As an instructional developer, elearning designer, or whatever you call what you do when you create online training, you run in a lot of cool tools that will make your life easier and make you into that super amazing elearning guru that your are… Collect them and create your very own Superhero-eLearning-Utility-Belt.
In this post I’ll share some of my favorite free tools with you!
The new free online version of Microsoft office. So much better than Google docs. I mostly use Word as I’ve got a paid version of MS office 2010 but it the ease of use of the new online office, connected to my Microsoft OneDrive really makes it easy to create, edit, store, print and share my documents when and wherever I need.
What can I say, my professional life is in my dropbox. My software, my administration, source files. It’s all safely tucked away in my dropbox. My computer can crash a gazillion times (as windows machines do) all I need to do is install my dropbox client, leave on my pc for the night and I’m good to go!
Social media/marketing tool that allows me to buffer my tweets, linkedin and other social media posts in a way that I can go online post and retweet whatever I deem valuable and it automatically spreads the messages at optimal time intervals over the various media. Brilliant!
Design inspiration finder… Just type in some keywords that relate to your course topic and the most beautiful images, infographics etc. will appear.
Search for a gazillion icons and icon themes. There’s even a ‘license free’ button. Super easy!
Need a new font for your project. Find it at DaFont. Be sure to keep things simple and clean. Don’t go overboard on all the mad fonts that you can find. The advanced search feature let’s you filter for license free fonts.
Even better then DaFont, is google web fonts. I just love these clean fonts and so should you. They’re free and easy to use.
Super easy Photoshoplike online image editor. When I’m not using powerpoint to edit images and don’t have photoshop handy this is where I go.
Brilliant online tool to get some cool and complementary color schemes
https://creativemarket.com/ | http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/category/freebies/
Designer websites that offer freebies. You can get amazing stuff for free. Just download it and store it for whenever that project comes along that needs just that. I especially love backgrounds and UI examples.
How can we miss this one… The tutorials, the forums, the blogs, the downloads, the freebees from fellow Articulators… I would not be where I am today without this amazing community.