We recently started to use a new authoring tool, Adapt, to produce a series of courses for a client. The concept of Adapt is much like that of Storyline; it's one of many a rapid development tools to choose from when developing a course.
More specifically according to Adapt Learning, Adapt is a "free and easy to use e-learning authoring tool that creates fully responsive, multi-device, HTML5 e-learning content". The solution uses components to build out a scrolling learning experience (instead of the traditional back and next functionality). These Adapt components include Presentation Components, such as text, graphic, hot graphics, etc., Question Components, such as multiple choice, graphic multiple choice, matching, etc., and options for an Adapt Assessment - so there are plenty of ways to make the learning yours.
Why Fully Responsive?
Adapt explains that, "responsive design means you can create a course once but view it on a wide range of different browsers, devices, or operating systems." It comes as no surprise to anyone that multi-device and mobile learners are everywhere. We don't necessarily believe every piece of content you create needs to be available on every device, only your user and their context can tell you if it's the right thing or not, but device agnostic is what you're looking for, this is a great way to accomplish that.
If there is one thing that all of us know how to do these days, it's scroll. We are web searching Pinterest-, Facebook-, Twitter-, Instagram-ing addicts. We know how to scroll. And there is a reason we know how to scroll (so fast). It's easy. Scrolling doesn't take much skill and it's a simple way to keep the user engaged. Why do you think Pinterest is so successful? People scroll for hours. It's addicting.
When to Use Adapt?
Adapt is great to use for projects that have quickly digestible, bite-sized content and for projects that will be used largely on mobile devices. We recently developed a project that used both Storyline and Adapt to develop content, based on the users and the context in which they would be digesting that particular course information we used Storyline or Adapt to develop.
Stay tuned to hear more about our experience with Adapt, our initial pros and cons of the system, as well as, when to use Storyline vs. Adapt!
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