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E-Learning Instructor Tools for Librarians

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.

Video and Audio Tools



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.



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.


Online video making tool that can be used at home or on a mobile device.

Costs $5/ month for personal use.

Screen Capture


Image and video screen capture software

Produced by TechSmith, which also produces Camtasia

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




Screen recording tool, including audio

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

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

Video Creation


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.

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.

Tip: 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.

Hitfilm Express

Free video editing software

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


Video Manipulation


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: Requires Adobe Flash. Can be easily integrated into Canvas.

Higher Ed Webinars



Free to download, easy to use, audio editing program

Tips: Free to download. Available in the DMIL.