Free Teaching Tools
YouTube video can be a powerful educational and motivational tool. The medium's educational effectiveness lies in how it is used as a means toward achieving learning goals and objectives. Effective instructional video is teacher-to-student instruction where video is a vehicle for discovery. Advantages or benefits of video compared to graphic and textual media include: (1) Portrayal of concepts involving motion, (2) Alteration of space and time; (3) Observation of dangerous processes in a safe environment; (4) Dramatization of historical and complex events; and (5) Demonstration of sequential processes in that the viewer can pause and review the material (Misachuk, Schwier & Boling, 1996).
Audacity is a free, open-source software used for recording, editing, and exporting sounds or audio files.
Example: Editing out pauses in audio you recorded for class.
Format Factory is a multi-functional media converter that allows you to convert audio, video, and image files to other various formats.
Example: Converting a WAV audio file into a mp3 file.
The Sloan Consortium is an institutional and professional leadership organization dedicated to integrating online education into the mainstream of higher education, helping institutions and individual educators improve the quality, scale, and breadth of education. Membership in the Sloan Consortium provides knowledge, practice, community, and direction for educators. Originally funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Sloan-C is now a non-profit, member sustained organization.
MERLOT is a free and open online community of resources designed primarily for faculty, staff and students of higher education from around the world to share their learning materials and pedagogy. MERLOT is a leading edge, user-centered, collection of peer reviewed higher education, online learning materials, catalogued by registered members and a set of faculty development support services.