Course Authoring Tools


See also  Presentation toolsScreencasting Tools,  Testing,  Quizzing &  Other Interactive Tools & Course & Learning Management Systems

KEY: Top Tools for Learning 2015 Free Tool


Adobe Captivate : Rapidly create simulations, software demonstrations, and scenario-based training. Free Trial, Download 

Adobe Coursebuilder : Free extension for (not free) Adobe Dreamweaver to create web-based instructional content. Download

Adobe Flash : Advanced authoring environment for creating interactive websites and  digital experiences. Free Trial, Download

Adobe Presenter : Tool to create tutorials from within Microsoft PowerPoint. Also part of E-Learning Suite.  Deliver and track with Connect Pro. Free Trial, Download 

Advanced eLearning Builder : Authoring tool is designed for creating e-learning materials such as e-tests, tutorials, quizzes, etc. Free Trial, Download

Top ToolArticulate : Empower rapid e-learning with a set of powerful authoring tools: Presenter, Quizmaker & Engage (or together as Articulate Studio) Free Trial, Download

Authoring Edit : Easy-to-use yet powerful online learning authoring tool. Free Trial, Download

AuthorPOINT : Convert PowerPoint files to SCORM Compliant rich multimedia Presentations. Free Trial, Download

Brick Layer : Inspire and engage your audience with an interactive course built in Bricklayer, the e-learning authoring tool that makes creating stunning e-learning easy. Hosted

CALI Author : Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)’s lesson authoring system for creating computer-assisted educational tutorials. Download

Top ToolCamtasia : Record your screen to create training, demo, and presentation videos, aka screencasts. Free Trial, Download 

Claro: Flexible, easy to use collaborative e and mLearning cloud based authoring solution. Free Trial, Hosted

ClickClass : e-Learning system designed to enable people to rapidly author, deliver and manage their own modular online learning content Free Trial, Hosted

Compendle : A complete solution for creating, organising, and publishing courses online (also part of Custom Learning Studio) Free Trial, Download/Hosted

Composica : social e-learning authoring system. Free Trial. Hosted : Generate customised interactive Flash-based content for your class, intranet or website  Download

Content Studio : an e-learning authoring software designed for mobility and simplicity. It has an intuitive user interface and modern, universally applicable, templates. Hosted/Install by vendor

Coral Presenter : Powerful, easy-to-use PowerPoint-to-Flash conversion tool. Free Trial, Download

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

DazzlerMax : e-Learning authoring tool to rapidly create interactive training, testing and presentations. Free Trial, Download

Deltalearn Advanced SCORM Editor : A fully-featured e-learning content generation tool based on the SCORM 1.3 specification. Free Trial, Download

DemoBuilder : Capture your activities in a running application and then edit the recorded material to add a voice-over narration track or background music, visual effects, annotations, comments and other elements that will add to the efficiency of your presentation. Free Trial, Download

Top Tooleasygenerator : Allows authors from all over the world to work together on creating courses, share/re-use media, apply design etc. Commercial plan available. Hosted. Free Trial

EasyProf : Authoring software enables any normal user to produce all kinds of web-based training materials. Free Trial, Download

e-Doceo: Elearning maker and elearning animgallery are very powerful tool that can be used to create e-learning content, multimedia contents, video recording for tutorial, rapid learning, convert Powerpoint presentation to flash and much more. Free Trial, Download

eNetAuthor : Online content creation tool that allows you to manage your eLearning content, 24/7 via the web. Hosted

EduWiz : Rapid E-Learning authoring environment for publishing web-based content. Free Trial, Download

eLab : Web based authoring application that enables the rapid integration of course content into pre-defined learning activities or Learning Objects. Download

e-Learning Authoring Tool : The e-Learning Authoring Tool is a simple, easy to use tool for creating online courses. Its design allows you to create rich media courses containing text plus images, Flash animations, audio and video created with your favorite media editors. Every course you create will fully conform to the SCORM standard. Download

Elicitus Content Publisher : Desktop authoring tool for trainers, educators, subject matter experts and other e-learning creators worldwide. Requires no programming. Free Trial, Download

Elucidat – has proven to speed up the e-learning production process, authoring highly engaging HTML5 e-learning for ANY device. Free Trial. Hosted

eXe : eLearning HTML course editor. Open Source, Download

Expert Author : everything you need to create a great interactive learning experience using a realistic software simulation. Download

Flash Course Development Kit : Provides the source code and step-by-step instructions you need to create SCORM-based e-Learning Courses with Flash. Download

Flash Demo Builder : An easy to use and unique tool for creating tutorials, presentations, interactive quizzes and product demonstrations. Utilize its powerful screen capture which also records keypresses and mouse movements to show clearly how some processes and applications work. Free Trial, Download

FlexAuthoring : Build your own interactive training using a visual layout and flexible course templates. Download

Flypaper for eLearning : Revolutionizes how people create high-impact e-Learning content. Allows users to customize and edit Flash content without requiring programming skills. Download

gomolearning : responsive and adaptive HTML5 authoring with a drag and drop interface. Cloud based SaaS for less than £50 per month. Native Apps as well. Free trial

Hot Lava Mobile : Rapidly develop, deliver and track all types of single source, device independent content to your employees, customers and partners to meet a wide variety of business,marketing,data capturing and learning scenarios. Free Trial, Download

Inovae : Designed specifically for the purpose of creating e-learning. WYSIWYG environment, templates and freeform creation, output to SCORM/AICC, HTML & JavaScript. Download

Instructional Content Editor (ICE) : enterprise-class course creation tool that enables users to create sophisticated and interactive SCORM-compliant courses. Users can create their own courses using our WYSIWYG editor, or use one of our structured, learning-based course page templates. Hosted

Intuition E-Learning Studio : Provides all the interactions and pre-programmed script in order to allow to anyone to develop elearning programmes rapidly. Available in English, French, German and Spanish. Download

Top TooliSpring Solutions :  Create interactive eLearning courses with narrations, interactions, quizzes and surveys directly from PowerPoint and publish for LMS.. Free Trial, Download

Knowledge Presenter Suite : Create fully interactive SCORM compliant e-learning lessons. Free Trial, Download

LCDS (Learning Content Development System) : Create interactive, online courses (from Microsoft). Download

Learnbubble : Create and deliver your own online training courses quickly and easily. Hosted

Top ToolLectora : Authoring software available for interactive multimedia content. Free Trial, Download

LECTURNITY : Make screen or lecture recordings, record PowerPoint, create training videos, produce interactive presentations. Free Trial, Download

Lersus easyContent : Software that allows creating interactive tutorials, computer training courses and e-learning courses. Free Trial, Download

Lesson Writer : Create comprehensive literacy lesson plans and student materials from any content in minutes. Hosted

Live Blackboard : Allows instructors to create and develop online courses, assignments, grades, resources, and class rosters. Hosted/Installed

Luminosity Create : Responsive authoring solution for the creation of eLearning courses, learning content, reference material and assessments for mobile devices. Download/Hosted

Memorize : pages have interactive learning modes. They make facts clear and lucid. Create a page in seconds! Share it with someone. Hosted

Metamorphosis : Create e-learning courses without the need to engage programmers, interface designers, graphic artists or instructional designers. Free Trial, Download/Hosted

M!ndflash : Build engaging online training courses in minutes and deliver them online. Free Trial, Hosted

Mohive e-Learning Publishing System : Comprehensive, web-based system for organisations looking to effectively create and publish e-learning. Hosted

Momindum : Rich-Media authoring software to easily create, edit, enrich and broadcast video base presentations. Free Trial. Download

MOS Solo : Windows application to create learning courses, presentations, assessments and surveys. Download

Multimedia Learning Object Authoring Tool : Combine video, audio, images and texts into one synchronized learning object. Download

Outstart Trainer : Desktop authoring tool for e-learning. Free Trial, Download

OpenWorld Presenter : lets you create rich media presentations and e-learning courses with ease Free Trial, Download

Podium : Podium is a powerful, enterprise-level web based collaborative eLearning system. Podium focuses on the collection of assets and the reuse of content across your organization. With Podium, create engaging content once and reuse and re-purpose it throughout your organization. Hosted

PowerTrainer Authoring Tool : Easy, professional and efficient creation of e-learning courses. Free Trial. Download

ProProfs eLearning software: 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.  Free Trial, Hosted

Proform Rapid eLearning Studio : Create Flash-based e-learning courses by simply filling out a form. Download

QuickLessons : Web-based tool for creating content as quickly as you’ve always wanted it to be. Free Trial, Hosted

RapideL Suite : Rapid authoring tool which uses the MS Word authoring interface to create courseware in Flash. Free Trial, Download/Hosted

Ready Go Web Builder : Create web based and mobile training. Download

Reload Editor : For converting content into a SCORM package. Open Source, Download

Scate Ignite : Scate Ignite enables users to quickly create high-impact, dynamic web presentations and screen recordings that can be published as social media, videos, podcasts, interactive flash, html or SCORM elearning. Download

ScribeStudio – Create and publish content, and manage and communicate with your members. Free Trial, Hosted/em>

Seminar Author : Create instructionally sound courses and quizzes using Author, deliver and track using MySeminar Tracker or Knowledge Center. Download

SimonShows : SimonShowsBusiness was designed specifically to meet the special requirements of business that need to train and educate their customers and potential customers. Hosted

Slide Presenter :  Fast and easy production and distribution of on-demand corporate video training content in various formats. Embeddable into any corporate system. Compatible with any device. Hosted/Instal by vendor

SmartBuilder : Collaborative rapid authoring tool. Hosted/Installed

SoftChalk : Create interactive web pages for your e-learning course with SoftChalk LessonBuilder Free Trial, Download

STT Trainer : Rapidly creates custom e-learning for IT systems by creating effective simulation lessons and high quality system documentation and user support materials. Download

THESIS : Easy to use rapid conversion and content authoring tools for legacy and SCORM conformant elearning. Download

Thinking Cap Studio : Create content once and export to multiple formats. Hosted

ThinkingWorlds : Create rapid simulations and games. Publish to iPad and iPhone.

Toolbook : SumTotal ToolBook empowers subject matter experts and learning professionals to rapidly create interactive content, quizzes, assessments, and software simulations. Free Trial. Download

Toolwire : Build immersive learning environments with video characters, photo-realistic worlds, authentic “natural” assessments, and engaging storylines.  Download

Training Studio : subject matter expert (SME) enters the training content into a database rather than inside an authoring tool. Download

TurboDemo : Capture screenshots and explain software, PC applications, websites and products with animated demos and tutorials. Free Trial, Download

Udutu : Online course and simulation authoring. Facebook LMS based on the Udutu course authoring system Hosted

VIDIZMO : Produce SCORM compliant on-demand interactive rich media presentation for training, learning, compliance, workforce development and corporate communication. Free Trial. Download

Viewlet Builder : Automatically reproduces the movement of your cursor, allowing you to create Flash tutorials or simulations that exactly mirror the way your product or web site works. Publish your finished tutorials as small, secure Flash files that can be delivered over the Internet or packaged as executable files to be sent vial emai, uploaded to an LMS, or burned on CDs. ViewletBuilder6 supports SCORM 1.2, 2004, and AICC. Free Trial, Hosted

ViewletCam : The fastest, easiest way to record PC applications, PowerPoint presentations, animations, and video directly from your PC screen and generate Flash movies for use in demos, troubleshooting, training classes, and presentations. Free Trial, Hosted

WBTExpress : Authoring tool for elearning courses (Free, Pro and Enterprise versions). Commercial versions, Download

Wimba Create : Convert your Microsoft Word documents into content for your online courses. Free Trial, Download

Wink : Tutorial and Presentation creation software, primarily aimed at creating tutorials on how to use software (like a tutor for MS-Word/Excel etc). Using Wink you can capture screenshots, add explanations boxes, buttons, titles etc and generate a highly effective tutorial for your users. Download 

Wondershare PPT2Flash Pro : Create Flash presentation and E-Learning courses from PowerPoint  Free Trial, Download

Wondershare Rapid E-Learning Suite : Create highly interactive Flash-based learning course with PowerPoint, quizzes, demos and video content without the need of complicated programming knowledge. Free Trial, Download

WordForce : From MS Word to a complete web course (requires .NET Framework) Free Trial, Download

Xerte : The Xerte Project provides a full suite of open source tools for elearning developers and content authors producing interactive learning materials. Open source, Download

Xical :  Produce web-based presentations, tutorials and tests Open Source, Download