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.
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.
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.
Course Lab http://www.courselab.com/
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 http://www.simplelearningcreator.com/ 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.
VTS http://www.vtshost.com/default.asp 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 http://scratch.mit.edu/ 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 http://exelearning.org/ Easy to use.
More tools...List from session at ASTD ICE 2009 "Money Doesn't Grow on Trees... But e-Learning Tools Do"
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