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Sharpest tool in the box: Choosing the right authoring tool for your learning strategy

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From rapid and responsive, to video and cross-browser capability we, as learning professionals, demand great things from the authoring tools available to us. And there are many to choose from.

This session explored the key factors we recommend you consider when choosing an authoring tool. These vary according to environment and culture, to the needs of your learners and the objectives of the learning. Choosing the right authoring tool and ensuring it is based on your needs ensures your learning content is not simply fit for purpose, but meets the aims of your wider learning strategy. With plenty of examples from real courses and solutions, the session covered a list of questions you need to ask, and provided a framework to help guide you through the tool-selection process.

● Great expectations - why the right authoring tool is the foundation of quality learning content.
● Key considerations - the right questions to evaluate the range of tools and make the right decision.
● The future - what can we expect from the next generation of authoring tools?

This presentation was delivered by Konathan Archibald and Nick Eastha, on Thursday 29th January at Learning Technologuies 2015 exhibition

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Sharpest tool in the box: Choosing the right authoring tool for your learning strategy

  1. 1. Sharpest tool in the box: Choosing the right authoring tool for your learning strategy brightwave.co.uk
  2. 2. Jonathan Archibald Chief Technology Officer Nick Eastham Solutions Technical Manager brightwave.co.uk
  3. 3. The technical landscape has changed significantly. Learning professionals demand more from authoring tools than ever before.
  4. 4. Authoring tools Explosion & disruption
  5. 5. “One size does NOT fit all” Selecting your tool - Frank Zappa
  6. 6. Established tools: Captivate Articulate Studio MoHive Coursebuilder Lectora Articulate Storyline What’s the best tool… for you? New contenders: Elucidat GoMo Adapt Brainshark Dictera many others…
  7. 7. Design Devices Usability
  8. 8. Design Do you need standard or bespoke features? • Upfront diagnostic or Role filter • Topic or page locking • Complex, scored scenarios • Guide features with supporting tutorials • Others…
  9. 9. Design • Variables • Actions • Triggers Do you need standard or bespoke features?
  10. 10. Design Do you need a bespoke user interface? • All tools come with a selection of pre-designed interface options • Only a few offer complete artistic freedom
  11. 11. Design Do you need to include systems simulations? • Captivate, Storyline and Lectora can all record sequences of screens. • Coursebuilder has a pretty good mechanism for building simulations training – but need to capture the screens using another method.
  12. 12. Devices Question to ask… Will your users be accessing the elearning from desktops, tablets or smartphones?
  13. 13. Some tools offer mobile support but might not be suitable for smartphones! Devices
  14. 14. Devices Will your users be accessing the elearning from desktops, tablets or smartphones? 1. Download a trial copy 2. Build a few simple screens 3. Publish for HTML5 and SCORM 4. Upload to SCORM Cloud 5. Launch it on your tablet Established tools now output HTML5
  15. 15. Devices Will your users be accessing the elearning from desktops, tablets or smartphones? If you need smartphone support, you really need a responsive authoring tool
  16. 16. Devices Responsive Authoring Tools - Adapt
  17. 17. Devices Responsive Authoring Tools - Elucidat
  18. 18. Devices Responsive Authoring Tools • Remember! • New rules to follow • There are certain interaction types and features that are difficult to replicate on a small smartphone screen.
  19. 19. Usability Questions to ask… • How technically adept are your proposed users? • Where will your users be located?
  20. 20. Usability How technically adept are your proposed users? • The best tools allow a lot of technical configuration - but don’t require it • Well supported – online communities etc.
  21. 21. Usability Where will your users be located? • Hosted tools allow their users to be located remotely • Some offer project management features and user testing and review mechanisms • Established and new tools offer this
  22. 22. In Summary… • There’s no best tool • Prioritise your requirements and make a shortlist • Trial those you’re interested in to help make the final choice
  23. 23. The future of authoring?
  24. 24. Thank you brightwave.co.uk Questions? Come to stand 60

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