eLearning Authoring

An eLearning content authoring tool can create and package digital content for learners online. Here is a selection of software available to UIC instructors and staff to help create engaging eLearning content.

  • Adobe Captivate

    This responsive authoring tool can be used for creating software demonstrations, software simulations, branched scenarios, and randomized quizzes in Small Web Formats (.swf) and HTML5 formats.

    Adobe Captivate can be downloaded from the  WebStore at a reduced price, or purchased by your department when installed on a UIC-owned computer.

    Adobe Captivate is also available for use by faculty and students on a number of computers and laptops available for lab use and checkout from the ACCC Academic Multimedia Lab.

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  • Adobe Presenter

    This screencasting tool uses PowerPoint slides, audio narration, and your webcam to create videos. Adobe Presenter supports the simultaneous recording of screen and webcam video feeds.

    The simple editing interface allows users to mix the two video streams, insert quizzes along with video content, publish to YouTube, Vimeo, desktop, or to Blackboard using SCORM to enable quiz reporting.

    Adobe Presenter is a PowerPoint plug-in available on Windows. Adobe Presenter Video Express 11 is also available as a stand-alone product on Macintosh. Both versions are available on the WebStore for a fee.

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  • Camtasia

    Capture video of your computer screen, microphone and webcam input, then edit and produce high-quality clips in many different file formats.

    Capture PowerPoint or Keynote presentations quickly and easily. Record and highlight interaction with websites or applications, emphasize and elaborate with callouts, animations, and other enhancements. Make content accessible with closed captioning, and collect quiz results via email or SCORM-compliant LMS.

    Camtasia Studio can be purchased on the iBuy website for a fee, and it is free to use on a number of computers and laptops available for lab use and checkout from the ACCC Academic Multimedia Lab.

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  • Panopto

    Capture and edit video, add captions, create video assignments, and insert interactive video quizzes. Panopto videos can be played back on any device, and its editor runs in any web browser.

    This tool is recommended for faculty and instructors that want to “flip” the classroom, or that are creating video content for blended or online courses, and for students that need to create video assignments to share with classmates and instructors.

    Panopto can be used as an integrated tool inside Blackboard and directly in the UIC Panopto website.

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  • PowerPoint

    Slides can include text, graphics, audio, video, and other objects that can be placed freely across the slide. Combine these with animations, transitions, and triggers to create an interactive lesson. Content can be exported as a video or shared online using Office 365.

    PowerPoint is available as part of the University Office 365 subscription.

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  • VoiceThread

    Access VoiceThread through Blackboard to create a shared presentation that participants can asynchronously comment on either by text, voice, or video. The presentation can include any form of digital media, including images, audio, video, and text.

    The resulting output of this combination of the digital presentation and accumulated viewer comments is called a “VoiceThread.” Blackboard integration allows the creation and grading of student assignments.

    Learn how to integrate VoiceThread in your Blackboard courses.

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