How should you choose a modern authoring tool for transition?
Elearning tools are quite important for elearning companies in the US.
Now, new elearning tools are coming up in the market. Elearning companies have to choose the tool according to its features. But there are some problems in terms of the learning time. The learning curve can be painful because you have to locate new features in the tool. But how can you ensure that switching to a new tool was not as costly as it sounds? How to make sure that the transition to the new elearning tool yields benefits?
The switch to the new elearning tool is required by so many companies which had using Flash. Since this tool is started to getting discarded by so many web browsers, it’s better to use new authoring tools. So to make sure that the content has to be created with new technology, better technology had to be used. The ideal way to make sure that the transition to the new elearning tool is easy by ensuring that the team is provided ample encouragement to do so. The new authoring tool must have easy workflows so that the team has no problem in adapting. With easier workflows, it becomes simpler to reuse and change the content in Flash created earlier.
Savings of budget by using a modern-day tool
Today’s modern authoring tools have the advantage that they are template-based. You can easily edit objects in these templates. Since the tool is web-based making the transition is also easy. The team can collaborate on the changes required. Since the new authoring tool is web-based, templates can be shared with the ID’s from all over the world, so that they can work on the same.
Moreover, whenever you decide to choose an authoring tool, its best to such tools which have guides for self-training. With the help of these guides, the teams can adapt easily. With the choice of proper tools, the old courses can be changed into modern courses with a light budget.
Using XML based authoring tool
There can also be use of XML-import to get the content on the new platform where it can be created again. Using XML to import the course can save the time spent on recreating it. In using XML for import, efforts to create new content were reduced by 80%. Since the authoring team does not have to focus on creating the new course, they can focus on the newly created content. Using XML for importing also saves the costs. XML parsing of the old content can be a part of the new authoring tool.
When there is a need for translation
When there is a need for translating the course, using a modern authoring tool can also be of benefit. Such tools can ensure that the text can be copied and extracted from the course. Then all this text can be translated and copied back into the course. This translated text can be copied to replace the original text. This way, you can save almost half of your text translation costs.
Adding review comments
You should choose an authoring tool to which adding comments is easy. You should be able to add comments from any location in the world and they should be easily tracked as to whether they have been checked by the instructional designer or not.
There should also be a central media library for the content which implies being able to track who is using the assets from it. It‘s easy to track where an image is applied. And whenever an image is changed in a course, it’s changed in all different language copies of it. This is how you can benefit by saving time and costs with a modern authoring tool.