The following tools and features are what we here at gomo believe makes an effective and user-friendly content authoring tool.
The HTML5 Authoring Tool
Historically, eLearning courses have been designed using Adobe Flash, despite many mobile devices not supporting it. Content produced in gomo is built using HTML5 and the latest standards to ensure it performs well on all modern browsers and devices. Users are therefore able to take their eLearning courses with them, rather than being limited to using a desktop. HTML5 also allows for offline storage and data management, even when the user is not connected to the Internet, and use less CPU space and battery power, which means that they can typically run faster and more efficiently than Flash-based courses.
A good content authoring tool is designed to be accessible, so you can ensure your content is available to your entire audience, whatever device they are using.
The Multi-Device Authoring Tool
Content should be automatically responsive and adaptive to ensure it uses the available screen space in the most effective way, maintaining the quality of the user experience throughout the learning journey. From one single HTML5 code base, content can be published once and accessed on desktops, tablets and smartphones.
Native App Publishing and the Content Authoring Tool
The ability to distribute a course as a native app is another choice that can be made to increase learning accessibility. gomo content is compatible with Phonegap, allowing the option of packaging content for iOS and Android.
The Multi-lingual Authoring Tool
Multi-lingual content is an important part of making sure learning is accessible to all. Using a strong content authoring tool, it should be made easy to create courses with multiple languages. At gomo we allow users to export the ‘default language’ course text via XLIFF for your translation agency. When the translation is complete, it simply needs to be re-imported into the course to instantly get the alternate language versions of the content.
The Importance of SCORM and xAPI
A simple publishing process will automatically package up a course as a SCORM-compliant zip file, reading to upload to a Learning Management System (LMS). Learning can then be effortlessly published to almost any device you wish with just a few clicks of a button.
All content should also benefit from full Experience API (xAPI or Tin-Can) analytics, allowing tracking of users, quiz scores, device types and more, even when the courses have been consumed offline.
Optimized Content Output From Your Authoring Tool
Publishing small files ensures that courses are fully optimized, giving the fastest performance possible. This is something we do automatically at gomo and is another important part of maximizing UX.
Content authoring tools have evolved considerably in the past 10+ years, with new technology always pushing the boundaries further in terms of what’s possible in e-learning and improving the experience for the learner.
gomo is an end-to-end authoring solution for creating and publishing responsive, multi-device learning. We pride ourselves on staying at the forefront of what’s possible. We have refined and developed our product to grow from a content authoring tool to a suite of products including hosting and analytic capability.