Powerful Video-Based Course Design Tools for your eLearning Platform

Introduction

You have researched the lessons and topics, developed the content, and implemented all standards. All of these to engage students and trainees. We understand, it’s hard being an instructional designer and it’s even harder to create great course videos for your students. 

But all those hard work is not of any use if not implemented correctly. It’s important to ensure that your videos are engaging. 

Luckily, nowadays video production is not just a privilege of the professionals. Those advanced techniques and technologies are available for beginners too. Easy-to-use and affordable software, online tools and even mobile applications empower you to unleash your creativity and design impressive course videos like never before. 

Now that you know the importance of video editing tools for your course design, you must be wondering which tool will be a perfect fit for your requirement and experience. 

Well, to ease your tool research, here’s a list of some popular, easy-to-use video editing tools that will help you design the perfect courses. 

Top Tools for Creating an Interactive eLearning Experience

iSpring Suite

Recommended as a fast toolkit for designing and creating adaptive eLearning courses, videos and quizzes, iSpring Suite is a completely customizable and easy to use platform for develop quality courses, video lectures and assessments that will work on any laptop, desktop and mobile platform. Some of the key features of iSpring Suite include PowerPoint Conversion, Video Lectures, Interactive Assessments, Screen Recordings, Dialogue Simulations, eLearning Interactions, Extensive LMS Support, Adaptive player, Mobile App and many more.

Pricing

iSpring Suite lifetime license is available at $770, while iSpring Suite Full Service is available at $970 / year.

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WIREWAX

Promote themselves as, “The World’s #1 Interactive Video Technology”, WIREWAX is a completely customizable interactive video platform, enabling users to add clickable hotspots, or ‘tags’, to any moving object or even person in the video. These tags encourage viewers to explore additional content while creating immersive experiences. 

Wirewax is the first platform that launched the 360º interactive video.

Other than hotspots, the platform offers the possibility to viewers to swipe between scenes or videos, switch camera views and decide the path they want to take. 

Some of the notable clients of Wirewax are Disney, Microsoft, BBC, Nike, Viacom, Walmart, and Sony amongst many others.

Pricing

WIREWAX packaging starts at $59 a month and is based on feature sets, services, support and other. 

TouchCast

TouchCast provides a range of advanced features to allow users create interactive “smart videos”. The platform offers a green screen that enables users to separate objects from the natural scenery and move them in different backgrounds – all while recording the object.

Apart from these advanced feature, TouchCast also offers valuable analytics and comes with a range of interactive elements referred as video apps (vApps): Image vApps, PDF vApps, Video inside a video, Dropbox vApps, Hotspot vApps, Video vApps, YouTube vApps, Google Drive vApps, Photo and Map vApps, etc. At the beginning of a project, vApps are prepared by the users who records the video along with the interaction, to ensure that it can be saved. 

Pricing

TouchCast packaging starts at $29 a month and is based on feature sets, services and other.

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Adobe Presenter Video Express

Suitable for beginners and experts alike, Adobe Presenter Video Express enables course designers to curate eLearning videos quickly, highlight key points, or even add comments. It even has an assessment tool that allows learners questions. 

Pricing

A subscription license for Adobe Presenter Video Express is available for $9.99/month.

SoftChalk Cloud

SoftChalk Cloud was designed to be primarily used in education, and is now one of the top rated eLearning solutions that leverages course designers with content creating, sharing, and delivery. It enables you efficiently blend existing content (Word, videos, PDFs, PowerPoint) with web resources (videos, textbook media, web widgets) to create interactive web-based modules. It can be used by both beginners and professionals

Pricing

Softchalk Cloud offers a range of packages for every need. The cost is $495/year for educators, $150/year for students, $995/year for retail and $695/year for government/military.

Online Tools to Create Animations and Other Presentations for your eLearning Platform

Animations are very powerful tools for elearning. They are engaging and can serve a variety of purposes. Animations can easily be changed, in contrast to traditional footage.

Moovly

For a beginner, it’s pretty difficult to work on pro tool to create those stunning presentations with animations. Moovly makes the work easier for the creator. An easy-to-use platform, Moovly allows users to create engaging presentations. 

Moovly consists of: a library of objects and slips to create your content, a timeline where you can synchronize the appearance and animations of your objects, a stage where you visually compose your content, and a property area where you can change the details about your objects. The objects can be anything; images, sounds or even videos. 

Pricing

Moovly pricing starts at $ 24.92 a month (billed annually)

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Animaker

Animations are best way to build a powerful course presentation and video to boost the engagement. With Animaker, you can easily create animations. The platforms lets you choose characters from a variety of options available in the library. You can even decide a specific movement and facial expression for the particular character and can even change it as many times as you need. It also provides effects like pop-up and scene transitions.

Using Animaker, you can create whiteboard animations, handcraft animations and even infographic videos. Animaker can help you transform your lessons to a whole new level (if done right).

Pricing

Animaker pricing starts at $19 a month and $12 a month if billed annually

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Wideo

Wideo is an online video platform that allows users to create stunning presentations in an easy-to-go way and hence is perfect for beginners as well as professionals. The platform includes many templates which instructional designers can use to create any sort of presentation required (institutional explainers, e-commerce, company guidelines, and much more). The available templates are organized properly to help you create animation-based stories. Once you are done with the video; you can either download it or even it.

Pricing

Wideo pricing starts at $9 a month (billed annually)

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Creating Interactive Online Learning Videos

To create the perfect eLearning videos, you need to take care of every details; right from deciding the topic to understanding your audience. These six steps will help you create interactive online learning videos efficiently that engages your audience effectively:

  • Identify Your Goals And Learning Objectives
  • Find The Right eLearning Authoring Tools
  • Timing Is Everything
  • Pick The Perfect Template or Theme
  • Choose Your Interactions
  • Track Your Results

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