline, Storyline 360, Lectora 17, Lectora Online, iSpring, or Claro. Should have proven track record in developing learning solutions for improving performance.

What is an Authoring Tool?

Inquisiq

An eLearning authoring tool is a software package with which you can develop, create and package eLearning content so it is deliverable to end users. Many programs can be considered authoring tools, including Flash and PowerPoint. Some vendors offer PowerPoint plug-ins to add in extra features that you may feel are missing from your standalone PowerPoint program. These were able to create, deliver, track, and manage the training (the LMS).

Deriving the Best out of E-learning Outsourcing: Creating Impactful Courseware

G-Cube

Looking into our rich and varied experience, we bring forth some ways that the e-learning vendor can ensure content quality – considering large volumes and strict timelines. For any e-learning vendor, interaction with SMEs is often the first and most crucial step. Client expectations out of the e-learning solution should reflect clearly in the tasks and responsibilities to be undertaken by the vendor.

Lectora Online: 5 Reasons to Use the Online Tool

CommLab India

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.

Latest Negative E-Learning Trends

eLearning 24-7

and why LMSs were created (to track what learners knew and did not know, and be able to fix that or improve upon that), then they can enter the space with no knowledge or experience. Authoring Tools going everywhere but nowhere. See PowerPoint as an authoring tool.

Top 9 e-Learning Predictions for 2014

Learnnovators

The year saw many interesting developments directly impacting e-learning in areas like: Courseware Authoring Tools. More LMSs and learning platforms enabling options for managing and tracking informal learning. Rapid e-Learning Development Tools.

Podcast 13: High-Stakes Compliance Training Trends – With Bill Mastin of NetDimensions

Talented Learning

Are technology vendors responding with better compliance training solutions? One of our customers is an East Coast state port authority that runs three airports. Every software company in the world has been affected by that regulation.

Tom Kuhlmann – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

Learnnovators: What do you think is the future of rapid e-learning authoring tools? A few years ago it made sense because most of the options required programming skills; thus having tools that took this away made development “rapid.” However, many of the tools, like Storyline, have become more sophisticated and replaced traditional programming. And these tools are more prevalent. The tools are getting easier to use and provide more options.

LMS Potluck

eLearning 24-7

The same solution which includes mobile apps (in Android too), rich feature set and outstanding track record of moving forward. As micro-learning gains more attention and more people are starting to utilize the methods in creating such courses, vendors who are aware of this new opportunity are making sure that people know that their system supports micro-learning. Tagged: LMS , lms vendors. LMS LMS Research LMS vendor Uncategorized lms vendors

Making The Jump Into eLearning

ICS Learning

First, there is the content which consists of your lessons, courseware, quizzes etc. The system will perform all of the management, tracking, reporting, and administrative functionality. The system that provides this infrastructure is generically called a Learning Management System (LMS) and is a software program or web application that you will either develop or purchase. So, we have these two pieces – the instructional content (or “courseware”) and the LMS.

Corporate LMS Forecasts 2018

eLearning 24-7

Knowledge reinforcement tools. I’m not a lot of on/off synch app here as part of the tool, which is a shame. And if you have an LMS, better add the tool. . Skill pre-assessments are gaining traction, with the preference being the assessment tool in the LMS, and not in an authoring tool per se. What some folks will do, vendor wise, is tie-in the skills driven angle with their system itself or within the KRT. Built-in authoring tools.

The Ultimate Glossary of eLearning Terms

LearnUpon

It’s a five-phase framework that instructional designers use; a guideline for building effective training and learning support tools. Authoring Tool. Often paired with an LMS, this software is used to develop content for online learning and training programs.

SCORM – Set of Standards that make Courses and LMS Compatible

Paradiso

SCORM and Authoring Tools. There are a number of authoring tools available in the market for the creation of SCORM compliant courses. These tools are both free and paid. In addition, we have the Paradiso Composer as our in-house SCORM conformant authoring tool.

ATD17 Post Review: Rants & Raves Edition

eLearning 24-7

Trends at the show – vendor wise, some real surprises, some not. . As I hit the floor, I saw only a couple of vendors. . Seriously, the video is super hot with folks adding it as standalone (as a course), seeking video editing/tracks and doing a lot of stuff with video.

Flash is Dead: Long Live HTML5 for eLearning

LearnUpon

With mounting frustrations from end-users, hardware manufacturers, and software providers, it was ultimately web-browsers that stepped up to the plate. The good news is that HTML5 technology provides many tools urgently needed to fill the gap left by the decline of Flash.

The ongoing work of learning standards

Litmos

Consider the internet; developments on top of the TCP/IP protocol like SMTP and HTML allowed a variety of tools to work together to bring us email and the world wide web. Initially, when you developed eLearning, you were pretty much dependent on the tool you developed it in.

Psst…! 15 inside tips for sales reps

E-Learning Provocateur

They flog rapid authoring tools, simulation software, learning management systems, mobile platforms, content libraries, courseware development, project management… the list goes on. I kid you not, there is this one vendor who calls me every quarter without fail.

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Learning Management: What does a Training Company need an LMS for?

Upside Learning

Training companies now need to enable themselves with the tools and technologies needed to go online with their training material and find the right systems and backend partners to support them during and after this crucial exercise. Hosting and Support Since the core business of a training company is offering training, what they need from the LMS vendor is a complete package on hosting and support. Most training companies seem to prefer the vendor host and support the LMS.

Latest Positive Trends In E-Learning

eLearning 24-7

Over 1,300 vendors in the industry (inc. Significant increase in the number of VCs and Private Equity firms seeking out LMS vendors to invest in and/or acquire. Seeing a plus rate of folks switching from one vendor to another (plus means above average – beyond normal).

Ultimate eLearning terms you should know: Part 2 (M-Z)

LearnUpon

The rise of mLearning has also driven adoption of the Tin Can xAPI eLearning content standard which can track far more learning activities than older standards like SCORM. Open source software: Software for which the source code is publicly available for use and development free of charge.

Psst…! 15 inside tips for sales reps

E-Learning Provocateur

They flog rapid authoring tools, simulation software, learning management systems, mobile platforms, content libraries, courseware development, project management… the list goes on. I kid you not, there is this one vendor who calls me every quarter without fail.

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This LMS Has No Traps!

Upside Learning

Interoperability: Here’s what we have trained our sales force to respond: “UpsideLMS can work with third party courseware which is compliant with SCORM 1.2 UpsideLMS team will need access to the 3 rd party tool technical team to understand data schema and APIs (if any).

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Learning Management: What does a Training Company need an LMS for?

Upside Learning

Training companies now need to enable themselves with the tools and technologies needed to go online with their training material and find the right systems and backend partners to support them during and after this crucial exercise. Hosting and Support Since the core business of a training company is offering training, what they need from the LMS vendor is a complete package on hosting and support. Most training companies seem to prefer the vendor host and support the LMS.

‘Best of Elearning! ’ Awards Honor 100 Top Solutions

mLevel

>> Adobe Captivate in the Mobile Authoring category this year and the Best Simulation category last year. Duplicates were removed, vendor ballots were nullified as well as votes without a verifiable company domain address (ex.: It seamlessly handles off-the-shelf and custom courseware, instructor-led, “blended,” and virtual classes, videos, and a wide range of informal learning content. >> Rapid integration with enterprise and HR software. Tools.

Q&A - eLearning Standards Especially SCORM

Tony Karrer

Here's a recent one to get me started: Is it mandatory to use SCORM while developing an E-learning Software? You want to implement your courseware to the SCORM standard if you plan to have it launched and/or tracked under an LMS. One case is building a one-off course that needs simple tracking/reporting and will never run under an LMS. If you won't ever need to run it under an LMS, then SCORM is overhead you don't need (see Tracking Without an LMS ).

Better Questions for Learning Professionals

Tony Karrer

If you've been reading my blog, you know that I often discuss Personal Learning: Improving Personal Learning - A Continuing Challenge for Learning Professionals Tools and Strategies for Personal Learning More Effective Conferences for Learning Professionals A big part of what I've come to realize that the barrier to us moving beyond being The Worst Learners are: We (like many people today) lack the intrinsic motivation to systematically improve our personal learning capabilities.

Training Standards

Tony Karrer

Until eLearning vendors bite the bullet, come to real standards on formats, and then the tools and structure can build up to support those standards, eLearning is never going to be what it can be. When CBT (CD-ROM based multimedia training) came out, there were a lot of different authoring tools and approaches that came along with it. It was hard to choose a tool because you didn't know quite what you were eventually going to do with it.

The Innovator's Dilemma of Learning

The Learning Circuits

Otherwise, you will swim through the sea of sessions and vendors and will not get nearly as much from the conference. However, even if you sat down ahead of the conference and really thought about the questions that you face in your job, most of the questions are along the lines of: How do I get more interactivity into my courseware? How do I reduce the attrition rate in my course/courseware? What's the best authoring tool to use to build my courseware?

List of e-Learning Job Descriptions

Vignettes Learning

· Proficiency using scheduling, productivity, and communication tools including GANNT charts, spreadsheets, and conferencing technologies. · Participates in beta deliveries of new courses; occasional travel overseas for pilot support · Develops course descriptions and related course-specific marketing documents and tools. · Contributes to storyboarding, authoring, and development of e-learning content and blended learning solutions.