Tag: authoring tool

24 Dec 2020
responsive Authoring tool

Benefits of a responsive authoring tool

The companies these days are putting a lot of focus on elearning.

But for that purpose, the right authoring tool has to be selected.

What should be the prime considerations before a company before it selects an authoring tool.
The authoring tool should be responsive. It implies it could be used on different browsers like mobile, smartphones and tablets. The video should be seen easily on different screen sizes. Apart from viewing the course on different devices, how to know that a course is responsive. 

Ability to preview the course 
The responsive authoring tool lets you see the course on various devices. Once you can check the course on different devices with various resolutions, you can proceed ahead. It also saves time to able to preview the course. Without this kind of facility being available, a developer might have to manually test the module on various devices. This kind of manual testing was easy when there were only a few browsers but now there are so many browsers that manual checking is tough. It also costs a lot in terms of a developer’s salary if the manual checking of the module is there. Cost savings also happen because the organisation does not need to buy all the devices. It can cost if the organisation had to buy monitors of different types along with various tablets to manually check the module.

But a responsive authoring tool provides you with a way to check the device on various devices in the development window. Different tools like Captivate and Lectora provide courses in HTML5 which can be viewed on different devices.
Lesser training of developers
If the authoring tool is device friendly, then it also implies that the modules don’t have to be created for different devices. This can be time-consuming to create modules for different devices. Its because each device is different and creating the module for each one requires developer to have training for all of them. Since you are using a responsive authoring tool, you don’t need to train the developer on how to develop the module for different devices. The developers have to focus on the front end of the device i.e. the layout on various devices rather than the backend. The responsive authoring tool makes sure that the design is rendered accurately by the tool for different devices. It has designs for various layouts specified.
Responsive authoring tools are very useful for developers. They make sure that the elements appear correctly. They don’t have to make changes for every app. You can focus on the content of design, not worry about the layout because it will be the same for every app. So, they follow the WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) requirements.
Greater reach
When you can ensure that the module runs on different apps, you have a great reach. The learners don’t have to change devices to access your module. They can view the module on the platform of their choice. So, a responsive authoring tool maximises your module’ impact.
These are the reasons why a company should use a responsive authoring tool. Once you use such a tool, you are prepared for the future. In the future, any changes can be made in the module quite easily without going into many details. As and when technology changes, you can make updates in the module quite easily. You can make changes and see them getting updated in the module in real-time. 

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