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E-Learning Instructor Tools

Tools for subject and instruction librarians teaching one-shot instruction sessions, workshops, etc. Tools can be used to create, store, and share instruction materials as well as to further communicate with students and faculty.

Animation

Adobe Animate Logo  Adobe Animate

Animation software

Suggested Use: This tool can be used to design vector graphics and animation for online videos, websites, web applications, and more.

Tips: Part of the Adobe Suites, available through the DoIT Software Center.

 

PowToon

Online tool to create animated videos and presentations

Suggested Use: Can use to create an entire presentation or to make a short video tutorial.

Tips: Add voice over to create a video to embed in a presentation or course. Or, create a video without voice over and give it as a live presentation. Free accounts are limited to 5 minute videos which can only be exported as a PDF or PowerPoint so handouts are available.

Tutorials

 

Online tool to create animated videos and presentations

Suggested Use: Can use to create attractive and engaging online lessons, professional presentations, and animated videos promoting an idea or service.

Tips: Feel free to upload your own content, including sound, images, and video. Styles and templates are available for your use. Free accounts are limited to 10 minute videos which can be exported to YouTube/Facebook with the moovly watermark.

 

Animoto

Online video making tool

Suggested Use: Can be used at home or on a mobile device.

Tips: Costs $5/ month for personal use.

Screen Capture

Camtasia Studio

Screen recording and video editing tool

Suggested Use: A great tool for creating tutorials or walkthroughs. Camtasia combines screen recording, video editing, and interactive tools to help you produce customizable videos.

Tips: Camtasia is available in the DMIL. Camtasia has detailed and very helpful tutorials to help you get started or to demonstrate new features. It is available for a 30 day free trial.

 

OBS
Open Broadcasting Software (OBS)

Suggested Use: Can be used for video recording and live streaming. It is free to download and use.

 

(Snagit)

Image and video screen capture software

Suggested Use: The ability to add effects over captured images can be useful for creating image tutorials of a database or webpage, for example.

Tutorials

 

Screencast-o-matic

Screen recording tool, including audio

Suggested Use: A great way to record tutorials on how to access and search databases.

Tips: For the free version, max recording time is 15 minutes and videos can be published to YouTube, MP4, AVI, and FLV movie.

Video Creation

Adobe Premiere ProAdobe Premiere Pro

Video editing software

Suggested Use: For complex video projects. This timeline-based video editing software can be used to edit clips and add a variety of effects and transitions.

Tips: This is available in the Digital Media Lab and available for download through DoIT's software center.

 

Quicktime

Record simple video from camera

Suggested Use: Record a video introduction of yourself to include in Blackboard.

Tips: Available as a download for Macs or PCs. Need built-in or attached camera.

 

Hitfilm Express

Free video editing software

Suggested Use: Great alternative to those who don't have access to Premiere Pro.

 

Interactive Video Tools

Hapyak

Tool to make videos interactive

Suggested Use: Use to make videos or tutorials that are clickable, notable, and measurable. The video quiz tool can be particularly useful for gauging students' understanding of a concept presented in a video. 

Tips: HapYak tracks views and clicks on each video, so you can see and assess students' interactions with the video. The free version allows up to 5 videos and includes almost all of the available interactive options.

 

VoiceThread(VoiceThread)

Cloud-based tool to have a conversation with students around media.

Suggested Use: Use to create a collaborative presentation where each contribution is distinctly marked.

Tips: Can be easily integrated into Canvas.

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