Authoring Tools

This is a list of Course Authoring Tools that is useful for creating learning and performance applications. Each of the tools are itemized based on these activities they can create for greater student engagement. These activities are:

  1. Syllabus Quiz
  2. Chapter Quizzes
  3. Gaming Elements
  4. Learning Modules
  5. Video Exercises
  6. Learning Objects – Tutorials, Animations, Simulations, Interactive Timelines, Instructional Tools
  7. Scenario and Case Studies
  8. Interactive Games
  9. Simulations and Animations
  10. Interactive Tutorials (e.g. Chemistry, Mathematics, Finance, Accounting)
  11. Secure Online Testing
  12. Student Created Multimedia Projects
  13. Global Learning and Collaboration Opportunities

List of Authoring Tools:

The list of tools is broken down between tools the FCTL and/or University has versus those tools the FCTL/University could use as we expand the learning activities faculty can create for their courses.

Tools We Have Used

Tools We Can Use

Adobe Connect Pro 8 - web conferencing tool Student Response System - Turning Technologies
Adobe Presenter 7.5 - create tutorials from within Microsoft PowerPoint Adobe Captivate - Simulations, software demonstrations, and scenarios
Respondus 4.0 for Exams - creating & managing exams for Blackboard import Adobe Dreamweaver, Acrobat Professional, and Photoshop
Camtasia 7 - Screenshots and Videos ZoomIt - Screen zoom annotation tool (free, download)
MediaSite Lecture Capture - webcasting platform VoiceThread - commented (text or audio) slideshows (free, hosted)
Respondus Lock-down Browser * - locks testing environment in Blackboard Adobe Flash
Respondus StudyMate* - learning activities, self-assessments,& games OpenOffice - Open Source Productivity software (like Microsoft Office)
Screenr (web-based recorder (free and paid) Camtasia and Snagit
Blackboard Learn 9.1 (LMS) Wink - Tutorial and Presentation creation software (free)
Windows MovieMaker (free) and Microsoft Photostory 3 (free) Lectora Inspire Professional - eLearning Authoring Tool
Audacity (audio editor, open source) Screencast-O-matic - online screen recorder (hosted, free)
TurnItIn (Plagiarism Checker) SoftChalk (develop learning modules) **
inQsit (Online testing) Articulate eLearning Suite
Microsoft Office (PowerPoint,Excel,Word,Access) * Media Semantics Character Builder (Avatar)
Jing (screen capture, free) Prezi ** - Creates interactive presentations for the web
SurveyMonkey (Creates surveys, free and paid) Google Docs - create and share docs, spreadsheets and presentations
SMART Notebook/ Recorder (Smartboards) Camstudio - record screen and audio activity on your computer (free)
Campus Pack Collaboration Space (Blog, Wiki, Journal, ePortfolio) Blackboard Collaborate Module (Wimba Classroom, Illuminate, and Voice) *

* – campus wide license
** – department license
All other tools would be single licenses based on individual department needs