Paid-for software for creating e-learning experiences:
- Articulate Storyline: standalone software – can publish to HTML5 etc
- Articulate Studio: for use within PowerPoint
- Adobe Captivate: Import and enrich PowerPoint then publish to HTML5 etc
- Adobe Presenter: Instructional videos
- Lectora Inspire: Includes Camtasia. Import and enrich PowerPoint then publish to HTML5 etc
- iSpring: Plug-in for PowerPoint
- Camtasia: Create video tutorials and edit/annotate easily.
Free software for creating eLearning experiences:
- See a post on E-Learning Magazine on the top 25 free e-learning authoring tools.
- QuickLessons looks good, but the free option only lets you publish on Facebook via its Izzui app – and wants access to your friends and email lists. So I haven’t tried it out yet.
eLearning platforms and channels
- EdX: Amazing free online courses from top universities including Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Cornell)
- Coursera: More free online courses from top universities including Columbia, Brown and Yale.
- Khan Academy
- TED: Inspiring video lectures
- Open Course Frameworks from Lumen Learning. Free courses using only open educational resources. Delivered on the Canvas open-source LMS.
Learning Management Systems (LMS)
- Moodle: Free open source web application that functions as a Learning Management System or Virtual Learning Environment. It needs to be installed on a web server and can be integrated into a regular website.
- iSpring Online: Simple LMS designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Related to iSpring’s other eLearning products.
- Saba: Learner-centric LMS for businesses.
- BlackBoard: Fully featured LMS often used by universities (I used it for Quinnipiac’s Interactive Media program.)
- CourseMill: Lectora’s LMS.
- Litmos: Cloud-based LMS available on a monthly subscription.
- eFront: Cloud-based LMS available on a monthly subscription.
- The Docebo’s E-Learning Ecosystem
- AMVONET: LMS based on Moodle.
- E►nable from Virtual College
- AICC: Aviation Industry CBT Committee. Standards and specifications for online eLearning materials which relate client-side content to the learning management system. Uses a HACP API based on HTML. See also Experience API and this article about whether SCORM or AICC is better.
- Experience API a.k.a. Tin Can API a.k.a. xAPI. Allows software clients to read and write experiential data in the form of “statements” – “actor-verb-object”. Known as next-generation SCORM. Still under development. (See Neil Lasher blog post explaining why this is exciting.)
eLearning books and collections