Voting for the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2015, the 9th Annual Survey, is open for learning professionals around the world – from both education and workplace training. Here are my choices (not ranked in any specific order):
- Storyline 2
- Camtasia Studio 8
- Snagit v.12
- Adobe Photoshop
A few comments regarding my selections are:
Storyline 2: I really love working with this product! It flexibility and powerful triggers, conditions and variables is only limited by my imagination. Their online community is one of the best in the industry!
Camtasia Studio 8: I’ve been working with this product since it was released. It’s my tool of choice when it comes to working with video in my elearning projects. Simple to use, great editing capabilities and a solid tool for every e-Learning designer’s toolkit.
Snagit v.12: I’ve been using this tool for as long as I can remember. Its capabilities continue to evolve and I expect it to remain in my toolkit for a long time to come.
Pixie: This little gem has come in handy on many occasions. It’s a color picker which allows you to simply point to a color and it will tell you the hex, RGB, HTML, CMYK and HSV values of that color. You can use this information to reproduce the color in your e-Learning module or combine it with Coolors to find complementary colors to build your next color scheme.
Coolors: This online software allows you to generate color palettes. I came across this tool a few weeks ago after reading Jackie Van Nice’s blog. Since then, I’ve used it several times to generate color palettes for my e-Learning projects. If you’re interested in learning a little more about color palettes in general, check out this article.
Adobe Photoshop CC 2015: Several years ago I used to play around with Photoshop for several of my photography projects but, it was a little overwhelming with the number of features available! Since then, I’ve spent more time with it and have come to enjoy this amazing software on a daily basis. I use it on every e-Learning project!
Audacity: This is an open source free digital audio editor. Although I don’t use it as much as I do Camtasia Studio 8, I do find it comes in handy from time to time. I recently needed to convert WAV files that were at a wrong bitrate to work in Storyline 2.
Twitter: Using Twitter has allowed me to establish a social presence which I’ve found is critical in the e-Learning field. It not only keeps me connected with other elearning professionals but also allows me to learn about what is going on in the industry.
LinkedIn: This is another tool that I have found to be important in regard to keeping your name out there and building a brand for yourself.
Last but not least, is PowerPoint. From an e-Learning perspective, there are a lot of things I can do with this software. For example, modifying Storyline 2’s illustrated characters (changing outfits, colors, etc.)! It also provides me with a quick way to show ideas to potential clients who already own the software.
Well, that’s about it for my submission this year. I hope you discovered a new tool that you may not have used before. I’m always looking for ways to do things better or more efficiently. If you have a software app to recommend, please let me know in the comments section! I would love to hear from you.