Selection of Authoring Tool for Rapid E-Learning This tool is designed to help you select the most appropriate rapid e-learning authoring tool for your organisation. Introduction - General guidance on selecting a rapid authoring tool for e-learning. Overview Recommended Shortlists - If you already know what you want eg a tool which will allow Subject Matter Experts to author in powerpoint, or tools wich cost below £1,000 or tools that allow collaborative authoring; we have put together a series of Recommended recommended shortlists to help speed up your decision making. Evaluation Matrix - Proposed core selection criteria for selecting a rapid e-learning authoring tool which can be amended to include your own critieria. Evaluation Matrix Kineo Overview of Authoring Tools - Kineo overview of authoring tools for use with the evaluation matrix Kineo Overview of Rapid Tools For further information on authoring tools and evaluation please contact us at email@example.com. Overview Recommended Evaluation Matrix Tools Overview Home Selecting an Authoring Tool for Rapid E-Learning There are a wide range of rapid e-learning authoring tools available on the market. We have put together a recommended shortlist of 6 tools for you to consider. There are, however, a great many tools available, see http://www.kineo.co.uk/rapid-e-learning/rapid-e-learning- authoring-tools.html. This tool is designed to help you select the right tool for your organisation. We have grouped rapid e-learning authoring tools into three main types as follows: Rapid desktop based tools These use Powerpoint or Word as their authoring environment. Individual licences start at around $1,000, less for tools like Articulate Engage Server based tools These are designed to allow collaborative authoring and central content management. server licences are more expensive and tend to start above $10,000 Systems training tools These are designed to enable the fast development of systems training using screen captures. These range from $500 for a desktop tool to over $10,000 for a server based tool. The right tool will depend upon your circumstances. If you have subject matter experts creating content or teams that need to be able to develop content quickly with a minimum of training we would recommend that you look at the Desktop based tools. If you have a lot of content to be created which will involve regularly updating content and teams of authors developing content collaboratively you should focus on the Server based tools. In selecting a tool you may also wish to consider how important the following are to you: Price & Pricing Structure Scorm/AICC output and LMS integration Media integration - video/animation The ability to publish to flash and html Ease of adding audio voiceover We have provided a recommended set of authoring tools to help you with your selection process. We have also provided an evaluation matrix which allows you to determine which you can use to evaluate any tool. You can decide which criteria are most important to your organisation and to assign an appropriate weighting. For further information or help please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org Overview Recommended Evaluation Matrix Tools Overview Home Recommended Shortlists We have set out below our recommended Kineo shortlists of tools to help speed up your evaluation process. For more on each tool click the tool name to see our full review. There are a great many tools out on the market, for a longer list see: www.kineo.co.uk/rapid-e-learning/rapid-e-learning-authoring-tools.htm Desktop E-Learning Authoring Tools Articulate Powerpoint based authoring tool Articulate Presenter is the best powerpoint based tool in our view which when combined with sister products Engage and Quizmaker enables you to create great e-learning very quickly. RapideL Word based authoring tool Comes with over 20 template screen types which you have to work with but very fast development tool. Assets such as audio though have to be prepared outside the tool. Collaborative Authoring Tools Atlantic Link Server based tool which allows content management and collaborative authoring Requires some training but once up to speed a fast and high quality tool. Systems Training Tools Captivate Popular desktop based tool STT Server based systems training tool. STT Trainer is a primarily training, documentation, and performance support solution for enterprise software applications. Atlantic Link Atlantic Link's server based tool is also excellent for systems training Overview Recommended Evaluation Matrix Tools Overview Home Authoring Tool Evaluation Matrix We have designed this to provide you with a structure for evaluating the authoring tool of your choice. Change or add to the selection criteria and change the weighting according to your needs. Rapidel Articulate Captivate STT Your Selection Criteria Your Weighting Score Score Score Score 1 Price & Pricing Structure 4 3 2 2 2 2 Input tool 4 2 2 2 2 3 Screen capture tool 2 2 2 2 2 4 Scorm/AICC output 2 2 2 2 2 5 Media integration - video/animation 2 2 2 2 2 6 Collaborative development 2 2 2 2 2 7 Publish to flash/html 2 2 2 2 2 8 Audio voiceover 2 2 2 2 2 9 Ease of use 2 2 2 2 2 10 2 2 2 2 2 11 2 2 2 2 2 12 2 2 2 2 2 13 2 2 2 2 2 Raw Score 27 26 26 26 Weighted Score 84 80 80 80 test Overview Recommended Evaluation Matrix Tools Overview Home Kineo Overview of Rapid Authoring Tools Evaluation Criteria RapideL Articulate Atlantic Link Mohive STT Captivate Individual licences from Server based licence. Server based licence. Server based licence. Individual licences from Pricing Structure Individual licences from $600 $1,999 Starts from above $10,000. Starts from above $10,000. Starts from above $10,000. around $500 Has own authoring Has own authoring Input tool Converts Word to flash. Converts powerpoint to flash. environment but can import environment but can import Own authoring environment Simple screen capture tool. powerpoint. powerpoint. Screen capture tool Scorm 1.2 AICC Imports swf video and Imports swf video and Imports swf video and Imports swf video and animations. Can develop nice Imports swf video and Imports swf video and animations. Also has animations. Also has animations. Also has Media integration - video/animation interactive animations with animations. Also has flash animations Engage tool. Also uses flash animation flash animation flash animation animation templates. powerpoint animations. templates. templates. templates. Collaborative online development Publish to flash Can record audio separately Can record audio Can record audio Can record audio Can record audio separately Have to record audio Audio voiceover separately and import. and import or record directly separately and import or separately and import or separately and import or and import or record directly over slides. narrate directly over slides. record directly over slides. record directly over slides. over slides. Very limited, if any training, Authoring environment does Authoring environment does required. Probably half a Very limited, if any training, require some training. It is require some training. It Authoring environment does Ease of use day required to become required. It takes a day or two takes around 3-4 days to require some training. estimated it takes 4 days to Limied training required. familiar with the word to become an advanced user. get a user up to an become an advanced user. interface. advanced level. Rapidel, Breeze but neither Atlantic Link, SAP tutor, Similar competing products Articulate, Breeze have flash animation tool Mohive, Composica Atlantic Link, Composica Global Knowledge Camtasia, Viewlet Builder Four main question types: Quizmaker module provides 9 question types including single selection, matching 9 question types, including ? Questions selection, matching and wide range of over 20 question Range of question Types types Range of question types multiple choice, sleection, drag and drop. multiple choice, hotspots binary Excellent all round authoring Our recommended STT Trainer is primarily a Good desktop tool, very Good collaborative server tool which combined with collaborative server based training, documentation, fast, uses templates which based tool. Ideal for ideal low cost tool for Kineo Overall Comment provide consistency but limit Quizmaker and Engage allows tool. Ideal for managing managing large volumes of and performance support you to create high quality e- large volumes of changing solution for enterprise creating systems training flexibility. changing content. learning. content. software applications.