E-Learning Software – Important Questions Answered

If you are just getting started with e-learning software, you may feel a little over your head at the moment and this is completely natural for beginners. In truth, it can be tough to master and this leads to confusion. However, this feeling should never lead to you giving up because you will be rewarded for your efforts as long as you keep going. To help you out a little, we have some advice and answers to some of the most common questions regarding this topic. Without further ado, let’s take a look

E-Learning Authoring Software

Is there a most common authoring software? If so, how and why does it differ from the others? – For quite some time, the leaders within this market haven’t really moved about a lot which means that the likes of TechSmith Camtasia, Articulate Studio, and Adobe Captivate are still at the top of their game. Once you whittle the market down to a short list – this could include Articulate Storyline and Trivantis Lectora too – the debate then starts as to which is ‘the best’. For a up-to-date review what is available, have a look at our 2017 E-Learning Authoring Software Market review

For the most part, we believe that you should concentrate on what is right for you. In truth, your needs could be very different to the next person’s needs so you should be assessing for what you need the e-learning software. Once you make this assessment, you can compare all the top programs equally and make a decision.

When creating short videos, is there anything other than Captivate? – If you’re looking for something a little different in this department, you should firstly look towards Adobe Premiere and Camtasia. With Camtasia, you will find that there are many features perfect for e-learning software and this includes screen simulations.

For Section 508 courses, is there a piece of software that you can recommend? When creating a course for those with disabilities using tools like assistive technology, we would suggest Adobe Captivate, Lectora, and Articulate Storyline. Of all the available programs, these will allow you to do what you need the best.

What should I use when working with custom Javascript? – In truth, this can be tricky because not all software allows custom Javascript. However, there are a couple that do – Lectora, Adobe Captivate, and Articulate Storyline. When you have this custom Javascript, you can then add details you otherwise wouldn’t have the ability to add.

Will Articulate ever come to Mac and other Apple products? – To this point, there are no plans that have made themselves clear. Despite this, there are many Storyline users working on Apple devices through a Windows emulator including parallels. If you wanted to avoid using an emulator, we would suggest Adobe Captivate for a Mac device.

Course Design

When trying to create a course to work on mobile as well as desktops, what format should be used? – Ultimately, the most important factor for both mobile and desktops is that it can output to HTML5. For some older browsers, the users will struggle with HTML5 (in which case you can also offer Flash which can be achieved on Adobe Captivate as well as Articulate Storyline).

Furthermore, you should be looking to use a responsive design so the course adapts regardless of the device being used. For this, Lectora and Adobe Captivate are your best bets but many rumors suggest that Articulate Storyline will be added to this list soon enough. Also, it should be pointed out that you don’t necessarily need to use an authoring tool as some developers of e-learning courses program directly in HTML5.

What budget (time and money) should I set for a good course? – How long is a piece of string? In truth, this completely depends and the most important factor in deciding both of these could be the effectiveness of your planning. For many experts, they seem to follow Bryan Chapman’s research which suggests 180 hours per one hour of content. As for the cost, you could save money in certain areas or you could spend more than the average so it all depends.

What approach should be used for factual content in e-learning? – Although there are many important factors, we believe one of the best to be engagement because this will keep things interesting for the reader/viewer. If you want to do some research, look up Cathy Moore and her brilliant advice in what she calls ‘Action Mapping’.

What about graphics? – Firstly, you will need to familiarize yourself with the relevant terms and conditions that apply to whatever service you are working with. Sometimes, people just assume that Google images can be used as a resource but some sites will not allow this and it means you will have to spend hours making adjustments. Instead, sites like iStock, ThinkStock, and Shutterstock are normally always good because they require small fees either as a subscription or per image. If you will be needing a whole host of characters, the character library from the e-learning brothers will be a good move as would Creative Commons images if you want to save a little money.

How should an e-learning course be split up in terms of viewing, reading, quiz, interactivity, etc? – Although there isn’t necessarily a set formula to follow, you should be thinking about the main learning goal from your program. A little earlier, we mentioned Action Mapping and this could be vital once again because you can plan out your interactions successfully.

Learning Management Systems

LMS v LCMS – What’s the difference? – With a learning management system (LMS), the main goal is to have the learners interact with all the content produced. Not only can it track the completion of the course, it will also be the main course catalog whilst deciding how it is assigned. With a learning content management system (LCMS), the focus is on the developer because it allows for a collaborative authoring environment along with review tools, an asset library, and more.

What tools can be offered to learners with the LMS to increase their engagement? – Ultimately, the main point for engagement will be what is occurring within the mainframe of the course. However, there are certain factors that will help such as recommendations, the rating system, and advanced searches so learners are likely to find your course. For peer-to-peer learning, a number of LMSs will allow the generation and posting of user content. Furthermore, many other collaboration and social media tools exist too.

Should I select AICC, SCORM, or xAPI? – As communication protocols, SCORM, xAPI, and AICC decide how the tracking systems are contacted. At first, it was AICC that was introduced to the market and it specialized within the aviation industry. Soon enough, people started to find it useful regardless of their industry. Over time, this led to the introduction of SCORM which was standardized for many different industries. Finally, newer technology allowed flexibility when xAPI entered the market.

Sadly, AICC has lost its buzz somewhat in recent years whilst SCORM can take the crown of ‘most commonly used’. However, there is one main downside in that it isn’t future-proofed which is why xAPI has been attracting much interest in recent times. When deciding between the three, you need to consider whether you have an LMS or not. If you have already made this step, you will need to look into what the LMS supports because many cannot support the standards of xAPI. On the other hand, some will support a variety of options which gives you the choice.

If you have a traditional course and are looking for quiz tracking, SCORM would be good for this whilst xAPI largely focuses on tracking other experiences. If you are yet to choose your LMS, you should be looking for one that will adopt xAPI in the future otherwise you face being left behind. Finally, you also have to assess your needs and know exactly what you’re looking for; what is it that you need to track? What tools will be the most valuable to you? When the data is received, what do you wish to do with it? As soon as you answer these questions, you will be better placed to make the right decisions.

Summary – There we have it, some answers to the most common questions regarding learning management systems, e-learning authoring software, and the design of the course. With this, hopefully you have a better understanding of the topic and can progress with your course!

If you are just getting started with e-learning software, you may feel a little over your head at the moment and this is completely natural for beginners. In truth, it can be tough to master and this leads to confusion. However, this feeling should never lead to you giving up because you will be rewarded for your efforts as long as you keep going. To help you out a little, we have some advice and answers to some of the most common questions regarding this topic. Without further ado, let’s take a look

E-Learning Authoring Software

Is there a most common authoring software? If so, how and why does it differ from the others? – For quite some time, the leaders within this market haven’t really moved about a lot which means that the likes of TechSmith Camtasia, Articulate Studio, and Adobe Captivate are still at the top of their game. Once you whittle the market down to a short list – this could include Articulate Storyline and Trivantis Lectora too – the debate then starts as to which is ‘the best’.

For the most part, we believe that you should concentrate on what is right for you. In truth, your needs could be very different to the next person’s needs so you should be assessing for what you need the e-learning software. Once you make this assessment, you can compare all the top programs equally and make a decision.

When creating short videos, is there anything other than Captivate? – If you’re looking for something a little different in this department, you should firstly look towards Adobe Premiere and Camtasia. With Camtasia, you will find that there are many features perfect for e-learning software and this includes screen simulations.

For Section 508 courses, is there a piece of software that you can recommend? When creating a course for those with disabilities using tools like assistive technology, we would suggest Adobe Captivate, Lectora, and Articulate Storyline. Of all the available programs, these will allow you to do what you need the best.

What should I use when working with custom Javascript? – In truth, this can be tricky because not all software allows custom Javascript. However, there are a couple that do – Lectora, Adobe Captivate, and Articulate Storyline. When you have this custom Javascript, you can then add details you otherwise wouldn’t have the ability to add.

Will Articulate ever come to Mac and other Apple products? – To this point, there are no plans that have made themselves clear. Despite this, there are many Storyline users working on Apple devices through a Windows emulator including parallels. If you wanted to avoid using an emulator, we would suggest Adobe Captivate for a Mac device.

Course Design

When trying to create a course to work on mobile as well as desktops, what format should be used? – Ultimately, the most important factor for both mobile and desktops is that it can output to HTML5. For some older browsers, the users will struggle with HTML5 (in which case you can also offer Flash which can be achieved on Adobe Captivate as well as Articulate Storyline).

Furthermore, you should be looking to use a responsive design so the course adapts regardless of the device being used. For this, Lectora and Adobe Captivate are your best bets but many rumors suggest that Articulate Storyline will be added to this list soon enough. Also, it should be pointed out that you don’t necessarily need to use an authoring tool as some developers of e-learning courses program directly in HTML5.

What budget (time and money) should I set for a good course? – How long is a piece of string? In truth, this completely depends and the most important factor in deciding both of these could be the effectiveness of your planning. For many experts, they seem to follow Bryan Chapman’s research which suggests 180 hours per one hour of content. As for the cost, you could save money in certain areas or you could spend more than the average so it all depends.

What approach should be used for factual content in e-learning? – Although there are many important factors, we believe one of the best to be engagement because this will keep things interesting for the reader/viewer. If you want to do some research, look up Cathy Moore and her brilliant advice in what she calls ‘Action Mapping’.

What about graphics? – Firstly, you will need to familiarize yourself with the relevant terms and conditions that apply to whatever service you are working with. Sometimes, people just assume that Google images can be used as a resource but some sites will not allow this and it means you will have to spend hours making adjustments. Instead, sites like iStock, ThinkStock, and Shutterstock are normally always good because they require small fees either as a subscription or per image. If you will be needing a whole host of characters, the character library from the e-learning brothers will be a good move as would Creative Commons images if you want to save a little money.

How should an e-learning course be split up in terms of viewing, reading, quiz, interactivity, etc? – Although there isn’t necessarily a set formula to follow, you should be thinking about the main learning goal from your program. A little earlier, we mentioned Action Mapping and this could be vital once again because you can plan out your interactions successfully.

Learning Management Systems

LMS v LCMS – What’s the difference? – With a learning management system (LMS), the main goal is to have the learners interact with all the content produced. Not only can it track the completion of the course, it will also be the main course catalog whilst deciding how it is assigned. With a learning content management system (LCMS), the focus is on the developer because it allows for a collaborative authoring environment along with review tools, an asset library, and more.

What tools can be offered to learners with the LMS to increase their engagement? – Ultimately, the main point for engagement will be what is occurring within the mainframe of the course. However, there are certain factors that will help such as recommendations, the rating system, and advanced searches so learners are likely to find your course. For peer-to-peer learning, a number of LMSs will allow the generation and posting of user content. Furthermore, many other collaboration and social media tools exist too.

Should I select AICC, SCORM, or xAPI? – As communication protocols, SCORM, xAPI, and AICC decide how the tracking systems are contacted. At first, it was AICC that was introduced to the market and it specialized within the aviation industry. Soon enough, people started to find it useful regardless of their industry. Over time, this led to the introduction of SCORM which was standardized for many different industries. Finally, newer technology allowed flexibility when xAPI entered the market.

Sadly, AICC has lost its buzz somewhat in recent years whilst SCORM can take the crown of ‘most commonly used’. However, there is one main downside in that it isn’t future-proofed which is why xAPI has been attracting much interest in recent times. When deciding between the three, you need to consider whether you have an LMS or not. If you have already made this step, you will need to look into what the LMS supports because many cannot support the standards of xAPI. On the other hand, some will support a variety of options which gives you the choice.

If you have a traditional course and are looking for quiz tracking, SCORM would be good for this whilst xAPI largely focuses on tracking other experiences. If you are yet to choose your LMS, you should be looking for one that will adopt xAPI in the future otherwise you face being left behind. Finally, you also have to assess your needs and know exactly what you’re looking for; what is it that you need to track? What tools will be the most valuable to you? When the data is received, what do you wish to do with it? As soon as you answer these questions, you will be better placed to make the right decisions.

Summary – There we have it, some answers to the most common questions regarding learning management systems, e-learning authoring software, and the design of the course. With this, hopefully you have a better understanding of the topic and can progress with your course!

If you are just getting started with e-learning software, you may feel a little over your head at the moment and this is completely natural for beginners. In truth, it can be tough to master and this leads to confusion. However, this feeling should never lead to you giving up because you will be rewarded for your efforts as long as you keep going. To help you out a little, we have some advice and answers to some of the most common questions regarding this topic. Without further ado, let’s take a look

E-Learning Authoring Software

Is there a most common authoring software? If so, how and why does it differ from the others? – For quite some time, the leaders within this market haven’t really moved about a lot which means that the likes of TechSmith Camtasia, Articulate Studio, and Adobe Captivate are still at the top of their game. Once you whittle the market down to a short list – this could include Articulate Storyline and Trivantis Lectora too – the debate then starts as to which is ‘the best’.

For the most part, we believe that you should concentrate on what is right for you. In truth, your needs could be very different to the next person’s needs so you should be assessing for what you need the e-learning software. Once you make this assessment, you can compare all the top programs equally and make a decision.

When creating short videos, is there anything other than Captivate? – If you’re looking for something a little different in this department, you should firstly look towards Adobe Premiere and Camtasia. With Camtasia, you will find that there are many features perfect for e-learning software and this includes screen simulations.

For Section 508 courses, is there a piece of software that you can recommend? When creating a course for those with disabilities using tools like assistive technology, we would suggest Adobe Captivate, Lectora, and Articulate Storyline. Of all the available programs, these will allow you to do what you need the best.

What should I use when working with custom Javascript? – In truth, this can be tricky because not all software allows custom Javascript. However, there are a couple that do – Lectora, Adobe Captivate, and Articulate Storyline. When you have this custom Javascript, you can then add details you otherwise wouldn’t have the ability to add.

Will Articulate ever come to Mac and other Apple products? – To this point, there are no plans that have made themselves clear. Despite this, there are many Storyline users working on Apple devices through a Windows emulator including parallels. If you wanted to avoid using an emulator, we would suggest Adobe Captivate for a Mac device.

Course Design

When trying to create a course to work on mobile as well as desktops, what format should be used? – Ultimately, the most important factor for both mobile and desktops is that it can output to HTML5. For some older browsers, the users will struggle with HTML5 (in which case you can also offer Flash which can be achieved on Adobe Captivate as well as Articulate Storyline).

Furthermore, you should be looking to use a responsive design so the course adapts regardless of the device being used. For this, Lectora and Adobe Captivate are your best bets but many rumors suggest that Articulate Storyline will be added to this list soon enough. Also, it should be pointed out that you don’t necessarily need to use an authoring tool as some developers of e-learning courses program directly in HTML5.

What budget (time and money) should I set for a good course? – How long is a piece of string? In truth, this completely depends and the most important factor in deciding both of these could be the effectiveness of your planning. For many experts, they seem to follow Bryan Chapman’s research which suggests 180 hours per one hour of content. As for the cost, you could save money in certain areas or you could spend more than the average so it all depends.

What approach should be used for factual content in e-learning? – Although there are many important factors, we believe one of the best to be engagement because this will keep things interesting for the reader/viewer. If you want to do some research, look up Cathy Moore and her brilliant advice in what she calls ‘Action Mapping’.

What about graphics? – Firstly, you will need to familiarize yourself with the relevant terms and conditions that apply to whatever service you are working with. Sometimes, people just assume that Google images can be used as a resource but some sites will not allow this and it means you will have to spend hours making adjustments. Instead, sites like iStock, ThinkStock, and Shutterstock are normally always good because they require small fees either as a subscription or per image. If you will be needing a whole host of characters, the character library from the e-learning brothers will be a good move as would Creative Commons images if you want to save a little money.

How should an e-learning course be split up in terms of viewing, reading, quiz, interactivity, etc? – Although there isn’t necessarily a set formula to follow, you should be thinking about the main learning goal from your program. A little earlier, we mentioned Action Mapping and this could be vital once again because you can plan out your interactions successfully.

Learning Management Systems

LMS v LCMS – What’s the difference? – With a learning management system (LMS), the main goal is to have the learners interact with all the content produced. Not only can it track the completion of the course, it will also be the main course catalog whilst deciding how it is assigned. With a learning content management system (LCMS), the focus is on the developer because it allows for a collaborative authoring environment along with review tools, an asset library, and more.

What tools can be offered to learners with the LMS to increase their engagement? – Ultimately, the main point for engagement will be what is occurring within the mainframe of the course. However, there are certain factors that will help such as recommendations, the rating system, and advanced searches so learners are likely to find your course. For peer-to-peer learning, a number of LMSs will allow the generation and posting of user content. Furthermore, many other collaboration and social media tools exist too.

Should I select AICC, SCORM, or xAPI? – As communication protocols, SCORM, xAPI, and AICC decide how the tracking systems are contacted. At first, it was AICC that was introduced to the market and it specialized within the aviation industry. Soon enough, people started to find it useful regardless of their industry. Over time, this led to the introduction of SCORM which was standardized for many different industries. Finally, newer technology allowed flexibility when xAPI entered the market.

Sadly, AICC has lost its buzz somewhat in recent years whilst SCORM can take the crown of ‘most commonly used’. However, there is one main downside in that it isn’t future-proofed which is why xAPI has been attracting much interest in recent times. When deciding between the three, you need to consider whether you have an LMS or not. If you have already made this step, you will need to look into what the LMS supports because many cannot support the standards of xAPI. On the other hand, some will support a variety of options which gives you the choice.

If you have a traditional course and are looking for quiz tracking, SCORM would be good for this whilst xAPI largely focuses on tracking other experiences. If you are yet to choose your LMS, you should be looking for one that will adopt xAPI in the future otherwise you face being left behind. Finally, you also have to assess your needs and know exactly what you’re looking for; what is it that you need to track? What tools will be the most valuable to you? When the data is received, what do you wish to do with it? As soon as you answer these questions, you will be better placed to make the right decisions.

Summary – There we have it, some answers to the most common questions regarding learning management systems, e-learning authoring software, and the design of the course. With this, hopefully you have a better understanding of the topic and can progress with your course!