I was recently forwarded an interesting thread from the LinkedIn group, “The eLearning Guild”. Although it is a private group, joining is simple and the benefits go beyond industry advice and compelling conversation. It is a true repository of eLearning information that has been around for quite some time.
Here’s a quick response I wrote to a discussion group comparing Captivate, Articulate and Camtasia. This thread is a prime example of the value this group possesses. I encourage you to join and participate in the discussions. It’s hard not to find something to learn and discuss. Feel free to click on the discussion question link below to jump to the main eLearning Guild website and join.
“Camtasia is more of a content gathering tool. It’s super cheap on the Mac store and honestly, takes less than 5 minutes to make your own professional looking videos. I recommend getting some FinalCut (Pro or Express Experience) to beef up your video skill (having Final Cut and Camtasia on your resume can’t hurt). I’m new to creating eLearning, but was drawn into it by a client and the fact that my skill set is perfect for creating eLearning projects. I have to suggest Captivate, as it’s intuitive and set-up like all other Adobe programs. If you know any Adobe Program, then it’s not hard to learn the others. I also suggest signing up for Lynda.com for a month to take their 8-hour course. Make sure you spend the extra 10 bucks to get the downloadable files to use along with the Lynda Course. It took me about 2 weeks to learn and create a proof of concept e-Learn program. Oh, one last thing- get the PDF of the user’s guide and go to Staples and print it out- it’s a good $30 investment and reads like a help manual rather than an instruction manual.”