Moodle LMS: Hot Potatoes is Now Free!

The E-Learning Curve

Hot Potatoes is now free to use. The learner can ask for a hint in the form of a "free letter" from the answer. As in JQuiz and JCloze, a hint button allows the learner to request a free letter if help is needed. Tags: plugin Moodle hot potatoes content development question freeware criterion test I blogged recently about the development of the Nanogong and the Riffly audio-visual plugins for Moodle 2.0.

ID and e-Learning Links (8/25/14)

Experiencing eLearning

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. Freeware application for creating “action mazes” or branching scenarios. tags: freeware e-learning scenarios branching. eLearning Wiki. Wiki by Kevin Wilcoxon with lengthy articles on learning and training.


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

Kapp Notes

If you are thinking of creating an educational game but don't want to invest a lot of money, you can try out these free software programs (or free for 30 days in some cases), some are 2D and some are 3D. Or, if you are in Dr. Kapp's Instructional Game Design Class, you may want to consider one of these free programs for the educational game you are developing as a final project. Panda3D is Open Source and free for any purpose, including commercial ventures.

Free e-learning: The Top 10 barriers to adoption

From the Coleface

As was revealed last Friday at the e-learning Network, vast numbers of free e-learning tools are available. If there are all these great free tools, why are cost-conscious firms not adopting them faster? 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. For some of the most popular tools see Jane Hart’s Directory of Learning Tools.

Daily Bookmarks 03/16/2008

Experiencing eLearning

tags: freeware , graphics , tools. Painting program, free and paid versions, with great looking brushes and 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.

WebTools For Teachers 12/16/2008

Web Tools for Learners

A free PDF tool for Macs. tags : pdf , mac , osx , freeware , researching. Skim | Home. I haven’t played with it but it looks like it has interesting features, especially for researchers. Check out [link] for more information. via paulawhite on Twitter. Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

Corporate University: The Learning Management System

Your Training Edge

But if you do not have an LMS, the setup phase of your corporate university is the time to buy, build, or “freeware” a system. There are LMSs that are offered as “freeware”, such as Moodle. Take the time to research and review free LMS systems, because they do work and can be used to meet basic needs with no customizations.

Embracing The AGILE Method For Great eLearning Results


Leverage technology, in the form of tools such as JIRA Software systems , some of which, such as Taiga and Freedcamp , are open-source and freeware that you can use without obligation. If you wish your commitment to end in success, you must encourage free, frank and open communication across the team. Agile learning design isn’t really a new phenomenon.

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

E-learning Uncovered

Freeware maintenance software. The tune-up category of PC software includes free tools as well. When comparing commercial and freeware tune-up suites, be sure to focus on the types of maintenance utilities you are most interested in. A 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. It’s a new year, and that means time for resolutions!

WebTools For Teachers 11/28/2008

Web Tools for Learners

Thanksgiving: Free Software We’re Most Thankful For. From lifehacker - free software and information about how to use it. tags : opensource , freeware. The $100 Laptop. A story about being green and being ethical - "By trying to do the right thing and by designing for the poorest people in the world, we've made the greenest laptop in the world. And that's not just the color!" Great video. via Stephen Downes. tags : laptop , netbooks , $100laptop , digitaldivide.

Top 10 Tools for Rapid eLearning

Rob Hubbard

We’ve put our heads together and come up with our favourite (mostly free) tools for aiding rapid elearning development. Survey Monkey – free online questionnaires and surveys. GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) – fantastically named piece of freeware that works on most operating systems for photo retouching, image composition and authoring. Easy and quick to use, beautiful quality, smooth movement and glitch-free.

Top 10 eLearning Resources You May Not Have Thought Of

eLearning Brothers

Audacity is a free eLearning tool that you can download and edit your audio. 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. An increased number of educators, organizations, institutions, and individuals of various industries are creating online courses that enable them to grow as professionals and gain more knowledge.

Set Variables With Interactive Sliders – Part 5 Additional Resources

Adobe Captivate

The price is right – FREE! And again, it is FREE! Ninite – I did not mention this site in my posts but it is the place I go to get my free downloads. It also strips out any freeware that piggybacks on a lot of free stuff out there. This is the fifth and final part of the series for adding a slider to your project that will update your variables. If you have not seen the first four, you may want to get caught up. Part 1 – Introduction.

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

Upside Learning

The release of Google Cloud Connect ensures that you can stay wishy washy and commitment-free. 250+ Places For Free Books Online. 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.

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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.

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5 Easy Ways to Share E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

This free solution only works if you use Articulate Storyline or Studio ‘13. Amazon S3 is a fee-based service but provides a free tier that consists of 5 GB of storage. What you need to do: Download and install Cloudberry Explorer (freeware). Again, you probably won’t exceed the free tier and if you do the charges are going to be miniscule. I use FileZilla (freeware) which lets me easily upload and manage my content.

Project Management for eLearning Professionals

Integrated Learnings

Some are freeware while others will have fees associated with them. Feel free to share your experiences. 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.

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.

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. Online Voice Recorder Online Voice Recorder is an extremely simple Flash-based free tool that allows you to record and save audio. The free tool only allows you to record 30 seconds of audio at a time. Your special knowledge is the “why” that drives our free authoring tools.

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 has its limitations, especially if you want to edit multiple tracks, but the output is excellent and it’s free on Macs. 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.

3 Ways to Create Videos for your Courses


The biggest challenge eLearning program designers face is acquiring new, copyright free videos for their courses. Several freeware programs are available for video recording, such as HyperCam. Free and trial accounts are available for basic cartoon creation. Videos are perhaps the most sought after multimedia format in the eLearning world. Without videos, we feel we are missing real action!

Where are open source learning applications?

Tony Karrer

Think of it as freeware Captivate. * Finally, I'm not really sure that asking about open source right now is as relevant as asking about free software as a service (SaaS) models. Good post by Harold Jarche - Where are open source learning applications?

Headed to DevLearn? 8 Sessions You Don’t Want to Miss

Knowledge Guru

Learn about the workflow involved from start to final product, including creating and finding free assets, characters, and animations. You will take a look at commercial software and freeware to begin designing VR and 3-D learning environments. Although I won’t be making the trip to Vegas this year, Bottom-Line Performance President, Sharon Boller, and a few of my other BLP colleagues will be in attendance.

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

Big Dog, Little Dog

Top 10 Freeware Apps for M-Learning - Mobile Learning. Ten of the most useful, free software applications you can use to design and deliver 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.

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


Photo tip (above): Even lacking photos of your own, amateur repositories like and Snapfish and Flickr can be great sources of free images. 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. > Sign up for a free 30-day trial of Mindflash. Photos, sound files and video clips are always great ways to liven up great presentations.

Stock Photo Image and Other Media Sources

Tony Karrer

Weird - after posting, I just saw a post in my blog reader from HeyJude - Find free images online - my list! 10 Places to Find Free Image FlickrCC - offers pictures from around the world, including America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Pacific. has over 2000 free images that you can use in commercial and noncommercial work. says it is the largest collection of free photographs on the Internet (link back and attribution required).

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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. Just google ‘free e-learning authoring tools’ and you will get a list of latest articles giving recommendations. “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.

Analysis of ASTD International Conference and Expo 2013

eLearning 24-7

Lots of vendors sponsorships – always nice to see, but I wonder how many people tossed all that stuff out of their free ASTD bags before they went about their business – seriously, I’m wondering. 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?


Review of ASTD International Trade Expo

eLearning 24-7

I would play this at home – too many game based learning solutions look like freeware or the old Atari games from the 80s. They give you the app for free – it comes with the game. 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.


Google, YouTube, Fonts, & Influencing People

Big Dog, Little Dog

Free Fonts - Fonts Squirrel. Quality freeware that is licensed for commercial work. How Google Is Making Us Smarter - Discover Magazine. Where does the mind stop and the rest of the world begin?" Most people might answer, "At the skull." But Clark and Chalmers set out to convince their readers that the mind is not simply the product of the neurons in our brains, locked away behind a wall of bone.

Top 10 Screen Recording Software for Windows

eLearning Brothers

DVD VideoSoft’s Free Screen Video Recorder. Free Screen Video Recorder allows you to capture anything on your monitor, including multiple windows, objects, menus and other screen activities. DVD VideoSoft markets their Free Screen Video Recorder as being full-featured, and safe to install and run. spyware and adware free. 100% freeware software. ad-free products. 100% free to use. Ezvid is freeware video and screen capture software.