With hundreds of e-learning development software available in today’s marketplace, choosing the right one which fully meets your training needs can be a major challenge. It is one of the most crucial decisions you must make to successfully convert your ILT material into e-learning courses. Authoring tools differ in their suitability for various factors such as learning styles, delivery platforms, file formats, e-learning standards, and the e-learning development process. In case you choose a tool that does not fully meet your training needs, you lose more than just your time and money. You will end up creating e-learning courses that do not fully satisfy your training needs, impacting the productivity of your employees.
To help you make your decision, I bring to you in this blog answers to 20 frequently asked questions about e-learning rapid authoring tools. These answers will help you choose the right rapid authoring tool for your e-learning development.
Q1. What is the best rapid authoring tool to develop an e-learning course?
Answer: The choice of the rapid authoring tool depends on the type of training program you want to develop and how. There are three types of rapid authoring tools – PowerPoint add-ins, installation-based, and cloud-based. Each type and tool differs in its support to various delivery platforms, file formats, customization of components, and your custom development process. For example, if you only want to make your PowerPoint presentation interactive, PowerPoint add-in authoring tools such as Adobe Presenter or Articulate Studio are good to go with. But if you want to develop a highly interactive e-learning course with software simulations and interactive scenarios and assessments, you need to go with installation-based tools such as Articulate Storyline or Adobe Captivate.
Q2. What is the ideal tool to convert a PowerPoint presentation into an e-learning course with limited interactivities?
Answer: The ideal tool to convert PowerPoint presentations to interactive e-learning courses is Adobe Presenter, a PowerPoint add-in. It offers the flexibility to add characters and interactivities to PowerPoint decks easily.
Q3. What is the most user-friendly rapid authoring tool?
Answer: The most user-friendly rapid authoring tools are PowerPoint add-ins. If asked to pick the easiest of them, I would say, Articulate Studio.
Q4. Which authoring tool can be used to develop multi-device compatible digital courses?
Answer: Adobe Captivate 9 is the ideal rapid authoring tool for developing multi-device compatible (responsive) e-learning courses. Its ability to develop courses for multiple devices and generate responsive output is far superior compared to other rapid authoring tools.
Q5. What is the most translation-friendly rapid authoring software?
Answer: Articulate Storyline and Lectora Inspire are the most translation-friendly tools. They help you extract all the existing course content into a template. And, once the template gets translated, all you need to do is import it into the tool and publish it.
Q6. Which tool can be learnt in the shortest time?
Answer: PowerPoint add-in rapid authoring tools have the lowest learning curve. Among them, Articulate Studio can be mastered in the shortest time.
Q7. Which authoring is ideal to develop a simulation based e-learning course?
Answer: Adobe Captivate can be considered the ideal tool for this requirement because it was primarily developed to capture screens and in the due course of time, this ability has been improved. Articulate Storyline can also be a good choice for developing simulation based online learning courses.
Q8. What is the ideal tool to recreate existing Flash-based courses?
Answer: Articulate Storyline is the ideal tool to convert your Flash-based online courses to the HTML5 format, if you do not want a responsive output. It provides greater flexibility for customization, compared to other rapid authoring tools. If you want a responsive output, you can go with Adobe Captivate 9.
Q9. What is the perfect tool to convert my online training material into interactive eBooks?
Answer: Flipbook Maker is the best choice for such a requirement, if your training materials are in the PDF format. If they are in the PPT format, you can convert them into PDF files and then import them into Flipbook Maker.
Q10. What is the best tool to create on-demand webinars?
Answer: Adobe Presenter is the right choice. Using this tool, you can edit the recordings of your live webinars, remove disturbances and errors, if any, synchronize it, and publish to HTML5.
Q11. What is the ideal tool to deliver online training through videos?
Answer: Adobe Premier has good video editing features and can be the ideal tool if you have “live” recordings. But, if you want animated videos with vector characters and a cartoonish look and feel, you can go with the cloud-based video making software – GoAnimate.
Q12. I need a tool that is highly customizable. Can you suggest one?
Answer: Lectora Inspire can be the ideal choice. You can customize the features and create any interactivity with this tool. Articulate Storyline is not a bad choice either.
Q13. What is the most flexible tool to create interactive assessments and publish them?
Answer: Articulate Quiz Maker is a good option. You can create a wide variety of interactive assessments and publish them with this tool.
Q14. Which e-learning development software can preserve all PowerPoint effects?
Answer: The PowerPoint add-in authoring tool, Adobe Presenter 9, is the best bet. You can preserve all the animations in your PowerPoint presentation with this tool.
Q15. Which tool has the feature of a library to store audio and video files?
Answer: Lectora! This tool has the feature of a library that can store the audio and video files of a project in its library.
Q16. Which tool allows me to customize the GUI of my course?
Answer: Lectora again! In this tool, GUIs can be customized easily to such an extent that you can have a different GUI for each slide.
Q17. Which tool allows my instructional designers to seamlessly create storyboards for online courses?
Answer: Articulate Studio is the best option. This PowerPoint add-in can be used by instructional designers to develop storyboards for online courses easily.
Q18. Which tool comes with a built-in Player for viewing courses on iPads?
Answer: Articulate Storyline comes with a built-in mobile Player, available as a native iOS app, and can be used to seamlessly access courses on iPads.
Q19. Which tool has the largest user-community and provides the best customer-support?
Answer: Again, it’s Articulate Storyline! It has a very active user-community. You find quite a few useful resources in it.
Q20. Which tool allows me to publish SCORM compliant courses easily, in the shortest possible time?
Answer: Articulate Storyline 2, Articulate Studio 13, Adobe Captivate 9, or Lectora Inspire 16 – any of these four tools can be used to develop SCORM compliant courses quickly and easily.
These are the answers to the 20 frequently asked questions about e-learning rapid authoring tools. So, the choice of the ideal rapid authoring tool for developing your web-based training material depends on the type of training you want to develop and how.
Will you now be able to make your decision? We would love to hear from you in our Comments section.
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