When converting your ILT material to e-learning, you consider various aspects such as the format of the training material (micro module or video), the platform on which it will be delivered, whether to build it in-house or outsource, the duration of the course, and the authoring tool to be used.
Of these aspects, the choice of tool is crucial because the right choice will help you meet the other technical and learning design requirements you have in mind. However, with many authoring tools available in the market today, picking the tool that suits your requirements can be a challenging task. To make it easy for you, here I list the top 5 tools that will help you to quickly and effectively convert your instructor-led training material to online learning courses.
In a classroom training session we use several aids to facilitate teaching, such as manuals, charts, and PowerPoint presentations. While the manuals, charts, PDFs, and other documents are thoroughly analyzed and redesigned to create e-learning courses, PowerPoint presentations can be directly imported into authoring tools and exported as e-learning courses, adding interactivities and assessments. Let us see how the top 5 rapid authoring tools discussed below will help with both these aspects of conversion.
1. Articulate Storyline 2
Ever since the launch of Articulate Storyline, it’s been one of the most preferred rapid authoring tools – thanks to its amazing built-in features and ability to build highly customized and interactive e-learning programs.
This tool has a PowerPoint-like interface, which makes it quite easy to start with, if you already familiar with PowerPoint. It also has built-in characters, transition animations, interactive elements (buttons, sliders, hotspots, etc.), players, screen recording ability, and a wide variety of interactivity and assessment templates. You can convert any of your documents into an interactive e-learning course quite effectively, using these features.
In case of a PowerPoint presentation, Articulate Storyline provides the option to import PowerPoint decks into the tool. You can add interactivities, assessments, and simulations, and publish it to HTML5, so that the course is accessible even on mobile devices.
2. Adobe Captivate 9
A simple tool, first introduced as a screen capturing software, it has over the years, transformed into a complete e-learning development software. Yet, its strength still lies in its screen capturing abilities to develop software simulation-based training courses.
Apart from the screen recording ability, this tool allows you to design responsive e-learning courses for seamless access on different devices. You also get an asset store where finding the perfect templates, characters, games, and much more for your e-learning courses is easy.
You can import your PowerPoint presentations into this tool and quickly convert them into interactive e-learning courses. Here is how you can use Adobe Captivate to convert PowerPoint presentations to e-learning courses.
3. Lectora 16
Lectora Inspire, one of the first tools to support the development of HTML content, has always been a preferred choice to develop multi-lingual and text-heavy courses. Text-heavy manuals, PDFs, and Word documents can be easily converted into e-learning courses with this tool.
Apart from its ability to build text-heavy courses, Lectora also allows you to easily develop mobile learning apps with its editable HTML5 output code. It does not offer built-in templates for interactivities. However, you can create any kind of interactivity with basic programming skills.
This tool too provides the option to import your PowerPoint decks and convert them to HTML5 compatible online courses for access on any device. Here is how to use Lectora to convert PowerPoint presentations into engaging e-learning courses.
E-learning is not always delivered as a course with interactivities and assessments. You can deliver it in various digital formats such as videos and podcasts. If you want to deliver as a video, iSpring is the perfect choice as it allows you to publish to the video format.
Apart from this, you can directly publish your courses to YouTube without having to save them to your desktop. It also provides multiple video view modes and allows developers to create multilevel navigation.
You can also use this software to convert your PowerPoint presentations into HTML5 e-learning courses effortlessly. It retains all the animations of PowerPoint after you import the deck into the tool.
5. Adobe Presenter 11
Adobe Presenter is a PowerPoint add-in. So, anyone familiar with PowerPoint can use it easily to build interactive e-learning courses.
Apart from the set of built-in interactivities and assessments, Adobe Presenter allows you to record audio and synchronize it with onscreen text. You can also record videos using your webcam and create screencasts.
With all these amazing features available on the ribbon of PowerPoint, you cannot ask for more to convert slide decks into e-learning courses. Here is how you can convert PowerPoint into interactive e-learning using Adobe Presenter.
While you now know the top 5 tools to convert ILT material into interactive e-learning courses, the only job left is to pick one of them. You need to consider other aspects such as the instructional, audio, and visual strategies and your training budget while picking the tool.