Best Course Authoring Software

Course authoring software products allow organizations to create engaging and interactive multimedia content for educational purposes. Course authoring software is used by to develop training courses and content that can be consumed in either a corporate or more traditional educational setting. Learning content management systems (LCMS), which are course authoring tools built specifically as a tool for educational institutions, are currently included in the scope of course authoring. Organizations use course authoring tools to prepare educational material that can be administered with learning management systems (LMS) or corporate LMS software to create unique educational programs for employees or students. Course authoring solutions are commonly implemented in HR departments and at educational institutions, enabling administrators to create educational content with no programming knowledge. Course authoring solutions can be either cloud-based or installed on-premise, and many follow the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) as a set of standards and specifications for integrating content with LMS software. Additionally, many course authoring products are built on top of presentation software to provide users with a familiar format for creating course content.

To qualify as a course authoring solution, a product must:

  • Provide a system through which users can create interactive multimedia content
  • Allow users to publish course material to third-party or built-in learning management systems

Course Authoring Software Grid® Overview

The best Course Authoring Software products are determined by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and scale (based on market share, vendor size, and social impact) and placed into four categories on the Grid®:
G2 Crowd Grid® for Course Authoring
High Performers
Adobe captivate
Litmos by calliduscloud
Articulate storyline
Articulate studio
Ispring suite
Lectora inspire
Softchalk cloud
Adobe presenter
Lectora publisher
Thought industries
Articulate 360
Market Presence
Linked in no background

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