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What are Course Authoring Tools?

Course Authoring Tools allow users to create and deploy customized interactive educational content. Course Authoring Tools let users create, share, run, and manage eLearning assets such as video, audio, tests, quizzes, surveys, graphs, assignments, and more for training, education, and performance measurement purposes. Course Authoring Tools can also offer gamification tools, branding options, and centralized file storage. Course Authoring Tools are flexible, and as such they can create content for both corporate and traditional education settings.

Course Authoring Tools are highly customizable, making them an efficient and effective way to provide personalized and branded training, onboarding, and examinations. Course Authoring Tools easily deploy eLearning content to learners, customers, and stakeholders as needed, allowing users to share documents, data, and assets with them. Finally, Course Authoring Tools analyzes course performance data, collects user feedback, and observes learner behavior, which allows authors to dynamically and continuously improve the eLearning process.

Course Authoring Tools and eLearning Content Providers have similar features and to some degree are discussed interchangeably. However, there is a major difference between them. Course Authoring Tools provide a toolkit that allows users to create complex, interactive content tailored to the needs of their organization. eLearning Content Providers offer prebuilt libraries of content designed to serve industry-specific training and education without providing robust user course creation tools.

Course Authoring Tools Features

The most common Course Authoring Tools features are:

  • Course and content creation features
  • Test, assignment, and evaluation tools
  • Learning reports and analytics
  • Survey construction, deployment, and analysis
  • Virtual classroom software
  • Integration with Learning Management Systems
  • Automated translation and localization services
  • Student and author collaboration tools
  • Learner participation, engagement, and performance reporting
  • Audio, video, animation, and image hosting, editing, and exporting
  • Gamification, simulation, and branching interaction tools
  • Folder and file import, export, and management
  • Multi-device and multiplatform support
  • Course and content templates
  • Integrated design guidance
  • Integrated e-mail management
  • Text to speech conversion
  • User access management
  • Single sign-on integration
  • API integration
  • User support, product tutorials, and knowledge bases
  • Customizable dashboards
  • Cloud, web, and on-premises deployment

Course Authoring Tools Comparison

When choosing the best Course Authoring Tools for you, consider the following:

Standalone software vs. LMS integration. Depending on the type of content you create, how frequently you create content, and the volume of assets you manage, you may find that a standalone Course Authoring Tool may be more beneficial than one that acts concurrently with Learning Management System (LMS). Standalone software grant more authoring control to the user, making it useful for experienced course authors or authors who need to focus on specialized content. LMS-integrated tools, on the other hand, are an extension of existing learning systems, and thus negate the need to switch products, learn new programs, or understand in-depth authoring tools. However, this benefit comes at the expense of having less robust design and creation features.

Content creation tools. The integrated content creation and editing features of a Course Authoring Tool will most likely be a deciding factor in choosing the best product for you. To some degree, each product will let you record, upload, edit, or store content such as videos, audio, and images. What they offer beyond these features can make a difference in creating effective courses. Certain products allow you to add and manage captions for video content and transcripts for audio files, making it an essential tool if your organization must comply with ADA accessibility standards.

Supported eLearning formats. Each Course Authoring Tool comes with a range of supported eLearning formats, and as such you should consider which format(s) you use and how well a product will facilitate using them. While authoring tools generally support the most popular formats (e.g. SCORM, AICC), it is crucial that the tool you select support your preferred format.

Responsive design features. If you plan to allow users to access course content from multiple devices and platforms, you’ll want to ensure that the Course Authoring Tools help with adequately and comfortably displaying assets on tablets and phones. The built-in previewers offered by some products address this concern by letting users preview master files from a variety of screen styles and operating systems.

Pricing Information

Course Authoring Tools pricing plans can vary based on the included features or anticipated users. The most common pricing plans are:

  • Per user pricing between $1 and $15 per month.
  • Flat per month pricing between $23 and $230 at the lowest subscription tiers.
  • Annual plans range between $490 and $999 per year for individuals, and $1,299 to $1,500 per year for teams at the lowest subscription tiers.
  • Perpetual (one-time purchase) licenses, starting $1,299. These usually provide limited vendor support compared to annual or per month plans.

Per-user pricing may be better choices for small organizations with fewer team members, while larger businesses may find the flat-rate or perpetual license costs more economical. Most vendors offer custom pricing, free trial periods, and demos.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of using course authoring tools?

Course authoring tools are highly customizable, allowing businesses to independently create their own educational courses and training materials. They also make multimedia assets, such as video and interactive content, more accessible for non-technical users.

What is the difference between course authoring tools and eLearning content providers?

Course authoring tools provide a toolkit that allows administrators to create content for their specific needs. eLearning content providers offer prebuilt libraries of content designed to serve industry-specific training needs and educational coursework.

How much do course authoring tools cost?

Some tools offer limited free versions, and bigger suites may offer course authoring as a free version versus their paid platform offering. Pricing often starts from $500-900/author/year.

What are the best course authoring tools?

The course authoring tool with the most reviews on TrustRadius is iSpring Suite, which is a Top Rated product for 2021. HubSpot Academy received positive reviews from small businesses and mid-size companies.