An authoring tool is an eLearning software program that lets you create learning content.
It gives you the option to create courses, lessons, and assessments using a variety of media, including
We talked about authoring tools in this article; now, let’s look at some authoring tools. etrainu has used/tested the authoring tools listed in this article, so we ranked them from
favourite to least favourite based on our experiences.
Most of the tools mentioned below are cloud-based, so we did not have to download desktop apps to use them. Therefore, they are more convenient as they make course development simpler, faster, and more flexible.
We looked at key features of authoring tools that would meet our needs, such as:
One of our favourite animals, Chameleon Creator is a New Zealand-based authoring tool.
At etrainu, we mainly use Chameleon Creator to develop and design our courses. We found it met most of our requirements and was a quick and easy authoring tool.
It allowed us to create responsive, navigable, accessible, and fully customisable courses that were engaging and interactive for our audiences. Our main reason for using Chameleon was its interactivity and customisation, especially regarding design and branding.
Chameleon Creator is also one of the more reasonably-priced options, starting from $1,200 a year. Click here for more pricing.
Another popular authoring tool, rise360, is the other tool etrainu uses. It is an offering of the Articulate360 suite and has a wealth of features, including content building, a content library, and a review tool.
It also enabled us to create engaging, interactive, and responsive courses. The major downside of 360 is that it limits our design scope in terms of branding and customisation.
360 licenses start from USD 1,099 (approx. AUD 1500 at the time of writing), and you can view their pricing options here.
A simple yet effective authoring tool, knowbly allows users to create simple, engaging, and customisable courses.
We loved knowbly for its simplicity, but it did not meet our requirements in terms of custom fonts and branching scenarios.
It’s also one of the more affordable options, which makes it ideal for freelancers and small businesses. Pricing is available on request from their website.
As another authoring tool, eludicat comes with a library of templates. It met many of our requirements but did not offer editable HTML, which was a significant factor in our ranking.
Not to mention it’s one of the more expensive options out there, starting from $11,550 for the basic annual package.
Gomo allows you to create web-style content and has many customisation options. However, etrainu did not resonate with Gomo because it lacked editable HTML and limited fonts.
Gomo provides pricing on request, so click here to get in touch with them if you are interested.
In addition to their creative tools, Adobe also offers learning tools. The Adobe Captivate tool helps you create courses.
With a wide range of templates and resources available, it’s an excellent option for users who want to make learning without focusing on design.
Pricewise, Adobe is one of the more—if not the most—affordable options on this list, starting at $48.99 per month for an individual license (roughly $590 per year). Click here for more pricing information.
Coming in last in our ranking of authoring tools, Storyline is a sub-feature of Articulate360 (which also includes rise360).
It’s similar to Microsoft PowerPoint, so it's straightforward if you’re familiar with that software and even allows you to build courses creatively. However, we found that it is difficult to use and buggy.
Additionally, it has limited accessibility options and requires training, practice, and some design knowledge as you have to set everything up manually.
Remember, your requirements will be specific to your/your team’s needs. It’s all about finding an authoring tool that will engagingly achieve your goals, as well as something easy to use.
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