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Our top 3 authoring tools

Design your own interactive learning videos with Near-Life CREATOR authoring tool

We’ve rounded up our top 3 authoring tools to get you on your way to creating your own engaging and accessible elearning.

With technology evolving, we’re moving classroom learning over to elearning. With that, many people work with external creators. However, authoring tools have been on the rise and creation is coming in house.

But, with so many different softwares available, how do you know what’s best for you?

What is an Authoring tool?

An authoring tool is a piece of software which allows you to create a course. To create courses, there is no expertise needed. Authoring tools have made it easy for you to piece together your content with customisation. Most importantly, it’s easy to deliver your content to your learners. You will have engaging and accessible content in no time.

Adobe Captivate

“Fast forward eLearning. Create stunning courses in minutes”

Adobe Captivate is made for instructional designers, training professionals, educators and those with limited programming capabilities. Adobe Captivate is an empowering tool, allowing those that need it, to create engaging, responsive elearning content that’s SCORM and xAPI compatible.

What’s great about the content you create, is that it will be mobile ready. Captivate also offers the chance to upload your content to ready-to-go slides or quick start projects to make content creation that one step easier. Additionally, you can upload powerpoint slides and convert to interactive video.

As a user, you will gain access to a library of ready made interactions, assets and quizzes. You can customise from text to image, to suit your objectives. You can add overlay videos, VR hotspots and convert graphics to buttons.

Adobe Captivate have developed many features to make content creation as easy and as fast as possible. Plus, they have a range of support to assist those that need it. This includes a user community, 24/5 support through email, over 50 webinars and a certificate programme.

Offering a 30 day free trial, Adobe Captivate have made it easy for you to get familiar. Subscriptions start at £33.96 a month and they offer a student and teacher edition as well as a perpetual licence.

Articulate 360

“One simple subscription, with all the best e-learning development apps”

Articulate is a mixture of the ‘best’ authoring apps out there to create innovative elearning content. The main two included are Rise 360 and Storyline 360. A great aspect of these, is that you can combine them both together.

Rise 360 is best used to create fully responsive courses, optimised for every screen in minutes. Storyline 360 is there to create courses which are custom, interactive and again, adaptable to any screen. Both are SCORM and xAPI compatible.

“If you can imagine it, you can create it in Storyline”

Adam Schwartz, Founder & CEO

As a subscriber to Articulate 360, you will gain access to a library with over 5 million assets. This includes images, templates, characters videos, icons and more. Additionally, you can allow others to review your courses on any web browser, with no need to download any apps.

Articulate 360 also comes with a range of support, from online, live training to a whole library of resources from industry experts.

Subscriptions for Articulate 360 start at $999 for one user. There are options for teams, academic plans and companies. But first, you can try a 60 day free trial.

Near-Life™ CREATOR

“Interactive video for learning made easy”

At Near-Life™ it’s our mission to make learning more engaging, interactive and immersive to improve the way people learn. That’s why we’ve developed an easy to use, interactive video authoring tool. We want you to be able to create and deliver cutting edge, immersive learning scenarios at the tip of your fingertips.

We’ve given content creators the flexibility and freedom to create content that works for them, and their learning objectives. With our branching scenario game design, you can create easy to follow scenarios so that you can script and produce content to match.

You can add hotspots and decision points to your scenarios which trigger outcomes. Alongside this, you can add timers, scoring and feedback to really get the best analytics out of your scenarios.

We’ve made it super easy for you to analyse how your learners progress, and to provide them with feedback. We believe this is important, as it can assist in offering further learning or to ensure learners are completing courses to match their capabilities.

Easy, accessible learning

All of your courses will be created to fit in with any LMS, or website. We’ve made sure the content you create is SCORM and xAPI compatible, and that it can integrate with your LTI. Not forgetting that all of this is cloud-based.

Near-Life™ CREATOR is for those in Learning and Development Teams; Managers, Consultants, Training Providers, Video Production Companies, Digital Content Creators and Education Providers. Anyone who is actively involved in producing online learning content will find our tool useful.

We also provide additional support through our team and Near-Life™ Academy. This platform is full of video tutorials, supported with resources and our top tips.

We offer a standard subscription followed by the advanced and enterprise subscription. However, we can offer tailored packages to suit your learning objectives and business capabilities and requirements.

Why should you use an authoring tool?

An authoring tool is a hassle free way to create accessible, interactive elearning. Content creation won’t just be easier for you, but for the whole team involved. Authoring tools makes it easy for others to add their input without going through a long process or wait times for a meeting.

Additionally, using an authoring tool means you can create your elearning in house rather than working with outside creators to put your learning together. As a result, saving you time, and money.

With an authoring tool, you are in control.

Why not give Near-Life™ CREATOR a try? Get in touch to find out more.

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