Top 5 Training Material Development Software

A strong training material development software is key to staying current with technological and industry advancements. You want your training and development program to drive employee skill development. This will help you stay ahead of the competition and better keep up with customer demand.

The issue is developing training materials takes time to tweak and even more time to develop from scratch. However, by partnering with the right training company, you’ll cut your development time way down and have the resources on hand to create top-notch training material that truly delivers for your employees. In order to make your decision a bit easier, we pulled together the top 5 training material development software companies.

Here is a snapshot of each one so you can compare capabilities, pricing, and integrations.

1. Continu

Continu, launched in 2012, offers a simple cloud-based interface. Their goal has always been to provide an LMS that is easy to use, doesn’t over complicate the implementation process and keeps up with changing technology. Continu’s Learning Tracks is how administrators create courses, facilitate onboarding flows, quizzes, and more. This system is also an authoring tool which means companies can create training materials directly onto this platform without the aid of third parties.

Key features

  • Track assigned and completed courses
  • Tag content by national or international office locations
  • Assign and track course completion
  • Download, export and share reports
  • Support for blended learning
  • Mobile-friendly
  • Scalable platform

Integrations

Slack, Okta, Nelogin, Workday, Scorm, Google, YouTube and Vimeo

Noted customers

Eventbrite, Lyft, GoPro, Dollar Shave Club, Warner Music Group,

Cost

Subscription based. Request a demo

2. Elucidat

Elucidat is a training material development software that provides an authoring tool for content creation. Some of the features include course templates, layout themes, and collaboration tools so that multiple team members can work on material creation simultaneously. Courses can also be branded per company guidelines and there are analytic tools to gather how well courses are working once rolled out.

Key features

  •  Documentation
  •  Webinars
  •  Online tutorials
  •  Live online capabilities
  •  In person capabilities
  • Content import and export functions
  • Tests and quizzes creation

Integrations

LMS and API integrations

Noted customers

The Open University, TESCO, National Trust, Johnson and Johnson – Vision Care Inc.

Cost

Subscription based. Free trial offered. Call for details.

3. Schoology

Schoology is a learning management system and social networking platform. It offers a blended learning format with lessons easily taught via classroom or online. To get users up and running quickly, Schoology offers an easy administrative interface with features like content development, scoring lessons, attendance per course, and reporting functions.

Key features

  • Create standards-compatible courses/content
  • Flexible interfaces for sharing, tracking and getting insights
  • Global Learning Community gives resources/methods from International instructors
  • Performance-based analytics for quick updates
  • Versatile course creation and management tools
  • Calendars, messaging, and personal/shared content
  • Transform classroom courses into a 1:1

Integrations

Google, One Drive, Blackboard Colloborate, NBC Learn, Atomic Learning, eSchoolPlus, Respondus, and more.

Noted customers

Park Hill School District, Mount Pleasant School District, Wheaton College, Arizona State University

Cost

Two plans available: Basic and Enterprise. Basic is free. Enterprise, you must call for price quote. Free product demo also available.

4. Raptivity

With Raptivity companies can create courses through several templates that can be customized further. Some of the features include a toolkit that gives content authors the ability to add images, videos, text and buttons into their created courses. The template options include games, simulations, brainteasers, interactive diagrams, virtual worlds, and more. Using Raptivity as your training material development software is fairly easy and does not require any programming knowledge.

Key features

  • Built-in course authoring
  • Mobile learning
  • Simulations
  • Preview before publishing courses
  • Interactive templates
  • Just in time template support
  • Instructional design models

Integrations

Flash, Powerpoint, Storyline, Captivate, Lectora

Noted customers

Inklo, Be Your Best Foundation

Cost

Free 14 day trial. Several price plans. Starts at Basic Essential version for $300 for a lifetime license. Educators, governmental and nonprofit organizations are offered a 25 percent discount.

5. Canvas LMS

If one of your biggest needs in an LMS is flexibility, Canvas is a good option. It provides a customizable interface and design for better learning. There is a built in communication tool which allows teachers to interact with their students online. Plus, Canvas can be used across various devices to get notifications, submit assignments, and interact with other users. There is also an interesting features that lets a user connect Canvas with their personal social media accounts.

Key features

  • Facilitators can provide feedback, combine blogs, wikis, and more for students
  • SpeedGrader function has ability to record audio/video during grading
  • Open source software that has APIs, security audits, and feature discussions
  • Can add new technology to existing courses without IT support
  • Hosted on Amazon Web Service making it fast to load
  • All changes, migrations, and updates done in real-time
  • Scales up to demand with automated peak load management

Integrations

Twitter, Delicious, Skype, Diigo, SMS, YouTube, LinkedIn, CAS, SAML, Diigo, Adobe Connect, and more

Noted customers

San Jose State University, Utah State University, Pittsburg State University, Del Mar College

Cost

SMB and Enterprise pricing information is available only upon request. Contact the company for more details. Free trial is also available.

The right training material development software

There are many choices when it comes to training material development software. To narrow your choices down, think about what key features you need and what integrations are a must have. We given you five strong contenders for course authoring to consider. Just remember no matter what training software you choose, it should make creating and modifying courses easier and help streamline your training program.

 

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Kristy is a content writer for Continu and marketing freelancer. When she’s not working on her latest blog post, she enjoys tackling new recipes and destressing during yoga sculpt.