Which authoring tools are best suited for moodle scorm player.
My research lead to LERSUS, RELOAD and eXe. Are these good tools? Are there other tools best suited?
Thanks for your help
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Thanks I lot for your help. I looked at CourseGenie site and it sure is a great tool.
It looks easy to use, you don't need to know a lot of html, xml and scorm and it sure is a very productive and efficient tool.
However, I am using Information Mapping methodology to organize my content, which is also based in a Word template, with a lot of macros and conversion tools, and it doesn't seem to be easy to integrate IMAP and CourseGenie templates. For instance Course Genie only alows content structure with 2 levels of deph, Section and Page, and information mapping uses 4 levels: Part, Chapter, Section and Map.
Probably what I need is a software to organize and packadge html, swf, ... content and generate scorm metadata. Is there a software with these funcionalities suited for moodle?
Thanks a lot
Budget considerations apply - many of the more professional SCORM authoring tools are designed for the enterprise training community and are priced accordingly. But budget aside, the authoring tool you choose will depend in part on the pedagogical approach you want to pursue. For example, is the main focus in what you are trying to achieve the learning experience, or the learning content? There are plenty of tools that do "information dump" and presentation level instruction in the form of text and slides with the occasional check on learning. Some fancier versions of that use information mapping, which is great as a way to structure content but maybe not so great as a way to structure a learning experience. If you want to create a rich learning experience, advanced tools like, for example, ToolBook, make it easy for the author to specify how the user will interact with varous kinds of objects. They will run circles around presentation or text-based tools when it comes to provide interactive learning where, for example, a user might be interacting with a multivariate simulation of a complex process. But they also require more thought in the instructional design, and often they have a correspondingly longer learning curve.
From a technical perspective, you will want to look at whether the content generated by the tools you are trying passes the ADL certification test suite *without cheating*. The better tools can export in SCORM 1.2 or SCORM 2004, and may actually guide you in the authoring process so that you don't attempt to use SCORM 2004 features that are not supported if your target delivery is SCORM 1.2. The better tools may also be aware of the limitations of popular but not quite conformant LMS implementations. For example, because SCORM compliant systems like Moodle don't include full conformance, and many Moodle users are still using older versions of the Moodle SCORM engine, some of the tools might also be aware of Moodle limitations. But in most cases you can't find out without asking. For sales people SCORM conformance is often just a checkmark on the spec sheet and they may or may not understand what it means. In your inquiries, ask if the content products of such a tool can be *certified* to be conformant, and with which version of SCORM. An authoring tool itself cannot be certified, because an authoring tool may have too many degrees of freedom and allow you to create content that exceeds the capabilities of SCORM. In the end the only thing that matters is that the content be interoperable, not the authoring tool.
I would like to say something about office application based SCORM authoring tools, as an alternative to expensive content authoring applications which targete corprate learning and traning.
For example, some PowerPoint-based authring tools.
I use PPT2Flash Professional, a tool like Articulte Presenter (similar features but with much more reasonable price )to turn PowerPoint presentation to SCORM courses, both SCORM 1.2 and SCORM 2004 are supported.
Actually, PPT2Flash Professional is a SCORM adopter by ADL. That ensures content created by this tool can be uploaded to LMS/CMS/VLE with SCORM compliance, like Moodle
If you are interested, you can have a look at this to learn how to turn a PowerPoint to SCORM course with PPT2Flash
For PowerPoint 2007 compatibilty, PPT2Flash Professional should be the first one in its field to support PowerPoint 2007. It works as a PowerPoint ribbon meny tab.
View a screenshot
You can learn the PowerPoint 2007 compatibiltity with this link
You should also take a look at myUdutu (www.myudutu.com) it is a free web app that lets you author online courses, scenarios, interactions, and will also convert powerpoints into online content you can use in a course, etc.
The deal is that you can author for free and publish for free with a watermark, or pay $1 per screen when you export the course in either SCORM 1.2 or 2004, to another server, without the watermark.
i have a professor here at Rhodes College that wants to use Authorware in his Moodle course. I do not know Authorware and I am just getting started with Moodle. Here is his question:
I would be interested in trying to get my Authorware exercises working on moodle. Currently, I have .exe files on the ITS server from which students run. I can get the .exe files to run in Moodle, but not to write data or read data. THis is probably because I am not using POSTURL commands in my authorware programs. But I think these reguire cgi scripts. Does moodle use them, and if so, maybe I can modify my input/output commands to use Moodle's particular cgi script? Authorware does have a webplayer which I could use (along with the cgi scripts), but it requires students downloading a plugin into their browsers, and this can create problems. So, if I can trick Moodle into accepting the .exe file, I avoid the plugin issues.
I appreciate your thoughts, Judith
I use Content Shaper autoring tool for my moodle courses. It produces scorm packages so it's easy to publish my courses in moodle. it's not WYSIWYG but it's quite easy and fast to operate. www.c-shaper.com. It's free of charge.
Before Content Shaper I use Reload Editor for producing SCORM packages, that is quite good as well.