Comparing The Top eLearning Authoring Tools

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Comparing The Top eLearning Authoring Tools

It's a tech world and education is moving right along with this trend. eLearning is gaining notoriety both in school environments and workplaces. Still, delivering the information you want your employees to obtain requires a medium: authoring tools. Authoring tools for eLearning are software that help you deliver educational content to your workforce, in the way you want it and when you want it.

Selecting authoring tools for eLearning courses can be tricky. But, our guidelines should help clarify the process. Beware that you don't mistake an authoring tool for an LMS. An LMS is the learning management system that houses and tracks your learning and development programs. Authoring tools use protocols like SCORM, AICC, and xAPI to communicate learners’ progress and results to the LMS.

What to Consider When Looking for an Authoring Tool


You'll need to first figure out a budget for your proposed employee training program. Search for an authoring tool that fits in with your estimated budget. Most likely, the vendor will be able to give you a pricing structure and various pricing models from which to choose.

Customer Service

It's best to sign up for a few free versions of your chosen authoring tools. This will allow you the opportunity to test each software's support department and figure out what works best for your training program and business needs.


Your preferred authoring tool supplier should have a database of resources that will help deliver the information you need when you need it. If you're running around trying to find answers, perhaps it's time to move on to the next tool.

Features and Benefits

The features and benefits of the authoring tool you choose must align with the learning needs and objectives of your employees. Tell your potential vendor about your needs and see what they can offer to help make the tool implementation as smooth as possible.


Ease of use is super important. You'll want employees to be able to navigate the software easily. A minimalist approach to the authoring tool's design is the best indication that users will quickly learn how to navigate it.

Without further ado, here are five of the top eLearning authoring tools and details about their performance, ease of implementation, and potential for expansion:

1. Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate is first on the list for a reason. It's one of the most popular authoring tools out there, but also the most complex and challenging. Captivate offers the option for multiple interactions, is mobile friendly, and can accomodate 360 videos. Captivate allows programmers to customize the learning experience a great deal. However, many users feel Captivate’s responsive design for mobile devices is too glitchy to be effective.

2. Articulate Storyline 360

Storyline 360 is great for developing customized, interactive courses that work on the device of your choice, without needing to manually adjust anything. This tool is powerful enough for experts to utilize, while also being easy enough for novice users to create interactions using the built-in templates.

3. Articulate Rise 360

Articulate Rise 360 comes with its own strengths and weaknesses. On the one hand, this tool is very easy to use and offers a minimalist interaction interface, which, as mentioned, is a good thing. You can easily and quickly create the content you need and, since it's cloud-based, collaboration between authors is facilitated. This means you'll always have the latest update of the tool available. The downside of this easy-to-use tool is that programmers cannot customize much of the learning experience.

4. Elucidat

Elucidat might just be the tool that makes your dreams (of content creation) come true. It's cloud-based, responsive, scalable, and outputs a high-quality eLearning experience. The tool comes with a lot of features, including:

  • Extensive pre-built template library

  • Layout designer

  • Personalization and adaptable learning

  • Multiple interactions availability

  • Analytics dashboard

  • Parent-child type courses, and more

5. Gomo

With Gomo you can host your courses online or offline, through the Gomo app. This is good because your employees will always have access to the course content. Still, customization is limited, and scalability might require hiring a specialist. Interactive pre-built templates allow for quick course creation and deployment with Gomo. Since the tool is cloud-based, author collaboration is facilitated and users can run the course through their preferred language.


There you have it! Five of the top eLearning authoring tools available for businesses today. A little bit of research will go a long way in finding the right tool for your company and learning development ambitions. Look out for the five important properties: cost, customer service, features, resources, and ease of use. Make sure to stay informed about the latest authoring tools and enlist professional help when needed.