A decade ago, when eLearning as we know it today was an emerging practice, developers installed authoring tools on a local computer. Their organizations controlled all installation, storage, and security. It was, truly, a different world!
Back then, desktop applications were the tool of choice and provided most of the desired features and functionality. Cloud-based authoring tools had appealing collaborative capabilities, but they often had far more limitations than advantages. Most authoring systems were cumbersome, forced an input process using templates and forms, and offered little provision for creativity and flexibility.
Today’s landscape has changed dramatically. Now, Internet delivery of software systems is the norm. Access is easier, and users expect flexibility, sharing, and collaboration in all their tools. Ten years of technology advancements have virtually eliminated the shortcomings of software-as-a-service (SaaS), or cloud-based systems.
What is Cloud-Based Content Authoring?
Cloud computing typically consists of delivery of software services, computing power, and data storage via the Internet. A key benefit of cloud computing is its infinite on-demand scalability, which desktop computers can’t readily provide. As an organization grows, sustaining and maintaining the ever-increasing volume of content requires expanded storage, more publishing power, and better content.
Cloud-based content authoring is eLearning authoring that is free from the constraints of typical desktop solutions. Users access authoring software over the Internet via a secure, affordable hosted system – with no worries about software set-up, IT configurations, desktop installs, or missing software licenses.