New Trends in E-learning

As spring arrives and temperatures heat up, business at e-learning provider Kaplan Learning Technologies (KLT) is heating up as well. With two major releases coming out within just a few

As spring arrives and temperatures heat up, business at e-learning provider Kaplan Learning Technologies (KLT) is heating up as well. With two major releases coming out within just a few short months of each other, Mike Alcock,VP of KLT, provides some insight into the latest happenings with STT Trainer and Atlantic Link.

SO, WHAT’S GOING ON AT KLT THESE DAYS?

Last year, we increased our development team by over 50% and we’ve been able to
really speed up development across both of our front line products.We have two large and focused teams working on Atlantic Link for general purpose rapid e-learning authoring and STT Trainer for specialist software simulations.

We have two major releases in the next couple of months – Atlantic Link Version 2.0.4044 and STT Trainer Version 6.0. Both of these offer major boosts in terms of functionality and usability and should keep us at the forefront of the e-learning authoring tools market.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT IN THE NEW RELEASES?

In Atlantic Link we have a new multilingual framework which will allow users to make multilingual courses much more easily and quickly. This includes a whole array of new multilingual Flash assets such as quizzes, content display, buttons and games. We also have a series of templates for the new Android tablets such
as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, making portable e-learning a reality for devices with great screen size and usability.

In STT Trainer 6.0 we have a brand new cross-browser player with a new and improved user interface. This allows our users to deploy their content on almost any device, including the Apple iPad. The player has been designed with
direct learner and user input to provide the smoothest possible learner experience while still ensuring the same high level of knowledge retention that’s always been offered by STT Trainer.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE TRENDS YOU SEE IN RAPID E-LEARNING?

Both of our products are server based, collaborative systems. We’ve always been ahead of the game in this area and it allows us to deliver cloud-based solutions
and “software as a service.” We expect to see a lot more growth in this area
as our customers take advantage of the benefits that the cloud offers, such as truly team-based authoring, convenient access to the tools from anywhere in the world, and low IT overhead.

We also believe that mobile e-learning is starting to come of age with the new generation of tablet computers. We’ve always seen interest in mobile learning but never much take up from our customers. We suspect that screen size has always been an issue. The new generation of tablets with fantastic touchscreen interfaces and excellent screen size and resolution really seem to be game changers for e-learning. The content deploys beautifully on a screen that’s big enough to be interacted with accurately,making mobile e-learning a reality.

HOW ARE YOUR DIFFERENT PRODUCTS USED ON MOBILE DEVICES LIKE THE SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB AND IPAD?

Atlantic Link produces highly interactive content, with lots of drag and drop capabilities. These play back really nicely on the Samsung Galaxy Tab, so we expect to see lots of content that leverages these capabilities. Our new video encoder also allows any type of video to be easily embedded into a course, so we’re also expecting to see lots of courses featuring heavy video content.

STT Trainer courses fit beautifully on the iPad, which is the perfect size for training people on the use of software.We expect to see lots of IT training being deployed on the iPad and intend to continue enhancing our abilities in this area. The ability to take intensive training with you on-the-go adds an entirely new level of efficiency to our products and to the training world as a whole.

WHERE IS KLT HEADED?

We believe that we have two ‘best of breed’ e-learning products, Atlantic Link and STT Trainer. It’s our intention to come up with new and innovative ideas and functionality to keep them ahead of the competition.

www.KaplanLT.com (866) 788-8721

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