Since creating great content is a huge part of creating courses that last, there are many resources you may want to access in order to develop and deliver your content. This list will continue to grow as I find and try additional resources for creating and delivering content.
Note that some links are affiliate links that I receive a commission from, if you purchase.
When you are testing your first audio recording, using the built-in microphone on your computer is fine. When you want to create a professional quality product, you need a better mic. Fortunately, one can be had without breaking the bank.
I use and love the ATR-2100. This mic has a great sound for the price and has the ability to work in a USB port, so you don’t have to invest in a preamp when you’re just getting started. XLR cables also come with the mic, so you can add the preamp when desired. A preamp allows you to further improve the sound you capture from your mic.
Definitely add a windscreen to the microphone.
More Equipment information and a full studio tour coming soon.
Audio Only Recording
Audacity – note that Audacity is free, open source software. Always download this type of software ONLY from the software creator’s website or sourceforge. Other sources could include malware.
Adobe Audition – part of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite
Garage Band for Mac – this is available in the App Store
Debut – also does screen capture http://www.nchsoftware.com/capture/
iMovie for Mac is available in the App Store
Built in Windows tools possibly available
Screenflow – Mac only
Built in options for Windows
Repositories for Video and Audio
Sound Cloud https://soundcloud.com/
Blab – not private
Google Hangouts – not private
Photoshop – part of Adobe Creative Cloud suite
Pixelmator (Mac) – available in App store
Microsoft provides free editor Windows 8 and 10 https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/apps/photo-editor/9wzdncrfj334
GIMP – BIG learning curve
Infographics and Charts
Presentations and other Document Creation
For PowerPoint or Keynote, purchase in the appropriate location for your computer type (Windows v Mac).
InDesign – part of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite
The following WordPress plugins are available to create and deliver online courses. All are premium plugins unless otherwise noted.
LearnPress – freemium
Namaste – freemium