Free Tools for the Thrifty Learning Designer

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DevLearn 2018 Conference & Expo - October 26, 2018

Deanna Fischer

Director of Learning Design
Fischer MicroTech

Learning designers tend to wear many hats: project manager, instructional designer, video creator and editor, game designer, eLearning developer, technology troubleshooter, graphic designer, and marketing guru, just to name a few. To be successful wearing these many hats, you need the right tools! Unfortunately, you may not have the budget for your dream tools. So, what do you do? You need the best free tools available!

In this session, you will take a look at a list curated by fellow learning designers with over 100 free tools that they use across their projects. You will do a deep dive into the top 25 free resources recommended for stock images and videos, industry knowledge and inspiration, project management, music and sound effects, marketing design tools, and more. Learn from others and bring your favorite resources to add to the list!

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to search the hottest free tools online right now for free stock photography, graphics, videos, music, and sound effects
  • Where you can go for industry knowledge, templates, and visual inspiration
  • About the most popular free tools that you can use for project management
  • How you can use these tools to help you design beautiful marketing materials


Designers and developers.

Technology discussed in this session:

Everypixel, Moose, Jing, Pixlr, The Noun Project, Avataars, Battle Learning Cards, Reddit for Instructional Designers, Pexels Stock Video, Screen-O-Matic,, YouTube Stock Audio, Adobe XD CC, Adobe Color, Pixie Color Identification App, Fount, Google Fonts, Font Squirrel Font Identification Tool, Fount, Trello, SCORM Cloud, Smart Mockups, and more.


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