Creating content for eLearning courses is not the same as creating content for on-site learning, mostly because eLearning needs to be interactive. In a regular classroom, you can interact directly with the teacher, other students, and learning materials that happen to be available. You are also compelled to stay in class whether you like it or not. With eLearning, you need to create an environment where the learner does more than read text and look at pictures. When you make the course content interactive, the learner tends to be more engaged and is more likely to finish the course.
If you already have the content, but are stumped on how to make it more interesting and interactive for your learners, keep calm. You have the ability to edit your eLearning content to make it pop with the use of these 9 cool tools.
Instead of just text, include audio in the mix. You can have a voice-over explaining your bullet points or music to bracket your presentations. For the clueless, you need a simple audio editor to help you clean up your act, and that is what Ocenaudio does. You can record your voice-over, cut portions where you stumbled, incorporate background music, or put in sound effects. It is a simple and effective way to engage your audience through sound if you do not have the technical expertise to use more sophisticated audio editors.
Flowcharts are a good way to illustrate your point in eLearning. Cacoo lets you generate flowcharts easily, and you can get other content creators to collaborate with you in real time. This can be an advantage if experts are guiding you in creating your content. You can use the templates, or you can make your own. Note that once you place a shape, you cannot change it. You have to delete it and put the new shape in place.
Making a chart from scratch in Powerpoint or Excel is not as simple as it looks. You can take a shortcut by choosing among the free ready-made and editable charts in Juice Labs, and then download to PowerPoint or Excel format for editing. It is a great way to save time and add some flair to your statistics.
It is easy to get carried away when you are creating content about something you know a lot about. If you need to rein in your loquacity, Hemingway is the way to go. It checks your work for long-windedness and logic flow, so you get your message across more effectively. It is not always right, though, so use your best judgment in following the suggested edits.
Image editing can be easy, or it can be hard. If you just need to do some cropping or you just need to change some colors, you can do it quite nicely and easily in Pixlr. A free online tool, it allows you to edit existing images, create them, or grab them from another website. You do need to have some basic image editing knowledge to use it, however.
Videos are an integral part of any effective eLearning course, so it is essential to know how to edit one. WeVideo is a cloud-based tool that is particularly useful if you are editing collaboratively. However, uploading the raw footage to the cloud can be a problem, as not everyone has a super fast Internet connection. WeVideo integrates with Dropbox, so that is a potential solution to the upload problem.
7. YouTube Automatic Captions
A good feature to have in your eLearning course are captions. It will help your audience to get a better grasp of the material. YouTube includes an automatic captioning function to help with that. However, it is still far from functioning perfectly, so in many cases the captions make very little sense. Use it with some caution.
One of the many problems you might encounter with using multimedia files is compatibility. Some formats may not work seamlessly with your content. Online-convert can help you overcome this hurdle by converting your document, audio, video, image files into usable formats without having to pay or download anything. If you find it useful, the developers encourage donations.
If you are looking for an all-in-one solution, then Coursecraft may be the tool for you. It lets you create quick and simple eLearning courses and publish them on the site without paying anything (if your course is free to join). If you charge a fee for participation, the site will take 5% of your earnings. Not bad for a painless way to create and distribute an eLearning course.
There you have it, all the tools you need to create a kickin’ eLearning course. All you have to do now is to come up with content that people will want to see. There is no tool for that 🙂
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