Channel partners are lifelines to your business organization. They play an important role in reaching your customers. Business is becoming increasingly dependent on your channel partners and training them along with your internal employees has become imperative. For example, consider a famous Chocolate manufacturing company.
It obtains its raw materials from farmers. They train the farmers in order to extract more productivity and better quality of the crop. The raw material obtained from farmers is processed and converted to the finished product. This part of operation is done by the organization itself in some locations and is outsourced in some other locations. For outsourced parties, in order to meet the standard product output, the organization trains them. The finished products are distributed worldwide. The firm has dealers and sales channel partners throughout the world to make its product available to customers globally. It conducts training to all these business partners (982) worldwide in order to ensure effective sales.
Can you imagine what could be the cost of all these trainings? If the training is through instructor-led training sessions, what would be the cost? If training is through eLearning, the cost could be reduced by huge margins but can it be implemented in areas where employees are not tech savvy?
A better option would be to adopt eLearning methods wherever possible and class room training where eLearning is not possible. To deliver, maintain and track such blended training, a standard LMS plays a significant role in reducing the costs involved. But delivering it through a single standalone LMS may pose some data security issues because many organizations do not want to allow third-party agents to access their internal secured LMS.
Our own recent experience shows that most of our customers have set up two and in some cases more LMS’ – for their channel partners, for their customers, for their service teams and so on. One of our customers, a world leader in Dialysis machines, has set up more than 10 installations in 10 countries. Setting up two or more LMSs involves huge costs. Due to this many of those organizations choose Moodle.
The reason to choose Moodle as an add-on LMS is the cost factors. Commercial LMSs are costing them a bomb for the installations and customizations. Moodle being an open source LMS is offering the best possible solutions according to their requirements at a lower cost.
The trend also shows that organizations do not want to buy the top-of-the-breed brands. Rather they are interested in getting the smaller, less-known brands and focus more towards open source LMSs like MOODLE. The reason for this could be better customer service, highly economical costs and a focused delivery to the target learner audience.
Let us see the typical costs involved in setting up an add-on LMS (Moodle) in my next blog.
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It is well-known that assessments are a vital component of an e-learning course. Good assessments play an important role in enhancing the efficacy of the online course by helping evaluate the knowledge gained by the learner and reinforce the learning.
According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases. In order to adhere to food safety regulations, one of our clients came up with a requirement for an e-learning course.
E-learning and m-learning are powerful learning methods; both are dynamic and effective ways to teach people. So then, what are the differences between and e-learning and m-learning methods?
E-learning involves a series of modules with in-depth subject-matter while m-learning involves smaller chunks of information which can be accessed anywhere, anytime. Modules are designed differently, depending on the kind of format used to learn. M-learning breaks the barriers of time and place and provides easy access to courses. E-learning also enables learners to access information anytime, anywhere through a laptop, and a stable environment is needed for the learner to take training.
As a college student, I had an opportunity to read Wings of Fire, the autobiography of the former Indian president, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. The story of the “missile man” who rose to great heights from humble beginnings is truly inspiring.
The sudden demise of this eminent scientist is a great loss to the country and has saddened millions. The life of Dr. Kalam is a testimony to the fact that determination and hard work can overcome the shackles of financial and other constraints.
There were a few letters marked “Never sent. Never signed” that were discovered in Abraham Lincoln’s desk after his death. When he was upset with someone he would write a letter expressing his anger but would refrain from sending it to the intended person. This practice allowed him to vent his anger, yet not allow needless or unpleasant consequences. One of the famous unsent letters was to Gen. George G Meade, who was blamed for letting Robert E Lee escape after Gettysburg. Unfortunately, in today’s age of social media, people have “lost the art of the unsent angry letter” – an expression used in a NY times article by Maria Konnikova.
It is common knowledge that good assessments play a key role in the making of an effective online course. They not only help evaluate the learner’s comprehension of the subject-matter, but also reinforce the learning effectively.
We all know the e-learning industry is full of acronyms. Even the word e-learning itself is the shorthand for electronic learning. As an e-learning professional, it is important to be familiar with various acronyms used in the field of e-learning. Here, I would like to share some acronyms that are commonly used in e-learning.
E-learning is increasingly used by organizations as online courses are effective, affordable and can be accessed anytime, anywhere. But, many organizations are not able to realize these benefits offered by the online training medium due to a serious problem – high dropout rates.
Day-by-day, the demand for rapid e-learning is increasing, and so, everyone is using rapid authoring tools to develop online courses. There are many authoring tools available in the market but a few became very popular. Most of our customers and prospects prefer Articulate Storyline to other rapid authoring tools such as Captivate and Lectora. Developing courses in Storyline is very easy, and the tool offers a lot of flexibility to customize the features or look and feel of the online course.
When it comes to mobile learning, HTML5 with responsive design is required to provide the best learning experience on mobiles, especially on smart-phones with small screens. Courses developed in Storyline and Lectora work fine on mobile devices such as iPads and other tablets, but it is difficult to view them in smart-phones. Captivate has a responsive design feature. So, we must choose it if we need to develop courses for all mobile devices. Captivate is not very intuitive and flexible to develop customized features. We can also build mobile- compatible courses using manual coding but it is time-consuming and expensive.
Recently, I read the E-learning Guild report “Authoring Tool for Mobile Design” and in it, I saw the great news for which I was waiting for a while. I thought I should share it with you all. The developers of Articulate Storyline, Lectora Inspire, Lectora Online and other authoring tools are in the process of adding responsive design feature by the end of 2015.
Here is some information from the E-learning Guild report “Authoring Tool for Mobile Design”.
|Scales to multiple screen sizes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Responsive design features||Coming by end of 2015||Yes||Coming by end of 2015|
2016 will be a watershed year for mobile learning as all courses may be made compatible to all mobile devices. Storyline may become the first choice to develop e-learning or m-learning courses because of its intuitiveness. This may force all learning management systems to be compatible with mobile devices. MOODLE is ahead in this regard, and it has a responsive design feature and works on all the mobile devices.
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