1. How much of an e-learning expert are you?
Most e-learning software is specifically geared toward professional e-learning developers, offering plenty of functionalities. They come with a high price tag and require a level of training that can be bewildering for most novices. If you’re new to e-learning software and authoring tools, you may be better off using the limited, but relatively straightforward authoring functionalities that might be built into your LMS. Or you can switch to our tool.
Our tool: You can switch to Easygenerator, which has a user-friendly interface and a zero learning curve for its users.
2. Will you be the only author?
Probably the most important question to ask is how much you want to collaborate. Collaboration can happen in two ways – co-authoring and reviewing. The former offers two or more authors the option to create a course together. The latter allows other subject matter experts (SMEs) to go over a draft course and provide input.
Our tool: If collaboration is important, then a cloud-based tool like Easygenerator is essential. Specifically designed with co-creation in mind, it allows you to assign co-authors, add comments on each other’s work, and request input from outside reviewers.
3. How will you share your courses?
The decision on how to share your courses can have serious cost implications. Sharing them via your LMS often results in a charge per individual user, which means costs can rapidly add up. Publishing courses on your website or intranet is also an option, although this often doesn’t allow you to track usage.
Our tool: Easygenerator’s cloud-based system allows you to track your learners’ results at no additional cost. As part of your subscription, it can host all your courses directly on the platform so users can easily access them.
4. Do you require a separate LMS?
An LMS can certainly be helpful when it comes to the reporting, tracking, and general administration of your e-learning modules and development programs. But their usefulness is often undermined by their sheer complexity which makes many LMS systems quite resource-heavy.
Our tool: In addition to hosting courses directly on the platform, Easygenerator also exports in LMS-friendly formats like xAPI and SCORM. That means you can create your courses in your specialized authoring tool and still reap the benefits of an LMS, should you want to.
5. Which devices are your learners using?
Users will be accessing your courses from a multitude of devices and across different operating systems. Whichever e-learning authoring tool you choose, it needs to be responsive and compatible with all of them. Easygenerator’s built-in responsiveness means it automatically adapts content to screen size. It also avoids the use of Flash because it is not supported on many tablets and mobile devices.
Our tool: Easygenerator’s built-in responsiveness means it automatically adapts content to screen size. It also avoids the use of Flash because it is not supported on many tablets and mobile devices.
6. Do you prefer a license or a subscription?
Most cloud-based e-learning authoring tools work on a subscription basis, while most software requires a license. The subscription model offers more flexibility as it allows you to pay on a monthly or yearly basis. Easygenerator’s subscription model for example also includes regular free software and feature updates, both of which can become very expensive when part of a license model.
Our tool: Easygenerator’s subscription model for example also includes regular free software and feature updates, both of which can become very expensive when part of a license model.