What tools do I use to create eLearning content?

Tools for nowadays Instructional Designer

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Vivian Luke

2/1/20231 min read

To create eLearning content and lesson plans, I use a combination of software tools and resources. Here are some essential tools commonly used in the process:

  1. Learning Management System (LMS): An LMS provides a platform for organizing, delivering, and managing eLearning content. It allows you to structure courses, track learner progress, and administer assessments.

  2. Authoring Tools: These tools enable you to create and design eLearning modules, interactive activities, and multimedia elements. Popular authoring tools include Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, and Camtasia.

  3. Graphic Design Software: I use mostly Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Canva Pro for creating visually appealing graphics, illustrations, and infographics that enhance the visual appeal and comprehension of the content.

  4. Video Editing and Effect Software: Tools like Adobe Premiere enable myself to edit and enhance videos, including adding subtitles, transitions, and effects. For any extra effect, Adobe After Effect is also a very good tool to produce stunning visual effect.

  5. Screen Recording Software: Applications like Camtasia, OBS Studio, or Screencast-O-Matic allow you to record your screen to create software simulations, demonstrations, or tutorial videos.

  6. Multimedia Creation Tools: For setting up interactive elements such as quizzes, assessments, and simulations, I use Articulate Storyline and Rise 360.

  7. Content Management Systems: CMS platforms like WordPress or Moodle can assist in organizing and publishing eLearning content, managing learner access, and facilitating collaborative workflows.

  8. Collaboration Tools: Communication and collaboration tools like Google Drive, Microsoft Teams, or Slack enable seamless collaboration with subject matter experts, instructional designers, and other team members.

  9. Royalty-Free Image and Video Libraries: Access to stock photo and video resources like Shutterstock, Getty Images, or Unsplash provides a wide range of visual assets to enhance your eLearning materials.

  10. Learning Design Principles and Instructional Models: Familiarity with instructional design principles, such as ADDIE (Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, Evaluation) or SAM (Successive Approximation Model), helps in structuring and organizing effective lesson plans.

Remember that the specific tools and resources you'll need can vary based on your project requirements, budget, and personal preference. It's important to stay updated on the latest eLearning trends and technologies to ensure the highest quality content creation.