HTML5 is a buzz these days that is heard by every L & D manager. It is the talking point at every conference and in almost every blog, thanks to its ability to transform e-learning, especially in the context of mobile learning.
A few months earlier eLearning Guild released a report titled ‘HTML5 and e-Learning: What Managers and Practitioners Must Know’. The report covered some points from e-learning accessibility to design and the use of HTML5 features. I have summarized below some of the important points from the report. Let’s review them.
Unlike Flash, which requires additional coding effort and time to make content accessible, HTML5 does not require any additional time and coding effort, since the HTML5 content can be easily read by browsers.
- Using HTML5, you can develop games which are mobile friendly, interactive and fun to play.
- Audio and Video can be directly embedded into the HTML5 code, without using additional players or plugins.
- Using Canvas tag, we can create animations similar to those possible in Flash.
Development and Design
- Now a days many Authoring tools like Articulate, Lectora and Captivate are capable of publishing courses in HTML5 output and these tools help us to develop the courses rapidly and make updating and revising content easy.
- Using HTML5, we can customize the look and feel of the content similar to that of Flash courses and we can create rich interactivities to develop engaging courses.
- With HTML5 you can have the content flow to a pre-determined width, enabling you to make it wider or narrow it down, based on the size of the browser window. This is something that you can do through simple coding, instead of installing a plug-in.
- HTML5 offers localization and does not require any plugins.
- We can also create activities like drag and drop objects in HTML5 without any additional plugins.
It’s All Mobile
M-learning is not just a fad. Rather organizations are adopting extensively. HTML5 features are supported well by mobile browsers. HTML5 has video and audio tags, which makes it possible for the Videos and Audio to be played in Mobile devices.
HTML5 is not the complete replacement for Flash as of now, but it is the future of e-learning and m-learning. Rapid authoring tools are updating themselves for HTML5 output and most browsers today support HTML5. Acknowledging the capabilities of HTML5, learning and development managers can develop courses that are highly interactive, accessible, editable and translatable.
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Articulate Storyline can be used to perform a wide variety of calculations. In this blog, I will explain how to compute cumulative average (a weighted average based on the points obtained in all the units in a course) using this rapid authoring tool.
Adding videos to e-learning courses helps learners retain information better. Articulate Storyline provides 3 options to insert videos into e-learning courses, by default. In this post, I will explain how we met a client requirement pertaining to insertion of videos.
A client asked us for a requirement that their courses should have only online videos and the entire course should be developed using Articulate Storyline. We can meet this requirement using the Video from Website option of Storyline.
Articulate Storyline is a wonderful authoring tool to develop interactive and engaging e-learning courses. According to a survey conducted by the E-learning Guild in 2013, Storyline is the preferred choice of most e-learning developers. However, this powerful tool has some limitations.
Recently, we met an interesting requirement from one of our clients. The client wanted to develop a course having 3 modules. The learner needed to answer a quiz at the end of each module. The client wanted to display the score for each of the modules as well as the average of the 3 scores. We can meet this requirement easily using variables and triggers. But, the client wanted to display them in a separate window, ‘outside’ the Articulate Storyline environment (without the tool’s GUI) and print them.
Articulate Storyline is a rapid authoring tool which can be used to create courses on variety of topics – from food safety to financial accounting. Storyline is simple to use, and it easy to perform complex calculations using triggers.
Recently, we were asked to create a course on accounting which explained how to calculate the monthly savings of an employee. Let us see how we used Storyline to compute the savings.
Progress bars in e-learning courses are used to show the learner how much of the course he has completed.. Articulate Storyline, by default, doesn’t have an option to add progress bars. However, we have progress bars for individual slides. We can add a progress bar for an entire course in Articulate Storyline either by placing objects within the GUI (which consumes more time) or developing a HTML progress bar and inserting it as a Web Object into the course.
Given below are the steps to add a customized progress bar in quick time to your online courses.
Last evening, I had to cook dinner for my guests. I had some of the ingredients in the fridge, some in the shelf, some were in the bag that I just bought from the market, and the vessels were in different sections of the vessel rack. While cooking the first dish, I started running around for ingredients every time I needed one. I thought I will not be able to complete cooking before my guests arrived. Before cooking the second dish, I gathered all the necessary ingredients at one place. After completing, I noticed that the process for cooking the second dish went quite smooth and took less time than the first.
According to a survey conducted by E-Learning Guild in the year 2013, Articulate Storyline is the most frequently used authoring tool. It’s because Articulate Storyline is very easy to use and comes with many in-built interactivities.
Articulate Storyline has a wide range of features such as triggers, motion paths, eyedropper tool, animation painter etc. Its default features help online course developers create a course in quick time. It enables you to design a customized GUI (Graphic User Interface), in order to make the job of GUI designers easy.
In eLearning, we use two types of assessments to assess the learning. Summative assessments are used at the end of the course to evaluate the learners’ complete understanding of the topic. We use them as the final test where you give them a grade after but not feedback. Formative assessments, on the other hand, are used after each learning objective to assess how much the learner has understood. Here, we provide feedback to reinforce his learning and help him retain the information for a longer period of time.
One of our clients approached us to develop simulations, to train his staff members on PowerPoint. We chose Articulate Storyline to develop the screen simulations of the application from Microsoft. We started recording based on the client requirements, and once the recording was completed, we used the ESC button to convert the recorded simulation into a story file.