5 Hacks To Nail SCORM-Compliant Courses

All current trends in Learning and Development (L&D) indicate that traditional Learning Management Systems are nearing their end. How do you get around using an LMS and utilize the SCORM format in the most effective way? This article gives you 5 actionable tips on when and how to get the most out of SCORM.

This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

Launch of awareness eLearning program by SHE Teams Hyderabad City Police

To increase the horizon of training activities carried out by SHE Teams, an e-learning course/ online training has been initiated jointly by Swift elearning Services and Hyderabad City Police – SHE Teams with the sole purpose to raise public awareness on women safety among the citizens especially women. By adopting the online mode of training…

State of the E-Learning Industry 2017

Wer mit E-Learning-Plattformen und -Tools zu tun hat, gerne auf dem neuesten Stand ist (deswegen auch regelmäßig auf den amerikanischen Markt schielt) und schließlich auch mit der saloppen Schreibe von Craig Weiss zurechtkommt, ist hier richtig. Hier die Kategorien, auf die der Experte in seinem Blog eingeht (irgendwo dazwischen finden sich auch nützliche Listen und Hinweise auf zukünftige, weitere Beiträge):

„Any who hah, the e-learning market is made up of various segments or as I prefer spaces.  Most folks are aware of

– Rapid content authoring tools (build courses – you build them)
– LMS and subsets, LP, SEP (Sales Enablement Platforms)
– 3rd party courseware providers (ex: Skillsoft, Wiley)
– Assessment tools including Online Testing Tools (even online proctoring) (ProProfs, ClassMarker, Questionmark)
– Learning Engagement Platforms (Degreed)
– Custom course/content shops (lots of them out there)
– Web conferencing tools (aka virtual learning classrooms, webinars)

But are you aware of these?

– Coaching and Mentoring tools (mobile is a key component)
– Knowledge Reinforcement tools (mobile is essential)
– Courseware marketplaces (OpenSesame, udemy, Coursera)
– Social learning tools (not the same as a Social Learning Platform)
– Video learning tools
– Learning Record Stores
– E-Learning tools – other  (not listed in any of the categories/spaces above)“

Craig Weiss, The Craig Weiss Blog, 11. Oktober 2017

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7 Must-Have Features For Your SMB Learning Management System

There are a lot of different Learning Management Systems out there these days. So, how can you possibly choose the one that will work best for your small to medium-sized business? While each Learning Management System is unique, they are not all created with the same core features. Here are 7 critical features that you need to make sure your SMB Learning Management System has before you sign on the dotted line.

1. Tracking And Analytics

You need to know that employees are getting the training done. Tracking is the simplest way to monitor their progress and performance. SMB Learning Management Systems give you the ability to access reports on their individual status. You won’t have to simply assume they have completed the necessary training. You will actually know it is being done and that it’s up to par. Sometimes online training needs to happen outside of typical office hours. Having a tracking feature can also help you track which employees are on top of their online training, even if they are thousands of miles away meeting with a client.

2. Customizability

This is your online training course, and no one else’s. You want it to reflect your business’ unique look and feel. This means having a branded online training course that is distinct and aligns with your brand messaging. Your employees should log into it and immediately see a reflection of your company’s image. If the online training course looks generic or lackluster they may assume it includes general knowledge and glosses over things. Find an SMB Learning Management System that falls in line with your brand, and your employees will take notice.

3. Responsive

On-demand online training needs to be flexible and adapt to your employees’ needs. While they might have access to a standard computer at work, they might not at home. Give your employees the freedom to train using technology that they use on a daily basis. In the modern business world, a lot of employees have a smartphone, tablet, or wearable device. A good SMB Learning Management System must be responsive and give employees freedom of choice to access the online training material from any device they have available.

4. Notifications

Employees get busy and training can often fall to the wayside. Training is important, but when stacked on top of work deadlines and pressing project tasks, it might be forgotten. You should set deadlines for employees to complete their online training. The SMB Learning Management Systemshould then enforce these deadlines by giving employees helpful reminders. These notifications can help them to stay on track with their online training. It can also cut down on excuses that they weren’t aware that an online training assignment was due on a certain date. Notifications can also be incredibly helpful when you make adjustments to online training content or add new modules. If your employees need a yearly refresher, the SMB Learning Management System should be able to inform them. That way, everyone is current on the latest information.

5. Built-In Online Assessment Tools

This feature should go beyond simple quizzes. You need to be able to create complex online tests that will tell you if the employee is ready to advance. This is especially true if they are attempting to earn a critical certification. Testing your employees will help you know if they are actually assimilating the information. Sometimes people think they can zone out and breeze through online training. This isn’t acceptable, and their scores will reflect the lack of dedication. These online training assessments let you know if your online training is working, as well. If too many people score below average on certain online training modules, you might need to find a better way to present the information.

6. Supports Diverse Online Training Content

Every employee is different and they all have unique learning preferences. The SMB Learning Management System you choose should allow for such differences, that is to present the information in multiple formats. You should be able to get creative with your online training content and help your employees enjoy learning by offering them alternative formats of the online training material.

7. User-Friendly Interface

We have all encountered computer programs that just aren’t intuitive. When you run across something like that, it is easy to tune the information out and disconnect on an emotional level. The SMB Learning Management Systemshould be helpful and create a space where your employees can learn easily. If they have to wade through endless menus or dig for incomplete online training modules they will get frustrated. Instead, the LMS platform should be inviting and simple to use. Anything else will get you sub-par results.

These 7 features will help you build online training that your employees will find memorable, relatable, and intuitive. Additionally, you will be able to tell where they are in the learning process. You may not know if your favorite SMB Learning Management System will meet your needs until you really start using it. That is why it is a good idea to find an SMB Learning Management System that allows you to take it for a test drive. Some of the most popular LMSs give you access for a certain period of time to see if you like them. If you are not sure about it, it is always a good idea to get a free trial before you buy the full SMB Learning Management System.

Originally published at elearningindustry.com on July 28, 2017.

#eLearning #LIVESTREAM Publishing Your Project – 10/16/2017, 16:00 EDT

In this video tutorial, I show you how you can publish your Adobe Captivate project. We will spend most of the time on SCORM 1.2, however, we will touch on the other eLearning formats.

As per usual, I will also be taking questions if time permits so get your Captivate Questions ready for the Live Chat.

Follow the link right now to set up a reminder to get notified when this event becomes live on October 10th, 10 AM EDT.

#eLearning #LIVESTREAM Publishing Your Project – 10/16/2017, 16:00 EDT

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Amazon’s Alexa: Your Next Teacher

Vielleicht muss ich die Beiträge zum Thema zukünftig etwas dosieren. Es werden einfach zu viele. In diesem Fall geht es um eine Partnerschaft zwischen Canvas by Instructure, einem Lernplattform-Anbieter, der vor allem in den USA sehr präsent ist, aber auch als MOOC-Plattform mitmischt, und Amazon’s Alexa, dem digitalen Assistenten, der in unsere Wohnzimmer drängt. Die Partnerschaft kann bequem unter Stichworten wie „Teaching Bots“, „Learning Analytics“ oder „Learning Experience“ abgelegt werden. Steht die Verbindung zwischen Canvas und Amazon, können Studierende Fragen stellen und auf Antworten hoffen. Vielleicht geht sogar noch mehr („machine learning“), aber das hängt von der Offenheit der Schnittstellen, der Qualität der Algorithmen und den Bedenken bezüglich Privatsphäre und Datenschutz ab.

„To date, Canvas, like most learning management systems, can be accessed via a computer, mobile phone or tablet. With the Alexa addition, Canvas can now be accessed by voice and not simply via a keyboard. This means that students will be able to ask Alexa key questions (e.g., What were the main points made in today’s class?), and Alexa will be able to offer a summary. Students will also be able to ask Alexa to quiz them on key concepts in preparation for an upcoming quiz or test. Of course, students will also be able to ask other pressing questions, including “What is the homework for tomorrow? Do I have any readings? Where are the readings…are they posted on the website?” If an instructor has posted any videos online, students will now also have the option of watching them on their television rather than on their computer, smart mobile phone, or tablet.“

Cait Etherington, ElearningInside News, 29. Juli 2017

Seven Reasons to Use a WordPress eLearning Platform

Wer in L&D eines Großunternehmens arbeitet, sollte vielleicht diesen Artikel überspringen oder erst nach Feierabend lesen. Natürlich kann WordPress kein LMS ersetzen. Aber: WordPress ist wahrscheinlich das weltweit am häufigsten genutzte Content Management System und damit längst seinem Ursprung als Blogging-Plattform entwachsen. Man kann WordPress selbst hosten oder externe Dienste in Anspruch nehmen. Es ist fast beliebig anpassbar. Fast jede denkbar Funktion kann ergänzt werden, um Kurse, Inhalte und Medien interaktiv zu gestalten. Und fast jede Verknüpfung mit sozialen Netzwerken und Tools ist möglich. Denn hinter WordPress steht eine weltweite Community, die auf (fast) jede Frage eine Antwort hat.

Zur Erinnerung: Auch unser Corporate Learning 2025 MOOCathon läuft auf einer WordPress-Installation.
Pamela Hogle, Learning Solutions Magazine, 9. August 2017

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