Seven Top Authoring Tools by Joe Ganci “You choose the tools you need depending on the instructional design you need to implement, the venues to which you need to deliver, your budget and schedule, and other factors. I hope this table helps you to reach your eLearning goals.” Recently The eLearning Guild published a research report written by yours truly, entitled Rapid eLearning Authoring: Top Tools, in which I analyzed the results of the continuous surveys to which thousands of Guild members respond. The results proved enlightening. In the report, I lay the groundwork for understanding and adopting tools, and then cover in good detail each of the top-seven tools. Using Video in an HTML5 World Last fall in Planet eLearn , we looked at some strategies for using video in eLearning . As with so many things in the education and training field, technology is continuing to change at a rapid pace and we frequently receive questions from clients about what this means for video. In particular, our customers are interested in how the rise of mobile devices and the corresponding decline in Flash usage will affect video standards.
CourseLab This is not an in depth review. Download and try it for yourself. It is free and does not tax your system. I love authoring software. With this stuff, you can do almost anything. Simple VLE About SimpleVLE SimpleVLE is a virtual learning environment, providing a set of tools for creating online tests, quizzes, exams, and other class content including presentations, lesson plans, and homework assignments with a focus on simplicity. SimpleVLE provides a simple gradebook solution with an optional grade scale. SimpleVLE users are comprised of traditional in-class teachers, business training departments or human resources, distance learning programs, online courses, self-study groups, and more.
Selecting a Digital Curation Tool by David Kelly “Most of the digital curation tools available today have robust functionality that is available completely free. There’s no investment (other than time) required to test different tools and find the one that works best for you.” In today’s world of ever-growing digital content there is a seemingly infinite amount of information available. Finding what you need, when you need it, is increasingly challenging. Fortunately, there is help: digital curation. HTML5 Finds a Home in eLearning When Adobe announced its suspension of Flash Player development, it became clear that there would be a shift to development using HTML5. In a short time, this triggered a wave of change to Web site (from big business to personal) and mobile app and gaming development. Now HTML5 has found another niche to fill and another industry to invigorate: eLearning. eLearning is currently at the cusp of innovation in America. The inclusion of media – video, audio, graphics, and animation – in eLearning has turned the online learning environment, once tightly bound by books and the limits of online capabilities, into an interactive and personalized realm for students.
The Test Generator Testmoz is a test generator that sports 4 question types, automatic grading, a really simple interface and detailed reports. Testmoz is free, and does not require you (or your students) to register. You can build a fully functional test in about a minute, so why don't you give it a try and generate a test? And for a mere $20/year, you can unlock some potentially useful features. I lost my quiz URL can you retrieve it for me? Secure streaming with Wowza Complete URL obfuscation with Wowza server standalone demo The Wowza Media Server supports secure streaming out-of-the-box.
HTML5 video The HTML5 specification introduced the video element for the purpose of playing videos, partially replacing the object element. HTML5 video is intended by its creators to become the new standard way to show video on the web, instead of the previous de facto standard of using the proprietary Adobe Flash plugin, though early adoption was hampered by lack of agreement as to which video coding formats and audio coding formats should be supported in web browsers. History of <video> element The <video> element started being discussed by the WHATWG in October 2006. The <video> element was proposed by Opera Software in February 2007. Opera also released a preview build that was showcased the same day, and a manifesto that called for video to become a first-class citizen of the web.
RTMP Security The streaming media industry recognizes that RTMPS with the proven security of a secure socket layer (SSL) is more secure than RTMPE in securing both live and on-demand video streaming. To meet this demand for more secure streaming Wowza® is offering its free RTMPS StreamLock™ AddOn.* The StreamLock AddOn, released with Wowza Media Server® 3.5, allows you to stream using the RTMPS protocol. HTML templates, tags Motion paths Animate elements along fully customizable, fine-grain motion paths for highly expressive movements. You can also apply easing functions and use motion paths in resizable layouts. Templates Save custom templates for quicker access to reusable assets, which can save you time when working on repetitive projects. Faster delivery
Animations: When to Use Them and When to Lose Them Animations are pretty easy to build on slides or computer screens, and they can look slick. So why not use them? A series of research experiments compared learning of processes such as how brakes work or how toilets flush, from lessons that used either a series of still visuals or animations to illustrate the stages. Although it seems logical to use an animation to illustrate how something works, in fact, the still versions resulted in better learning in two experiments, and equivalent learning in two other experiments.
Toolkit: Ready? Go! The ReadyGo Authoring Tool by Joe Ganci “As you have a wide variety of elements that you can add to a page, you can create truly media-rich and interesting courses with instructionally sound choices you can give learners all along the way.” The ReadyGo authoring tool is one of those that seem to always be just under the radar of most eLearning developers. Let’s end that now.