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Authoring Tool Trends for 2017

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The authoring tool industry continues to evolve. I won’t regurgitate everything that appeared and did not for that matter in the authoring tool space as a whole in 2016, but a few have crossed over in a positive light, which is pushing trend. Authoring tool style.

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. 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.

State of the Authoring Tool Industry

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When looking at the state of the authoring tool space, two words come to mind. Bewildered on what is happening, why what is needed isn’t appearing as it should, and how is it possible that something so obvious based on where e-learning is heading, mobile is pushing and future tech is inspiring is lost among so many vendors? For the fans of PowerPoint, no need to worry, many vendors to select with various options, albeit many similar. Assessment tool.

State of the Authoring Tool Industry 2015

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Yes there are vendors doing some new stuff, okay many, but a few items are not new, rather they have been around for a long time. SaaS boost – Finally more vendors are on the appropriate path for their consumers; but the big folks are not – why? SaaS vendors rule!

6 Steps to Choosing the Best eLearning Authoring Tool

Trivantis

The mere thought of choosing a new e-Learning authoring tool may make some eLearning professionals cringe, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful and time-consuming task. In this article, I’ll walk you through the process of choosing the best eLearning authoring tool for you.

Authoring Tool Trends

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Here now are the latest authoring tool trends (excluding the ones I posted in last week’s blog). Enables the course author to skin/brand their course with their own logo, colors, etc. . Many authoring tools give you limited color options and may/may not enable you to add your own logo. Allows courses that are being built in the authoring tool to be in another language beyond what used to be the standard norm of just English.

Ghost Edition – Top 10 Authoring Tools for 2013

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This year we will focus on the top ten authoring tools for 2013. For each authoring ranking, a brief true ghost story, then the vendor and why it was selected. Nice assessment tool. Proof that you can create an amazing authoring tool without being based in the U.S. One of the trends I forsee in 2014 is an increase in the number of authoring tools enabling multilingual while creating a course. Nice tracking feature.

8 Top Tips For Using Rapid eLearning Authoring Tools For eLearning Gamification

G-Cube

Rapid eLearning authoring tools help reduce the time and expense of your eLearning course development. In this article, I’ll share 8 top tips for using rapid eLearning authoring tools for eLearning gamification. Choose A Cloud-Based Rapid eLearning Authoring Tool.

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. Built in assessment tool, inc.

Authoring Tool Market – What I am seeing

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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. The numbers clearly indicate that is on the fast track for real growth in the coming year. .

Learning Tools – Do these really belong?

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First off, Jane Hart put this together from whereas folks voted for the tools they use for learning. That said, there were some curious items on this list, which to me, doesn’t really fly in the world of learning tools. It isn’t something that see as a learning tool.

The 10 Must-Have LMS Software Features

ProProfs

And while many LMS vendors claim to be the best in-class, not all of them may live up to your expectations and warrant the investment. Support for Mobile Devices What good is a mobile responsive e-learning course if your LMS software isn’t mobile compatible?

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.

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

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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. OR you can create courses SCORM 2004 courses within their tool which is in the “cloud&# and do the same thing. I said it when it game out and I will repeat it again.

Gameful Approaches to Motivation & Engagement: Recap of #WhartonGame Summit

Kapp Notes

It was titled “Gameful Approaches to Motivation and Engagement” with the hashtag #WhartonGAME and it was attended by many of the most influential thought-leaders in both the academic and practitioner space in the arena of gamification.

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GE TV: Craig Weiss on the Future of the LMS and Authoring Tools Markets

Growth Engineering

Where LMS vendors are falling behind the trends. Where the authoring tools industry will head over the next 12 months. Vendors know the prices already, so they can give you a ballpark estimate of what it would cost. 4:55) So Craig, where do you see vendors falling behind?

Top 9 e-Learning Predictions for 2014

Learnnovators

The year saw many interesting developments directly impacting e-learning in areas like: Courseware Authoring Tools. Gamification and Game-based Learning. We believe that mobile learning is going to be the most disruptive game changer in 2014.

Game Based Learning – Competition

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I don’t know about you, but I want to see who really does an awesome job at creating game based courses for learning. In just the past few weeks, I’ve heard from many folks on my social media channels talking about how game based learning is poor, at least from what they have seen. Sure there is Gamelearn, but to use their game based courses you have to buy their platform where the games stay. And those who create game based learning in authoring tools.

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What I am hearing and seeing in E-Learning

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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. I mean look at any other industry, any industry and check out their vendors’ web sites. The same for authoring tools. Authoring tools.

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Interview with Karl Kapp on Games, Gamification, and LEARNING!

Work Learning

Legendary for his generosity and indefatigable energy, it is my pleasure to interview him for his wisdom on games, gamification, and their intersection. His books on games and gamification are wonderful. The following is a master class on games and learning: Will (Question 1): Karl, you’ve written a definitive exploration of Gamification in your book, The Gamification of Learning and Instruction: Game-Based Methods and Strategies for Training and Education.

Award Nominee Reveals His eLearning Authoring Toolkit [Guest Post]

eLearning Weekly

Several years ago we engaged a vendor to create three eLearning modules for a new product launch. When I went back to the product marketing team with the request for budget to re-engage the vendor, they were less than enthusiastic. So I offered to create the updates myself, if they would pay for authoring software. Since then, I have created numerous eLearning modules, games, assessments, and other content. What are some of your favorite tools?

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.

HTML5 Fans Rejoice – Adobe Ditches Flash Player on Mobile Devices

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Right now, at m-learning vendor locations around the world, especially in the RCAT space, they should be scheduling meetings and coming up with a new perspective and approach to their products. For LMS vendors, adding “HTML5 feature sets makes sense – especially if they are adding mobile learning components in their system. For vendors whose products are in the works for HTML5 output (ahem, in beta), perhaps speeding up the process wouldn’t be such a bad idea.

Bring power to your organization with a Training Portal Software

Paradiso

The training and onboarding of your employees are carried out effectively through training portal software. With this platform, you will ease the learning process of your employees, giving them a highly adaptable tool that will fit from their work rhythms and daily activities to the most advanced education technologies. With training portal software, you will obtain the power to simplify and automate your training processes for employees, customers, vendors or associates.

Recap of ASTD TechKnowledge 2013: Day 1

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Let’s jump right in for the game action. 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. Can add your own audio or use one of their audio tracks – which surprisingly were not bad, actually quite a few were good. Learn a foreign language software. Equally surprising are the lack of LMS vendors.

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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. I have seen continued interest and downloads for open source AR tool kits. Allscripts merged hospital software with an accurate gesture -based system. Smaller size vendors are now entering the foray. Online Authoring Systems.

State of the E-Learning Industry 2019

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Change of messaging, and the seemingly misunderstanding by vendors that there is a difference between training and L&D. What I hear a lot is “L&D” and not training, when they identify who they are targeting for the tools, platforms, etc. SaaS authoring tools, trying to become hybrid Lite LMSs (a return of a trend I totally disliked back in 2010-2014). LRSs not being utilized by vendors who have it in their systems. The vendor.

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.

Lectora Inspire 12.1 Review by Rick Zanotti

Trivantis

While many vendors rush to create mobile applications, Lectora® has quietly led the way with a foundation built around what would emerge as mobile. While many vendors struggle to shed their “Flash” skins and claim open-ness, Lectora quietly embraced “open” from the get-go.

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

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Pitfall the Game- It’s a Jungle out there. Authoring Tools. 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. – but not a course from say Articulate or any of the other tools. Why do some vendors have trials and others do not?

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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.

LMS Selection: 7 Features Associations Need

Web Courseworks

Selecting a software vendor is easy, but it’s looking at the product they’re selling that can get tricky. Built-in Course Authoring. Built-in course authoring tools are a good way to accomplish this, not to say they should replace your current course authoring.

Tin Can API & the Future of E-Learning

Learnnovators

” ~ Rustici Software. This standard is being developed by Rustici Software (with a world-wide active community participating and contributing) for Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) – the keepers of SCORM. An interesting article on ‘Tracking Software Clicks with Tin Can’.

Product Review – Articulate Storyline 2

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Publish includes reporting and tracking details that you can tweak. Personally, I like this because everyone who uses software, often jumps right in and starts going, rather than take the time to read how to do things (inc. Some AT vendors have removed it as well.

Halftime! LMS trends though July

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This past week I attended an Arena Football league game and came to realize there is a reason I never have been to one – I never heard of anybody nor did i enjoy the blasting of a semi like cannon after they scored a touchdown (which happens a lot). The game is a myriad of fast action, no defense and some confusing rules. The best part of the whole game was halftime, where some pee wee football kids played a quick game. SaaS and LMS vendors.