Collaborative, social course authoring.
With its simple, web-based user interface and embedded social technologies throughout the authoring platform and its resulting courseware, the Mzinga Publisher team-based authoring tool is the industry's most powerful eLearning authoring platform, enabling dispersed developers of any skill level to collaborate in real-time to create exceptionally engaging, interactive eLearning.
Bring the benefits of social knowledge sharing to your developers with Mzinga Publisher's advanced, behind-the-scenes collaboration features, including development blogs, a team presence monitor, chat functionality, tagging, task management reporting, a comprehensive platform dashboard, and individual project dashboards. And that’s not all: A powerful WYSIWYG environment and a central repository for sharing, developing and managing content and course elements help developers to create engaging eLearning with exceptional ease of use, improving development efficiencies.
Publisher also makes socializing the learner experience virtually effortless, enabling developers to add blogs, comments, ratings, and even YouTube movies and Google charts to any course. The result is increased productivity and high quality eLearning that's cost efficient and incredibly easy to build, maintain, and deploy—without requiring plug-ins or downloads.
Industry-leading capabilities that raise the bar.
Mzinga Publisher's advanced, web-based collaboration features mean that developers of any skill level can work together to simultaneously author courses—increasing development efficiencies and creating engaging, interactive eLearning.
Real-time, virtual team-based authoring
Using only a web browser, your dispersed team can work simultaneously on multiple projects or concurrently on the same project with Publisher's groupware authoring environment. And with social technologies (such as community dashboards, developer blogs, comments, RSS feeds, tagging, and individual & team chat) thoughtfully integrated throughout the authoring platform, collaboration has never been so easy.
Create robust, social eLearning
Publisher makes it easy to integrate blogs, comments, ratings, and even YouTube movies into courses, empowering authors and learners to build a learning community around each course. Through this blend of formal and social learning, learners can share knowledge, comment on anything, rate everything and more—all without ever leaving the learning environment. For maximum convenience, blogs can be accessed outside of the course so learners can view updates without accessing the course again.
Advanced content management & sharing capabilities
Search, access, and share projects, media and source files with ease of use and flexibility that even the most sophisticated LCMS solutions can’t offer. Advanced project tagging means you can apply multiple tags, filters, and color-coded flags to any project to streamline searching. To further aid development efficiencies, a Contributor role allows SMEs and other team members to change content, add images, and perform other limited editing operations without affecting the overall course structure.
Raise the bar on interactivity to new heights while transforming the way you conduct adult learning tests and assessments. Mzinga Publisher’s advanced gaming capabilities enable you to simply insert a series of visually alluring “play-and-learn” games, complete with sound effects, directly into your courses. You can apply, adapt, and even customize playful concepts, including game shows, rescue missions, space bubbles and more, to virtually any of your testing requirements, and watch your learners’ results soar.
Streamlined development processes
With a unique, object-oriented approach, Mzinga Publisher provides unprecedented control over the reusability of content. Styles, navigation rules, and persistent graphics are kept in distinct layers and objects, which are separate from the learning content. With a central repository, you can save, catalog, and reuse any element from any project—learning objects, assets, themes, and widgets—ultimately saving hours of time and effort.
Create sophisticated, powerful assessments to test your learners. Interactive assessment features can be easily implemented using simple objects and widgets, without programming or scripting. Add multiple choice, Drag & Drop questions, Hot Spots, Point-and-click, Fill-in-the-blank, and many other interactive objects throughout your courses as learning checks. For comprehensive assessment, you can use single or multi-chapter tests with predetermined or randomly assigned questions.
Publisher's developer interface is available in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Chinese. Courses can be written in any language, including East-Asian and Middle-Eastern languages. Authors can write right-to-left as well as position the entire course layout this way. With a single click, authors can take a left-to-right layout and reverse the layout flow to use right-to-left, including the option to flip images.
Rich multimedia support
Publisher supports any media supported by the user's browser (including GIF, JPG, PNG, BMP, SWF, and more), as well as embedded formats, such as PDF and MS Office documents. Behind the scenes, the Media Explorer allows developers to browse, tag, preview, and search all media in the central repository. Publisher also features a fully customizable universal media player, built-in audio recording, and automatic narration synchronization within courses.
Migrate existing PowerPoint content into Publisher courses with various options for linking and embedding. Developers can select which slides to import, resize and position slides on the page, and import comments and tasks.
Easily add effects and apply visual transitions to elements. Developers can choose from a large set of effects, each with its own configurable properties, and can also add narration to elements with automatic synchronization.
Completely integrated task management
Streamline course development with a built-in task system. Attach tasks to any page, chapter, or other resource in the course and assign them to anyone on the team. Tasks can be tagged, searched, prioritized, and commented on, and include email notification capabilities. Each task also keeps a detailed audit trail of any changes.
Tag any resource, from the course itself to documents, tasks, and media files. The tags can then be used to search, filter, and sort through resources. Tag clouds are available in relevant places to easily determine the popularity of tags and find what tags are being used by others.
With seamless integration between Firefly Simulation Developer and Mzinga Publisher, you can add simulations to your courses with the simple click of a button. Developing engaging and effective eLearning has never been so easy—and neither has deploying it to your workforce.
Flexible deployment options
Deploy your courses in a variety of ways, including via a web server, zip file, executable application, or an installation package. All Mzinga Publisher courses are completely compliant with SCORM 1.2 and 2004 protocols, are AICC PENS conformant, and are LMS independent—meaning you can always track your learners’ progress, whether through Mzinga OmniSocial or your own learning management system.