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Top 5 Courseware Authoring Tools

Do a quick search for “Top Courseware Authoring Tools” and you will find more information than you needed. There are literally hundreds of ways to create a course and just as many tools to use for creating them. From the most advanced programmer to newest e-Learning specialist, there is a program that is right for you.

Now, I know you don’t have the time to research each and every course builder on the market. Fortunately, that is what I am here for. This article is about helping you narrow the broad list down to a specific few that are right for you and your organization. Our choices were based on a few simple criteria that allowed us to weed out all the others.

We based our search on four key points:

Price: For most people, price is a determining factor as to whether or not they will purchase a product. Keep in mind that this article is speaking to a wide array of people. You might be a homeschool mother looking for an inexpensive product to help your children learn a concept better. On the other hand, you might be a technology expert in a fortune 500 company looking to buys 50 seats of a specific authorware to create training modules for your corporate academy. In either case, this information should be enough for you to make a well educated decision about what is best for your use.

Capabilities: Capabilities can be overwhelming when looking for the right tools. Fortunately, most tools today are up to speed on the latest standards in web development and delivery methods. For this article, we are coming into this search with an understanding that all tools should meet those requirements. Our assumption is that you will be posting these courses on some kind of LMS that will record and track your data. With that in mind, here are three standards to look for; SCORM, AICC, and Section 508 Standards.

Ease of Use: Do you have time to take three days off and go to a training seminar to learn how to use your new authorware tool? Maybe you don’t have that amount of time to spend learning a new piece of software. If you are like most software users, you will want a piece of software that is intuitive to use and doesn’t take days, weeks, or months to learn. Although our choices are diverse, most platforms give you the ability to have different levels of knowledge yet still be able to create content at any level. This is what we looked for when choosing our favorites. Can the novice user jump in and start building a course? Can the expert programmer easily get into the code and make some magic happen? Read more to find out!

End-user: At the end of the day, your students are the ones who are affected by your authorware. Here at Möbius Learning, the end-user is our primary focus. After all is said and done, how will they perceive the content that you built using one of these tools? Will it help them understand a concept better? Will it help them become so enthralled with the material that they forget about the actual navigation of the course. As you make your selection, ask yourself these questions and see which one will enhance your student’s learning the best. If you can answer this question honestly, you can choose which authorware will work best!

 Our top 5 course authorware tools:

*In no particular order.

Lectora Publisher by Trivantis: Lectora authoring software is used by more than 60% of Fortune 100 companies for fast and simple creation of interactive, multimedia content for elearning courses and more. Lectora includes a variety of easy to use features, such as AICC and SCORM compliance, extensive media file support, LMS compatibility, and single click publishing to multiple formats.

Price:

Lectora Publisher
$1,595.00–$1,790.00

Visit www.lectora.com to learn more.


Articulate Storyline 2: Articulate Storyline is online training software that helps you create online e-learning courses quickly and easily. Storyline is the e-learning 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. Get a free 30-day trial to learn just how powerful and intuitive Articulate Storyline can be.

Price:

$1,398*

Visit www.articulate.com to learn more.


Course Builder by Google: Course Builder contains software and instructions for presenting your course material, which can include lessons, student activities, and assessments. It also contains instructions for using other Google products to create a course community and to evaluate the effectiveness of your course. To use Course Builder, you should have some technical skills at the level of a web master. In particular, you should have some familiarity with HTML and JavaScript.

Price:

Free

Visit https://code.google.com/p/course-builder/ to learn more.


Zebrazapps: ZebraZapps is a revolutionary cloud-based authoring system that gives anyone the ability to collaborate, create, publish and share rich interactive media applications, quickly and easily. ZebraZapps can be shared, published and even sold. From concept to creation, ZebraZapps provides an easy-to-use what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) interface.

Price:

Creator
$8.95 per Month

Pro
$39.95 per Month

Pro Plus
$200.00 per Month

Visit https://zebrazapps.com to learn more.


Adobe Captivate: Adobe Captivate 8 software reimagines mobile learning. Rapidly author a wide range of interactive and responsive HTML5-based eLearning content without programming. Transform Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into attractive eLearning. Publish to Adobe Flash and/or HTML5, and leading Tin Can-, SCORM- and AICC-compliant LMSs, and deliver to mobile devices, including iPad*

Price:

Full from
$999.00

Upgrade from
$399.00

Subscribe from
$29.99

Visit www.adobe.com to learn more.


Summary: 

With tight budgets, small teams, and increasing demands, we are thrilled to see better competition among authorware tools with the ability to serve interactive designs that reflect authentic situations—no scripting, coding, or advanced development skills needed. We hope this helps your decision making when buying your next authorware tool.

 

 

 

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