Top Free Course Authoring Software

Check out our list of free Course Authoring Software. Products featured on this list are the ones that offer a free trial version. As with most free versions, there are limitations, typically time or features.

If you'd like to see more products and to evaluate additional feature options, compare all Course Authoring Software to ensure you get the right product.

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(308)4.7 out of 5
Entry Level Price:$770 per user / year

iSpring Suite is a supercharged eLearning toolkit for designing adaptive multi-device courses. It enhances e-courses with training videos, interactive assessments, dialogue simulations, and more. At the same time, it's a user-friendly tool with virtually no learning curve - exactly what you need when working under a deadline. Courses built with iSpring Suite can be converted to HTML5 format for perfect playback on any device, including PCs, Macs, tablets, and smartphones, or published to any o

My company has been using iSpring Suite as it's primary tool for authoring e-learnings for several years now and love it. It's easy to use, but... Read review
Brenda B.
I really like that iSpring is compatible with PowerPoint 365 advanced features. Read review
(422)4.3 out of 5
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SAP Litmos solutions are the future of rapidly implemented training for the customer-focused enterprise. The solution combines a powerful LMS—SAP Litmos Training—with a robust course library—SAP Litmos Training Content. It enables targeted learning, boosts employee experience and loyalty, and protects the brand by keeping the organization compliant. By engaging learners right in the flow of work, SAP Litmos solutions empower personnel with knowledge that drives a better customer experience, impr

Stephen C.
I loved how it's incredibly simple to use the Litmos user interface. Reduces preparation time and makes it easy to set up and handle. Litmos does... Read review
Layne C.
I just wanted the Litmos user interface to be used as incredibly easy. It reduces installation time and facilitates installation and operation.... Read review
(157)3.9 out of 5
Entry Level Price:$33.99 per month

Adobe Captivate offers ease to beginners and speed to professionals for creating everything eLearning, using just one tool. Plug-and-play your content in ready-to-go slides and create beautiful mobile-ready eLearning courses in minutes. Boost your productivity by using out-of-box functionality such as customizable interactions, automated branching, and video overlays. Deliver immersive learning experiences to your learners in virtual reality. Liven up your demos and training videos by making the

Gabriel W.
Captivate is quick to learn and fun to master. Read review
the software is one of the best when it comes to creating el elearning materials, the best thing is that it integrates itself well with existing... Read review
(71)4.5 out of 5

Articulate 360 is an annual subscription that gives course creators everything they need for course development: Award-winning authoring apps—Storyline 360 and Rise 360—for creating courses that look gorgeous on every device. An ever-growing library of more than 6 million course assets, including stock photos, templates, characters, icons and videos that make it easy to create beautiful courses faster. A web-based project review app for easily collecting consolidated feedback from stakeholde

Ease of use, online community, new 360 suite. Read review
Using this software has revolutionised our user training options completely. The range of interactivity options that can be placed into a course... Read review
(37)4.0 out of 5

Lectora is a user-friendly, award-winning authoring tool available as both a cloud-based and desktop solution. Part of the eLearning Brothers Authoring Suites, Lectora empowers you to quickly create, WCAG-friendly interactive eLearning courses that achieve extraordinary results. Simply import your PowerPoint slides, add a screen or webcam recording, and then publish your courses to any LMS/LMR in any format. It's as simple or advanced as you need it to be! Launch a premium built-in template and

Megan M.
I find the interface for lectora very easy to use. The tree view is easy to move stuff aorund in, multi-select slides and sections etc... I like... Read review
Julie Z.
I have been using Lectora since 2007 and each evolution is just better and better. This has every bell and whistle possible and has twice been... Read review
(113)4.7 out of 5
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#1 Ranked Learning Management System. Tovuti's all in one cloud-based learning management system (LMS) gives you all the tools you need to create, deliver and track the effectiveness of your eLearning programs.

Rashid Hassan  C.
Tovuti LMS is undoubtedly one of the best learning management system in the market and although it is in early phases and still have to add and... Read review
I love Tovuti because it was the platform with which I received my training to work in the company in which I currently work as a software... Read review
(101)4.6 out of 5
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360Learning empowers Learning and Development teams to drive culture and growth through Collaborative Learning. Our learning platform combines collaborative tools with the power of an LMS, enabling high-growth companies to unlock learning based on collective expertise instead of top-down knowledge. 360Learning is the easiest way to onboard new employees, train customer-facing teams, and develop professional skills–all from one place. 360Learning powers the future of work at 1,200 organizations

Frederic B.
360Learning is intuitive and easy to use. We could rapidly onboard business users to become authors or facilitators. Social network features... Read review
There are so many great features of the platform. It has the ability to record video and screencasting through the platform, there is a social... Read review
(38)4.7 out of 5
Entry Level Price:$0 per month, per author

Easygenerator has been providing cloud-based e-learning software since 2013. Employees are enabled to quickly create engaging content, instead of relying on traditional course development processes. The Rotterdam-based company has more than 50,000 users in over 120 countries. Enterprise clients include T-Mobile, Unilever, New Relic and Drake University.

Kemal A.
It' s very easy to create online courses with Easygenerator. Foreign language support is very important for me and my participants. Easygenerator... Read review
I' really like the principe of makin my own e-learning.I usually use eastgenerator to create some help to my colegues. The graphics and the... Read review
(35)4.6 out of 5

The smarter, faster way to produce, distribute and measure transformative elearning. Elucidat's authoring platform is used by the world's most successful organizations to produce, manage and measure modern online learning experiences. Fuelled by a team that believes in the power of learning to make a difference, Elucidat offers unparalleled support and guidance to help their clients deliver real-life impact. USE ELUCIDAT TO: >> Produce more effective elearning - Manage your brand a

Ben M.
Elucidat makes creating great looking, responsive e-learning an absolute breeze. We can create things far faster in this tool than others and at... Read review
Jeanne R.
The highlights of working with Elucidat are 1) the support & development team, 2) the simplicity of the end-user experience, and 3) the flexibility... Read review
(38)4.7 out of 5
Entry Level Price:$0 Unlimited

EdApp is a free microlearning-based learning management system (LMS) with an integrated authoring tool, delivery app, rewards & analytics - all designed for today's digital habits on mobile and web. With features such as spaced repetition, gamification and push notifications, we make learning fun and engaging, which in turn helps improve retention and embed knowledge. We care about enabling our clients to deliver simpler & smarter workplace learning. This is why we are trusted by many la

40 characters are simply not enough to describe how Ed microlearning product is totally amazing, both for author and user. You will enjoy creating... Read review
User friendly, smart, great features, an application fit for the purpose intended, great user interface and interaction, very limited cost,... Read review
(100)4.8 out of 5

Auzmor Learn is a robust learning management solution that lets you assign and track employee progress. Its intuitive course builder simplifies lesson creation and a library of courses offers the training and upskilling your workforce needs.

I like training experience. It feels like youtube simple and fun.the way the courses are presented makes it super easy to understand about the... Read review
The training was very understandable and most effective. Thank you for giving me this opportunity, because I was 1st thought just a sales call but... Read review
(107)4.8 out of 5

Trusted by 250+ exceptional customers across the world including the University of Nebraska, Mortenson Construction, Medtronic, Ibotta, and Tyler Technologies. VidGrid is the fastest growing interactive video platform for learning and development. VidGrid is the most simple, yet robust video platform on the market; enabling video makers to record, edit, share, and host interactive videos within one app. Built on the newest technology stack, the VidGrid platform is miles ahead of legacy video se

I love the simplicity of VidGrid along with the essential tools needed for lecture capturing but most importantly, their support staff is second to... Read review
Mike G.
VidGrid has a lot of basic tools that allow for quick and easy screen captures. VidGrid can also be integrated into multiple LMS and allow graded... Read review
(44)4.4 out of 5

SkyPrep is an award-winning online training software that helps organizations deliver, track, and optimize training to employees, customers, and partners with ease. SkyPrep serves over 500 companies in multiple industries and sectors across the world. Whether you are looking to onboard employees, train customers on your products, or keep up with compliance requirements, SkyPrep makes learning easy and effortless with its fully customizable and intuitive platform. Course delivery is quick and ea

You do not have to be skilled in IT to build the online program Read review
Eugene L.
One of the single greatest features has been ease-of-use. We were able to upload content, enroll users, create groups, and understand how to... Read review
(70)4.6 out of 5

LearnUpon unifies, coordinates, and streamlines training delivery across your entire network, making it your business’s number one competitive advantage. Combining user-focused technology and industry-leading expertise, use LearnUpon to deliver impactful training that fuels your business’s employee, partner, and customer success. With a global team and a solution that processes hundreds of thousands of enrollments every day, over 1,000 businesses all around the world trust LearnUpon to delive

Doug F.
Very easy to customize and select who is to be trained. Simple to drop SCORM programs into a class, embedding documents is also very easy. Tests... Read review
Simple user interface, not cluttered at all. Easy to load content in all types of format. Easy to change branding. colors, etc. and can add in... Read review
(36)4.8 out of 5
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Gnowbe is an award-winning performance enablement platform with rapid authoring and a full suite of enterprise-ready features. A curated course library and marketplace are also available along with a selection of templates to enable turnkey course and content creation. The app/platform features community boards for shared learning and engagement, scheduled session deployment, rapid curation accessing multimedia options, gamification, offline access and push notifications. Gnowbe makes learning

The platform incorporates the "human" element as well as technical side of program delivery. It inspires readers/students/bloggers to "connect the... Read review
The world had changed in an instant, and opportunities now exist to deliver content to users cell phones in a manner that was not possible only a... Read review
(70)4.2 out of 5
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The Knovio Video Platform empowers training, HR, and corporate learning teams to use live and on-demand video and video presentations every day to improve employee engagement, increase ROI on live events and on-demand training programs, and efficiently manage resources. It is the cloud-based, online video platform that makes it simple to host, manage, distribute and measure video throughout an organization. Using powerful video management tools including audio narration, video and slide sync, cu

Chuck D.
Incredibly easy way to use video communications without the technical complexity of other solutions. Read review
Having the ability to e-mail someone for help and get a response quickly as well as having a webinar with them. Read review
(12)5.0 out of 5
Entry Level Price:$1,399 per author per annum

SmartBuilder is the first and only HTML5 elearning authoring tool to provide the power of programming to instructional designers, trainers, and other non-programmers. This allows users to create branching scenarios, case exercises, games and other serious elearning far faster than before. The software provides wizard-based templates so that beginners can also create content. SmartBuilder runs on Windows and Mac and generates HTML5 content that runs on all major computers and mobile devices.

Aaron A.
The free version of SmartBuilder is very comprehensive to meet the needs of introductory IDers. If you are working with a small or even medium... Read review
J L P.
I like that I can dream up anything and SmartBuilder can make it happen. I have run into walls time and time again with other authoring software... Read review

Arlo is a cloud-based training management system for managing, marketing and delivering physical and online training. It provides streamlined event scheduling, online registrations, invoicing and receipting, runs marketing activities, and manages client records and relationships. The service can be rapidly deployed and seamlessly integrated within your website and connected with your other business applications.

one central place where I can view all activity for a contact / org. Application workflow - love, love love! Ability to manage PD from start to... Read review
Nigel S.
The thing I like the very most is how intuitive and easy to use Arlo is. It is exceptionally well designed and I can use it well - despite having... Read review
(18)4.5 out of 5
Entry Level Price:$75 USD per month

At Intuto, we believe sharing knowledge effectively can help build better businesses. However not all businesses have the resources and expertise to implement and manage an effective online training program. That's why we created Intuto, to provide a full software and service training solution for small and medium businesses. Our software let's you create, share and report on training all from one platform while our service combines content loading, design and administration support. Intuto h

the service, value-pricing, and ability to enrol unlimited users. Read review
Joseph M.
Superior support, can accommodate unlimited users for fixed monthly rate, inexpensive without long contract period, easy to use and monitor, good... Read review
(32)4.7 out of 5
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Spekit is an in-app learning and digital companion that helps employees learn their tools and navigate process changes by accessing answers and enablement resources in real-time, everywhere they work. Built by sales ops professionals for growing & remote teams, Spekit blends the sophistication of a modern digital adoption platform with the simplicity of a contextual knowledge base for a lightweight yet powerful solution to continuous employee training. As the only Salesforce Certified Pa

Trent M.
I immediately learned some things about Salesforce I didn't yet know (although I've used it for years). It was also easy to get Speks built out and... Read review
Increasing my sales always turns out to be a complex and long process, however with Spekit this has changed radically, because it has allowed me to... Read review
(13)4.2 out of 5
Entry Level Price:$150 1 user - lifetime

Kotobee Author is a comprehensive ebook creator and EPUB editor, suitable for education, training, and publishing. Kotobee Author is a winner of the Academics' Choice 2016 Smart Media Award. With Kotobee Author, you may easily create interactive ebooks rich with video, audio, 3D, book widgets, questions, and more. Customize the look and feel of your ebook apps, and emulate the result on different platforms and devices. Export your ebook to many different formats, such as web apps, desktop app

Matt D.
Kotobee is always releasing new and highly useful functionality. Every time we see an update, it seems to include something great that we hadn’t... Read review
User-friendly authoring tools for multimedia material building. Read review
(2)4.3 out of 5

CourseGenius is a complete online training solution for organisations of all sizes. The CourseGenius cloud-based platform encourages you to dive into the world of eLearning to either train staff or sell courses. We provide customers with their own learning management system, where they can create, deliver, track and sell their own tailored eLearning courses with the help of CourseGenius’ easy-to-use technology and unrivaled customer support. Creating amazing training with our fully featured

I enjoyed the online component of the courses - it allows me to work from home and have flexibility. I like the user-friendly interface. The... Read review
Ease of use and operation. Platform was straight forward and use friendly. I had to ask for assistance at the very beginning but customer... Read review
(2)4.8 out of 5
Entry Level Price:$178 per month

gomo provides two great products that enable you to create, host, update and track beautiful multi-device learning, anywhere. There's no other authoring solution on the market offering such fast, simple content creation and seamless hosting and analytics capability as gomo. Creating learning should be as simple as the learning is beautiful. We want to give organizations what they need to align with and empower their learners. With our powerful, user-friendly and cost-effective learning suite,

Adam L.
Finally one of the two actual responsive and adaptable elearning building tools around and not pseudo-resposinve (i.e. need a viewer for ipad or... Read review
Anthony W.
Quick to learn. Responsive design and good interactions. This is definitely my authoring tool of choice. If you want nice looking content that is... Read review
(2)5.0 out of 5
Entry Level Price:0 €

isEazy is the cloud-based authoring tool that allows you create and share e-learning courses that works on any device. With a slide-based content and a really intuitive layout system, it allows you to achieve professional results without any technical knowledge. It provides a great variety of interactive resources (including games) that drives you to create attractive and dynamic content to engage your students. One of isEazy’s most stunning features is its smooth high performance user experie

Akhilesh N.
This tool lives up to its name . It's really easy to make learning content using this service . But easy does not mean low on quality . The quality... Read review
(5)3.6 out of 5

Travitor has the best Video Learning Platform we have ever seen! With 250+ Top courses included. Travitor brings all your learning together in one place, and make it all instantly searchable and available, wherever you go. When you need to onboard new employees or customers, create learning plans, make live training more productive, make sure everyone is on task, and more. Anyone can easily create courses by adding video, slide, document, quiz, homework and SCORM lessons.

Crystal B.
Very easy to use, liked the different formats available. Can assign users and they are automatically informed they have a course/courses to complete. Read review
Travitor makes it easy to upload videos and create courses. Read review
(1)3.0 out of 5
Entry Level Price:499 USD

Aktiv Mind LMS provides an online training software for businesses to create courses and tests in order to train their teams, or for schools to educate their students. The core values at Aktiv Mind LMS are to create software that is easy to use, yet powerful enough to suit the users needs. We have been lucky enough to have a strong positive response to our platform from all types of clients across many different types of industries. Whether you are a small business with under 10 employees, or a

It creates an environment conducive to have fluent teaching and learning community building and collaborative experience. One aspect to highlight... Read review
(1)5.0 out of 5
Entry Level Price:$1497 Per Year/Per Author

dominKnow | ONE is the latest version of dominKnow's award winning authoring platform. It offers authoring teams everything they need in one place, including traditional elearning course authoring in Claro, responsive learning content authoring in Flow and software lesson creation in Capture. Content can be published as SCORM, AICC or xAPI packages as well as website packages, so authors can create a course to help learners come up to speed on a new task and use the same content in a searchable

Thomas R.
Best approach to creating mobile content among all of the authoring tools I have used previously (Articulate, Adobe, Lectora). Wonderful tech... Read review
(1)4.5 out of 5
Entry Level Price:$50 monthly

An LMS designed to create online courses and tests with different possibilities, progress tracking, and even a login portal. Founded in 2013, Easy LMS is a user-friendly, intuitive, and easy-to-distribute Learning Management System and one of a kind solution for organizations. We provide a competitive Quiz solution, formal Exam solution, informative Course solution, and an engaging Assessment solution with certification. All of this for very competitive pricing! With our easy-to-use tool, you c

David M.
I am so happy to have discovered Quizworks for my self appraisals. I realized what I needed to accomplish, and wasn't having any fortunes... Read review
(1)5.0 out of 5

eNetAuthor is a cloud-based authoring tool for eLearning teams, which manages projects from concept to delivery. The integrated authoring resources and support help you create high quality and engaging eLearning content without any specialist knowledge. For experienced users, there is a range of advanced features which give complete control of content design and styling. eNetAuthor makes it easy to publish, restyle and reuse content, which is fully responsive. eNetAuthor delivers real-time

Xin C.
I am not a programmer but it only took me an afternoon to learn it. It's very straightforward, helpful and simple. I could see my edit immediately... Read review
(122)4.3 out of 5

Powtoon is the leading visual communication platform that enables anyone to create professional-looking and engaging videos and presentations in minutes, without any design or technical skills. More than 30 million people, including 96% of the Fortune 500 companies, use Powtoon to engage their audience — be it for corporate training and L&D, HR, internal comms, marketing, sales, and more. Founded in 2012, Powtoon has offices in London, San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Ukraine, and the Philippines.

Kelly M.
There are many elements that I like about this excellent platform between them could mention that has a lot of templates and designs which are very... Read review
Powtoon is an easy to use tool to make animated videos. It has many free templates that can be modified as our requirements. There is no need to be... Read review

Top 10 Free Course Authoring Software in 2021

  • iSpring Suite
  • SAP Litmos
  • Adobe Captivate
  • Articulate 360
  • Lectora

Learn More About Course Authoring Software

What is Course Authoring Software?

For organizations that need to deliver training to their employees, there are numerous providers of premade online courses on common topics that managers could purchase and assign to their teams. But if a company has more specialized training needs, the ability to create a customized course from scratch is a better solution. Course authoring software enables eLearning professionals to build engaging courses incorporating a variety of interactive elements, then publish and distribute them to any number of learners. These products are used by companies for their training needs as well as in academia for professors who are delivering instruction remotely. Custom courses created using course authoring software ultimately helps organizations achieve their learning goals.

Key Benefits of Course Authoring Software

  • Enables companies to efficiently create engaging courses
  • Reduces the time it takes to create a complete course
  • Self-paced training allows more flexibility
  • Allows instructors to customize learning content

Why Use Course Authoring Software?

Create engaging courses — Part of making learning “sticky"—meaning the knowledge endures long after someone learns it—is making the process engaging. Course authoring tools offer numerous ways to make eLearning courses more interesting and interactive. Rather than creating courses that rely on slides with plain text and pictures, course developers incorporate video clips, animations, and audio files into a course. Quizzes are incorporated throughout a course to build in accountability for the material. Some platforms offer functionality for learners to navigate through branching scenarios, meaning the content differs depending on choices made by the user.

Reduce course development time — Course authoring platforms have built-in tools designed to maximize efficiency as developers make new courses. Content libraries in course authoring software contain a variety of premade elements that developers choose from, including slide templates, images, icons, buttons, and quiz questions. These libraries reduce the time instructors spend searching for elements to use in their courses, helping the course get completed more quickly. Some eLearning platforms also enable users to pre-existing presentation files and use those as a starting point for creating a course so that the developer doesn’t have to start from a blank template. Ultimately, these features make course creation less time-consuming.

Increase training flexibility — Digital courses created using course authoring software provide solutions to some of the inconveniences inherent in the in-person training. Courses are distributed using a learning management system (LMS), so learners in different locations can take the same course. The courses are also typically self-paced, so learners are able to complete them on their own schedule. Administrators review results for individual learners as they come in.

Customize learning content — One of the biggest benefits of course authoring tools is the ability to create exactly the course needed for a specific purpose. Rather than use an off-the-shelf eLearning course that may not target an organization’s needs, using course authoring software to build a course from the ground up ensures that it targets the exact objectives the instructor wants to cover. Courses are even customized for specific teams or roles, so that the employees get the exact training that they need. For universities, courses enable professors to teach the material in the way that they think works best. Collaboration tools built into course authoring software also allow multiple stakeholders to give feedback on a course before it is finalized to ensure it is customized to meet the needs of all parties involved.

Who Uses Course Authoring Software?

Course authoring software is used by employees in government, education, and a range of businesses.

Corporate trainers — In-house trainers at companies use course authoring tools to create training courses for the business’s employees. Courses might cover HR issues related to compliance or they could be focused on information more specific to the company’s business, like sales enablement.

Instructional designers and eLearning developers — Companies that lack the HR personnel needed to develop their own custom courses in-house may turn to third-party instructional designers or eLearning developers, who use course authoring software to make courses for their clients. Typically, instructional designers communicate with their clients about the kind of course the company needs, then they build the course, get feedback on their work, and deliver a final product that is completed by employees. Universities also employ instructional designers to help professors develop materials for their courses, especially online courses.

Kinds of Course Authoring Software

While most course authoring products have similar core functionality, some are sold as standalone products while others are integrated with an LMS. Using a course authoring tool that is integrated with an LMS means there is a built-in way to distribute the course to learners once it is finished, although those tools may have fewer course authoring features than standalone products that are solely dedicated to creating courses. Standalone products typically enable users to export content to a third-party LMS.

Course Authoring Software Features

Course templates — Course authoring tools often come with included templates so course developers don’t have to start from a completely blank course. Templates include course modules with different layouts that allow developers to change text placeholders and add images, videos, or other elements to meet their needs.

PowerPoint conversion — Organizations that have pre-existing PowerPoint files that they have used in the past for training import those files into course authoring software and build an eLearning course using the old presentation as a template, helping save the time it would take to recreate the PowerPoint in the authoring tool.

Asset library — In addition to slide templates, course authoring tools often include an online library of elements that users can add to their presentations. These libraries sometimes contain thousands of different elements, including photos, videos, icons, and buttons.

Quizzes — Course authors are able to build in periodic quizzes at different points in a course to check the learner’s understanding of key concepts. If a learner answers incorrectly, courses are set up to have them go back and relearn the material, then have them try again to get the right answer before they are allowed to proceed.

Feedback tools — These features enable multiple stakeholders to leave comments on a course as it is being developed. Having feedback integrated directly into the authoring tool helps keep the comments organized so they are addressed before the course is published.

Sharable content object reference model (SCORM) compatibility — The industry standard for eLearning content is SCORM, a set of technical standards that ensure compatibility between a course and an LMS. Ensuring a course authoring platform is SCORM-compatible means its courses work with a variety of LMS vendors.

Additional Course Authoring Software Features

Character images — Some products have extensive “character" image collections. These might include a variety of different models of different ages, genders, ethnicities, and professions, each with dozens of photos showing a variety of facial expressions, emotions, and body poses. These character images are used to tell a story within the course or as a visual aid to illustrate a scenario.

Branching scenarios — One feature some platforms have for making courses interactive is by the ability to include branching scenarios, in which the course is different depending on choices the learner makes. For example, in a course on workplace harassment, a user might be asked to choose from three options for responding to a coworker who made an inappropriate remark in a meeting. Depending on the option the learner picks, the course could show a different outcome of the situation. These role-play simulations helps learners apply skills and knowledge from earlier in the course to a real-world scenario.

Video recording — Built-in video recording functionality enables users to record themselves or their computer screen to add a visual element to their course. These platforms typically also allow users to import videos from other sources.

Mobile compatibility — Course materials are automatically reformatted to be compatible with mobile phones and tablets, ensuring that learners complete course modules from any device.

Analytics — Course authors track how learners are using the course or their performance on in-course assessments once the courses have been deployed.

Potential Issues with Course Authoring Software

Resource investment — Creating customized courses have benefits for an organization’s training program, but it also takes a substantial investment of resources. Depending on how lengthy or in depth the course needs to be, it may take weeks or months for a course to go from idea to finished product. That includes multiple course drafts and rounds of feedback from different stakeholders. Companies also need to decide whether they have the right people in-house to use course authoring software effectively or if it makes more sense to outsource the work to an eLearning development firm. Another option is using premade online courses, although organizations will have to decide whether those more generic courses will meet their training needs.

Employee engagement — The best digital courses are interesting and informative. They hold learners’ attention with animations, videos, and interactive elements. But using those elements well takes practice and the right tools. An authoring tool that lacks strong functionality for creating interactive courses could result in courses that don’t engage learners and fall short of their desired impact. Buyers should ensure an authoring solution has the ability to create engaging courses and that their course developers know how to use the tools to achieve those aims.

Compliance — A key part of many training programs is courses to ensure employers maintain compliance with laws and regulations on topics like safety, security, and privacy. Company leaders deploy off-the-shelf solutions, but some might want to develop their own compliance courses using course authoring software. For companies that are developing their own compliance courses, leaders must ensure the courses cover all the required information for a given topic. They should also confirm that the software they use to deploy the courses has adequate tracking and reporting capabilities so that, if necessary, they prove that employees went through the training.