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Innovation in STEM/STEAM Education: Course Authoring

This guide was made to promote and share resources, ideas, and information related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) at KU libraries.

Course Authoring Tools

Recomended Tools:

Adobe Captivate

Rapidly create simulations, software demonstrations, and scenario-based training. Free Trial, Download 


Empower rapid e-learning with a set of powerful authoring tools: Presenter, Quizmaker & Engage (or together as Articulate Studio) Free Trial, Download


Record your screen to create training, demo, and presentation videos, aka screencasts. Free Trial, Download 

iSpring Presenter

transforms your regular PowerPoint presentation into a SCORM/AICC compliant Flash elearning course, ready for publishing to a Learning Management Systems. Free Trial, Download

iSpring Suite

Create interactive eLearning courses with narrations, interactions, quizzes and surveys directly from PowerPoint and publish for LMS.. Free Trial, Download


 Online course and simulation authoring. Facebook LMS based on the Udutu course authoring system Hosted

Adobe Flash

Advanced authoring environment for creating interactive websites and  digital experiences. Free Trial, Download

Adobe Presenter

Tool to create tutorials from within Microsoft PowerPoint. Also part of E-Learning Suite.  Deliver and track with Connect Pro. Free Trial, Download 

Other Free Tools:

Adobe Course builder 

Free extension for (not free) Adobe Dreamweaver to create web-based instructional content. Download

Brick Layer

Inspire and engage your audience with an interactive course built in Bricklayer, the e-learning authoring tool that makes creating stunning e-learning easy. Hosted

CALI Author 

Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)’s lesson authoring system for creating computer-assisted educational tutorials. Download


A powerful, yet easy-to-use, e-learning authoring tool that offers WYSIWYG environment for creating interactive e-learning. Download


Allows authors from all over the world to work together on creating courses, share/re-use media, apply master pages etc.  Commercial versions too. Download


eLearning HTML course editor. Open Source, Download

LCDS (Learning Content Development System) 

Create interactive, online courses (from Microsoft). Download

Lesson Writer

Create comprehensive literacy lesson plans and student materials from any content in minutes. Hosted

Memorize pages have interactive learning modes. They make facts clear and lucid. Create a page in seconds! Share it with someone. Hoste

MOS Solo

Windows application to create learning courses, presentations, assessments and surveys. Download

Multimedia Learning Object Authoring Tool

Combine video, audio, images and texts into one synchronized learning object. Download


The podium is a powerful, enterprise-level web-based collaborative eLearning system. Podium focuses on the collection of assets and the reuse of content across your organization. With Podium, create engaging content once and reuse and re-purpose it throughout your organization. Hosted

Reload Editor

For converting content into a SCORM package. Open Source, Download


The Xerte Project provides a full suite of open source tools for eLearning developers and content authors producing interactive learning materials. Open source, Download


Produce web-based presentations, tutorials and tests Open Source, Download