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Top 10 eLearning Authoring Tools

The global content authoring tools market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.72% during the period 2016-2020. (Ref: Business Wire research Report)

The global trends for developing the eLearning are chaning and authoring tools are the most prefered way for eLearning development. This has prompted many authoring tool companies to ensure that they keep pace with time and keep innovating within their products. For eLearning vendors also authoring tools have become boon as it helps to manage low cost with rapid eLearning development. At knowzies we have a constant demand from our partners for using various tools.

Here we are listing a quick list of top 10 eLearning Authoring Tools which we found worth evaluating.

1. Articulate Storyline:

Articulate Storyline is online training software that helps you create online eLearning courses quickly and easily. Storyline is the eLearning authoring tool that grows with you, allowing you to start simply and work up to building highly interactive online and mobile courses, with templates, storyboarding, animation, multimedia support, character templates, & advanced editing features. It is one of the innovative products in recent times in elearning industry. It provides a very intuitive and easy to use interface for eLearning course authoring.It supports all the SCORM, AICC, TinCan compliant Learning Management Systems (LMS).

2. Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate is a rapid responsive authoring tool that is used for creating elearning contents such as software demonstrations, software simulations, branched scenarios, and randomized quizzes in Small Web Formats (.swf) and HTML5 formats. It can also convert Adobe Captivate generated files formats (.swf) to digital MP4 (.mp4) formats which can be played with media players or uploaded to video hosting websites. For software simulations, Captivate can use left or right mouse clicks, key presses and rollover images.It can also be used to create screencasts, and to convert Microsoft PowerPoint presentations to .swf and HTML5 formats.

3. Lectora

Lectora is an authoring software, developed by Trivantis Corporation. Lectora is used to create online training courses, assessments, and presentations. It is also used for the conversion of Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into elearning content. It publishes variety of output outputs such as HTML, Single File Executable, and CD-ROM. Lectora content is compliant with elearning industry standards, such as SCORM ,AICC. Lectora also enables users to utilize an array of multi-media files to create more engaging content.

4. Camtasia

Camtasia Studio and Camtasia for Mac are software suites, created and published by TechSmith, for creating video tutorials and presentations directly via screencast, or via a direct recording plug-in to Microsoft PowerPoint. The screen area to be recorded can be chosen freely, and audio or other multimedia recordings may be recorded at the same time or added separately from any other source and integrated in the Camtasia Studio component of the product. Both versions of Camtasia started as enhanced screen capture programs and have evolved to integrate screen capture and post-processing tools targeted at the educational and information multimedia development marketplace.

Camtasia Studio v8 for Microsoft Windows consists of two major components:

  • Camtasia Recorder - a separate tool for capturing screen audio and video
  • Camtasia Studio editor - the component for which the entire product is named, which is now a multimedia authoring tool with the industry standard "timeline" interface for managing multiple clips in a stacked track form plus enhancements summarized below.

5. iSpring

iSpring Suite is a rapid learning authoring tool produced by iSpring for developing professional eLearning courses in PowerPoint with embedded (or standalone) quizzes, surveys, and interactions. Output is compatible with mainstream LMS standards (SCORM/AICC), and there is also an option to publish courses specially for BlackBoard LMS. The new xAPI (Tin Can) format for LRSes is supported as well. Output can be a solid SWF file(s), EXE file, HTML page or ZIP archive. Additionally, the cross-platform output format (Flash + HTML5) allows published content to be viewed on any type of modern device.

6. ELucidat

Eucidat is very easy to use web-based eLearning authoring platform which allows developers and Instructional Designers to develop responsive eLearning programs. It also allows complete control on branding and interactivity so that developers can brand the course as per organization's requirements and also create interactivity per course demand. Elucidat also comes with inbuilt review and commenting system which allows all the stakeholders to quickly make suggestions by highlighting the exact module or where changes are required. Unlike most other authoring tools / platforms Elucidat can be completely customized by developers to create their own look and feel and even create their own interactions.

7. GoMo

GoMo provides two great products that enable you to create, host, update and track beautiful multi-device learning, anywhere. There's no other authoring solution on the market offering such fast, simple content creation and seamless hosting and analytics capability as gomo. Responsive and adaptive, HTML5 eLearning content is created automatically. gomo is a collaborative, cloud-based 'Software as a Service' solution, accessible to teams from anywhere in the world.

8. nimbleAuthor

nimble®Author makes it very (very) easy for businesses to create engaging eLearning courses without the need for technical knowledge or training. The user-friendly interface allows rapid course authoring based around a sound instructional framework.Authors can publish SCORM 1.2 courses and assessments at the touch of a button, or release directly through our integrated LMS (learning management system).

9. Claro

Claro is a cloud-based services offering that comes with built-in templates to get users started fast and a robust set of in-tool authoring features for creating almost any kind of learning activity - with no need for other software. Claro?s authoring environment includes advanced features such as screen sharing, image editing, hot-spot mapping, audio and video recording and editing, screen capture and screen video recording, wizard-based customizable testing, and mobile content generation.With Claro, teams can co-author content, share resources, or get feedback from reviewers - at any time, from any place, on any platform.

10. Composica

Composica is a robust eLearning authoring system that brings new meaning to the term team-work. With its powerful web-based WYSIWYG authoring environment, no programming is needed to create amazing interactive eLearning content. Authors, designers, subject matter experts and reviewers collaborate using a sophisticated groupware authoring environment with tasks management and page-level lock out control, granting live overview of progress throughout the development process. Its combination of reusable learning objects and improved collaboration between team members significantly shortens development time.Course can be delivered on any device- desktop, smartphone, or tablet.

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