Q&A: Unicorn Head of Content Development Laura Hooper

Unicorn Training

Ahead of the e-learning awards on Thursday 6 November, where the eCreator has been shortlisted for Most Innovative New Learning Product, we caught up with Unicorn's Head of Content Development Laura Hooper for a chat about the world of content development. I got to learn software like Director and Authorware, built my first project for Liverpool Victoria and never looked back! A year ago I was asked to become the Head of Content Development.

Michael Allen – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

He was the founder and CEO of Authorware, a revolutionary eLearning authoring tool. Authorware merged with MacroMind/Paracomp to become Macromedia, which was later acquired by Adobe. What are the latest trends in organizational learning & development, and performance support? Learnnovators: You are known for your role as the primary architect in creating Authorware ― one of the most successful authoring tools ever created. ABOUT Dr. MICHAEL W.

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MICHAEL ALLEN – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

Learnnovators

He was the founder and CEO of Authorware, a revolutionary eLearning authoring tool. Authorware merged with MacroMind/Paracomp to become Macromedia, which was later acquired by Adobe. What are the latest trends in organizational learning & development, and performance support? Learnnovators: You are known for your role as the primary architect in creating Authorware ? How significant is this synergy in your development scenario? ABOUT Dr. MICHAEL W.

Using Silverlight/Expression Blend for eLearning Development

Upside Learning

Elearning development tools: only Adobe? Over the last ten years or so, major elearning developers have preferred to use tools like Flash, Authorware and Director from Adobe (earlier Macromedia). The reason was simple– it was an easier way to achieve the multimedia integration needed to deliver engaging content over variety of media (standalone CD based and then transitioning to web based). However, we haven’t heard much about elearning development using Silverlight.

Using Silverlight/Expression Blend for eLearning Development

Upside Learning

Elearning development tools: only Adobe? Over the last ten years or so, major elearning developers have preferred to use tools like Flash, Authorware and Director from Adobe (earlier Macromedia). The reason was simple– it was an easier way to achieve the multimedia integration needed to deliver engaging content over variety of media (standalone CD based and then transitioning to web based). However, we haven’t heard much about elearning development using Silverlight.

Using Silverlight/Expression Blend for eLearning Development

Upside Learning

Elearning development tools: only Adobe? Over the last ten years or so, major elearning developers have preferred to use tools like Flash, Authorware and Director from Adobe (earlier Macromedia). The reason was simple– it was an easier way to achieve the multimedia integration needed to deliver engaging content over variety of media (standalone CD based and then transitioning to web based). However, we haven’t heard much about elearning development using Silverlight.

A Conversation with Michael Allen–ADDIE, SAM & the Future of ID

Kapp Notes

Allen is a leader in the field of design, developing and delivering online instruction. He founded the computer-based course authoring tool Authorware in 1984 and later formed Macromedia through a merger which was then bought by Adobe Systems. He has just released a new book, Leaving Addie for SAM: An Agile Model for Developing the Best Learning Experiences in which he describes what he calls the Successive approximation Model (SAM).

ADDIE 202

e-Learning Authoring Tools Crash Course -- Follow Up

Learning Visions

Note: you can generally tell if info was provided by a real user or by an authoring tool company ;) Bryan Chapman, Brandon Hall Research Report, Authoring Tool KnowledgeBase 2009 (A Buyer's Guide to 120+ of the Best E-learning Content Development Applications). The list does include older tools like Authorware, which are no longer being supported and definitely missing a tool or two.

Wanted – Instructional Designer

eLearning 24-7

On a recent post on LinkedIn, I talked about SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) and why they should not be the people creating your course/content. Anyone who used Authorware can attest to that. Give them some paper-based content. When you are creating an e-learning course, from existing content (usually it is paper-based), you want to extract the key takeaways in each chapter. The common wording used in objectives are – Learn, Develop, Identify, Examine, Acquire.

Rapid Content Authoring Tools: Market, Mayhem and Reality

eLearning 24-7

As the evolution of e-learning continues, the rapid content authoring tools (RCAT) market follows suit. Macromedia Authorware and similar products. While some could argue that Authorware was a RCAT, I disagree. People who are not WBT instructional designers or content developers or have a deep background in either field and are now handed off the task of creating content/courses. Open Source Free Content Authoring Tools.

E-Learning Innovative Products – They are Out There

eLearning 24-7

Accepts any courses built in any content authoring tools that are SCORM & AICC compliant – so you can upload and sell your courses that you built in Articulate, Captivate, even open source authoring tools (but they must be standards compliant). Especially, when they are building the course in a rapid content authoring tool. Something like my 3rd party content authoring tool. Reuse course content & comes with an integrated gradebook. I love innovation.

E-Learning Innovative Products – They are Out There

Unicorn Training

Here is a blog from a US industry "guru" with his choice of 5 new eLearning products - both LMS add ins and content authoring tools.Bit of a mixed bag, but one or two that look to be worth following up.E-Learning That’s right – YOU.Accepts any courses built in any content authoring tools that are SCORM & AICC compliant – so you can upload and sell your courses that you built in Articulate, Captivate, even open source authoring tools (but they must be standards compliant)Twist?OpenSesame