Content (files, documents) come in; packages (zip files) go out.
We support most common office-type apps such as Microsoft Office, Open Office, Libre, Google Suite and so on. We also support a tonne of common file formats such as PDF, images, mp3 and so on. We have some support for standards-based content package formats such as IMS CP and are working on supporting as many of these as feasible. You can of course re-import any course you have published with Course Assembler (or it's predecessor
We believe that creating a reusable package is the best way forward for your content: the last thing you want is for your content is for the platform that hosts it to go out of business taking your content with it, or change its content ownership policies leaving you without your intellectual property.
We support publishing to SCORM version 1.2 and 2004 (SCORM might be an ageing format but it's very widely supported and designed with reusability and portability in mind). We also have some support for IMS CP exporting, and you can also publish without choosing a format which gives you a package you can reuse on any web site.
We are considering support for CMI5-based formats such as xAPI.
You need a Desktop browser based on the Chromium engine such as Chrome, Opera or Edge v 79 or better; or Firefox. Safari sort of works but it's kinda janky and won't get fully fixed or supported any time soon.
Internet Explorer 11 will catch fire. Just don't.
If in doubt, use Chrome.
Web-based app requires a modern Desktop browser
Mobile devices (phones, tablets, etc) generally do not have the memory or file system to run the app - they may work for you, but are not supported.
Content that you export should be fine in most cases and is often dependant on the capabilities of the system you import your package in to.
We don't store it.It's temporarily sent to the cloud for conversion, but is deleted immediately afterwards. Your content is stored by your own browser, which is permanent until you reset the app. So after you are finished, remember to reset (especially if you are using a shared computer).
We keep any courses on our server that you specifically tell us to store. These are tied to your licence key and only accessible to you. These are automtically deleted once your licence expires.
We do keep your email address on file, and we track some details about how you use our software (which settings are most popular so we can keep improving), and try to store abstract analytics data (nothing personally identifiable). We try to perform analytics but your adblocker probably stops us.
If a file format can convert to HTML5, it’s a safe bet we support it. Formats with functionality, transitions and effects or embedded resources are typically included in the converted content (e.g. spreadsheets, powerpoint files with embedded video, slide transitions, etc). A list of common formats is below:
ppt pptm pptx doc docm docx pdf png pps ppsx jpg gif bmp odp odt ods txt xls xlsm xlsx rtf md (markdown)
See this link for more information.
Not all elements of file can be supported in the output. For instance, forms or app-specific interactions, buttons, etc.
pptxfiles (OpenOffice, Libre Office, OnlyOffice, etc) may not work.
You can drop packages you have made back onto the app. Just press Import and follow the on-screen prompts.
You can export a single quiz to a JSON file by editing the Quiz and pressing the
Export to JSON button (right next to Save). JSON is a format designed for machines to read easily, but humans can too (kinda). You could edit it in any text file editor such as Notepad or Sublime Text. You can then import the quiz JSON file back in to the app which will make a new copy of that quiz for you to modify. If you're having trouble re-importing your JSON file after you've edited it, make sure that it is "valid" by using a tool such as JSONLint which will tell you if it has any mistakes in it.
If you are planning to re-use a set of common content across multiple packages (for instance an intro video, one or more quizzes, perhaps a standard thankyou page you made in Photoshop, etc) you can build a simple course just containing those elements and store it to our server or export it to a zip file - a template. Then, when you build your next course just drag that exported template back on and its content and quizzes and such will be appended to the course you have loaded. Then just drag the elements into the correct positions or remove the items you don't want, and you are good to go.
You bet. You can drag items up and down on the left index to change the order of items, or indent/outdent items to change how they list in some templates. These actions also have keyboard shortcuts:
(Note: If you are on a Mac, substitute ⌃ Ctrl with ⌘ Command.)
To perform any delete function just using the keys, you have to double-press either the Delete or Backspace keys.
SCORM is the existing standard that lets reusable, platform-agnostic content communicate data to the host LMS. In most cases this boils down to a single question: Has the user completed the content? And in most courses, this is really what you care about.
In many content authoring packages on the market today, SCORM and completion settings seem unnecessarily complicated, but they don't have to be.
In our tool we have made some fundamental assumptions based on years of experience in what customers want.
We keep things simple and assume there's only two ways to progress through a course. Either page-by-page in order (like a book) or any order (you can skip pages if you choose). So there's only two settings.
Plus, you can get a completion for watching some or all of a video, or viewing a SlideShare presentation. You can track how much of the media the user has watched and score the page based on that information.
You can use your LMS's SCORM tracking tool to examine how much of a video a user has watched, plus if they get more than (say) 75%, they get a completion too.
Editing is best handled in the application that produces the content in the first place. That might be Google Slides, or a Word document that's on your computer. Get your content ready first, then let this app convert it to its final lms-ready form. Conversion is a cinch anyway.
If a format type allows editing, there will be an
edit button on the toolbar.
There are various packaging types all designed for specific uses. The outputs include SCORM 1.2 and SCORM 1.4, IMS Content Packaging and No Wrapper (and xAPI is coming soon).
SCORM ouput is ideal for Learning Managment implementation where tracking is required. Most LMS's support SCORM 1.2 so pick that if you don't know what the difference is.
No Wrapper packaging is ideal if you want to include the content somewhere other than in a LMS, such as a WordPress web site (typically within an iframe).
xAPI support is not yet an option but is forthcoming. If you require it you may choose to host your content on Scorm Cloud which can add an xAPI wrapper to SCORM content.