18 SCORM Authoring Tools & Software: Choose the Best for You

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In 2020, SCORM celebrated the 20th anniversary of its first release, SCORM 1.0. Over those 20 years, many software products related to creating SCORM content were released.

In this article, we’ll cover the best SCORM authoring software and other SCORM-related tools, and provide a quick explanation of each one.

What Are SCORM Authoring Tools?

SCORM authoring tools are software that allow you to create SCORM-compliant eLearning from scratch. There might just be one specific type of content that an authoring tool specializes in, or it might be able to create a wide range of different activities, like quizzes, dialogue simulations, and video training.

There are currently two versions of SCORM that are in use: 1.2, and 2004. Each one has its own technical features. For example, SCORM 2004 provides more detailed information in terms of reporting. If you’re going to design courses for a particular LMS, you need to know which SCORM version your platform supports. As for authoring tools, most of them allow you to publish content both to SCORM 1.2 and 2004. 

Types of SCORM Authoring Tools

SCORM compliant authoring tools may vary depending on the content they allow you to create, features, ease of use, and many other things. But generally, all SCORM creation tools can be divided into two groups:

  • Desktop SCORM authoring tools. These are software installed on a computer. They don’t require the internet to work. Also, desktop tools usually have more advanced authoring features and more customization options.
  • Web-based SCORM authoring tools. These services open in a browser and are accessible anytime and anywhere. Such SCORM builders are typically not as powerful as desktop ones, but are a perfect choice for remote teams. 

How to Choose a SCORM Authoring Tool

With so many SCORM authoring tools available today, you may be confused about which one to choose. To avoid going the hard route of trial and error, you need to consider a few things:

  1. Content authoring capabilities. First, you’ll need to decide what content you’ll have to create. For example, are you going to build interactive simulations and record video tutorials or will a simple slideshow do?
  2. Knowledge and skills. Consider whether you (and/or your team) are tech-savvy enough to work with complex software. If not, you’d better choose an easy-to-use tool. 
  3. Development time. If you’ll be creating courses under tight deadlines, you need software that will let you do this quickly. Pick a SCORM content authoring tool that comes with ready-made templates and eLearning assets. 
  4. Collaboration capability. Are you planning to work on content together with your colleagues and gather feedback from your stakeholders? Then select a tool that will enable you to do all this easily in a secured cloud. 
  5. Technical support. You should be confident that you will get prompt and competent assistance if you face some technical difficulties while developing your course. So, make sure that the vendor provides good customer service. 

To make the choice of software easier for you, we’ve collected a list of the best SCORM authoring tools. Continue reading to see what functionalities they provide.

Desktop SCORM Authoring Tools

1. iSpring Suite 

  • Type: Desktop + web-based
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Platform: Windows 
  • Price: $970/year per author
iSpring Suite SCORM authoring tool

iSpring Suite Max is a SCORM authoring tool that includes a PowerPoint add-in and a number of standalone instruments, each specialized for creating a certain type of learning content. For example, QuizMaker is used to create quizzes, Cam Pro lets you record and edit screencasts, Flip can convert PDF/DOC files into learning modules, and so on. There are 7 different tools in all, including Content Library – a collection of predesigned templates and images you can use in your courses to enjoy a faster process than coming up with designs on your own.

You can start using iSpring Suite with no previous experience in eLearning authoring. Grab a PowerPoint presentation, add some interactive elements using the dedicated tools included in Suite, publish a mobile-ready SCORM course, and upload it straight to the LMS to deliver it to your learners. 

The Spring Suite Max package also features a cloud service that has an online authoring tool for creating simple courses and tests and allows for real-time collaboration on the content. Users can access the content uploaded to the cloud via a link.

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2. Articulate 360

  • Type: Desktop + web-based
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Platform: Windows
  • Price: $1,299/year per author
Articulate 360 SCORM authoring tool

Articulate 360 is another all-round SCORM-compliant software combining a quiz maker, a screen recorder, and many other things. Like iSpring Suite, it’s built around creating interactive slides and combining them to build an eLearning course. Being a standalone application, it offers more in terms of programming different learning scenarios but has a steeper learning curve.

Like iSpring Suite, it features a content library with slide templates and character images. Plus, it includes an online authoring solution called “Rise” that can be used to create simple SCORM content in your browser.

3. Adobe Captivate

  • Type: Desktop
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Platform: Windows / Mac
  • Price: $400/year per author
Adobe Captivate SCORM authoring tool

Adobe Captivate is a SCORM software that comes as a standalone slide-based content maker with a quiz builder, an interactive video creator, and a content library. Basically, it offers functionality comparable to that of Articulate and iSpring, but with some more powerful features. For example, it has a separate instrument for making SCORM software simulations and a tool that allows you to build VR learning products by adding interactions on top of 360° images or videos. But, with great power comes a great learning curve, so using this one requires training like no other.

Also read:  → Adobe Captivate vs Articulate Storyline

4. TechSmith Camtasia

  • Type: Desktop
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Platform: Windows / Mac
  • Price: $250 for a lifetime license
Camtasia SCORM authoring tool

Camtasia is an authoring tool specialized in screen recording and video editing. It lets one record a screencast and/or webcam, and then add visual instructions to various parts of the recorded video. It can also freeze the video at a certain moment so you can add a quiz question on top of it. You can use Camtasia to create interactive videos as SCORM courses and import them to your LMS.

5. iSpring Free

  • Type: Desktop
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Platform: Windows
  • Price: Free
iSpring Free SCORM authoring tool

iSpring Free is a free SCORM authoring tool. It’s a no cost version of iSpring’s PowerPoint add-in that also features a much simpler version of QuizMaker with just three question types (multiple response / multiple-choice / fill-in-the blank). This tool is easy to start with if you have no experience with SCORM content creation.

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Web-Based SCORM Authoring Tools

6. Lectora Online

  • Type: Web-based
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Price: $500/year per author
Lectora Online SCORM authoring tool

Lectora Online is an online SCORM course builder that has instruments for creating interactive slides with quizzes. It has a library of stock images for rapid course creation and integrates with Branchtrack, a dialogue simulation maker. Published SCORM content is WCAG compliant.

7. Knowbly

  • Type: Web-based
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Price: $495/year per author
Knowbly SCORM authoring tool

Knowbly is the new kid on the block, launched just a year ago. It has a standard set of tools that can help you build SCORM courses with text, media, interactions, and quizzes. The product has built-in analytics that should help you understand how your learners go through the modules.

8. Coassemble

  • Type: Web-based
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Price: from $490/year
Coassemble authoring tool

Coassemble is a cloud-based SCORM content creator with LMS capabilities. It provides 10 ready-made templates for creating courses that can be filled with content pieces like images, videos, quizzes, and texts. The finished training materials can be assigned to learners via the Coassemble learning management system.

9. Gomo Learning

  • Type: Web-based
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Price: $495/year per author
Gomo Learning SCORM authoring tool

Gomo is cloud-based SCORM creation software with content management capabilities. It’s being advertised as a good solution if you aim at mobile learning over anything else. Editing and redesigning built-in templates can be tricky, but it’s a good fit for bite-size learning.

10. Easygenerator

  • Type: Web-based
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Price: from $990/year
Easygenerator authoring tool

Easygenerator is a web-based SCORM creation tool that allows you to assemble courses with its drag-and-drop features. You can choose premade templates and customize them to make generic but great looking courses in a fraction of the time it would otherwise take. The tool also allows you to track students’ progress and send certificates of completion to your learners.

11. Adapt Learning

  • Type: Self-hosted web-based
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Price: Free (open source)
Adapt Learning SCORM authoring tool

Adapt is an open-source SCORM authoring tool that has been around for almost 5 years. It can build slides and quizzes, embed media, and export SCORM – all the standard stuff. The key difference is that you need to install it on your own server, which might be a hassle for those who have never done that.

SCORM Converters

A SCORM converter is a tool that can transform an existing document (PDF, PPT, DOC) and output SCORM content for uploading to an LMS.

12. iSpring Converter Pro

  • Type: Desktop
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Platform: Windows
  • Price: $270/year per author
convert ppt to html5

iSpring Converter Pro is a less advanced version of iSpring Suite that can transform PowerPoint decks to HTML5 and SCORM. It can’t create quizzes or dialog simulations, but does allow converting PowerPoint presentations to SCORM modules with voice narration.

13. iSpring Flip

  • Type: Desktop
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Platform: Windows
  • Price: $227/year per author
iSpring Flip

iSpring Flip is a simple standalone tool that can turn a PDF, DOC, or PPT file into a SCORM course in a couple of clicks. The output is mobile-ready and can be uploaded to any LMS as an interactive e-book that tracks learners’ progress.

14. ScormHero

  • Type: Web-based
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Price: free for PPT and PDF conversion, from $190 per year for advanced features
ScormHero authoring tool

ScormHero is an easy-to-use tool for converting PowerPoint presentations, PDF files, and videos to SCORM courses. It also allows you to enhance courses with simple quizzes and short videos. 

15. Scormify

  • Type: Web-based
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Price: $19/month
Scormify authorin tool

Scormify is another tool that enables you to turn your videos or documents into SCORM courses within seconds. The other functionalities include uploading and converting video files for streaming and adding quizzing to videos.

SCORM Wrappers and Packagers

Unlike SCORM authoring tools, this software doesn’t allow you to create courses and can’t perform conversions. Coders use SCORM wrappers to make existing HTML content compatible with SCORM. They do this by attaching SCORM API commands to certain events happening with the content when it’s being viewed in a browser.

16. Pipwerks SCORM wrapper

  • Type: Desktop
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Platform: Windows / Mac
  • Price: Free
Pipwerks SCORM packager

The Pipwerks wrapper is a Javascript application that can be handy if you want to make a piece of HTML content SCORM compatible. But it will only be useful if you have coding experience.

SCORM Players / Testers

Sometimes you need to test a SCORM file for errors and check if it’s sending proper statuses before uploading it to your production LMS. With SCORM testers, you can do just that.

17. SCORM Cloud

  • Type: Cloud-based
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004
  • Platform: Windows / Mac
  • Price: Starting at $75/mo

SCORM Cloud is developed by Rustici Software, the global leader in eLearning standards. It’s the go-to product for testing SCORM content. Detailed debug logs will help you troubleshoot any reporting issues that your content might have.

It can also be used as an alternative to an LMS – the tool can host interactive learning modules and then dispatch them, to make distribution easier.

18. Rustici Engine

  • Type: Integrable software
  • SCORM support: 1.2 / 2004 (2nd, 3rd, and 4th edition)
  • Platform: Windows / Mac
  • Price: need to contact the vendor

As SCORM Cloud, Rustici Engine is developed by Rustici Software. It integrates directly into your learning management system and provides a common API for launching, playing, and tracking standardized eLearning content properly.

Engine is integrated into hundreds of LMSs worldwide and helps play SCORM, xAPI, cmi5, LTI, and AICC content. This consistency allows you to provide the same learner and administrator experience, regardless of which eLearning standards are associated with a course.

To Sum Up

We’ve looked at four different types of SCORM tools and covered the best SCORM software solutions in each category. If you have any suggestions for any other SCORM-compliant software, please feel free to let us know in the comment section.

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