Saturday, August 29, 2009

My e-Learning Toolbox

Every so often I see my fellow bloggers posting lists of what they have in their e-learning toolbox. These posts are always interesting and helpful. It is a glimpse not just into their development tool preferences, but it also provides some reflection into the approaches they take in creating courses.

Here is what I have in my e-learning toolbox and some notes on how I use these tools.

  • ToolBook authoring tool - this is the DHTML authoring tool used at my company, but prior to this I used TrainerSoft (now Outstart Trainer), which is my preference.

  • Adobe Fireworks - editing graphics.

  • Adobe Flash - creating interactive elements, including animation, games, immersive learning simulations, etc.

  • Adobe Captivate - creating simulations (software sims and occasionally soft skill, branching sims).

  • Sumtotal LCMS - already determined by the company I work for, but no complaints.

  • SnagIt - grabbing screenshots.

  • Adobe Dreamweaver - creating web pages and occasionally jerry-rigging the HTML in courses.

  • Adobe Acrobat - creating PDFs included in courses (e.g. job aids).

  • Notepad -  editing XML.

  • Windows MovieMaker - editing WMV files.

  • PowerPoint - creating storyboards.

  • Wordpress - editing and publishing my blog.

FYI: Most of what I make are asynchronous WBTs. Please feel free to share what is in your toolbox or any recommendations on tools I should add.

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