8 Things Every Great Authoring Tool Should Have

by gomo learning

When you’re picking a new learning technology product, it’s crucial to conduct your selection process rigorously and objectively. Choosing an authoring tool can be a tricky process, and the wrong decision can result in disengaged learners, a lack of support to match the scale of your business and a missed opportunity to drive learning, understanding, productivity and loyalty across all levels of your organization.

Key Chapters

  1. Enhanced teamwork

    Learning and development teams are no longer as static as they once were. Subject matter experts are now working with dispersed learning teams, often on opposite sides of the world.

  2. Design consistency

    Desktop tools can provide a lot of design flexibility – and that’s not necessarily a good thing! This could count against you if it means the results look and feel inconsistent, with different fonts and schemes from one course to the next, or even between single slides in an eLearning course.

  3. Branding made easy

    You shouldn’t have to compromise your branding when you work with your ideal authoring tool. At gomo, we understand the importance of your branding and the need for clear design in engaging learners who often won’t return to your courses if they don’t find them visually appealing on first use.

  4. Ease of use

    In the early days of digital authoring tools, at the start of the 21st century, the learning curve required to understand an authoring tool tended to be steep. Modern tools make that learning process much simpler, with content management made easy and templates to create visually appealing content without needing a great deal of technical knowledge.

  5. Seamless LMS integration

    Traditionally, organizations have faced a long ‘gestation period’ when building a learning course.

  6. Instantaneous updates

    But what about making changes to live courses? The ability to refresh material or add new content based on stakeholder feedback is important for L&D teams, especially when changes need to be rolled out urgently.

  7. Multiple distribution options

    There are lots of ways you might want to distribute your course, and many of these could be outside of a traditional LMS. You might opt to embed it in a website, set it within your company’s Intranet site or simply email it to people as a link.

  8. Output that works on any device

    According to a workplace report from Gallup, “most workers, many of whom are millennials, approach a role and a company with a highly defined set of expectations. They want their work to have meaning and purpose. They want to use their talents and strengths to do what they do best every day. They want to learn and develop. They want their job to fit their life.”

According to a workplace report from Gallup, “most workers, many of whom are millennials, approach a role and a company with a highly defined set of expectations. They want their work to have meaning and purpose. They want to use their talents and strengths to do what they do best every day. They want to learn and develop. They want their job to fit their life.”

All eLearning professionals know by now that the choice of authoring tool can transform the Learning Process they have set on to shape. What many don’t realize is that the transformation can go in a way that is not desired, resulting in disengaged learners. This eBook focuses on the 8 things every great authoring tool should have, like easy use, LMS integration and multiple device output among others.

Christopher Pappas

Christopher Pappas
Founder of The eLearning Industry's Network