Picking an Authoring Tool for HTML eLearning Development

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Picking an Authoring Tool for HTML eLearning Development

The easy availability of various types of e-learning tools that facilitate the formulation of innovative and effective e-learning courses is beneficial to all instructional designers. Articulate Storyline, Captivate, and Lectora are some of such versatile e-learning authoring tools that have influenced the present-day HTML e-learning arena considerably. All of these are resourceful authoring tools and have ready templates and all other related resources that assist the creation of top class e-learning documentations. However, it is good to know a few basic details about them, before picking up one from the bunch for your specific project requirement.

File Size and Functioning Methods are Crucial

In the present world, the bulk of the online consumer activities are happening via mobile gadgets, because of the advent of Smartphones and Tabs. E-learning field is also not an exception. Hence, the overall functioning methods of e-learning courses including the file size and the transfer speed matters a lot.

Though Articulate Storyline and Captivate are akin in loading the framework files just only one time and after that the related content files page after page, there is a slight difference in the ensuing action. Articulate Storyline is a better bet for animation works and heavy media. Captivate publishes the content as images, and this causes the enlargement of the file size which consequently will influence the performance. However, Lectora has a different reloading mode; here, the framework files are loaded as new page loads and due to this functionality, a bit more time is needed to load the file. Moreover, there can be interruptions in the visual flow.

Comparison Regarding Graphics and Animations

Instructional designers can easily create the basic shapes by using any of these three authoring tools, as they are incorporated with a special tool box. In addition to this, there is a built-in animation preset in all of the three tools with which animations can be created with ease. However Captivate has a better library and the strength is 50+ presets. Lectora has 30+ presets, whereas the Articulate Storyline has only nearly 10 presets. Articulate Storyline and Captivate are also integrated with timeline feature, and this helps instructional designers to bring in custom animation. On the other hand, there is no timeline feature in Lectora.

Interactive Element

Captivate, and Articulate Storyline are incorporated with bigger interactive template collections than Lectora; both of them have more than 20 templates. Though customization on fonts, colors and texts can be made to Captivate templates, you can not change the primary nature. Yet another speciality of Captivate templates is that, you can draw on the effectiveness of externally created interactive pluggable widgets. Articulate Storyline is also adaptable and so you can develop bespoke templates and can keep them for imminent applications. Lectora is also adaptable, but has comparatively lesser template collection.

Synchronization of Audio and Video Features

Articulate Storyline and Captivate facilitate the synchronization of audio and video features, as both of them have timelines. This is not the case with Lectora and so, audio and video synchronization is a bit tougher here.

Simulations

As far as the simulation facility is concerned, all the three (Articulate Storyline, Captivate, and Lectora) are well-suited. That being said, Lectora is not incorporated with an inbuilt screen, as in the case of Articulate Storyline and Captivate. But, you can share your created content using Lectora on all commonly accepted social media platforms such as ‘Facebook’ and ‘Twitter’.

Incorporating Quizzing Facility

Articulate Storyline and Captivate gives you the option of picking from different kinds of question templates.

The Process of Localization

Localization can be easily brought in by using all of these three authoring tools and they will support all major languages including the right-to-left languages like Arabic, Hebrew, and Farsi.

In a nutshell, it can be seen that each of these elearning tools have various user-friendly features and it is up to you to decide, which one to use for your specific requirement.

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Development of Product Training courses using e-Learning

E-learning has changed the overall scenario of the learning all over the globe. It has revolutionized the overall process. Now the learning and information are available on the finger tips; just click few buttons and you are connected with the ocean of information. E-learning is a world of unlimited possibilities. It is the turning point in the leaning era.

Product training is one of the very important parts of any business as this helps in getting information about the product keeps updated and well informed. Without the correct knowledge it is very difficult to convince the client and end user of your products. But the process of training through traditional method is very time consuming and very expensive also.

To overcome this problem, product training through e-learning has proved to be a very effective solution. Now the training can be imparted just in time as and when required to as many number of employees. The biggest advantage is that you are always connected through mobile devices and can be updated with any new information at any instant be it day or night.

Banking and finance sector has to go through lot many changes in the policies and depends a lot on the market trend and so its employees have to be well informed all the time. E-learning has come out to be the solution to the problem of product training.

There are lot many reasons, why e-learning has become so popular:

  • It is just the matter of click of few buttons: With the use of any mobile devices like iPad or iPhone or Tablets, one can start learning just in time. 
  • Time and cost effective: One can start learning as and when he/she is ready or free to learn. There is no specific time or place to learn. Learning can be done at home, at office or even while travelling. 
  • Module learning: The courses are designed in the small modules so that it can be learnt in lesser time by learning small unit or portions at a time by reading, or by going through images and graphs, through videos etc.
  • Specific Learning: One does not have to sit for the whole seminar as  happens in the traditional seminars, but one can choose the topics of individual interest  and save time. 
  • Very effective for small business: Conducting training for the employees is very important but is also very expensive in the traditional way. But with the introduction of e-learning, the employees can be trained through online courses thus by saving time and money.

There are various types of training programs which are designed for the e-learning platform.

  • Traditional e-learning
  • Rapid e-learning

- Asynchronous- student directed or self paced
- Synchronous- Fixed time or online classroom sessions

There are different types of courses available according to the need of the client. Swift E-learning is providing the best possible courses as per the latest market trends and the client’s needs using the latest authoring tools. We are proud to have a team of the dedicated and innovative instructional designers and content developers who work hard to keep our services at par in the market as per the latest trends.

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