If you are involved in the elearning industry, then there is a strong possibility that you have at some point needed a rapid elearning development tool for course creation.
There are many options out there, but most instructional designers will align themselves with one (or a couple) of the tools below as they are considered the most popular in the industry today.
5 Popular Rapid ELearning Software Programs
1. Articulate Storyline – This is the tool of choice for many because it is fairly easy to use and comes with some pretty nifty features and an extremely active support community.
2. Adobe Captivate – Along with Articulate, this piece of software is the workhorse of the industry. It has been around for quite some time and evolved (in a good way) in recent years. It has a bit steeper learning curve that Articulate, but it is just as powerful.
3. Lectora – This is a web-based tool that is best if your course is heavy with text. Not as common as the first two, but still quite a popular option.
4. iSpring – If you are new to the elearning industry, you might have to dig a little before coming across iSpring. That said, it is a solid offering. It’s very easy to learn since it is an add-on for Microsoft PowerPoint.
5. Articulate Studio ’13 – Developed by the same folks as Storyline, Articulate Studio piggy-backs off of Microsoft PowerPoint as well. It is a good choice if you want to create a basic course with some interactions and quizzes.
All of the options above have their pros and cons. Personally, most of my experience has been with the Adobe and Articulate products. There are a variety of reasons for this, but mainly because they are essentially the “Coca Cola” and “Pepsi” of the elearning world – even those who aren’t involved in elearning know them.
If you are new to elearning development, I would recommend the Articulate Suite of tools to get your feet wet, and then expand from there as needed. What Articulate has that the other options cannot match is a very active support community.
The other options also have something similar in regards to a forum of users, but I find the one at Articulate to be the most “noobie” friendly and responsive.
In the end though, the best program for elearning development really comes down to personal preference as well as the type of content you are training to. For example, when it comes to software simulations, I am a big fan of User Productivity Kit by Oracle.
Perhaps you have another favorite that didn’t make the list – feel free to mention it below.