6 key factors to choose the best authoring tool in Digital Learning

  28 September 2018 |  La rédaction  Market data

Authoring software has successfully met the needs of companies wishing to internalize their production of Digital Learning content. These make it possible to offer their learners personalised and evolving pedagogical content according to the evolution of their markets. The choice of a high-performance authoring tool is becoming essential to facilitate the creation of innovative devices such as Serious Games or simulators. This article gives you more details on the factors that are essential to meeting these challenges.

1) Work on your learners’ skills
Authoring software must allow educational designers the freedom to define the necessary skills to be assessed in educational scenarios. For example, we know that sales consultants must have a thorough understanding of the solutions to be marketed and excellent interpersonal skills. It is relevant that learners can develop these soft skills (empathy, listening, time management, entrepreneurship, etc.) in the context of an optimal customer relationship. The authoring tool must make it possible to address these behavioural skills that will make your modules effective devices for developing interpersonal skills.

2) Choose from a wide range of virtual characters
The proposal to integrate virtual characters into the simulators can promote immersion and therefore the learner’s attention. The more realistic the characters, the more the learner will be able to identify and engage in his or her experiences. Let’s take as an example a training course in the construction industry. For optimal immersion, educational designers must propose characters wearing a suit in accordance with current regulations. In the same way, it is relevant to propose characters such as doctors or nurses for a pedagogical simulation in the medical world.

3) Energize your experiences with multimedia elements
Authoring software must offer designers a variety of multimedia choices, such as personalized voices, texts or videos, to enhance interactivity. These elements promote the creation of more immersive universes for learners. Consider introducing sound effects, explanatory videos and importing professional dubbing into your scenarios. In this sense, learners will find themselves in impactful and immersive pedagogical simulations.

4) Facilitate translation and integrate a multicultural dimension into pedagogical scenarios
Some companies or organizations work with collaborators in several countries. Facilitating the international distribution of modules makes it possible to make significant savings and standardize training. In this context, it is often necessary to modify the language of the scenarios in order to adapt it to different cultures. To succeed in this deployment, authoring tools must effectively facilitate translation. For greater consistency in simulations around the world, where cultural codes are different, scenarios must include characters specific to the different languages and cultures targeted.

5) Experiences available on the different platforms
With the advent of mobility and the ever-increasing use of smartphones, tablets and computers. According to Orange and OpinionWay, “86% of French people use these tools in their daily lives”. The authoring software must facilitate deployment on all media. If your employees are regularly required to travel, allow them to train with modules even if they do not have a connection. They will be able to develop their skills freely and even outside their workplace.

6) Monitor learner performance
For trainers and managers, the authoring software must allow an analysis of the users’ background in the different pedagogical scenarios. They can then fulfil their role as coaches for learners, thanks to a detailed evaluation of the complete training programme. Tools with this functionality give the trainer the possibility to validate, modify or guide the learner in the best conditions, according to his results and the needs of the market. Having regular and immediate feedback makes it possible to quickly identify training issues and make changes to the training path for greater relevance.