Late last week, Connie Malamed published a list of 100 Hand-picked Freebies for eLearning Designers as part of her blog The eLearning Coach. This was certainly a great list, so much so that I tweeted in out and +1’d it on Google+ too.

I wanted to highlight a few of the resources and tools that Connie mentioned as ones that I really value and use (or have used).

  • NuggetHead Studioz:  Kevin Thorn is a colleague/friend of mine here in town and took the plunge to go out on his own as a consultant.  Tom Kuhlmann also has a font for hand-drawn arrows and circles that I use regularly in elearning and slidedecks.
  • Articulate Community: The folks at Articulate know how to share.
  • IconFinder: IconFinder is one of my favorite search engines.
  • Jing: When I need to make screen captures, I use Jing almost exclusively.  I also use Jing to provide feedback to students on their work.  I like the 5 minute time limit, because it limits me as well to making sure that I mention (and point to on screen) the areas I care about most.
  • Poll Everywhere: I am a huge fan of  I regularly mention and highlight it in my workshops on mobile teaching and learning.
  • Doodle:  I used to use MeetingWizard; now I almost exclusively have switched to Doodle.

I’m Gonna Check These Out

From Connie’s descriptions, there a few that I’m going to be following up and spending some time exploring.  Here’s my quick list of ones I want to research:

Thanks for a great list, Connie, and thanks for sharing it with us!

Looking for some great (free!) icons to use in your presentations or blog posts?  Try these:

  1. From Web Designer Depot’s Newsletter: Try Sosa, an icon font. (I just downloaded it.)
  2. From Designrfix, their recent blog post has 45 different icon sets for you.  I particularly like:
  3. Tom Kuhlmann over at the Articulate Rapid eLearning blog has a great post and links for handwriting-looking graphics and fonts.  I just used some of these in an elearning module for my online course.
  4. Looking for more icons and icon sets? Here are some previous blog posts.
    1. Icon sets. I have just 4 words for you: Fab-u-lous and free.
    2. Icons I love. Fur and feathers.
    3. More icon love. Company’s coming.
    4. Clipart objects. Cool and free. Just the way I like it.

Which ones do you like? Which ones are you downloading?  (I admit I’m a little addicted to icons and icon sets.  They help me create a theme and communicate a message.)

If you’re looking for some informal, hand-drawn, or grunge-ish arrows to use as “previous” and “next” buttons in your next elearning or mlearning project, then I highly encourage you to take a look at these arrows from There’s a collection of about 100 arrows available in Adobe Illustrator (.ai) and (.eps) formats.

If you’re not super comfortable with Illustrator, then I was able to open these with little effort into Adobe Fireworks. Fireworks kept the groups and layers intact, which I was able to copy/paste to a new file and change the colors easily.

Arrows from

New vector collection of 100 arrows! | | vector stories.

Thank you to for aggregating a bunch of these graphics into one place for me. 😉 How do you plan to use these great little gems?

These are my Jumptags for December 16th

These are my Jumptags for December 9th through December 10th:

These are my Jumptags for December 7th through December 9th:

These are my Jumptags for November 24th through December 7th:

Turkey IconBecause you all know just how much I love a good icon set, I’m sending along a new list of icons to get you ready for the holidays.  I received all of these either through an email subscription or an RSS feed that I read.  So, thanks to Tutorial 9 and SitePoint for making this elf happy.  As always, read the licensing and read me files to determine just how you can use these guys.

Fall & Thanksgiving

Fall Icons

With this icon pack from Tutorial 9, you get 5 icons in PNG format: leaves, pilgrims, a pumpkin, a tree, and a turkey.  Who doesn’t love a goofy turkey that can be repurposed as a Virginia Tech hokie?

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Christmas Pack 1

Christmas Icons 1

This adorable little pack of icons from Chico21 on DeviantArt comes with 8 icons for you to use.  They are in PNG format (my favorite!), and you get a Christmas tree, reindeer, stocking with candy cane, chicken and hen (always a  holiday necessity), Santa mouse, Mama and baby bears, and a present.

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Christmas Pack 2

Christmas Icons 2

Twenty icons this time from the “Real Christmas 2005” pack.  These are from Enchanted Labs and come in 3 flavors — no, not cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla — Mac, Windows, and PNG.  If you would like to use these in your system icons, then feel free to use the Mac or Windows options.  But as I always suggest, download the PNGs for the most flexibility in your development projects.

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These are my Jumptags for November 18th

These are my Jumptags for November 4th through November 5th:

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  • 4 Principles of Good Design for Websites – One of the areas of focus that I’ve taken into all my designs are the four major design principles. They include: contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity.
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