Scope for Improvement, Reveals Kineo’s E-learning Authoring Tools Survey

July 14, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Technology News
Over 70 respondents took part in the survey and provided their views on a wide range of authoring issues including:

•What tools they use
•The factors that influence which ones they buy
•How many people are skilled in using them
•The time taken to become competent; what type of content they develop
•How they use that content
•What features are missing in general from existing tools.

The three key criteria for selecting an e-learning authoring tool were as follows:
•Ease of use
•Interoperability (the ability to integrate with Learning Management Systems)

The survey showed that time to competency tends to be quick for most people and can be as little as two days. This is a credit to the simplicity and usability of most tools. This factor alone brings the soft implementation costs significantly down compared to previous generation tools – but don’t forget to budget for them nonetheless.

Dr Matt Fox, Kineo Partner, commented: “The survey showed that rapid authoring appears to be able to make an impact in many important subject areas and can be used in a wide range of delivery including standalone and blended approaches. There are few barriers to using it for key learning and development initiatives.”

Finally the survey revealed that there is still extensive scope for enhancing and improving tools both technically and in terms of how they guide best practice design, which remains critical in the era of rapid e-learning.

The full survey results, and a report which analyses the data, are available on the Kineo website.

About Kineo

Kineo is a leading consultancy practice providing advisory services, research and niche e-learning products to support learning and development teams in the public and private sectors. Founded in November 2005 by Matthew Fox, Mark Harrison, Steve Rayson and Stephen Walsh, Kineo is a limited liability partnership with offices in Brighton.
Our client list includes six FTSE 100 companies and some of the best public sector and voluntary organisations in the UK.

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