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E-Learning Authoring Tools

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Has anybody got any views on what is the best rapid authoring tool for SCORM compliant WBT? I am specifically after an off the shelf package that non-techies can use to develop WBT quickly with the minimum of any specialist IT knowledge. I would need to be able to create the full range of assessments in pre and post tests, insert documents and animations etc. and ideally create simulations of applications. Any thoughts?
James Nettleship

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  1. Lots to choose from
    James

    Articulate (www.articulate.com) has won many awards, including the Brandon Hall awards.

    Or try Captivate from Macromedia – although a little programming logic is probably required, it is a good programme. Although it probably isn’t the correct tool for assessments.

    There are also various tools for converting Word and Powerpoint docs into SCORM products.

    We have researched this area for a product we are launching, and for what it is worth I found that no single product will do everything (assessments, content, software simulations) really well and nearly all products need some form of programming / logic applied to get the best results.

    Finally, whichever tool(s) you choose make sure they are DDA compliant.

    Good luck.

  2. Authoring Tools
    We offer a bepsoke service and authoring software, that will allow you to create assessments (drag/drop, fill-in the answer, multiple choice etc.), content, software simulations (networked or standalone PC), links to documents / websites.
    All courses created with our authoring tool are AICC / SCORM Compliant.

    Please send me your email if you would like more information.

  3. Articulate
    I attended the TechLearn conference in September and some of the sessions were on rapid e-learning development.

    Having sat in on a number of the presentations, judging by what they presented, the blue chip organisations that were presenting their PowerPoint to e-learning solutions seemed to favour Articulate.

    It does combine content authoring with inbuilt assessment, so does cover a lot of the essentials. And looks good value.

  4. Authoring tool with no programming required
    Through an Internet search I came across the Knowledge Presenter, an authoring tool which require no programming skills. I went through its tutorials and found it very intersting. Although I have not produced any real-life software using it, I can see its potential. Suggest you to try it. This is the link to their website.

    http://www.knowledgepresenter.com/kpuniversity/2005/index.html?http://www.knowledgepresenter.com/kpuniversity/2005/tutorialsv2005/

    my email: [email protected]

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