Tools I Use

A laptop sits on a desk with plants in the background and a cup of water and stack of books on the right. Pexels website is on the screen. The image represents tools I use.

A laptop sits on a desk with plants in the background and a cup of water and stack of books on the right. Pexels website is on the screen. The image represents tools I use.

ID and L&D Tools

I often get asked which tools I use in my instructional design (ID) projects, and in learning and development (L&D) in general.  Most of the tools I use are quite affordable or free.

I’ve arranged the tools by topic for easier navigation.  Clicking on a link below will take you directly to the appropriate section.  To return to the list, click on the box in the lower right corner with the up arrow.

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Assets

Canva:  a graphic design platform where you can also access free stock photos and graphics.  Canva’s free plan is awesome, but their paid plan (super cheap) is what I use.

Envato Elements:  unlimited creative subscription plan with all types of assets:  graphics, photos, templates, animations, video, audio, and more.  Plans start at only $16.50 per month!

Pexels: free stock photos and videos.  No attribution is required.

Unsplash: free stock photos videos.  No attribution is required.

Collaboration

Asana:  web and mobile application designed to help teams organize, track, and manage their work.  Asana is a great way to collaborate on projects and tasks.  Interested in training on Asana?  Let’s chat!  I’m an Asana Ambassador

Google Drive: free, cloud-based apps and storage.  I use Docs, Sheets, and Slides as an easy, free, cloud-based method of collaborating on projects with others.

Content Distribution

Medium: open platform where readers find dynamic thinking, and where expert and undiscovered voices can share their writing on any topic.  There are some amazing writers and content on Medium.  I keep planning to write more than my one article published.

Equipment

Blue Yeticaster Pro Bundle:  this is the microphone setup that I use for all of my audio needs.  It’s a great set and is usually priced around $200 on Amazon.

Elgato Facecam:  an excellent, high-quality webcam.  It’s typically around $160 on Amazon.

Tolulu HD Webcam:  an inexpensive, good quality webcam.  This is the camera I used prior to upgrading to the Elgato.  This webcam is usually less than $30 on Amazon.

Freelancing

Gusto:  cloud-based payroll for small businesses.  I’ve had an amazing experience using Gusto for receiving and requesting payments.

Graphic Design

Canva: graphic design platform, used to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents, and other visual content. Canva’s free plan is awesome, but their paid plan (super cheap) is what I use and I create almost all of my graphics in Canva!

Learning Products

LinkedIn Learning: fantastic courses by the industry’s leaders.  I take so many courses through them and have seen the value already!

Skillshare:  online course platform, teaching everything from business, graphics, crafts, productivity, and more.  They also offer a free trial so you can test it out before purchasing a membership.

Tutor LMS:  a front-end drag-and-drop learning management system for WordPress sites.  I’ve been using this LMS for a few years now and really like it, plus it’s very affordable.  It offers a quick way to create learning directly on your site.

Media Editing

Audacity:  free, open-source audio editor.  I actually use this for all of my narration projects and really appreciate its power.  The interface is very basic (think: old-school MS Access), but it is mighty!  There are also loads of plugins available and a passionate community with helpful documentation and wikis.

Techsmith’s Camtasia and Snagit:  screen recorder and video editors.  These tools are so robust that you can create eLearning with them alone, utilizing hotspots, downloading SCORM packages with your final product, and so much more.

Networking

HelloFax: platform allowing faxes to be sent and received 100% online.  Their rates are very affordable (whether you pay per page or subscribe to a monthly plan).  You can send and receive faxes from other HelloFax users and standard fax machine users.

LinkedIn:  free professional networking site offering career development, networking opportunities, and job services.  I am regularly sharing content on LinkedIn and have met some amazing folks there.  I was also hired for my two most recent roles via LinkedIn!

Project Management

Asana:  web and mobile application designed to help teams organize, track, and manage their work.  Asana is my favorite project management system!  It’s robust yet easy to use.  Interested in training on Asana?  Let’s chat!  I’m an Asana Ambassador

Web Development

Elementor Page Builder:  drag-and-drop page builder for WordPress sites.  I use this page builder to streamline and rapidly scale my websites.  I use the plug-in version but they also have a cloud-based version.  You can do a lot with the free version, which is a bonus.

Ionos: domain name registrar, web host, and SSL.  I use Ionos (formerly 1&1) for all of my domain name purchases.

SiteGround:  affordable and reliable web hosting.  I currently use them and am very satisfied with their service.

Writing

Grammarly:  cross-platform cloud-based writing assistant using AI to review spelling, grammar, punctuation, clarity, engagement, and delivery mistakes.  Grammarly is a life-saver for me, as I tend to type quite fast and make a lot of errors.

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