100 Hand-picked Freebies for eLearning Designers
Ten sets of ten freebies for the wonderful instructional design community. Some require registration to download. Please be careful when downloading freebies to be sure there is nothing malicious. Also, read license agreements when appropriate.
Download version 4 of the list here:100 Freebies. It includes all the new bonuses.
1. Keep Learning
- Instructional Design Starter Kit: Introduction to Instructional Design
- Creating eLearning that Makes a Difference (Kit): Instructional Design help with a focus on interactions
- Understanding the Adult Learner’s Motivation and Barriers to Learning: A research overview at what motivates adult learners
- Blended Learning Today: A look at how to do blended learning in today’s environment
- Implementing Mobile Learning: What to consider in this space
- Understanding Mobile Learning: eBook discusses why there is growth in mobile learning and what areas are best suited for mLearning
- Chapter from Billion Dollar Graphics: Good introduction on how to turn text and graphics into a focused and persuasive design
- How to Ensure Website Accessibility: How to apply accessibility guidelines
- How to Be Creative: 26 Tried and True Tips
2. Graphic Assets
- LA County Museum of Art: 20,000 free images. Click image and if it displays “Download Image,” then it’s in the public domain.
- The Getty: 4600+ art images in the public domain.
- Public Domain Image Resources: Extensive list on Wikipedia
- eLearning Brothers: Click Freebies in the menu bar and sign up for their free membership for a variety of assets
- NuggetHead Studioz: Hand-drawn curved arrows by Kevin Thorn
- Articulate Community: Free templates, graphic elements and fonts. Registration required.
- 65 Cutout People: From an architectural visualization site
- eLearning Art: Check out their eLearning asset library free for 7 days
- Open Clip Art: All kinds of free clip art
- eLearning Asset: Download several office characters
Bonus: eLearning and PPT templates from Trina Rimmer
3. Icons and User Interface Elements
- IconFinder: Possibly the best site for variety of free icon choices.
- Hand-drawn Icons: Within the IconFinder site, there’s a great set of hand-drawn icons
- Clean Black Icon Sets
- IconShock: Bright and colorful
- 600 Free Icons: Small icons good for mobile and other uses
- Modern UI Kit
- Flat UI Kit
- Flat UI and Icons
- UI for Gadgets and Devices
Bonus: The Noun Project: Added by popular request
If any of the backgrounds are small tiles, you need to bring them into a graphic program and repeat them to the size of your choosing. For a web page, they will repeat automatically.
- Grunge Textures
- Subtle Grunge Textures
- Blurry Textures
- Seamless Paper Patterns
- Fabric Textures
- Metal Textures
- 149 Free Paper Textures and Backgrounds
- Subtle Backgrounds
- Abstract Backgrounds
- 6 Colored and Textured Tiles
- Favorite Fonts from Font Squirrel
- Urban Fonts
- Type Depot
- Lost Type: Donation
- Impallari: Donation
- Open Font Library
- 12 Hand-written Fonts
- Adobe Edge Web Fonts
- Ardour: Audio editing and recording for Mac.
- Audacity: Cross-platform audio editor and recording software.
- Levelator: Evens out the audio levels within an other audio file for variations from one speaker to the next.
- NaturalReader: Converts written text to spoken words.
- Wavosaur: Audio editing and recording for Windows.
- Brainy Betty: Limited selection of free music and sound effects.
- Freesound: A collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds to download and share.
- Jamendo: Several hundred thousand tracks to download.
- Musopen: Public domain library of music from a nonprofit.
- Soundjay: Selection of well-recorded sound effects.
7. Variety of Design/Development Tools
- Inkscape: Open source vector graphics editor
- Gimp: Popular free image editor
- Scorm Cloud (10 uses): Hosted version of a SCORM player.
- Storyboard Depot: Free visual and text-based storyboard templates
- ScreenLeap: Instantly share your screen to help others learn.
- Handbreak: Media conversion for all platforms
- XnView: Cross platform media browser, viewer, converter
- Gliffy: Create diagrams and charts
- Adobe Story: For creating scripts
- Flash Roll Over Tool: A little app that makes rollovers in case your authoring tool doesn’t.
BONUS: eLearning Character Chart: A way to flesh out the details of an eLearning character
8. Authoring Tools and Learning Management Systems
- CourseLab Free
- authorPoint Lite
- Jing: Screen recording and capture
- Free Quiz Maker from iSpring: Flash-based quizzes
- Classmarker: Web-based quizzes
- Moodle: Most popular free LMS
- Coursesites: Free LMS (up to 5 courses) from Blackboard
- eFront LMS: Open source
BONUS: 13 Tutorials for Learning Udutu (free authoring tool)
9. Social Media for Learning
- Google Hangouts: You know about the hangouts. Now use them for small discussion groups.
- Skype: Record podcast interviews
- Blog Talk Radio: Broadcast your own radio show
- Buffer: Schedule social media
- HootSuite: Schedule social media
- LaterBro: Schedule Twitter and Facebook updates.
- Twubs:Enter a hashtag and start chatting.
- Poll Everywhere: Collect feedback from learners
- Elgg: Open source social networking engine
- Wikispaces: Collaborative way to build/share content
10. Get Things Done
- Kindle Reader: Read Kindle books on your PC or Mac
- Trello: For organizing projects
- timeEdition: Desktop platform independent time management tool
- Yast: Modern online time tracker
- Rescue Time: Shows how you spend your time on the computer
- Asana: Shared team task list
- AutoHotkey: Automate repetitive tasks by sending keystrokes and mouse clicks.
- Doodle: Simplifies scheduling
- Dropbox: Sync files on all devices or just use for backup storage
- LastPass: Password Management
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