Authoring tool. Authoring software. Editor. Content creator. eLearning development tool.
All these words describe tools that allow organisations to create and develop content for web-based training. Choosing the right software is a mission-critical decision—because timely sharing of up-to-date knowledge with staff and contractors can ensure industry compliance and influence business outcomes.
For this blog, let’s refer to them as ‘authoring tools.’
These tools fit within one of three categories:
- PowerPoint add-in (offering advanced functionality in PowerPoint)
- Installed applications (standalone products installed on your computer)
- Cloud-based tools (Software as a Service or SaaS) that can be accessed from anywhere you have an Internet connection and a browser.
The really clever thing that Velpic does is provide a cloud-based authoring tool within the very same platform you use to schedule, manage, track and report on the training delivered.
You might ask, “What benefit is this to me when I have been using an installed application or PowerPoint add-in for years and it works perfectly well?”
Well, traditionally, when you create content in an external application, you then upload the content into your LMS (learning management system). You’ve already paid for your license costs for the authoring tool and you’ve shelled out lots of cash for your LMS. You’ve also most likely had to pay for training on the application at some point, because you need to be taught exactly how to use it to get the most out of it. You might then also need to upgrade your hardware to support the software to ensure it functions at its best. Plus, hire someone to manage it all.
Wow. That’s a lot to keep track of.
And that's why we built Velpic.
With Velpic, there are no license costs, no software costs, no upgrades, no downloads, and no hidden fees.
With Velpic, you can create content easily, and by content, I mean really engaging video-based training lessons that grab attention and hold it, allowing you to easily and quickly convey your training message.
Velpic content is way easier to manage than anything you get on a PowerPoint add-in or an installed application:
- If you need to make any changes, that’s easy—just go in and edit your lesson.
- If you need to create a new version, that’s easy—just go in, edit your lesson, and republish it.
- If you need to replace an image because you’ve re-branded or you simply want to update the look and feel of your lesson, that’s easy—just go in and replace images.
And you know what's even better?
Our authoring tool is seamlessly integrated with core LMS functions for detailed scheduling, sharing, tracking and reporting, and streams smoothly to the cloud in high definition for uninterrupted viewing.
You don’t need extensive training to create professional-looking videos in-house. New users tell us that they can create a Velpic lesson on the same day they first play around with it to learn how it works.
The skill level required is basic. Ever attached a document to an email? Then you've got this. Just browse for an image or audio file on your computer, add in a text box or two, click a few buttons, add some smooth iMovie-like transitions, and soon enough you’ll have a professional-looking, high-quality video lesson to share with your staff.
Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?
Don't take our word for it.