My Top 10 e-Learning Tools

eLearning Cyclops

Jane Hart is gathering top ten lists for e-learning tools. I have posted my e-learning toolkit in the past, but not what I necessarily consider my "top e-learning tools." So, here are my top 10 e-learning tools. They are not stand alone e-learning tools, but together allow me the ability to create effective e-learning courses. I have included how and why I use these tools. DHTML authoring tool - My preference is OutStart Trainer (TrainerSoft).

Development Tools - Should I Cut Out the Middle Guy?

eLearning Cyclops

It has gotten to a point where some of my courses are all developed in Flash and the e-learning authoring tools (DHTML) have been used more as a "shell" that decompiles it as a SCORM package. I really prefer the robust ability of creating courses in Flash and only use the DHTML e-learning authoring tools for their ability to make the course SCORM or AICC compliant. So, do I really need to continue using these authoring tools?

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My e-Learning Toolbox

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It is a glimpse not just into their development tool preferences, but it also provides some reflection into the approaches they take in creating courses. Here is what I have in my e-learning toolbox and some notes on how I use these tools. ToolBook authoring tool - this is the DHTML authoring tool used at my company, but prior to this I used TrainerSoft (now Outstart Trainer), which is my preference.

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View of eLearning Development Approaches - Ease vs. Power

Tony Karrer

and Shift in eLearning from Pure Courseware towards Reference Hybrids , I've realized that one of the mental models I use can be roughly summarized by the following picture: where Ease is roughly how easy (cost, time) is it to develop using that approach and Power is the ability of the tool to provide robust, complex learning solutions. Based on some discussions around What is Rapid eLearning?

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