A recent LinkedIn eLearning Guild Group member asked “What are the top tools for freelance elearning design and development?” and 100 comments later, there was quite a list.
The result was a nice mix of both specific software for getting the work done and advice and suggestions related to running a freelance business.
Here is my attempt to categorize and capture all of the recommendations, in no particular order of course. While I tried to include everything that was mentioned, my apologies if I may have missed one or two…
- Software Suites and Packages – Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe eLearning Suite, Articulate Studio, Microsoft Office, Open Office, Google Tools
- Rapid Development – Captivate, Lectora, Cam Studio, Camtasia, Articulate
- Screencapture/Screencast – Jing, Screenhunter, Snagit (very popular!), Snap4
- Image/Photo Editing – PaintNet, GIMP, PaintShop Pro
- Video – Sony Vegas Pro, Sorenson Squeeze, After Effects, Celtx Script Writing
- Audio – Audacity, Soundbooth, Levelator
- Delivery – LMS, Portal – WordPress, Drupal, Blackboard, Moodle
- Synchronous Communication – Skype, DimDim, Elluminate, WebEx, Centra, LiveMeeting, Oovoo
- Programming Skills – PHP, HTML5, CSS3, SCORM
- Project Management – Gantto.com, OpenWorkbench, MSProject, LotusLive
- Business Operations – Dropbox, GetHarvest.com, Adobe Acrobat, PrimoPDF, QuickBooks, FreshBooks, MyHours.com, FastTrack, BullZip, PDFPen, Zoho, and a local small business Accountant
- Professional Development – Books – Roam, Clark, Horton; Advice – Entrepreneurship.com, Forbes.com; Networking and Mentorship – professional associations recommended: ASTD, IPSI
- And more… Notepad++, iSpringFree, Flash Firestarter, SwishMax2, MindManager, Prezi, Xtranormal, ReadtheWords.com, Tokbox, Adobe Kuler, Wampserver, Balsamiq, Questionmark, Madcap Flare, Color Schemer, Fireshot, and Compliance testing sites
A few absolutes to close: Internet access, a powerful computer with multiple monitors, coffee, aspirin, a sense of humor, and a support system!
How about it, Freelancers? Any corrections or additions to the list?
Update! (12/1/2010): Please see the cross posting on OpenSesame. They have graciously provided links to each of these tools! Very helpful.
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