Authoring Tool Trends for 2017

eLearning 24-7

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. You can use any third party authoring tool that accepts whatever course standards the LMS accepts.

Be Wary of Authoring Tool Comparisons

Adobe Captivate

When I first got into designing and developing eLearning, it was around 2004, and the first authoring tool I used was Adobe Captivate 2.0. That LMS was from SumTotal, and they also wanted to sell their authoring solution as well. This authoring tool was Toolbook, and I believe it was version 9. Based on that, you might think that I would be qualified to at least offer my opinion with a comparison between Toolbook and Captivate, but I feel differently.

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ToolBook 10.5: Comprehensive solution for fast, easy content authoring by Tom Hall

Learning Solutions Magazine

SumTotal Systems ToolBook 10.5 adds more authoring support for mobile devices and geolocation, and. Here is a comprehensive guide to ToolBook, including how. Quiz Summary feature, and deploy ToolBook content to an LMS. Tags: Asynchronous Development Strategies Getting Started Mobile Tools enhancements for Section 508 compliance. to customize interactions and create branching, use the Actions Editor, the Simulation Editor, and the.

Fears of the Course Authoring Tool Market

eLearning 24-7

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.

Bridge over troubled authoring tool waters

eLearning 24-7

So, why can’t we do it with all the authoring tools on the market? 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. NexLearn Professional sim tool – They want you to sign a MDNA before seeing the product (In my case they thought I was an e-learning developer. What is equally ironic is that it just isn’t limited to desktop tools but also SaaS too.

Top 10 mLearning tools in 2020

Ed App

This year has seen a sudden rise in the number of tools available for distributed forms of learning. Top mLearning Tools. This award-wining microlearning tool allows anyone to easily create their own courses to train teams of all sizes. 5) SumTotal ToolBook.

New Tool: Create Awesome eLearning Interactions Online

eLearning Brothers

eLearning Interactions is an online tool that allows you to quickly build interactions that can be downloaded and embedded in whatever eLearning authoring software you use. Supported eLearning Programs: The downloaded interaction and game files work with eLearning software that imports Flash…which is all of them! To-date we have tested in Articulate, ProForm, Unison, Captivate 4, Atlantic Link, Adobe Presenter, Udutu, Adobe Connect, Lectora, and Toolbook.

Rapid eLearning Tools

Tony Karrer

Rapid eLearning Tools Satisfaction from the eLearningGuild Research reported Feb 2007 - Course Authoring and Rapid eLearning Tool Satisfaction See also Software Simulation Tools. When the above graphic was taken, it shows the overall satisfaction reported by eLearningGuild members about various tools. Of course, they were more looking at PPT conversion tools. I'm always somewhat skeptical of niche tools (see eLearning Course Development ).

eLearning Guild Authoring & Development Tools Research Report (2008)

Learning Visions

After my session at ISPI earlier this week, someone commented that what would have really been useful is a list of the top 10 authoring tools in the market. During my presentation, I flashed up on the screen a list of the 122+ tools listed in the Brandon Hall database. And of course, the tool needs to fit the purpose, so one tool won’t fit all. I did dig up the eLearning Guild Authoring Tools Research Report (January 2008).

Development Tools - Should I Cut Out the Middle Guy?

eLearning Cyclops

Over the years, I have used ToolBook, Trainersoft, and even Dreamweaver with Coursebuilder. 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.

Articulate, Captivate, Dreamweaver and Lectora Tops in eLearning Authoring Tool Satisfaction

Tony Karrer

I was somewhat surprised that my post: Course Authoring and Rapid eLearning Tool Satisfaction didn't generate more interest. This data shows that the Articulate tools, Adobe Captivate and Dreamweaver and Lectora are near the top for elearning course authoring. While tools such as Toolbook and Authorware are down a bit. You can see the detailed view of the sat numbers here.

DevLearn 2011 – Notes from One ID Challenge and HTML5 Authoring Tool Review

E-learning Uncovered

We all agreed to take on a design challenge about six weeks before the conference, and show up ready to talk through 1) a design concept that we could present to a client and 2) our process and tools behind the concept. HTML5 Authoring Tool Review. I started writing and talking about HTML5 and its potential impact on elearning about a year and a half ago, and for the first year, one of the major obstacles was the lack of tools that output to HTML5.

Top Tools for Developing Simulation Based E-learning Courses – Part 2

CommLab India

In the previous blog , we looked at the top 10 Authoring tools used for developing simulation based e-learning courses. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some more Authoring tools that will help you to build effective and efficient software courses, offering learners the opportunity to practice in a low-risk environment. SimWriter is a highly interactive, responsive authoring tool used to build branching simulations quickly and easily.

Award Nominee Reveals His eLearning Authoring Toolkit [Guest Post]

eLearning Weekly

So I offered to create the updates myself, if they would pay for authoring software. I’ve expanded to using Toolbook and other software. First, be aware that many LMS systems already have integrated authoring software. If your company uses an LMS for learning content, ask the vendor if they have authoring software as well. Know your actual needs before investing money and time in an authoring software package.

iPhone Authoring - Seems Simple Enough

Vignettes Learning

I am not suggesting you should buy Toolbook. Examples from By ToolBook Scroll two-thirds of the page to view some examples. How you can construct by using an Authoring Tool for iPhones (from SumTotal) To author the course for Toolbook, view the introduction video. link] View Toolbook version to publish the iPhone content online. Personally, I am glad Toolbook provides this. I once did authoring many years ago using Toolbook 1, 2, 3 and 7.

The King is Dead

eLearning 24-7

Brought down by the tool or tools, another retorted back. The weapons including Authorware, Macromedia Director, DazzlerMax, Toolbook were the ones that separated the knights from the common folk. Rise of the Rapid Content Authoring Dragon. Magical powers contained within via its special PowerPoint armor, along with other tools at its beckon call. Tagged: authoring tools , course content , course design , course development , instructional design.

My e-Learning Toolbox

eLearning Cyclops

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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Confused of Brighton

Clive on Learning

Two situations recently have got me thinking about e-learning authoring tools. Secondly, I've been doing some work for a client of mine that has an LMS with some authoring capabilities, trying to compare what they have to offer with what's available elsewhere. Everybody's got an authoring tool. Of course, all authoring tools have always described themselves as quick and easy to use, with absolutely no programming required, but of course we know otherwise.

Instructional Design Orthodoxy

Xyleme

I will be dating myself here, but so much of the orthodoxy in the instructional design process was forged back in the late 80’s and early 90’s when the only Computer-Based Training (CBT) tools were Toolbook for the PC, and Hypercard for the Mac. Even as we progressed from CBT to Web-based Training (WBT) in the 90’s the orthodoxy still held and most of the authoring tools enforced the no-scrolling constraint.

A Brief Historical Look at Corporate Training

Litmos

I’ve met people who had worked on the original SCORM standard, those driving the new xAPI standard, as well as early champions of our industry who coined the terms and built the original software tools. Through the 70s it was being marketed as a tool for retraining unemployed workers in new fields. The computers were great, but software was lacking. Users wanted to create their own programs without needing to know programming and thus, the authoring tool was born.

Lessons from the past

dVinci Interactive

In 1989, I created my first interactive video using an authoring platform called IconAuthor, and it required a newfangled operating system called Windows 2.1. Other technological improvements followed rapidly – Windows 95 was a game-changer, as was the introduction of the PC authoring system Toolbook along with cross-platform tools like Director and Authorware. CD ROMs became easy to author, but they were soon supplanted by the ubiquity of the internet.

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How to Become a Digital CLO

CLO Magazine

In 1994, software company Asymetrix released ToolBook, a computer-based training authoring tool that made it possible for virtually anyone to create web-based training programs. The combination of increased demand for training and new tools to deliver it set the stage for learning leaders to gain new authority in the business.

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DevLearn 2011 – Notes from My Presentations

E-learning Uncovered

We all agreed to take on a design challenge about six weeks before the conference, and show up ready to talk through 1) a design concept that we could present to a client and 2) our process and tools behind the concept. HTML5 Authoring Tool Review. I started writing and talking about HTML5 and its potential impact on elearning about a year and a half ago, and for the first year, one of the major obstacles was the lack of tools that output to HTML5.

What Do We Mean When We Say HTML5?

The Learning Circuits

I often use the phrase “the HTML5 stack” to communicate more clearly, but to me, the main thing is that people have good resources to keep them up to date on the capabilities of the technology, the delivery platforms, and the authoring tools. And that brings us to one final complication: The makers of authoring tools—the people we often count on to help us deliver on our designs—aren’t always very invested in helping us cut through the hype to find what we need.

GeoLearning Acquired by SumTotal: The mLearning Impact?

mLearning Trends

SumTotal's ToolBook authoring tool, now in version 10.x, GeoLearning, on the other hand, has made solid strides in recent months with their GeoMaestro Mobility Solution to design and develop their own mobile apps (for iPhone, iPad, Android and WebOS/Palm -based devices) and provide a continuum of mobile authoring, delivery and reporting via their GeoMaestro suite to the benefit of their customers now considering mobile learning for the first time (and who isn't?).

Shift in eLearning from Pure Courseware towards Reference Hybrids

Tony Karrer

Just when you've made the transition from the prior generation of CBT authoring tools (e.g., Authorware , Toolbook ) to the new generation of WBT authoring tools (e.g., It is created via an Authoring Tool or an Learning Content Management System. It can be created using Wiki software, a content management system, web editing software or even Microsoft Word stored as HTML.

Training Standards

Tony Karrer

Until eLearning vendors bite the bullet, come to real standards on formats, and then the tools and structure can build up to support those standards, eLearning is never going to be what it can be. When CBT (CD-ROM based multimedia training) came out, there were a lot of different authoring tools and approaches that came along with it. It was hard to choose a tool because you didn't know quite what you were eventually going to do with it. I used to love these tools.

Q&A - eLearning Standards Especially SCORM

Tony Karrer

Here's a recent one to get me started: Is it mandatory to use SCORM while developing an E-learning Software? There are also standards such as WebDAV that are going to be important for authoring tool implementations in the next few years. So, when I've been consulting with vendors who are working on any kind of authoring system, that was a particularly interesting standard.

Being Thankful: E-Learning Thoughts

eLearning 24-7

Vendors who added innovative features including text to speech (way to go SoftChalk), to true HTML5 support (Claro, Cm-Studio, Rapid Intake, Toolbook and sort of HTML5 output – Lectora) to image editors, SDK kits, gaming sims and Sony PSP devices. Vendors who created their own integrated web conferencing tool, rather then charging end users extra to use their “partner” integrated one – achieved by having you purchase a separate license.

Top 10 eLearning Predictions for 2010

Tony Karrer

Prediction #1 => Hacking Work At this time last year, I did my series Tool Set 2009. When the personal tools in your mobile phone are more empowering than what your company provides or approves for your projects, how can you be saved from devastating market forces? The tools we use in life have leapfrogged over the ones we use at work. Do you remember the horrific feeling when you learned what it was going to take to author something to run over the web?

mLearning Content Types - Level 5: Courseware

mLearning Trends

The learning experience may feel “smaller” and more intimate, but the ability to package, deliver and track compelling content designed with effective pedagogical structure is truly coming of age when the proper tools, devices and methods are applied to mlearning. Regardless of whether your mobile content is written in HTML, authored in Microsoft PowerPoint, or built in some other mobile authoring package (e.g.,

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Memoirs of an "Instructional Designer"

Learning Visions

After a few years, I got involved in an IT initiative (then it was called MIS) -- designing a new software application to support our call center business. I did stand-up classroom sessions on the software. They liked my software training experience. So lets get the tools and information out there to support folks like me. I believe that with the rise of rapid e-Learning tools, well see more and more non-instructional designers doing instructional design.

List of e-Learning Job Descriptions

Vignettes Learning

· Proficiency using scheduling, productivity, and communication tools including GANNT charts, spreadsheets, and conferencing technologies. · Participates in beta deliveries of new courses; occasional travel overseas for pilot support · Develops course descriptions and related course-specific marketing documents and tools. · Contributes to storyboarding, authoring, and development of e-learning content and blended learning solutions.