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201 Cloud-based or Desktop: Which Authoring Tool Is Right for You?

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Wednesday, October 29


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Today’s eLearning developers have amazing desktop and cloud-based solutions to choose from. However, deciding which tool will best suit an organization’s learning and development needs, both today and in the future, can be an overwhelming challenge. There are a number of factors that you need to explore and understand before you can make a proper authoring-tool purchase decision.

In this session you will explore the pros and cons of desktop and cloud-based content authoring tools. You will learn where each type of tool excels and where it has challenges. You will examine a framework for understanding and evaluating features and benefits as they pertain to different learning development environments. You will leave this session understanding which option best suits your learning development model, which meets your budget goals, and which provides you the most flexibility going forward, making your next purchasing decision easier and more impactful.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The pros and cons of desktop authoring tools
  • The pros and cons of cloud-based authoring tools
  • A framework for evaluating your learning development processes and needs
  • How to choose an authoring system that best matches your learning development (and budget) needs

Novice to advanced developers, project managers, managers, directors, and VPs who understand their organization’s learning development model and the challenges they face when deploying authoring tools.

Technology discussed in this session:
Software as a service (SaaS), desktop authoring, and cloud-based authoring.

Paul Schneider

SVP Business Development


Paul Schneider, the senior vice president of business development for dominKnow Learning Systems, has worked in the area of distance communication technologies in academia and corporate for over 18 years, primarily focusing on distance learning. Paul has provided services in most areas of learning, including instructional design, distance education, mobile training, and performance support. He currently oversees operations and business development at dominKnow Learning Systems. Paul holds a PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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