Instructional Designer

Tools of the trade

scribbles all over a whiteboard saying There you have it - instructional design in one easy lesson.

The tools you use to author your courses often depend on many factors. Are you working independently, or with a company that expects you to use their software? Do you have subscriptions or paid versions of the applications? What familiarity do you have with the software? How important is a low cost solution? The below lists are not exhaustive, there are many other programs out there, and I will try to update the list as I become aware of them.

Rapid AuthoringGraphic EditingScreen captureVideo EditingAnimation
Google ClassroomAdobe PhotoshopScreencastifyAdobe RushDoodly
Adobe CaptivateCanvaTechSmith – SnagItiMovieVyond formerly Go Animate
LectoraWIREWAX TechSmith CamtasiaAdobe PremierToonBoom
Articulate BeFunkyOBSTechSmith CamtasiaAdobe Character Animator
CanvasInfogramWistia – SoapboxAnimaker
BlackboardImgflipVimeoAdobe Animate
MoodleComic Life 3 (App)BlipshotMixamo (Adobe)
iSpringBackground Burner qSnapPixton (comic book)
LearnDashRound Edge CornersLightshot,Blender
Google Course Builder Transparent PNGFree CamUnity
Alta – KnewtonGeniallyLoomUnreal
Easy GeneratorPhotopeaCascadeur
DomiKnow ONEMagicaVoxel – free 3d editor
What are learners supposed to do after learning a course? Figure that out and build the appropriate interactive elements. - Tom Kuhlman 
Analysis Tools –
& Site
Mind MappingStoryboards & Blueprints
Wireframing/ protyping
Summative and Formative EvaluationsObjectives
Learner Analysis worksheetXMindCanva 53 ways to check for understandingBlooms Taxonomy
Remote facilitators guideMindmeister, PowerPoint Assessment strategiesNew Blooms Taxonomy
IRIS facilitators GuideiMindMapFigma Fink’s Taxonomy of Significant Learning
SpiderScribeAdobe XDSOLO Taxonomy
Marvel Affective Domain
 InVision Psychomotor Domain
Axure RP 9 
Storyboard That
Storyboard templates
There are no refunds; learners cannot get their time back if we waste it.  -Michael Allen
xAPISCORM/ ComplianceID Models Learning TheoriesUDL/Accessiblity
Devlin PeckScorm ExplainedKirkpatrickLevels of ProcessingUDL Guidelines
xApi homepageKempInformation Processing Theory508 508 Checklist Federal guidelines
TinCan RegistryDink and CareyAdult Learning TheoryWCAG WCAG checklist WC3 guidelines
Veracity (LRS)SAM / Rapid PrototypingCognitive Load TheoryWAVE – Web accessibility assessment tool
xAPI CohortADDIEMultiple IntelligencesVision Australia
xAPI FoundationsGagne’s 9 EventsCoblis- colorblind simulator
Merrill’s principles of instruction
Backwards Design

Audiences.... want people who they feel are just like them.  Don't be perfect; just be real.  -Rick Altman
Helpful sitesSurveysBadges and CertificatesGamificationSound
The pattern librarySurveyMonkeyBadge BuilderKahoot!Incredibox  Google SurveysOpenBadges.meQuizzizBFXR
Icon SetsZoho SurveyBadgrEdpuzzleAudacity
WebAim Contrast Checker Survey PlanetGenerate printable certificate in storylineQuizletWatson Text to Speech 
Envato Elements (Subscription)TypeformFlipgridBBC Sound Effects
StoryblocksQuizGame FreeSound
Google Art ProjectSeeSawSampleFocus,
Puppeteer FormativeSampleSwap,  
SMART Learning Suite OnlinePACDV
GimKitYoutube Audio
Trivia MakerBenSound
PadletSpitfire labs -free
Jeopardy Labs
Construct 3
Instead of packing as much information onto each slide as you can...spread [it] across multiple slides. -Jonathan Schwabish
IconsFontsWriting ToolsTemplatesNoCode Tools
Font AwesomeGoogle FontsGrammarlyFaster CourseAwesometable
IconPharmFreebiesbug,Hemingway freecodecamp
The Noun ProjectFont BundlesGoogle DocsRapid eLearning Templates
Flaticon DaFont,eLearning BrothersVoiceflow
DaButtonFactory1001 Free Fonts,E-Learning chipsLandbot
Glide Apps
If you want people to have fun--give the the day off.  If you want them to learn...engage them with the content. - Karl Kapp
Free ImagesText to SpeechTalking AvatarsSimulationsOther cool sites
PexelMurf.aiVoki (Non-Commercial)ITyStudioBig blue Button
Unsplash Amazon PollyAdobe Character AnimatorGamoteca
Microsoft Clipart LibraryWellSaidLabsReallusion Cartoon AnimatorVuforia
PixabyTalkiaSitePal (commercial)Uptale
Every StockSpeecheloLiving Actor PresenterBranchTrack
FreePikAcapela BoxCharacter BuilderSimul8
MorgueFileNewsCaster VocalizerAvatar SDKH5P
Free ImagesDescriptVtube studio
Photo RackReplica Studios (UnReal)PrPr Live
NappyBlender Mod for vTubing
Illustrations of black people
Creative Commons
Game Art Guppy
Toptal – Free background
Group of people around a rug with markers.  They are writing and collaboraring.
PresentationsAnimated GraphicsText EditingClosed Captioning
and transcripts
Branching Scenarios
AhaSlidesGraphicMamaGrammarlyYouTubeInk/Inky – text based – transcriptsTwine – Visual
Google Slides

Websites and Blogs to follow:

Devlin Peck
Cath Ellis on YouTube

Tim Slade

Cathy Moore’s Blog

Articulate 360 E-Learning Community & E-Learning Challenges

eLearning Industry
The eLearning Guild 
CommLab India

If you have a solution to problems your audience has and you explain it clearly, your presentation will be persuasive.  - Ellen Finklstein

A few websites with crazy amounts of information on them that may be useful!

Eurosis – Simulation & Gaming software list

Gamescrye – how to storyboard your game

Anarchist Collective –

E-Learning Zeef

Personal Learning Network Tool Browser