How to design an effective online course?

Why is informal learning important?

  Everyone loves eLearning nowadays, but it’s considerably different from traditional learning environments. Even if you’re incredibly well versed in the art of face-to-face learning, that may not mean anything for your ability to create a great online course.

HTML5 has become a gold standard in the eLearning industry. Due to its versatility and functionality, it is used by a great number of course developers. There are tons of tools you can try when you are developing a new course, but not all of them are effective. The following list of top 10 eLearning authoring tools will enable you to choose the ones that correspond to your capacity and goals.

  1. Edge Animate CC

Adobe Edge Animate enables course authors to create interactive and animated content for their curriculums. With the last update, launched in June 2015, Edge Animate supports on-stage text editing and 64-bit Chromium Embedded Framework. The HTML Tracker is also important, since it notifies you when your design isn’t compatible with HTML5.

  1. Adapt Learning

This open-source authoring tool enables you to create responsive course content with HTML5 and JavaScript. The developers of Adapt Learning encourage a global community of developers and end users to get involved in eLearning. When you use this tool, you won’t have to build separate desktop and mobile versions for your course.

  1. Dictera

This collaborative content authoring platform supports HTML5 output and seamless LMS integration. You can use it to create rich interactive courses that include instructions and assessment for their users. The platform enables you to collaborate with authors and reviewers of eLearning courses, so you can rely on their experience to make your materials better.

  1. NinjaEssays

Great eLearning materials imply high-quality content. If you are unable to get this aspect right, it won’t matter what tools you use to develop the design. When it comes to content, custom writing service NinjaEssays can help you make it perfect. At this website, you can collaborate with expert writers and editors from the appropriate niche. The blog section will inform you about the latest trends and launches in the eLearning industry.

  1. Composica

As an eLearning developer, you can use Composica to create highly interactive courses in a collaborative environment. You can deliver the courses on any device. One of the most notable features of this tool is social authoring with project blogs, chats, comments, tagging, team visibility, and more.

  1. SHIFT

This powerful tool enables you to create eLearning courses in HTML and FLASH. It requires no technical skills, so you can start developing your project without wasting any time. The materials will fit perfectly on several devices of any size.

  1. Litmos Author

This is a cloud-based authoring tool that enables teams to collaborate on the development and management of eLearning and mobile learning courses. The entire process is covered in four stages: managing assets, collaborating on course development, reviewing the content in real time, and publishing and sharing.

8. Liquid Authoring

With this tool, you can create cool HTML5 content for your presentations and eLearning courses. This browser-based app eliminates the necessity of other authoring tools. Liquid Authoring has SCORM compatibility and a cloud-based media library.

  1. Gomo Learning

This is an eLearning authoring, hosting and analytics tool that enables you to create beautiful HTML5 content with ease. The courses you create can be compatible for desktops, smartphones, and tablets. Gomo Learning is also a collaborative tool.

  1. EAD Builder

You want to include art in your courses, but you don’t want to bother with drawing and programming? Try EAD Builder – a platform that gives you access to interactive design elements that you can use with a simple drag-and-drop function. The library contains plenty of objects, characters, and scenarios that you can use in your course materials. All you need to do is choose your scenario, drag appropriate objects and characters, and add your content.

Are you ready to experiment? Try some of the 10 tools listed above and you’ll discover the beauty of eLearning authoring all over again.

 

Robert Morris is an online tutor from NYC. Follow him on Google+!

 

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