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7 Tools to Make E-Learning Easy

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7 Tools to Make E-Learning Easy

If you have an Internet connection, then you have access to an unlimited base of knowledge. You only need interest and commitment to learn everything you always wanted to know, right? Well, that’s not exactly how it works.

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The human mind is a peculiar thing: it objects to being tied down to specific goals. Let’s say someone enrolled in a free online course, promising himself that he would follow the lectures regularly and he would invest several hours per week to complete it. Somehow, the online student finds more important things to do, such as watching the new episodes of Mr. Robot or browsing through Facebook for hours.

That’s why e-learning has to be made as easy as possible. When you come up with a solid concept, you can use several tools to produce a high-quality online course and make it attractive for a great audience. You want to make the learning easy for the students enrolled in the course, but you also want to make the process of creating e-learning data quick and simple. In the continuation, you’ll find a selection of 7 great tools that help you create captivating e-learning materials with less effort than you anticipate.

  1. Dipity

With Dipity, you can create effective timelines that will keep your students on track with the progress of the material. You can create a visually engaging timeline by incorporating links, text, timestamps, locations, social media, images, audio, and video material.

When you are trying to present a particular topic in chronological order, this is the tool you need. The learners will be able to understand and remember the data you present much more efficiently.

  1. Xerte

This is an open-source suite of tools that enable you to author content without the need for previous knowledge in programming. If you don’t want to delegate the course authoring responsibility to a professional programmer, then you’ll appreciate the convenience of Xerte Online Toolkits.

The founders of this project understood the need to address the great number of potential course creators who lacked the technical skills for using complex tools. That’s why they made it easy for you to assemble content by using simple forms. When you devote enough time and effort, the result will be outstanding!

  1. Articulate Storyline

The intuitive user interface of this tool will seem familiar even if you’re a total beginner in the course authoring field. There is no training required; the software will do the hardest part of the job for you, so you can quickly and easily build attractive courses. Articulate Storyline is focused on enabling its users to create relatable courses. This means that you can add multiple combinations of photographic and illustrated characters, poses, and expressions to add a visual appeal to the text.

You can create your own template from scratch, but you can make your work much simpler if you use one of the available customizable designs.

  1. Lesson Writer

An online course has to comply with curriculum standards. However, you cannot take the lessons that are already out there and use them to create your own course. You need to create comprehensive lessons and activities, and organize your own curriculum, classes, and reports. The best thing about Lesson Writer is its collaborative aspect: you can connect with your colleagues to share resources and create lessons of great quality. The main goal of this tool is to support reading in all subjects.

E-learning courses allow you to be very creative. Do not get stuck into a routine! Lesson Writer enables you to craft appealing lessons that will keep your students focused. Plus, the easy-to-use features will save you tons of time during the creation process.

  1. Composica

The key to making e-learning easy for students is creating highly interactive courses. Thanks to Composica, you can create online courses faster, but that doesn’t mean they will lack quality. You can use this cloud-based authoring tool on your computer, but you can also access it via tablet or smartphone.

This is also a social tool; which means that you can collaborate with other course authors on your project. The most notable features include powerful task system with audit trails and detailed task reports; individual and group chats; community dashboards, and more. The learning is social too, so your students will easily get the support and motivation they need.

  1. SmartBuilder

This feature-packed authoring tool enables you to create attractive e-learning materials. You don’t need a team of programmers; you’ll get used to the simple way of functioning as soon as you start experimenting with SmartBuilder. You can add inspiring elements in your courses, such as branching scenarios, gaming elements, rich media, powerful assessments, and more.

The drag-and-drop environment won’t give you any trouble in creating the design you aim for. The latest update enables rich HTML5 functionality, which means that your courses will look great on mobile devices too!

  1. Pearson OpenClass

OpenClass, as a dynamic learning environment, enables you to bring social learning closer to your students. You can use the tool for free! It’s optimized for US K12 and Higher Ed institutions. One of the greatest benefits is the collaborative environment you can create for your students to interact with their classmates, as well as with the coursework you provide.

You’ll be able to create your courses and edit them directly from the platform, in just a few quick steps. This is a very flexible tool, so you can create various content pages and discussion threads without the need to code. Pearson OpenClass is built for mobile learning, and it supports a full suite of free Android and iOS apps.

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It’s Time to Dive into the Online World! Make E-Learning Easy for Your Students!

Learners of all ages are excited about accessing online courses. Online learning is accessible, affordable, convenient, and flexible. Everyone can find the type of course they are looking for, and they can adjust the learning process to fit within their schedule.

However, the enthusiasm of online learners doesn’t last for long. You need to create courses that preserve that initial spark and encourage the learners to become more active. The above-listed tools will help you achieve that!

Good luck and please share your successes!

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Craig Kemp

Craig Kemp

I am a passionate Head of Educational Technology at a large International School in Singapore. I am a lifelong learner, dream creator and thought leader. I love to inspire others and find inspiration. Co-founder of #whatisschool, #asiaED edchats and #pubPD.

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