An authoring platform is a program that includes a set of design elements for the development of interactive multimedia software titles. Basically, it’s software that makes software. It allows a non-programmer, usually an instructor, instructional designer or educational technologist, to easily create stand alone e-learning modules with programming features. These programming features are built in and and hidden behind buttons and other tools, so the author does not need to know any programming language.
Many tools exits for the creating of e-learning modules. PC Magazine has listed and reviewed the most widely used products.
- Drill and practice exercises help students build specific skills they need to master before they can move on to more meaningful learning. Use this type of exercise to introduce a topic or section of the course that requires mastery of a new technique or procedure that you usually spend class time covering. Adding gamification features to this type of exercise can make the learning of mundane content more engaging.
- Interactive case studies or scenarios that include branching logic can provide students with low stakes opportunities to bring together aspects of the course content in new ways. Including automated feedback can help reinforce core concepts and provide an opportunity for students to reflect on their choices and make multiple attempts.
- Simulations provide virtual experiences for students where they can build confidence before attempting the task or procedure in the real world.