There are many software packages that could prove useful to you as the designer of a WebLearn site, as well as for your students, colleagues and collaborators. Some of the software packages listed below are free, others are not. It's worth exploring which of these packages may make your life easier and enable you to produce professional electronic materials. Many of the packages come with self-study video tutorials on how to use them.
Content Authoring Software
eXe Content Package Editor - an authoring environment to assist academics in the design, development and publishing of web-based learning and teaching materials and activities.
Xerte - a customisable suite of tools for e-learning developers and content authors producing interactive learning materials.
Wimba Create (formerly Course Genie) - convert Microsoft Word documents into content for the electronic learning environment. You can generate a set of web pages that includes navigation and interactive features that are easily uploaded into your WebLearn site.
Soft Chalk - create interactive web pages to deliver via WebLearn.
GLO Maker - design and develop learning objects (called ‘GLOs’), incorporating images, audio clips, video clips and quizzes.
Acrobat Professional - a package that allows the building of .pdf files, with full control over their structure, bookmarks, hyperlinks, multimedia elements and access permissions.
Acrobat Reader (free) - the reader required in order for users to be able to open any .pdf file.
Cute PDF (free) - a tool to convert any electronic document to pdf. Note that you need to download and install two files: the .exe file PLUS the 'ghostscript' converter.
Plagiarism detection software
Turnitin - integrated with WebLearn, this service can also be used independently. It allows the submission of written work to compare against databases of existing material in order to detect and report on matching parts of text.
Wimba voice - An audio solution for vocal instruction, practice, collaboration, coaching and assessment, especially in language learning. Wimba Voice incorporates the use of threaded voice boards, voice-enabled email, and embedded voice within course pages.
Slide-show compression software
iSpring (free) - a compression tool to compress your Powerpoint slide-show and associated sound files into one flash video file.
Impactica - a compression tool that significantly compresses the size of Powerpoint slide-shows.
Capture screen images
Snagit - enables the capture of parts of a screen which can then be saved in various graphic file formats.
Prepare assessments to upload into WebLearn
Respondus - a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to WebLearn
StudyMate - lets instructors create ten Flash-based activities and games using four simple templates. The Flash activities can be published directly to WebLearn
Hot potatoes (free if you share what you build) - The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for delivery via the web.
Build video demonstrations
Teacher training videos - videos created for teachers to help them to incorporate technology into their teaching. Just click and a video will open and take you through how to use that technology.
Screentoaster - Free online (no download) screen recorder. Capture videos of onscreen action in one click. Embed them on blogs and webpages or send them by email.
Adobe Captivate - rapidly author professional eLearning content with advanced interactivity, software and scenario simulations, quizzes, and other engaging experiences. Convert a PowerPoint slideshow to an HTML page, with or without audio commentary and captions. Getting started tutorials are included in the application. You can download a free 30-day trial