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6 Must-have Features To Look For In SCORM Authoring Tools

November 12, 2020 Posted by Authoring Tools, Design, Design Feedback, E-Learning, eLearning Development 0 thoughts on “6 Must-have Features To Look For In SCORM Authoring Tools”

Over the years, effective training content used to be a challenging task but with the rise of e-learning technologies, creating course material has become easier than ever. One of the things that have changed effective eLearning is SCORM authoring tools. 

The SCORM authoring tools need to have important features that will allow for its effective use. The tool is shared with all employees of a company, irrespective of their age, location, or the device they use. Whether you are considering acquiring a new authoring tool or planning to replace an existing one, you need to choose a reliable one. Else, you end up with a tool that will create more problems than it will solve. Well, according to a recent study, one way to decide the right SCORM authoring tool is by conducting a needs assessment. After that, you need to opt for the one that provides solutions for your e-learning needs. That said, let’s have a quick look at some of the must-have features of SCORM authoring tools below.

Top Features You Need In An SCORM Authoring Tool

User-friendly Interface

If I want to get an authoring tool, one of the features I’d prioritize is having a tool with an intuitive user interface. Not everybody is tech-savvy, so the ability for all employees irrespective of their age to be able to use the tool is essential. 

The SCORM authoring tool must be flexible to design effective training content with good workflow. When designing a large course material, it is very important because it saves time and energy. Since the ability to design course material in a short period is vital, you must consider this feature before opting for an authoring tool.

Individual online assessment features

This feature is crucial to help in the assessment of learners. It gives an evaluation of what the employee already knows, what they have learned in the course, how much of the course material they can retain, and their progress.

SCORM authoring tool with this feature helps to determine the effectiveness of the course material. Also, it’s a good way to get feedback from employees. 

The features like quizzes (form-based question, open question, multiple retry attempts, feedback), course assessment (question bank, random questions), scoring (negative scoring, badges), analytics (reporting and tracking) are good ways to access employees.

Collaborative factor

e-Learning involves many different people living in different geographical locations. As such, it will be very important to carry all participants along throughout the course, irrespective of where they live. 

When providing a course material you should be able to provide standardized course content that all participants can flow with. A collaboration friendly authoring tool will enable you to create this. 

When considering a SCORM authoring tool, you might want to consider the following:

  • Review the system with feedbacks
  • Provide multi-language support to enable you to create a course in different languages.
  • Have shared resources and share options (email, links, social media)
  • Provide co-authoring and author control.
  • Have user roles and 
  • Have versioning

Templates and themes

Your design should have a consistent look and a nice feel. This can be achieved by using a template that will help you when designing many course content for the same participants. Consistent look and feel will keep your audience’s attention focused on the course, rather than being distracted by different designs. 

Since most SCORM authoring tools come with many different template designs, you should consider the one that can edit templates and design custom templates. With this, you will be able to make a consistent design that tells more about your brand.

Apart from that, you may consider having an authoring tool with the ability to import and install pre-built templates from other programs as well.

Administration

Administration features enable you to organize your course training tailored in a way that will make all participants flow with it. A well-organized administration will help you to easily set your preferences when designing your course content.

The administration features will also make it easier for you to set the tool and quickly get started with it.

A good SCORM authoring tool should be able to have:

  • Language setting option.
  • Flexible workspace setup that is easy to navigate with movable windows and dockable panels 
  • Preview and view preference.
  • Auto recovery to prevent loss of saved and unsaved courses.
  • Roles and permission
  • Security 

Publishing

There may be a need for you to publish your course in different formats based on your needs. So, before choosing a SCORM authoring tool, you need to check what your design needs. These requirements should be compliant with your Learning Management System (LMS). 

The most common LMS compliant standards are SCORM and Tin Can API. Apart from that, other common formats include PDF, Word, Flash, HTML5, iOS, Android, CD, file, cloud-based, and Microsoft Powerpoint.

Conclusion 

We’d like to also stress the importance of a good support structure. Irrespective of whether you are an expert or a novice, you will benefit from help from a good SCORM authoring tool brand. Some brands provide support in the form of live chat support, phone support, training video guides, and community forums that enable you to get troubleshooting help or ask questions. Some would even allow you to use the demo version, for you to try out their tools. This should be a major factor when choosing an authoring tool.

Whatever authoring tool you choose, make sure that you create an effective workflow for managing feedback for your SCORM courses. If you have not given zipBoard a try yet for improving your eLearning reviews and QA process, give it a try! Learn more about zipBoard’s (eLearning review and QA features) or sign up directly for the product here.

Designing Accessible eLearning Courses

September 25, 2020 Posted by Bug tracking, E-Learning, Process, Testing, User Acceptance Testing, User Experience 0 thoughts on “Designing Accessible eLearning Courses”

Create accessible eLearning content that complies with WCAG standard guidelines and 508 compliance. Accessible eLearning development is important to provide a complete learning experience to users with disabilities.

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eLearning Quality Assurance Checklist with use cases and examples

August 4, 2020 Posted by Bug tracking, Case Study, Design, E-Learning, Process, Project Management, Testing, User Acceptance Testing, User Experience 0 thoughts on “eLearning Quality Assurance Checklist with use cases and examples”

eLearning QA checklist for evaluating online eLearning content. With use case scenarios and example for every assessment.

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9 ways zipBoard improves speed and quality for E-learning development

July 3, 2020 Posted by Design Feedback, E-Learning, inside zipBoard, Process, Project Management, User Experience 0 thoughts on “9 ways zipBoard improves speed and quality for E-learning development”

Imagine you are running an eLearning courseware team and the pressure to build more and rapidly has never been more than now. You want to build a workflow to see how communication flows between different stakeholders. You log in to your project management tool, and it does not have everything in one place. You have to log in to different systems to see conversations between the clients and the teams. How do you understand how to close the loop? You ask your managers around and everyone is using a different system to track tasks, client reviews. How can you accurately predict what can be delivered in how much time? Is everything being tracked in one place?

Every course development team needs a solid eLearning development process to improve their review cycles and be able to have a productive team. In this article, I walk you through a guide that you can use to set up a process in your organization. We have consulted several of our large clients producing eLearning on their development process and implementing zipBoard.

After implementing a system to collect reviews, track tasks, and deliverables, you will have a good foundation to measure progress on your development process and timelines. As your team grows, you will have a benchmark to create a more predictable process and timelines and create data-driven decisions for your eLearning projects.

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1. Create an organization structure

For a small organization, this may not be necessary as the roles are clearly defined from the start and the project owners also own the processes.

As the scale increases, it is imperative to set up a team or a system that would lead the process and define it for all project managers. The most important part is to ensure that all the teams and team members and their requirements are well represented.

2. Create an implementation workflow for your projects

Once you have set up an organizational structure, it is important to define the implementation workflow for the projects. This will become your project delivery template and will take care of defining roles, processes, stages, and how communication should flow between different teams and clients.

3. Define project structure and workflow

Before kicking off a project, a project manager should establish the stages in the project to be able to track its progress and share it with other stakeholders. Those stages could be defined to ensure communication and deliverables, deadlines for each stage. Those stages can then be defined in a zipBoard project using phases so that everyone on the team is in sync and can document and measure progress. 

If you need help planning out the phases and the process to track projects, reach out to our services and consulting team to guide through and help you through the process.

4. Communicate your project delivery and implementation plan to stakeholders

Once the project planning documentation is complete, make sure to review the details with all stakeholders, especially with the client. It is important to set expectations upfront and get feedback on expected timelines before project implementation.

5. Start with the tasks for your first deliverable

The project manager can then start assigning specific tasks to the team to ensure the timely delivery of the tasks. The tasks can be defined directly inside zipBoard’s task manager and assigned priority, due date, or any other description and parameters to explain the task. This would ensurer that the designers, developers, and all internal team members are in sync and are on track with their progress.

See a snapshot from zipBoard dashboard for reference (refer to task properties on the right-hand side)

 

Additionally zipBoard also captures the OS information when a new task is created.

6. Start an internal QA review for your deliverable

Before sharing the content, design, or actual developed course, it is important to set up an internal Quality assurance process within the internal team. The QA process makes sure that the content aligns with the expected outcome, is accurate, has no bugs and issues related to usability, or any other experience expected from the content. Once the internal QA review has been done, and the tasks assigned to the designated teams, the deliverable should be ready to be shared with the external stakeholders for review.

7. Share the content, design or course with your clients for review

Once your content is ready, it is important to share with the client along with the content for review, any limitations, a description that would help them with testing easily. Sharing the actual content with clients using zipBoard gives you the flexibility to share only the details that you would like to share and keep the clients from getting overwhelmed. They can then create reviews using the screenshot or screencast features easily without having to leave the content to review.

8. Process the feedback received into actionable tasks

Once you receive all the feedback from different stakeholders, ensure that it is properly triaged into trackable issues and everyone in the team is aware of the changes that need to be done in the order of priority. 

This will help the team ensure that the content or course is ready for the next review cycle without compromising on the quality of the project.

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9. Repeat steps 5-8 for all review cycles and deliverables

You can now repeat the steps from 5-8 for multiple iterations for the same development cycle and then for other deliverables within the same project.

This step by step guide should help you, your team, and your clients to stay on the same page through the entire project lifecycle and deliver a high-quality course, whether it is a website, web app, a course, PDF document or a creative asset. 

Once you have a project process in place, it is easy to measure progress, predict timelines, make data-informed decisions about your projects, and deliver high-quality projects.

See how you can get started with zipBoard and speed up your e-learning development process.

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How KnowBe4 Creates High-Quality Online Courses Collaborating Remotely Using zipBoard

April 14, 2020 Posted by Case Study, Design, E-Learning 0 thoughts on “How KnowBe4 Creates High-Quality Online Courses Collaborating Remotely Using zipBoard”

KnowBe4 – the world’s largest security awareness training company shares its best practices for creating quality online learning

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Beth Epperson (ELM) on e-learning development and QA process

November 14, 2019 Posted by E-Learning, Process, Project Management 0 thoughts on “Beth Epperson (ELM) on e-learning development and QA process”

Beth comes with extensive experience working on software products and has seen the processes evolving with her roles at AOL, Netscape, Websense and now ELM. According to Beth, managing client communication while building e-learning comes with its own set of challenges.

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Tips To Establish A Project Management Process In Learning Development

July 30, 2019 Posted by Design, E-Learning, Process, Project Management 0 thoughts on “Tips To Establish A Project Management Process In Learning Development”

Learning Creation can tend to be chaotic, if proper processes are not followed. Missing deadlines and ineffective content also results from an unplanned learning delivery. Assigning roles and priorities can help create a repeatable process in e-learning. Here are a few tips to establish an effective process for learning delivery

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Top eLearning Conferences To Attend In 2020

April 3, 2019 Posted by E-Learning, Resources 0 thoughts on “Top eLearning Conferences To Attend In 2020”

One of the best things about the eLearning industry is the community and the shared learning from it. Here’s a list of eLearning conferences in 2020.

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