Authoring Tools: Choosing the Right One for Your Design Needs

To make sure that you get the most out of the authoring software you use you must first be able to choose the one that best suits your needs. When choosing an authoring software you should consider the following factors:

  • Level of competency needed - As mentioned in the previous posts there are automated authoring tools that can be used even by those that do not know anything about programming. For those that do not want a completed automated authoring tool there are others out there that are still pretty easy to learn and use. However, if you are a web/graphics designer you might want to opt for tools that are a bit harder to learn to use but that will provide you more options and leeway to customise things.
  • Need for customisation - Lots of easy-to-use authoring software will provide nice enough results but since templates are used you’ll end up with a not too unique product (read: obviously non-professional work). You should base your decision on the amount of customisation you want done especially if you wish to add high-end multi-media simulations and really artistic graphics in your e-learning site.
  • Interoperability - Authoring tools follow different set of standards. This is due to the several standards that is existent today. Make sure that the authoring tool you choose can work or interact with other e-learning software produced by other tools that adhere to other standards. If you can not make it interoprable with ALL the existing standards you should at least make sure it can work with the top four standards, which are the:

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