On a quick google search I found little variance on scorm authoring tools.The teachers really need simple tools.
What i found:
- CETIS Thesis - http://www.hunterstone.com/thesis.asp
- coursegenie - http://www.horizonwimba.com/products/coursegenie/
- Scorm Editor - http://freshmeat.net/projects/scormeditor/
- Lectora - http://lectora.qarchive.org/
LERSUS - http://www.lersus.de/
- eXe - http://exelearning.org/ - http://sourceforge.net/projects/exe/
- !!!From Word to Open Office to DocBook!!! DocBook2SCORM - http://www.pyxx.org/DocBook2SCORM/overview.html
I think the following linkis to tools are interesting to look at:
Thanks in advance.
Great job this database of scorm tools.
Do you know any kind of goods and bads, or a ranking of these tools benefits x costs?
Thank you. Marcelo.
There is also an online authoring tool called udutu.
Its pretty easy to use and its online so you don't need to install anything. You can author your courses there (or import and powerpoint file ) and then extract as an scorm course or even you can publish it in their server. Its free to use and not charging until 50 screens if you want to publish your course.
I hope it helps.
The Udutu tool lets you cut and paste things from MS-Word into all of their templates, and strip the word formatting automatically if you are drawing from several documents, and want the underlying style sheet to take over, rather than have multiple fonts and styles, etc. in the course. You can import and convert powerpoints, and then add interactive exercises to them, or use the objects from the powerpoint elsewhere in the course. You can also attach whole word documents, PDF's, powerpoints, etc. The templates are simple and easy to use, but the text editor in the tool is a powerful WYSIWYG HTML editor that lets you create anything you want.
Best of all it is completely free if your course has fewer than 50 screens.
So I'm a little partial to eXe but I thought i'd point out that the interface to eXe can be in Greek if you like and that our development philosophy (along with being Open Source) is to make the tool as simple to use for teachers as possible. We are going to be ramping up development on eXe even further in the coming months so watch out for some greatly improved releases and functionality (including SCORM 2004) as well as increased stability.
taken from the Web site above:
"Xerte is an xml editor and run time engine that makes it easy to create and deploy interactive learning objects that are highly accessible and SCORM compliant. Xerte helps you focus on interactive design by providing tools that are fit for purpose and easy to use."
I saw the demo and looks VERY interesting!!!!
If you need decision-tree (matrix) models with conditions, I would recommend the not so easy Reload: the most difficult part is NOT the construction with the editor but the logical design (in your head) of your scorm package.
Extremely easy to build Questions with True-False, MCQ etc
Simple to use
Exports SCORM 1.2 compliant package
'idevices' can be created by users, thereby allowing template based quick SCORM creation
Large team working on it, with regular version releases, more organised, growing community
Easy to use for page design
Allows page colours, layout to be edited
Exports SCORM 1.2 Compliant package
Allows import of Video, MP3 and other media easily into SCORM, flexibity to place anywhere also
No road-map available, very little support from community
Limited Themes can only be used, no option to design page layout or change colours etc
Images, Flash etc can't be placed where required, only in predefined places
Can't import various types of multmedia into SCORM
Restriction on usage of colours, can only select colours from a fixed menu
Creating standard SCORMS, not much focused on looks etc
Creating many SCORMs with similar designs
Creting plain text and images only SCORMS
Buiding simple SCORMs, with good looks but less features like questions etc.
Creating SCORM's with multimedia etc
We have been working at adlCommunity.net to identify both open source and commercial tools that create SCORM conformant content and have identified about 30 tools at http://adlcommunity.net/mod/data/view.php?d=18. We are seeking to get public comments about the advantages and disadvantages of each and would really appreciate your also posting this information there. The URL above is for the list. For each single entry comments and ratings are welcomed.
There are also audio interviews with 14 of the vendors at http://adlcommunity.net/course/view.php?id=11. We plan to attempt to interview the remainder and are planning webinars with many.
We would definitely appreciate comments and questions from this community!! Thank you.
Actually if you have knowledge of HTML and CSS (or if you have access to a web developer) you can quite easily create a brand new style for your eXe generated content; see: http://exelearning.org/Creating_a_new_Style
We're stil working on the embedded media stuff. New release (0.19) will embed and play mp3s quite simply and you can also now embed YouTube and Google Vids inside eXe content; see: http://exelearning.blogspot.com/2006/11/inserting-youtube-video-into-exe.html
Also you didn't mention in your list that eXe is completely Open Source - while Xerte is "free as in beer", it's currently not "free as in speech" . eXe also runs on Mac, Windows and Linux while Xerte only runs on Windows.
There is a tutorial in the same page also, so you will not have many problems
to authoring a scorm.
Sorry for my poor english.
So, tried the ready-2-run version which is suppose to rn from a USB stick, not luck as I get a "can't write " error in the temp/ folder ... very odd.
Separately, I have loaded the Mac version into another machine (not the one my colleague needs to use and I must say the app looks impressive. If only I can find a way to get it to open in WINDOWS!
TIPS/ ADVICE MOST WECOME
If you have some experience with PowerPoint, you are encouraged to have a look at this tool PPT2Flash Professional. http://www.sameshow.com/powerpoint-to-flash-pro.php?sid=5
It is a PowerPoint-based learning content authoring tool to develop SCORM/AICC compliant content for LMS. Easy to use , many features to customize the flash output and flexiable export options.
Recently the developer released a major upgrade to this program, this is the news things
One of my clients has used their product QuizCreator to create quizzes with Moodle intergration and I think the SCORM/AICC compliant feature will work well.
Here are some interesting updates of PPT2Flash Professional, a PowerPoint to SCORM course converter.
Now it is PowerPoint 2007 compatible! It works as a PowerPoint ribbon meny tab.
View a screenshot
You can learn the PowerPoint 2007 compatibiltity with this link
I agree that Articulate is great for creating courseware for online learning, especially if you already are savvy with PowerPoint.
I am new to Moodle. How easy is it to import an Articulate SCORM 1.2 course into Moodle? We do a lot of work with Articulate and want to make sure it is super easy to set up these in Moodle before moving forward with the install.
I use a Articuklate similar authoring tool and the created SCORM(We have much more sucessful stories with SCORM than with AICC.) course can be uploaded to Moodle in this way.
1. Run a Moodle course in Edit mode
2. Add an Activity, Select SCORM/AICC from the drop-down list
3. Browse to the SCORM Zip file created by the authoring tool
4. Upload the zip file from local drive
It should be the same way with Articulate.
Hope it helps!
You want to make sure that you have the settings correct - in particular one regarding whether it tracks "learning objects" or the quiz score. - Important to track scores.
There is also a problem with the way articulate uses SCORM to communicate with Moodle (users on retaking a quiz can override the previous score). You should test this to see if it's a problem.
Articulate recently produced a patch file when I alerted them to this problem - I've tested it and it works fine.
I suggest doing a local install of Moodle (you can use XAMPP for the servers - very easy to install). - Test you have everything working and then do a full install.
Excellent question. I have the same...
Unfortunately QuizMaker is designed to use the very expensive solution that they sell (Articulate Online).
Very interested in the answers to your question...
I have used a product called Course Genie.. you can obtain a 14 day trial version from http://www.wimba.com/products/coursegenie/
the full version costs around £99 but it has been a good investment.
Course Genie works with Microsoft Word and easily produces scorm compliant courses that work well with Moodle. Its very simple to use and produces some nice result
I just wanted to let you know you can always download trials for commercial products like Articulate, Raptivity and Lectora. These products are expensive so it's worth testing it out especially if you use Moodle or any other LMS.
The college I work at is currently selecting a new LMS [giving up WebCT CE 6) and a new course authoring tool.
I created some course samples in Articulate, published in Scorm 1.2, zipped it, uploaded in Moodle using "Add Activity", selected SCORM/AICC option and this is the screen I get. I just wanted to share my experience with Course Authoring tools and the tech difficulties uploading them into your LMS. Here are 2 print-screens in 1280x1024 and 1024x768 respectively.
The content area is too little. My students will probably not be able to view Articulate's left menu. You can see from both images that the area is too small.
Now I'm still looking for a new course authoring tool in scorm to use in Moodle.
I also posted a description of the Articulate/Moodle upload process at http://juliaitani.wordpress.com
Lectora is commercial software. You can download a free trial from
You can try ElearningForce Rapid Authoring Tools:
PowerPointForce is a MS windows program, which converts PowerPoint slides into flash with different additional features.
QuizForce is a MS Windows program that provides a comprehensive but easy-to-use set of tools for creating highly customized Flash-based quizzes and surveys for non-programmers.
WordForce is a MS Windows program. The main feature of the program is the conversion of MS Word documents into web sites.
After visiting above links you can have a look on more detailed description of the products as well as online help, tutorials, presentation, features and system requirements for them. Output from these programs can be used either on Web or any LMS(SCORM compliant).
Microsoft Learning Essentials is a free download that includes "Save as SCORM" add-in for Word, PPT, and Excel
Xerte is well worth a look.
Xerte has been mentioned in other posts earlier in this topic, but it is worth noting that it has had further development since the post that compares it with eXe.
Xerte Online Toolkits offers a web server based authoring environment which uses templates to make page creation relatively simple whilst retaining the potential to create sophisticated content. This will support ldap authentication. I believe code is available to support authentication from within Moodle but I have not tried it. This will support collaborative content authoring.
For those who require greater flexibility then is offered by the Toolkits environment, Xerte is also available as a standalone application which enables content authoring at an object level, i.e. you add a page icon to your learning object and then add icons to the page. Icons come in different types including Text, Graphic, Drawing, Sound, Movie, Script, Interaction and Decision. Some of these can have their own elements added to them e.g. an Interaction can have a target area added for implementing drag and drop. Xerte is flash based so all icons inherit flash movie clip properties. Through the script icon you are able to programmatically control the other icons. The potential is incredible, though the learning curve can be challenging. It is noticeable that in the support List their appear to be a number of former Authorware users who are looking at Xerte as the development tool to use now that Authorware is no longer being supported.
If you want the on-line Toolkits ease of use in a stand alone product then you can select the Page Templates option from the Template menu in stand alone Xerte and you have pretty much the same authoring environment as offered by Xerte Online Toolkits. You can even combine the two because you can save sections of a Xerte learning object as a model and then use it in a Templates or Toolkits based project to add complexity that could not be implemented in the Template / Toolkit environment.
If you really get to know Xerte you can even create new templates to add to those available in Xerte On-line Toolkits or Xerte template based projects.
Xerte is well worth a look and the List based support is very responsive.
I hope this is helpful to you if you are looking for content authoring software.
I need to integrate xerte with moodle1.9.7 +. So have you gone through this..If so please guide me out.. and I tried with moodle patch but the there's not proper installation procedure.Hence I am strucked out in integration...of xerte with moodle...
Advance in thanks
I just discovered Xerte recently, too. It appears to have promise - and is free and open source, of course, too.
Are you talking about integrating Xerte Toolkits with Moodle? If so, why not try the Maxos distribution?
It consists of Xerte Toolkits, Moodle, (as well as Mahara) for installation on a USB stick. You really can't go wrong...nothing to install.
PresentationTube provides a video presentation recorder and sharing network to help instructors, students, virtual presenters, and business professionals record, publish and share quality, accessible, and interactive video presentations from the comfort of home or office. PresentationTube integrates a variety of presentation aids and synchronizes presenter's audio and video, PowerPoint slides, whiteboard, drawing board, and Web content. PresentationTube provides a slide scrollable thumbnail allowing the user to move to the respective video content and control both the time and progress of video presentation. A PresentationTube presentation allows interactivity via scrollable thumbnail, discussion board, and self-assessment quiz, allowing participants to be heard and involved. No need for new or third-party software or hardware. PresentationTube is free, with no ads, no banners, unlimited bandwidth, and unlimited storage space.
You can get the new eXeLearning from http://exelearning.net/?lang=en
It works in your default browser and has many new features.
The project is under active development. Collaboration from institutions and developers is welcome