As eLearning developers, we know that content is the key determining factor in choosing an authoring tool. There are many rapid authoring tools available in the market today such as Lectora, Captivate and Articulate. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses. For an effective learning experience, we need to choose a tool that best suits the content.
Recently, we developed an eLearning course for a manufacturer of medical equipment. The course required us to demonstrate various parts of a product and their specific functions. The course was developed using “Lectora” but we felt that some ‘Flash’ component could provide an innovative means of sharing the knowledge. After assessing the content, we felt that the “Slider” feature available in “Flash” would be ideally suited for this purpose. With this option, the user will be able to scroll through the various product parts and learn about their functions through pop up texts, all the while having the entire view of the product on screen.
For example, say you have to teach your learners about the vertebral column. Each of these vertebrae has specific characteristics. How can you explain the individual characteristics or functions of each without the learner needing to move away from the existing screen?
This is possible using the “Slider” function provided by Flash. I have given the example of the vertebral column here, but imagine how helpful this feature could be when developing product training courses for sales people. They can quickly slide through the different features of products, without having to navigate back and forth in the course.
Some time ago, we had shared some statistics that show that Flash is still the most preferred authoring tool for eLearning. No wonder it is, for the amazing flexibility it offers in content development. Even if we don’t create the entire course in Flash, we still continue to create some of the components in Flash and import them into the authoring tool we are using.