Sunday, March 7, 2010

e-Learning Authoring Tools: Industry Research Reveals New Insights

eLearning Guild's latest research paper presents a survey of Rapid e-Learning Tools. The paper, authored by Dr Patti Shank, reveals interesting facts and new insights in the evolving landscape of content creation applications. Some key takeaways:

  • Users select tools for specific features they want, that's their #1 selection criterion - cost figures as #2
  • Many respondents use multiple tools (typically 4 or more), which often include at least one tool from Adobe
  • Most rapid authoring tools are easy to learn, with Raptivity voted as #1 in time to proficiency
  • Top 3 tools ranked for ease of use: Apple Keynote, Raptivity, WebEx

According to Patti Shank, rapid e-Learning is often a good place to begin when getting started with e-Learning. It leverages new tools, and typically lowers the time to completion and the cost of e-Learning development. Rapid approaches are also used by organizations that have been using e-Learning for years because they also have a need to get needed information and instruction out quickly and inexpensively.

The eLearning Guild Research report is titled "Getting Started in Rapid e-Learning" and can be accessed by clicking here.


  1. Thanks for the update.
    Raptivity is undoubtedly the best rapid authoring tools in the current market. And, with the kind of interactivities it encompasses, it is bound to steal a major chunk of rapid elearning market.

  2. What a nice tool for elearning.Very nice insights.

  3. For web conferences you should try ,
    Great for online teaching and collaborating. I use it for working on my designs with other in my field.
    Its free and pretty simple - you just upload your file and invite others to view it together.
    - Laura W.

  4. I'm very interested in using Raptivity, however I've had no success in getting it to work with Captivate 4, despite assistance from Raptivity's tech support. If someone is using it successfully in Cap4 I would love to learn how.

  5. @Jennifer: For step-by-step instructions on how to use Raptivity with Captivate, have a look at this detailed document -

  6. Technology enhancement enables E-learning more convenient for students to utilize learning materials with the collaboration of a computer and internet. It will surely show more positive outcome in the next coming years as million of students become more competitive with their skills.