79% of learners believe they would be more productive and motivated if their learning environment was more like a game (eLearning Industry).
So the question is, are you paying attention to gamification in your eLearning initiatives? Are you striving to make your courses more game-like?
Many people find that games help them to retain more information. They have the opportunity to put their knowledge and skills into practice, and learn valuable principles and systems for success along the way.
Gamification encourages competitive tendencies among your course participants. Why is this beneficial? Because it drives up engagement.
Whether it’s the use of a leaderboard, rewards and incentives, or an experience-based leveling system (role-playing game lovers will understand the appeal), using game-like elements in your eLearning can be particularly effective.
Here are some suggestions on how to increase competitive tendencies using gamification.
The issue with reading text, listening to audio or watching videos is that it doesn’t usually require the user to do anything.
Not that these elements can’t be effective standalone pieces of content in your courses. But when you think of games, there isn’t a single one that doesn’t necessitate the user to press buttons, hit keys, click with their mouse, or otherwise.
Implementing interactivity should not be complicated. You can quiz learners at frequent intervals, using dropdown menus or even diagrams that ask the participant to click on objects.
Interactivity is not hard to do, but it is the cornerstone of gaming, so it can’t be overlooked.
Achievements & Rewards
Achievements and rewards are becoming a very common component to gaming.
In essence, when the player reaches a certain target, they “unlock” an achievement that gives them points. These points can sometimes be spent on player customisation extras, or even additional games.
In your Learning Management […]
79% of learners believe they would be more productive and motivated if their learning environment was more like a game (eLearning Industry).
Moodle is a great solution for any organisation looking to get their e-learning initiatives underway.
But you might be wondering whether or not it’s the right option for you.
If you’re looking at a lot of different platforms and you’re having trouble making your mind up, you’ll definitely want to take a look over the following list.
Here are seven reasons why you should always use a Moodle Partner
There are a lot of companies out there that can help you get your Moodle setup up and running.
The problem is that many of them have a standardised installation that they offer to all of their clients. They don’t help you configure and customise your LMS (beyond the very basics) so that you’ll get the most out of it.
This is something a Certified Moodle Partner understands and knows well. They will take the time to understand your needs and get your LMS tweaked and tuned and ready to go so that you aren’t stuck with a cookie-cutter solution. There are an abundant amount of SAAS type products popping their heads up these days, and many of these see a dramatic decline in service soon after.
If you run into any problems with your Moodle hosting, wouldn’t you love to be able to contact someone that can help you?
This is covered under Certified Moodle Hosting. In fact, the support staff across most partners is available 24/7, and you can speak directly with them, instead of taking a ticket and waiting (or hoping) for a response.
The support team is genuinely also interested in your unique requirements, whatever they may be. With Moodle, you also have the largest support and user community of any LMS product in […]
With e-learning initiatives, you can easily track and measure how your trainees are progressing.
This is good news, because traditional methods of tracking were anything but precise.
Not only was most information imparted via instructors in classroom settings, the results were often stored in disparate spreadsheets, reports, and in the minds of managers, resulting in fragmented documentation that never told the whole story.
It’s not hard to see why many organisations didn’t place a great deal of importance on keeping training records. There were considerable challenges involved in record-keeping.
But now thanks to Learning Management Systems (LMS) such as Moodle and e-learning, we have the ability to keep better training records, and yes, they are important. Here’s why.
Keeping Employees Motivated & Engaged
Job satisfaction isn’t just about salary. In fact, many employees don’t work for money alone. Fulfillment is derived from many different factors.
One key element is training. If your team members believe you are invested in their long-term growth, they will be far more likely to stay in their job role for longer.
While it is good to cover the information the employees need to know in their individual roles, it’s also good to have extracurricular learning that allows them to go beyond their daily assignments and duties.
The ongoing creation of training modules gives your employees the opportunity to outgrow their position and become more valuable to the organisation, and any future undertaking they might pursue.
Training records allow you to assess the general motivation and engagement level of your current workers.
Empowering Your Employees to Do Their Jobs
A lack of training – or even poor quality training – can lead to a group of employees that don’t properly understand their responsibilities. This can quickly lead to costly errors that could […]
We’re in the age of mobile, and the ability to access tools and apps across a variety of different devices has become increasingly important.
This also applies to e-learning, a medium more and more organisations are turning to for training and instruction.
The ability to deliver relevant courses to employees, team members or students, and have them consume information at their own speed and convenience not only reduces costs associated with classrooms and instructors, it can also drive up engagement and collaboration between learners.
And when it comes to developing and distributing course content, the Moodle platform – an open source course management system – is an invaluable tool. It has over 78 million users, and is still growing in popularity (Moodle.org).
Here are some of the advantages of Moodle when it comes to mobile-based training.
Strong Mobile Support
In addition to the ability to set different themes for different devices, Moodle even has standard themes for smartphones and tablets.
This means that mobile isn’t just an afterthought. Mobile learning is actually a part of Moodle’s core functionality.
If you have learners that are often on the go or can’t be in classrooms, this is an ideal solution. Moreover, if you have team members that need quick access to information outside of the office, you can provide it without any additional work using your LMS.
The Ability To Upload Media Files
Moodle allows you to upload media such as pictures, audio files, and videos from your devices.
This is especially helpful for learners who want to flesh out their profiles and connect with each other. It can also come in handy for course developers should they have media that they want to save for later or share from their devices.
More and more people are capturing […]
Answer LMS Questions Once With A Knowledge Base
E-learning can help companies boost productivity by 50%. Every $1 spent in e-learning results in $30 of productivity. Therefore, managing your LMS should be high on your priority list.
If you’re in charge of your organisation’s LMS, and you’re looking to reduce the number of technical and support related questions you receive, it may be time to start utilising and implementing an LMS knowledge base.
Odds are you’re not the only one that will be using your LMS; particularly in a large organisation. However, if you’re the default go-to person, you may have to constantly answer emails, phone calls, and in-person questions. Although being the point person can make you feel valued for a while, you may discover that answering the same questions over and over is not as appealing as you once thought.
Creating how-to guides, videos, and tutorials can go a long way towards freeing up more of your time. Moreover, they can often be integrated into your existing LMS.
Let’s explore how you can answer LMS related questions once using a knowledge base.
The Benefits Of Creating A Knowledge Base
Here are several ways in which a knowledge base can benefit you:
It can help you save time. By offering integrated support, you can cut down on the number of questions you receive from those trying to use the platform. They’ll simply click on the appropriate icon or link in the LMS, and be able to read a tutorial or watch a video.
It can help you train others. If you’d like to get more people in your organisation up to snuff with the LMS, creating a knowledge base can help you train them faster. Additionally, if you ever need someone to take […]
How are you measuring the success of your e-training programs?
Although it isn’t necessarily the easiest thing to do, it is quite important. If you don’t know what impact your training courses are having, it’s hard to tell what the payoff is.
However, that doesn’t make measurement any less challenging. What you track largely depends on what your goals are and what kind of organisation you’re running.
Nevertheless, here are several important metrics for measuring the success of your e-training program.
A Growth in Sales
If the training is tailored towards sales, customer service and product education, a well-executed program should lead to an increase in sales in your enterprise.
Of course, you still need to cross-reference these numbers against existing trends, seasonality, or other factors that historically affected sales volume.
Overall, your sales team should be better educated after going through course material, and well-trained salespeople are always going to do a better job of presenting products and services to leads compared to those who haven’t studied.
Reduced Cost of Training
Author Marc Rosenberg found that e-learning requires 25% to 60% less time than classroom education to learn the same amount of material.
Although course authoring and development will always require a certain amount of time and resources, e-learning course material can be re-used and delivered more efficiently compared to classroom-based education. Plus, you’ll save on instructor costs.
A decrease in overhead is a metric worth tracking for most organisations, regardless of whether they are more business-oriented or education-oriented.
Increased User Satisfaction
User satisfaction is a good metric to track, though it may be a little difficult to quantify. After all, for an e-training program to be considered a true success, your trainees should feel that the material was valuable, and that it helped them to […]
We are quickly moving towards the end of 2015, and we’ve already seen a lot of things play out in the world of e-learning and Learning Management Systems (or LMSs).
What might not be readily obvious is simply the fact that trends in other markets – like gamification, video, and wearable learning – are also affecting LMSs.
Since e-learning is a technology-driven industry, it serves to reason that it would adapt to, and learn to play well with other developments in the tech space.
Here are some major trends in Learning Manage Systems in 2015 and beyond.
Video & Visual Media
It should come as little surprise that the popularity of YouTube and video-based learning is growing. When people want to learn something quickly, visually, YouTube is always at the ready.
While video may have been a nice-to-have in times past, it is fast becoming a prerequisite in creating effective e-learning courses.
Succinct, direct, and to-the-point is the name of the game. One-and-a-half to two minute videos work exceptionally well in the context of training programs.
Responsive Design & Mobile
What good is an e-learning course that doesn’t work well on all devices, including desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones?
That may not have been a question for yesteryear, but today, more and more organisations are looking for solutions that allow their Learning Management Systems to be used across a variety of different devices.
Of course, Flash is mostly incompatible with mobile technology. Fortunately, HTML5 has come to the rescue, enabling mobile users to play audio, video, animation, and 2D or 3D graphics without the support of additional plugins.
Looking forward, a mobile-friendly approach will be a necessity for LMSs. Have you seen Moodle recently on a mobile device? Check it out.
Cloud Based Platforms
Cloud based computing […]
The problem with teaching a large group of people in a classroom or boardroom setting is that it’s hard for instructors to give individual attention. Some students or employees might require a more hands-on approach compared to others, but if there are dozens or even hundreds of people to deal with, personal instruction becomes a near impossibility.
However, with Learning Management Systems (or LMSs), trainees can learn at their own pace. They can learn what they need to know in a timely manner and upgrade their knowledge and skills.
Moreover, LMSs often have discussion forums built right into them. Trainees can sometimes feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of discussions taking place if the forums aren’t managed well, but by putting some general guidelines in place, you can reduce unnecessary off-topic discussions and encourage trainees to connect in meaningful ways.
There are a variety of different ways to socialize your courses. Here are some tips and ideas on how you can boost the overall enjoyment level of your courses and increase trainee motivation in the process.
Do Your Courses Need To Be More Social?
If your goal is to encourage more teamwork and collaboration among your employees or students, then you may want to make your courses more social. Again, the social component also tends to be more important in situations where there are a large number of trainees.
On the other hand, in cases where your group is smaller, or if you’re overall objective is to upgrade individual skills, then you may not need to make your courses any more social than they already are.
Socializing Your Course Design
Being more social with your course design involves using your LMS not just as a content delivery system, but also as an […]
Are you using a Learning Management System to support your small business?
In today’s world, changes come quickly. There is a need for organisations to stay on top of the latest developments, and to be invested in employee development.
LMSs can not only support the ongoing relaying of information and employee learning, it can actually be a more cost effective way of achieving that goal.
Here are five benefits for Learning Management Systems for small businesses.
It Can Help Your Employees Stay Up-To-Date With Products, Services & Policies
Most if not all businesses need a way to keep their employees updated with their latest products, services, or even company policies.
For instance, with a LMS, you can create modules or courses around the various features your new product has, and teach you sales team how to pitch the new item to prospects.
One of the added benefits to creating courses like these could be increased sales. If your sales team feels confident about selling the new item, it serves to reason that it will lead to more revenue.
2. It Helps You to Keep Your Learning Material & Data in One Place
Training materials can easily get out of hand. Some might be in digital form, while other bits and pieces could be in physical form, stored away in a file you can’t even find anymore.
Mitigating the chaos should be a high priority if you want to support your employees in the work that they do.
With Learning Management Systems, keeping your data in a central location is really just the tip of the iceberg. You can also keep your course material backed up, reduce the risk of data loss, and offer easy access to your staff.
3. It Makes It Easy To Track Employee Development
Your employees […]
If you can say one thing about our team, it’s that we do nothing in halves!
So what goodies do we have for you in 2015? Because you’ve all been so good, we’ll save them til the end, and just let you know about a few additional heads within the eCreators team.
We welcome to the fold:
Sead Aliphasic – Technical Services & Project Manager
Greg Boock – Director of Sales
Sally Matheson – Operations Manager
Ellen Valvasori -Quality Manager
Hunain Aslam – Moodle Developer
Brendan Farrell – Storyline and Moodle Trainer
This new structure came about as a result of our latest strategic planning session we so can get our internal structure right to better help our clients, improve workflow and increase quality. The results are out!
VR is an area eCreators have been dabbling in for some time now. Virtual Reality in education has now become something tangible that can have a great impact on the way learners participate in online learning. One of the many advantages of VR in education is that the experiences learners can have provide real and tangible emotional responses. Believe us, when you’re standing on the side of that virtual building with the VR headset on, your brain is telling you to be careful – as though you were really there.
The company Oculus Rift that was recently acquired by Facebook has an online marketplace, share.oculusrift.com, which is full of freshly developed samples of what can be done with the tool. From fully fledged games, to ‘experiences’ and more importantly, early samples of educational materials. eCreators can see some great value in the areas of safety, mining and policing, all of which we will be partnering with new and existing clients to create these experiences.
We’re running live demos […]