Is there any platform for training on products to distributors / re-sellers beyond corporate business rules and internal IT security policies? Is there be any ready-made, quick, secure and low cost platform available?
Most may agree that training distributors on the products is one of the good strategies to increase sales. There are many ways to provide training such as, providing product manuals and videos through CD/DVD or, conducting physical workshops or seminars. However, you know how costly these delivery mechanisms are, and it may not be possible to reach all the global audience quickly. The most important factor that hinders the product launch is the time required to educate distributors. You may not want to lose too much time till the distributors get trained and then release the product into the market. Also, it may be very difficult for you to manage and monitor trainings through these approaches.
A medium of providing training to reach global audience quickly and is cost effective, is eLearning. Elearning can be developed using any rapid authoring tools and delivered using online learning platforms, such as Learning Management System (LMS). Your organization may have costly commercial LMS used to train your internal employees. Can you give access to product training developed for internal employees, to the distributors? You may not be able to do it because of complex business and information security rules.
When you are looking for quick, secure and low cost solution, you could, consider open source LMS such as Moodle, a leading open source LMS being used by many corporate organizations. For distributors it may not be necessary to have complex LMS features, like those you have for your internal employees. You just need a platform to host the courses securely and give access to distributors. Also, it is very easy to setup open source LMS with only required features while disabling all the unnecessary features. This makes the LMS more clean, user-friendly and easy to manage.
It is possible to setup an open source LMS for your distributors in just TWO weeks. Recently, we setup an LMS to one of our customers. Here is the project plan timeline.
As it is an open source, it is free to use for your distributor training and you need to do just one time investment in setup and customization. Moodle has all the required features to manage your trainings and distributors accounts.
So you may consider this option when you are looking for a fast learning platform to train your distributors across the world.
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It is common knowledge that technology is developing rapidly and many training programs are delivered online. Many learners have easy access to the Internet. So, they can take all required courses on the go. Learners need to be certified after completing the course. Are you a course provider using Moodle as an online platform for the course delivery and want to award certificates to your learners? Then, let us see how to add certificates for your courses using Moodle.
Many organizations are adopting eLearning to train their employees and this is where they need a Learning Management System (LMS) – to track and monitor learning activities. An LMS is a web-based application and can be used to plan, implement and track the learning content. It acts as a centralized system to deliver online training programs.
Moodle is the most preferred online learning platform. As it is open source software it’s very popular. It can be easily customized according to our requirements.
Moodle is a very powerful LMS, used by several organizations to manage their training programs. This incredible software is ranked as the #1 LMS product by the E-learning Guild, in terms of market share. A majority of learning management needs can be met in a cost-effective manner, using this open-source software.
Moodle – a very powerful, yet highly affordable Learning Management System (LMS). This incredible software has been rated as the most popular LMS in the world, by Capterra. The high degree of flexibility and versatility of Moodle makes it a boon to training managers.
Are you a training manager? Do you want to initiate eLearning in your company? Or, are you a trainer who wants to host the courses online to reach global audiences? If you have a very limited budget and a few eLearning modules to host as a pilot to see if it works for you or not. Later, you may scale it up if it is successful. It may be difficult to go with a proprietary or commercial Learning Management System (LMS), just to host a couple of modules. It is ideal use a scalable and cost-effective LMS that can be set up quickly.
Recently, a friend of mine turned into an avid food blogger. She cooks, takes pics and shares her recipe online…and she is getting creative at it too! Look at how she designed a logo for her blog with Indian pancake and vegetables.
As LMS is used to track important information about creation of a course and helps manage learning effectively. But, most importantly, an LMS is used to track status of all users. In my previous blog, I have discussed about generation of grading report and course creation. In this blog, we will look at another important report – Number of attempts.
In my last blog, I had referred to an article by Marc Rosenberg, in his series Marc My Words, in the Learning Solutions Magazine titled, “In Learning and Performance Ecosystems, the Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of the Parts”.
Marc has talked about six components of the learning ecosystem, which I divided into two categories –
As a training manager, you need to track learner s’ details, courses assigned to each of them, score sheet, grade reports, issue of certificates, details of registration and limiting access to courses, etc. This looks quite simple when there are 2-3 users but imagine the effort you have to put in to track all this information pertaining to hundreds of learners. The best way to keep this work simple is to maintain a Learning Management System (LMS).
As you all know, every organization imparts training to their employees. The training programs can be varied in terms of delivery, procedure or evaluation but the core part – imparting knowledge and skills is always the same. Training always helps employees to perform better and grow as individuals. Training employees ultimately results in the company’s growth. Thus, this is a win-win approach.
Now-a-days, product manufacturing organizations, training companies and other firms are looking for online training solutions. These solutions can range from a simple portal where courses can be hosted and with limited tracking and reporting features to complex LMSs that allow training to be managed very effectively and generate very detailed training reports. The main objective is to automate current training methods to save time and effort and get highly accurate training data.
Learning Management Systems (LMSs) play a key role in maximizing the ROI on training by helping companies track the learner progress and evaluate the effectiveness of the training program in an efficient manner. So, how can organizations choose the best LMS? What are the aspects they need to consider to zero in on the right LMS to meet their training management needs effectively? Let us see.
Learning Management Systems (LMSs) play a vital role in the effective management of corporate training programs. These systems help you track the progress of the learner and generate reports about the training program which go a long way in ensuring a high Return on Investment (ROI) on your training expenditure.
How do you select the right Learning Management System (LMS) that effectively meets your needs? What are the features of the ideal LMS? Well, the University of North Carolina, in an LMS feasibility study, stated that the best LMS needs to possess the following 5 attributes.
Effective use of a Learning Management System (LMS) goes a long way in maximizing the ROI on training expenditure. However, many organizations are not able to make the best use of their LMSs due to the prevalence of various myths about LMS administration. Here is an info-graphic that intends to bring out the facts.
Do you wish to know the key terms associated with the use of Learning Management Systems (LMSs)? Then you are at the right place. Here is an info-graphic that lists the terms, frequently used in connection with LMSs.
Learning Management Systems (LMSs) are used to track learners’ progress. We can track the portion of the course that the learner has completed, his score and the time spent on each activity. It is a centralized system for an organization to deliver training programs. These days, many organizations are adopting eLearning to train their employees, and hence companies need an LMS to track and monitor learning activities.
It is no exaggeration to say that Tin Can API or Experience API, as it is also called, has revolutionized the world of eLearning. This API, the successor to SCORM, goes a long way in overcoming the drawbacks of SCORM. Now, let us see how this latest specification for learning technology helps train your staff better.
Organizations are now moving away from commercial LMSs towards smaller, lesser known and open sources systems such as MOODLE because of the customizations possible in Moodle. In this blog, let’s see how to customize the language text in your learning management system (LMS) design without any programming.
Moodle- an incredible Learning Management System (LMS) that helps you manage your training programs in a highly efficient manner. According to a report released by Capterra, this wonderful open-source software is the world’s most popular LMS. Why is Moodle the choice of the corporate world? What makes it the ideal LMS? To find out, let us now see what this amazing tool can do for you.
As discussed in my earlier blog, besides having an LMS and courses compatible to SCORM, the developer needs to know the versions of SCORM and its specifications. I have also discussed in detail about these SCORM versions:
- SCORM 1.0
- SCORM 1.1
- SCORM 1.2
Let us now see some advanced versions of SCORM.
Virtual classroom training refers to the mode of training where employees and trainers interact in an online mode through a web based application. The Face-to-Face plugin for Moodle, an open source LMS, allows you to manage class room sessions.
As discussed in my previous blogs, online courses should be made compatible to SCORM standards if you wish to track your eLearning activities, and there are some key steps to do that .
Asking learners to complete the online training course by sending highly motivating email notification may not be enough. To motivate the learner taking the course online, you may need to provide enough information on system requirement along with strong LMS administration support.
Do you know what frustrates the learner when taking course on the LMS? There can be many technical reasons. In this blog, let’s discuss some of the most common issues faced by learner when taking the online courses on the learning management system(LMS).
The core function of a learning management system is to store and organize files and provide version-controlled access to data. As a training manager, you may want to have restrictions to the data such as:
- Complete the first course and the second course is available
- Complete the first topic and clear the assessments to unlock the second course
- Just attempt the first topic and access second topic
In my previous blogs, we have seen how to create a simple PDF and convert it to Epub. But then how do you embark on this new journey without having any problems down the road? Let’s see the checklist that you need to consider before converting a PDF to the Epub format.
In my earlier blog, I have discussed the benefits of Tin Can API and the reasons why it is the latest trend in the eLearning industry. Learning today can happen anywhere, anytime, and this standard enables the acquisition of knowledge beyond the traditional training sessions.
Adding a new user is quite simple with Moodle LMS, but problems crop up when you have to add thousands or hundreds of users. We cannot keep on adding users one by one, it might take some months to upload thousands of users. Don’t worry; there is a simple and an easy way to upload thousands of users into the LMS. Let us see how to do that.
In my last blog, Experience in Adopting Tin Can API, I discussed about the advent of Tin Can API and how this standard is opening doors to new, advanced learning and tracking possibilities for organizations.
Even though you have an ideal LMS, you still need a team that can provide technical support to the LMS users. Based on the CommLab India LMS support data, we found that the major support requests we receive from learners are related to login issues.
An LMS backup is performed, when you want to recover lost data. Backup is also performed, when you migrate the data from an older version of the LMS to a new version. So, how do you perform a backup of the data from your LMS? Well, if you are left scratching your head, it’s time to take a look at how it is done.
Moodle is the perfect candidate to manage your multilingual training programs. By installing Moodle language packs, you can make the GUI available in multi languages, so that learner can choose the language of his choice. There are more than 90 language packs available for an administrator to install in this LMS. Let’s see how to install language packs in Moodle.
A Learning Management System is used to track learners’ training progress. This tracked information is very useful to evaluate the training as well as the learners’ performance. This does not mean that LMS tracks everything what you need. Assessment information will be tracked based on the type of training content. For example, if there is a document added to the training activities, then the LMS can track whether the learner has opened the document or not, but it cannot track whether he has all pages.
I have discussed about the importance of making eLearning courses compatible to SCORM standards in my earlier blogs. I also discussed how these standards allow courses to communicate with the LMS to support the tracking of learning activities. In this blog, I want to talk about how tracking can be taken to the next level – across devices and platforms.
As discussed in my previous blogs eLearning courses should be made compatible to SCORM standards, if you wish to track your eLearning activities and there are some key steps to do that. But did you know that this will no more work if you try to blend multiple courses into a single course to address a specific requirement?
Jim is a training manager who works for a reputed pharmaceutical company. His organization has been using Moodle to manage trainings for the last 3 years. Moodle played a key role in enhancing the efficiency of the L&D department of his firm by helping conduct trainings in a seamless and systematic manner. Jim started to admire the Learning Management System (LMS) and over the months fell head over heels in love with it.
Now-a-days organizations are providing training to their employees or channel partners through a Learning Management System. There are many LMSs available in the market, both commercial and open-source. Organizations need to have at least one LMS for effective training management.
It is common knowledge that effective support is one of the most important aspects that need to be considered in the selection of an LMS. Your LMS may be very simple to use but still you need user-support. This is because most of the problems have their origin in your user’s computer. Let us look at some of the issues.
Reports are a powerful tracking feature in Moodle LMS. They generate valuable information regarding the learners’ activity at the course level as well as the LMS site level.
By default, many types of reports are available in Moodle LMS. In this blog, I would like to share some of them.
As discussed in my previous blog along with managing eLearning courses, the training managers also need to track the employees’ progress/status/ scores/progress etc. And to address all these, the courses should be made SCORM compliant that is built in a specific standard way, so that they communicate with any SCORM-conformant LMS and allow tracking.
Organizations incur huge expenditure on equipping the workforces with the required knowledge and skills. ASTD estimated that in 2011, U.S. organizations spent approximately $156.2 billion on employee learning. It is important that the learning activities are effectively tracked to ensure the optimum use of Learning and Development (L&D) budgets.
As discussed in my earlier blog, besides having an LMS and courses compatible to SCORM, the developer has to define some specific variables to make sure that the information sent to, and recalled from the LMS is stored.
SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) and AICC (Aviation Industry Computer-Based Training Committee) are two technical standards that help in defining how the eLearning courses and LMS interact with each other to support tracking of courses. But as an e-learning developer, you may sometimes be not sure of which compatibility option to choose. As each of these specifications or standards have their own place when it comes to eLearning development.
Tracking eLearning courses, learner’s status and scores is of utmost importance for training managers, as it helps them in evaluating and improvising their training programs. This is why, more and more organizations are setting up an LMS that can help in tracking and organizing learning activities.
In today’s business world, it has become very important for organizations to invest in learning and development of their staff. As companies expand their operations to new shores, the need to effectively manage the training of their multinational workforce is burgeoning.
Virtual classroom training refers to the mode of training where employees and trainers interact in an online mode through a web based application. Most of our LMS prospects ask us whether Moodle supports virtual learning. These questions are usually asked by trainers who want to setup a LMS for online training for all their participants across the world. Other organizations want to train their employees online through the virtual web conference located at various locations.
For any commercial software application, there will be at least one open-source solution available as an alternative. If you find the cost of commercial software to be very high, and then you may look for an open-source alternative. Open-source applications look free but are they ready to use? Will they meet all your requirements? Are all features of the commercial application available in the open-source application? Is it secure and easy to maintain?
As per the E-Learning Guild report, Moodle is the topper when compared to other popular and commercial LMSs. The reason behind this is that Moodle has lots of default and ad-hoc reports available. Without any programming skills, LMS administrators can generate customized reports using ad-hoc reports. If you have any expert programmer then, you can generate almost any kind of report to help you monitor and analyze your trainings.
SUPPORT is one of the key factors for the success of managing online training through Learning Management System. Despite having a highly user-friendly LMS, one still requires to provide LMS support to users all the time. Mostly the issues are in the user’s computer. Here are some examples: