We often get so wrapped up in technology and gadgets and gizmos that we rarely take time to weave a good yarn. But as much as we’ve preached the potency of storytelling, it’s time we practiced it, too.
So we’d like to tell you the story of two woodcutters.
There were once two woodcutters who wanted to see who could cut the most wood in one day.
Both woodcutters took their positions in the forest and started chopping away. After an hour, one woodcutter suddenly stopped. When the other woodcutter noted silence from his opponent’s side, he smugly assumed that he must’ve grown tired – and continued to cut down his trees at an even faster clip.
But soon, he heard his opponent cutting again. And then his opponent stopped cutting once more – so he continued to cut, taking advantage of his opponent’s ‘breaks.’
And for the rest of the day, the one woodcutter would stop chopping for fifteen minutes so when the competition ended, the other woodcutter, who had worked straight through without stopping, was confident he would win.
But to his surprise, the woodcutter who had taken timely breaks had won. But how?
Because while one woodcutter was still chopping down trees, the other was taking time to sharpen his ax.
All too often in work and life, we strive to reach ‘autopilot’ – a mental setting that is familiar, safe and relatively disengaged. Think about any time you’ve ever pulled into your driveway but not remembered any of the drive itself.
We become so disconnected from the process and so fixated on the outcome that we miss opportunities to learn or grow along the way. So when we find an eLearning approach that works, for example, we are often inclined to stop there. ‘We did it!’ we exclaim, handing over the courseware and patting ourselves on the back.
But our axes can always be sharpened. So here we’ve rounded up the five best eLearning authoring tools articles so you can make sure your ax is as sharp as possible heading into the new year!
This is actually a three-part series, so you get three articles for the price of one! Part 1 covers what to consider regarding price, traditional software vs. cloud, and choosing between Windows and Mac. Part 2 covers what to consider regarding the learning curve, LMS compatibility, games, video, lectures, and simulations, content libraries, and mobile learning. And Part 3 covers technical support, stakeholders feedback, software updates, and license types.
In this article, we learn how “a new authoring tool is often the breath of fresh air that your eLearning team needs. They will be free of barriers that previously held them back, and able to make their big ideas a reality. Avoiding implementation pitfalls will help you harness this excited energy and make your new tool a success.
“Take a look at these 5 potential implementation pitfalls, and find out how you can ensure they don’t catch you out.”
In this free – yes, you read that right – ebook, iSpring uses “ … their initiative to help you figure out what kind of authoring tool will suit your goals best. The eBook includes a helpful checklist which contains 20 basic requirements for an authoring tool that really hits the spot.
“This handy guide provides the well-thought-out information you should know before you start off eLearning implementation or intend buying your next authoring tool.
“You can apply this eBook and its checklist for setting the requirements for evaluating top authoring tools from the directory.”
“Who doesn’t want to save time at work? The use of a collaborative authoring tool can be a real game-changer for eLearning providers.
“Which authoring platform is right for you completely depends on your needs. If you just want to create a few eLearning modules for a small audience, you’ll be looking for something very different from a global business needing to reach 10,000 employees in multiple languages!”
“To find a truly powerful solution that streamlines your eLearning production, don’t go shopping around unless you’re armed with these 5 vital questions.”
“In recent years, new cloud-based eLearning authoring tools have been popping up rapidly. Most cloud-based authoring tools offer a more modernized and weblike look and feel for eLearning. There are still a few tools that cling to some of the traditional eLearning components, like next buttons and locked down navigation. In the future, I see authoring tools moving towards an even more familiar web experience.
“One of my favorite things to do is to analyze examples of eLearning created by different authoring tools and designers. Checking out eLearning examples is one way I become inspired for other projects.
“Without further ado, here are 6 different examples of eLearning from 6 different cloud-based authoring tools, in alphabetical order.”
So there you have it. You don’t even have to go digging for ways to sharpen your ax in the new year. Armed with these articles, your 2019 eLearning will be optimized, engaging, informative and – wait for it – yes, even fun!