E-learning authoring tools are a class of products designed for people who develop eLearning courses or web-based training courses. While selecting such authoring tools for developing eLearning courses, you need to make sure that the tool you choose should be easy to use, should have rich graphic resources and be interactive, flexible, and mobile-friendly. Let’s discuss these factors in detail.
Easy to Use – The authoring tool should be easy to use. You should not require any software or coding skills to work with it. For example working with Articulate Storyline is as simple as working with Microsoft PowerPoint.
Rich Graphic Resources – Graphics will make your eLearning materials have a professional look. Therefore, you have to make sure that your authoring tool provides rich graphic resources. For example, Captivate has many inbuilt themes, human characters showing different emotions,attractive templates and others.
Interactivities – As eLearning is self-paced, engaging your learner in the self-paced environment is very essential. Interactivities can help maintain the interest of learners. See that your authoring tool by default has a wide variety of interactivities such as click on tabs, hot spots, drag and drops, slide shows and others. For example, Articulate Storyline has inbuilt default interactivities.
Mobile-Friendly –The number of learners who access content from mobile devices are increasing day by da. You should ensure that your authoring tool has the feature that can publish your courses in such a way that they are compatible to all mobile devices. For example, authoring tools such Articulate, Lectora, Captivate have the HTML-5 publishing option.
These are some of the features you have to look for while choosing an authoring tool. Have anything to say? Please do share!