A dilemma

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.


About rebekahmcbrown

I am a veterinarian with a special interest in instructional design and developing eLearning in the veterinary and medical areas. I write teaching materials for both face-to-face and online learning as well as writing and editing articles.
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4 Responses to A dilemma

  1. Hi Rebekah
    I would use Xerte Toolkits for this, but this is also flash based. Don’t forget there are workaround browsers – I’ve never tried it as I don’t have an iPad, but see http://mitchellmedia.co.uk/430. I’m not an eLearning developer don’t forget – and Xerte makes it easy for us numptys to make nice eLearning content e.g. http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/toolkits/play_3392.
    Personally I think you may not find something that suits all your learners – we work on the principle that we have a whole suite of PCs here, so if they cannot access our materials on their iPad they need to get to a PC. It is not always possible to suit everyone!
    Good luck with your return to creating teaching material!

  2. Thanks very much for your reply Liz. I really appreciate you taking the time to comment.

    Thanks also for the links. Somebody told me about Swiffy for iPads today and I’d not heard of it before I read your comment early this morning. I think you are absolutely right that you can never please everyone all the time and we may just have to use an interim solution for this until HTML5 output is more widespread. By then there will be another issue!



  3. Hi Rebekah, might be a bit late now, but i find Camtasia an excellent tool at a good educational price. can output to a number of formats and with it being video yoiu’ll have a format to suit most platforms. http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia2-1111.html

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