Traditional tools have proved to develop highly interactive elearning courses, but they consume lot of time, taking 3-6 months to develop a course. This paved way for the advent of rapid authoring tools, which can develop courses effectively and quickly.
Authoring tools enable faster development of elearning courses. They have considerably simplified the elearning course development process.
Let’s have a look at various authoring tools and the time taken by each one of them, to develop the course.
Lectora, as you all know, is an authoring tool that is being widely using in elearning development. Using Lectora you can develop HTML based courses quickly and it is ideal for multilingual courses. You can also transform the heavy content, to interesting and engaging courses, using built-in components of Lectora.
Captivate is one of the most popular tools that allows creating dynamic and engaging projects, in a single software package. Using Captivate, you can publish HTML-5 based content to mobile devices and iPad’s. You can also develop quizzes, using inbuilt tools. It has customizable widgets and you can also add action to the objects.
Articulate Studio helps you to create media-rich interactivities, in minutes. It is a package of three powerful tools namely Articulate Presenter, Articulate Engage and Articulate Quizmaker. Using Presenter you can convert power-point presentations, into online courses, very quickly, making them more engaging and interactive. It also becomes possible to develop customized quizzes and assessments, as per individual needs, using Articulate Quizmaker.
Articulate Storyline is ideal for rapid elearning, quick assessments and quick briefings. You can create flash-based elearning courses rapidly, reducing effort in terms of time and cost. It has intuitive GUI, using which the user can design elearning courses quickly.
As discussed above, no doubt the amount of time taken to develop elearning courses is drastically reduced using the authoring tools. You can use any one of the above tools, based on your requirement. The choice of tools should, ideally, be based on your content types, available skills set, devices on which it has to be deployed, the budget and timelines.