E-learning Tools and Technologies: A consumer's guide for trainers, teachers, educators, and instructional designersby William Horton, Katherine Horton
With its ability to both reduce operating costs and train more people, E-Learning is an attractive option for companies that are trying to balance business and educational goals. But in order to implement an E-Learning program,
A comprehensive guide to help you cut through the hype in order to select the best E-Learning tools and vendors for your specific needs
With its ability to both reduce operating costs and train more people, E-Learning is an attractive option for companies that are trying to balance business and educational goals. But in order to implement an E-Learning program, you'll have to wade through hundreds of learning management systems, learning content management systems, authoring schools, and collaboration environments to determine what solution will work best for your situation.
In this in-depth book, recognized E-Learning experts William and Katherine Horton survey the entire field of E-Learning tools for you. They provide you with a systematic way to identify, evaluate, and choose products and services based on different E-Learning scenarios.
In this no-holds barred look at E-Learning tools, the authors:
• Arm you with a complete list of questions to ask vendors before you commit to a product
• Describe product limitations throughout each chapter and include special Rant sections that you must read
• Present tips and tricks as well as common mistakes to avoid
• List potential vendors and contact information by tool category
The companion Web site contains design forms, checklists of features to look for in the various tool categories, spreadsheets, and lists of specific tools and vendors.
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Meet the Author
WILLIAM HORTON is President of William Horton Consulting where he advises large and small companies in developing online training and information strategies. He is also the author of several books including Leading E-Learning, Evaluating E-Learning, Using E-Learning, and Designing Web-Based Training.
KATHERINE HORTON is Vice President of William Horton Consulting and designs and builds E-Learning prototypes. She is also the Webmaster for the horton.com and designingwbt.com Web sites.
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William and Katherine Horton have written another excellent book. Their latest, E-Learning Tools and Technologies, provides a phenomenal amount of information about the tools and technologies that can be used to develop, manage, and deliver e-learning content. The authors cut through the clutter to clearly and succinctly explain the different types of tools, and their functionality and capabilities. Unlike many other technology books, Horton and Horton do readers a great service: they actually examine the different tools available in the commercial marketplace and share value-added information designed to help you select the best e-learning tools for your purposes. The book is divided into the following categories: Hardware and networks, Tools for accessing e-learning, Tools for offering e-learning, Tools for creating e-learning content, Picking tools and technologies, Evolution, trends, and big ideas. For each tool type, the book addresses the following: What is the tool? How does it work? What else can the tool do? What are the differences between tools? How to choose the correct tool. The capabilities to look for. The book is clear and understandable, and helps you comprehend what these tools are, why you might want them, and how to evaluate them. The conceptual information is well presented and informative. If you've ever found yourself confused about available e-learning technologies, or wondered if you need a particular technology or not, this is the book for you. It not only tells you what the tools do, it puts the technology in perspective for e-learning. William and Katherine Horton have distilled their years of experience into this 592-page book to help you make the right decisions and avoid the pitfalls. Highly recommended.