In recent years, given the massive influx of tablets, mobiles, and handheld devices, there has been a complete transformation in the way the average user accesses and interacts with online content. To keep up with this continual evolution, the e-learning industry has been consistently revamping features of its existing tools/framework to provide comprehensive support for content creation for multi-device use.
New tools and frameworks have also been introduced in the market to cater to the burgeoning demand of creating responsive courses — one such name which is a standout in the elearning world is that of ‘Adapt Learning.’ Adapt’s dedicated focus to enabling creation of responsive content by technical and non-technical users has been garnering it significant praise among users. Its popularity which has been increasing by leaps and bounds is also greatly attributable to the fact that Adapt has been on a mission to ensure widespread use of its framework and authoring tool by making the entire source code accessible to users entirely free.
The ‘Adapt Learning Framework’ empowers the user to create eLearning courses in HTML5 — its fundamental design enables the creation of responsive course content and the brand name ‘Adapt’ was chosen to embody it.
The ‘Adapt Learning Framework’ was designed with developers in mind; for non-technical users, the Adapt community then created a rapid authoring tool called ‘Adapt Authoring tool’ based on the Adapt Learning Framework. It aims to allow non-tech users to create courses without the need to write any code. The authoring tool was initially rolled out only to customers of Learning Pool in October 2014. But it was reportedly received with such rave reviews that the ‘Adapt’ community decided to roll out a ‘free’ hosted version of the tool to everyone in April 2016.
An open-source ‘Adapt Learning Framework’ was conceived and developed by Europe-based eLearning tech companies and released in February 2014. Brought together by a common aim to “provide low cost, innovative e-learning solutions”; UK-based Learning Pool along with Sponge UK, Kineo came together to collaborate on their ambitious vision for the future.
Adapt’s vision for the future includes the following key goals:
i) Create a leading authoring tool capable of producing responsive and multi-device e-learning;
ii) Encourage wider adoption of Adapt’s free and open source license;
ii) Ensure Adapt’s authoring tool is intuitive and easy to use especially for those with limited technical knowledge; and
iv) Support collaborative development and transition towards a ‘community-led governance structure’.
Here are some of the key reasons that are leading a multitude of users to transition towards Adapt’s authoring tool:
Let’s take a closer look at what’s great and not-so-great about Adapt
Adapt’s authoring tool is ideal for someone who needs to create courses that require ‘linear navigation’, needs to be responsive across devices, is text and image-based (no animations), and needs to be created in a limited time frame.
However, for a course creator who needs to create content that can be accessed offline by his learners, Adapt Authoring Tool is not the ideal tool. Currently, Adapt doesn’t support ‘branching scenarios’ either — if this is a requirement, the course developer can only avail of this feature via a paid version of the Adapt authoring tool.
Experts believe that given Adapt Learning’s open-source framework and authoring tool and its limitless potential, it would drive a significant change in the rapid learning development industry.
There are admittedly concerns like the learning curve is initially a bit higher and additional time needs to be invested, but the results would over time outweigh the investment.
Others believe that despite some obvious design limitations and even though Adapt is not yet a mature product, it is far from a fade. It will pave the way forward towards “unencumbered design in eLearning” which will allow instructional designers to explore “boundless possibilities of web design in their courses.”
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