Scenario building tools

Articulate Storyline
The first scenario building tool I would like to try would be Articulate Storyline, as it has many different interactivity features to build engaging content—including simulations, screen recordings, drag-and-drop interactions, click-and-reveal activities, quizzes and assessments. It is based on PowerPoint’s design, appears to be extremely easy to use and is said to have very good screen recording. It can publish to Flash, standalone HTML5 or iOS, requiring learners to download a player, but enabling better user experience. It can use interactions and quizzes from Articulate Engage and Quizmaker, and also Powerpoint Presentations. Any content developed with Articulate Studio 09 is useable in Storyline.

I would use the interactivity features for a wide variety of activities to improve the literacy and language skills of my students. I'm thinking of reading gap fill exercises, vocabulary exercises, grammar quizzes and assessments. I could also create audio files of specific interactions for listening comprehension. I'd be interested in using simulations, but am not quite sure how that would work.

The following links contain more information about Storyline.
How to create simple scenarios: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOoVim0HBaU
Rapid e-learning production techniques using Articulate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClYCqCWV_yg
E-learning Heroes: Advice and ideas from articulate community: http://community.articulate.com/
A tour of Articulate storyline demos: http://theelearningcoach.com/media/authoring-tools/articulate-storyline-demos/

Adobe Presenter 8
The second tool I would use would be Adobe Presenter 8, as it can convert PPT presentations into interactive videos, and allows desktop-based video production. Videos can be imported and embedded in the slides either as part of the main content or as a "talking head" (sidebar vidoe of the presenter. It has an easy-to-use Audio Editor tool and can create quizzes and survey. The content created in Adobe Presenter can be published to mobile platforms and video-based content created with Presenter can be published to mobile platforms. Existing content can be published, delivered and tracked through existing Learning Management Systems.

The use of this scenario building tools really depends on the level of my ESL students. If I taught English for Further Studies Speaking I could let the students create presentations and convert them into interactive videos. I could produce videos on note-taking and paraphrasing for the English for Academic Purposes students and embed these in my Edmodo site. For lower level students I could create videos and quizzes to explain and test grammar points.

The following links contain more information about Adobe Presenter:
Using Adobe Presenter: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/presenter/using/presenter_8.0_help.pdf
Adobe Presenter Resources: http://www.adobe.com/support/documentation/en/presenter/
Adobe Presenter Overview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Kqcfq7s2Js
Rapid eLearning Adobe Captivate Blog - Conversations on Captivate, Presenter and eLearning: http://blogs.adobe.com/captivate/category/adobe-presenter-2


Captivate
Another tool that I find useful is Captivate, which offers interactions, characters, export to HTML, video demo, quizzes, branched scenarios, simulations, and can record narration and capture screen motion simultaneously. It can also synchronize audio and video slides and draw attention to specific areas. Publishing to YouTube is easy and course content can be transferred to mobile devices.

I think learning materials created with Captivate would appeal particularly to my teenage migrant students. Its characters look appealing and can be animated if I'm not mistaken. I would use Captivate to produce audio files and videos for listening comprehension. I would create quizzes to explain and test grammar points and embed these in Edmodo. I would also use the branched scenarios for reading tasks.

The following links contain more information about Captivate.
Captivate 6 tool review: http://www.kineo.com/authoring-tools/captivate-6-tool-review.html
Adobe Captivate Features:http://www.adobe.com/products/captivate/features._sl_id-contentfilter_sl_solution_sl_simulations_and_demos.html
Rapid eLearning Adobe Captivate Blog: http://blogs.adobe.com/captivate/

Udutu

I have used Udutu, Articulae and Captivate to design e-learning and I have to say that UDUTU was the easiest to learn. It is fun and has some great training materials to help you as you work. It is not the most sophisticated of tools but if youare just starting out it is a great place to play. This is not to say that UDUTU is not good enough to use for a complete course. It is.
The only drawback of it is it is online so you spend a lot of time loading pages but really this is not as bad as it sounds. when you finish designing the course you can download it and install it into your MOODLE.

http://www.udutu.com/