Authoring

Team-based E-learning Authoring

At the heart of our adaptive approach is our “biological model” adaptive engine. But, ultimately, what matters is your content. Our role-based authoring capability is seamlessly integrated into the platform, and simplifies the process for instructional designers, technical writers and subject matter experts. Integrated feedback from reviewers and learners (built-in workflow) dramatically improves course quality, especially when combined with real-time updates to published content.
Sixteen different question types drive the adaptivity, supported by any type of learning content, including text, animation, PowerPoint, video, 3D models and simulations. Multilingual, double-byte authoring with default language fallback simplifies support for global audiences.

Team-based Authoring & Review

Building e-learning usually involves instructional designers, technical writers, subject matter experts and, occasionally, graphic designers and project managers. Our team-based authoring simplifies the development process, coordinating tasks and making sure milestones are met. Warnings let other developers know who the primary author is, and whether content is actively being edited.

Assigned Reviewers

Any authorized user can review content (learning objectives, probes, or learning resources) at any time, but you can also assign specific people to review, along with deadlines.

Drag-and-Drop Editing

Our authoring platform supports full drag-and-drop for simple duplication of learning objectives, probes and learning resources.

16 Different Question Types

Our adaptive engine is powered by the process of formative assessment — teaching by asking questions. In the Area9 world, we call our questions “probes.” To make sure our adaptive engine works with the widest possible range of content, and with the largest variety of learners, we support 16 different probe types, from simple multiple choice to custom HTML probes supporting 3D simulations.

Real-Time Feedback

Designers and subject matter experts may like to believe that they get things right first time, but mistakes happen — and things change quickly in businesses. To ensure your content is always up to date, our platform delivers real-time feedback from users directly to the content authors to continuously improve learning.

There are two primary feedback mechanisms:
“Challenge button” –- real-time feedback to content authors from users on question accuracy
“Feedback button” –- real-time feedback to content authors from users on content quality

Results from both of these flow into the authoring workflow, notifying developers that there’s something to review.

Real-Time Feedback

Designers and subject matter experts may like to believe that they get things right first time, but mistakes happen — and things change quickly in businesses. To ensure your content is always up to date, our platform delivers real-time feedback from users directly to the content authors to continuously improve learning.

There are two primary feedback mechanisms:
“Challenge button” –- real-time feedback to content authors from users on question accuracy
“Feedback button” –- real-time feedback to content authors from users on content quality

Results from both of these flow into the authoring workflow, notifying developers that there’s something to review.

Real-Time Updates

If an author decides that a question or learning resource requires updating, changes can be pushed to existing and/or new users in real-time. This helps to solve two problems in traditional e-learning systems: no way to push minor changes to learners who have completed courses, and no way to push changes without interfering with completion statistics.

Support for any Content Type & Performance Support Tools

Area9 supports most existing content types, including text, animation, PowerPoint, video, 3D models and simulations. It also supports performance support tools such as checklists and quick reference guides.

Multilingual Authoring

Designed for global audiences, Area9’s platform provides a user interface in 12 languages and full support for multibyte character sets.

Because translating an entire course can be expensive, especially when targeting small numbers of users, our platform supports “incremental” translations. Imagine you have a course in English, but a few learners who speak English as a second language would benefit from certain high-priority or high-impact parts of the course being in Spanish. With incremental translations, you can translate part of the course, and our system will deliver that part in Spanish, and the rest in English. No more “all or nothing.”