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About the future of authoring tools

About the future of authoring tools

In her interview published on 19 December in Elearning Letter, Elodie Primo, CEO of MOS – MindOnSite, talks about authoring tools and the key elements to a successful content creation in the context of an LMS strategy.

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Content creation is an important aspect of a learning environment. What are the real challenges?

Content creation is at the heart of challenges of many organisations that have integrated an internal team to not only reduce costs, but to also create and edit content in a fast and responsive way. There are of course challenges in terms of content quality, of how fast content can be created and around the organisation itself and the synergies that can created between internal teams.

What about the choice of tools?

Elodie Primo recommends to offer a rich variety of content to increase learners’ engagement. Ideally, one should use a wide range of tools that are accessible online and ease collaboration to create eLearning, screencasts, Immersive Learning or Rapid Learning.

And Elodie Primo to remind us the evolutions of her own platform MOS Chorus:
“We started with the online LCMS MOS Chorus. To industrialise content production, the LCMS integrates collaborative features for authors, contributors and validators such as task management, catalogue and template sharing, notes and comments that facilitate content approval. To meet the needs of our customers whose trainers travelled a lot, we developed the offline MOS Solo that is offered for free.

Facing the popularity for videos, the authoring tool integrates videos via a URL, to enjoy streaming and to be able to add comments during the video or to show the video’s commands at the end only.”

What are the perspectives for the authoring tools?

Elodie Primo gives an update on the existing eLearning standards such as SCORM, and explains the benefits of the new xAPI standard.

In terms of interoperability, it (xAPI) exceeds SCORM by far. Learning tracks are exchangeable between systems (LMS, LRS, social networks, etc.). xAPI lets you use the data needed to create Adaptive Learning. Most authoring tools available on the market offer a fairly limited use of xAPI close to what SCORM does. To fully use the potential of xAPI, it is necessary to consider new solutions that will generate qualitative reporting.”

And to continue the discussion…

A new Opinion Paper on the “ideal LMS platform”, written by Michel Diaz, Associate Director Féfaur, will soon be published. This new expert’s analysis will complete the discussions around LMS platforms and their use according to user typologies. This Opinion Paper will address the underlying question “Does an ideal LMS platform exist?”.

The Opinion Paper is available for free download mid-January 2017 on our website.


Read the interview

(Available in French only)