Elearning authoring tools enable you to create, edit, and transform your online materials. You can easily repurpose old or existing content and create anew which appeals to your modern customers. The possibilities are endless and so are the number of authoring tools available. Are you facing the dilemma of which type of authoring tool suits your purpose the best? So, read on to get your answer! In this blog post, we’ve highlighted five of the different types of authoring tools available which will help you explore which one best suits your elearning project.
Cloud Based Elearning Authoring Tools
Mostly known and marketed as SaaS (Software as a Service) tools, these authoring tools are the ones hosted on the cloud. These can easily be accessed via the internet and come equipped with all the latest software updates. All you need to do is simply login to the system and you’ll find your dashboard. One of the key highlights of using these authoring tools is that these can be accessed via your mobile and you can conveniently work remotely. These have been proved to be the best authoring tools for small businesses, as well as a good solution for larger organisations. However, there are certain drawbacks associated with them too, one of which includes the risk of data theft especially for organisations who have sensitive information over. Most vendors today have taken care of this as well by offering advanced encryption features and security protocols to ensure data safety.
Locally Hosted Elearning Authoring Tools
As the name suggests, these authoring tools are the ones which are installed on the local hard drive and the only way to access them is via purchasing the disc containing the respective software. However, today these can be directly downloaded from the vendor’s site. There are numerous benefits associated with these authoring tools, one of which is the greater flexibility and advanced features it offers. The ‘all in one’ platform boasts of convenient handling of all tasks and its power to create broad elearning content ranging from immersive learning course layouts to interactive presentations. They also have an asset repository which comprises different media like images, videos. However, some of the locally hosted elearning authoring tools are difficult to master and these do not come with software updates which means that you need to shed extra sum of money to avail its latest version.
Powerpoint Ribbon Elearning Authoring Tools
These are additional elearning authoring tools which need to be installed on Microsoft Powerpoint itself. Users need to use the ribbon interface in order to create elearning content. These are easy to use as you are well equipped with using powerpoint already and this is just an additional feature. However while many vendors provide this tool, not only of them are versatile and robust. Moreover, it does not provide any learning curve to the users as they have been using the platform on a regular basis.
Multimedia Elearning Authoring Tools
As the name suggests, these elearning authoring tools focus on just one aspect of elearning course design, i.e. it can either be creating interactive slideshows or animated elearning videos. These authoring tools can be locally hosted or cloud based. Most platforms allow you to import media from other sources and then export the product to third party tools. Since these tools deal in one aspect, they provide you greater flexibility and options like a video editing software will offer you numerous filters and effects to choose from. However, there’s one shortcoming of using these authoring tools and that is exporting to third party can sometimes be difficult and both platforms must be compatible with each other.
Screen Capturing and Recording Elearning Authoring Tools
Screen capturing and recording elearning authoring tools are specifically designed for screen recording and are ideal for developing tech tutorials and software simulations. Users can easily capture whatever’s happening on their device screen and these also feature editing and annotation tools. These authoring tools enable you to transform simple screenshots into interactive walkthroughs by allowing to add special effects and transitions. However, these controls might be difficult to learn, especially for those who have zero knowledge of any video editing software. In this case, one can always take the help of demo tutorials and videos available online for the same.