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Top eLearning Tools for Learning Professionals

Updated: Jul 4, 2019

Blog Contributor Erica Sunarjo

As an eLearning professional, you can reach millions of learners and students worldwide. You possess the potential to hone and shape the next potential influencers and leaders.

Despite how enticing the industry is, it's not an easy one to thrive in. You need to be highly competitive if you want to make it big and get an edge over other professionals.

One of the best ways you can excel is to use the best tools that the eLearning industry has got to offer. Knowing and having access to those tools give you the ability to create, organize, store, and relate your pieces with your audience globally.

Below is a quick look at the best online tools for eLearning professionals.

Udutu

A popular authoring tool, Udutu lets you create your own training materials. It has a wide range of customizable templates you can utilize for that. It has templates with many gamification features, which can make your online courses much more appealing. Whether you are a corporate course developer or an academic developer, you’ll find this tool to be an extremely valuable asset.

Adobe Presenter 11

There’s no need for you to go through any complicated training process, if you’re looking to make a presentation — just to use this tool. That makes the Adobe Presenter one of the best choices for people who are just starting out with online course authoring. With it, you'll be able to create PowerPoint presentations and easily and quickly turn them attention-grabbing materials you can use to teach your audience wherever they are.

It has its own set of video editing tools as well as the option to upload the presentation to different video-sharing platforms quickly. Additionally, you can also use it to import questions and generate quizzes to receive feedback from your audience.

Composica

Composica allows users to create high-quality and extremely informative courses efficiently. It's also handy for organizations that aspire to engage their audience with an appealing e-Learning content. It changes the way people create and manage content since it allows users to collaborate in real time.

Compared with other authoring tools, this one allows a central workgroup to facilitate the whole process of developing the course. This simply means that everyone, from the author, reviewer, designer, and other experts, will be able to work with each other simultaneously.

Wistia

Wistia is not your ordinary video hosting platform. By using it, you’ll be able to create, monitor and share your videos securely.It will even allow you to host your own training content. So, in case you are currently hiring new employees in your team or organization, you can utilize Wistia to create and present onboarding videos. Additionally, the tool has advanced analytics so you'll have an idea if your audience really took the time to watch your videos.

Grammarly

Wrong grammar can make your course look sloppy and not credible. Using a tool like Grammarly can make sure that your content is explicit and on point.Additionally, this tool also checks your spelling and pinpoints the presence of plagiarism. It points out a broad spectrum of linguistic issues like wordiness, incorrect punctuation as well as style errors.

LearnUpon

LearnUpon can help ensure that every part of your organization is updated with all the essential information and recent developments. Introduced in 2012, you won’t have a hard time setting it up and using it on a daily basis. It works well with Windows, Mac, and Android.This tool promises to enhance your audience's training experience without requiring you to be too technical. With it, you can create your own course, put it online, and track how well your audience finds it.The tool has a flexible pricing model. You can subscribe on a monthly or annual basis depending on your needs and preference.

Elucidat

With ready-made templates, custom theme builders, tools for collaboration, and an easy-to-use interface, this tool pays close attention to the creation of HTML5 courses. It provides professionals with the chance to create excellent online learning materials that don't take a lot of time to load or work on any browser.When it comes to collaborating online, this tool doesn’t come up short. In fact, it changes the way team members communicate what they really think through its commenting and review features.

It also has its own analytics that helps identify your learners’ strengths and weaknesses while tracking their progress and collecting feedback about your course design.

Articulate Storyline

A bit similar to PowerPoint, this tool allows one to produce engaging courses even if they are new to using eLearning tools. With it, users can place variables, triggers as well as layers in their presentations to make them look a lot more appealing. When your audience is engaged, they are more likely to learn more.

Microsoft Office Suite This list of eLearning tools wouldn't be complete without this one. It's a really popular package that's widely used in creating documents, presentations as well as managing reports.This tool has a wide range of applications. Word and PowerPoint, for example, are an excellent basis for many training courses.

Google Docs

ELearning professionals choose Google Docs over Microsoft office. One good reason is that it's free. Additionally, every document they need, they’ll be able to produce and manage online. It helps make collaboration more comfortable and faster. Even if their team members are all around the globe, they won't have a hard time participating in creating and editing documents. With the files in the cloud, editing and providing feedback in real-time can happen.

Canva

If you're looking for a really quick way of making a header, infographic or a simple slide, use Canva. This tool works well for beginners because it's fast, easy to access, and full of templates that can fit various types of content. It's a good choice if you'll be teaching learners who are the visual type.

Camtasia

Camtasia, on the other hand, is a software that allows software editing as well as screen recording. It's a good tool to use in recording videos that your audience can review as necessary.

Momentum

Momentum functions like a to-do list. The only difference is that it’s online. It helps you add new tasks to your list and keep track of them so don't miss out on anything. It has an engaging and attractive background to help keep you focused and on track. It even has daily inspiring quotes to motivate its users.

Easygenerator

Easygenerator is a handy tool you can turn to when it comes to producing engaging quizzes and questions. Its free version enables you to share your courses with a certain number of learners. If you want to reach a wider audience, you’ll have to pay a small fee for that. Getting the paid version allows you to share your content with an unlimited number of learners.

Tiny Letter

Tiny Letter is for sharing essential updates with your audience without the need to sign up for professional email service. You only need to sign up to it to be able to start sharing with your community.After signing up, simply embed the form on your website and you'll have an easy way of sharing your content with your followers.

Reddit

Reddit is probably one of the busiest sites on the internet. Containing "subreddits," it contains industry news and valuable content that industry experts share and discuss. Signing up and subscribing to those subreddits give you access to those pieces of content.

Quality content

We’re not all writers, and that’s totally fine. Preparing a course, especially if it implies providing students with lots of text, it’s essential that you ensure maximum clarity of the content that you’re handing out. To enhance the level of comprehension, consider hiring a writer on sites like The Word Point.

Conclusion

We’ve witnessed exponential technical growth over the last decade, which certainly improves the quality of the tools we can use to educate people around us. Make sure you give these tools a try to explore the maximum potential of what you can bring to the table as an educator.


About the Author

Erica Sunarjo (a guest contributor to IDC) graduated from South Texas College majoring in Marketing and Creative Writing. She used her knowledge to make a difference in the realm of business copywriting and invested heavily in traveling and language learning. At present, Erica is fluent in French and Spanish, studying Chinese and working her way to being a multilingual copywriter. She keeps track of the latest trends in IT and technologies, blogs about efficient strategies in education and business coaching, holds educational webinars.

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