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14 Free authoring tools & Bonus Gift!
(Update 01/11/2013): 3 more tools were added at the list!)
In this post I will present you a list of Free Authoring Tools that you can use in your eLearning design and development process. If anyone of you have used these authoring tools I will very much appreciate if he/she share with us a demo of the final output!
If you know a free authoring tool that is not included in the list I will highly appreciate if you leave a comment with a link!
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1 authorPOINT by authorGEN Technologies • authorPOINT is an authoring tool that allows users to capture presentations and add pre-recorded audio/video, all inside of Microsoft PowerPoint. authorGEN also offers authorPOINTLite, which converts PowerPoint presentations to Flash.
2 Dipity by Dipity • From what we can glean from their website, Dipity is an online timeline creator. Users, known as Dipsters, can create their own content on subjects that are meaningful to them and share them with other users. Dipsters can also integrate social media into their timeline, utilizing real- time updates.
3 Document Suite 2008 by JetDraft Software • Document Suite 2008 is an authoring tool that helps transform documents into online help modules.
4 Izzui by QuickLessons LLC • Izzui is a hybrid social learning application that can be linked with QuickLessons. Izzui uses Facebook as an LMS to track and deliver courses. Izzui also has an e- Commerce capability allowing users to charge and pay for courses that they have created.
5 Jackdaw by e-Learning WMB • Jackdaw produces SCORM 1.2 compliant content that is easily integrated into any LMS. Users can create interactive content either from scratch or with the the help of over 100 templates. Jackdaw also lets users create content that they can then sell on the Open Elms webstore.
6 LessonWriter by Lesson Writer • From what we can gather from their website, LessonWriter is a tool for teachers that allows them to create lessons from any passage. These courses allow teachers to be creative with their lesson plans and also saves them a great deal of time.
7 MOS Solo by MindOnSite • MOS Solo offers a way for users to create content on the go without having to rely on a constant Internet connection. Even though they are using an offline content creation tool, they do not lose any of the functionality or power to create their multimedia content.
8 myUdutu Course Authoring Tool by Udutu Online Learning Solutions • A free online authoring tool with a suite of WSIWYG tools, allowing users to create courses in an approachable environment. Claims to export SCORM 1.2/2004 conformant courses to be used in a 3rd party LMS or integrate into social media sites, such as Facebook.
9 QuickLessons Authoring Tool by QuickLessons LLC • QuickLessons was built from the ground up to be a completely SaaS based content authoring tool, requiring the user to only have access to a web-browser. QuickLessons comes equipped with quizzes, games, characters, out -of-the-box animations and other customizable content to allow users to create truly unique and interactive flash-based content to meet their needs. Users can either use QuickLessons for free, publishing their content only to Facebook, or they can buy an individual, corporate or academic account.
10 Scratch by MIT Media Lab • From what we can gather from their website, Scratch is a creative tool that helps users create content that is beyond the barriers of traditional page-turners. Scratch users can create interactive stories, animation, mu sic, and art, then share their creations on the web.
11 xtimeline by Famento Inc • xtimeline is a tool that allows users to create timeline based content for free. Users can also share their timelines with other users, creating a community.
12 LCDS by Microsoft • The Microsoft Learning Content Development System (LCDS) is a free tool that enables the Microsoft Learning community to create high-quality, interactive, online courses and Microsoft Silverlight Learning Snacks. The LCDS allows anyone in the Microsoft Learning community to publish e- learning courses and Learning Snacks by completing the easy-to- use LCDS forms that seamlessly generate highly customized content, interactive activities, quizzes, games, assess ments, animations, demos, and other multimedia.
13 SmartBuilder by Suddenly Smart • SmartBuilder is the award-winning course authoring tool that enables you to create rich Flash e-learning with an easy-to-use interface.
14 The Multimedia Learning Object Authoring Tool by Tim Wang, John Bratlien, Liang Shao • The Multimedia Learning Object Authoring Tool enables content experts to easily combine video, audio, images and texts into one synchronized learning object. All assets are configured to be played back in a pre-configured order. Users do not need to perform any programming tasks, but rather going through a graphical user interface to generate the learning object.
15 Easygenerator • Easygenerator is an online free authoring tool. • Easygenerator is a Windows application that stores all content in the cloud, securely on our webservers. • Part of the free edition includes hosting, updates, upgrades, and maintenance. There are no technical worries and no costs. • With your free authoring eLearning software you can have as many as 10 eLearning courses in your online workspace, and up to 250 MB of data storage per user. You can import PowerPoint presentations (text and images) and build real eLearning courses from them.
Bonus Gift !!!You may also find the following lists of tools useful:23 Microsoft Free Teaching Tools for EducatorsList of 18 Free Tools to Create Infographics for your Learners15 Social Learning Tools Every Online Educator Should Know AboutList of 17 Free Screen Capturing Tools15 Free Podcast ToolsUltimate List of 34 Free Music for eLearning Development27 Free Survey Polls Quizzes Tools for eLearningList of 32 Free Photo and Image Editing Tools15 Free Testing and Quizzing Tools for Online Education19 Free Text To Speech tools for Educators