FREE resources for eLearning Development


Here we list our favorite free resources covering music, pictures, and fonts: Free sound effects and music Freesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds. Our ID and Development team are constantly looking at new resources when developing eLearning and online training content.

Multimedia Resources For Your eLearning Projects

Adobe Captivate

A few years ago I worked for an organization that required custom designed eLearning but didn’t have a budget for stock photography, background music, or video. Music can be a challenge but there are many resources that offer free music under a creative commons license. You must attribute the original artist somewhere in your eLearning in the manner in which they require but otherwise, the music can be free to use.


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Updated – Multimedia Resources For Your eLearning Projects

Adobe Captivate

I’ve also experienced this when working in an organisation also had similar expectations but no budget for stock photography, background music, or video. Music can be a challenge, but many sites offer free music under a creative commons license. You must attribute the original artist somewhere in your eLearning in the manner in which they require but otherwise, the music can be free to use.

Tipping the balance #blideo

Learning with 'e's

I thought at the time what a dystopian picture it portrayed of the future. As he waits for the music to start, he toys with a snow globe - a piece of trivia which holds his attention briefly. Then the music starts. and he begins to weep as the music washes over him. And yet, the music it produced was able to reduce a man to tears. blideo Amy Burvall Beethoven education equilibrium learning music Technology

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Punk learning

Learning with 'e's

By 1977, punk music had emerged as a creative force to be reckoned with. It was a form of music that was furiously loud, aggressively energetic and full of discordant anger. To release a record you didn't have to bow and scrape to the multi-national music publishers and labels. Punk learning (some would call it Edupunk ) reflects that seventies music ethos. Some were outraged by the audacious behaviour of the punk rockers.

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Cool daydreaming

Learning with 'e's

Spaces in which we can relax, be one with nature, or unleash our creative instincts. When it comes to creativity, one of the best places for me is my 'home office space'. What you can't see in the image above is the seat I took this picture from before I processed it into cartoon format. I also have several musical instruments to hand and plenty of sketching and writing materials. audio creativity daydreaming Digital motivation music reflection space video


Top 15 Websites to Get Free Stock Images


Ready to Get Creative With Stock Photography? Some stock images have no copyright restrictions or are licensed under Creative Commons Zero, (CC0 license) which means they become available through a public domain and they are free to use and download.

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Review: Adobe Spark


There’s also a selection of royalty free music you can pick from – or upload your own – to give your video some personality. Spark lets you search the internet for images with a creative commons licence which you can use for free. Adobe Spark is an online and mobile design app.

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9. Hobson's multiple choice

Learning with 'e's

Thomas 'Happy' Hobson via Wikimedia Commons Automobile manufacturer Henry Ford once promised his customers: ' You can have any colour you like as long as it's black'. Maybe Ford was as miserable as the man pictured on this page - Thomas Hobson. I had to choose between Art and Music, but I couldn't do both. He sounds like he would be a bundle of laughs to visit. There'd be a voice from the kitchen: 'If I had eggs, I could make you eggs and ham, if I had ham.'

Share trading

Learning with 'e's

Prior to the social web, public sharing wasn''t that common a theme. Later, you were able to share your photographs, and other content such as music or video with your friends and family, and see the content they shared with you. The arrival of Creative Commons licensing made free sharing a more attractive proposition for everyone. People now upload their pictures and videos, and share their ideas on Facebook and other popular social media platforms without thinking.

The Red House opens

Learning with 'e's

Each one offers me a little more understanding and insight into the grander picture that is education. The Red House houses PSCA - the newly established Plymouth School for the Creative Arts. Situated in the heart of Plymouth's drab dockland area of Millbay, it is a colourful haven for creativity and self expression. PSCA, he said, contradicts the views of politicians that arts and creativity should take second place to STEM subjects.

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Stories without words

Learning with 'e's

On the second day of the project they assembled their images and videos together, added sound effects and music, and then presented their videos to their peers and the module tutors for feedback. students at Plymouth University Photo by Herby Thyme on Wikimedia Commons Stories without words by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 This week I gave my first year education students a new project.

Counting the cost

Learning with e's

How can we measure the cultural value of learning about art, music, science, faith - the world around us? How do we place a price tag on enabling children to channel their fertile imaginations into precious, creative, transformative outcomes? Donate to the Red Cross NZ Earthquake victims fund Image source by Martin Luff Counting the cost by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

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Content as curriculum?

Learning with 'e's

When I attended school I was required to attend classes in mathematics, English language and literature, science (physics, biology, chemistry), history, geography, music, art, Religious Education, craft and design, home economics, German and French - all just in case I might need them later in life. After all, it is the ability to work in a team, problem solve on the fly, and apply creative solutions that will be the common currency in the world of future work.

Cultural hegemony and disruption

Learning with 'e's

Commonly referred to as 'brainwashing' hegemony is an insidious way to indoctrinate the masses into a ' false consciousness ' where each person believes they have ultimate control of their own destiny. The dominant movie and music industries are also threatened by the likes of YouTube and Vimeo, and there have been several recent high profile law suits over breaches of copyright. The Italian political theorist Antonio Gramsci is best known for his theory of cultural hegemony.

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Mind maps are especially effective in generating, visualizing and structuring ideas, and have been used since the seventies to aid in information organization, problem solving and creative writing. In case you’re not familiar with the term, “stock” is media industry speak for all kinds of ready-made multimedia assets such as photos, videos, clip-art and music , that you can just buy and incorporate to your courses.

Diversity or conformity?

Learning with 'e's

It''s like teaching students to paint one picture over and over again, at the expense of learning the art of painting. How will children know that science and art have many connections, or that music and physics have a lot on common, if the subjects are taught differently, at different times and in vastly different environments? Get it right, and children grow into informed, responsible adults whose innate curiosity and creativity are perpetuated for a life time.

Free L&D webinars for August 2018

Limestone Learning

Once you and your organization develop a mindset for change, unconscious and reactionary decisions will slowly evolve into creative and intentional decisions. One common theme, though, is that any training or intervention is supposed to “work,” meaning it improves on-the-job performance and contributes measurably to key organizational results. Suspense, surprise and importance are often communicated with more than just words or pictures.