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  • There are tons of free html editing tools - Dreamweaver .. Leaning curves Developed as a simple way to author xhtml documents for e-leaning comes with design templates specificlly designed as a simple way to assisit teachers and academics, comes with learning elements you can simply click and drop so you don’t have to design from scratch Exports content as self-contained website or exports as SCORM package (internatonal recognized specifiacion for packaging e-leanring content) Upload the content to your LMS. Free. Download, variety of resources and tutorials links to support forums Easy, but if you know source codes are public so you can modify them / swtich to code view
  • There are tons of free html editing tools - Dreamweaver .. Leaning curves Developed as a simple way to author xhtml documents for e-leaning comes with design templates specificlly designed as a simple way to assisit teachers and academics, comes with learning elements you can simply click and drop so you don’t have to design from scratch Exports content as self-contained website or exports as SCORM package (internatonal recognized specifiacion for packaging e-leanring content) Upload the content to your LMS. Free. Download, variety of resources and tutorials links to support forums Easy, but if you know source codes are public so you can modify them / swtich to code view

Free Tools for Creating E-learning Free Tools for Creating E-learning Presentation Transcript

  • FREE TOOLS FOR CREATING YOUR MODULE MDST 583 Online Education and Training
    • Become familiar with popular software/online tools (both commercial and free) used in creating e-learning content
    • Understand you can create e-learning courses without using expensive commercial products
    • Start thinking about which tool(s) you might want (or not want) to use in developing your module
    Objectives
  • Screen Capture – Basics
    • Capture a Screenshot (Windows)
      • Press the Print Screen key on your keyboard. [PrtScn].
      • Hold the Alt key down while pressing Print Screen to capture only the active window.
    • Capture a Screenshot (Mac)
      • Press Command-Shift-3 to capture the entire desktop
      • Press Command-Shift-4 to capture a portion of the desktop (a cross-hair cursor will appear and you can click and drag to select the area).
      • Use Grab (Applications > Utilities) in OS X.
  • Screen Capture/Screen Casting
    • Top Commercial Tools
    • Camtasia Studio (Techsmith) http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.asp
    • Captivate (Adobe) (Metro has a license to students) http://www.adobe.com/products/captivate/?promoid=DJDVX
      • Engaging software simulations
      • Branching, quizzes
    • Snagit (Techsmith) http://www.snagit.com
  • Screen Capture/Screen Casting
    • Popular Free Tools
    • Jing www.jingproject.com
      • Screen Capture
        • Capture a window, pane, or region
        • Save as a file, upload to a server, or share instantly on Screencast, Flickr, etc.
        • Produces a link you can paste in IM, email, Twitter and forum post
        • Add a text box, arrow, highlight or border to make your point
      • Record Video watch demo
        • Record what you see and do onscreen
        • Record narration at the same time
        • Up to 5 minutes recording time
        • Save in SWF, embed code on clipboard
    • ScreenToaster http://www.screentoaster.com/
  • Image/Photo Editing Tools
    • Free Internet-based Tools (No Photoshop? No Problem!)
    • pixer.us http://www. pixer .us/
    • picnik http://www. picnik .com/
    • Sumo Paint http://www. sumopaint .com
  • Audio Recorder/Editor/Podcasting
    • Top Commercial Tools
    • iTunes
    • Garageband (Mac)
    • Free Tool
    • Audacity http://audacity. sourceforge .net/
      • Free, open source, downloadable
      • Simple, easy to use
      • Convert files into MP3 with the encoder
  • Video Creation/Editing Tools
    • Top Commercial Tools
    • iMovie (Mac)
    • Windows Movie Maker (included in Windows)
    • Free Tool
    • ANIMOTO http: //animoto .com/
      • Automatically produces a movie trailer-like videos from photos and music
      • Support video clips from a camera or phone
  • Course Authoring Tools
    • Top Commercial Tools:
    • Articulate http://www.articulate.com/
      • E-Learning Studio (Presenter, Engage, Quizmaker)
    • Lectora http://www. trivantis .com/
      • Provide comprehensive authoring environment
    • Adobe Presenter http://www.adobe.com/products/presenter/
      • Quickly create Flash presentations from PowerPoint
      • Export in IMS/SCORM package to LMS
      • Can be a self-contained website
  • Course Authoring Tools
    • Popular Free Tools
    • eXe http: //sourceforge . net/apps/trac/exe/wiki
      • Open source
      • Designed for teachers and academics (learning elements)
      • No need to know html
      • Export in IMS/SCORM package to LMS
      • Can be a self-contained website
    • Course Lab http://www. courselab .com/
      • Programming-free
      • High-quality interactive content
      • Publish online or LMS
  • Course Management System
    • Top Commercial Tools
    • Blackboard
    • WebCT
    • Free Tool
    • Moodle http: //moodle .org/
      • Open source
      • Used globally by educators and businesses
      • Active online community
      • Complete course management functionality
      • Social media tools (discussion forums, blogging, wiki)
      • Customizable
  • Interactivity Tools
    • Top Commercial Tools
    • Flash http://www.adobe.com/products/flash/
    • Articulate Engage http://www.articulate.com/products/engage.php
    • Popular Free Tools
    • ClassTools http://classtools.net/
      • Create activities, quizzes and diagrams
    • VoiceThread http://voicethread.com/
      • Create collaborative, commented slideshows
  • Quiz Creation Tools
    • Top Commercial Tools
    • Articulate Quizmaker http://www.articulate. com/products/quizmaker . php
    • Respondus http://www. respondus . com/products/respondus . shtml
    • Hot Potatoes (free for state-funded educational institutions) http://hotpot. uvic .ca/index. htm
    • LodeStar http://www. lodestarlearning .com
  • Quiz Creation Tools
    • Popular Free Tools
    • ClassMarker http://www. classmarker .com/
      • Easy to use online quiz maker
      • Randomize quiz and set time limits
    • ProProfs http://www. proprofs .com/quiz-school/
      • Create online test and practice quizzes
      • Share and view results
    • Socrato! http://www. socrato .com/login. php
    • And many, many more….
  • In Conclusion...
    • Ask yourself:
      • How much time do I have?
      • Do I really need it?
      • Is it easy to use and learn?
      • How much interactivity do I need in my module?
      • Who is my target audience?
      • Can my audience access the content?
    • Experiment and see how the tools work!
    • Remember you can use a trial version of any commercial product for at least 30 days.
  • THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION! Questions? Email me at kumiko.borman@metrostate.edu