Our clients often ask us what eLearning authoring software we prefer when it comes to eLearning solutions development. Because each project is different with different goals, requirements, and limitations, there is no simple answer to the question above. However, we do have our 3 favorites. Here’s the software most used here at eLearning Company:
1. Articulate Storyline
Why we like it:
It allows us to deliver interactive courses to every device—without tweaking a thing. We simply create the modules in Articulate Storyline, then click publish. The courses natively play on all devices. In addition, it’s easy to get started with Articulate Storyline right away with an intuitive, simple interface. We can make objects, animations, trigger events, and other elements appear in the right place at the right time with the intuitive visual timeline–everything you need to create custom eLearning on the fly.
2. Adobe Captivate
Why we like it:
Adobe Captivate lets us go seamlessly from storyboarding to responsive eLearning design. It also comes with exclusive 50,000+ assets and is compatible with Adobe Stock that allows to tremendously enrich training content. In addition, Adobe Captivate allows us to import the PowerPoint slides into eLearning projects. We can bring in objects, animations, and multimedia, easily update the content, and keep the PowerPoint and Adobe Captivate projects in sync with the dynamically linked import options.
3. Trivantis Lectora
Why we like it:
Trivantis Lectora publishing feature enables smooth transitions within our courses—for both desktop and mobile—giving the end user a more immersive view of the course. We can easily create scenario-based eLearning with BranchTrack and add scenarios right into our Lectora courses. Another useful feature is that we can have objects maintain their location on the page, even when the view is scrolled. This is perfect for use in mobile courses to anchor logos, headers/footers, navigation controls, images, and videos.
Recent studies have shown that retrieval (a process of accessing certain information in your brain) is critical for robust, durable, long-term learning. Every time a memory is retrieved, that memory becomes better available for access in the future. Not surprisingly, practicing memory retrieval produces more knowledge retention than other effective techniques. From these findings, we understand that the retrieval process has a central role in learning. What’s interesting is that the benefits of repeated retrieval are not isolated to a particular type of learning, and instead appear with a variety of mediums, learning settings and situations including eLearning, online simulations and blended learning programs. Here’s another great fact: retrieval improves learning for a variety of learners ranging from preschoolers to senior citizen.
Now that we know that retrieval practice is such an important learning approach, we should start encouraging the learners to engage in retrieval to improve their learning in many different settings and situations. Up until now, retrieval was not regarded an important part of the learning process, and unfortunately, we were not encouraging our learners to engage in retrieval as often as we should have. Every eLearning designer should take into consideration the benefits of memory retrieval. Make sure that you provide quizzes, knowledge checks, and assessments with every learning product you develop. This simple step has an enormous potential to greatly improve the training outcomes for your learning population.
One big mistake that training and development professionals often make is treating an eLearning course as a boring routine task that only exists to make everyone miserable. No need to say, this approach does not lead to long lasting positive results from the training. We should look at eLearning courses we offer to our learners as series of challenges. The completion of the courses should require some amount of effort and attention. If a learner feels that completing an eLearning course is an achievement, he/she is more likely to apply the knowledge from the course in real life, ensuring you receive a return on your investment, as well as possible higher performance, employee morale, and job satisfaction.
Memorable learning experiences lead to higher knowledge transfer and retention. In order to make the learning opportunity memorable, you should focus on adding an element of fun and excitement to your eLearning course. Put yourself in the shoes of your learner. What can make them excited? How can you make the training content less boring? What would you remember after walking away from this training? There are so many great ways for the eLearning module to excite and inspire: use great graphics, provide compelling scenarios, add multimedia content, allow for branching and varied learning paths, and so on. Remember this: the training outcome is much better when the trainee is showing a genuine interest in the content and the training process. The next time you are planning a training, don’t forget to think how to make it memorable, which in turn will have a huge impact on knowledge retention, performance and, ultimately, your bottom line.