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Free and Open Source Text to Speech Tools for e-Learning


News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 1/16/2011 Free and Open Source Text to Speech 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. Come on guys are you serious!

When or When Not to Use Open Source LMS?


You love Microsoft! The presentation than briefly turned into a debate between open-source and proprietary systems. Now, this was not the first time when someone asked me to compare open source vs. proprietary systems, and I am sure it won’t be the last. I neither love nor hate proprietary or open source systems. So here goes.

Open source in corporate learning – The need to take it seriously.

Learning Cafe

Using Open Source approach is one such opportunity which should be given serious consideration. Let us first talk about the open source approach and how you probably use it without being aware of it. So what is the open source approach ? Many open source projects start up with only the ones with the strongest community and value proposition surviving.

Uplift – ASP.NET 5: The MS Move to Open Source Software


What: With the release of RC1 of ASP.NET 5, Microsoft has officially thrown its full support behind the open-source software community. Additionally, the new.NET Core CLR has been made completely open source and allows.NET web applications to be run on nearly any operating system. This fundamental shift in development ideology will require many.NET developers to play a little bit of catch-up with what the rest of open-source web world has been up to for the past couple years. When: Friday, March 11th from 3pm to 3:45pm. Any interest? Events

Vote for the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013


A vote for Microsoft Office will be split over Word and PowerPoint, so please vote individually for these tools, i.e. Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Outlook etc. eLearning Learning Open Source Tools learning management system Learning Technology LMS Below is an extract from the original post on the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies blog. Vote for the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013. The annual Top 100 Tools for Learning list has become very popular. The list was also cited in KPCB’s 2013 Internet Trends presentation (viewed over 2.3 million times) . How to vote.

DevCorner: Microsoft TechEd 2014 – Recap and Major Takeaways

Visual Lounge

This is the place for i nterviews with our devs, source code samples, and an inside peek at some of the cool stuff we’re working on… TechSmith recently sent fourteen of its own to attend Microsoft’s TechEd 2014 conference in Houston. The show floor at Microsoft TechEd 2014. Eric: I wasn’t expecting so many opportunities to connect with Microsoft employees.

Kineo Insights Webinar: The Truth About Open Source – a conversation with Sakai’s Executive Director

Learning Visions

Today as part of the Kineo Insights webinar series – a conversation on open source. The following are my notes from Part 1 of the webinar: The Truth About Open Source: A conversation with Michael Korcuska, Executive Director of Sakai. The Truth About Open Source Who writes the code? And other burning questions about source… Poll #1: How many of you currently use open source LMS? 5% currently use one 95% do not use an open source LMS. Poll #2: What do you consider the primary benefits of an open source LMS?

An Open Source Environment for E-Learning Content Development

The E-Learning Curve

As I'm in the process of updating my website ’s Learning Content Management System (LCMS), I though it would be interesting to discuss open source environments, and how they can be implemented in an e-learning content development ecosystem. Access to the source code is a precondition for this. Access to the source code is a precondition for this. Now read on.

DevCorner: Introducing Hyde, TechSmith’s first open source project

Visual Lounge

Today, TechSmith is excited to release its first open source project called Hyde. Hyde does three things very well compared to the Microsoft libraries for accessing Azure Storage: Hyde makes unit testing easy. This means logic that was impossible to unit test with the Microsoft libraries is covered when using Hyde. What is Hyde? Why use Hyde?

Open Source E-Learning Development 3: Open

The E-Learning Curve

Having discussed two key components of this Open Environment for E-learning; an XML-based authoring and content-generation tool, and an image-manipulation application, today I will discuss an XML-based productivity suite - a word processor, spreadsheet application, and presentation tool called Now read on. Figure 1. References: version 3.x.

Top Ten Tools for Learning 2014

Experiencing eLearning

LinkedIn , especially LinkedIn groups, is a source for many useful conversations and resources. Microsoft Word isn’t exactly the most glamorous tool here, but it is a tool I use regularly for design documents, storyboards, and other projects for clients. Jane Hart is collecting her eighth annual list of top tools for learning. Personal Learning. WordPress is my blog host.

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ID and e-Learning Links (4/6/14)

Experiencing eLearning

Five free Microsoft Project alternatives – TechRepublic. Some are open source. Learning CSI: Learning Needs Investigation | Learning Rebels. Approaching needs analysis as an “investigation” without assuming that a course is always the right solution. tags: learning training analysis performanceconsulting performancesupport instructionaldesign. Gantter – web-based project scheduling made easy. Web-based project management tool. Can import/export to MS Project. Integrated with Google Drive. tags: projectmanagement tools free google. Posted from Diigo.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Is Facebook the next Microsoft?

Learning Visions

Thursday, July 26, 2007 Is Facebook the next Microsoft? Have you seen this article from TechCrunch: Could Facebook Become The Next Microsoft? Little Shots of Theory Instructional Design as a practice in corporate vs. A Conversation with Karl Kapp ► February (11) ID Live with Charles Reigeluth on EdTechTalk Kineo Insights Webinar: Kronos Moodle Case Study Kineo Insights Webinar: The Truth About Open Sourc. Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. No, Google is. 8:29 AM Cammy Bean said. Take the Survey!

Tech Tuesday: Translating mLevel Events to xAPI Statements


Upon verification completion, mLevel pushes this event payload out to a Microsoft Azure Event Hub to be consumed by anything that is subscribing to it. The other option is called Learning Locker which is an open source LRS which does require a server to host the LRS. which are represented by the gameEventType. Quick Overview of xAPI. mLevel Events to xAPI Statements.

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10 Reasons to invest in a cloud based LMS


A cloud based LMS , as opposed to an in-house LMS, provides learners with a vibrant, open and fun platform on which they can access training material and interactive tools which transform the learning experience into something a lot more immersive and dynamic. There was a time when all an LMS did was play back elearning content and track passes or fails. Don’t have an LMS? Cost savings.

Free-to-use e-learning development 12: Microsoft Producer

The E-Learning Curve

Today, I'm moving from the realm of open source software proper into the domain of free-to-use e-learning software. Free-to-use e-learning development 12: Microsoft Producer is a post from: E-Learning Curve Blog. Tags: e-learning authoring t authoring tools content authoring gratis libre debate media Microsoft Producer

A peak under eFront’s hood


We’ll just give you a high level description of what powers eFront, the software analogous of opening the hood of a Ferrari to take a peak at its engine; you don’t need to be mechanic to appreciate that. Open Source software not only gives you the program, it also gives you the program’s source code, and lets you do anything with it.

State of the Authoring Tool Industry 2015

eLearning 24-7

Drag n Drop with lots of objects, add the ability to API from Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive right into your SaaS Authoring Tool, allow other API possibilities as well (that make sense). Recently added the ability to publish a storyboard in Microsoft Word. I have no idea what Microsoft is waiting for – but did I mention that someone told Ray, that people will come?

11 Free Game Creation Software Programs (At least for 30 Days)

Kapp Notes

Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, with financial support from the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, Intel Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Google, Iomega and MIT Media Lab research consortia. Panda3D is Open Source and free for any purpose, including commercial ventures. Game Maker can be used free of charge.

When You Should Build Your Own LMS


I have seen this first hand on some pre-sales conversations for our LMS where we are sent a Microsoft Excel document with hundreds of features/requirements listed. To minimize both risk and cost of a custom LMS build you can leverage an open source LMS and build upon the core features that are already available. They often do a good job satisfying these various needs.

5 E-Learning Forecasts for 2012

eLearning 24-7

LMSs/LCMS/CMS/learning platforms in commercial and open space continued their presence. I have seen continued interest and downloads for open source AR tool kits. Augmented reality opens those doors. Kinect technology was not created at a Microsoft lab, rather it was created by a group of folks in Cambridge, England. Open source toolkits already exist, so I am projecting an increased use with education and businesses who have the tech folks in house to build such apps. In 2011, I saw quite a few items that resonated. ” The Future. #1.

Virtual Reality – The Reality is that VR is not ready for real time learning (at least not yet)

eLearning 24-7

Razer OSVR – Open Source VR – Not ready for prime time, projected delivery 2016. Just as I see it moving from the within the app experience to the whole new world of doing many items just by using your eyes – open a web browser, search for courses, etc. To me the big difference maker to this whole VR experience will not be Google, rather Microsoft HoloLens. HoloLens offers really the whole experience and if it delivers what they are promising (I know its Microsoft) it will garner a large audience. Virtual Reality. Enables the person.

Free Stock Photos Sites for e-Learning


Microsoft Office Online Free photos and clip art from Microsoft Search Engine for Free Photos Every Stock Photo Every Stock Photo is a search engine for free photos. These come from many sources and are license-specific. You can always remove the "elegant credit line" if you publish the source where you got the picture. Stock images are in the public domain.

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The Top 10 Most Used Online Employee Training Tools: Part 1


Now, you could go with what everybody uses (Microsoft Word) or its open source alternative (Open Office), and both will surely more than capable for the task. Microsoft has the excellent Windows Movie Maker that comes pre-installed with most Windows versions (and it can also be downloaded online for free) and Apple offers its own very good iMovie editor for just $14.99.

20+ eLearning Tools and Resources

DigitalChalk eLearning

Audacity is a free, open-source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds. You can also save your presentation as a Microsoft PowerPoint file, or export as a PDF, HTML, or an image file. Microsoft Office. Sometimes building online courses can be a little more difficult than it seems, so why not have one place you can go to find the resources and help you need? We have compiled a list of different resources and applications to help you build your courses quickly and easily. Whether you are looking for a SCORM, audio, or video application, let us help!

Build your multi-device strategy in 6 questions

Sponge UK

Offering your formal training content in the same place as the other sources should be part of your plan. If they need to know how to add a signature to an email in Microsoft Outlook, there are around 38,000 videos on YouTube that will show them how. Being open to different approaches and technologies means working with people and systems that are versatile.

10 Popular MOODLE Plugins for Workplace Learning

CommLab India

Being an open-source Learning Management System (LMS), Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment ( MOODLE ) has become popular and stands out amidst other learning management systems. Atto: Microsoft Word File Import. It has a wide-ranging directory of free plugins, and add-ons to make trainers’ and users’ lives easy. OAUTH2 : Single Authentication. Level up!


Software Courses Sell Really Well


Head on over to (or a similar site) and you will find that the most popular programs are often around software like Microsoft Office Suite or Adobe Photoshop. Another good example is OSTraining , which focuses on courses around the open source software market. Sure it is fun to creating courses around your passion but not every passion is a viable (profitable) niche.

My 10 Ten Tools for Learning

Learning Rocks

Microsoft PowerPoint (Creating) The much maligned app is probably where I do most of my design work, either for scripts, demos or indeed, using Articulate, developing finished products. It's slow, a resource hog and really is only there to open the web to me. evaluation rapid tools marketplace articulate c4lpt Moodle LMSs elearning wikis open source silly excitement thought leaders social learningSo, here they are: 1. I have Google on almost permanent standby, especially so now (see 10). I'm also a fan of it's capabilities for laying out eBooks for publishing to PDF.

My 10 Ten Tools for Learning

Learning Rocks

Microsoft PowerPoint (Creating) The much maligned app is probably where I do most of my design work, either for scripts, demos or indeed, using Articulate, developing finished products. It's slow, a resource hog and really is only there to open the web to me. Tags: evaluation rapid tools marketplace articulate c4lpt Moodle LMSs elearning wikis open source silly excitement thought leaders social learning So, here they are: 1. I have Google on almost permanent standby, especially so now (see 10). iGoogle (Personal) This is my blog reader of choice. Great results.

Time to go on an elearning diet?

Sponge UK

New research by Microsoft suggests our digital attention span could have dropped to just 8 seconds! Adapt is an open-source e-learning authoring tool that creates fully responsive, multi-device, HTML5 elearning content using the award-winning Adapt developer framework. Choice is normally a good thing but too much can lead to problems. Abundance can backfire. Learning on the go.

Evolving the E-Learning Experience for the 21st Century

eLearning 24-7

A greater number of people, worldwide are using SaaS then ever before, mobile products, tablets – especially the iPad – is growing at a feverish pace, people are using online storage, beyond just placing photos and media, and open source is continuing expansion. The growing number of businesses leaving Microsoft Outlook to Internet e-mail is amazing. Free open hard drive space – especially with video hungry files. I see this as one of the most important features for any learning management system, open source or commercial. 2011.


Linden Labs Raising Prices But Extending Discount for Current Users

Kapp Notes

Or something like Web.alive or the Finnish open source product realXtend. It is an interesting state of affairs in the industry especially layered on top of Microsoft’s recent purchase of Vivaty. If someone makes an open invite, might a switch occur. As you may know, Linden, on October 4th, announced a plan to raise prices for educational and non-profit users of Second Life and not a little increase, a whopping doubling of the previous discount. You will be able to select contract renewal options of 6, 12, 18 or 24 months under these terms. Contact Name.

eLearning: How to Pick a Font Set

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

If you know for a fact that your design will be viewed on a large, high-resolution machine, your design options open up pretty drastically. The catch here is that Google Fonts do not correlate to fonts found in Adobe or Microsoft software lines. They're free and open source so you can use them without penalty almost everywhere. by AJ Walther. Maybe for mobile?