I've had some troubles with import, as, depending on the way the authoring tool is working, or it saves a LP (where you try to upload right now if I followed you), or it creates a course....
What I saw so far is I create a course (basically just typing in a name and sometimes a course code).
I then go to maintenance and try to import the created content.
If it's working it's then the authoring tool created a complete course, otherwise, I go to Learning Path and try to import from here.
Note that if your configuration file is not set as it should, you may :
- Get an error, but not the course
- Don't get anything, the platform thinks for a while and then allows you to go to the summary of... an empty course/LP.
For authoring tools I don't really want to give you a list, as I so far occur a difficulty:
The trainee follows the course, but the completion rate stays at 0%, untill the trainee completed the course. And another issue is that if the trainee stops at a point, comes back, He then have to restart from scratch (the course restarts from beginning).
Note, using the integrated authoring tool doesn't create such issues I can't get rid off so far....
I therefore don't blame the platform, but more likely think there is somehow a structure the platform doesn't see.
Last but not least, if you create a course from authoring tool, you can't edit it from the internal authoring tool as it is seen as a single ressource rather than multiple pages.
Just to answer:
Courselab 2.4 (free but old)
are example of free authoring tools