eLearning Authoring Software

by Irene Wolven

Many companies are moving from classroom training to eLearning in an effort to reducetool box the cost of training.  This movement has caused an increased in the development of eLearning courses.  There are several eLearning authoring applications available for developing online courses.  According to eLearn Magazine, top contenders are:

Lectora                                    Captivate         ToolBook
SmartBuilder                Storyline          ZebraZapps

As you can see, there are several to choose from, the question is…”Which one should you choose?”  The table below shows a comparison between the top two, Captivate and Lectora.

Features

Adobe Captivate 6.0

Lectora Inspire

Templates and themes for fast and easy creation

x

x

Integration with Microsoft PowerPoint

x

x

Library of games, quizzes and tests

x

x

Library of “human” characters

x

x

Interactive components

x

x

Video and multimedia editing

x

x

High definition demo and interactive simulations

x

x

Multiple publishing formats including mobile devices

x

x

Certificate creation

 

x

LMS integration

x

x

Integration with other software

x

x

Additional software included

x

Cost

$359.00

$2,495.00

As you can see, both have the same features but there is an enormous difference in price.  I suppose the difference is due to the additional software included with Lectora.  Which one should you choose?  You must ask yourself:

  • How much am I willing to spend?
  • Can I achieve the same results with both applications?
  • Which one will better suit my needs

Personally  I have worked with Captivate and consider it excellent eLearning development application.

Unrein, J.  (2012, May).  Rapid Power Tools: The top performers of eLearning authoring software.  Retrieved from website: http://elearnmag.acm.org/featured.cfm?aid=2221186

For a complete list of features and more information on the product visit Adobe’s website at http://www.adobe.com/products/captivate.html

For additional information on Lectora’s visit their website at http://lectora.com/e-learning-software/.

About Meade Peers McCoy

I am driven to learn, about the world and the people in it, learn to do new things, learn to see things in a new way.
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