Rapid Authoring – Freeform Vs Template Based

Upside Learning

Udutu is one of such tool which uses templates for authoring. Articulate community does provide some readymade PPT templates which you can use and save time on design and layout. While working on rapid authored courses (courses authored using rapid authoring tools), I often encounter the decision point of whether to use freeform rapid authoring tools or the traditional template-based tools. Both have their own pros and cons. In this post, I attempt to discuss more on these.

First eLearning?

Clark Quinn

I don’t really care how you prototype: it can be PPT, raw html, whatever. Apparently Udutu is free to author in, and there are lots of tools out there, SmartBuilder, Lectora, etc. This month’s Big Question from the Learning Circuit’s blog is, basically, where do you begin? Of course, that begs the question: what do you already know? Design, ID, a tool, ? However, it appears that the question sort of assumes a preexisting master’s in ID/IT.

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Rapid eLearning Tools

Tony Karrer

PointeCast www.pointecast.com Qarbon www.qarbon.com SCATE www.scate.com Udutu www.udutu.com Atlantic link scored the highest in the shoot-out. Of course, they were more looking at PPT conversion tools. Rapid eLearning Tools Satisfaction from the eLearningGuild Research reported Feb 2007 - Course Authoring and Rapid eLearning Tool Satisfaction See also Software Simulation Tools. Page update Mar 2008.

eLearning Guild Authoring & Development Tools Research Report (2008)

Learning Visions

Then I went on to show about 12 tools in more detail – some of which would probably make it onto a top ten list (Flash, Captivate, Articulate, and Lectora) – the remaining tools trying to hit at some of the other options out there (Smart Builder, eXe, Udutu, Thinking Worlds, Raptivity, Flypaper, Mohive, and Atlantic Link). that includes PPT and Word – whether or not you consider these as rapid elearning tools, Guild members do).