Toolbox

There are a number of great eLearning resources that you can use to make developing eLearning and online courses that much easier.  This is the page where I collect my suggestions for eLearning resources but I would love to hear your suggestions as to what I should add to the list so that this can grow into the most comprehensive list of online course development resources anywhere.

Domain Registrar:

GoDaddy is the domain registrar that I use and I’ve always had great luck with them dating back more years then I’d like to think of.

Web hosting:

Bluehost is the hosting service that we use and again I’ve always had the greatest luck.  We host a dozen or more individual websites for the same low price, and enjoy unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth, and great customer service.  Best of all they offer wordpress install scripts AND my favorite an easy Moodle install script that makes installing Moodle a snap.

Mailing List Services

Aweber is a great service that provides a simple way to set up auto responders you can use to keep in contact with your students, customers, and clients.

Learning Management Systems

Moodle is free, open source, and backed by a massive community.  It is used by colleges, universities, K12 schools, and private companies.  Moodle has every feature you could ever need in your online course management system.  The only drawback is that it looks.. well like Moodle.

LearnDash is my new favorite LMS, a wordpress plugin that even has it’s own payment management built in.  LearnDash is a fantastic all in one solution that leverages the ability WordPress has to make things absolutely beautiful.

Screen Casting:

I use Jing to do quick captures or tiny things.  basically if it’s for one person I jump to jing.  Best of all it’s free.

Camtasia is my go to first screen capture software, I just like the way it’s organized, it is able to do everything I want it to be able to do except one.  The mac version still can’t do a SCORM compliant assessment.

Adobe Captivate isn’t exactly a screen casting or screen capture tool, it is much more than that.  Captivate is software simulation and useful for putting together a whole course in a nice SCORM compliant package that can drop right into your learning management system.  Or not, there are boatloads of useful add ons to make this powerhouse do whatever you need it to do.  My only pet peeve and it’s a big one.  Adobe Captivate should be part of the Creative Cloud Suite.  It is very frustrating.

Webinar/Online Meeting Providers:

For small meetings I’m starting to enjoy Google Hangouts more then Skype, partly because they are free, and .. no completely because they are free.  You can have ten people in at a time and can have the hangout recorded and then broadcast through youtube for a live webinar.  It can be a bit trickier to get coordinated with a large group but it is useful.

GoToWebinar – The big boys and the most well known, this is my recommended solution for a professional webinar.

MeetingBurner.com -This is a service that I’ve used.  It allows for 10 member webinars for free with no ads, and the option to upgrade for the ability to charge for webinars.

Zoom.us – Another service that I have used.

SCORM Compliant Course Development Software:

Adobe Captivate is a power house, that integrates will with the rest of the Adobe Suite of products.  Captivate is my favorite course development software.  It’s great for putting together a whole course in a nice SCORM compliant package that can drop right into your learning management system.  Or not, there are boatloads of useful add ons to make this powerhouse do whatever you need it to do.  My only pet peeve and it’s a big one.  Adobe Captivate should be part of the Creative Cloud Suite.  It is very frustrating.

Designers:

99 Designs – drop your need get dozens of responses back with the solution you need a great service.

Fiverr.com – A great place to get a quick design done or other quick tasks.

Printing Services:

Overnight Prints – I have enjoyed overnight prints for years, they do a great job with posters, postcards, bookmarks, and business cards.  I have always had good luck and look forward to the next time I need to do a booklet so that I can try that service on for size as well.

Books:

Before focusing on eLearning and Distance Education I was trained as a scientist, worked as an engineer, and then became a Librarian.  In order that the book recommendations not take over this page they have been moved to their own page under the eLearning Toolbox called eLearning Library but I think in general we can agree:

Amazon.com is fantastic for books

Audible.com – I can’t live without my audible subscription, and it’s not all just fiction there is a huge wealth of non-fiction resources as well.

General Computing:

Dropbox – the ability to share large files, the ability to sync between computers, and the ability to have access to all of your important files anywhere.  I can’t live without dropbox.

Evernote – a place for everything and everything in it’s place.  Evernote is a spot where you can drop every note or idea you have and be confident that you won’t loose it.  Amazing search functions and a place I store all of my important ideas.

Google Drive – document collaboration on steroids.

General Office Support:

Freshbooks.com – Cloud Based Accounting.

Quickbooks Online – Another Cloud Based Accounting Service that offers multiple levels of service and offers payroll and tax services as well.  We use multiple Intuit services and have always been happy.

Staples.com – I know the closest staples is less then a mile away, but I do so love their free delivery especially on larger items such as the filling cabinets that I know I should not be so addicted to.

Fiverr.com – This one doesn’t fit the others but it is a great way to get work done quickly with a little help.

Virtual Staff Finder – A great service to help you find a virtual assistant.

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