With the acceptance of e-learning permeating every corner of the corporate world, the need for high-quality custom e-courseware development increases. With the increase in the demand for custom e-learning, there has been a simultaneous increase in the number of development tools available for creating e-learning material- quickly and efficiently. While that is good news for all, making the right choice among the wide array of products available is often a daunting task for custom e-learning developers.
The following are the Top 5 most used elearning services development tools available today – helping developers to create impactful e-courses.
- Articulate Storyline:
Articulate Storyline is an authoring tool that caught the fancy of the e-learning industry within a short span of its launch in early 2012. The tool has a wide array of modern features and is extremely easy to use – making it ideal for stand-alone custom e-course development.
It allows the developer to build in a lot of interactivity with features like slide layers, triggers, screen recordings and so on.
Storyline has 47,000 combinations of illustrated as well photographic characters. A host of expressions and poses are also available to breathe in life into your chosen character. A developer can choose and insert a character and then proceed to change its pose, expression, and perspective with just a few clicks to make it truly connect with the learners.
- Articulate Studio:
Articulate Studio is widely utilized to convert content created in MS PowerPoint into interactive online learning content.
Since the user environment within the tools is also very similar to that of MS PowerPoint, new users can quickly start utilizing the tools to create interactive and impactful courseware.
Inter activities like side transitions and layers can be created with this tool. It can also be utilized to create engaging aspects within the e-course like quizzes and other assessments.
The e-courses created with this tool is compatible with modern SCORM or AICC compliant LMS.
- Trivantis Lectora:
Another widely chosen tool for online learning development is Trivantis Lectora – a powerful yet remarkable easy to use tool.
It creates content with HTML5 and can thus be utilized to create content for multi-device delivery – across desktops, laptops, smartphones or tablets.
Building interactivity is also easy – and can be done in a few steps saving time and effort.
- Adobe Captivate: This tool is yet another industry leader and is utilized by developers when creating e-learning for just-in-time delivery
Adobe Captivate also allows developers to publish content with HTML5 – and is hence best suited for multi-device delivery of e-learning.
With the availability of ready-to-use themes and other interactive elements, a lot of variety can be built within the online learning courses. Other elements like branching scenarios and insertion of videos also help create impactful e-content with this tool.
- Adobe Flash: Dependability – that’s the word to describe this tool. Flash has been around for many years now and developers need to build their expertise on this tool. But once that’s achieved, a lot can be done with this tool
Powerful features make it an appropriate tool to create animations and multimedia content.
Developers can build in a variety of interactions and the e-courses is visually appealing for all.
Choose the right tools keeping in mind the features of the tools, its usability as well as needs of the Learners and the Client.