What is authoring software?
software enables teachers to create interactive materials
specifically to meet the needs of their students. Interactive
materials allow students to select a correct answer to a question.
The materials created often have a game format and students use the
mouse to rearrange text, to input text into gaps, to drag images to
match text, or to match sound with text or images. The key feature
of such materials is that the user receives immediate feedback and
can start again in order to improve performance.
For the teacher, this type of software enables the creation of
appealing activities for students to consolidate learning. Tasks
can be at the level of word recognition, gap-fill, grammar
practice, sentence and paragraph reconstruction, or comprehension.
Moreover, materials can be used on the interactive whiteboard or
placed on the school network for students to access remotely.
- Ease of use: no programming skills are needed. Choose an
activity type and input the language or sound file and the activity
is created. Many activities can often be created from one idea or
- Versatility: interactive materials can be used for whole-class
teaching or for independent work by students in school or
elsewhere. It is easy to edit or improve existing activities
- Multimedia capability: text, sound recordings and image files,
such as digital photographs, can be incorporated into
- Focus on language: while there is a game element to many
activities, the emphasis is always on language, whether working at
the level of word recognition, grammar exercises, or more demanding
- Focus on learning: activities created with authoring software
can be used to promote independent learning away from the
classroom. The use of images and audio suits the different learning
styles found among students
- Instant feedback: materials created with authoring software
give students immediate scores, allowing them to re-try and
sometimes indicating the correct answer if a user opts to seek
- Use for assessment: students can keep track of their scores and
identify areas for improvement. Sometimes, scores can be recorded
and stored for the teacher to access
- Appeal to students: the game format of many activities created
with authoring software is both familiar and appealing to students.
They often enjoy interactive exercises, which, if presented on
paper, might not be so engaging.