Fears of the Course Authoring Tool Market

eLearning 24-7

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. Because other vendors are getting into the act as well. There are more vendors in the LMS space under 10K then in the past – thus meeting the markets’ needs yet the authoring tool space is seeing a spike in prices. Rapid Intake – Talk about price increase.

Course Authoring Tools for eLearning Developers and the masses

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Rapid Intake m-Learning Studio - Strong solution for the masses and developers, forward thinking approach, they also offer an online/offline product called m-Learning synch which includes a mobile learning online platform, rather than connecting to your LMS. The authoring tool vendors will say their products are for everyone. Or the demand from themselves, the vendors. Tools these days come in three flavors.

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E-learning News September 2010

eLearning 24-7

When you register and attend Social Learning: C the New, C the Possible and C the Evolution , you will be entered to win a one year subscription to Rapid Intake’s online, collaborative rapid authoring tool, Unison™. Web Conferencing – the Players, the Duds, the Newcomers – includes a directory of all the vendors out there. People have been asking me for my top LMS vendors, and so, I will be providing my top 20 vendors.

And the LMS selection winner is…

eLearning Development

After over a year of looking and talking with several LMS vendors, I finally chose an LMS - ClickCourse from Rapid Intake. If you’ve been following this blog, you may recall my past posts about Rapid Intake’s Unison and Flashform. (By Even though I have yet to purchase any Rapid Intake products, I’ve gotten better customer service from them than from many companies I’ve purchased products from.

eLearning Development News » Have you seen Unison yet?

eLearning Development

Latest E-Learning News and Notes

eLearning 24-7

E-Learning 24/7 and E-Learning TV presents: Rapid Course Authoring Tool Shootout. Each person who is working on the software, has no knowledge of the vendor’s software prior to. Rapid Intake Unison. Email me with the subject “shootout&# and in the email write the name of the vendor. 124 vendors, inc. 1 of the 16 open source vendors that offers m-learning capabilities. 26/108 commercial vendors offer m-learning capabilities inc.

How to Buy a LMS

eLearning 24-7

RCAT – Rapid Content Authoring Tool. It is called rapid because you can build quickly without any real tech skill sets. Common brands under RCAT – Articulate, Lectora, Captivate, Rapid Intake, dominKnow Claro. Some vendors (and it is gaining steam) offer “active users” Active users – People who are taking at least one course during the month. E-Commerce model – It is rare, but there are vendors who offer it.

New E-Learning Rankings: Authoring Tools

eLearning 24-7

Vendors can move up, down or out of the rankings – after all it is on-going. Rankings are based on my directories which are updated monthly; I also keep a separate directory which will contain more vendors than listed within the visible directories – reason being it offers clients (those who hire me – buyers to have an added bonus, of course it contains much more info); that said the monthly directories provide key info and in future updates have new columns added.

E-Learning Takeaways

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For the rest of us, it isn’t, unless you see the latest takeaways as examples of what is to come or more importantly what hasn’t – which is really a could be doomsday to many vendors – unless they wake up! In my newest directory, I have 138 vendors. 4 desktop authoring tool vendors work with Windows 8. I am hearing from some vendors that they are having issues with Windows 8 and that Microsoft typically makes it difficult to really make it work.

Latest E-Learning Insight and News

eLearning 24-7

There is a growing list of vendors, including small/mid size that are adding talent management components that match the Big Dog systems. A couple of vendors have added HRIS modules. It is interesting to note, that many of the vendors are targeting the SMB space, especially the small size (less than 500 employees) market. What is nice is there are still a significant number of vendors who have not added it. Rapid Intake will stay as is – name, feature wise, etc.

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New mLearning Authoring Offerings - Wave #1

mLearning Trends

As detailed in my list of mobile learning predictions for 2011 , a collection of smart and savvy authoring tool vendors offering solutions for online training delivery will start to introduce specialized tools that will enable some form of single sourcing that outputs mobile-friendly content with little or nominal effort over and above what's already been invested to create online courseware and training materials.

New Authoring tool rankings #11 to #20

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20 eLab - The user interface is intriguing and enables anyone to build a course, without having the typical “ooh that looks so lame” with some rapid content authoring tools. A few vendors say “social learning” but it is often far from it. I’m always amazed at some of the names vendors come up with for authoring tools. 14 Callidus Cloud – Rapid Intake. 1st vendor to have online/offline mobile synch.

Trade Show Circuit 2013

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Vendors are assessing as well. The show is solely focused on e-learning and the vendors come from all over the world. On the vendor side, nice set to select from although on the freebie side – always is lame. Vendor Angle. A must for any e-learning vendor. That said, vendors have found the show overall to be a mixed bag. If as a vendor you go in with this perspective, then you will not come away disappointed. Vendor Angle.

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Holiday Giveaway from E-Learning 24/7

eLearning 24-7

As part of the holidays, these vendors have joined together with E-Learning 24/7 and present (no pun intended) a holiday giveaway. The Vendors (alphabetical order, followed by giveaway). Link to web site is located within the vendor’s name. Rapid Intake -100 seats, one year license for ClickCourse SCORM LMS (one winner will be selected, and you must work at a company, firm, organization, etc. In one case, the vendor will be mailing the prize to you.

Holiday Giveaway from E-Learning 24/7

eLearning 24-7

Many e-learning vendors put $$$ ahead of their customers. Thus, it is wonderful to see vendors who have stepped forward and said, “we care&# , “we value you&# , by offering giveaways during this holiday season. The Vendors (alphabetical order, followed by giveaway). Link to web site is located within the vendor’s name. In one case, the vendor will be mailing the prize to you. They see us a data point to place in their bottom line.

Answering your LMS Questions

eLearning 24-7

How many of you have seen vendors respond to your questions? A: Virtually every LMS vendor out there in the marketplace provides these features. Congrats, you are probably looking at less than 10 (based on my LMS directory which contains 475 vendors). Custom domains – rather than have yourcompany.vendorname.com, some systems are now offering custom domains so that your learners see whatever name you create.com and remove the vendor name.

Being Thankful: E-Learning Thoughts

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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 added robust feature sets in their LMSs – including ebook publishing, social media functionality beyond the same ol same, online/offline synch, podcasting, 3D worlds.

Times are changing – trends in the content authoring tool market

eLearning 24-7

As the rapid content authoring market continues to grow, new features and capabilities are equally growing. You work online via the servers of your vendor. I had thought that this trend would be dying out, but it is amazing at the number of vendors who are entering the space and still focused on the desktop approach. Vendors who are already in the SaaS only space, should continue to offer features that maximize its power. Vendors to Watch.

M-Learning: Where’s the app for that?

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With all these vendors talking about their solution and its capabilities on mobile devices, it should be easy to find an app for that. Regardless if the vendor is m-learning specific, content authoring tool, LMS, web conferencing or a hybrid. Nowadays more and more vendors (thankfully) are seeing the benefit of mobile devices. There is actually a vendor who has a mobile app available on iTunes, Upside Learning. iPad/iPad 2 Vendors.

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Latest E-Learning Trends – Some good, some bad

eLearning 24-7

I mean ever&# , from a senior executive at a mid to large size vendor that has been in the market for several years. Across the board, a large number of vendors (from small to large) saw increases in their quarter numbers. Especially, when vendors released their 2010 final numbers and saw big increases from the previous year. One vendor is months behind their release schedule. Another vendor is suffering Q/A issues. Identify the problem, the vendor too.

ASTD TechKnowledge 2013, Day 2

eLearning 24-7

How about – Litmos actually skinning the product themselves – as the majority of vendors do – at no additional charge or more simple click customization options. However there were plenty of vendors who had — NOTHING. ASTDTK13 Buying a LMS e-learning e-learning trade show e-learning vendors education learning learning management system trade shows edtech elearning lrnchatWow, wasn’t that marching band fantastic?

TechKnowledge 2012 – Post Assessment

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Nice selection of vendors – in general. More goodies then in the past, but the vendor with the awesome monkeys – it was nearly impossible to get one – you had a better chance of allowing them to stick leeches on you, then getting one – what’s the point of marketing – if the product you want to show – yours – isn’t walking the floor with folks. Less vendors scanning people’s ID badges, which I found interesting.

E-Learning Trade Shows + Product Reviews 4 #TK11

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What I like about conferences is the ability to see the latest products and hear the pitches from the vendors. Yet, for all that do it, their are equal number of vendors who do not. Vendors who do not have anyone in their booth, during expo times – I see this at all shows, regardless of the product or market; but at e-learning/training shows you see it a lot OR you see them eating in their booth. elearn Online – rapid content authoring tool.

Authoring Tools- The DevLearn Experience

eLearning 24-7

I suspected that the expo would feature a large quantity of rapid content authoring tools. From products that ranged from the latest versions of RCATs to new vendors in the space, including text to speech. . Not so much, from what I saw – some of the tools were underwhelming (granted some were quite impressive), but rather how the vendors themselves perceived where the market is going and what customers want in their authoring tools. Other vendors are falling suit.

APIs and Mashups r ur new ABCs for E-Learning

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Unfortunately, too many vendors in the e-learning space have failed to see the power and potential of this capability, and have decided to ignore them. However there are vendors who sell their API solution wrapped in a piece of software. SCORM Player communicating with your vendor’s solution, for example, if you were creating your own LMS and Rapid Intake’s rapid e-learning authoring tool, it includes a SCORM Player API. LMS Vendors.

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. This is a growing market with new vendors showing up, but at the same time, others disappearing. If a RCAT vendor tells you they have been in business for over 10 years, they are somewhat misleading, since WBT courses really didn’t start to hit the mark until 2000 and then you have limited choices on how to build. Rapid Intake.

Award for all awards

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Granted it does not include bloggers (I hand them out- more on that in a sec) or believe it or not – other vendors, but it is a nice list nevertheless. Nothing wrong with that, mind you, after all when a company or vendor wins such an award it makes for great advertising and marketing. There are a couple of ways that a firm, company, vendor or individual can win an award, depending on the organization that is selecting winners. Everyone likes to win awards.

Rapid Content Authoring Tools 2010 – Innovators, Winners and Updated Trends

eLearning 24-7

Rapid Intake: Unison. Sure, other vendors will say you can do that too, but you have to open each object file to get it. Many vendors hyping PowerPoint to Flash angle as key feature. Courses appearing in the market in a linear fashion, a result of people entering the space from a ILT background, it fits under this category, because vendors are not explaining the non-linear nor the true essence of WBT of courses.

Course Authoring and Rapid eLearning Tool Satisfaction

Tony Karrer

I don't know if I've seen this reported by the eLearningGuild , but their reports showed some interesting information about satisfaction levels reported by members on course authoring and rapid eLearning tool satisfaction levels. Courseware Authoring Tool Satisfaction - Rapid eLearning Tool Satisfaction - I'm only showing tools with 15 or more evaluations. List of Tools and Vendors: Keynote - KnowledgePlanet On-Demand. Rapid Intake Trivantis QMIND, Inc.

New mLearning Authoring Tools – Wave #2

mLearning Trends

The eLearning Guild’s LS2011 event was well attended and features 50+ vendors and more than 1300 participants from the training and development industry. I was able to spend time with several different vendors who are all preparing to deliver their own mobile learning offers into the marketplace in the coming months. mLearning Studio from Rapid Intake.

Best of the Best: Content Authoring Tools

eLearning 24-7

When you see many of these awards from organizations – the general mass of them (but not all of them) require the vendor/company to submit an application for whatever category or categories. There is never any pay for play here – even my vendor clients are aware that they may not win best of the best. Identifies the best of the best and now identifies vendors who offer a reader discount when you purchase their product.

Flash Quiz Tools

Tony Karrer

Note: there are additional rating items such as would use again, vendor responsiveness, etc. Rapid Intake Flashform Rapid eLearning Studio creates interactive Flash-based AICC or SCORM-conformant e-learning courseware. Update June 2008 - added one free flash quiz tool based on a question I received. This tool is listed at the bottom. A client wanted to create online quizzes that would live inside of a larger site.

State of the Authoring Tool Industry 2015

eLearning 24-7

Yes there are vendors doing some new stuff, okay many, but a few items are not new, rather they have been around for a long time. SaaS boost – Finally more vendors are on the appropriate path for their consumers; but the big folks are not – why? Mobile Friendly – It has taken a bit of time, but go anywhere and you will see “Responsive” and “HTML5″ xAPI – Another why wasn’t this done a year ago for many vendors?

Top Six E-Learning Tools for 2015

eLearning 24-7

3 Demo Chimp – Back in the day there was this amazing authoring tool called Rapid Intake and the guy behind the whole thing was Garin Hess. So, one server goes to another server on another vendor’s site. I always hate where vendors think they know more than the client when it comes to these algorithms. Well it is that time of the year. For what? No clue, but people seem to like saying that phrase and so, I’m adding it to this post.

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DevLearn Day 1

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Excluding the obvious authoring tools and some LMS vendors, I found these themes with numerous vendors attending the expo: Remediation – as in our product increases retention better than a LMS. Oh, and we also do mobile with tablets, smartphones, and then there was some HTML5 mentioned in many authoring tool products and some of the LMS vendors and a few e-learning tools. A few vendors showed up pitching their LRS – two as standalone products.

R U Maximizing your M-Learning Experience?

eLearning 24-7

Talk to some vendors and the fail to realize what is possible, fail to understand what should be required and fail to grasp at all the nuances. For vendors, well that is another story. LMS vendors as a whole, go forward first with responsive, then native apps, xAPI and on/off synch OR they go in an entire different order but eventually all four features are in play. . Authoring tool vendors for the most part have really been slacking when it comes to mobile learning. .

DevLearn 2011 The Exhibitors

Unicorn Training

One of the most useful aspects of DevLearn is the Vendor Expo. They provide an agency service for sourcing freelance instructional designers, and could be very useful to us as we look to grow our US presence while keeping our cost base flexible.iSpring – the developers of our favourite Powerpoint based rapid authoring tool were showcasing some innovative new features, including AS3 compatibility. This looks to be a significant advance in functionality for the rapid learning tool.

Rapid (Collaborative) Authoring Tools for developers/SMEs in multiple locations

Janet Clarey

I’ve been slicing and dicing our Authoring Tool KnowledgeBase and doing some online research in response to a question about collaborative rapid authoring tools that developers in multiple locations can use. My methodology: Rapid = Tool designed for SME with no page design, authoring, or programming experience (this doesn’t exclude tools with additional functionality for advanced users). Collaborative Rapid Authoring Tools: AuthoLearn (TrainVision Ltd.).

Online authoring tools not so novel

Clive on Learning

My prediction was that in 2008 we'd see more online rapid e-learning authoring environments come onto the market and the reason I claimed that this prediction was on target was because of the announcements by established authoring tool vendors of two very promising new online products, Unison from Rapid Intake and RapideL-i. My posting One prediction already on target created a bit of a reaction.

My 2012 Enterprise mLearning Predictions Recap

mLearning Trends

Interest in the mobile web app approach remains strong with many organizations especially from those wading into the mobile learning pool for the first time (from both the customer and vendor perspective). And learning vendors (e.g., Every vendor currently stuck with Flash-only content delivery methods is extolling the virtue of their “soon to be released” HTML5 (or other mobile friendly) offerings to stay relevant in the face of all these new choices.