Although a Learning Content Management System (LCMS) has more robust content management capabilities, an alternate course development solution is to use an e-learning authoring tool to create stand-alone courses. Courses created in this manner can be delivered in a variety of ways, for example imported into a Learning Management System (LMS), hosted on a website or delivered on a CD or DVD.
Most authoring tools allow you to add animation, audio and video while some are also capable of creating tests/ evaluations and tracking results. The final result and the level of skill required to use these tools ranges from template-based and entry level to highly customizable and complex. Some examples of authoring tools are Articulate, Captivate, Lectora, ToolBook, and Outstart Trainer.
Content created in authoring tools can be imported into most LMS and LCMS products and content can usually be exported out of an LCMS to be used elsewhere, but it may not be editable. Whether you use an LCMS or an authoring tool to create training content, be aware that revisions to course content must almost always be made in the source authoring tool.
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