Three Takeaways Today

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PowerPoint is not E-Learning and shouldn’t be used as your course tool/development – For whatever reason, there are people who have been around online learning for years, who still see PPT as a means for the creation of content – i.e. courses. PPT is boring.

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PowerPoint – The King of eLearning Tools?

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Most of the new authoring tools either use PPT as their backbone or offer the ability to import slides. Interface creation, navigation buttons, LMS tracking, and testing abilities are then typically added to the PPT functionality. I “grew-up&# in eLearning world using Director/Authorware and then moving into Flash/HTML (PPT was “off-limits&# ). Using these new tools meant that I had to start using PPT. Everyone has PPT.

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How to select the right authoring tool

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In the authoring tool world: PowerPoint focused authoring tool, Basically you know PPT, love it and want the ability to build within it and then convert your PPT to a Course. You have objects, elements, layers (in many cases) along with an option to go tree or not, with some allowing the “slide” like view too; you can also create a course with PPT slides only, but that is not the ideal target.

The Latest: Rapid Content Authoring Tool Market

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PowerPoint – Ability to integrate or use PPT in your courses. Some vendors push heavily on PPT, implying that a great WBT is really a PPT converted to Flash. Listen, Authorware is dead, so why create a product that is trying to bring it back to life with your own product? SaaS – while desktop still rules, SaaS is slowly gaining converts. More vendors seem interested in PPT, then having this as a spec in their product.

Preference of E-Learning – Structured or not?

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The rise of rapid content authoring tools, specifically the explosive growth of Articulate Studio, which in all sense of the word was nothing more than a PPT converter, allowed anyone, to create an “online course” ID skills not needed. For the authorware supporters this was akin to blasting the planet with gamma rays. Trends are funny.

Rapid Content Authoring Tools: Market, Mayhem and Reality

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Is it PowerPoint converted to Flash? Microsoft Word converted to Flash? Macromedia Authorware and similar products. While some could argue that Authorware was a RCAT, I disagree. An alarming rate of “get the content up now, ASAP&# regardless of what it looks like, instructional design is typically tossed out the window, especially when the ID, CD or whomever is tasked to create is handed a stream of documents in Word or PPT or some other form.

Adobe shows off Captivate 4 and the Adobe eLearning Suite

Steve Howard

These are very similar to Flash components and Authorware Knowledge Objects, in that developers are able to create pre-configured logic and visual components which accept parameters when inserted into Captivate. This uses a special engine that converts text inputted as closed captions into audio that is saved into the published file. Alternatively PowerPoint files can be linked, so that edits to the source PPT file are reflected in the Captivate project.