Thinking Outside the Course: Free Tools to Make E-learning Better

There are many things that go into a successful eLearning program. Success or failure can depend on how well you’re able to navigate the challenge of finding the right tools for the job while staying within your often-limited budget. Fortunately, there are a number of free tools that can help you conquer this challenge.

Here are the links, resources, and examples referenced in this session.

Online Forms

Ultimate Guide to Forms & Surveys

Ultimate Guide to Forms and Surveys

Online forms and surveys are a simple, yet valuable tool for any elearning program. Get the scoop on what you need to know.

Online Forms & Survey Tools

Interactive Video example:


Create and share interactive HTML5 content including video and more right in your browser   

Try out an example here:


Engage viewers by integrating quizzes, polls, and call to actions into any online videos hosted on YouTube and Wistia.

Interactive video with Vizia example

See an example here:


Instant Landing Pages for YouTube videos.  

Rivyt Example



Bring your videos together from Youtube, Vimeo, and Wistia to create your own custom video channel.   


Email Marketing

Ultimate Guide to Email MarketingUltimate Guide to Email Marketing

This guide by Zapier will get you up to speed fast on the most popular email marketing tools.


Mailchimp is easy to get started with and its free – two things everyone loves. 


If you’re just getting started with an email marketing tool, MailerLite is a fantastic place to start.  

Try out a free email course at

Workflow Automation

Automation InspirationAutomation Inspiration: Put your busy work on autopilot


Zapier moves info between your web apps automatically so you can focus on your most important work.


IFTTT is the free way to get all your apps and devices talking to each other.

Microsoft Flow

Automate tasks by integrating your favorite apps with Microsoft Flow. Make repetitive tasks easy with workflow automation.

Keep Up With What’s New

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