Last April, Joe Ganci gave us his take on how to choose the right authoring tool for your needs. At the time, he said you should focus on the four Ts: Talent, Technique, Topic and Tool.
Now it's time to review the tools themselves and make sure you know which ones will work for you. Which ones are powerful? Which ones are easy to use? Can you have both power and ease-of-use in one tool? Which deliver to Flash only and which deliver to HTML5 as well?
There are the PowerPoint add-on tools: Articulate Studio, Adobe Presenter, iSpring, and ZenlerStudio. There are the stand-alone tools you install, such as Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, and Trivantis Lectora. Finally, there are the cloud-based tools: Allen Interactions ZebraZapps, DominKnow Claro, and Silitix Roleplay, among others. Then there are The Others: web-conferencing tools that also deliver eLearning, Learning Content Management Systems, and more.
The battles rage on, unseen and unheard outside of the eLearning field but felt all too closely by those of us who struggle to create excellent eLearning, the kind that your learners write home about in glowing terms. We have seen our comrades fall on the battlefield, victims of marketing hype and unrealized expectations. We have seen others struggle to learn tools they had been told were easy squeezey.
Stop the madness! Joe will guide you through by explaining these tools in an unbiased look at each one. He's an expert, you see, uses many tools, don't you know, and writes a weekly newsletter on tools (sign up at www.tinyurl.com/elearningjoe).
This will be an hour of your time well spent. Bring your questions and get ready for some informative answers!