4 Free E-Learning Tools You Should Try

May 17th, 2012

Now, we obviously recommend investing in a paid, professional quiz/survey building platform to serve as your E-learning environment. However we do recommend the following free tools to help you supplement and in some ways, enhance your E-Learning process. So anyway, here’s a few good free ones: BTW, of course you can try Quiz Creator for free. Now, we obviously recommend investing in a paid, professional quiz/survey building platform to serve as your E-learning environment. However we do recommend the following free tools to help you supplement and in some ways, enhance your E-Learning process. So anyway, here’s a few good free ones:

BTW, of course you can try Quiz Creator for free.

Free Tool #1:  Jing

From the makers of Snagit, Jing is like Snagit but simpler—and free (there are paid versions as well).  Jing lets you snag an image, edit it AND share with just a few quick clicks. BTW, it’s software but it’s available for Mac and PC.

www.techsmith.com/jing.html

Free Tool #2:  Slidepoint.Net

Slidepoint.net is a free online presentation platform that lets you upload PowerPoints, or create your own presentations using the online editor (similar to PowerPoint). For Apple users, the good news is it’s 100% HTML, not Flash, so it works everywhere! Also, embedding a presentation on your website, online courses, etc, is easy.

www.slidepoint.net

Free Tool #3: Online Quiz Maker

Every quiz maker out there has its pros and cons, but if time and technical ability are issues, check out Online Quiz Maker. Offered in both free and paid versions, it has all the essentials you need. While you might expect us to say something like this, it’s true:  Online Quiz Maker is certainly not a replacement for an expensive and sophisticated quiz authoring tool, but for most purposes, it is very capable.

www.online.quiz-maker.net

Free Tool #4: Google Docs

So, maybe you’re asking yourself: How is Docs useful for e-learning?

The fact of the matter is, no matter where you are, you can stay connected with Google Docs.  But beyond that there are really two benefits for e-learning:  One, it’s great when you’ve got more than one person working on a project, giving you control over sharing and editing privileges for other viewers.  After that, all you have to do is email!

Two, Google Docs is a free place for them to do work where you can always track their progress.

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Avoid These Widely Used E-Learning Methods

May 14th, 2012

Cut the Lectures

PowerPoint is a useful tool, with some setbacks.  But the main mistake most people make when using PowerPoint, is that they use it to outline a lecture.  New research shows that adults learn very differently do children (Oxford Brooks University (2011) Twenty Terrible Reasons for Lecturing).  This means that, if you want to teach an adult, then you have to engage them in the process, give them some control over their learning process and motivate them.  Don’t just talk at them.

 

Beware Social Networking

Many in the E-Learning community have fallen into the trap of “if we build it, they will come.“ The problem is that just having a social network presence guarantees nothing.  When using social networking as an E-Learning tool you have to ask yourself, “What’s in this for my participants?” Are you merely checking a box, or are you offering them a tool they can use to achieve a specific goal?  Remember, adults like instantaneous, specific results rather than activity for activity’s sake.  Building your social networking presence around this idea will increase effectiveness and enhance the overall experience for your participants.

Don’t Be Destructively Creative

Have you ever been on a Wikipedia page and found that so many people had added a  piece here and a sentence there that you could hardly follow what they were talking about in the first place?  This is very much a danger for those who both deliver and create E-Learning initiatives.  What we all have to realize is that there comes a point where too much creativity is a bad thing.  And, if your participants can’t follow where you are leading then your initiative has failed.

 

So stick to the point.  The key is to always ensure that your initiatives meet the goal they were designed for in the first place.  If you can do that, then everything else has a tendency to fall into place.

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How to Make Free Online Quiz with QuizCreator

May 10th, 2012

There are dozens of free and 100% online quiz and survey platforms out there.  The problem is that when you go for a quick fix like these, you usually end up compromising on quality.  In the long run this won’t help you.  With QuizCreator, you can easily make Flash-based quizzes and surveys in just 8 simple steps, that have the professional look and feel of a quality paid platform.  So follow along with these 8 steps using the free trial download below:

Step 1 – Download the QuizCreator free trial version here.

Step 2 – After download and installation, run QuizCreator

Step 3 - Start New Survey: Upon opening the program, a quick start window will appear.  At the top left, click “Create a New Quiz”.

Step 4 - Select a Question Type: On the top right corner of your untitled quiz template, click on the Question icon, and a list of question types will appear as in the photo below.  Here, I’ve chosen to create a Multiple Choice question:

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Step 5 – Create a Question:  Once you’ve clicked on a question type and then clicked OK, a blank question template will appear with several options, as in the picture below:

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Enter your question in the field provided and then below enter the answer choices.  Then, personalize your feedback response and assign points possible for each response.

Additional Options:  With the powerful editing features, you can easily insert text, images, equations, hyperlinks and edit fonts in the question in the text field. And you can insert some hidden note as the extra instruction for this question.

Step 6 - Adjust Quiz Properties:  Now that you’ve added all the questions you want, do you remember the question icon on the top left of your quiz template?  Next to it, click the Quiz Properties icon.

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A settings window will appear and you can add a personalized instruction page, define the pass and fail rate, change fonts and personalize feedback for correct and incorrect answers. You can also randomize the questions and secure the quiz by adding a protected password or domain hosting limit.

 

Step 7 – Select a Quiz Template: Once you’ve personalized your properties, next to the Quiz Properties button, click the Player Template icon.  You’ll see a page of your quiz displayed along with many options to adjust the appearance.

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Apply an appropriate theme including general, training, education, and more.  You can also change the color scheme, If you would like to customize your own quiz player, many setting options such as the background, toolbar, player size, label and layout are available for you to create a personalized player.

Step 8 – Publish Your Quiz to the Web:  When your quiz looks ok, it’s time to publish. Next to the preview button, click the Publish button.  For online publishing, you have three options: Publish Quiz on QMS, LMS, and Publish as a Flash quiz.  Of course, I recommend publishing directly to the QMS, so it’s online and accessible anywhere. Click the Publilsh Quiz on QMS button to add info, including email, and to set up your free 1-month QuizCreator Online account.

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Well, that’s about it!  I hope this has been a helpful tutorial in showing you how easy and effective it can be to construct your own, professional quizzes and surveys quickly and easily.  Good luck!

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Wondershare Announced QuizCreator Online and QuizCreator Pro

December 27th, 2011

Wondershare announced QuizCreator Online and QuizCreator Pro on December 22nd, which was the result of the integration of QuizCreator series. This time, Wondershare aimed at offering users more collaborative ways to create and manage quizzes or surveys for business training and education.

Wondershare QuizCreator Online contains two parts, the easy-to-use QuizCreator Free and the advanced online quiz management system (originally known as QMS). It enables users to create professional quizzes or surveys on QuizCreator Free with 18 question types and inserting exquisite pictures, amazing videos and audios for totally free. During the process, users are allowed to select a beautiful player template from the Read the rest of this entry »

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Teacher Test Maker – Combine Online Assessment with Offline Assessment

September 28th, 2010

Online assessment and offline assessment are the main forms of assessment right now. Each type of the two assessments has its own advantages and disavantages. However, we can combine these two types of assessment together by using teacher test maker software. Let’s start the journey by understanding these two assessments.

Online assessment

Online assessment is fairly popular. A lot of people learn and take tests online. This is a symbol of the Information Age.

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Real example of using online assessment

Examples of using online assessment include state drivers’ license exams, military training exams, job application exams in the private sector, entrance exams in postsecondary eduction, and certification exams by professional groups.

Benefits of online assessment

There are many potential benefits and advantages associated with computer-based tests including immediate scoring and reporting and greater test security. Additional advantages include flexible test administration schedules, reduced costs compared to handling paper-based test materials, the use of multimedia item types, and the ability to measure response time.

View a sample quiz created by Wondershare QuizCreator

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