Category: Creative

09 Nov 2016

Difference between LMS, LCMS, and CMS


What’s the difference between LMS, LCMS, and CMS?
This question often elicits confusion among those shopping for the right software tools for their organization.
In e-Learning, the following platforms are used to deliver course:
·         LMS:   Learning Management System
·         CMS:   Content Management System
·         LCMS: Learning Content Management System




LMS
A learning management system (LMS) is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of electronic educational technology (also called e-learning) courses or training programs.  

Most LMS’es supports SCORM packages that are created using elearning tools like Articulate, Captivate, and Flash. Though using these tools can cost you some money, you can also use the LMS to create some simple pages/ assessments / quizzes.

An LMS provides a platform for housing all types of eLearning courses, as well as tracking who has completed them, when, and what kind of score they
received on assessments. Furthermore, an LMS allows administrators or trainers to prepare reports, make assignments, and send reminders all at one central location.

 Example: BluevoltLitmos,Moodle and Topyx 




CMS
A content management system (CMS)is a software application or set of related programs that are used to create and manage digital content.
It creates the framework for how content is stored and displayed.
CMS functions allow the content owner to decide which content should be displayed privately or publicly. Content can be easily tagged using metadata, which is best for searching and using content quickly and efficiently.
Example: Drupal and WordPress are popular content management systems used to create all kinds of websites. As opposed to a CMS, a learning CMS is specialized for the creation and management of learning content.



LCMS  
A Learning Content Management System (LCMS) is a combination of a CMS and an LMS. Content is stored, organized, and tracked like on the LMS. The difference between the two is that content is created on LCMS, which is like the CMS. Unlike a CMS, the content that is created is designed for the sole purpose of learning.
LCMS system usually allows multiple collaborators to work together to create content that can then be published in a variety of formats. The key difference between an LMS and an LCMS is the target user. The LMS user is the learner, while the LCMS user is the learning content creator.


Example: Xyleme and Kenexa



Comparison between LMS and LCMS
LMS
LCMS
Primary target users
Training managers, Instructors, and Administrators
Content developers, Instructional Designers and Training Managers
Primary management
Learners
Learning content
Mainly used for management of classroom and instructor-led trainings
Yes, (but not always, in few cases)
No
Reports generation of trainings
Primary focus
Secondary focus
Learner collaboration
Yes
Yes
Keeping learner profile data
Yes
No
Sharing learner data with an ERP system
Yes
No
Event scheduling
Yes
No
Competency mapping – skill gap analysis
Yes
Yes, (In a few cases)
Content-creation capabilities
No
Yes
Organizing reusable content
No
Yes
Creation of test questions and test administration
Yes
Yes
Dynamic pre-testing and adaptive learning
No
Yes
Workflow tools to manage the content development process
No
Yes
Delivery of content with navigational controls and learner interface
No
Yes



07 Oct 2016

Accordion in Storyline 2


What if a single accordion bar, holds information of more than one category?



Created an accordion for E-Learning heroes challenge #147, that has buttons on both sides and can be expanded in any order.

Click the link below to check it out. 

HTML5 Output: Click Here

07 Jan 2016

Grabbing The Learner’s Attention

If we have designed a visually appealing and compelling training program. Do you think such training program is enough to glue the learners to their seats? Let us accept the truth that, for a learner our training program is just another training program. He/she will do any or all of the following while taking the training –take calls, chat, check mail, talk to a colleague, wonder how long the training program is going to last, and so on. I am sure everybody has done all these in school/college. So, why should our learners be any different?

Learner’s real world is full of distractions. So, it is very important to grab the learner’s attention. The first event “Gain Attention” out of Gagne’s nine events still holds good in today’s learning environment.

I am a great fan of this “Gain attention” strategy. The first few seconds/minutes of a training program plays a crucial role in deciding its fate. The learner may just leave the training in the middle or click ‘Next’ continuously to complete it. If first impression is not positive, the great ID strategies may just fall on deaf ears.

Gain attention strategy plays an effective role in eLearning. It has the power to increase the motivational level of your learner.


Gain Attention:

  • Arouses the learner’s curiosity.
  • Sets an expectation in the learner’s mind: What’s in the training for me?/ What is the training all about.
  • Makes the learner think about a particular concept: Really?/ No way!/ So true?
  • Helps the learner grasp what is going to be covered in the training.

Basically, a gain attention strategy will build a curiosity in the learner’s mind to see what comes ahead. The learner is actually interested in taking the training program.

We have talked enough about the importance of “Gain Attention”. Now, the question arises “What qualifies as a gain attention strategy?”

 

The different types of ‘gain attention’ can include:

  1. Pretests: Holds good for learners who believe they know everything and there is nothing more to learn. The objective is to enable the learners to understand where they stand at the beginning of the training program.Example: Before staring the training, let us answer a few questions
  2. Challenge: This holds good for demotivated learners.
    Example: You are a technical assistant. You have several customers who require your assistance. How many customers can you serve in a day?
  3. Problem solution approach: Builds the curiosity in the learner to solve the problem.
    Example: You have been appointed a manager of a team whose performance has been very poor over the past few months. How will you motivate your team and ensure that each member gives his/her best.
  4. Did you know?: Share facts that will really inspire and surprise the learners.
  5. Comic strip: Use comic characters to talk about a particular topic/situation.
  6. Story/scenario: Make the learners understand with a scenario or through characters in the scenario.
    Example: There’s a city where lot of school going children have been missing over the last two months. You being a part of the investigation department, have been assigned this case. You need to go to the city and solve the mystery.

There are several other innovative ways to design grab attention screens. If you have come across any, please feel free to share them.

 

17 Dec 2015

Pamper Santa This Christmas!

Christmas means sharing happiness and showing care to our loved ones. Usually on Christmas, Santa gives us gifts and spreads happiness everywhere. So this time, let us shower our love and care on him. 

Let us pamper our Santa! We have created this game using Storyline 2. Merry Christmas in ADVANCE..!!