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March 22 – 24, 2017 Orlando, FL

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LS1001 Responsive Design: A Comparison of Popular Authoring Tools

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Friday, March 24


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Responsive eLearning design is becoming less of a nice-to-have feature and more of an absolute must for many organizations. As a result, the most popular authoring tools, like Captivate, Storyline, and Lectora, have been adding more features for integrating responsive design, while some newer tools have been designed right from the start to accommodate the needs of this design concept. That said, these tools each take a different approach to making content responsive, so you’ll want to make sure you’re using the right one for your needs.

In this session, you’ll take a closer look at the similarities and differences in the ways that commonly used eLearning tools approach responsive design. You’ll see the finished output and the under-the-hood mechanics, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of each option. You’ll also investigate how these tools compare to other platforms that are designed more specifically for responsive courses, such as Gomo, Rise, and Adapt.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Different approaches to responsive design
  • The relative strengths and weaknesses of each approach
  • How popular eLearning tools accommodate responsive design
  • What criteria will help you decide which approach is best for you

Novice and intermediate designers and developers.

Technology discussed in this session:
Captivate, Storyline, Lectora, Gomo, Rise, and Adapt.


Diane Elkins


Artisan E-Learning

Diane Elkins is owner of Artisan E-Learning, a custom eLearning development company, and E-Learning Uncovered, where she helps people build courses they're proud of. She has built a reputation as a national eLearning expert by being a frequent speaker at major industry events for ATD, The Learning Guild, and Training Magazine. Her favorite topics include accessibility, instructional design, and Articulate Storyline. She is co-author of the popular E-Learning Uncovered book series, as well as E-Learning Fundamentals: A Practical Guide, from ATD Press. She is a past board member of the Northeast Florida and Metro DC chapters of ATD.

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