Content creation within organisations


Content creation within organisations

Does your organisation produce eLearning content internally? How does it work for you?

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Comment by Dennis on March 10, 2011 at 16:44

Lectora is moderately compliant to SCORM 1.2 stds and no where close to 2004.  It has some good features but the publishing and hosting requirements will depend on your client requirements.


Captivate is an excellent tool for emulating software applications i.e. "Show Me" If you integrate RoboHelp, simulation functions can be successfully achieved.

Comment by Susanne Lee on March 10, 2011 at 11:30

Hi all

We are just starting to moving to developing our own e-learning.Can I take advantage of your experience to ask a couple of questions? 

1.We seem to have 2 contenders for authoring software. Can anyone give a comparison between Lectora and Captivate?

2. Would it be easier to use Articulate? If so, what are its limitations?


Many thanks

Comment by Helen Hutchinson on June 21, 2010 at 12:18
I can't remember who it was working on content which needed to be translated at the seminar....but i've just been browsing the web and i came across this Fisherman's Friend site:

Think they've done it very well - it's very interesting to browse through the different languages and see how they changed the page to suit - but keeping the fisherman's friend brand strong througout.
Comment by Casson McRae on June 11, 2010 at 9:33
Hi everyone

I have just started tweeting and I am going to use a twitter hashtag with reference to the content development session and ongoing activity of #lsgContentDev

Although I will be posting more 'formal' questions, like the rest of us I hope, the twitter feed can help to 'keep it real' and to share my day to day in content development.

Please follow if you want and respond too.

Who knows, we could even have a parade!!


Comment by Casson McRae on June 9, 2010 at 20:24
I'd like to say a big thankyou to everyone who came to the content development session, including those whose stay was shorter than expected! I got a lot out of it and I hope you did too.

To share our experiences and to generate a lot of areas for discussion is exactly what the session was about and we definitely did that.

We all agreed that we would use the LSG community and the group itself as a space to continue the discussions and below are the outputs from the session to start with.

What skills do we need? (and in what order)
The SME relationship.
The SME as author - where do we start?
User reviews of the myriad of rapid 'authoring' tools out there such as Atlantic Link, Mohive, Captivate, through to powerpoint.
A 'demo' area where we can share our work.
Systems simulations - best practice.
Translation - options and approaches.
Design, user interfaces and branding.
The content development process.
Version control and obsolescence of content, software and technology

However anyone wants to contribute to each of these threads is fine and please pose more topics as the ideas come. From the obvious interest we all have in content development this shouldn't be too hard!

Thanks again

Comment by Rich Wilkinson on November 28, 2009 at 20:31
Within my branch of the organisation we have the following development process:

1. Liaise with the SMEs to come up the pertinent information that needs to be put across.

2. Still in consultation with the SMEs develop a storyboard, we have found that balsamiq mockups articulates the broad outline the best, it gives an idea of the final product but the finish allows people to question why things are in it.

3. The product is signed off by the project sponsor.

4. The basic framework of the course is created, using Adobe Captivate.

5. The framework is passed to the internal graphic designers, who put backgrounds, graphics and animations into the framework. They advise on the use of negative space, etc. This essentially finishes the product ready for testing.

6. The product is shown to the SMEs for content checking.

7. A sample group of students is put through the training under supervision.

8. At the same time the course is loaded onto an LMS to ensure the course interacts correctly on the organisations network.

9. Ammendments are made from points raised during testing.

10. The final product is submitted to the project sponsor for authorisation.

11. The product is sent live on the LMS.

At present we use in house audio. However, we are looking to use professional voice overs for future projects.
Comment by Gail Sadler on June 1, 2009 at 14:43
It sounds like we have a development model to Gareth at Deloitte. For smaller projects we tend to use Articulate, Engage, Quizmaker and Captivate. Using these tools we can produce good quality training, fairly quickly without any cost (other than the initial licences).

For bigger projects we tend to use an external vendor and produce courses in Flash / XML. We have worked with the same vendor for a few years and they have developed tools that allow us to manage the translation of our content.

We have recently started working directly with an audio studio and for future in house courses, I will definitely consider using professional voice overs. The cost isn't huge and the quality is much better than we can achive in house.

In terms of skillsets - knowledge of PPT, image packages and authoring tools are all important but one of the key strenghts of my team is being able to interpret the SME's knowledge and put together a meaningful storyboard. We translate SME talk and ensure that the final product is easy to follow, targetted, clear and as interactive as we can make it.

We have recently started to incorporate some of our elearning skills into classroom based training. We have developed a number of quizzes and flash games that we allow learners to complete as part of their classroom based training.
Comment by Neil Lasher on May 27, 2009 at 9:46
I speak to many people during the week on the subject of creating content within the confines of organisation rules and regulations set down often by those in branding or IT. Everyone has at least 2 or 3 great ideas on this subject. Why not post your top 3, lets collate them and try to push a consolidated view for adoption as a standard.

Content creation is more than the technology. It's about style and conformance to a set of unwritten best practice rules. Time to write those rules so they can be followed...
Comment by David Mason on May 1, 2009 at 14:32
We have just started down the path of producing product (software) tutorials (show & tell) and later elearning courses centred on Articulate. We have a team of 2, recording software captures using Camtasia Studio, creating PowerPoint slides, applying audio voice-overs and producing the final flash output - which will be accessed via our web-site. The content primarily for customer use to support/enhance a full product Help facility.
Since we have just started (self-taught) we are learning as we go!!
Comment by Andy Wooler on May 1, 2009 at 13:21
We moved from 100% external production to around 90% internal these days. We have reduced the overall cost without reducing the quality. A central team of 2 plus people out in the business trained in the use of Captivate, Crazy Talk & Lectora Publisher. The full time guys also have had additional training in tools such as Paintshop Pro & SwishMax.
Where we don't have the full skillset right now is in Flash development - I am looking at how we can improve our ability to storyboard the individual flash elements and have those produced potentially offshore.
I find Lectora is a great assembly tool plus am a great fan of freeware tools which we also use such as Audacity (audio editing), SUPER! (Video conversion), Freemind (interactive mind maps). Person , I also have a number of the low cost tools from

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