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How to select an e-Learning authoring tool

Challenge to Learn

There are hundreds of e-Learning authoring tools around and they come in many shapes an sizes, so how to select the one that fits your requirements? In this post I will give a global overview of different types of e-Learning authoring tools and some questions that you can ask yourself.

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. New tool added June 2008 - Class Marker - Free.

Authoring Tool Market – What I am seeing

eLearning 24-7

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. .

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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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?

Day 4. How SCORM tracks course content

LearnUpon

We’re now ready to discuss the magic of the SCORM API – how it enables learners to launch or resume a course and how SCORM tracks progress and results. A SCORM will first attempt to find the API provided by an LMS in order to track data.

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Product Review: Mindflash.com

eLearning 24-7

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. You can add quiz questions – to your “course&#.

The grades are in for Education focused LMSs

eLearning 24-7

Classroom management – attendance tracking is a plus. Built in authoring tool – never hurts. The teachers I know, do not have several hundred or even a thousand dollars around to purchase a 3rd party authoring tool. Assessment tool.

Product Review: BlueVolt

eLearning 24-7

Assessment tool/survey. Works with any 3rd party authoring tool as long as its SCORM compliant. Built in Content Authoring Tool – No. At one time BlueVolt was just a spark, a system among many other systems in the market. Those days are gone forever.

SCORM 1.2 vs SCORM 2004 – which is better?

Paradiso

Content vendors now have the ability to prevent access to certain course elements based on earlier results. This was not ideal as instructors wanted to know, for example, if the learner had gotten through the entire lesson (completed) but not passed the quiz (failed). SCORM 1.2

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An eLearning revolution: From professional development to knowledge sharing

Challenge to Learn

Specialized, complex and expensive software allowed them to create bespoke eLearning solutions. And that is changing, now anyone can create eLearning with simple web based tools like Easygenerator and share it via the web with anyone, anywhere.

SCORM 1.2 vs SCORM 2004 – which is better?

Paradiso

Content vendors now have the ability to prevent access to certain course elements based on earlier results. This was not ideal as instructors wanted to know, for example, if the learner had gotten through the entire lesson (completed) but not passed the quiz (failed). SCORM 1.2

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Making The Jump Into eLearning

ICS Learning

The system will perform all of the management, tracking, reporting, and administrative functionality. The system that provides this infrastructure is generically called a Learning Management System (LMS) and is a software program or web application that you will either develop or purchase. The e-Learning industry has developed several specifications of its own whose goal is to allow courseware to be “plugged” into any LMS so that it can be properly launched and tracked.

Joe Ganci – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

Joe is also a frequent teacher and presenter at industry conferences and at client sites, especially on the subject of eLearning development tools. His tool reviews appear each month and he is the recipient of several awards for his work in eLearning, including a Lifetime Achievement Award way back in 1999. For decades, you have been helping learning designers with your design approaches and your expert advice on the use of development tools. How often is the tool updated?

6 Steps To A Better Mobile Learning Strategy

Upside Learning

Cross platform development tools may try and resolve this issue but not quite. mLearning Authoring Tools : Most authoring tools actually struggle to provide real HTML5 compatibility if that’s what you are looking for.

Top 10 Learning Systems for 2018

eLearning 24-7

Assessment tool included. Another vendor to watch in 2018. . #6 One of the first vendors, to have a course marketplace and include free content. After all, this is the same company, who created IMO the best Knowledge Reinforcement Tool on the market, Minds-I (#1 KRT for 2018).

The Ultimate Glossary of eLearning Terms

LearnUpon

It’s a five-phase framework that instructional designers use; a guideline for building effective training and learning support tools. Authoring Tool. Often paired with an LMS, this software is used to develop content for online learning and training programs.

LMS: Best Bet for Delivering Online Training

ProProfs

An LMS (which is a software application primarily used to organize and distribute elearning courses, assignments and assessments, track progress and facilitate communication between learners and instructors) is famous for being multifaceted in its approach.

Day 5: xAPI and more – what next for SCORM?

LearnUpon

On day one of our series, we learned that AICC (Aviation Industry Computer-Based-Training Committee) can be considered the first eLearning standard, used to track how learners progress through course content. Moving beyond those limitations, xAPI can track learning in almost any context.

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DevLearn 2013 Summary

Geenio

Let’s start from a well-known vendor – Articulate, which continues to develop tools for tests. Articulate has recently made an attempt to introduce elements of content-authoring tools into their assessment editor. This year Adobe places emphasis on video tools.

2016 eLearning Hype Curve Predictions

Web Courseworks

Eventually, these devices will send detailed reporting to learning management systems, in roughly the same way that an online quiz or a SCORM module can report to an LMS. This year, we are placing our annual (and very popular) learning technology predictions on the the hype cycle.

Build eLearning Courses with Materials You Already Have

LearnUpon

Get the learners to answer exam/quiz questions to gauge their understanding. SCORM courses track the time taken to take courses accurately. This makes it easier to migrate your course content if you need to move to a new LMS vendor.

Ultimate eLearning terms you should know: Part 2 (M-Z)

LearnUpon

A mastery score isn’t compulsory as some SCORM modules don’t include a quiz and some quizzes don’t require a passing score. Open source software: Software for which the source code is publicly available for use and development free of charge.

Micro Learning and Mobile

eLearning 24-7

Now, a one stop tool from taking photos, shooting video, downloading and using apps for communication, social, interactivity, fun/games, reading and whatever else is your desire. . Course/Content/Assessment native apps for LMSs and even for a couple of authoring tools.

Day 4. Getting to grips with SCORM API

LearnUpon

We’re now ready to discuss the magic of the SCORM API – how it enables learners to launch or resume a course and how SCORM tracks progress and results. A SCORM will first attempt to find the API provided by an LMS in order to track data.

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2016 eLearning Hype Curve Predictions

Web Courseworks

Eventually, these devices will send detailed reporting to learning management systems, in roughly the same way that an online quiz or a SCORM module can report to an LMS. This year, we are placing our annual (and very popular) learning technology predictions on the the hype cycle.

Webinar Q&A: Empowering Continuous Learning with the Experience API (xAPI)

Experience API

You can think of an LRS as “the part of the LMS that implements xAPI and that tracks learning activity”. For the Bookmarket, how is the person tracked. Bookmarklets are just one way of tracking self-reported informal learning. Does all content have to be marked as tracked by the user? Is there no automatic tracking? Does data show learners are actually using the tracking tools? Answer: This depends on the type of learning tools used.

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Product Review – Adobe Captivate Prime LMS

eLearning 24-7

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).

Words of Wisdom*

Clark Quinn

Our vendor was very helpful, taking the necessary time to have it optimally integrated with our IT system. Our IT group changed the infrastructure a year ago, to *open source* (I don’t know what they were thinking), but fortunately my vendor says that they’d be happy to help change the installation to work with the new services architecture. We got a full fledged authoring suite and asked our trainers to develop courses.

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