elearning expertsI don’t know anyone who can tell me they have enought time to do everything they want to in a day and elearning professionals are no different.  We’re mostly working to someone else’s (unrealistic) deadlines, we often perform multiple roles on projects and are expected to keep up with all the trends and happenings in this fast-moving world of technology.  Phew, it makes me feel tired just writing about it!

So I wanted to share three great online resources that can save you a lot of time and effort both in research and creation of content.

1. C4LPT – Centre for Learning Performance Technologies – by Jane Hart is a fantastic website that I have watched grow over the past few years.  Jane has compiled lists of tools for learning, from quiz tools, to authoring tools to learning management systems.  You name it, it’s on one of Jane’s lists! If you’re looking for a tool – free or paid – this is the place to go to save yourself hours of online research.  Jane also runs a survey each year to find out what’s being used in the industry so not only do you get a great list of resources, you can also see which ones are hot favourites at the moment and what the current trends are.  A must for your bookmark list.

2. If you are authoring your own elearning, you need to get friendly with the eLearning Brothers. They have some great freebies including storyboarding templates and paid resources like customisable game and quizzes you can buy and plug into your courses. Just the thing for time poor elearning professionals who need to produce quality elearning solutions at the drop of a hat!

3. And finally, my new love for this year is Twitter.  Now I know a lot of people don’t get the point of Twitter and I’ve had a little bit of an up and down relationship with it myself.  What I have learned recently is that if you can dip in just once a day and connect with the right people you can have all kinds of great information at your fingertips.  You can search for information that people are sharing by using keywords or hashtags (#) and you can ask questions of your followers, most of whom are more than happy to help or retweet your question to their networks.  I’ve established some great relationships with other L&D professionals, both local and international, through Twitter and it’s a channel I will be working more on over the coming months. If you’d like to join me in the Twittersphere, just look me up – @karenmoloney. Interestingly, Twitter stormed into the C4LPT Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 survey at the No.1 position, so you can’t really argue with that!

So now you know about these three great resources, what will you be doing with all your new-found free time?!