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E-Learning Tools

Audio Resources

  • Samson Go Mic: I get lots of questions asking about a good mic for about $50.  This is the one I use. 
  • Levelator: automatically adjust the audio levels in your narration. 
  • Audacity: free open source audio recording and editing software. 
  • Myna: easy-to-use online audio editor that includes a library of assets. 
  • Voice123 and find narrators for your elearning courses. 

Creative Commons audio: good sites to get free audio for your courses. 

Video Resources

Graphics Resources

  • Kuler: site to create custom color schemes. 
  • Color Schemer: site to create color schemes. 
  • Photo Resizer: use this application to quickly resize images to a specific resolution. 
  • Image Tuner: resize, rename, and convert image formats with this free tool. 
  • Poladroid: quickly create images that look like they were taken with a Polaroid camera. 
  • Cartoonster: free tutorials that teach the basics of animation. 

Image editing software

  • free image and photo editing software that probably does most of what you need for elearning. 
  • GIMP: free image editing and authoring software that give you more Photoshop-like power without the price. 
  • Picnik: web-based image editor. 
  • Aviary: web-based image editor. 
  • Artweaver: good for basic graphics editing. 

Font Resources

  • free and inexpensive fonts. Check the usage agreement. 
  • Fontcapture:  free to create the fonts. 
  • YourFonts: $9.95 for custom fonts. 

Stock Image Resources

Writing & Reading Resources

  • Copyblogger: the site is focused on writing for blogs but the ideas work for elearning courses, too; especially when it comes to creating learner-centric content. 
  • Windows Live Writer: this is what I use to write my blog posts. It’s free and works great. 
  • Making Change: Cathy Moore does a good job providing tips that will improve how you write for your courses and with your instructional design. 

PowerPoint Resources

  • Free Training Templates: Microsoft offers a number of free training templates that could serve as a starting point for beginning rapid elearning designers. 
  • Motion Path Tool: add-in to better manage animations in PowerPoint. 
  • PowerPoint Color Swatch: quickly create custom color themes in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010. 

Community & Social Media Resources

  • TED: there are a lot of very good videos; some relevant to learning and some just inspiring
  • Common Craft: great way to get an overview on many of the social media basics.  They also do a great job presenting information; a good model for some courses. 
  • Vuvox: create interactive collages that you can insert into your elearning course, such as in this example
  • Feedly: a simple and fast way to browse your favorite sources. 
  • Netvibes: great way to create a custom home page and load it with the information you want quick access to like blogs that your follow. 
  • Dipity: create interactive timelines. Insert into your course using the web objects feature. 
  • ClusterURL: make free webpages using your browser’s tabs. Here’s a tutorial
  • Google Reader: use Google’s web-based feed reader to keep up with blogs and news. 

Miscellaneous Resources

  • Dropbox: this is my favorite application.  It makes it easy for me to sync across multiple computers and collaborate with others.
  • Airdropper: easy way to have someone send files to you using your Dropbox account. 
  • Fences: keep your desktop clean by quickly hiding or displaying your icons and shortcuts. Great for screencasts and presentations. 
  • OneNote: by far one of my favorite applications to take notes. It integrates with Outlook and I have it synced across all of my computers using Dropbox. 
  • Evernote: great way to capture and document almost anything. Check out the Articulate Guru entry. 
  • Zoomerang: create free surveys 
  • Web2PDF: convert a website or blog to PDF.
  • AlacrityPC: shut down unnecessary services and programs before you run a resource intensive application like multimedia authoring applications. 
  • ZoomIt: screen zoom and annotation tool for presentations that include application demonstrations. 
  • Survey Monkey: create free surveys and collect feedback. 
  • MindManager: this isn’t free, but a tool I use to create mindmaps of my scenarios which I can export to PowerPoint. 
  • 7-Zip: free application to zip and unzip files.  I use it to unzip .pptx files. 
  • Karen’s Directory Printer:  easy way to create a list of files and folders on your computer.