I’ve been asked to design a number of small learning activities to be used for second year veterinary science students. They will be fairly simple – a couple of labelling activities and some questions applying the new knowledge in clinical situations. It’s the first work I’ve done for the university since going on maternity leave 8 years ago and it’s good to be back.
I have a major dilemma with deciding what software to use. I was hoping to use Dragster to create the labelling activities and rapid elearning software, most likely either Articulate or Adobe Captivate, for the other questions. However, about 10% of students are currently using iPads and it is likely that percentage will increase in the very near future, which makes Flash-based outputs a problem. HTML5 would be visible on iPads but doesn’t work well in all browsers, which may disadvantage a significant number of students. Also, there are not as many tools around which output to HTML5. Captivate 5.5 has an HTML converter but will only convert Flash files made in Captivate and not objects made using other software. Articulate has Storyline due out soon, which will have HTML5 output but the same caveat.
So… what should I do?
I’d love to hear how other organisations are managing this situation. What software are you using? I would welcome any suggestions from my wonderful PLN as to how I can keep everyone happy and ensure that what we create can be used into the future.