DIY Tools to Help You Create Online Courses

DIY tools to help create online courses

If you’re just beginning your eLearning journey – or you’ve been on it for a while – discovering tools to help you create online courses could make your job a whole lot easier.

You don’t need to be an experienced graphic designer, video editor or eLearning expert - as long as you’re a subject matter expert and you’ve got some DIY online tools to help, you can create fantastic online courses!

Here are some helpful DIY tools to make course creation a breeze.


Images are an easy way to grab your learners’ attention when you create online courses – as long as you use them properly. There are some great free stock photo websites you can use to select eye-catching images for your courses.


Creative graphics are another excellent way to engage and captivate your learners when you create online courses. Australian company Canva is easily the most accessible free online tool to help you create amazing graphics, ebooks and infographics. You can even upgrade your account to Canva for Work to create on-brand images with your company logo and colours.

Video content

Videos are an excellent way to explain more complex content. Online video libraries like YouTube are a great resource to find engaging videos on your subject matter. All of YouTube’s videos are categorised plus the library is growing by nearly 400 hours every minute, so it’s a great place to start looking. Be sure to check if the video you choose is creative commons before using it in your courses.

Video creation

If you can’t find any suitable videos on YouTube or other online video libraries, you can make your own videos and animations for free using online software like Biteable. They even have templates to guide you as you create your first few videos and then you can take the reins and put your own stamp on your courses’ videos.


If you need to share a digital recording of your computer screen, software like Camtasia and Jing will become your go-to tool. Screencasting software allows you to take a recording of your on-screen actions and lets you adjust the speed as necessary to allow you to create online courses that cater to your learners’ needs. Screencasting can be great for creating step-by-step guides like how to use complicated software programs.

Storing documents

Do you collaborate with a number of different colleagues or experts to create online courses? Or do you simply want to share documents safely with your learners? Try using an online file hosting service – like Dropbox and Google Drive – to keep all your documents in one place and easily manage files.


Embarrassing grammar and spelling mistakes are every publisher’s nightmare. Whether it’s when you create online courses or in an email to your learners, you’d probably prefer it didn’t happen! Even if you have someone to proofread your course when it’s finished, or you copy and paste directly from a word processor with a spell-check function, a final check is always a good idea. Online grammar checkers like Grammarly have free plug-ins that let you check your spelling and grammar on whatever browser or program you are using on your computer.

Project planning

Do you find you need a little bit of extra help planning your eLearning project to make sure you complete it on time? There are a lot of moving parts to an eLearning project, so having a plan will help you to keep your project moving along. Online to-do lists and task managers like Wunderlist act like a personal assistant to keep you on track. You can create folders, lists, and attach documents to your tasks. You can set interval reminders and make sure you keep on top of your entire project from day one and even assign tasks to colleagues. 

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