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Articulate Storyline – The Magic Wand to Create Software Simulations for ERP Training

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Articulate Storyline - The Magic Wand to Create Software Simulations for ERP Training

Many organizations today have been implementing ERP software to automate all their functions so that the operational processes become more efficient and performance is improved. With such software, end-user training is very important for its successful implementation. Organizations choose the blend of online training and classroom training to deliver these software trainings to the end-users.

But, designing online software applications training is not similar to the other trainings such as safety training or sales training. ERP training can be very effective when it is designed in the form of software simulations.

What is software simulation and how do they help?

Software simulation is a virtual model of a software which helps you demonstrate the step by step process to perform any functionof the softwareand also allow the learners to try the function in that virtual environment. Using software simulations, you can show your learners how exactly the software functions.

Until a few years ago, software simulations were developed using basic screen recording software such as Camtasia.But with the advent of rapid e-learning authoring tools such as Articulate Storyline, developing these software simulations has become very easy.

How is Articulate Storyline helpful for developing software simulations?

Interactive courses with simulations are ideal to train learners on how to use any software.Articulate Storyline is widely known for its ability to develop highly interactive courses, and it also provides the feature of screen recording that helps develop software simulations.

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You can use Articulate Storyline to develop simulations of any complex process of a software. This recording feature is different from the feature of other screen recording software. It has two options – you can have the recording as a single video or you can divide it into step by step chunks of recordings.

Step by step chunks of recordings

These two options are used based on three different simulation requirements. They are the View mode, the Try mode, and the Test mode.

View mode

In this mode, the steps of any process are demonstratedto the learner just like a video tutorial. So here, recording as a single video is helpful.

Try mode

In this mode, the learner is asked to try the steps he has just watched. He is guided with instructions at every stage prompting him about the next stepin the process. Here, step by step chunks of recordings is used.

Test mode

In this mode, the learner has to perform the steps all by himselfapplyingall the knowledge he has acquired. He is given the option to call for help in case he gets stuck at any stage. Step by step chunks of recordings is used for this mode as well.

Training end-users on ERP software is time consuming. This watch-try-do approach of simulations will help end-users gain expertise on the ERP software, minimizing the learning curve. Employees can get familiar with the software by the time you go live. Articulate Storyline makes life easy for developing such watch-try-do simulations.Hope you find this post helpful. Please share your thoughts through your comments.

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  • http://www.spectorial.com David Demyan

    This is a good overview article on software simulation training, but readers should be aware of two inaccuracies.

    1.) Camtasia Studio was never created to be a software simulation tool. It is a screen recorder and editor and most importantly, does not record user interactions that would enable it as a software simulator.

    2.) The statement, “Until a few years ago, software simulations were developed using basic screen recording software” is inaccurate. Adobe Captivate, in its very early versions at least 15 years ago, enabled basic software simulations with action recording. Captivate was first developed by BlueSky Software as RoboDemo, then eHelp Corporation, then Macromedia (when it became Captivate), and finally Adobe. Most importantly to the point of accuracy, it pre-dated Articulate Storyline by more than a decade.

    Did Articulate take this capability to the next level? In my opinion, Yes. But you will find many long-term Captivate users who would argue. For the record, I use both Storyline and Captivate in my work. My first love in software, however, is Camtasia Studio. As you will see in my book, “E-Learning with Camtasia Studio,” it is a better screen recording and editing tool than either Captivate or Storyline Replay, but does not pretend to be a software simulator. http://amzn.to/1qiy47d.

  • http://www.commlabindia.com/ CommLab India

    Hi,

    I agree with you David. Camtasia Studio is not a software simulator tool but is best used as a screen recorder. I wanted to convey the same thing in my blog but I think it has been interpreted in other way. I’ll try rectify it as you have pointed out.

    Also, I agree that Adobe Captivate is one of the best tools for creating software simulations. But, some users find Articulate Storyline to be easier to use than Captivate. In this post I tried to focus on the abilities of Articulate, so I did not compare it with any other tool.

    Thank you for the eBook link.