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Experiencing eLearning

Freeware application for creating “action mazes” or branching scenarios. tags: freeware e-learning scenarios branching. The Ultimate Directory Of Free Image Sources – The Edublogger. Extensive list of sources for free images, many of which are Creative Commons or public domain. tags: images free creativecommons. eLearning Wiki. Wiki by Kevin Wilcoxon with lengthy articles on learning and training. Categories are foundations, teaching online, course development, and the future (including references to the Serious e-Learning Manifesto). Quandary. Posted from Diigo.

Top 10 eLearning Resources You May Not Have Thought Of

eLearning Brothers

Wink is a freeware for creating tutorials and presentations aimed at instructing how to use software. Guest post by Robert Morris. The upswing of the eLearning industry is showing no signs of slowing down. If you are trying to design an eLearning course, you need to keep the entire process as organized as possible. Xerte. Audacity. You can even edit out annoying background noise. VIDIZMO.

Top 10 Screen Recording Software for Windows

eLearning Brothers

100% freeware software. Ezvid is freeware video and screen capture software. Videos are excellent tools for visual and auditory learners. They can be used to: demonstrate processes step-by-step in a tutorial. demonstrate software to other people or record tips and tricks for later reference. share pointers for playing a game. record product reviews. spyware and adware free. CamStudio.

Moodle LMS: Hot Potatoes is Now Free!

The E-Learning Curve

Tags: plugin Moodle hot potatoes content development question freeware criterion test

Jane Hart’s Top 100 Learning Tools

Jay Cross

This little freeware tool plays just about any video format you can throw at it. It’s time once again to contribute to  Jane Hart’s annual survey of tools for learning. I was the first person to take part in this project some nine years ago and now it’s an annual ritual. It’s enlightening to review what’s best in the toolbox. Friends. Books. WordPress. Twitter.

Help! What software tool should I use to record audio?

360 Training

Sometimes circumstances are such that there is no money to spend on tools, and your IT department or personal policies may be such that you are not willing to download freeware. Audio can add a great deal to the quality of your course. Many devices and industry-standard elearning tools offer simple and effective software for recording audio. Use whatever works best for you. More questions?

3 Ways to Create Videos for your Courses

eFront

Several freeware programs are available for video recording, such as HyperCam. Videos are perhaps the most sought after multimedia format in the eLearning world. Without videos, we feel we are missing real action! They’re a great way to demonstrate the need for the course and the practical emphasis of the course in the learners’ lives. Viewers have even become producers.

Less Time? Less Money? Think ELearning Authoring Tools

CommLab India

There are however, many freeware and lesser known authoring tools that might just do for you. “See any detour as an opportunity to experience new things.” ” - H. Jackson Brown, Jr. You have been delivering training in the traditional, face-to-face classroom environment. Now, you have a problem. Budgets are not always generous. What are rapid authoring tools?

Project Management for eLearning Professionals

Integrated Learnings

Some are freeware while others will have fees associated with them. By Dean Hawkinson An instructional designer serves many functions in a training initiative, one of which is often project manager. However, we sometimes lose sight of this critical role. In a lot of cases, we are managing a team of people to create an end product, and we rely on several project team members to accomplish actions that enable us to create the instructional materials. In this post, I address some of the critical things we need to be aware of in project management and a few tools to use along the way.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye LMSs

eLearning 24-7

It looks like freeware. One of the things many people do not know about the infamous Beverly Hills is that there used to be a town crier (you know some dude dressed up in some coat with tails) who would welcome people as they drove into the area – specifically rodeo drive. . I’m not sure if he is still there, I never pay attention as I zoom into the area – after all who has time to listen to some guy dressed in special garb, but I digress. Anyway, he follows suit (no pun intended) of the old days of a such criers as you entered a variety of locations.  Rings the bell).

Top 10 Tools for Rapid eLearning

Rob Hubbard

GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) – fantastically named piece of freeware that works on most operating systems for photo retouching, image composition and authoring. by Tess Robinson, Director, LearningAge Solutions. We’ve put our heads together and come up with our favourite (mostly free) tools for aiding rapid elearning development. Allows for collaborative working and comments.

Characters for eLearning

eLearning Blender

I am working on an eLearning project where I will be using a character that will be the learners tutor throughout the module. I am toying with the idea of creating a cartoonish character and in my research I came across SP Studio which is a very cool site that makes it easy to create custom south park cartoon characters. It's a great way to add a little fun to an eLearning course.

IT Comes up Huge!

eLearning Blender

Last week my chances of getting a Wiki installed behind the firewall were looking terrible. actually refocused on hosted solutions because the notion of installing MediaWiki behind the firewall was shot out of the water at first. Luckily we have a fired up tech support guy who is dying to get a Wiki up and going so that he can update it with the latest tech support issues that come up.

Analysis of ASTD International Conference and Expo 2013

eLearning 24-7

One looked like freeware.  EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it. It’s the yearly review of the ASTD International Conference and Expo. Did I get your attention?  If I did, then you might be one of the folks still standing in line at the Starbucks at the convention center.  If you are, don’t worry the $5 pumpkin loaf is still available. Well, this year’s show had all the fun and excitement you can expect in the biggest training conference event of the year. Okay, probably not, but as you can see – I’m hucking the event, like any good showman. On to the Show.

Review of ASTD International Trade Expo

eLearning 24-7

would play this at home – too many game based learning solutions look like freeware or the old Atari games from the 80s. With great anticipation I entered the huge expo at ASTD International show earlier this week. Lots of vendors, lots of potential. However with hope comes disappointment, and that disappointment appeared numerous times. There were vendors that had nice LMSs and cool features. There were some very slick products. Yet, overall the show was Lame. It just wasn’t me thinking this, I heard it from attendees and even other vendors who were trolling the floor.

Custom Reports in Moodle

eLearning Blender

This week I had some time to moodle around in Moodle. really haven't dug too deep until now so this was definitely an eye opener. didn't realize how easy it was to set up. One thing that did trip me up though is customizing reports. Moodle has some great standard reports but it doesn't appear to be too easy to customize them. I'm looking to make the simple modification of adding a column of information and from my small amount of research, it looks like you have to get into the root folders and edit the PHP. Is this true? Is there an easier way?

Just in the nick of time!

eLearning Blender

Just as I was looking into purchasing Camtasia Studio by Tech Smith I came across a blog posting on Tony Karrer's eLearning Technology blog just in the nick of time. Tony posted links to free downloads of Snag It and Camtasia. have been a long time user of Snag It and love it for screen shots. It is very handy for creating software training materials. recently used the demo version of Camtasia to complete a software simulation project and it worked out great. just installed Camtasia and can't wait to put it to use on a larger scale project. Post about free Snag It and Camtasia downloads

How to Get Your Training Presentation From Good to Great With Images, Audio, and Video

Mindflash

You may have to convert – downloadable shareware and freeware converters are plentiful – particularly if your content was recorded on a smartphone with a proprietary format. Photos, sound files and video clips are always great ways to liven up great presentations. retail clerk needs to categorize items rung up at the point of sale — photos of the inventory aid in product recognition.

Daily Bookmarks 03/16/2008

Experiencing eLearning

tags: freeware , graphics , tools. Connectivism Blog > Pedagogy First? Whatever. Annotated. tags: connectivism , context , pedagogy , technology. George Siemens argues that rather than starting with pedagogy for making instructional decisions, we should start with context. He recommends choosing the technology first, then the pedagogy to match, partly because “sound pedagogy&# is an ambiguous target. Pedagogy should not even be a consideration during the planning stages of technology use. Harsh statement? Perhaps, but it’s a reality. In a world: context. ArtRage 2.

Dispatch from the Digital Frontier: The Mechanics of Social Learning Networks for 9th Graders (Part 3) by Anne Derryberry

Learning Solutions Magazine

Identifying – and assembling – the right set of freeware tools to provide the infrastructure that will spawn an active social learning network among a class of mid-performing 9th graders was like being back in grad school.”. “Determining the right technology package for a learning solution can be challenging under any circumstances. Social Media Tools

Teaching and learning C online

Moodle Journal

If the institute make use of a licensed product, as we do, then students either have to purchase it, or make use of a freeware or trial version. This year in both our FE and HE programmes in Software Development, I am using C as the principle language. feel that C as a structured introduction to programming has a lot to offer students new to the subject area. Feedback welcome Barrys

Tune-up Your E-Learning Workstation for the New Year

E-learning Uncovered

Freeware maintenance software. When comparing commercial and freeware tune-up suites, be sure to focus on the types of maintenance utilities you are most interested in. freeware utility might be missing a tool to optimize your solid-state drive, but if that’s not important to you then it’s no loss. Be sure to check the license agreement carefully for a freeware product, especially if it is for business use so you can be sure you are in compliance. It’s a new year, and that means time for resolutions! But what about your computer? Commercial maintenance software.

Game Changing Training

Your Training Edge

This software differs from freeware and shareware and can be defined as both the idea and application of making program source code openly accessible. My last posts have been quite learner oriented, while this post talks about corporate trainers and development professionals. It happens just once a year when baseball players get a chance for the fresh start. Going back to the fundamentals.

Wink screencasts, Google Co-Op, and eContent

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Its Windows only, but at least its freeware. Rich Hoeg, author of the eContent blog , sent me some links that I think are worth sharing. My favorite is a link to his post showing some Engineering Domain searches Rich created with Google Co-Op. Wink is a very cool little screencapture tool I've never heard of before. Thanks for sharing, Rich! This is some great new stuff

Question: Tracking CBTs

Experiencing eLearning

My experience has mostly been in higher ed, so I’ve always needed to do grading or more tracking than what this reader needs: I am the sole person involved with e-Learning in my branch, and I am mostly limited to using freeware.   At present we are developing self-paced CBTS using PowerPoint, a PowerPoint-to-Flash converter, and HTML.  My client wants two things that I am stuck on: 1) good server software for posting CBTs and then having basic tracking of student usage.  The ideal vendor solution might be the Adobe Connect training module. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks!

Thoughts on Social Networking

Moodle Journal

Now being a software person, my first reaction was to go looking for some tools, free ones anyway and I found Agna , a superb little piece of Java freeware. Going on as I do these days with regard to the value of social networking tools practices and the implications for collaboration in learning, which you may well have picked this up from a number of posts in this blog.

Free e-learning: The Top 10 barriers to adoption

From the Coleface

Integration with existing systems: the freeware has probably been built to do one job by developers who are unfamiliar with or unconstrained by corporate systems. As was revealed last Friday at the e-learning Network, vast numbers of free e-learning tools are available. For some of the most popular tools see Jane Hart’s Directory of Learning Tools. If there are all these great free tools, why are cost-conscious firms not adopting them faster? Support: who’s responsible for helping users get the best from using the software? How does this top 10 tally with your experience?

Great Women of Web 2.0 Talk

Kapp Notes

Hot Potatoes is not freeware, but it is free of charge for those working for publicly-funded non-profit-making educational institutions, who make their pages available on the web. I really enjoyed my talk the other night with the Women of the Web 2.0. I had a great time and it is a great group of people to work with. We discussed games and how they can be used in the classroom. And we discussed a number of great web sites from all over so here are a few of the sites we discussed. Here are some sites where teachers can create their own online games and/or 3D environments. Show # 70.

eLearning Learning Widget

eLearning Blender

Diving into this widget I was surprised how often I talk about and research freeware. In a previous post I mentioned a new eLearning community I am taking part in called eLearning Learning. If you haven't already, you really should check out this site. Dr. Tony Karrer has really done some amazing things with the keyword widget making it easy to dig deep into a research topic. You can actually dive in right here from my blog. In my sidebar you will see the eLearning Learning keyword widget which lists common topics I talk about on my blog.

Where are open source learning applications?

Tony Karrer

Think of it as freeware Captivate. * Fun Interactions - Hot Potato * Audio Editing - Audacity and I know there's some that do essentially PPT + audio, lots of ways to create podcasts, video, and the list goes on. Good post by Harold Jarche - Where are open source learning applications? First, open-source generally succeeds once an application domain is fairly well understood and the feature sets are relatively more stable. If you look at the slow creep up the application stack of open-source solutions (OS, app server, database, CRM), then its easy to see the pattern.

Interesting Information via eLearning Learning

Tony Karrer

Joe Deegan - Blender - Training Solutions Freeware , ILT , SWF , ROI , Wondershare , PowerCONVERTER , Adobe Captivate , Photoshop , SharePoint ( SharePoint Examples - Joe, can you help me?) We've implemented a few features in the eLearning Learning Community. You can see the first feature by visiting the site and clicking around on terms. What you will now see is that the left hand keywords are sorted based on an algorithm that takes into account how related that term is to the currently selected terms. As an example, I can see that eLearning 2.0 Gives me an idea of who to talk to.

Software for Starving Students - sweet!

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Windows and Mac only: Software for Starving Students has released a 2007 edition of its collection of freeware and open-source software. Lifehacker has a great link to this download of usefull software. Sure students are strapped for cash, but schools are too. What a great little set of tools for educators as well. The collection includes well-known gems like 7-Zip, Audacity, Blender, and OpenOffice.org--all stuff you can easily get yourself, but here the legwork is done for you. Plus, it comes with an easy-to-use installer. How's that for a late Christmas present. Enjoy

Top Learning, Technology & Media Links: Weekly Digest – 2

Upside Learning

The best freeware reviews presented to you by Gizmo’s team of experts provides a listing of 260 sites that legally offer free books (eBooks) on a wide range of topics, for download or for online viewing. Learning Management System Acquisition Statistics. More organizations are looking to invest in Learning Management Systems as the economy slowly improves. Read it here. 2. iPad 2.0:

Knowledge and Learning In The News - 12/7/2006

Big Dog, Little Dog

Top 10 Freeware Apps for M-Learning - Mobile Learning. 2006 Industry Report - Training Magazine. The year 2006 was one of growth for the training industry. Most organizations reported healthy increases in their training budgets, with an average budget increase of 7 percent over last year. Today, companies are spending $1,273 per learner on training, including staff salaries. Why Workflow Sucks - ebiz. The problem stems from the fact that most Workflow products were flawed, and as a result, the problem in the gene pool has rippled through to the new BPM species.