Friday, April 10, 2015

4.1.1 Learning Object Authoring Tools

Functionalities of Authoring Tools by sandraschoen, on Flickr
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After researching several online tools for learning content authoring, I selected the following learning object authoring tools, three tools that are free to use and two that are fee or subscription based:

Free Learning Object Authoring Tools
ClassTools.- This is a versatile resource that can be used to create interactive educational games, quizzes, activities and diagrams. The learning objects created with ClassTools can be hosted on a blog, website or intranet. It is very easy to use and convenient, since it does not require to sign up for an account or enter passwords.

Dipity.- This is a tool for creating interactive timelines online. It can be used for sequential content or for any content that has a chronological order. Its feature of embedding multimedia and links makes learning objects created with Dipity highly engaging.

PresentationTube.- This authoring tool offers a video presentation recorder and video sharing platform to help produce and share quality video presentations easily. The video presentation recorder allows presenters to narrate and annotate PowerPoint slides and synchronize a variety of essential visual aids, including webcam streaming, whiteboard, drawing board, web browser content, and desktop recording. The platform uses YouTube API to upload and combine the video with scrollable slide thumbnails, allowing the learner to move to the respective video content and control both the progress and length of video presentation.

Fee/Subscription-based Learning Object Authoring Tools
Articulate Storyline.- It seems that creating an interactive course with this e-learning authoring software is quite easy and fun. Avatars and actors with a lot of capabilities, as well as scenario backgrounds, make the content of the course very engaging.

dominKnow Claro.- This is an award-winning web-based platform for authoring, managing, and delivering high-quality e-learning that is remarkably easy to navigate. Claro has a long list of features to help make learning content engaging and interactive. 

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