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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!

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. File, Edit, View, Tools and Help.

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.

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. What I like about this product includes the ability to output to HTML5, works on mobile devices, is extremely easy to use, appears within PowerPoint and SCORM. Nice assessment tool. Proof that you can create an amazing authoring tool without being based in the U.S.

2014 Authoring Tools – State of Affairs

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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.

Best of the Best: Content Authoring Tools

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I mean it is not like something is going to change in just a few weeks for any such product. Innovation – if the product doesn’t offer some innovative features, then they are stale. Again, not every tool below is SaaS based, but at some point, you have to move to the SaaS world, especially if you are offering or saying you do – some type of mobile learning functionality. One product reminded me of bad shareware. C ontent Authoring Tools Directory.

LMS Vendors: How to Select the Right Vendor for your Goals

Hurix Digital

Organizations generally prefer to outsource their LMS requirements to vendors or service providers, mainly because it saves them time and money and also because they do not have an in-house IT team to design, build and maintain a custom solution.

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.

Track and trace Learners results. What do SCORM compliance, AICC, XAPI and CMI5 mean?

Challenge to Learn

Do you want to buy a LMS or an authoring tool and are you wondering what the best option is for tracking the results of your learners? SCORM is a standard in e-Learning that makes it possible to track and trace the results of your learners in a Learning Management system (LMS).

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Authoring Tool Market – What I am seeing

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From an interaction (listed as interactivity) to a feature within the product. 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.

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.

Package & track elearning: why companies need both AICC & xAPI

Docebo

Companies and organizations involved in elearning need learning content to be compliant with some requirements, i.e. with regards to the way content is packaged and tracked within the training program. Docebo Product & News E-learning Industry ELEL

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How beneficial is E-Learning software for businesses?

Your Training Edge

ELearning software and platforms are one such example of how technology has evolved to make teaching and learning so accessible for everyone. A onetime investment in good software for online teaching will save almost everything from time and money to extra manual efforts.

How beneficial is E-Learning software for businesses?

Your Training Edge

ELearning software and platforms are one such example of how technology has evolved to make teaching and learning so accessible for everyone. With an eLearning software or a simple eLearning platform integration, companies do not only save time and effort but a lot more that would have been spent on all the above-listed factors. A onetime investment in good software for online teaching will save almost everything from time and money to extra manual efforts.

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.

The 10 Must-Have LMS Software Features

ProProfs

A quick look using your favorite search engine will reveal hundreds of modern learning management systems available in the market today, with almost all of them offering unique, cutting-edge features and promises of making online learning fun, engaging and productive.

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).

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

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Yet, there were some products that stood out, if nothing else – for taking the lead and doing something that says “yes it is possible, and oh, it works&#. RCAT Product of the Year. 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.

Product Review: BlueVolt

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Ability to offer ads for products or ads to specific sections for folks to visit – for each child (sub-portal) - yes – every child can be skinned to look a different way then the parent. Assessment tool/survey. Built in Content Authoring Tool – No.

Product Review – Articulate Storyline 2

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If it in my mind one of the best ten products to hit the e-learning cycle in the last five years. I mean the first Storyline, sweet and then here comes a new version, from a company not known to push out new products for a period of years – must rock. Let me see, desktop product.

9 Tips To Choose The Best Audio Recording Software For eLearning

eFront

In this article, we’ll share 9 tips to choose the best audio recording software for your eLearning course. How To Choose The Best Audio Recording Software For eLearning. Audio recording software is an investment. Why do you need audio recording software?

What’s the Difference Between an LMS and an LCMS? Hint: It’s Not Just the Letter “C”

Association eLearning

In other words, it allows learners to take courses and attend online events, instructors to track learners’ progress and scores, administrators to check reports, and more. It gives your association one software package that delivers, assesses, and reports on online training programs.

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LCMS - Warehouse and Authoring

Tony Karrer

One thing is pretty clear, LCMS tools have really headed towards a kind of super Authoring tool and there's a related but quite distinct need for support for a Warehouse. The need for the Warehouse - keeping track of learning content assets across the organization has its own set of requirements. In terms of use of traditional LCMS products towards the needs cited in the previous post, Brenda Robinson and I had a good "discussion" around this - email exchange.

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Five Signs Your Company Needs eLearning Software

eFront

If you’re considering furthering your investment in training, whether to cover technical knowledge or soft skills, eLearning software is a great place to start. eLearning software will give your team the skills they need and the ability to learn at their own convenience.

Top Six E-Learning Tools for 2015

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Qualifications for e-learning tools. I didn’t put together any secret formula or weighting criteria for these tools. I did look at several sites that listed tools and realized for the most part they were authoring tools or tools that are super mainstream and oh, they are authoring tools. When I did find a recent site, a few tools were different than the authoring tools or tools like Go Animate!,

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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. I do product reviews that are on there.

Product Review: Mindflash.com

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Mindflash.com bills itself as a training management system, with the ability to create and upload courses, invitee end users (learners) and track results. What I found was a solution that is a rapid e-learning authoring tool that offers easy to use functions as uploading learners and basic tracking results. A course dashboard that offers some intuitiveness and simple to use, with easy to follow tools. Track Results & Report.

Why Author eLearning Content to Industry Standards?

OpenSesame

At OpenSesame, we receive inquiries from subject matter experts and content authors who have developed training programs but are unsure about how to monetize them in the today’s online world. Course building tools on these platforms are available without cost but not without limitations. For every native platform, you are committing to build and continuously maintain your catalog using only the tools provided. Finding the right authoring tool.

Questions to Ask Ur Prospective LMS Vendor

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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. If you plan to track or have instructor led training, then this is relevant. Can you track the end users in it? If you choose to use it, tracking is important.

Product Review: GeoLearning GeoMaestro

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Offers Lectora (rapid content authoring tool) as a separate option which can integrate with GeoMaestro. It is truly amazing on how vendors seem to think lots of stuff on the page, is the way to go and navigation is just a requirement. Secondly, a typically very common is the integration to the back end of the LMS – reports, tracking, etc. Why vendors still think this is not needed or used, makes no sense. Content Authoring Tool.

Product Review: Melon LMS

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I can see some of the issues in larger systems, whose track records on the back end of confusion aligns with this, but not from a Lite LMS whose goals are different. Author - only authors have access to the course window. and authors. For example, if Susan is having difficulty with a certain product or learning a skill, you can see if they are going to those areas in the course, how often and how long. Product: Melon LMS.

Product Review – Adobe Captivate Prime LMS

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Built in authoring tool that is a simple add what you want in to it and whalla you are are off and running. Yeah folks love to shove in built-in authoring tool too, and that is fine with me, but the whole LCMS statement, I just don’t see it (and yeah, I let Adobe know that).