A contemporary eLearning is a classic example of what a multimedia can be. It uses various kinds of media formats, audio, video, animation, images, to build an interesting user experience. Yet, a single technology that integrates all these to package them into a single component, HTML. Considering, a large part of eLearning is consumed via mobile phones these days, building eLearning using HTML has increased. One of the standard ways to build eLearning is Flash Card. In an earlier blog, we introduced Flash Cards and explained how it worked.
Some consider Flash Cards as a bit juvenile, but they can be cleverly used to train adults as well. Consider this example.
You’re training a group of participants on GDPR, the Global Data Protection Regulation of Europe. And you want to test their comprehension of various roles. So, you can hold a card that says, ‘Data Controller’ and ask them ‘Who is it?’ They answer and then you flip the card, revealing the correct definition of the role. Then you show ‘Data Processor’. And flip the card, and so on.
There are various ways these flashcards can be used innovatively and also since we’re using eLearning, the same flashcard can be made more interactive than simple flipping. These flashcards can be handy tools for delivering engaging eLearning lessons. And there are plenty of tools that we can use to create these flashcards.
Here are some names:
Author Point is a free software that captures the PowerPoint presentation and helps convert it into a rich SCORM package.
This software helps create user-guides in particular, but in general, you can also create quizzes and questions for review. And what’s more, you can publish them into HTML SCORM packages.
You can create mind-mapping tools using Dokeos Mind. Part of the overall Learning Suite, it is available as open source version.
Another open source eLearning authoring tool that can help publish into SCORM packages.
In addition to these, there are Web-based tools specifically meant for creating flashcards, but you may have to visit their sites to create or even access them. Many are available as mobile versions too. Some widely used tools are Cram.com, FlashCard.Online, GoConqr, BrainScape, StudyBlue, etc.
Of course, there are some industry standard paid tools available that one can use to create great HTML flashcards.
Although considered a tad old-fashioned now, Studio still delivers to our needs. You can create all your content in the good-old PowerPoint and then it can be conveniently converted into a SCORM package. Studio still has certain challenges with respect to device compatibility, but if you want to quickly and painlessly create content, Studio is the best bet.
Rise is arguably the best tool available for building flashcards. It offers features that are quite user friendly and are configured in such a way that the flashcards work across devices too. In their own words, the tool ‘adapts courses for every device under the sun.’
Ever since its RoboHelp days, Captivate has literally captivated the imagination of the instructional designers all over the world. It has only steadily improved its standing since. If you’re still wondering, of course, there’s the stamp of Adobe to reassure.
Adobe offers another tool exclusively meant for publishing into SCORM packages. Using Presenter, you can create media rich SCORM courses. Remember, this is not to be confused with Articulate Studio, which is also often referred to as Presenter.
Arguably the leader of the authoring tools industry, Storyline is the most complex and vast eLearning tool that you can ever ask for. It supports animations, interactivities, simulations, character scenario building and, of course, a quiz maker that lets you create various types of quiz questions. These include, Multiple Choice questions, True or False, Hotspot questions, etc., one of the earliest forms of flashcards that were used in eLearning. You can publish the whole module into a SCORM package and deploy it.
Use above tools for everyday L&D, and customize further for eLearning services
Today, the learning designers are spoilt for choice. There are ample services and tools available as both free and paid ones. Some of these tools have certain limitations and therefore eLearning teams sometimes end up creating custom HTML templates to design their own exclusive interactive flashcards. But that route has to be taken only if you’re an eLearning service provider. For an Learning and Development organization, any of these tools would be sufficiently adequate to meet your needs. Go on then, spread the good word of knowledge. Happy learning!