When you plan to start using an authoring tool to create your virtual courses, the questions that arise are: what software will I use? Which is the best one? How can I install it on my computer?
What you may not have realized is that there are software or tools you can use without having to go through an installation process and that provide you with the same functionality as a locally installed software. In addition, the mere fact that these are cloud-hosted tools means you have added features and additional benefits. Do you want to know what they are? Read on to find out.
Access from any computer
The first advantage you’ll notice is the ease of access. All you have to do is log in from a browser. That’s it, you’re in. It doesn’t matter if you’re not with your computer or you have an urgency and have to log in from another device. Your projects will look the same as always. Isn’t that amazing?
Web access gives you an added bonus: collaborative editing. How often happens that you are not the sole creator of a course? For example, when each module is developed by a different person. When you use a software installed on a computer, it means you have to focus the effort through an individual, who is, for all intents and purposes, the one who handles the layout and design for the other creators.
This dynamic tends to be rather inefficient and cause a chain of mistakes and corrections that prolong the production process, even more so if those creators are in different locations that are miles away. It’s much better if each creator can access the layout and design of the course – which is and appears the same for everyone – and adjust each content screen to their liking directly, don’t you think?
Having an online cloud-based course creation tool is a great idea if you don’t want to or can’t make a big investment in infrastructure and resources. Think about how much you can save by not buying expensive software you don’t know if you will amortize or how long it will take, or the fact that with an application like isEazy you don’t need to have software developers or hire someone to perform this function. Making the leap from the original material to the finished course couldn’t be easier. The days of major infrastructure investments are over.
Faster course production
By eliminating intermediate steps in the production chain, you also save time in the implementation of your courses. The content expert or author can create the course directly on your cloud-based tool as if they were creating a Power Point. It’s that simple, just a lot prettier. The result is that virtual content creation is much easier.
“More secure” backups
What if your computer breaks down or gets a virus when you are creating your course? If your project is on your hard drive, you have a problem. You will have lost all your work and you’ll have to start over from scratch. You really want to take that chance? But if you have created it with a cloud-based tool, all you have to do is find another computer, log in to your account and you’re all set! Everything is saved automatically, so you can keep working as if nothing happened.
Consistent and transparent updates
When your course-creation tool decides to update, it behaves differently, depending on whether it is installed on your computer or is in the cloud.
In the first situation, it has to be downloaded from the Internet and reinstalled. Sometimes it’s a matter of seconds, but other times it can take up to half an hour. Your time is gold. Why wait for something that is of no value to you? In addition, in these cases, the frequency with which new versions are released tends to be annual. Are you going to wait a year to be able to enjoy new features? In the 21st Century? The worst thing, moreover, is that very often updating the version comes with a cost. Pay? Again?
However, when the tool is installed in the cloud, your updates are transparent. And free. There’s a new gamification-style activity being launched? Yesterday you couldn’t see it, today you can. Ready for you to start enjoying it. Easy, just like it should be. At isEazy, for example, we usually launch new features approximately every two months.
Better support service
And what about customer support? Have you ever tried to email a question or suggestion to one of those companies? First you have to find their contact email. Then you have to wait for them to get back to you. Tick, tock. Tick, tock.
For companies born in the cloud, putting you first is written in their DNA. That’s why, at least in our case, the tool itself provides a button for you to ask for help if you get locked out of your account or you want to tell us how we can improve. We thank you to the moon and back because your feedback is what fuels us.
At this point, the benefits are clear. But out of all the cloud-based tools available to you, which one should you choose? In this article we give you some tips so you’ll know what criteria to consider when comparing.