Many organizations need to develop a large number of eLearning modules, very quickly, in quick time, at low cost. We cannot meet this requirement using Flash and other tools, which require programming skills to work with. But, we can easily develop courses with rapid authoring tools and meet the stakeholder’s requirement.
Flash and other authoring tools: Many companies use ‘programming tools’ such as Flash, Dreamweaver, HTML, etc. to develop digital courses. However, there are two major disadvantages of using these tools. They are:
- Need for Skilled Personnel: You require skilled personnel to develop eLearning courses using tools such as Flash and Dreamweaver. The personnel need to be well-versed in programming, creation of animations and graphic design.
- Increased cost and time: These tools are expensive, and it takes more time for to develop courses using them. To develop interactivities in online courses using these tools, developers need advanced programming knowledge. You also need to resolve functionality issues, and this takes time. It also takes considerable time to make these courses compatible to LMSs. It is also difficult to update these courses.
Advantages of Rapid Authoring tools: By using authoring tools such as Articulate Studio, Storyline, Adobe Presenter and Lectora, we can develop eLearning courses quickly, at low cost.
Rapid authoring tools have in-built templates and interfaces. They are also user-friendly.
- Basic skills suffice: Anyone who has basic skills can develop a digital course using rapid authoring tools. Interactivities can be created very easily, even by people with basic knowledge of programming. This allows instructional designers and other learning professionals to take an active part in online course development.
- Cost-effective and reduce development time: We have default in-built templates and interfaces, which allow you to develop eLearning courses quickly. You can also develop a large number of online training modules using rapid tools, and you can make them LMS compatible with just a click. Rapid authoring tools also facilitate easy translation of digital courses.
Hope you find this information helpful. How do you use rapid authoring tools? We’d love to hear your views.