An eLearning authoring tool is essentially software that allows developers to build eLearning modules that can be uploaded to a Learning Management System (or similar type of platform). These tools are sometimes referred to as Rapid Authoring Tools.
An eLearning module is a learning experience that a learner engages with by working through a series of screens of information that can be presented a number of different ways using text, images, video and audio. eLearning modules are published as ZIP files and then uploaded to the Learning Management System.
eLearning modules can also contain activities that the learner needs to interact with to consume the information. Interactions like “drag and drop”, “click to reveals” and quizzes help to “reinforce” key concepts. Well, that’s the idea anyway. You might recall from the Instructional design video from Tim Slade, that these types of interactions can be misused which can degrade the experience.
While we understand that the decision around which tools are used in your workplace may have already been decided by the time you join an organisation, we also appreciate that there may be times where you could be involved in the decision making process to bring these tools into the mix.
Before you take a deep dive into the specific tools, it’s worth exploring the different ways that this software can be delivered.
The following article looks at the difference between Cloud based tools and Desktop tools and how they work.