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The Top 9 Free Authoring Tools

If you have neither an authoring tool nor the resources to get it, but you really need to create online courses, then use a free authoring tool. To help you save time looking for options, we tested a great number of them and compiled a list of the 9 best free tools. And here they are:

  1. iSpring Free is a user-friendly authoring tool for creating slide-based courses with quizzes. This tool allows you to enhance courses with texts, images, audio, and YouTube videos, and offers 3 quiz question types: multiple-choice, multiple response, and short answer.

  2. Udutu is a free web-based tool for creating different kinds of activities, including assessments, interactive modules, and branching scenarios.

  3. IsEazy. This is a cloud-based authoring tool with a user-friendly interface and ready-made templates that you can populate with texts, images, videos, and audio.

  4. Adapt is an open-source tool designed for rapid course authoring. Unlike other tools mentioned here, Adapt allows you to create vertical courses, which means learners need to progress through the course in a linear fashion.

  5. CourseLab. This is authoring software for building interactive eLearning courses with images, videos, complex multi-object interactions, and quizzes. The tool comes with a large set of ready-to-use eLearning module templates.

  6. GLOMaker is an open-source tool for creating structured interactive learning materials. You can use the tool both for planning and designing courses.

  7. H5P. This open-source cloud-based tool allows you to create interactive videos, HTML5 presentations, branching scenarios, quizzes, flashcards, and more.

  8. AdaptiveU is a cloud-based tool with a course creation capability and an LMS functionality that allows you to invite learners and track their training statistics. You can create only two courses free of charge.

  9. Moovly is a cloud-based video editor for creating training videos. It comes with a huge library of images, sounds, and stock videos.

If you want to know more about each of these tools, their functionality, and pros and cons, check our blog or watch the video.

Have you used any of these tools? How did it go?

If you know of other great free authoring tools, feel free to share them in the comment section!

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