Our Top Picks

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Academy Of Mine
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Email, phone, live support
  • Gamification
Academy of Mine is a powerful, feature-rich course authoring software designed to deliver an incredible educational experience for students and teachers alike. Having only one price plan, the software offers both unlimited users and unlimited courses. It also has the ability to customize the look and feel of the platform to your brand via white labeling. Users can create web pages for non-logged-in users for further marketing. Academy of Mine also includes built-in e-commerce features to sell courses directly to potential students.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Integrations with CRMs like Salesforce and HubSpot
  • White-labeling
  • Integrated e-commerce features

Cons

  • While all-inclusive, some users may not need or use every feature available

Summary

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Academy Of Mine
  • Starting Price
    • Essentials: $599/month
    • Professional: $899/month
    • Enterprise: Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Offering demo
  • Deployment
    Web-Based
  • Support Options
    Email, Phone, Live Support
  • Storyboarding
    No
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Email, phone, live support
  • Gamification
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Adobe Captivate
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Email
  • Audio/video recording
Adobe Captivate offers a dynamic and high-performing course authoring platform that can deliver interactive and engaging learning plans. Users can take existing PowerPoint presentations and turn them into interactive videos. Virtual reality and mobile-ready learning experiences are also available with just a few clicks. Additionally, using Adobe Captivate gives users the ability to create multi-module courses that branch into many different types of lessons prior to taking lesson quizzes. Another unique feature includes application simulation, capturing screen actions like mouse clicks and keyboard activity to ensure compliance and understanding.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Powerful features like screencasting and virtual-reality walkthroughs
  • Many premade out-of-box assets for quickly developing coursework

Cons

  • Monthly costs could get expensive

Summary

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Adobe Captivate
  • Starting Price
    • $4/registered learner/month
  • Free Trial/Demo
    30 Day free trial
    Offering demo
  • Deployment
    Web-Based
  • Support Options
    Email
  • Storyboarding
    No
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Email
  • Audio/video recording
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Articulate Storyline 3
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Email
  • Tests/assessments
Articulate Storyline 360 is a responsive course authoring software designed for any screen imaginable. One of the most powerful features of this software is the ability to quickly and easily translate courses into different languages. The software is used by some of the biggest companies around, such as Microsoft, Google, and eBay. Quickly and easily create complete lessons in as little as 60 seconds, including beautiful animations and media-rich infotainment.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Quickly deploy lessons
  • Responsive design works with any screen
  • Rich feedback tools

Cons

  • Monthly costs
  • Multiple apps could become confusing

Summary

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Articulate Storyline 3
  • Starting Price
    • $499/user/year for Personal Plan
    • $649/user/year for Teams Plan
  • Free Trial/Demo
    60 Day free trial
  • Deployment
    Web-Based
  • Support Options
    Email
  • Storyboarding
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Email
  • Tests/assessments
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Easygenerator
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Email, live support
  • Tests/assessments
Easygenerator features one of the easiest-to-use course authoring software systems on the market. Courses and lessons are designed using a drag-and-drop block system that's predesigned to allow quick and easy course creation. Users can also publish the courses to any LMS of their choice, including NetDimensions and Blackboard. Easygenerator also includes a powerful and beautiful reporting system to help keep track of student progress.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Beautifully designed "block system"
  • Easy to learn
  • Powerful reporting

Cons

  • Substantial price increase for more than 250 students

Summary

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Easygenerator
  • Starting Price
    • $99/month for Pro
    • $413/month for Team
    • Custom for Enterprise
  • Free Trial/Demo
    14 Day free trial
    Offering demo
  • Deployment
    Web-Based
  • Support Options
    Email, Phone, Live Support
  • Storyboarding
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based
  • Customer service: Email, live support
  • Tests/assessments
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iSpring Suite Max
  • Deployment: Windows, web-based, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Email, phone, live support
  • Gamification
iSpring Suite Max is a course authoring software that allows users to create their first course within 60 seconds. Utilizing PowerPoint, courses can be created quickly and easily with features like audio and video narrations, realistic locations, and more than 1,400 included icons and buttons. The software can also join forces with iSpring Space, which allows for team-based collaboration on course design and content.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Works as an extension of PowerPoint
  • Ready-made course templates

Cons

  • Some features are locked behind higher-tiered packages

Summary

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iSpring Suite Max
  • Starting Price
    • iSpring Suite Max
    • $770 - $970/author/year for 1 - 5 authors
    • iSpring Suite
    • $620 - $770/author/year for 1 - 5 authors
  • Free Trial/Demo
    14 Day free trial
    Offering demo
  • Deployment
    Windows, Web-Based, iPhone / iPad, Android
  • Support Options
    Email, Phone, Live Support
  • Storyboarding
    No
Features
  • Deployment: Windows, web-based, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Email, phone, live support
  • Gamification

How We Chose the Best Course Authoring Software

Having the knowledge to teach is only half the battle — having a dedicated platform for the consumption of education is also immensely important. Things like multimedia-rich lessons with photos, audio, and video lectures can really help drive home the point a teacher is trying to get across. When choosing the candidates for the best course authoring software of 2021, we made our selections after heavy research into three important areas.

Course Authoring Features

A great course authoring software allows teachers to quickly and easily upload lesson plans, create drip content, and upload audio and video teaching aids. Other core features that may be highly desirable include gamification, where you can add level-up and video game-like functionality to help keep students engaged. 

Integrations

Integrations with CRM software like Salesforce or HubSpot are often highly desired for enterprise companies. In addition, some clients may also want integration capabilities with messaging apps such as Slack to easily notify learning administrators of course or lesson completion.

Reports

A robust reporting system can help to easily determine where students are in their planned curriculum or as a lead into who's succeeding and who's falling behind. Some reporting systems even offer the ability to send automatically generated emails when students complete lessons. This is especially critical for time-sensitive lesson plans such as mandatory onboarding courses or compliance lessons.