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The Raptivity product data sheet provides you a high level overview of Raptivity. The data sheet is in pdf format. To view it, you need to use Acrobat Reader.

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Download Quick Start Guide

The Elicitus Quick Start Guide provides instructions on how you can install and start to use Elicitus. (Note: For detailed, step-by-step instructions for performing all tasks, and for overviews of all concepts and functions, we encourage you to refer to the Elicitus User Manual, which is provided in the product CD. You can also download the manual from here.)

The Elicitus Quick Start Guide is in pdf format.

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Download User Manual

The Elicitus User Manual provides:

  • overviews of all key concepts and functions in Elicitus
  • step-by-step instructions for performing all tasks

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Checklist for top RFP requests for authoring tool

Feature Supported by Elicitus
Novice friendly, yet still has underlying extensibility for complex interaction types.
Zero plug in (with the exception of Flash output)
Adherence to SCORM specification and AICC standard - real need is full interoperability with many LMS solutions
Short learning curve for new content developers
Extensive library of very interactive question types (beyond multiple choice and true false)
Robust testing engine (with features such as randomization, drawing from a test item pool, etc.)
Rich Media support
Ability to repurpose content quickly from other sources, such as PowerPoint, Word, and specialty authoring tools (i.e. simulation tools)
Minimal time spent creating navigational control structures (i.e. navigation buttons, menus, etc.)
Low cost (for stand alone authoring tools)

Ease of Use: a course designer speaks out

Ease of Use, Excuse Me?
A Course Designer Speaks Out

Dear Reader,

Recently I downloaded several e-Learning authoring tools that tout "ease of use" as a key benefit. After spending several minutes getting a flavor of each, here is what I would want to tell the designers of these tools.

Give me something similar to what I already use.
I have been using desktop tools to create a number of emails, documents and presentations. Give me a desktop tool to create training. Integrated Development Environment may be great for programmers, I want a trainer's desktop tool.

Speak my language, not yours.
I am a trainer, I understand lessons, assessments, glossaries, multiple-choice questions, videos, learning objectives and so forth. Please spare me the details of knowledge objects, text box properties, content meta-data, XML parsing, decision variables and so forth.

Don't make me responsible for your housekeeping.
A much-hyped authoring tool, priced in excess of $2500, blatantly tells me to "Make sure you distribute the necessary files with your application." Why, as a course author, am I expected to worry about all this?

I am a non-programmer. But first, let's get the definition right.
Self-service for non-programmers. Isn't that what authoring tools are all about? Why, then, do I need to maintain a score variable and write a script called calculate_score that updates the score variable on advance from each question? Guys, give me a break.

I want to enjoy my drink. Please, keep away the fire hose.
Visual design should be simple and un-cluttered. Show me a course outline and a design surface, both together. No matter how many pop-ups, wizards and flowcharts your tool provides, I can only use one, maybe two, at a time.

Give me power, but don't sap my energy.
In my SCORM manifest, allow each lesson to be sharable, but with one click. Allow my students to search glossary terms using a variety of criteria, but I should not have to program that. Assessments should be in-depth, but easy to fill out. Layouts should be customizable, but ready to use.

Yours Truly,

A Course Designer

Checklist for selecting an authoring tool

Know yourself:

  • You like to visualize how the course would play out, just as you go along building it visually.
  • You would like to stay away from programming, scripting, tagging, HTML coding.
  • You expect the tool to provide you templates, guidance and support along the way.
  • You are open to leverage media and documents created by others, but would like to do the final course building yourself.

Define your needs:

  • You expect to create several hours of e-Learning against tight deadlines.
  • You expect to have a need to update the courses once in a while.
  • You expect to launch the courses and track results on corporate intranet or web site.

Identify the stakeholders' needs:

  • Your management is likely to consider cost-effectiveness and quick return on investment as a big plus.
  • Your IT department would insist on AICC and SCORM conformance, so it is easy for them to deploy your courses off of an LMS now or in future.
  • Your students would like to play the courses straight from their browsers, with no plug-ins.

How much do you want to pay for an authoring tool?

Elicitus gives you all of the features that come with products that are in the $1800-2500 range, and more! To see how, take a look at this recent survey of the marketplace. You will find what you can expect to get, depending on your budgets.

Price Feature Set Usage
$500-1500 Course outline, pre-built navigation, limited standard layouts, limited assessment capability, SCORM and AICC conformance, self-support. Useful where training material is to be distributed on-line, without much emphasis on the visual quality of learning experience.
$1800-2500 All of the above +Visual control, custom navigation, customizable layouts, strong assessment capability, presentation features, annual support. Useful when trainers themselves want to build quality on-line courses easily and quickly, without the need for programming.
$2500-3500 All of the above +Scripting support, object API model, interactive simulation building capability. Useful when a team of professional developers is available to create complex learning interactions.

Cost Benefits to view examples of ROI

Building Your Case for Elicitus

Money Matters

It all comes down to dollars and cents. Nowadays even more so than before, every company watches its bottom line closely. Nobody has an unlimited budget - especially in training. But that does not mean Training has a smaller challenge in getting employees, partners and customers up to speed quickly in a competitive environment.

Elicitus was designed to help you create more e-Learning with less authoring. Elicitus is easy to use, cost-effective and well supported.

How You Save

  • Eliminate cost of programming resources needed in course development
  • Reduce the cost of trainer's time spent in preparing courseware
  • Reduce the cost of trainer's time spent in learning about the authoring tool
  • Reduce the burden on your internal IT staff in support and integration
  • Re-focus course developers on more strategic and instructionally meaningful tasks, by reducing the manual labor required in putting together online courses

Our Client's Story - Nasan Medicals

Nasan Medicals required that the selected authoring tool would help their product expert quickly create a customer education module and deliver a real return on investment. "A demonstrable ROI was critical to our final decision", said the VP of Marketing. Nasan selected Elicitus for their solution. "This was a great decision. It took no time to get our product expert up and running, and he rolled out a training program in record time, saving us development costs and helping top line through a timely customer education initiative".

ROI Example

Review the example worksheet to visualize the kind of savings you can experience with Elicitus.

Assumptions

Average hourly cost per course developer $50
Savings in course development time with Elicitus 40%       (Conservative estimate)
Time required to evaluate, buy, install and learn Elicitus 20 hours (Conservative estimate)
   
License price of Elicitus $1395
Cost of initial time (evaluate, buy, install, learn) $1000
Total initial investment $2395
Hours spent in course development per year Reduction in course developer hours due to Elicitus (40%) $ Saving at the rate of $50 / hour Return on Investment Payback
400 190 9500 400% 3 months
200 95 4750 200% 6 months
100 48 2400 100% 12 months

ROI calculations for deployment of Raptivity for Elicitus

The Industry Standard 220 hours of development time for 1 hour of eLearning courseware
40 hours out of 220 get allocated to ILT preparation
 
1 hour of courseware has the following distribution
 
Sr. No. Screen Description Number of learning screens Seat time in minutes Development time in hours
1 Number of static content screens 36 27 54
2 Number of interactive screens 22 27 108
3 Number of assessment screens 12 6 18
4 Total Number of screens 70 60 180
 
The Raptivity for Elicitus advantage
 
1 Number of interactivities for which Raptivity can be used 75%
2 Efforts presently being spent for these 75% interactivity screens 78 hrs
3 Efforts that will be spent using Raptivity for these 75% interactivity screens 24 hrs
4 Effort savings that will be obtained 54 hrs
5 Effort savings as a percentage of total time of 180 hrs 30%
 
Calculate your ROI now. (Select your cost and map the savings)
 
Cost per hour of eLearning courseware in US$ Savings per hour of eLearning courseware @ 30% in US$ Number of eLearning courseware hours to recover US$ 1195
1500 450 3
2000 600 2
3000 900 < 2
5000 1500 < 1
10000 3000 < 1
15000 4500 < 1
 

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