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Free tools for elearning

  • Tuesday, May 05, 2009 10:06 AM
    Message # 165168

    A few of us were talking after the meeting today about doing a possible esig topic on free tools for elearning. Just saw this post from the Rapid eLearning Blog that Diane mentioned in the session. Check it out.





  • Tuesday, May 05, 2009 8:00 PM
    Reply # 165539 on 165168
    That email was great timing. I am going to do some research on free eLearning tools and we could have a Free Tools Demonstration session. Please post any free tools to this thread. I know of Udutu, Moodle, Jing, iSpring, and Audacity off the top of my head. All free to use for everything from authoring content, LMS, and editing soud.

  • Wednesday, May 06, 2009 8:38 PM
    Reply # 166518 on 165168

    More FREE tools...  (looks like I am limited to space on this forum so will include a few posts with multiple tools)


    Imports power point however doesn’t appear to be able to alter once you import if go that route. The templates were a little tricky to figure out exactly what they would look like until put in material. Not much wiggle room once add content... very cookie cutter like however does provide templates for many branching/scenario type situations.

  • Wednesday, May 06, 2009 8:40 PM
    Reply # 166519 on 166518


    Attractive quiz makers with more types of quizzes imaginable. When set up for advanced, has an option to check for Moodle compatible that limits the number of quiz types however still many to choose from. I tried to select publish to see what it would look like however it didn’t seem to like the free “contributor key” I was using. Maybe I was missing a step? Appears just to be a method to develop quizzes and not necessarily pages of content.

  • Wednesday, May 06, 2009 8:42 PM
    Reply # 166520 on 166519

    Course Lab

    Has option to import from PowerPoint however costs $99. Very easy to drag and drop objects from navigation panel on right onto your content page. Appears to be WYSIWYG. Many initial templates to choose from for background formatting. Much more intuitive than Udutu.


    SLC  Well the name is simple however the process to set up the content isn’t so simple. You download a zipped package of files then you have to copy each file and edit each one using html.


  • Wednesday, May 06, 2009 8:43 PM
    Reply # 166522 on 166520

    VTS  Very basic template to include text, sound, graphics and basic quizzes. Does not appear to have the ability for branching content.  Easy to use.


    Scratch  Very neat program to create animated graphics. Step by step instructions. Includes a wide selection of objects to use or can import your own. Reminds me of the help characters in MS office products that bounce around your screen if you have them turned on. Includes a mac version too.


    eXe  Easy to use.


  • Tuesday, July 07, 2009 3:44 PM
    Reply # 192507 on 165168

    More tools...List from session at ASTD ICE 2009 "Money Doesn't Grow on Trees... But e-Learning Tools Do"

    Synchronous e-learning

    • Yuguu: screen sharing
    • dimdim: screen sharing
    • Freeconferencecall
    • Freeconference

    Survey Tools

    • Polldaddy: 11 question types
    • SurveyMonkey: 12 question types
    • LimeSurvey: 20 question types, 46 languages

    Graphics Editors

    • Splashup
    • Picnik: effects
    • Gimp
    • Phoenix
    • Raven: vector editing
    • PhotoShop Express: photo editing

    Audio Editors

    • Audacity: PC and Mac
    • Wavepad: PC and Mac
    • Wavosaur: windows
    • Reaper: multi-track

    Learning Management

    • Moodle
    • Sakai
    • .learn

    Screen Recorders

    • Jing
    • CAM Studio
    • uTIPu
    • Wink
    • Salasaga: in alpha stage

    Media Assets

    • FreePlayMusic
    • Stock.Xchng
    • IStockPhoto (low cost)

    Media Conversion

    • Handbrake
    • Media Converter

    Web Development

    • NVU
    • KompZer

    Productivity Tools

    • OpenOffice
    • NeoOffice
    • Dia
    • InfraRecorder
    • OpenProj
    • 7Zip

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