Today, rapid authoring tools are playing an important role in eLearning development. Currently, in the market, there are many rapid authoring tools available and it is very important to know the features, advantages and limitations before selecting a tool to develop an eLearning course.
Through this blog, I would like to share information about the factors you need to consider to select the best authoring tool.
If you plan to introduce eLearning in your organization, you have to take the important decision of selecting the right authoring tool that best suits your requirement.
Here are 3 things that help you choose the best tool smartly.
- Training Requirement
- Nature of Content
- Development Time
The selection of your tool needs to be based on the type of training your people require. For instance, if you want to update your sales team about the new version of a product, you can use Articulate Storyline. If you want to train your team on a new software app, you have to choose a tool that is ideal for developing eLearning courses containing software simulations i.e. Adobe Captivate or Articulate Storyline. If you want to launch enterprise-wide compliance training on fire safety, then you can go in for Flash or Lectora Inspire.
So based on your training need, you need to choose the tool.
Nature of Content:
If your content is simple and facilitates transfer of knowledge easily, you can choose a Lectora, a tool that best suits the requirement. If your content is heavy, then tools with fixed templates may not work. You have to go for tools such as Storyline, Captivate, etc. that allow customization to some extent. If your content comprises of scenarios and character plays, then you have to check if Flash can be used create the same.
Before you choose a tool, you must make sure that it supports your instructional strategy.
Most importantly, you have to consider the time available for your eLearning course development. Many rapid authoring tools help you reduce your development time by 40%. So, if you need to launch your courses quickly then you have to choose the tool that has built-in functionalities and templates. For example, Articulate Storyline 2 tool will help you create eLearning courses quickly, with the help of Power Point presentations. So the choice of tool also depends on the time you have for development.
Finally, it’s your unique requirement that needs to be considered before selecting the authoring tool. It is necessary to have knowledge of tools to take a decision, so that you get the best Return on Investment (ROI) on your expenditure.