Google Launched an Open Source Authoring Tool

Published in Tools
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 16:32
It wasn't a surprise that Google decided to launched an open source authoring tool after the explosion of available Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Google knows better than all how to make a tone of money by providing its services for free. They question is will be successful at the billion dollar plus eLearning Industry?

Google's Authoring tool for eLearning

Course Builder is targeting in all educational levels. From K12 to Higher Education. However, it seems that they did not consider the corporate education. Google hopes that teachers, educators, and professors will use Googles' Authoring Tools to teach online courses whether the students are 10 or 100,000.

You maybe interested at:

  1. List of Authoring Tools: Part 1
  2. List of Authoring Tools: Part 2
  3. Free Authoring Tools for eLearning

Concerning the technology behind Course Builder, Google used to build Course Builder the same software that used to build the Power Searching with Google Online Course. With Course Builder you can

  1. present your course material,
  2. include instructions,
  3. assessments, and
  4. activities to your students.

However, almost all the tools do that. So, why to use Course Builder?

You maybe interested to read Google Tools for eLearning Professionals

By using Course Builder you can use and other Google products that will help you create a course community (ManageCommunity) to evaluate the effectiveness (MeasureEfficacy) of your course. The bad news are that you have to be familiar with JavaScript and... HTML... I am sure that you have experience of course designing.

I highly encourage you to see the Course Builder Intro Video

At the first experimental step more than 20,000 students completed the Power Searching course out of 155,000 students that registered for the course.

Least but not last... If you respect yourself as an eLearning Professional you have to try Course Builder and come with your clues. If you try Course Builder please let me know your thoughts! Highly Appreciated!

You maybe interested at:

  1. List of Authoring Tools: Part 1
  2. List of Authoring Tools: Part 2
  3. Free Authoring Tools for eLearning


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