Let Amazon S3 Do Your Text-to-Speech for Free

Previously we looked at how to create free text-to-speech narration using a free application. The audio quality is decent enough for those who need the text-to-speech audio. Today we’ll look at a free (or inexpensive) way to create your text-to-speech narration that’s just as easy and hardly costs anything, if at all. Earlier I showed how…

How to Create an E-Learning Portfolio

In recent posts, we discussed why you need a portfolio for personal development and to manage your professional career. The obvious next question is what tools and resources should I use to build a portfolio? What Goes in the Portfolio? The portfolio represents your skills and expertise. You need to decide if you want the…

Create Web Pages for Free and Save Them as PDF

Here are two really cool applications. The first is an easy way to create quick, disposable web pages using your email. And the other is a way to save web pages as PDF for later reference. Create Free Web Pages Publishthis.email lets you create quick and simple web pages. Basically, you put the content into an…

Here’s an Easy Way to Manage E-Learning Projects

Managing all of the to-do lists and activities for your e-learning projects can be really time time-consuming and a pain. I’ve worked in organizations where it seemed we spent more time managing the bureaucracy related to the project than we actually spent on it. Someone asked what I use to manage projects. Personally, I prefer a…

Here’s a Free Text-to-Speech Application for E-Learning

Occasionally, I get questions on free text-to-speech applications. While there are a number of free text-to-speech applications out there, many have character limits or don’t allow for commercial use. I’m not sure how many people have personal use cases for text-to-speech, but if you do, there are plenty of options. Another challenge is that many…

Why You Need a Professional Portfolio

As an e-learning developer, it’s important to document your work experience and skills. One way to do this is with a professional work portfolio. In previous posts, we discovered why you need a portfolio as part of your professional development. And we even looked at one community member who does a great job demonstrating her skills…

Two Quick Time-Saving Tips

Here are two simple tips to help save time and frustration as you work through the day. One shows how to autosave files so you don’t need to worry about losing your work. And the other lets you see which tabs and extensions in Chrome are eating up all your RAM and processing power. How…

Here’s How an E-Learning Portfolio Builds Your Skills

Having a portfolio is really important, especially in today’s world of digital technology. It’s a great way to document your skills, experience, and qualifications. Recently, I gave a presentation on why you should maintain a work portfolio, here’s part of the presentation where we’ll focus on your personal development. What is a Portfolio? A portfolio…

How to Use Hotspots in Drag and Drop Interactions

In an earlier post, we looked at three ways to use hotspots in your e-learning courses. In most cases, hotspots are used as invisible buttons for interactive e-learning. But today we’ll look at ways to use the hotspot feature in your drag and drop interactions where the hotspot isn’t a button. Drag and Drop Basics…

Even More Free Stock Images for E-Learning

Apparently, the internet can’t get enough of free stock images as it seems there are new sites popping up every day. Truth be told, many of the sites aren’t very good and most of the images probably don’t have a good context for e-learning design. Free Stock Images for E-Learning Resources I’ve already shared some…