Authoring tools are widely used for the rapid development of e-learning courses. These tools help present the course content through text, scenarios, avatars, interactivities, animations, video, audio, etc. By using these rapid authoring tools, we can develop simulation based e-learning courses too quickly, at low cost.
But choosing the right authoring tool might get challenging with different tools offering different features, built-in libraries, and more. Choosing the tool that suits your requirements will not only reduce the course development time but also the costs. Here I am going to share the top ten authoring tools you can choose from to build effective and efficient simulation based e-learning courses.
Adobe Captivate 8 is a rapid responsive authoring tool widely used to develop software demonstrations and simulations that can be accessed on all devices including desktops, laptops, tablets, Smartphones, etc. to ensure learners learn on the device of their choice, anywhere, anytime.
Articulate Storyline is a powerful rapid authoring tool to build software courses as it has multiple functionalities such as built-in character libraries, various templates, and interactivities. All the elements of Articulate Storyline are user-friendly and help develop engaging software courses swiftly.
3. Adobe Flash
Adobe Flash, known for its rich animations that work very well on various browsers, is a wonderful tool to build excellent online software trainings quickly and effectively. It is widely used to develop rich desktop and mobile applications. This tool is the perfect choice when you need complex simulations for your software courses.
4. STT Trainer
STT Trainer is a powerful and useful software that provides effective training on software applications by converting recorded screens into simulations. Simulations are a perfect way to train employees on software applications as they can watch and try their hand at the software in a simulated environment. This tool gives learners’ the feel of working on the real application by creating a visually interactive and appealing simulated environment.
Expert author is an engaging authoring tool to build software simulation courses. This tool allows you to import Storyboards developed in MS-Word and create interactive displays with in-built elements such as menu, toolbar, edit fields, buttons, list boxes, etc. This saves developers a lot of time and produces immensely eye-pleasing results with just a few clicks.
Branchtrack is used to develop effective role-play simulation courses. It can be easily integrated with Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, Lectora Inspire and many other authoring tools, making the jobs of developers a lot easier. It also offers responsive simulations that work on any device.
JeLSIM Builder is a free toolkit for developing engaging and interactive educational simulations by reducing production time and cost. This tool serves developers who want to develop courses with rich simulations within less time and cost.
SoftSim is highly interactive tool to create engaging software simulations for web and windows-based software applications and online processes. This tool is developed to optimize the reuse of software simulations.
Camtasia Studio is a flexible screen recording and editing tool which allows developers include callouts and annotations based on learners’ actions automatically. The rich recordings that can be created using Camtasia Studio will take your courses to the next level.
ITyStudio is a software authoring tool used to develop serious games, 2D and 3D behavioral simulations for teaching software and technical trainings. For developers who want to add a “fun factor” to the practice simulations, this tool can be their best bet.
Analyzing the target audience, their requirements, content, resources, devices on which the courses will be accessed, time, and cost will give you a better idea of which authoring you need to choose. All these authoring tools allow learners watch, try, and assess their level of proficiency and help developers develop engaging courses in a cost-effective manner.
So which tool would you choose and why? Do share with us.