E-Learning Authoring Tools

Last updated: September 28, 2018 at 8:08 am

Tools to create e-learning, courses and lessons. Listed in alphabetical order.
means is on the Top Tools for Learning 2018.

AcademyMaker provides everything you need to create multimedia e-learning units for your target groups.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

Adapt is a free and easy to use e-learning authoring tool that creates fully responsive, multi-device, HTML5 e-learning content using the award-winning Adapt developer framework.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 164
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/adapt/

Adobe Captivate
Rapidly create simulations, software demonstrations, and scenario-based training.
Cost: Commercial. Free Trial available  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 33
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/adobe-captivate/

Adobe Presenter
Adobe Presenter is a tool to rapidly create high-impact Adobe Flash presentations and eLearning courses from PowerPoint.
Cost: Commercial. Free Trial available  |  Available: Download

Advanced E-Learning Builder
Authoring tool is designed for creating e-learning materials such as e-tests, tutorials, etc.
Cost: Commercial. Free Trial available  |  Available: Hosted

Animaker Edify
Using Edify, teachers can effortlessly create animated video lessons to flip their classrooms.
Cost: Free Premium version available  |  Available: Hosted

Empower rapid e-learning with a set of powerful authoring tools: e.g. E-Learning Studio and Storyline 2. Track e-learning through Articulate Online.
Cost: Commercial. Free Trial available  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 23
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/articulate/

Conduct training sessions with 3D multiplayer role-playing
Cost:  Free  |  Available:  Hosted

Windows 8 application that allows teachers to easily create interactive e-learning resources in a short time.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial.  Available: Download

Convert PowerPoint files to SCORM Compliant rich multimedia Presentations.
Cost: Commercial. Free Trial available  |  Available: Download

Blendspace allows educators to blend their classroom with digital content, Now owned by TES
Cost: Free  Available: Hosted

Build customer simulations. Easily integrated with Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, Lectora and many other authoring tools and LMS platforms.
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 157
See more at https://www.toptools4learning.com/branchtrack/

Techsmith’s Camtasia is a tool to record, edit and enhance on-screen activity in the form of screencasts.
Cost: Commercial. Free Trial available  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 24
See more at https://www.toptools4learning.com/camtasia/

Claro is a next generation cloud-based authoring system. It’s an all-in-one eLearning and mLearning development tool with real-time collaboration and asset sharing.
Cost: Commercial. Free Trial available  |  Available: Download

Create THE web page of your training. Gather your media, add interactive activities. Engage your trainees during onsite training, and keep in touch after the session.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Hosted

click class
e-Learning system designed to enable people to rapidly author, deliver and manage their own modular online learning content.
Cost: Commercial. Free Trial available  |  Available: Download

Collaborative e-learning software
Cost: Commercial. Free Trial available.  Available: Download

A powerful, yet easy-to-use, e-learning authoring tool that offers WYSIWYG environment for creating interactive e-learning.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download

Digital Chalk
Digital Chalk is a complete solution for creating and delivering your training online.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Hosted/Download

Allows authors from all over the world to work together on creating courses, share/re-use media, apply design etc.
Cost: Commercial. Free Trial available  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 32
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/easygenerator/

Easy Prof
EasyProf enables trainers, even if they lack technical training, to create online training content incorporating interactivity and multimedia elements, in a quick and easy way
Cost: Commercial. Free Trial available  |  Available: Download

eCoach is a cloud-based authoring tool that allows teachers to completely transform their lessons for any device.  eCoach is completely intuitive, and can learned quickly by teachers.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Hosted

EDpuzzle lets you take any video off the web, edit it, add notes and questions for students, and create virtual classrooms where you can monitor student work.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 152
See more at https://www.toptools4learning.com/edpuzzle/

Edusim is a 3D multi-user virtual world platform and authoring toolkit intended for your classroom interactive whiteboard (but equally powerful on the students laptop or desktop computers
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download

Easy, Mobile & Rapid e-learning development with the look and efficiency un-matched elsewhere.
Cost: Commercial. Free Trial available  |  Available: Download

eLearningArt is a provider of eLearning images and templates for the eLearning industry.
Cost: Commercial. Free Trial available  |  Available: Download

eLearning Brothers
eLearning templates and graphics. Flash-based eLearning games, interactions, quizzes, PowerPoint course backgrounds, and more.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

Elicitus is a leading desktop authoring tool for trainers, educators, subject matter experts and other e-learning creators worldwide.
Cost: Commercial. Free Trial available  |  Available: Download

Trainers, team leaders and others with no previous experience of elearning use Elucidat to quickly author enterprise-grade elearning.
Cost: Commercial. Free Trial available  |  Available: Hosted

e-Net Author
eNetAuthor is a cloud-based content authoring tool for eLearning teams, which manages projects from concept to delivery.
Cost: Commercial.  Available: Hosted

Evolve Authoring
Create HTML5 eLearning content that works on any platform or device from desktops, tablets and smartphones and more.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial available Availability: Online
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 89
See more at https://www.toptools4learning.com/evolve-authoring/

The eXe project developed a freely available Open Source authoring application to assist teachers and academics in the publishing of web content without the need to become proficient in HTML or XML markup.
Cost: Free, open source  |  Available: Download

Expert Author
Expert Author was designed specifically for creating compelling e-learning courseware covering computer software.
Cost: Commercial. Free Trial available  |  Available: Download

Explain Everything
An interactive whiteboard and screencasting app that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost everywhere.
Cost: Small charge  |  Available: Download

The online role-play simulation platform, motivating learning experiences that deliver real change
Cost: Free and paid versions  |  Available: Hosted

Build your own interactive training using a visual layout and flexible course templates
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

A geometry package providing for both graphical and algebraic input.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted

gomo Learning
Creates responsive and adaptive HTML5 content automatically. From a single HTML5 code base, content can be published once and accessed on desktops, tablets and smartphones.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 127
See more at https://www.toptools4learning.com/gomo-learning/

Add extra layers of interactivity onto a video and incorporate your videos in your online learning programs. SCORM and xAPI supported.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 69
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/hihaho/

Impatica for PowerPoint
Impatica for PowerPoint 5 makes it easy to create engaging narrated, animated online presentations for eLearning, marketing and other applications.
Cost: Commercial. Free Trial  |  Available: Download

NOVAE is the French publisher of the e-learning software that allows you to create e-learning modules with simplicity, efficiency and compliance with market standards.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

A new cloud-based authoring tool with which you can create interactive and professional e-learning courses without hassle and quickly.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Hosted.
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 101
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/iseazy/

iSpring Suite is e-learning authoring software that integrates with PowerPoint to create e-learning course and video lectures.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download.
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 56
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/ispring/

JeLsim Builder
The JeLSIM Builder toolkit is a free toolkit for producing educational simulations.
Cost: Free. Open Source  |  Available: Download

Create assessments, learning, presentations, eBooks and apps incorporating all sorts of cutting edge question types and assessment techniques and HTML5 features.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

Koantic is a complete eLearning authoring tool that comes with everything you need to create interactive video courses, from beginning to end.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Hosted

Create and deliver your own online training courses quickly and easily.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

Lectora Inspire is an e-learning authoring tool.  It provides users with an authoring environment for creating and delivering interactive multimedia content.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 160
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/lectora/

Make screen or lecture recordings, record PowerPoint, create training videos, produce interactive presentations.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download

LERSUS is a software product that allows creating interactive tutorials, computer training courses (CBT) and e-learning courses (WBT) according to existing e-Learning standards.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download

Litmos Author
Litmos Author is designed to make updating and enhancing your training quick and easy.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

Memorize.com pages have interactive learning modes. They make facts clear and lucid. Create a page in seconds! Share or assign it.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted

Build engaging online training courses in minutes and deliver them online.
Cost: Commercial. Free Trial  |  Available: Hosted

Create rich, interactive training courses in a few clicks
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download

Multimedia Learning Object Authoring Tool
The Multimedia Learning Object Authoring Tool enables content experts to easily combine video, audio, images and texts into one synchronized learning object.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download

Nearpod lets you present, quiz and report synchronously with your students or else make content available on demand.
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Hosted/Download

NetDimensions Learning
An integrated environment for authoring, managing, and publishing multiple content such as online courseware, instructor manuals, reference materials, as well as performance support products.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Hosted

OpenSimulator is an open source multi-platform, multi-user 3D application server. It can be used to create a virtual environment (or world) which can be accessed through a variety of clients, on multiple protocols.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download

Openworld Presenter
Openworld Presenter lets you create rich media presentations and e-learning courses with ease.
Cost: Commercial. Free Trial available  |  Available: Download

For digital storytelling. Make a storyboard or comic on Mac, Windows, Linux, Chromebooks, Android, and iPad.
Cost: Free |  Available: Hosted

Never struggle with lesson planning again. Your plans are available anywhere and are simple to create.
Cost: Free and premium plans  |  Available: Download

PowToon is an online software tool that allows you to create animated video explainers – for business or education.
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 45
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/powtoon/

ProfCast is a versatile, powerful, yet very simple to use tool for recording lectures including PowerPoint and/or Keynote slides for creating enhanced podcasts.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

ProProfs eLearning authoring tool
ProProfs is an online tool to create, share and manage e-learning courses. It can be accessed anywhere, anytime to create your online courses with mobile devices and tablets.
Cost: Commercial. Free Trial available  |  Available: Hosted

ProtoSphere is a 3D environment that enables organizations to deliver online, virtual instructor led training (VILT) programs and foster immersive virtual collaboration engagements.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Hosted

QuestGarden is an online authoring tool, community and hosting service that is designed to make it easier and quicker to create a high quality WebQuest.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Hosted

The collaborative platform to create eLearning courses
Cost: Commercial. Free Trial available  |  Available: Hosted

Rapid authoring tool which uses the MS Word authoring interface to create courseware in Flash.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download/Hosted

Raptivity is an interactivity builder that offers a rich collection of 190+ templates for creating eLearning interactions, quick and easy, absolutely without any programming.
Cost: CommercialFree trial  |  Available: Download

ReadyGo WCB – software for e-Learning and m-Learning
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

REDengine is a web-based, authoring tool that allows subject matter experts to create interactive eLearning without any technical or visual skills.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Hosted

RELOAD (Reusable eLearning Object Authoring and Download) is for converting content into a SCORM package.
Cost: Free. Open Source  |  Available: Download

Seminar Author
Seminar Author is a rapid e-learning tool that enables the creation of professional looking e-learning without the need for programmers.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

Slide Presenter
SlidePresenter is a web-based solution permitting fast and easy creation as well as targeted distribution of training content.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Hosted

An elearning authoring tool that combines power and flexibility with an easy-to-use interface.
Cost: CommercialFree Trial  |  Available: Hosted/Installed

Lets you create micro-learning courses and content, enhanced with interactive gamification
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Hosted

Snackson is a mobile learning solution that allows companies to train their teams in a simple way, with only 5 minutes a day.
Cost: CommercialFree Trial  |  Available: Hosted/Download

Create interactive web pages for your e-learning course with SoftChalk LessonBuilder.
Cost: CommercialFree Trial  |  Available: Download

OutStart SoftSim makes it possible to create highly interactive simulations for Web and Windows-based applications, online processes and forms without any programming.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download

Microsoft’s Sway is a free app to create web content. You can embed a variety of resources into Sway, e.g. images, audio, video, maps, animations, presentations from Office Mix etc, and then share it online.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 70
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/sway/

Synapse automates and streamlines the training development process with one collaborative platform.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Hosted

TED Ed is a tool to create lessons around TED Talks and other videos.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 30
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/ted-talks-ted-ed/

tt performance suite
Highly integrated e-learning authoring environment, which combines the functions of a professional, server-based documentation system with a powerful e-learning production tool and performance support.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Hosted/Installed

Udutu’s course authoring software lets you build course quickly and easily online either on your own or collaboratively with others.
Cost: Free. (Hosting per screen charge where required)  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 110
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/udutu/

In the classroom or the office, creating powerful, interactive online learning experiences has never been easier.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Hosted

Videoscribe lets you create your own whiteboard-style animations with no design or technical know-how
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download

Create world class eLearning with our simple to use eLearning authoring tool.
Cost: Commercial. Free Trial available  |  Available: Download

Vyond (prev GoAnimate)
GoAnimate is an easy-to-use tool to create professional animated videos.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 58
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/goanimate/

Online tutorial creation
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted

A documentation and learning authoring tool for the agile world. It’s the fastest way to capture screenshots with steps and produce eLearning, Word, PowerPoint and HTML content.
Cost: CommercialFree Trial available  |  Available: Download

WBT Express
Authoring tool for elearning courses (Free, Pro and Enterprise versions).
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download

Wimba Create
Convert your Microsoft Word documents into content for your online courses.
Cost: Commercial. Free Trial  |  Available: Download

Wranx delivers targeted training on desktop, tablet and smartphone continuously. Assessment and training on every device
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Hosted

Xerte Online Toolkits is an award winning suite of browser-based tools that allow anyone with a web browser to create interactive learning materials quickly and easily.
Cost: Free. Open source  |  Available: Download

With Xical you can produce web-based slide shows, tutorials, tests and whatever else you can think of that can make use of integrated rich media.
Cost: Free. Open source  |  Available: Download

Create and deliver content anywhere, anytime, on any device
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Hosted