An authoring tool is an e-learning course creation tool which allows you to create and package engaging pieces of e-learning and deliver it  to the learners. Authoring tools can be broadly classified into desktop based and cloud based authoring tools.

There are about 80 course authoring tools  (source: https://www.capterra.com/course-authoring-software/) available in the market.  With such a plethora of options available, how do you go about choosing an authoring tool. Well it all depends as to what is it that you wish to achieve with the authoring tool.


In this blog, I have collated a  list of some popular budget friendly authoring tools along with their benefits and features.

Sl.No.    Authoring Tool Publishing Format Multiple   Language Support Type of  Software                Features
1 SmartBuilder

(www.smartbuilder.com/)

– HTML 5
– SCORM
– xAPI
– Flash
No Desktop Application Award winning tool with User Friendly Experience.
You can request for a template and Smart Builder team will build one for you for free.
It has even option to create Section 508 compliant accessible output.
Q & A sessions are done every week to address users concern.
2 Courselab D- AICC
– SCORM 1.2
No. Desktop Application Powerpoint like interface and ease of use.
Option to easily import the content from Powerpoint sources
Limited feature best suited for quickly turnaround course.
3 Jackdraw HTML 5
– Flash
– iOS & Android apps
No Cloud-Based application Option to import content from existing Videos, Powerpoint, Captivate, Articulate.
Jackdaw also lets users to create content that they can sell on the Open Elms webstore.
It supports 3-D Learning.
4 myUdutu SCORM 1.2 / 2004 No Cloud-Based application Option to create a virtual community and offer Facebook courses.
Option to publish the content in Facebook.
5 Quick Lessons SCORM 1.2 No Cloud Based It has 200 plus d templates with 20 plus animated templates.

It comes equipped with puzzles, games, characters and out of the box animations which allows users to create truly unique and interactive flash based content to meet learners needs.

6 Easygenerator Private link
– On LMS
– Scorm 1.2 Package
– TinCan
Yes Cloud Based Software Easy to use interface
Q & A sessions will be hosted every week to address users concern.
User friendly support available 24*7

By using these authoring tools, organizations can create e-learning courses at optimized budget and deploy them quickly.

For more resources on e learning authoring, you can refer the following blogs:

https://elearningindustry.com/free-authoring-tools-for-elearning

https://elearningindustry.com/the-ultimate-list-of-cloud-based-authoring-tools