Main concepts to understand in Honeycomb

Author-it Honeycomb User Guide

Books as modules and courses

Honeycomb courses are created inside books in Author. A book can serve as an entire short course, or as a single module within a course. Because a book can contain sub-books, you can group multiple modules together in a single course. Because these modules also function as stand-alone books, you can reuse them accordingly in different training courses.

Topics as slides and elements

Each Honeycomb course is a book containing a collection of slides:

The slides vary according to the slide purpose, the information they contain, and the way they operate. Each course slide is a separate Author-it topic, based on a purpose-built template that defines the structure and format of the slide.

A slide exists at the top level of the book structure, making a book a collection of slides. Topics added a level beneath slides are elements. Elements are topics that contain content and functionality for the slide. In a Clickable Buttons slide, the slide's elements are topics the slide displays when the learner clicks a button. In an Accordion slide, each of the topics that make up the accordion are elements of the slide.

Templates for slides

Honeycomb contains more than 20 of the most common instructional design templates for learning and assessment, including the following:

  • Accordion views
  • Carousels
  • Flip cards and books
  • Timelines
  • Single- or multiple-choice questions
  • Drag and drop matching or categorization

All templates are directly accessible from your Author-it library and ready for you to quickly create engaging, interactive HTML5 elearning, mobile learning, micro learning, and assessments.

Support for media

To make the material engaging and interactive, slides can support the following types of media:

  • Tables
  • Graphics
  • Audio
  • Animation
  • Video

Customized styling

Honeycomb outputs use HTML5 and CSS to provide functionality and styling. A number of elements are configurable and customizable. The Honeycomb templates are a combination of CSS, HTML5, JavaScript, and json files, so when you wish to rebrand or modify Honeycomb’s look-and-feel to meet your organization’s requirements, please contact your local reseller.

Publishing directly to a web server

Honeycomb can't be delivered locally (for example as an HTML file). It only runs on a server. However, you can set up your Honeycomb publishing profile to publish directly to a web server, eliminating the need to download the output locally, and making it immediately available to anyone who has the URL.

SCORM and Tin Can

Compliance with SCORM 1.2, SCORM 2004 and Tin Can means that your Learning Management System (LMS) will be able to track progress and knowledge proficiency for WBT learners. SCORM and Tin Can are the widely held technical standard for elearning products. These standards govern the interoperability between elearning content and LMS products.