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Lectora or Articulate- Which one should I use?

I hear this question all the time.

The best answer is “depends on the circumstances.”

Lectora provides an interactive and open environment, and can be extremely powerful when variables are utlized properly. There is a learning curve involved with Lectora, but the results speak for themselves. Lectora allows for the average instructional designer to be as productive as a .net developer in passing variables within a course while creating functionality that would not be possible with other courseware. On the downside is the learning curve.

Articulate Presenter allows for instructional designers with a knowledge of PowerPoint the ability to rapidly create courses online. Articulate Presenter actually resides on the PowerPoint menu as an add-in. Because Articulate is based on PowerPoint, published courses are by default more linear in nature, but this problem is easily remedied by incorporating Articulate Engage interactions, Articulate Quizmaker quizzes, and modifying the tabbing options to meet the client’s requirements.

Lectora is a very powerful and should be in any instructional designer’s arsenal of course development tools. When the client has a set of requirements that extend beyond the capabilities of Articulate, you can look like a hero by using Lectora.

Articulate allows for you to easily create professional courses. The learning curve is minimal. The product is intelligent yet simple. For smaller courses that do not require sophistication, Articulate is the way to go.

Posted in Articulate, Course Development Tools, Lectora, PowerPoint.

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