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Introduction

This is a guide to software that you may like to use in the development of your material. This is not an exhaustive list but it will give you an idea of what is available. If you find a tool that you think others would benefit from then please let us know and we will add it to this guide.

The software in this guide is recommended because:

  • It can produce a very good learning object without the need for specialist programming knowledge.
  • It is either free, available through the University for free, or downloadable as a 30-day trial.

In the past we have seen students take a long time to get to grips with something like Dreamweaver or Flash and then run out of time to finish their TEL material. The software recommended in this guide does a lot of the programming for you - this lets you focus on the actual design and content of your TEL material without wasting lots of time learning complicated software. However, if you already know how to use something like Dreamweaver or Flash, there is no problem using it to develop your material. The majority of students do not, and this guide is aimed at them.

If you want more information about these or other software tools then contact us.

Some of the software featured in this guide can be downloaded as a free 30 day version. This will be the full version of the software, but will stop working after 30 days unless you purchase a licence. Any material produced by these programs will continue to work after the 30 days, but the project files will require a licence if you wish to edit your material further.