The emergence of authoring tools has drastically change the way organizations tend to manage the development in e-learning. These days, you don’t need to be an expert instructional designer for to create an online course. With the help of modern, easy to use, and rapid authoring tools, you are able to create high quality online courses.
Following are a few common authoring tools which are categorized into three distinct groups.
There is a PowerPoint add-in that appears as a tab with a ribbon, which familiar to those who build courses using PowerPoint. Their slow learning progress allows instant development of online courses.
However they are made on PowerPoint, they still lack some powerful features like other authoring tools. Courses are quite simple and traditional with a slide-based approach of “click next to continue.” some advanced capabilities like branching and variables are not supported. They are helpful in producing some non-responsive courses so that the content would be viewed easily on any screen, no matter desktop or laptop. PowerPoint add-in is compatible with some portable devices like tablets and smartphones. This may bother while many organizations are in favor of delivering flexible e-learning courses with the help of responsive authoring tools. The e-learning providers tend to create courses that may fit in different screen sizes.
Installed Desktop Tools
Desktop tools are something that needs to be downloaded and installed on a computer. It could be a great hassle if you have lockdown policy at work, which means you need to contact IT department for getting permission to download the software. Along with taking a lot of space on hard drive, it is also time consuming. For instance, the latest versions of some trending tools like Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate require space over 1 GB.
You can say that desktop tools are a kind of stand-alone tool that allows institutes to design rich and engaging courses online. More often than usual when students enroll in online life experience degree, they come across a lot of feature-rich installed tools. Thus, authoring tools with several features buried in their complex user interface shows that there would be a steep learning curve.
In addition, a lot of desktop tools have been introduced before smartphones and other portable devices so they struggle with responsive design concepts. And often, they offer a compromised user experience for students who learn course on mobile devices and tablets.
Cloud-based e-Learning Software
Cloud-based authoring tools are based on SaaS (Software as a Service). You can log in through your favorite browser to log in and access them without downloading or installing anything.
Plus, cloud-based software comes with a lot of superior benefits over other type of tools. Along with offering instant access, they are also collaborative and provide team-based development from all over the world. Shared content repositories and branding elements allows anyone to access group resources, which are updated on regular basis. Modern cloud-based authoring tools are much easier to use than the desktop tools and others as they have all graphical, browser-based, and streamlined interfaces.
Although a variety of authoring tools are available in the market, each come with its different pros and cons. the way you use your authoring tool totally depends on the requirements of your e-learning program and the organization offering it.
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