This month the Instruction Committee is highlighting three very useful and powerful tools to create E-learning and tutorials. Our reviewers looked at Articulate StoryLine, Camtasia Studio, and Adobe Captivate. We know many distance librarians have used at least one of these tools so please weigh in on the comments below. We look forward to learning which tools you find most user friendly and productive. You can also post projects you might have made with these tools so others can see the final outcomes.
Cost: $1398/single license* $1845/single license (regular pricing)
Academic Discount (save 50% or more) ;Volume Pricing discounts on purchases of 5 or more licenses (at Academic Discount) *special advertised at time of review
Learning Curve: Medium
Evaluation: Articulate Storyline is an E-learning authoring software with highly interactive features including customizable slide templates, avatars, quizzes/assessments, screen recording and animations. This is a very user friendly product. Articulate allows for self-paced progression through content. The published content is Tin Can, SCORM and AICC compliant so it can be integrated into most learning management systems for tracking/reporting of student progress. Articulate is mobile friendly with Articulate’s own app. The downside is that it is very pricey: one license was advertised as 1K+ at the time of this review. Academic discounts of 50% or volume pricing options may help reduce cost.
Reviewer: Rebecca Bliquez
Techsmith’s Camtasia Studio
Cost: $299PC/$99MAC Software is licensed per user. Each purchased user can have the software installed on two machines. Educational and volume discounts available.
Learning Curve: Medium
Evaluation: Camtasia Studio is the most affordable tool listed today. It does not have all the features that others have, but one can still create customized and professional looking videos through screen capture. Videos & quizzes can run on desktops, laptops, iPad, & Android tablets and connect with learning management systems using SCORM. Editing has a learning curve but once you become familiar with it, it is very useful for on-the fly-videos. A webcam and microphone are recommended, however you can also edit videos/voiceover captured with a smartphone. The Techsmith Fuse app facilitates sharing files from your mobile device.
Reviewers: Holger Lenz & Heather Dalal
Cost: Student/Teacher Edition: $299. Professional pricing $999 new purchase; $399 upgrade from a previous version; 19.99/month one year subscription.
Learning Curve: Medium to Difficult
Evaluation: Captivate is a screen-casting tool used for making video tutorials with audio (closed captions), text bubbles, quizzes and other interactivity. It and Camtasia Studio work in similar ways. You record your screen movements and then edit slides using a storyboard layout. Captivate is best for more complex and interactive content. Production times takes longer so it is not as useful for on-the-fly videos as Camtasia Studio. However, the slide by slide editing is a timesaver when individual slides need updating. For example when a database interface changes, one does not have to start over from scratch.
Reviewers: Anjali Bhasin & Heather Dalal