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  1. 1. eLearning on a Shoestring<br />Anastasia Trekles<br />Clinical Asst. Professor<br />Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN<br />atrekles@purdue.edu<br />
  2. 2. Session Objectives<br />Ever wondered how do develop dynamic and meaningful eLearning on a small budget?<br />Today we’ll discuss:<br />How how you can harness the power of Web 2.0 and the “Cloud” for your benefit<br />Inexpensive and FREE solutions for synchronous and asynchronous elearning<br />Places to get tech support and training for you or your learners<br />3/3/10<br />2<br />Trekles - eLearning on a Shoestring<br />
  3. 3. Synchronous eLearning<br />Same time, different place meetings and webinars<br />Saves money on travel<br />Great for:<br />Group collaboration<br />Virtual modeling and brainstorming<br />Department meetings<br />Presentations and lectures<br />Software or hardware demonstrations<br />3/3/10<br />3<br />Trekles - eLearning on a Shoestring<br />
  4. 4. Synchronous eLearning Tools<br />Elluminate (30-day trial, up to $500 yearly): http://www.elluminate.com<br />LearnCentral (free for non-profits only): http://www.learncentral.com<br />GotoMeeting (30-day trial, $49/monthly): http://www.gotomeeting.com<br />WebEx (30-day trial, $49/monthly): http://www.webex.com<br />Adobe Acrobat Connect (trial available, as low as $45/monthly): http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobatconnectpro/<br />Second Life (free 3D virtual world): http://www.secondlife.com<br />Google Wave (free): http://wave.google.com<br />3/3/10<br />4<br />Trekles - eLearning on a Shoestring<br />
  5. 5. Asynchronous eLearning<br />Different time, different place<br />Great for independent coursework, asynchronous discussion forums<br />Allows for learner tracking and assessment<br />Can replace traditional workshops to save money and time<br />Learner support and resources should be made plentiful to ensure success<br />3/3/10<br />5<br />Trekles - eLearning on a Shoestring<br />
  6. 6. Asynchronous eLearning and LMS Platforms<br />Among the many platforms out there, some of the most popular open-source free tools include Moodle and Joomla<br />Moodle (http://www.moodle.org) is primarily a course management tool but has been used by many companies as an LMS; it is easy to use and set up on an MySQL enabled server<br />Joomla (http://www.joomla.org) is more of full-featured content management system and can be used for ecommerce, forums, chat, document management, and LMS with the JoomLearnLMS (http://joomlashowroom.com/Free-Downloads/) extension<br />3/3/10<br />6<br />Trekles - eLearning on a Shoestring<br />
  7. 7. Audio/Video Recording and Podcasting<br />Recoding presentations, workshops, and software training provides an excellent tutorial resource for elearners<br />Some businesses are also podcasting events, information about products and services, and more<br />Don’t reinvent the wheel, though – a great deal of great information is available for free at the iTunes podcast directory (http://www.apple.com/itunes) <br />Even more is available at YouTube (http://www.youtube.com) and TeacherTube (http://www.teachertube.com) <br />3/3/10<br />7<br />Trekles - eLearning on a Shoestring<br />
  8. 8. Recording and Podcasting Tools<br />Audacity (free, audio-only): http://audacity.sourceforge.net<br />Windows Movie Maker (free with all PCs)<br />iMovie and GarageBand (free with all Macs)<br />TechSmithCamtasia ($299, screen movies) and SnagIt ($50, still screen captures):http://www.techsmith.com<br />Jing (free, screen movies): http://www.jingproject.com<br />Adobe Captivate ($799, lots of features): http://www.adobe.com/products/captivate<br />CamStudio (free, screen movies): http://camstudio.org/<br />3/3/10<br />8<br />Trekles - eLearning on a Shoestring<br />
  9. 9. Staying in Contact and Being Productive<br />Productivity, document sharing, and social networking are becoming more and more important in today’s digital business workflow<br />There are also many fundamental programs for creating elearning materials that indispensible to most instructional designers<br />Traditional products like Microsoft Office can be cost-prohibitive, especially to small companies<br />3/3/10<br />9<br />Trekles - eLearning on a Shoestring<br />
  10. 10. Productivity, Collaboration, and Materials Creation Tools – All for FREE!<br />Social networking: Try a Ning (http://www.ning.com) or LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com) group<br />Google (more at http://www.google.com/intl/en/options): <br />Gmail (mail.google.com)<br />Google Docs (docs.google.com)<br />Calendar (calendar.google.com)<br />OpenOffice: Excellent free replacement for MS Office (http://www.openoffice.org) <br />Share your business news and keep in touch: http://www.twitter.com, http://www.skype.com<br />Create HTML and Flash web sites and presentations for free: <br />http://www.wix.com<br />http://www.wikispaces.com<br />http://www.prezi.com<br />Share (and find) presentation slides: http://www.slideshare.net<br />3/3/10<br />10<br />Trekles - eLearning on a Shoestring<br />
  11. 11. Assessment<br />How do we assess these tools’ effectiveness?<br />ROI: Free/cheap services and software saves money on hardware and software, but keep track of users; if they’re not happy or not learning, it might still be a bad investment<br />Finding the best tool for the job sometimes takes time, effort, and trial and error<br />Up-front development costs in your time can be high but the benefits can be great<br />3/3/10<br />11<br />Trekles - eLearning on a Shoestring<br />
  12. 12. Assessment of eLearning<br />Moodle and Joomla both possess quizzing modules, assignments, SCORM importing, and learner tracking functions just like the “big” commercial LMS tools<br />Hot Potatoes (http://hotpot.uvic.ca) is an excellent free program for SCORM-Compliant quizzing, crosswords and exercises<br />Captivate and Presenter can create SCORM-compliant simulations – great for software training<br />3/3/10<br />12<br />Trekles - eLearning on a Shoestring<br />
  13. 13. Potential Pitfalls<br />Sure, you CAN do a lot with a little, but keep in mind…<br />Free tools can become fee-based unexpectedly, or just stop working<br />Support is generally not provided – you get what you pay for<br />Security can be an issue – be judicious about when and where you post<br />Extra features like private or increased storage space can cost<br />3/3/10<br />13<br />Trekles - eLearning on a Shoestring<br />
  14. 14. Resources<br />Big list of Web 2.0 services and tools: http://www.go2web20.net/<br />eLearning on a Shoestring book: http://www.amazon.com/E-Learning-Solutions-Shoestring-Chronically-Professionals/dp/0787977128<br />7 Steps to Better eLearning: http://www.elearnmag.org/subpage.cfm?section=best_practices&article=35-1<br />eLearning Guild: http://www.elearningguild.com<br />Instructional Design Tips for Online Learning: http://www.csuchico.edu/tlp/resources/rubric/instructionalDesignTips.pdf<br />3/3/10<br />14<br />Trekles - eLearning on a Shoestring<br />
  15. 15. Contact Me!<br />My website: http://education.calumet.purdue.edu/Faculty/trekles<br />My book: http://www.zelda23publishing.com<br />My Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/andella<br />My email: atrekles@purdue.edu<br />3/3/10<br />Trekles - eLearning on a Shoestring<br />15<br />