We have made the difficult decision to retire the eLearning Atlas. This is a bittersweet moment. It was one of the first projects that Chris and I worked on when we joined Rustici Software back in 2011. It was an ambitious set of work; create and maintain a catalog of all of the eLearning tools on the market (something just north of 3,000 at the time). The goal was to help people discover what learning products would work well together by providing a resource that categorized the tools available and documented the standards support in each product.
What we have realized over the past several years is that the eLearning Atlas requires a lot of care and feeding to be a truly valuable resource. The eLearning industry is changing constantly, with new products and categories showing up and mergers and acquisitions adding further complexity. Candidly we don’t have the internal horsepower to keep up with all of these changes and support the eLearning community with a useful and accurate resource.
Where can I go to find this information now?
The good news is that there are resources out there that offer catalogs and lists of the various eLearning tools. In lieu of the Atlas, we would recommend checking out the following:
If you’re in the market for an LMS or learning platform, FindanLMS is a great place to start. Craig Weiss has pulled together a comprehensive list of platforms with details on features, including which standards each supports. We’re especially happy to see that option.
Authoring tools are another product that people are often exploring. We have created a list of some of the authoring tools that use our Rustici Driver product. For a more extensive list of tools available, check out this list from Capterra.
xAPI Enabled Tools
As interest in xAPI continues to grow, more people are looking for products that support xAPI and cmi5. This list of products that support xAPI should help you get started. If you’re looking for a Learning Record Store (LRS) solution, we strongly encourage you to consider starting with this list of xAPI conformant LRSs.
All good things must come to an end. While we’re sad to bid adieu to the eLearning Atlas that doesn’t mean we’re not available to help. Ask us anything. We really mean it.