Category: e-Learning

15 Apr 2019

Are You a Progressive Organization?

In today’s business environment, the cut throat competition is not easy to beat. Innovation in the products and services is vital. However, the success or failure of any organization is immensely dependent on its employees. The knowledge and skills of the human resources are invincible competitive advantage. To survive the performance pressure due to technological advancements and ever evolving needs of the consumer, progressive organizations are embracing the changes by making their work force ready for facing any business challenge. This is significantly implemented by modern day businesses through continuous training and development. As rightly quoted by Richard Branson “Clients do not come first, employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients”. Consequently, effects of training are shown in an increasing consumer experience.

There are only 8-9 percent of executive leaders who believe in providing training for both business and employee growth. Contrarily during any economic crisis, eliminating the training programs is the most preferred choice by rest of the leaders. Without realizing that it can help the firm and employees for smooth sailing through a rough tide. The positive and assured outcomes of well-trained staff can be summed out in these points:

  • Increase in adaptability and acceptability levels
  • Decline in the errors in processes and output
  • Higher motivational levels and less turnover rates
  • Increase in productivity and growth
  • Rising Customer Satisfaction

There is no doubt that there are costs incurred in arranging effective and frequent training programs. Although its important to compare them with the costs raised by inadequacy or absence of trained employees. The results driven from researches had mostly concluded that the cost is higher in the later case. Lack of training can lead to many risks in an organization like:

  • Obsolete skills and knowledge of employees
  • Lack of motivation and innovation
  • Higher employee turnover
  • Affected productivity
  • A rattling balance sheet
  • Poor Customer Service
  • Rise in customer dissatisfaction

Poor quality and mismanagement of training programs can also induce backlash, resulting in any of the consequences mentioned in the list above. Answer to all the risks and costs involved in training is eLearning solutions. The customization of these solutions in alignment to the goals of the firm can deliver tangible results. The emphasis should be on quality and consistency as the costs of online training programs are considerably much less than the traditional method.

04 Apr 2019

Journey of LMS in Corporate Sector

Learning is the process of obtaining new, or reconstructing existing, knowledge, behavior, skills, values, or preferences as defined in Wikipedia. When it is done through an electronic media with the help of analytical principles and educational technology, it constitutes e-learning. There is no single evolutionary tree or agreed definition of e-learning in the history of e-learning. Since the 1960s, e-learning has evolved in varied forms in business, training, education and military forces. At present, it is construed differently in contrasting sectors. In the education sector, ‘e-learning’ points out to the use of both software-based and online learning, although in business, higher-Education, training and armed forces, it is a range of on-line practices as per Campbell, 2004.

As per Sun Tzu, e-learning transversely can be concluded as: in the last 40 years, educationists and trainers at all levels of business, training, education and the defense services used computers in various manner to assist and strengthen learning and teaching. Charp and Molnar said the modern utilization of the word ‘e-learning’ has different definitions in different conditions (referred by Campbell). Business, training and higher education learning is particularly associated with Internet-based pliable delivery of content and programs. E-learning in business and training can be distinguished by idea of better productivity and cost cutting in a continuously globalized business atmosphere. The focus remains on online course management as well as content delivery.

Before the progression of computer and internet, education & training without an instructor was unavailable. Distance learning was the only alternative accessible to learners based in distant areas. In 20th century, approach of e-learning began through multimedia for distant teaching. It used broadcasts, telephone, audiences, videotapes and radio. This auditory teaching mode subsequently drifted to video communication. The first modifying teaching system was developed at this time for the companies by the name of SAKI. After a lot of advancement in these teaching techniques and technology, the first ever Learning Management System (LMS) was developed with the name EKKO by Norway’s NKI Distance Education Network in 1991. Therefore, it can be appraised that the concept of distance learning brought about the hypothesis and actual application of LMS in real world.

Actualization of LMS gave platform for teaching through the internet. In simple words, LMS refers to a software application to aid the gap between training and learning by the usage of reporting and data analytics. In current time, LMSs are considerably centralized in corporate sector. It is needed in development, delivery, documentation, tracking, administration and reporting of e-courses and training programs. It is the foundation of essentially all e-learning endeavors.

19 Jun 2018

Latest e-Learning Trends

The eLearning industry is always changing with the emerging trends and technologies. One can easily notice the thriving change in the learning and it is of no surprise that an eLearning has shifted towards much better ways and is no longer needs to be done 100% in person. Now the question arises is that, what’s next that leads to the rapid transformation in the process of learning. Read out to find some of the latest trends in eLearning.

 

  1. Microlearning: It is learning in small steps. The micro learning is also called as bit-sized learning, which is generally 3 to 5 minutes in length. This can be developed as videos, quizzes or the interactive info-graphics. This type of learning helps to provide necessary information and delivers the specific goals to the learner. So, for the distracted learners, the micro-learning is highly beneficial.
  2. Social learning: As the name suggests, this type of learning helps the learner to share the knowledge with others. The social learning happens via social media platforms or during conferences. In this, learner continues to learner during the discussions. It works as a collaborative work rather than a competitive one.
  3. Personalized learning: In this type of learning, learners are given pre- test and based on its result, they are assigned specific modules, questions and study materials. Each learner gets a specific time and space to go-throw the study material.
  4. Mobile learning: It is also called m-learning. In this, the users learn through smartphones, tablets or the wireless gaming. The best part of mobile learning is that, it can be done anytime and at anyplace.
  5. Gamification: Most of the people gets often confuse gamification with games. But in actual, it is a concept of applying game theory and mechanics in the context. Gamification uses different element such as principles, theories, characters and the player journey. The main goal is to keep the learner engaging solve the challenges.

These were some of the emerging and latest trends in eLearning. Pick up your favorite enjoy the best way of learning.

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

11 May 2016

Weather App in Storyline2

Here’s a sample weather app created in StoryLine2 using JavaScript.
You can check live weather forecast for 3 locations, that are:
  • Delhi, India
  • Paris, France
  • California, USA
Use the menu icon on the top right to switch locations and see the weather report for 4 days.
Click “Today” to see the detailed weather forecast.
Here’s the output : https://db.tt/1umye6PI 
To improve it further, We would like to make the JavaScript interact with the SL2 text boxes, so that the user can enter their own city/region and get the forecast accordingly..stay tuned!!  😛
25 Apr 2016

Custom Navigation for HTML5 Output

Hello Readers,

We are back with another experiment.
Sometimes the specifications ask you to do something that is not possible or is very difficult in Storyline 2.

For example, creating a custom navigation that can track progress of slides (not started/visited/completed) needs a hell lot of triggers just to keep track of the slide’s current state.

Here’s an easy solution.

For this sample, We have created an html5 responsive menu that works well on desktop and mobile devices. Being an HTML page with inline CSS, you can customize the menu text and overall look and feel as much as you wish. The progress can also be tracked.

When any menu item is clicked, a java scripts gets triggered and  the Storyline slide automatically changes.

Using this technique you can save a lot of time and save yourself from setting up a lot of triggers. Just embed the web object and your menu is ready.

HTML5 Output: https://db.tt/4fvtr80e