|Module 3 :
Software and Technology
|| Review free software products that are useful in the eLearning program.
Demonstrate creation and conversion to pdf format.
Develop a working knowledge of Camtasia and SnagIt.
Identify and become familiar with resources for Moodle and other software.
Evaluate the accessibility of eLearning courses for all students..
Section 1 - Software FREEBIES and Tools"Picasa is a FREE photo management software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the photos on your PC. Picasa automatically locates all your photos (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual folders organized by name, size, or date. You can drag and drop to arrange your folders and make albums to create new groups. Picasa makes sure your photos are always organized." Get it FREE from Google.
Pearson Education Browser Tuneup is excellent to help you or your students determine if your computer has the listed browser plug-ins installed.
Moodle is a software course management system (CMS) designed to help educators create effective online learning communities.
"Web-browser, advanced e-mail and newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and HTML editing made simple -- all your Internet needs in one application." Check out SeaMonkey FREE.
The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web.
"Cool Text is a free graphics generator for web pages and anywhere else you need an impressive logo without a lot of design work." This tool created the EDCI 489C title on the course homepage.
Review Online Tutorials for The Virtual Professor..
Section 2 - Adobe PDFJohns Hopkins University offers some PDF basics. What does PDF stand for?
PDF is the file format of choice for use in eLearning. Adobe Acrobat is expensive and your students may need FREE alternatives to Adobe Acrobat. Go to PDF Editing & Creation: 50+ open source/FREE alternatives to Adobe Acrobat.
Section 3 - Camtasia Studio, SnagIt, and Camtasia Relay
Camtasia Studio Learning Center.
Section 4 - Moodle, Podcasting, and Other Tutorials
Moodle at Louisiana Tech. Center for Instructional Technology (CIT) administers Moodle at Louisiana Tech, with technical support from the Computing Center. Helpful Links.
If you have not had Camtasia Studio and SnagIt downloaded on your computer, contact Allen Husband and he will install it for you. Use SnagIt on your computer to experience the various ways of capturing screen shots.