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Essentials of E-Learning Authoring Tools

Source the best authoring tool for your development needs.

To program online learning, you need to know how to create graphics, create multimedia elements and program the web code.

Which tool does this best if you are a newcomer? What about if you’re a seasoned developer? Which tool meets your needs, and which will leave you wanting more?

This workshop covers the types of software tools you need, and then explores web-based tools for creating e-learning including the most popular e-learning specific development tools on the market today.

  • Online3 sessions, 4.5 hours total
  • OnsiteFlexible dates & duration
Program Overview

Program Overview

If you have decided to expand your traditional instructional design skills or facilitation skills into the area of e-learning, getting started can be a challenge. Which software should you purchase? Do you need much of a background in graphic or multimedia design? How much time should you expect to spend learning these tools?

These questions are real and pose a distinct challenge for both individual training professionals and departments considering rolling training programs out via the web. This workshop addresses all of those topics and more. You will leave with the names of over 200 pieces of software you can use to create graphics, multimedia, animation, and code for your e-learning project. You will demo several pieces of software, including Captivate, Storyline, Rapid Intake, Flash, and Photoshop.

What to Expect:
  • Technical Requirements: This program is conducted in the WebEx Training Center. Special software is not required. You only need a standard web browser and telephone or VoIP capability to participate. In addition, it is strongly recommended to use a desktop or laptop computer as using a tablet or phone severely limits your ability to fully and actively participate in the program.  
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

By the end of this program, you will be able to:

  • Classify the elements of a good e-learning software design suite and be able to describe what tool types you will need to create online learning.
  • Assess your skill level to determine what type of software suite will meet your needs.
  • Distinguish between three separate tool sets and appraise each tool suite’s features and benefits.
  • Evaluate web-based vs. e-learning specific software development tools to decide which tools to learn and use.


  • Topic 1 - E-Learning Development
  • Topic 2 - Web Specific Development Software
  • Topic 3 - E-Learning Specific Development Software
Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend

This workshop is designed for the traditional learning professional who wants an overview of the tools and software necessary to create compelling e-learning programs for mobile or the web. This program is also for the learning leaders who are exploring options for e-learning, and deciding whether to “build” or “buy.”

Finally, this program is for learners who have experience with a specific software tool and want to see what else is available to take their e-learning projects to the next level.

Credits & Attendance

Credits & Attendance

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Earn .45 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successfully completing this program. Learn More

CPLP© Recertification Points

This program may be eligible for up to 4.5 CPLP recertification points. Learn more at

Attendance Policy

Participation in all online sessions at their originally scheduled day and time is mandatory to receive completion for the program. Participants who fulfill this attendance requirement will see their completion status reflected on their transcript in the ATD Learning Portal and will receive an email verifying their completion of the program. If you must miss a session, all sessions will be recorded and available in the Learning Portal for participants to review throughout the program.

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