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New Authoring tool rankings #11 to #20

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Initially I wasn’t going to post authoring tool rankings beyond the top ten, until July. However, in the past week, I have received over 500 e-mails from readers requesting a list of the top twenty (rather than top then). 20 eLab - The user interface is intriguing and enables anyone to build a course, without having the typical “ooh that looks so lame” with some rapid content authoring tools. 1st vendor to have online/offline mobile synch.

New E-Learning Rankings: Authoring Tools

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best products that work under water (summer time) and from the e-learning prospective – the best authoring tools. Authoring tools are always changing – some for the better, others for the worst. Vendors can move up, down or out of the rankings – after all it is on-going. Features include adaptive learning, collaboration, scenario builder, SCORM, question pool/assessments and SaaS. SCORM and assessment tool. #4

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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 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.

Times are changing – trends in the content authoring tool market

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As the rapid content authoring market continues to grow, new features and capabilities are equally growing. There are 124 authoring tools in my latest directory, of which 30 are SaaS or a combination of desktop and SaaS – which really what is the point of that? Even though more tools are adding the features of collaborative and peer review (more on that in a sec) they are still heavy geared towards a desktop solution. Mobile Learning. Vendors to Watch.

Course Authoring Tools for eLearning Developers and the masses

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Tools these days come in three flavors. Geared toward e-learning developers and instructional designers. Authoring Tools for developers. The biggest problem facing the industry in the past few years are the lack of course authoring tools for e-learning developers and instructional designers. Celtix - Enables you to create storyboards and scripts. MLOAT - Multimedia Learning Object Authoring Tool.

Product Review: EasyGenerator Rapid Content Authoring Tool

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EasyGenerator is a SaaS based content authoring tool that is like a piece of fine sculpture, with some cracks, but beauty that is hidden within. Extremely feature rich – can compete with Captivate and other authoring tools. Vendor can create a component so you can push directly into your LMS, without having to upload it directly (extra cost). Built in question pool, assessment tool and survey tool. File, Edit, View, Tools and Help.

Rapid Content Authoring Tools: Market, Mayhem and Reality

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As the evolution of e-learning continues, the rapid content authoring tools (RCAT) market follows suit. This is a growing market with new vendors showing up, but at the same time, others disappearing. 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. Templates with some learning objects? Open Source Free Content Authoring Tools.

Rapid Content Authoring Tools Directory

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Listed below is the RCAT (Rapid Content Authoring Tools) Directory. Features 102 vendors. Directory does NOT include any free authoring tools, since those are available elsewhere on this blog. Rapid Content Authoring Tools Directory. If vendor does not listing pricing on web site, you will see “Not Available on Site&#. It is in the “Cloud&# on the vendor’s server – everything is done in the cloud.

Y R Some Vendors confused about e-learning?

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Are there vendors in the e-learning space who lack basic understanding around e-learning? Lastly, if the vendors, organizations and firms whose whole background, expertise and existence is tied to e-learning and they themselves are not fully understanding it, does this bode well for the industry as a whole? (I’ll E-Learning is E-Learning and not some magical dust. Hello, it fits under e-learning.

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.

What I am hearing and seeing in E-Learning

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It comes from fellow readers who send me e-mails or talk to me via social media. It comes from me talking to vendors, buyers, monitoring the industry all the while taking notes and seeing the trends/patterns appear right before my eyes. What has always amazed me are number of e-learning vendor web sites whose design looks like it came from 1995 when Netscape ruled the land. The same for authoring tools. 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. 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. They will need to create the best course possible and a 10 question quiz.

Questions to Ask Ur Prospective LMS Vendor

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If you are like the thousands of other people exploring the purchase of a learning management system, the key to success is asking the right questions. . Because if you are using a content authoring tool that is SCORM 2004, then you must find a system that is at least 2004. Your tool will not work with a 1.2. Unless you purchased a tool that is only AICC compliant, which in that case, time to ditch it and get another one. Content Authoring Tool.

E-Learning End Users Have Spoken – time for the industry to listen

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Recently, I conducted an emerging technology survey related to e-learning and the results show that end users are utilizing technology more then ever before and are seeking product features that LMS and content authoring tools, do not offer at this current time. With an increase in e-learning sales a, projections of 7.1 billion dollars (USD) by 2015 and an increase in competition in the space, it is time for vendors to act. 35% 3D creating feature.

E-Learning: Did you know.

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I love going to LMS sites and seeing a list of clients that the vendor lists. Especially the LMS vendors who also create custom content/development. That some vendors who provide a list of clients may not be clients of their LMS, rather they are current or past clients of custom course development. Yep, you read that right, and best or worst of all, they (vendor) never tells you, unless you inquiry. For the vendor to achieve success in the demo.

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. Authoring Tools – With only a small sample of vendors that are SaaS based, pickings are slim. Those who aren’t are either offering native apps with online/offline synch or performing the shell game via the mobile web browser and calling it mobile learning.

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.

Recap of ASTD TechKnowledge 2013: Day 1

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It can be embed into your web site, added to your LMS, but to me the real awesomeness is the ability to add into any authoring tool. Oh, did I mention you can create your own character right in the product, including changing outfits and much more. It’s one big drawback – no support for SCORM, but hey, since it is ideal for sticking in to your course, rather than as a standalone authoring tool, it works. Learn a foreign language software.

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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. For the mobile learning space – it is a necessity.

The Latest LMS Insight

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Every E-Learning vendor should want your business and treat you as they would want to be treated. Every LMS vendor should have a standard regarding response times, when they receive an inquiry via the internet. I know of one vendor who responds within 30 minutes of receiving an inquiry. Oh, and for added value – ask if the person (respondee) wants to receive information initially via e-mail or via the phone. . E-Learning 24/7.

Product Review: Articulate Storyline

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For my instructional designers and e-learning developers, they loved creating courses. I never found course creating on par with playing an X-Box game. The first time I have had fun creating courses via a course authoring tool in 15 years. Layers and Conditions – if you have experience with Photoshop or similar products that use layers, then your learning curve is less. Audio recorder/editor/capture tool. Create a new trigger.

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.

Less Time? Less Money? Think ELearning Authoring Tools

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In this case, it is e-learning or online training. Online courses can be created quickly with the help of rapid authoring tools. What are rapid authoring tools? Rapid authoring tools are software packages that provide a skeletal structure that enable you to jump start creating an online course. All these form the raw material for developing your e-learning course. Learning Technology rapid authoring tools

Q&A from Blog Readers on E-Learning

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Every e-learning consulting/research firm, etc. My latest take on those three vendors (plus one) are: Cornerstone On Demand – I have seen the new UI and I like what I saw. While the learning cloud and extended enterprise cloud are purchased by folks, I still see the platform – assuming you get all the modules as a HCM. That said, they are in my top 40 for learning/extended enterprise cloud. Q: We use WebEx as our web conferencing tool.

Review of ASTD International Trade Expo

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Lots of vendors, lots of potential. There were vendors that had nice LMSs and cool features. It just wasn’t me thinking this, I heard it from attendees and even other vendors who were trolling the floor. E-Learning has been minimal. I would estimate that there was a 60-40 split, still instructor led driven, but even a significant number of the ILT vendors were offering subsets or capabilities to turn their ILT into online via webinars or online courses.

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Latest E-Learning Trends – Some good, some bad

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I mean ever&# , from a senior executive at a mid to large size vendor that has been in the market for several years. Across the board, a large number of vendors (from small to large) saw increases in their quarter numbers. Especially, when vendors released their 2010 final numbers and saw big increases from the previous year. A trend that is happening in the LMS market more so than in the other e-learning markets, is the failure to follow their path of success.

Product Review Raptivity

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Raptivity is an interaction tool. Its target audience is the rapid content authoring tool market, but while it tries to hit it, it also misses at many levels. Raptivity calls their product an interaction tool with templates, games, simulations, etc. Interaction views and selections include “Bloom Taxonomy, Gagne Nine Events, Kellers ARCS model, Experimental Learning. Oh yeah, it is one of the learning models. Experimental Learning.

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.

E-Learning Trade Shows + Product Reviews 4 #TK11

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What I like about conferences is the ability to see the latest products and hear the pitches from the vendors. Yet, for all that do it, their are equal number of vendors who do not. E-Learning Trade Shows. Vendors who do not have anyone in their booth, during expo times – I see this at all shows, regardless of the product or market; but at e-learning/training shows you see it a lot OR you see them eating in their booth. E-Learning 24/7.

DevLearn Day 2

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One of the wonderful things I love about attending expos is the ability to see new products and new vendors. For example, there were several vendors making their debut – as in their solution – at DevLearn. Not only does it show that this industry, i.e. e-learning is continuing to grow an enhance, it also shows the naysayers – we are not going anywhere – so go after the ILT people and leave us alone. E-Learning 24/7.

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? Apparently, the potential customers and even clients are speaking and those vendors are listening. Not just a few vendors, the industry as a whole. A significant number of vendors, reported higher revenue and sales numbers in 2010, then in 2009. 2 Mobile Learning.

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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. E-Mail. The growing number of businesses leaving Microsoft Outlook to Internet e-mail is amazing. I see this as one of the most important features for any learning management system, open source or commercial. Innovation drives the market (regardless if it is e-learning or not).

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This is not (fill in the blank)

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This same contradiction is now happening in the e-learning world at a frightening pace. The people who suffer the most from this contradiction are the consumers and a vast majority of vendors. While mobile learning is moving at an incredible speed, faster than anticipated by some of my colleagues, it does not come without a cost. The assumption is that the product can output to HTML5, yet this is hardly true for the vast majority of authoring tools.

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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.

Break it down! (No it’s not Hammer Time! Yet)

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I’ve also learned firsthand, how to make it work in any vertical and any industry. Authoring Tools. Learning Management Systems. Mobile learning platforms. Social learning platforms. Do I need an authoring tool if I have a LMS? Do I need to get an authoring tool that is SCORM or can it just be proprietary? If you want to track in a learning management system or learning platform that supports SCORM then you want it.

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May Edition: E-Learning News and Notes

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The partner approach works this way: vendor A integrates Vendor B’s solution into their product. Some times, it is nothing more than a link – hidden from the end user – the screen shows a popup or goes to the “page” but in reality the end user is now in the other vendor’s solution. One of eLearning Brothers’ products is showing up in other rapid content authoring tools. I believe a new sub-genre of e-learning is upon us.

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How to choose the right LMS

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The same thing applies to the learning management system market. The minus: vendors come out of the woodwork to tell you their system meets those needs. I mean if you say you need “e-commerce for 500 users, certificates, ability to add users to groups for courses”, that would cover about 550 systems. No vendor could say honestly that their system is the best for you, because they are missing a lot of information. Whichever sticks – is your vendor.

Product Review: Knoodle

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Ability to create tests, presentations, courses. Groups – have to click on “Groups” to see the window with your groups listed and the option to “Create New Group” Support. One of the befuddling issues with the headers is the inability to mouse over Groups and have the options such as “Create”, “View” “Edit” or something along those lines. e-mail content creator, rate, bookmark, post info.

Latest Trends in E-Learning

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Twice a year I will be providing some trends that I am seeing in the e-learning market. This one trend really is an irritation to me, because the term “training” is showing up rather than “learning”, which is the standard term as it relates to online learning (see it already?). We call online learning, e-learning, not e-training, but some vendors will have you believe that “training” is the appropriate term, rather than learning.