Mohive - Collaborative E-learning Tool
Mark Harrison looks at how Mohive shapes up as an e-learning development tool.
The competition's hot in the market place for web-based authoring tools and right up there is this offering from Norway. Mohive has a growing number of enthusiastic user organisations include one Scandanavian insurance company that has produced around 100 e-learning programmes within the last couple of years. That's a lot of content to be developed inhouse, so we thought it was well worth checking out Mohive development tools to see how they do it.
With a little bit of direction from the Mohive team, we started to work with their e-learning publishing system. This is what we thought of it….
Know what a web-based development tool does?
If you do, just skip this and move on to the ratings. If not here's a quick summary:
Using server-based authoring tools is broadly no different from non server-based ones such as Articulate. The difference is that everything you produce is stored online. The latest version of the content: every image, every audio file and every piece of text is stored in one place so you can re-use every element of any programme. This is great for managing a lot of content, or content that changes a lot. You can simply change a content object and republish your courses accordingly – very handy for small updates.
I don't know about you but my first contact with a new authoring tool always tends to follow the same path: initial frustration and confusion leading to growing competence and acceptance of its one or two quirks. I was very pleased to find this was not the case with Mohive.
The functionality is simple and clear. I especially like the use of terms like 'Get' (when you want to upload an image). It will not intimidate even the most technologically-challenged amongst us. Using Flash in the presentation of all the tool menus also really helps create an attractive user environment.
It's easy to apply different art directions (perfect if your brand seems to change everyday) and the feedback mechanisms on content are very straightforward - essential if you want to encourage SMEs to review things properly.
The workflow and collaborative tools are excellent. A project manager can instantly reverse out an up-to-date script with embedded SME feedback whenever they want - great for getting your content signed off.
So, it's got a lot going for it. But let's see what rating it got and why.
Kineo Rating: Recommended
If a web-based approach is important for you, then we think Mohive should be on your shortlist, if you can find the money (as it is a hosted system it is at the higher end of the development tools).
Read on for a full review of the product.
A server-based tool has to be simple to deliver the collaboration aspects (from occasional contributors like SMEs). Mohive seems to have achieved it. It is quite simple to author from scratch and incredibly easy for reviewers to add comments and project managers to track the feedback process.
Instructional design flexibility: Good
There are lots of types of presentation screens and all of the elements are then moveable to create any screen layout you want.
All of the design content can then be presented within any kind of art direction you choose, with menu options being automatically generated from the chapters you have created. Ideal when you go through your 50th branding change!
Ability to incorporate existing content: Good
It does though offer a very simple and effective import process - allowing you to locate quite easily all the images in the Powerpoint you have just uploaded.
Ability to publish SCORM/AICC compliant courses: Excellent
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