Rapid Content Authoring Tools: Market, Mayhem and Reality

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Macromedia Authorware and similar products. While some could argue that Authorware was a RCAT, I disagree. PENS was created in 2005 by AICC as a new interoperability standard. Tags: AICC PENS SAAS SCORM Uncategorized authoring tools e-learning e-learning vendors elearning content authoring tools rapid content authoring tools rapid content authoring As the evolution of e-learning continues, the rapid content authoring tools (RCAT) market follows suit.

How to select the right authoring tool

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While I have seen a few that give off the “rapid build” appearance, unless you have experience with solutions in the past like Authorware, MacroMedia Director, or similar brethren, you will face some serious challenges. – Asthetics within the tool are underwhelming, but can output amazing – Best known of these tools was Authorware; This is a tool geared for e-learning developers and those who have a strong ID background. .

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Authoring Tool Market – What I am seeing

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If you are an Authorware fanatic missing the old days, you are still going to miss it – because while these capabilities are being added to tools they are still not at the level of Authorware. I remember pushing my pen around my paper in junior high creating a race game too. The magic 8 ball is a fun item to use. Sure, you have the same probability of forecasting by tossing a penny in the air, but for some folks the magic 8 ball is a soothsayer.

Course Authoring Tools for eLearning Developers and the masses

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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. SCORM compliance and/or AICC – there are tools out there who support neither – but that is not the norm and there are a few tools out there who also support PENS. Tools these days come in three flavors. Geared toward e-learning developers and instructional designers. Geared towards the masses.

The E-Learning Foundations Intensive: Day 1

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The last of the morning sessions was split into two breakouts: Harry Mellon with Dazzle Technologies talked about “Flash, Authorware, and Other Authoring and Development Tools Review” in one room and Patti Shank with Learning Peaks, LLC talked about “Articulate, Captivate, and Other Rapid Tools Review.” Brent’s response was showing a slide with a quote from 1907 where “they” said the pencil will never replace pen and ink either!

The Latest: Rapid Content Authoring Tool Market

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Listen, Authorware is dead, so why create a product that is trying to bring it back to life with your own product? The latter is slowly gaining speed, which is an advantage to LMS vendors who have a CAT in their own product – which is SCORM,PENS/IMS compliant. The data is in, the results are interesting and the competition is growing. What does it all mean?