Open Source eLearning Tools

Tony Karrer

I was just asked about trends in open source for eLearning and particularly open source eLearning tools. Probably one of the better sources on this is Jane Hart’s Instructional Tools Directory. In addition, she indicates if they are free or cost money – which is not quite the same thing as open source. Of course, I’d recommend skimming through eLearning Learning to find the latest and greatest.

Course Content Authoring Tools – Open Source (Free)

eLearning 24-7

Below is a list of course authoring tools – think “rapid e-learning authoring software&#. The list is followed by free open source software that mimics and can even beat – IMO some of its more well known competitors – that you might use when building your WBT. Rapid E-Learning Course Software. Jelsim - e-learning simulation software – create in java – can be used in corporate, semi target education.

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Free and Open Source Web Conferencing (Online Meetings, Webinars.

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News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 10/31/2010 Free and Open Source Web Conferencing (Online Meetings, Webinars) Tools for e-Learning I received several emails, message on Twitter, and InMails on LinkedIn concerning the Open Source Authoring Tools for e-Learning and the Free Stock Photos Sites for e-Learning posts.

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

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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. As a eLearning consultant I would prefer to use a human narration professional.

Over 75 Free Rapid E-Learning Resources

Rapid eLearning

The other day this guy asked me how to develop color schemes for his rapid elearning courses. I shared some of the tools that I use for color schemes in previous posts like this one on creating your own rapid elearning PowerPoint template. Also, here’s a link to the 200 free rapid elearning tutorials I posted a while back. Audio Resources. Levelator : automatically adjust the audio levels in your narration.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Rise of Rapid e-Learning

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Wednesday, June 27, 2007 The Rise of Rapid e-Learning Mike Alcock, MD of Atlantic Link Ltd has written an article over at Trainingzone.co.uk: The Rise of Rapid e-Learning. Are they producing high-quality e-Learning? E-Learning development houses need to be able to demonstrate a clear value in their services.

Here’s a Simple Fix When the Microphone Audio is Too Low

Rapid eLearning

If you find that you’re microphone audio levels are too low, here are some tips that may help. With that comes the quest to find decent quality audio. However, the audio is a bit thin and sounds like I’m Lionel Richie on a phone, checking to see who’s home. And this is where the Windows 10 audio issue is exposed and fixed. Like many Windows 10 users, the audio recording input signal is too low. I’m no audio engineer or APO Equalizer pro.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: 5 Myths About Rapid E-Learning

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Tuesday, May 15, 2007 5 Myths About Rapid E-Learning An excellent post on the Articulate blog by Tom Kuhlmann: 5 Myths About Rapid E-Learning. Clives 30-Minute Masters Wiki got a nice plug -- "Create a way to help your SME learn more about building effective e-learning courses. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

7 Free Audio Editors for Your E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

Even though many elearning applications have their own audio tools, I usually don’t use them. I may for quick projects, but generally, I like to keep my audio production separate from my elearning course production. It provides more control over the audio files and dedicated audio editing software tends to have more features. Of course, working with audio isn’t necessarily as easy as plugging in a microphone and recording narration.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: New Rapid e-Learning Tool from Epic

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Friday, May 04, 2007 New Rapid e-Learning Tool from Epic Another new rapid e-Learning tool, this from Epic (UK). Posted by Cammy Bean at 8:42 AM Labels: epic , rapid e-learning 4comments: Dan said. Best of Learning Visions Essential Reading for Instructional Designers The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Kineo Rapid e-Learning Podcast with Gabe Anderson

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Wednesday, May 23, 2007 Kineo Rapid e-Learning Podcast with Gabe Anderson Another good podcast from the folks at Kineo : an interview with Stephen Walsh (Kineo) and Gabe Anderson ( Articulate ). Part 1 is a nice definition and description of rapid e-Learning. I thought it had more useful nuggets: Who should be developing rapid e-Learning?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Kineos August Rapid e-Learning Newsletter

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Thursday, August 23, 2007 Kineos August Rapid e-Learning Newsletter If youve been following my blog for awhile, then you already know how I feel about the folks at Kineo. They provide some fabulous (free) resources to the e-Learning community and have just been nominated the "Best New Kids on the Block" by the Brighton and Hove Business Awards.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Kineo & The Future of Rapid e-Learning Tools

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Tuesday, April 24, 2007 Kineo & The Future of Rapid e-Learning Tools If you dont already subscribe to Kineos occasional newsletter , please do. Not only are they really smart guys, but theyre also funny -- AND they like to share what they know with the rest us -- for the greater good of the e-Learning community. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

CMS: An Alternative to a LMS for those who seek Portals or Communities

eLearning 24-7

While the race is on for people to get LMSs and LCMSs, there are some people who either do not want or need a LMS/LCMS, but want to create a learning community or more often, some type of portal – intranet or internet. They may call it a “learning portal&# or “training or knowledge portal&# or whatever. Thus the key is to find one that truly meets the content management system – learning approach, rather than just a web site content approach.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Welcome to Tom Kuhlman

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Wednesday, August 08, 2007 Welcome to Tom Kuhlman Welcome to Tom Kuhlmann from Articulate, who adds The Rapid e-Learning Blog into the mix. Tom is the author of 5 Myths About Rapid e-Learning which made the rounds a while back. Posted by Cammy Bean at 10:53 AM Labels: rapid e-learning 2comments: Clive Shepherd said.

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The Revolution is Coming: Consumer Tablets and E-Learning

eLearning 24-7

E-Learning and all forms within are normally taken via your desktop computer and either hitting your company’s server with your browser or going to a hosted LMS vendor’s solution. If you wanted to work on creating content, for many people, the route would be and still is creating courses via a desktop based rapid e-learning authoring tool, or via your LMS/LCMS vendor’s tool (hosted or not) or via Dreamweaver or some other type of solution.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Designer as Consultant?

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. With the rise of rapid eLearning tools and the ease with which virtually anyone can now create a course, whats changing for the instructional designer? Consider this part two of my response to the Learning Circuits Big Question for February: Instructional Design - If, When and How Much? SMEs using rapid eLearning tools)?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Designing for Articulate: A Newbie’s View

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Although I’ve been r eading Tom Kuhlman’s Rapid E-Learning Blog now for a couple of years, I’ve never actually designed (or for that matter, built) an Articulate course. Formative questions break the content up with momentary pauses for reflection and to reinforce the learning process. That’s rapid.

Rapid Content Authoring Tools 2010 – Innovators, Winners and Updated Trends

eLearning 24-7

2010 E-Learning 24/7 Awards (No official icon logo handed out to winners, rather just a “WHOO-HOO&# – uh, you can make that sound to yourself.thank you). Open Source Product of the Year (i.e. Rapid Intake: Unison. Sure, other vendors will say you can do that too, but you have to open each object file to get it. iPod, mobile phones, YouTube, message boards, e-mail. Social Learning Content Authoring Tool. Game based learning.

Elearning applications

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News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 1/02/2011 Top 10 Open Source e-Learning Projects to Watch for 2011 2011 is the e-Learning year! However, nowadays small and medium size organizations struggle to adopt an expensive e-Learning solution. elearning tecnología-educativa software

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Learning Styles

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Thursday, May 10, 2007 Learning Styles In 1996, when I first started working as an "instructional designer", I was taught about learning styles. In the context of e-Learning (back then it was just plain old CBT), this meant you had audio/video on the screen with timed text bullets. Obviously, there is diversity in learning.

E-learning Development: Selecting the Right Audio, Video, and Image Format

CommLab India

When developing an eLearning course using rapid authoring tools, you should know which format is supported by the tool to import audio files, videos, and images. If the tool does not support the image, video, or audio format you want to import, you will have to waste time converting them into the required format. Audio (F6) formats include MP3 and WAV. This format compresses the audio file but quality is lost. Learning Technology rapid authoring tools

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RapideL-i

Clive on Learning

I've been taking a look at an early version of RapideL's new online e-learning authoring tool, which they are calling RapideL-i. Where online tools have the edge is when you're working collaboratively as a team - writers, graphic designers, subject-experts, a/v specialists, reviewers and so on - and when you are likely to be producing a large number of modules that share assets such as text, images, audio and Flash movies.

9 Free Tools That Help Me Build Better E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

They want to know about free tools that they can use to build their elearning courses. All you do is open it and then you can pick a color from any part of your computer screen. Audacity is an open source audio editor. I usually record my audio directly in the rapid elearning tools. However, if I have a larger project, then I like to break my production up into chunks and keep my audio separate.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Kineo Webinar: Compliance Training Case Study

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. The pace of change means that traditional custom e-learning development processes are simply too long and with the economy in the doldrums off-the-shelf content can be too expensive. Rapid E-learning provides an alternative to develop compliance training cost-effectively and quickly. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Who Gets to Be Called an Instructional Designer?

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. A SME builds a course with the latest rapid eLearning tool. Your desire to figure out a better way, so you can create a better learning experience the next time around? Does it matter where on the instructional design spectrum you fall and the types of learning experiences you create? Yet here we are, designing eLearning. Adult learning theory?

Facebook for e-Learning

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News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 11/07/2010 Facebook for e-Learning Facebook objective is " to help you connect and share with the people in your life ". Using Facebook for e-Learning could inspire many of our students to learn. As a result, my question is how can we use Facebook for e-Learning?

Top 68 eLearning Posts from April - Hot Topics iPad Google Buzz

eLearning Learning Posts

Best of eLearning Learning. The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals. Key Social Learning Roles - Daretoshare , April 4, 2010 Premise : Learning communities or networks thrive because its members possess certain skills and capabilities. The road ahead : I am presently developing detailed role descriptions, community guidelines, role assessment tools, and the identification of appropriate learning products and offerings.

What’s in Your Technology-Enabled Learning Toolbox?

Your Training Edge

Last week, we looked at the building blocks of technology-enabled learning , from elements like learning objectives that are common across all training formats to those that are specific to digital formats, like content authoring tools. Learning objectives. All training courses and programs should have learning objectives. The first step in writing learning objectives for online training is to identify what type of course it is.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Beginning Instructional Designers Toolkit

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. This would be for those who want to take their own learning to the next level. These are terms that I have learned (some relatively recently) and thought, why didnt I know this ten years ago if its so important? And I have learned a lot by looking into each of them. Michael Allens Guide to E-Learning 9:41 AM Frans Donkervoort said.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Dont Be a Tyrant!

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Thinking styles -- learning styles -- the point is, we all approach content differently. Best of Learning Visions Essential Reading for Instructional Designers The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point? The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew! ► March (11) eLearning Geeks on Spring Break and New Skills for. Bob Mosher: Performance Support and Learning at th.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Please PLEs Me

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Best of Learning Visions Essential Reading for Instructional Designers The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point? The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew! eLearning Guild’s 2010 Salary Report ID Live with John Graves ► April (5) Audio Interview with Tom Kuhlmann of Articulate Book Review: Love is the Killer App Kineo Insights Webinar: Aligning eLearning with B.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Value of Instructional Designers

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. My experience is mainly in development of self-paced eLearning for the corporate market.) In the December 10, 2007 edition of The eLearning Guilds Learning Solutions magazine, Reuben Tozman (President and founder of edCetra Training ) gets into this topic in The Next Generation of Instructional Designers. Low need for rapid-rate response?). Learning?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Learning Styles as Fortune Telling

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Monday, May 21, 2007 Learning Styles as Fortune Telling My research into understanding the role of learning styles in e-Learning continues. I was pointed in the direction of a good article on learning styles from Harold Stolovich via Guy Wallace. A Critique of Learning Styles American Educator (Fall 1999) American Federation of Teachers.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Adobe/Bersin Overview of the eLearning Industry

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Tuesday, May 22, 2007 Adobe/Bersin Overview of the eLearning Industry I listened in this afternoon to the Adobe seminar: Overview of the eLearning Industry. Collaborated with Adobe to identify trends in elearning industry re: content creation and trends in development. Provide support for SME online, resources, rapid e-learning chunks.

Why Use ActionScript 3.0 in Flash Based eLearning Development?

Upside Learning

Adobe Flash Professional is undoubtedly the most popular tool for custom eLearning development. and is well backed by a great Flash developer community that has contributed in developing many open source frameworks/classes/APIs. has improved sound APIs which can now tell the sound level of the audio playing in Flash Player. files created using rapid eLearning tools [like Raptivity etc.] Open source classes and frameworks – the real strength using AS 3.0

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Humble Learning Moment

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Saturday, May 05, 2007 Humble Learning Moment File this one under the challenging of outdated theories and assumptions. Ive been reading e-Learning and the Science of Instruction (2003) by Ruth Clark and Richard Mayer. Id say this is a must-read for learning/experience/ instructional designers, or whatever you may call yourself.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Designers Tools

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Friday, June 08, 2007 Instructional Designers Tools Theres been a good conversation going on over at Christy Tuckers Experiencing E-Learning blog about instructional design. I think my dinosaur status as an instructional designer stems from the fact that Ive always worked for e-Learning vendors where the programming, graphics, and ID are distinct, separate job roles.

Here’s a Inexpensive Way to Get Multimedia for E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

Multimedia for elearning is something common to all of our courses. In addition, you may have audio narration to complement what’s on the screen. At some of our workshops we discuss inexpensive ways to acquire multimedia for elearning. We’ll reference some of the previous posts when we’ve discussed different ways to either get free multimedia for elearning or learn to create them yourselves: Free Stock Images. Record Your Own Audio Narration.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Blogging is the new Graduate School

Learning Visions

Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. If you have a focused blog, then you can jump from job to job and learn many skills, but the constant will be that you are an expert in whatever area you choose to research and write about. Posted by Cammy Bean at 12:57 PM Labels: informal learning 2comments: Jennifer Maddrell said. Informal personal learning at its best. The eLearning Salary Gender Gap Phew!