2009 Top 10 E-Learning Tools…02.06.09
Michael Hanley has posted his E-Learning Tools List – Top 10 for 2009 on Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies which are listed here with his comments:
“Adobe Acrobat Connect Enterprise - I could have picked any from the range of Adobe Flash-based content development tools, but I chose this application because of its multi-functionality, and because it manifests what Flash, Presenter, Dreamweaver etc can do. Enables collaboration, content storage, management, distribution, and (a certain degree of) tracking. A powerful content delivery platform to enable learning professionals and organisations distribute informational and training content effectively.
Audacity - I recommend this open source tool to Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) who wish to create podcasts and/or software demos when using a Rapid E-Learning approach. It’s easy to use, and enables SMEs and training professionals create high quality audio quickly and efficiently.
Techsmith Camtasia - A SERIOUS rapid e-learning authoring tool for demonstrations, simulations, evaluation, and scenario-based learning. Would be Number 1 Tool on this list if I went for a merit-based rather than alphabetical format.
Blogs - The platform doesn’t matter, but the concept of providing a means to create, share, and deliver content is the basis for a new way of learning.
Del.icio.us - Personal bookmarking at its best. If, like me you work on a number of machines in a number of locations, it is useful to access stored links and documents from a browser regardless of where you happen to be, once you have an internet connection.
MindJet Mind Manager Pro - Mind-mapping – using diagrams used to represent words, ideas, tasks, and concepts linked to and arranged around a central topic (and used to generate, visualize, structure ideas), is central to the way I work, research, organize, solve problems, and make decisions. I built the framework for my MSc. in Education thesis in Mind Manager. It is powerful intermediary in developing ideas, concepts, and course design.
Moodle - An institution in institutions! Martin Dougimas’s erstwhile thesis project continues to meet the learning management requirements of any number and type of organization. Social Constructivist? Virtual Learning Environment? Easy-to-use? Great Platform.
Sony Vegas Video - Easier to use than Premiere, more powerful than MovieMaker; Vegas is my post-production “weapon of choice” for 90% of the video elements that appears in courseware developed in my organisation. Whether you’re just “topping and tailing” a piece of video or creating the elements for a sophisticated soft skills course, Vegas is a must.
StatCounter - every learning professional knows that “if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it”. This mantra has an extra resonance in the online learning world. StatCounter is a Web and blog analysis tool that enables me to understand the requirements of learners who use my courseware, as well as how visitors interact with my blog.