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Authoring Tools for E-Learning: The Definitive Guide

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Enter content authoring tools*. What are Content Authoring Tools? What are the Different Types of Authoring Tools. Benefits and Challenges of E-Learning Authoring Tools. Authoring Tools You Might Consider.

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. Similar to the one I had for an LMS, here is the Authoring Tool version for 2017. I suspect some vendors might tie it together in some pricing approach, giving an appearance that it is free. .

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Authoring Tools- The DevLearn Experience

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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. . Not so much, from what I saw – some of the tools were underwhelming (granted some were quite impressive), but rather how the vendors themselves perceived where the market is going and what customers want in their 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.

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.

Enterprise Sales Software: The Three Tools Every Enterprise Sales Team Needs to Sell Effectively

Zunos

Enterprise sales teams need fundamentally different software than their SMB or startup counterparts. They don’t just need a larger CRM license, or more Sharepoint storage, or another email automation software. Other Content Management Tools. Product knowledge.

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.

Authoring Tool Trends

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I always believed that if Lucky Charms came out with a Lucky Charms SE version and it only contained the marshmallows it would be the best selling cereal of all time. . 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.

Top 11 to 20 Authoring Tools for 2013

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A desktop authoring tool that provides a wealth of features and additional software. Honestly, I wish they would do more with their “online” version, in comparison but they have not. Camtasia 8, Snag-it 1, ReviewLink (a fantastic product – but only for 10 courses? Templates, themes, debug tool (nice), translation tool (nice too). Includes an assessment tool and can generate certificates. Translation 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.

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? Mobile Friendly – It has taken a bit of time, but go anywhere and you will see “Responsive” and “HTML5″ xAPI – Another why wasn’t this done a year ago for many vendors?

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. However,with the added mobile piece, creation of professional videos, relay capability with various products including VLPs, it makes sense. #9

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.

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.

Bridge over troubled authoring tool waters

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So, why can’t we do it with all the authoring tools on the market? Why are some vendors making it impossible? Why are some vendors treating you as a spy or something sinister when you just want to try out the product? You would think that with over 140 authoring tools on the market, vendors would want you to try out their product before dropping any type of cash. than using the product to its real capabilities.

Why Do I Need an eLearning Vendor When I Have My Own Team?

Illumen Group

Why Do I Need an eLearning Vendor When I Have My Own Team? Maybe what you really need isn’t a vendor, but rather a part-time strategic partner or developer who is there when you need them, and not when you don’t. An eLearning partner like Illumen has all the software and design knowledge and skills required for any eLearning situation. Also, many product and process courses have a compliance element. The post Why Do I Need an eLearning Vendor When I Have My Own Team?

Fears of the Course Authoring Tool Market

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Its nearly Halloween and with that comes the shocking and fearful excitement or lack thereof of the scariest things on the plane appearing at the movie theaters, in costumes, television and for us, the course authoring tool market. Just in the past two years the per license cost of authoring tools has skyrocketed. Long has tools such as Studio and Captivate been on the higher side, the same can be said for vendors such as Rapid Intake and dominKnow.

Course Authoring Tools for eLearning Developers and the masses

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Tools these days come in three flavors. 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. Sure, you can use the extensive list of tools on the market, but for those who want real power and complexity ala from the days of Authorware, pickings are slim. MLOAT - Multimedia Learning Object Authoring Tool.

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. Company name is in first column, followed by product name (with a link directly to the product or product features) – all links working as of 8-12-10.

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. Macromedia Authorware and similar products. Open Source Free Content Authoring Tools.

Getting Handy With Interactive Enterprise Software Training

Your Training Edge

Enterprise software training has changed. It wasn’t long ago that face-to-face sessions and tools like on-demand video were mainstays. That said, here are several things to keep in mind when creating and managing interactive software training.

Summer Course Authoring Tool Rankings – Top Ten

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With all this fun summer stuff, comes my summer course authoring tool rankings. For those who are in my top ten course authoring tool rankings. #10 Well, it is a fun product to create a course. This product achieves makes it happen, especially with a slick UI. Assessment tool including randomization. Nothing like getting your blood boil when you see this ranking and can’t understand why the product is not number one. Assessment tool.

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. It is worth making use of the free trial account versions to see what works for you.

10 reasons retail needs an authoring tool

Elucidat

Could an authoring tool be a simple solution to a really painful problem? But with benefits such as scalability, speed of delivery and cost-effectiveness, more and more retail businesses are choosing to take control of the learning experience by introducing authoring tools into the fray. 10 benefits of authoring tools for retail organizations. Authoring tools support multiple languages easily.

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. A learning tool, should be well, a form of learning technology, not just a product that is for say e-mail, that is used because we send learning URLs in it, or we take courses on the subject or we can send invites to web conferences in it. .

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. I’ve expanded to using Toolbook and other software. What are some of your favorite tools?

Sales Enablement Consulting: Software and Strategy from One Firm 

Zunos

Sometimes, they’ll talk to a sales enablement consultant, who will come in and evaluate their processes and recommend tools and best practices. Which sales tools or features are best for me? We do this with two things: A full suite of sales enablement tools in one platform.

Product Review: Knoodle

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Confusing once you dive into the product – see below. Video goes in and out with the audio – They explain it has to do with the latest version of Flash, but how about coming up with an alternative. Problems abound within the product – not bugs mind you, just poor processes (IMO). One of the features I do love about the product is the ability to drag and drop – yet this is the only screen you can do it from. This product was far from it.

Covid-19 Aid: Free Tools and Resources for Virtual Learning and Remote Work

Talented Learning

While following these stories of digital transformation, we’ve discovered many valuable tools and services that are available at no cost in response to Covid-19. So we’ve compiled a list of free tools and resources in 7 categories: 1) Learning Technology Offers.

Product Review: Articulate Storyline

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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. If you like interactions, features and lots of capabilities – you will love this product. Audio recorder/editor/capture tool. Main reason IMO, that the product is desktop. This is the meat and potatoes of the product.

8 Reasons to Replace Your eLearning Content Authoring Tool

gomo learning

Whether you’re frustrated by or indifferent to your current eLearning authoring tool, you may find yourself wondering if there’s an alternative out there that can get you excited to create learning content. Your Authoring Tool Limits How and Where Your Learners Can Access Your Courses.

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: Mindflash.com

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The product continues to add new features that overall are surprisingly solid. However, they continue to incorporate some instructor led training components, which is a disservice to an otherwise nice product. Reports – very basic, but this is more a content authoring tool hybrid – which is becoming more prominent in the industry, so the minimal report is equally being seen. This is really a very nice and easy to use feature with the Mindflash product.

12 Best Learning Content Management System Software for Enterprise Companies

Zunos

Unlike a standard LMS — which is optimized primarily for the student experience — learning content management system software (LCMS or LCMSS) places an equal emphasis on students and administrators. They have to: Get administrator access to the authoring tool.

Benefits of Having a 3rd Party Authoring Tool

Inquisiq

In our last post we covered the basics to selecting and finding the right Authoring Tool for you and your organization’s training development. Why is it beneficial to have a tool outside of your LMS as opposed to having one within the LMS? We are going to provide some “food for thought” on why having an Authoring Tool outside of your LMS could be the smartest thing you do for your present and long range eLearning success. #1:

In Memory – Corporate Instructional Designers

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The idea of rapid content authoring, was non-existent. The dominating authoring tool by far, was Authorware. The idea of a rapid content authoring tool, whereas anyone could build a course quickly was appalling to everyone who built courses.

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 today’s online world. Course building tools on these platforms are available without cost but are not without limitations.

Make e-Learning work: Outcome learning (6): the vendors perspective

Challenge to Learn

I started working on the Outcome learning idea to give direction to the product development of easygenerator. We always considered the e-Learning author and the subject matter expert (SME) as our target audience. But in the version that we are developing at this moment that has changed. The first two goals led to functionality that affects the author. They are all features that we are really proud of, but they are still aimed at the author.

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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. I cannot recall seeing a character in a wheelchair prior to in any product, I found that commendable, but they missed out some ADA 508 capabilities in the entire product itself. Let me see, desktop product.

Product Review: Mindflash.com

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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. The system provides an assessment tool that is built-in within the product.