Good question. First, though…
What IS Lectora?
Lectora is authoring software. It’s an electronic learning (eLearning) development tool developed by Trivantis Corporation. It’s used to create online training courses, assessments, and presentations. Output can be published to a variety of formats such as HTML, Single File Executable, and CD-ROM.
Lectora content is compliant with eLearning industry standards, like SCORM (Shareable Content Object Reference Model) and AICC (Aviation Industry Computer-Based Training Committee).
Advances to Date
Since 2000, Trivantis has released an updated version of Lectora at the beginning of each year, which contained at least 50 new features. In 2008, Trivantis moved to a continual “maintenance track” philosophy, in which new Lectora features and updates were released throughout the year, rather than having one large release.
At the beginning of 2013, the company unveiled Lectora Inspire version 11. This was a radical overhaul, both visually and functionally. It changed the basic interface from a vintage Windows 95 look to a more modern, ribbon-based style. New tools were added, with integrated social network and social media features, enhanced Web object support, a slide out media library, and a new action pane.
The New and Improved Lectora
2014 has seen Lectora Version 11.3 emerge, with several improvements:
- Enhanced Design Tools: You can fade in images and text, apply a modern fly animation and other transition effects to Web-based objects, such as elastic and bounce animations. All are HTML5 compatible. The font size for all text in a title can be globally increased or decreased with the new Text Size tool.
- Design Wizard: Customisable templates and themes, to set up the framework of your course quickly.
- Question Creator: Creates tests and quizzes with different question types and styles, including drag-and-drop and hotspot. You can customise feedback options and track user attempts.
- Slide-Out Media Library tab: Gives drag-and drop access to media, games, characters, animations, and Lectora’s online media gallery.
- PowerPoint Import: Converts PowerPoint files directly into Lectora so users can turn presentations and legacy material into eLearning content. You can add custom navigation, buttons and other interactive elements.
- Flypaper 3.11: Develops Flash animations and interactive activities with zero programming. Includes templates to create and modify your animations using timeline-based controls and transition effects, colours, shapes, buttons, etc.
- Camtasia 8: Creates, edits and produces professional video tutorials. Screen recordings made from work on your computer can be enhanced with zoom, pan and special effects.
- Snagit 11: Transforms screen captures of your desktop, specific applications, or portions of your screen into learning tools. You can add callouts, highlights, arrows, colourful speech bubbles, and unique stamps.
- Actions & Variables: The new Action tab provides a visual way to make images, objects and anything in your course interactive.
- Ability to Track Objects, Actions, and Conditions: You can now account for which chapters, sections, and pages your learners have visited and completed as a native Lectora function. You can automatically display the tracking status within the table of contents and menu objects base.
- Touch Screen Trigger: Quickly triggers any action when the learner swipes left or right on touch screen devices such as tablets and smartphones.
- Global Features: 11.3 supports 7 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Chinese and Brazilian Portuguese. You can develop and publish content with Chinese, Japanese, Korean and other double-byte language texts.
- WCAG2 AA Support: Lectora creates titles published to a Web-based format (HTML, CourseMill, SCORM/Web-based, AICC/Web-based) that comply with the standards set in Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 – Level AA.
- ReviewLink™: Publishes content from Lectora to the cloud, for eLearning review and feedback on your courses.
- Tin Can API 1.0: The next generation of SCORM. It lets you see how trainees interact with your courses anywhere – even on multiple devices.
- Social Media: Learners can share content on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter using share buttons and other Lectora objects.
Lectora, on the Road
The recent Lectora User Conference (#LUC2014) was held from March 31 – April 4, 2014 in Hollywood, USA. The conference showcased a new range of interactive Lectora templates, including their current Top 12:
#1 Horizontal Accordion Lectora Template
#2 Tabs Intro Top Lectora Template
#3 Interactive Pyramid Lectora Template
#4 Interactive Table Lectora Template
#5 Tabs 1 Lectora Template
#6 Tabs 2 Lectora Template
#7 Tabs Intro Centre Lectora Template
#8 Tabs Intro Right Lectora Template
#9 Tabs Thin Right Lectora Template
#10 Targets Left Lectora Template
#11 Timeline Lectora Template
#12 Squares Bottom Lectora Template
Support & Services
There’s a Community Forum on the Lectora Web Site, where you can search for answers to specific questions, or post new ones.
For more detailed assistance you can contact the Lectora technical support team by email.