Free and Open Source Authoring Tools for e-Learning


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14 Free and Open Source Authoring Tools for e-Learning

Open source software can be used as we wish, without long-term commitments and with a community of professionals that extend and support them. This post is a post of the series "Free e-Learning Resources" ( and I am going to talk about free and open source authoring tools for e-Learning.

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=> If you know a free or open source authoring tool that is not included in the list I will highly appreciate if you write a comment with a link!

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Free and Open Source Authoring Tools for e-Learning

  1. 1. Free and Open Source Authoring Tools for e-Learning<br />by Christopher Pappas M.B.A., M.Ed.<br />eLearning Consultant<br />
  2. 2. Free e-Learning Resourceby eFront Learning blog<br />14 Free and Open Source Authoring Tools for e-Learning<br />17 Free Stock Photos Sites for e-Learning<br />8 Free and Open Source Web Conferencing (Online Meetings, Webinars) Tools for e-Learning<br />34 Free e-Learning Books<br />6 Free e-Learning Glossaries<br />31 Free Storyboard Templates for e-Learning<br />Top 10 Open Source e-Learning Projects to Watch for 2011<br />11 Free and Open Source Text to Speech Tools for e-Learning<br />
  3. 3. What2Learn<br />What2Learn makes it easy for e-Learning developers to create interactive games and quizzes and track learners' attainment. W2L is an award winning interactive learning solution. A great tool for learners with learning difficulties such as ADHD.<br />1<br />
  4. 4. Xical<br />With Xical you can produce web-based slide shows, tutorials, tests and whatever else you can think of that can make use of integrated rich media, such as audio (speech and music), video, animations or interactive visual diagrams and the likes.<br />2<br />
  5. 5. Class Tools<br />With ClassTools you can create free educational games, quizzes, activities and diagrams in seconds! Host them on your own blog, website or intranet! No signup, no passwords, no charge!<br />3<br />
  6. 6. eXe<br />The eXe project developed a freely available Open Source authoring application to assist teachers and academics in the publishing of web content without the need to become proficient in HTML or XML markup. Resources authored in eXe can be exported in IMS Content Package, SCORM 1.2, or IMS Common Cartridge formats or as simple self-contained web pages.<br />4<br />
  7. 7. Wink<br />Wink is a Tutorial and Presentation creation software, primarily aimed at creating tutorials on how to use software (like a tutor for MS-Word/Excel etc). Using Wink you can capture screenshots, add explanations boxes, buttons, titles etc and generate a highly effective tutorial for your users.<br />5<br />
  8. 8. MLOAT<br />Multimedia Learning Object Authoring Tool enables content experts to easily combine video, audio, images and texts into one synchronized learning object. All assets are configured to be played back in a pre-configured order. Users do not need to perform any programming tasks, but rather going through a graphical user interface to generate the learning object.<br />6<br />
  9. 9. Course Lab<br />CourseLab is a powerful, yet easy-to-use, e-learning authoring tool that offers programming-free WYSIWYG environment for creating high-quality interactive e-Learning content which can be published on the Internet, Learning Management Systems (LMS), CD-ROMS and other devices.<br />7<br />
  10. 10. Xerte<br />The Xerte Project provides a full suite of open source tools for e-Learning developers and content authors producing interactive learning materials.<br />8<br />
  11. 11. LAMS<br />LAMS is a revolutionary new tool for designing, managing and delivering online collaborative learning activities. It provides teachers with a highly intuitive visual authoring environment for creating sequences of learning activities. These activities can include a range of individual tasks, small group work and whole class activities based on both content and collaboration.<br />9<br />
  12. 12. JelSim<br />The JeLSIM Builder toolkit is a FREE toolkit for producing educational simulations. The tools are written in Java and allow the user to create Java applets which can be delivered through a standard web browser.<br />10<br />
  13. 13. Quandary<br />Quandary is an application for creating Web-based Action Mazes. An Action Maze is a kind of interactive case-study; the user is presented with a situation, and a number of choices as to a course of action to deal with it.<br />11<br />
  14. 14. RELOAD<br />RELOAD is a project funded under the JISC Exchange for Learning Programme (X4L). The project focuses on the development of tools that are based on emerging learning technology interoperability specifications. (Update 10/26/2010: suggested by Neil Prior)<br />12<br />
  15. 15. CamStudio<br />CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer.  (Update 10/26/2010: suggested by Neil Prior)<br />13<br />
  16. 16. Hot Potatoes<br />The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web. (Update 10/26/2010: suggested by Neil Prior)<br />14<br />
  17. 17. thank YOU!<br />