The Learning Revolutionary’s Toolbox

Whether you want to sell them or use them for content marketing, to create online courses and other educational products requires the right tools. For discovering the tools you need and which are the best for what you want to accomplish, there is no better source than The Learning Revolutionary’s Toolbox.

Create online courses with these tools!

The following are links to tools I mention throughout The Learning Revolutionary’s Toolbox. I update these frequently, so be sure to bookmark this page. Also, I encourage you to share this page and the eBook with other course entrepreneurs and aspiring course entrepreneurs. (Hint: the social buttons on this page make that very easy to do. You can also click here to send a Tweet.)

If you are a speaker, trainer, consultant, or simply a subject matter expert who wants to share your knowledge with the world – and maybe generate some income from it – the resources I cover here will definitely jump start and turbo charge your efforts. The same goes for anyone who is in charge of creating content for a trade or professional association, training firm, or a business that wants to leverage educational content marketing.

Create amazing videos for your online courses with Camtasia!

I use nearly all of these tools myself, so I know from experience that they are useful. I also plan to add to the pages here over time as I find new tools that I think you may find useful. My aim isn’t to provide you with the longest list of tools possible, but rather to highlight the ones that I feel are most essential in your efforts to create online courses and other educational content.

Do You Already Create Online Courses?

Please send me your suggestions for other great tools and I will be sure to share them here (and give you credit for the suggestion.) And if you have questions about anything you see here, feel free to comment below or on the specific tool page and I’ll do my best to help.  –  JTC


  1. Jerry Neece says:

    Just to put cost in some context, when I designed and built one of the very first eLearning platforms for Sun Microsystems in 1996 to train my sales force, I had to hire 23 web page creators and instructional designers to build my site. Sixty hours of on-line training cost me $1.34 million dollars. Of course, at that time, no alternatives existed and Saba, Blackboard and Moodle all came by to see SunTAN (Sun Training Access Network) to see my learner-centric model. I used Java to create custom pages on the fly depending on the audience (salespeople want just the basics and sales engineers wanted everything possible). But within 2 years I was able to show the CEO a >125% ROI (increased sales and getting them trained faster than in the classroom) and I never had any problem keeping my content updated from that point on when execs understood eLearning’s importance. Of course we didn’t call it eLearning then, Cisco’s John Chambers coined that word a year later. Today I am using LearnDash to create a site for my 4000-person active senior community and the cost will be more like $15,000.

    • Thanks for this comment, Jerry. I’ve followed much the same path. It’s amazing how much money used to get blown on platforms and course design. My hope is that now that the tools are much cheaper and more usable we can focus a lot more on delivering great, effective learning experiences! – Jeff

  2. Dainis Graveris says:

    Hey Jeff, just heads up – love these resources – so nice that all is in one place, organised! Learning a lot here!

  3. Summer Ridley says:

    Hi Jeff,

    I have benefited a lot from your great contents, really appreciate you shared this information with us.

    I have a quick question for you, hope to get some suggestions from you.

    I’m mainly targeting China and Japan e-learning markets, those course authoring tools and platforms you recommended here such as Thinkific, Teachable and so on, are primarily for English speakers, and mostly, the contents would be presented in English too. I have contacted those platforms to get a sense of if they are compatible with contents in Chinese and Japanese too, the response I got from them was NO.

    And another problem is where do they actually store my contents such as audio, video, I know it is somewhere in the cloud, but my point is can my Chinese and Japanese clients access to my contents via those platforms, you know that China has an Internet Great Wall, limited all the great stuff outside, I did get messages from my Chinese clients stating that they can not access the links(Canada based) I sent them.

    So, with that being said, I would like to get some advice from you, do you know any platforms that are compatible with both English and Chinese, as well as Japanese languages. what are they?

    to solve my second problem, I did some research on finding platforms or service providers in China so that I can deploy my content on a server that is physically in China, not sure if you have heard it, called WeChat. Have you ever worked on a project that is running on WeChat platform? What would you suggest in terms of course authoring tools or LMS platforms in China?

    Thank you very much!


    • Summer – While I am not generally a big fan of using Moodle for selling courses, I think that may be a good first option to consider in this instance – perhaps in combination with CourseMerchant. It has some of the more extensive language capabilities available for learning platforms and can handle both Chinese and Japanese. I would do some research to see if there is a Moodle partner in China, or at least in that region of the world. (Moodle itself originates in Australia, so there are bound to be some partners in that region that can handle Pacific rim countries.) I am familiar with WeChat, but it is not a platform I would typically think of in the area of course delivery. Perhaps it is possible, though, that you would be able to store your media files on WeChat and link to them within whatever course platform you end up using to structure the course experience – that’s an area, though, in which I don’t have enough experience to give meaningful advice. – Jeff

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