Every year the estimable Jane Hart (owner of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies) asks learning professionals to submit their Top 10 Learning Tools for the previous twelve months.
This time, more than 2,100 learning professionals across the world contributed to the poll. Their nominations were compiled into the Top Tools for Learning.
Domains of Learning Covered
Over the course of the years, the breadth and depth of the survey has expanded at an extraordinary rate. The range of tools and technologies we now consider to be part of Technology in Learning has grown too. In the current list, 200 learning tools are covered distributed across 3 subdomains. They are:
- Personal & Professional Learning
- Workplace Learning
The categories or types of learning tools covered by the survey has broadened. As well as the ‘traditional’ learning categories of Instruction, Content Development, and Web, the list now incorporates Social and Personal Learning tools. Bear in mind that when Jane began compiling the list, we were looking forward to the brave new world of Web 2.0, where finally we could cast off the shackles of static web pages connected by hyperlinks: e-learning, we hoped, would move beyond the confines what was essentially ‘webified’ classroom-style narratives, and truly become interstive and learner-centric
You can read the top 10 learning tools from the 2017 C4LPT poll below.
|Top 10 Tools||Tool||Brief description|
|1||YouTube||Video sharing platform|
|2||Google Search||Web search engine|
|4||Google Docs/Drive||Cloud-based office suite/document storage|
|5||Public social network|
|6||Word||Word processing software|
|7||Professional social network|
|8||Public social network|
|9||WordPress||Blogging and website tool|
For a decade (!), I’ve contributed to the annual list. My, how time flies.
And so without further ado, here is my 10th Annual Top 10 Learning Tools, in alphabetical order (because every one of them is a winner!):
|Adobe Captivate||I could have picked any from the range of Adobe content development tools, but I chose this application because of its multi-functionality, and because it manifests what the Adobe eLearning Suite can do. The ‘Swiss Army knife’ of e-learning authoring tools, and better than Articulate because of it’s powerful programming features, and because it’s available for Windows and MacOS.|
|Apple iPhone||I don’t know what insight to offer about this device to say about this device that hasn’t already still been said. For me, it’s not so much the device itself, but more it’s power as an application platform.|
|Audacity||I recommend this open source tool to Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) who wish to create podcasts and/or software demos when using a Rapid E-Learning approach. It's an easy-to-use non-destructive audio recording and editing tool, comes with a range of impressive plug-ins including Normalize and Noise Reduction (NR), as well as pretty good graphical equalizer (EQ). Audacity enables SMEs and training professionals create high quality audio quickly and efficiently.|
|Blogs||The platform doesn't matter – I use WordPress - but the concept of providing a means to create, share, and deliver content is the basis for a new way of learning. My e-learning blog, the E-Learning Curve Blog (unashamed plug) provides commentary and news on the domain of professional learning and development.|
|iMovie||Easier to use than Adobe Premiere, more powerful than Story Remix; iMovie is my post-production tool for 90% of the video elements that appear in courseware developed for my customers and clients. Whether you're just "topping and tailing" a piece of video or creating the elements for a sophisticated soft skills course, Vegas is a must-have application, as far as I’m concerned.|
|MindJet Mind Manager Pro||Mind-mapping - using diagrams used to represent words, ideas, tasks, and concepts linked to and arranged around a central topic (and used to generate, visualize, structure ideas), is central to the way I work, research, organize, solve problems, and make decisions. I build the framework for all of the learning & education programmes I develop in Mind Manager. It is powerful intermediary in developing ideas, concepts, and course design.|
|Moodle||An institution in institutions! Martin Dougiamas' erstwhile thesis project continues to meet the learning management requirements of any number and type of organization. Social Constructivist? Virtual Learning Environment? Easy-to-use? Great Platform.|
|StatCounter||every learning professional knows that “if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” This mantra has an extra resonance in the online learning world. StatCounter is a Web analysis tool that enables me to understand the requirements of learners who use my courseware, as well as how visitors interact with my blog.|
|Techsmith Camtasia||A very powerful rapid e-learning authoring tool for demonstrations, simulations, evaluation, and scenario-based learning. This application – which was recently upgraded – is my “weapon of choice” for much of my e-learning content production work. It would probably be the Number 1 Tool on my list if I went for a merit-based rather than alphabetical format.|
The poll for 2017 has now closed. We can expect even more development, innovation, and change in time for the 2018 list. So, what are your current Top 10 Learning Tools, and what do expect to change in time for next year’s nominations? Let me know in the comments below.