Cloud-based e-learning development – a revolutionary online learning paradigm that has taken the L&D world by storm. No longer do online course developers need to install authoring software on their computers. Gone are the days when companies had to purchase expensive IT hardware to develop e-learning courses. Today, thanks to cloud-based online course authoring technologies, all it takes to create a good e-learning course is a computer connected to the Internet. The course developer needs to log to an authoring tool available online, perform online course development activities, and save the output to cloud. It’s a simple as that.
One of the most widely used cloud-based e-learning development applications is Lectora Online. The brand version of this e-learning development software, Lectora Online 3.4, is power-packed with various features that facilitate the development of online learning materials of high quality. Let us see what they are.
1. A secure environment for developing online courses in the cloud
One of the major concerns of users of cloud-based authoring tools is the security of the learning content being developed online. Often, e-learning courses contain sensitive information about companies, and the loss or pilferage of this vital data can have disastrous consequences.
The developers of Lectora Online have taken all possible precautions to prevent data from falling into the wrong hands. The cloud-based rapid authoring tool comes with a security feature that enables you to limit access to an e-learning development project only to those developers who are working on the project. This ensures that only authorized personnel have access to the learning content. Furthermore, all the work stored in the cloud is backed up to a secure offsite data storage facility. This allows companies to retrieve their work, if the data in the cloud is lost.
2. Hassle-free integration with ReviewLink to facilitate effective stakeholder collaboration
It is a well-known fact that good coordination between stakeholders of e-learning development projects goes a long way in enhancing the efficiency of online course development. But, in many cases, development projects suffer from poor collaboration between stakeholders. This is because stakeholders are spread across the world, and the differences in time-zones often act as barriers to proper coordination.
You can use Lectora Online 3.4 to overcome this problem. The rapid authoring tool is fully integrated with ReviewLink, a cloud-based online course reviewing application from Trivantis, the developer of Lectora Online. You can publish the online course to ReviewLink, and the published course can be reviewed by the stakeholders in any part of the world. You can then implement the feedback in real time, without any delays. Consider the following scenario.
An e-learning developer in India has completed the day’s work and published the output to ReviewLink. The end of the workday in India is a new morning in the New York, where the reviewer of the course has just arrived to work. He accesses the course, reviews it, and suggests modifications. That night (morning in India), the online course developer implements the stakeholder’s feedback and forwards the course for the latter’s approval.
3. Responsive online course development is made easy
We live in the world of multiple devices. People use a wide variety of devices such as PCs, laptop computers, tablets, and smartphones to access online learning content, and e-learning materials are no exception. Therefore, it is important to develop e-learning courses that can be accessed seamlessly on any device.
Lectora Online 3.4 is the ideal tool to meet your device-agnostic web-based course development needs. You can use the rapid authoring software to develop responsive online courses, which are rendered effectively on any device, irrespective of the size of its screen. The e-learning course development application comes with responsive page layouts which simplify the task of developing device-neutral technology-enabled learning materials.
You can also re-size objects in your course, proportionally, across the desktop, tablet, and smartphone views, at the same time. The tool allows you to apply a scale factor to make the text appear bigger or smaller on the screens of tablets and smartphones. Lectora Online 3.4 also allows you to render content and control learner actions based on the device and its orientation.
We thus see that Lectora Online 3.4 enables e-learning developers to create courses in the cloud, which can be accessed on any device, in a seamless fashion. Would you like to expand this list? Please do so.