Picture this scenario: Your boss sends you an email asking you to research e-learning course creation apps—also known as e-learning authoring software—so your department can purchase a tool to develop e-learning. You hardly know anything about e-learning, much less course creation apps. You search online, but quickly become lost in the sea of information, opinions, and product specifications. All you want is some general information about what e-learning course creation apps are all about, but you can’t seem to find it!

If this sounds familiar and you’re looking to learn what e-learning course creation apps are all about, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to find out the main things you need to know.

What Are E-Learning Course Creations Apps?

E-learning course creation apps allow you to develop e-learning courses—also known as computer-based training, online training, online courses, and distance learning. There are lots of different apps to choose from, but they all have one thing in common: they help you build a “learning experience” that’s viewed on a computer, tablet, and/or smartphone.

What Can You Create with E-Learning Course Creation Apps?

Specific functionalities will vary from app to app, but the range of things you can do with e-learning course creation apps includes:

  • Presenting information using text, shapes, photos, characters, animations, video clips, and audio.
  • Building engaging interactions and games that challenge and motivate learners.
  • Crafting realistic scenarios to help learners understand how to apply what they’re learning to real-life situations.
  • Creating 360° immersive experiences that empower learners to build skills in realistic virtual environments.
  • Recording your screen to create software training.
  • Designing quizzes, assessments, and tests to measure learning.

You can use any combination of these things—and more—to create your online courses.

Do You Have to Be an Expert to Use E-Learning Course Creation Apps?

No! A wide range of people with varying backgrounds use e-learning course creation apps. Some applications—like Rise 360 and Storyline 360—require no (or minimal) coding or programming knowledge. This means subject matter experts—or anyone with average computer skills—can use e-learning course creation apps to build online training.


As you continue your research into finding the best e-learning course creation apps for your needs, you’re likely to stumble upon more questions. What types of course creation apps exist? What factors should I consider when choosing a course creation app? Not to worry! We’ve got answers for you.

Check out the resources below to help guide your search. And be sure to come back to the E-Learning Heroes community regularly for more helpful advice on everything related to e-learning. 

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Keith Richardson

Good article. Subject Title does not match the text though. For the text presented the Title should read 'Some Key Requirements for any E-Leaning Software' The present title is incorrect since not all probable requirements are mentioned (see others comments for examples) and the text only mentions requirements without mentioning how to match them up with any or some or all of the e-leaning authoring software out there (other than to tell the reader to match with the 'Features" listed by the software vendor). Since all vendors do not "sell" or "explain" their software using the same terminology as used in the text (some don't even use the word or provide a list of "features") this article does not give the reader sufficient description of elearning software itself. This is like a wis... Expand