5 Free Tools To Help You With Online Course

Recently, I am on-board to complete a wonderful course at a leading business school in the world. Looking at the course conduction and adaption process, I decided to write on a few tools that can help my peers and network who are pursuing these online courses.

I have hand-picked these tools from my social selling masterclass, so they are tested and more importantly, they are FREE! These tools are much needed to increase your efficiency. We think we will do … but we don’t. Just by adding it on calendar doesn’t help us to plan.

1. Webtime Tracker

Have you ever thought how much time you spend on a learning website or a portal, per day, per week? One way is to make a note of it in your book, and the other is just think and guess.

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Here’s a tool which will keep track and give you data on how much exact time you spend on what day and what hour.

2. GetPocket

Pocket is a tool that makes it easy to discover great content that’s personalized to your course interests and save this content so you can return to it later – on any device, at any time.

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It’s your one-stop destination for reading engaging content, catching up on your favourite blogs and news sources, and watching videos that you discovered and want o to add upon for reference studies.

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3. Skitch

While going through this course, I wanted to capture a few screens and annotate them so I can refer them and in future only go through the key points taken down that entire page.

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Skitch is a tool that tries to make this sort of information as easy to relay virtually as it is in real life, by making it easy to capture screenshots and annotate them (or any other image).

4. Evernote

It’s a cool tool to organize content on the cloud to be accessible on any device. While going through the course, I needed to clip a few pics, write text under them, add a relevant video, and compile all that in one subject making it easy for me to understand. Some features include i) Notes: Notes are the pieces of information you keep in Evernote. As mentioned above, that note could come in the form of a written document, an image, a web page, or something else. ii) Notebooks: Notebooks are sort of like folders. You can keep a collection of notes in your notebooks and keep them organized by giving them categorical names.

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Tags are another helpful way to organize and quickly locate one or many notes of a particular topic — especially if two notes are somewhat related but belong in different notebooks. Simply enter a keyword tag in the tag section of your note for easy access. iii) Atlas: If you allow Evernote to access your location, it will geocode your notes for you on a number of interactive maps. This is useful if you travel a lot or need to attach certain photos or documents to specific locations. iv) Trunk: The trunk shows you all the other tools available, along with some starter resources for users new to Evernote. This is the place to go if you want to know exactly how to use Evernote features correctly. v) Web Clipper: This is a really neat little tool. It’s basically a bookmarking tool to help you save web pages by letting it access your browser data and tab activity. Everything is connected to your Evernote account and you can even browse through your own notes with the web clipper.

5. Naturalreaders

The course that I am undergoing has a lot of text material to read. I thought what if I can get the audio to that material and listen to it in the car or on the move thereby listening to it again and again to develop some ideas. NaturalReader is a text to speech software with natural sounding voices. This easy to use software can convert any written text such as MS Word, Webpages, PDF files, and eBook into spoken words.

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NaturalReader can also convert any written text into audio files such as MP3 or WAV. The free version should be enough for basic needs.

Do let me know your thoughts after usage.

Amit Jadhav

 

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