eLearning & Design tools

Working with text

The list of tools and platforms useful when working with text. Everything you need for creating and editing text documents including referencing, captions, dictation and more.

Text editing

Google Suite
I really recommend Google Suite. Whether you use basic package or you have Google suit or Google for Education, you get access to various elements of Google Suit such as Google Email, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Sites, Forms, etc. Google Docs enables us to collaboration in real time, creating text documents. There are also tones of additional plugins that make it even easier to create, edit and collaborate on your documents.

Dictation

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Google Voice Dictation
Google Docs Typing is only available in Docs when running Google Chrome. This is a built-in tool for dictation and voice-driven editing within Google Docs. Using dictation apps can really speed up the content creation process.
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Apple Dictation
Available on all Apple devices - Mac, iPhone, or iPad. It might be the one of the best dictations tools. On mobiles, use by pressing the microphone icon. On desktop, access dictation by going to System Preferences > Keyboard > Dictation.

Referencing

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Cite this for me
This site enables you to create your citations, reference lists and bibliographies automatically using many reference styles. It is also good for creating references for online resources - simply paste the link and it will find all the elements of your reference (author, publisher, etc.) Make sure that the output is correct and aligns with the DCU Harvard Referencing Guide.
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Ref Works
This software enables you to create your citations, reference lists and bibliographies automatically using many reference styles.

Captions & Subtitles

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You Tube Captions
YouTube studio gives an option to automatically create captions.
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3Play Media
Closed captions make your videos accessible, searchable, and engaging. 3Play Media offers customizable workflows, multiple turnaround options, and the only true 99% accuracy rate in the industry.

Readability

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Web FX
The free readability check by direct input or URL. It gives several indicators - each indicator bar gives a visual guide for the readability of the text. Red is a low readability score. Green is easily readable. Examples of indicators: Flesch Kincaid Reading, Kincaid Grade, Gunning Fog Score, SMOG Index, Coleman Liau Index, Automated Readability Index. It also gives various text statistics such as a number of sentences, words, complex words, per cent of complex words, r average words per sentence.
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Grammarly
This online, cross-device AI-powered writing assistant allows you to compose bold, clear, mistake-free writing pieces.

Images and Graphics

When you need to create or edit images or graphics, you might consider using some of the tools listed below.

Stock Images

Pexels
Free stock photo & video library. You can search photo and video library by categories and keywords. You can also apply filters such as orientation, colour and size.
Pixabay
Free stock photo & video library. You can search photo and video library by categories and keywords. You can also apply filters such as orientation, colour and size.
Unsplash
Free stock photo & video library. You can search photo and video library by categories and keywords. You can also apply filters such as orientation, colour and size.

Image editting

Photoshop
Photoshop is graphic design software used to enhanced photographs, illustrations and other artwork. It is part of Adobe suite.
GIMP
GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a free cross-platform image editor used by graphic designers, photographers, and illustrators.
Pixlr
Pixlr is a free online photo editor. Experience next-level, intuitive photo editing with AI-powered tools for quick yet professional edits. You can edit almost any image format such as PSD (Photoshop), PXD, JPEG, PNG (transparent), WebP, SVG and more.
VISME
Visme is an online cloud-based software. It is useful if you need to create banners, icons, or add typography to your images. It has numerous pre-designed templates and comes with access to free stock images.

Infographics

VISME
Visme is a data presentation and visualisation tool that makes content compelling and presentable by transforming it into visually appealing presentations and infographics.
StatPlanet
This free software is awesome for customizing interactive maps and bringing in interactive diagrams to make feature-rich infographics.

Mindmaps and diagrams

Coggle
Coggle is a collaborative mind-mapping tool that allows you to present complex information in a clear and understandable way. Use it to create concept maps or to create images/flowcharts, or to explain complex processes.
Google Slides
If you need a simple diagram (a grid, hierarchy, timeline, process or a cycle) start with google slides. Google Slide diagram can be downloaded in JPG, PNG and many other formats. Google slides are available via your DCU google apps.

Audio

The list of tools and platforms useful when you need to record audio for your training courses or website.

Audacity
Free, open-source, cross-platform audio software. Use for podcasting, video and animation audio. Audacity is an easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, macOS, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. Developed by a group of volunteers as open source.
iSkySoft
Media Converter. Converts, edits, burns and compresses video (for Windows). It converts any video and audio format. Makes video editing easy.
Mpeg StreamClip
High-quality converter for MPEG files and transport streams. It works as an editor, converter and player. It supports almost any video format and can export converted files to any format of your choice.

Stock Audio Libraries

Bensound
There are some free tracks available for download. You can also subscribe and download any track from the entire library, including tracks only available for purchase, and all new tracks during one year in both mp3 and wav format.
Motion Array
Royalty-Free music and sound effects. Motion Array is generally a paid repository, for filmmakers with tones of templates and pre-designed element, but they do have a good range of free sound effects available for download.
Pond5
Royalty-Free music and sound effects. Music for Every Project. Royalty-free stock music, now with expanded licensing rights. Rates starting at $15. There are some free tracks available too.
Free Music Archive
We welcome all creators around the world to search, find and use music from our websites in their projects. The options: If your project has no budget check out SEARCH FMA and make sure you respect and follow the (CC) licensing conditions.
Freesound
Freesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds. You can browse, download and share sounds on this platform.
Soundcloud
Soundcloud is sometimes forgotten, but it is a great source of audio. Most of the music on SoundCloud is licensed under Creative Commons, which means that you are free to use the tracks as long as you follow the guidelines established by the artist.
Epidemic Sound
Music subscriptions for content creators. Covered for social media, online platforms and websites.
Audio Blocks
Unlimited Royalty-Free Music & SFX Download all the music, sound effects, and loops you need with a low-cost subscription.
Audio Jungle
Royalty free music and audio tracks from $1 1,216,265 tracks and sounds from our community of musicians and sound engineers.
Jamendo
Royalty free music and audio tracks
Free Play Music
Royalty free music and audio tracks for personal use only on YouTube, are really good deal - you’ll be able to access nearly all of their tracks for free. For businesses with a wide variety of music needs such as a video, advertisement you need a subscription.

Video

The list of tools and platforms useful when working on video editing. Everything you need to creating and editing different types of videos.

Video Editing

Adobe Premier Pro
Adobe Premier Pro is video editing software for film, TV and the web. Creative tools, integration with other Adobe apps and services and the power of Adobe Sensei help you craft footage into polished films and videos in one seamless workflow.
Windows Movie Maker
A free software for Windows users. You can make movies using your photos, video clips, and music. It provides basic features (a video trimming, joining, adding background music and text caption) and enables you to use more advanced techniques (e.g. image filter and transition effects).
Final Cut Pro
A video editing software that enables users to log and transfer video onto a hard drive (internal or external), where it can be edited, processed, and output to a wide variety of formats.
iMovie
Free software available for all Apple devices. It is perfect for basic movie editing such as cutting and trimming clips. It has limited library of fonts but if you simply need to cut or trim or prepare your clip for further editing, it might be helpful.
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Camtasia
Camtasia is an option for those who need both Screen Recorder and Video Editor. Camtasia 2020 makes it simple to record and create professional-looking videos on Windows and Mac.

Storyboarding

Storyboard That
An online storyboard creator that visually communicates ideas and concepts to quickly tell a story. It provides templates in which you can create your stories in a comic strip style, along with hundreds of scenes, characters, and text bubbles to fill your storyboard's frames.
Make Storyboard
An online storyboard creator that helps visually communicate ideas and concepts to quickly tell a story. It provides templates in which you can create your stories in a comic strip style along with hundreds of scenes, characters, and text bubbles to fill your storyboard frames.