19 Kick-Butt Tools for ELearning

ToolsEveryone likes nifty tips, tricks, and tools – so how about 19 of them!  Here in the United States, Monday is memorial day, so if you’re celebrating, perhaps right before your afternoon food-coma you can take a look at these incredibly useful tools that you may find of use when you’re working on your next elearning project. Many of them are free!

Some of them you may have heard of before, but sometimes a reminder never hurts:

1. GreenShot: a perfect alternative to Snagit. Allows you to annotate your screenshots as well.

2. YouSendIt: Elearning files are huge, so that’s why having a program like YouSendIt will save you the headache of sending limits.

3. Screenleap: A LearnDash favorite – perfect for sharing your screen instantly without having to download anything.

4. Trello: Working on development projects is tricky, and sometimes requires a lot of coordination. Trello helps you with this, for free!

5. Fences: Computer desktops get messy and sometimes need some organization. Fences can do just that.

6. Creative Commons: The never ending search for stock photography – may as well start at the source!

7. Google Image Search: Great for getting ideas for your elearning images.

8. Stock Exchange: See a theme yet? Images are in high demand, especially free ones.  You can find free ones here.

9. Morguefile: Okay, last one, I promise.  Morguefile is another place to find some pretty sleek free stock images.

10. Free Sounds: Elearning needs sound, may as well get some free stock sounds.

11. Free music Archive: Another resource for finding the music you need.

12. Icon Finder: Nifty little icons you can use for free!

13. QuietTube: Using YouTube for your elearning or presentation? Quiet Tube removes the advertisements and “suggest videos” so that only the video is shown.

14. Envato Marketplaces: Themes, templates, coding, etc. – you can likely find what you need from Envato.

15. Font Squirrel: Great little site to find the font you need for your templates, be it PowerPoint or another form.

16. WordMark: An alternative to Font Squirrel, just another resource to get that exact font.

17. Adobe Kuler: Finding that ideal color palate has never been easier.  Find proven pre-made schemes or create your own.

18. Teleprompt for iPad: Do you need a teleprompter when creating your videos? Look no further.

19. Adobe Edge Inspect: For the developers out there, see how your code is going to play out on multiple devices.


About the Author:

Justin Ferriman is the co-founder and CEO of LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by the world's leading organizations, such as the University of Michigan, Digital Marketer, WPEngine, and Infusionsoft. Justin has made a career as an elearning consultant where he has implemented large-scale training programs for Fortune 500 companies. Twitter | LinkedIn

  1. Nancy

    This is incredibly helpful. You’ve compiled all the essentials for an instructional designer in one location! Thank you! 🙂


  2. Jeff

    Great list Justin, thank you for this. To this, I’d add Twine, a wonderfully simple tool for creating mind maps for contextual storyboards, and for creating some really great choose your own adventure functionality.

    And no, I have no affiliation with the creator!

    • David

      Seconding Twine. Brilliant software with a 2 minute learning curve. I’m guessing it is overlooked so often because it’s free & not marketed- but the outputs never fail to draw students in.
      Audacity deserves a mention also.

  3. Learndash seems like a great concept and execution. And I think that clichéed, negative or aggressive terms like “kick-butt” take away from this. “Kick-butt’ alludes to the act of degrading or humiliating another party. How about more uplifting and positive expressions such as “winning”, “powerful”, “innovative” or “brilliant”? I am sure I am not the only one put off by terms such as “kick butt”.

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