What is an eLearning Authoring Tool?
An eLearning authoring tool is an application which allows you to create eLearning content. Traditionally this type of software was desktop based, like Adobe Captivate, but more modern authoring tools are now cloud-based.
Once you create your training content in an authoring tool, you can export it, usually as a SCORM file, which can be read by your Learning Management System (what is an LMS?)
What are the Benefits of an Integrated eLearning Authoring Tool?
Having worked with our clients to customise their Learning Management Systems for many years, we were repeatedly asked the question – can you create a secure, easy to use, authoring tool within our system? We found that people didn’t want to have to go from authoring software to LMS, they wanted to create their content within their LMS. Having an eLearning Authoring Tool integrated with your LMS means you can log into your LMS for all your tools.
Goodbye to manually transferring SCORM packages and sharing them with colleagues via email. Hello to cloud-based collaboration with your colleagues and easy editing access to courses within your LMS.
Which Authoring Tools have we built custom integrations for?
Whether you are working with Adobe Captivate, Articulate 360, or any other SCORM producing authoring tool, we can integrate with it. We can not only integrate other systems with it, but we can build custom behaviour around the tool, adding bespoke features and manipulating the look and feel of the output of the authoring tool. In essence, we can add further authoring capabilities and functionality that may save you time and money.
For example, as part of a recent project we added a function which enables the author to translate material into multiple different languages, at the click of a button. This bespoke feature was created based on the client’s needs and in the long run will save them time and the money they were previously spending on external translation services.
What is thirst.io?
Working so much with authoring tools and building additional functionalities, led us to use this experience to develop our own eLearning Authoring Tool – thirst.io.
thirst.io is a stand-alone authoring tool that anyone can sign up to. It is quick and easy to use, with drag and drop functionality and can be plugged straight into Totara Learn or Moodle platforms to make your LMS and authoring tool work seamlessly together. Thirst.io also allows you to collaborate easily with colleagues and stakeholders, as well as brand the content before exporting it as a SCORM file.
Here are some of the benefits of using thirst.io as your authoring tool:
- Cloud-based – no more costly updates or out-of-date software
- Team friendly – collaborate with colleagues in the cloud on the same project
- Brandable – you set the theme to suit your brand (or multiple themes for multiple client brands)
- Flexible – our ‘state’ functions mean you can create personalised learning journey
Visit our thirst.io website for more information about our authoring tool and the opportunity to sign up for a free trial to test it for yourself.
To talk to us about integrations for other Authoring Tools, contact us.