Learning through Web-Based Authoring Tools

Learning through Web-Based Authoring Tools

Tony Lee, Doo Hun Lim
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6280-3.ch015
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The Web-based authoring tools are great additions to online education and training programs. This chapter provides a portrait of roles and impacts of Web-based authoring tools in online learning environments. With all the unique functions and options that are available in Web-based authoring tools, it is not required for instructors and trainers to be Web development experts to create quality online learning instructions that meet the needs of the multi-generational learners (i.e., traditionalist, baby boomer, generation X, and generation Y). In addition, the Web-based authoring tools enable instructors and trainers to create media-rich learning instructions and transform dry Web content into engaging and exciting learning content. Besides recreating and transforming Web content, Web-based authoring tools also play an important role in expanding learners' attention spans and their readiness to learn.
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Roles Of Web-Based Authoring Tools In Learning Environments

Web-based authoring tools such as Microsoft Dreamweaver, NetObjects Fusion, or SyberWorks Web Author are great additions to online education. They are easy and cost-effective alternative tools to develop and implement instructional or training programs (Virou & Alepis, 2003). In using these kinds of tools, instructors and trainers are not required to become web design experts in developing web rich instructional content and interactions. They can start creating and developing their instructional content as soon as they have familiarized themselves with the basic functions of those web-based content authoring tools.

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