Course Creation Software

Course creation software allows you to create, design and deliver online courses for various training needs. Many vendors follow the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) as a standard framework for integrating content with learning management systems (LMS). The unique feature of course creation software is the ability to create courses without having to write a program or code. The programming features are built-in, which lets authors create a course without complex coding.

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Absorb LMS

Absorb LMS is a powerful cloud-based learning management system (LMS) designed to boost engagement and learning outcomes, while still being incredibly scalable and usable. Clients marvel at how quickly they can get up and running,...Read more

4.42 (198 reviews)

129 recommendations

Tovuti

Tovuti is an all-in-one, cloud-based solution designed to activate the potential of organizations through creating, delivering and tracking online training and education. The end-to-end solution gives users everything they need to...Read more

4.87 (77 reviews)

111 recommendations

Docebo

Docebo’s LMS Suite is transforming the way enterprise and corporate customers increase speed to onboarding, development, enablement and customer education with ease and flexibility. Docebo’s learning solution is designed to meet t...Read more

4.20 (117 reviews)

64 recommendations

BRIDGE

Bridge is an employee development platform built specifically for employees and managers. It provides peer-to-peer practice, live in-person training, external learning, online courses, mentorship, manager 1:1s, goal tracking and p...Read more

4.51 (74 reviews)

56 recommendations

SAP Litmos

SAP Litmos is a cloud-based continuous learning platform that unifies learning management, the extended enterprise, prepackaged content and a content management system to meet organizations’ training needs. SAP Litmos is SSAE 16...Read more

4.22 (265 reviews)

54 recommendations

LearnUpon

At LearnUpon LMS we’re on a mission to help you unlock the power of learning. Combining our award winning LMS and our industry-leading Customer Experience team, we pride ourselves on being a trusted partner to over 1,300 businesse...Read more

4.84 (77 reviews)

46 recommendations

360Learning

360Learning empowers Learning and Development teams to drive culture and growth through Collaborative Learning. Our learning platform combines collaborative tools with the power of an LMS, enabling high-growth companies to unlock ...Read more

4.64 (230 reviews)

38 recommendations

Thought Industries

Thought Industries offers a cloud-based customer training platform designed to suit the needs of business across multiple industries including software, manufacturing, professional training, continued education, continued medical ...Read more

4.55 (78 reviews)

38 recommendations

Mykademy

Mykademy is a learning management system designed for organizations. This technology enables the creation, marketing, selling, and delivery of courses online. With Mykademy, professionals and beginners within the education indus...Read more

4.86 (7 reviews)

19 recommendations

Travitor

Travitor makes it easy to create, deliver, and track training. Plus get hundreds of top-rated courses in Compliance, Business, Safety, and Personal Development included. Help your teams do great work with featured courses like H...Read more

4.46 (46 reviews)

14 recommendations

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Subscription models

  • Per employee/per month: This model allows you to pay a monthly fee for each of your employees.
  • Per user/per month: Users pay a monthly fee for users—normally administrative users—rather than all employees.

Perpetual license

  • This involves paying an upfront sum for the license to own the software and use it indefinitely.
  • This is the more traditional model and is most common with on-premise applications and with larger businesses.

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CANVAS

Canvas LMS from Instructure is a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) specifically designed for K-5 on up through higher education institutions. Canvas LMS is a scalable platform that can be used by educational institution...Read more

4.53 (3301 reviews)

11 recommendations

MedBridge

MedBridge is a learning management system for healthcare professionals and organizations. This solution can be used for new employee onboarding, clinical competencies, compliance training, and residency programs. MedBridge helps t...Read more

4.89 (9 reviews)

10 recommendations

MapleLMS

MapleLMS is a secure and scalable SaaS-based, AI-powered learning management system that delivers unlimited online and on-demand training. This highly customizable and configurable, learning management system supports continuing e...Read more

5.00 (1 reviews)

6 recommendations

Coassemble

Built for growing teams and businesses looking for their first online training platform, Coassemble allows you to create high quality training experiences that drive business impact. Coassemble empowers you to create truly impact...Read more

4.53 (34 reviews)

4 recommendations

Moodle

Improve your teaching and learner outcomes with Moodle LMS, the customisable open source learning management system used by over 300 million people in over 100 languages worldwide. Our feature-rich platform is secure and scalable,...Read more

Google Classroom

Google Classroom is a cloud-based learning management system that is a part of Google Apps for Education. It is suitable for academic institutions only. Google Classroom enable students to access the platform from computers, ...Read more

iSpring Suite

iSpring Suite is a robust authoring toolkit that helps organizations of all sizes create responsive eLearning content. The interface is extremely user friendly because it works within the familiar PowerPoint environment. With no l...Read more

TalentLMS

TalentLMS is the LMS built for training success. Designed to get a yes from everyone, its where great teams, and companies, go to grow. With an experience thats fully customizable and easy to manage, teams embrace training while f...Read more

Schoology

Schoology is a cloud-based learning management solution specializing in curriculum management, course instruction and system-wide resource sharing and collaboration. Users can upload course content and assignments into the databas...Read more

Articulate 360

Articulate 360 is the #1 creator platform for workplace learning. Creators save time with 1,000+ pre-built courses, lessons, and templates; an easy-to-use review tool; and live and on-demand online training. Businesses save money ...Read more

Buyers Guide

Last Updated: June 29, 2022

The major challenges for people who develop eLearning courses are time and budget. On average, it takes 100-160 hours and costs about $18,760 to create an hour of online content. This is because course developers need to add variety of engaging elements such as quizzes, 3D elements and interactive PDFs, in the lessons.

So, how can you create courses engaging courses without going over budget and still ensure on-time delivery of your course?

The answer is course creation software.

Course creation software helps businesses create customized lesson, quizzes and other course materials without having to invest a ton of time and money. Most course creation software vendors offer free trials and demos, which allow you to explore features and benefits, without having to pay for it.

With hundreds of tools in the market, choosing one solution for your needs isn't easy. How do you decide which software is right? After all, it needs to meet the expectations of all your stakeholders such as the authoring team, finance team and your end users.

To help out eLearning professionals like you, we created this guide on course creation software. The guide discusses the software's features and considerations to help you find the right fit for your small business or institution.

In this guide, we'll cover:

What Is Course Creation Software?
Common Features of Course Creation Software
What Type of Buyer are You?
Market Trends to Understand

What is Course Creation Software?

 

Course creation software allows you to create, design and deliver online courses for various training needs. Many vendors follow the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) as a standard framework for integrating content with learning management systems (LMS).

The unique feature of course creation software is the ability to create courses without having to write a program or code. The programming features are built-in, which lets authors create a course without complex coding.

The three main components of course creation software are:

  • Content organization: Allows users to structure and sequence the instructional content and media.
  • Control of course delivery: Lets users set the pace of delivering the content.
  • Type(s) of assessment: Allows users to set learning outcomes, usually in the form of tests, discussions, assignments and other activities for evaluation.
Easygenerator question creation view

Easygenerator question creation view (Source)

When contacting various vendors, look out for the following functionality in their course creation software:

  • Create multimedia content in the form of text, audio or videos.
  • Publish course material on a third-party platform or built-in LMS.
  • Support for the latest industry standard in content interoperability.

Common Features of Course Creation Software

In this section, we've covered the key software features that a buyer should be aware of before they purchase a solution. Most small businesses and educational institutions will need some (or all) of these features in course creation software.

Course builder Allows users to author their own content and design the courses using multimedia content (text, audio, videos etc.)
Test/quiz creation Embed any quiz or survey into a course, after a set of lessons, to test the knowledge of learners or take their feedback.
Template management Use pre-configured templates to create different types of eLearning materials such as lessons or quizzes. This makes it easier for users to create courses as they won't have to design courses from scratch.
Storyline editing Trim, crop, mix, match and rearrange eLearning components easily. Users can also adjust the brightness or contrast and insert colors in the content material.
Gamification Integrate gaming elements, such as badges, leaderboards and dashboards, into the courses to increase learner engagement.
Interactive content Add elements, such as pop-ups, click-and-reveal features and animated GIFs, which the students can interact with during a lesson or course.
Content import/export Upload your content to third-party sources or import interactive elements, such as infographics, charts, tables, designs and diagrams, into your course material.

To further understand these features and the vendors in this category, call our advisors at (844) 687-6771 for free, no-obligation help. They'll help you narrow down your options by understanding your requirements and recommending the best-suited solutions for your business.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

Before you start shortlisting course creation software for your business, you need to understand the type of buyer you are to correctly estimate your needs. The next section breaks down the most common buyer types. Based on our research, buyers of this software fall into one of the following category:

Corporate buyers: These buyers need to frequently provide job-specific training or impart best practices to their employees. They need course creation software to create in-house content that contains sensitive company information. E.g., a video course where a leader discusses the organization's specific techniques to deal with customers.

Moreover, corporate professionals prefer training material in the form of bite-sized modules of shorter duration (not more than 3-4 minutes). It also reduces the cost of training delivery, thus increasing the ROI of training budgets.

Educational institutions: Such buyers seek to have engaging courses and lessons by making it more digital and less reliant on paper. They seek multimedia options such as HD video lectures for classroom learning, distance learning, flipped learning and massive open online course MOOCs.

They should ask for the storyline editing feature to create online interactive courses using character templates, voice elements, animation and advanced editing tools. These can help them boost learner engagement. For example, if you want to add audio or animation in your courses, use the storyline editing feature to record and edit the audio/video.

Market Trends to Understand

The tools and technologies used in the content creation space are manifold. To keep up with all the advancements in this space, you should be aware of the following market trends:

Microlearning to disrupt eLearning market: Microlearning or course creation in bite-sized modules was a key trend in 2018 that will continue in 2019. Businesses are increasingly looking at microlearning to impart short courses in a short time at a minimal cost. Even learners prefer to access short courses (of two to five minutes) over daylong training sessions. Microlearning helps them retain more information and learn a specific skill one at a time.

Interactive infographics to boost learner engagement: Interactive infographics let you present complex information in a concise, engaging and easy-to-understand way. That's why sixty-five percent of marketers use infographics for content creation.

The addition of interactive elements, such as pop-ups, click-and-reveal features and animated GIFs, decrease the learning time and allow you to disseminate lessons in an engaging manner and concise format. Infographics-based courses will only increase in number and be an important trend in 2019 and beyond.