603 Selecting Cloud-based Authoring Tools: Going Beyond the Feature Sets

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Thursday, October 1



Authoring, particularly cloud-based, is a growing segment for L&D. With numerous platforms and approaches to consider, having a strong framework with which to source, assess, and evaluate a tool is critical. Selecting the wrong technology for authoring your learning assets can prove costly to the organization and its learners if critical criteria or processes are overlooked or misunderstood.

In this session you will learn, through shared experience and lessons learned, how to select the right criteria for evaluating cloud-based authoring tools and conducting a hands-on trial. You’ll also learn to identify a critical business-process criterion that should form the basis for the evaluation strategy that goes beyond “really cool features.”

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to define your features and functions matrix
  • The business process criteria that should drive your selection
  • How to rate and rank a shortlist of tools or platforms
  • The criteria for running a hands-on trial
  • How the initial vendor contact can set the tone for the long-term experience
  • How to align the business needs with the tool and platform features

Intermediate and advanced designers, developers, and managers.

Technology discussed in this session:
Cloud-based eLearning authoring platforms and tools.

Mark Sheppard


Mark Sheppard is a seasoned L&D practitioner and consultant who believes in the power of innovation and challenging expectations. He is also a shameless educational technology geek and a social-learning evangelist with extensive private and public sector L&D experience varying from military to healthcare. Mark holds a certificate in adult training and development from OISE, a certificate in human resources management from Seneca College, and a master's degree in learning and technology from Royal Roads University.

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