July 12th, 2016 E-Learning

woman-with-finger-gogglesIf you have been around the elearning world for more than just a few hours you are likely to hear about rapid elearning development software.

A simple search on that topic will yield results from major players Adobe Captivate, Articulate (Storyline and Studio), iSpring, among others.

You may be wondering, “why are there so many programs out there for rapid elearning development?”

If you were around in the infancy of elearning then you likely know the answer to this question already.

Prior to these kinds of software elearning had to be painfully developed in flash or something similar. It was a very difficult process and only a few people possessed the skills to actually pull it off.

These people could also charge quite a bit for this service, so not all was bad 😉 .

Rapid elearning development software changed the game.

Macromedia Captivate (later acquired by Adobe) was one of the first major players into the game. It wasn’t long after that alternatives began to pop up and soon Articulate started to dominate with their Articulate Studio offering.

One of the reasons Articulate became so popular was because it piggy-backed of (still popular) Microsoft PowerPoint.

Many people knew how to use PowerPoint so adding some elearning functionality was genius. Suddenly anyone who was good with PowerPoint had the ability to create robust elearning courses – no coding necessary!

If you are interested in learning more about the rapid elearning software culture then consider the articles below.

5 Must-Read Articles on Rapid ELearning Software

Can Captivate 9 Save Adobe? – Captivate has losing ground to Articulate for a few years.

Adobe Captivate’s Worst Feature… Every piece of software has issues, but this one still plagues Captivate.

Merge Articulate Studio Into Storyline – Storyline is the new flagship so why not merge the legacy programs?

Articulate Storyline Keyboard Shortcuts – Time is money and shortcuts save you time.

Have You Checked Out iSpring? – A favorite of many and a great alternative to the two leaders.

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Hi Justin, I was wondering if you have a preferred option that interfaces nicely with LearnDash (Mac user)?

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Hi Lauren-

LearnDash runs on a hosted website, so Mac vs. PC doesn’t really apply 🙂 . You can send our presales a message if you’d like some example templates you could use.

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