Is free eLearning possible? The answer to this is probably not, but there are ways of producing eLearning on a budget, which is ideal if your client is looking to save money.
Icons are big right now and there is no better way of showing a visual than using a good icon. The icons can be downloaded as SVGs so they are ideal for scaling and customising. The icons are free to use however you must credit the author each time they are used.
Freepik is a great site for free, good quality graphics and illustrations. As with Flaticon the assets are free to use, providing you credit the author.
Royalty free photos can be hard to find on the Internet, however this site has a small library of free images to download. The images however are fairly low resolution although you have the option to download a high resolution version for a fee.
Photoshop is the most popular image editor out there but unfortunately the license is expensive. Here are a few alternatives which, although not as powerful, should be more than adequate for basic editing.
Audio editing needn’t be expensive or complicated. Audacity is a free, simple to use audio editor, available on Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.
Sound effects can really give your eLearning that added dimension but make sure you don’t over do it!
This site is great if you are looking for free sound effects, with its vast library and high quality sounds.
This brilliant, free text to speech reader could be a really cheap alternative to using Voice Over artists. For a small fee you are able to download sound clips of the recordings and use them in your eLearning with minimal editing.
You should always test your eLearning to make sure it functions and talks correctly to the LMS. If you don’t have the luxury of your own LMS, SCORM Cloud is a great solution.
In order to keep up to date with the latest trends and technologies within eLearning there is no better place to go than these two great eLearning community sites.
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Phil Eagles, Senior eLearning Developer, Bray Leino Learning
In my series of blogs I’ll talk about the components of eLearning design and development.
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