Learning Design and Development Toolkit

As part of the Learning Technologies review that I’m undertaking for a large corporate I’m compiling a toolkit for use by learning design and development team.  To identify the type / category of tools to include in the kit and examples of specific tools that could be used I’ve used the following sources:

  • Tools already in use in the decentralised Learning and Development teams across the organisation
  • Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017 published by Jane Hart at the Centre for Modern Workplace Learning
  • Recommendations from people in my network

The list I’ve compiled for further research is below.  This list is reasonably long and some of the tool types would not be required by all organisations.  This depends on the delivery methods and type of content that the organisation wants to use .  Other factors in the organisational context may create specific needs e.g. examination management to met regulatory requirements in aviation.  However, the list should provide a reasonable starting point against the generic needs of a corporate learning design and development team.

What do you think of this list?  What would you change on this list?  Is there a type of tool or a specific tool that you suggest be added to the list?



  1. #1 by Andrew Whalan on October 12, 2017 - 6:52 pm

    This is a comprehensive list. Captivate does has the ability to capture screens as well as create quizzes although that latter can be time consuming. Can Zoom be used for webinars? Microsoft Lync & Google Hangouts can be used also for webinars but with limited functionality!

    • #2 by Michelle Ockers on October 13, 2017 - 4:45 am

      Good pick up – yes, Zoom can be used for webinars, and is a personal favourite of mine. Skype for Business is the rebadged Microsoft Lync – it was renamed and updated when Microsoft purchased Lync. I used Lync / Skype for Business a lot when I was at Coca-Cola Amatil. Most people weren’t aware that you can record sessions using this tool, so I used it to create short videos for communications and screen casting – although, as you point out, the functionality is limited.

  2. #3 by Neil Von Heupt on October 13, 2017 - 5:30 am

    The list seems to lean towards online learning but with a high percentage of organisations still regarding face-to-face as their primary delivery strategy I wonder if there needs to be a type for this. Most obvious (tech) tools would be PowerPoint/Prezi, but also todaysmeet, padlet, that live polling one (can’t think of the name sorry). Not sure how stretchy your definition of technology is, but would it extend to whiteboards/flip charts? These are in almost every learning space I see, but they often haven’t been considered by the design team and are under/poorly used.
    I wonder also if a tool like iMovie editor should be listed in the video editing section given how simple it is to record video on a smartphone and edit for use.
    Is it worth also considering public social media? A twitterchat or hashtag can be a good tool when integrated by the design team. Perhaps blogging/publishing tools like wordpress or LinkedIn pulse could help with user generated content.
    I use Pixabay a lot for images. Good range, free and no attribution required.

    • #4 by Michelle Ockers on October 14, 2017 - 3:22 am

      Hey Neil, You’re right! Thanks for highlighting this bias in my list. Some great suggestions, and agree that whiteboards and flip charts are an important part of the classroom trainers ‘toolkit’. I’ll give it a couple of days for other comments to come in and then will update my post using the suggestions. I have a photo of you (the Flipchart Master) in action with a flipchart that I will include! Thanks for your input.

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