Back to basics: What is an elearning content authoring tool?

One of the fundamental questions in creating digital learning is: what is an elearning authoring tool?

In this Back to Basics blog we look at the definition of an authoring software, explore the types of authoring tools and suggest a few authoring platforms you might want to consider.

What is a content authoring software?

There are many definitions of an authoring tool around the web. Wikipedia defines an authoring system as a:

“A program that has pre-programmed elements for the development of interactive multimedia software titles. Authoring systems can be defined as software that allows its user to create multimedia applications for manipulating multimedia objects.”

To put it simply, an elearning content authoring tool is a software that helps users create digital content. This content is usually produced so it can be published on the World Wide Web or via a Learning Management System (LMS). Although technically the content can be delivered on a CD (compact disc), this has become almost obsolete in modern days. 

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