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AbstracteLearning will play an integral role in training nontraditional adult learners to fill the global need for a technically skilled labor force. We present work resulting from collaborations among university research centers and regional manufacturers to support workforce training in a predominantly rural area, using eLearning. Interestingly, problems to be addressed for eLearning to succeed in such areas are universally shared by educational institutes worldwide. These include delivering learning experiences of highest quality cost effectively. The ability for non-technically trained instructors to create complex course structures could significantly reduce course development time and costs. We have developed an eLearning content authoring tool addressing this need, which also supports instructors in creating pedagogically sound courses. Design of the user interface and usability problems identified in testing are presented, followed by details of redesign based on testing. This work contributes to the small number of studies addressing usability of eLearning authoring tools. Author Keywords eLearning, authoring tool, usability, pedagogy.