How to Market your LMS Internally

Strategy is important to market internally your LMS

In the knowledge economy, modern and capable LMSs have proven themselves indispensable for the proper dissemination of knowledge inside an enterprise or organisation. But settling on one and getting your learning material deployed, however challenging, is only half the battle. The next step, convincing your employees and colleagues to take advantage of it, is equally important, and, unless you are prepared, it can be a real hard sell.

Organisations resist change. Some, like government, comically so. Part of the reason is bureaucracy. Another part is an all-too-human reluctance to perturb established methods of operation by trying something new. A major new deployment, like an LMS, can be initially unsettling. It breaks information barriers and knowledge monopolies within an organisation and is yet another tool employees have to learn to use. Fortunately, our handy guide will give you all the ammunition you need to subdue their resistance and properly market the new LMS to them. And then, like with all tools they initially resisted ― the fax, the PC, the internet, they’ll soon wonder how they ever did without it.

So let’s begin.

Epignosis at the Future Internet Assembly

Future Internet AssemblyIn the advanced stage of the information society in which we live in, education and skills acquisition have become more important than ever. The increasing demand for highly skilled professionals and for the constant re-education of the workforce has made learning tools and knowledge acquisition technologies part of the essential infrastructure for shaping the future.

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), especially, have been the first wave of this learning tools evolution, offering a cost-effective and accessible path to education for the masses. Still, MOOCs are far from being the ultimate solution to cover all current and future learning needs.

The “Beyond MOOCs: The Future of Learning on the Future Internet” session of the Future Internet Assembly (Thursday 20 March, 09:00-11:00) focuses on the latest trends and developments on the e-learning front. Our CEO and co-founder Dimitris Tsigos, will be presenting Epignosis’ tools support community and our personalised learning innovations based on the concept of “collective knowledge”

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A Sneak Peek at eFrontPro

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As we approach the release date of eFrontPro’s public beta we feel it’s time to discuss what should be expected.

eFrontPro (originally code-named eFront4) is a huge step forward on a number of fronts. It combines the depth of eFront with a new fluid interface, reworked internals and support for blended learning.  At the same time, eFrontPro maintains a familiar tone.

This is the first of a series of articles in which we will be analyzing the following features of eFront:

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eFront as a SumTotal alternative

boxing glovesThroughout last year we worked with an important Canadian customer on a transition project. The client was using SumTotal as its backbone LMS and was in need of a comprehensive and efficient alternative solution. After an exhaustive research process, the client chose eFront.

In this post I will describe the business needs that made it imperative for the client to make the transition, and why eFront was chosen. I will also describe the project and its challenges.

Why change from SumTotal

The decision to move away from SumTotal was not an easy one. SumTotal is one of the leaders in the LMS space for numeral reasons. Its products can be found in almost any vertical industry, spanning from mining to health.

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Online education puts new skills at your fingertips

Credits http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-59881288/stock-photo-digital-camera-the-night-view-of-city.htmlIn this day and age, thanks to our increasingly wired and connected world, you can learn something any time you like. Education goes beyond what you can Google or find on Wikipedia. To get a job or impress a boss, you’ll first need to broaden your professional skills. Knowing to how use the basic software and programs related to your industry has always been a core requirement. But those who really excel in the workplace or in their consulting careers possess a wider range of knowledge, skills, and expertise. Continue reading

eLearning – helping students achieve more in education

elearning_worldWhy has elearning been a great encouragement for students around the world? The prime reason for that is that access to knowledge was never open to all. People with financial restrictions, geographical barriers or physical impediments who had little chance previously in the academic sphere now have the doors to lifelong learning open to them. The new age education system brings you an updated version of knowledge that you can access at your convenience with millions of people from different parts of the world. It’s a blissful learning age for students far and wide.

In a nutshell, learning online is popular because it’s… Continue reading

Infographic: How Google has changed what it means to do research

With almost 30 percent of the human population, or 2 billion people, using the internet; and 94 percent of US students equating research with using Google or other search engines, it comes as no surprise that 75 percent of students use Wikipedia and online encyclopedias for research.

Google dominates the battle for the search engine with 66.7 % of all searches that occur being via Google – and of students surveyed, 94% used Google or another search engine as an online reserach tool. They also used Wikipedia (75 %) and YouTube or otehr social media sites (52 % ).
Also the percentages of people who go online and immediately use a search engline is staggering, regardless of generation: Millennials, age 18-33: 92 %; Gen X (34-45): 87 %, Younger Boomers (45-55): 86 %; Older Boomers (56-64): 87 %, Silent Generation (65-73): 82 %, G.I. Generation (74 plus): 72 %, All online adults (18 plus): 87 %. Continue reading

eLearning in Europe: A Growing Market

Republished from original post on Capterra blog by @rgogos

The European eLearning market looks to be in the midst of some big change.

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Education technology company Edxus Group recently partnered with IBIS Capital, a specialist media investment and advisory firm, to publish an elearning industry report entitled: A European Perspective on Elearning. Despite showing the European market to be fragmented and characterized by limited invested capital to date, the evidence of an upsurge in activity combined with increased investment points to a market ‘on the turn.’ Continue reading

How much does Mobile eLearning cost?

mlearningYou’ve heard all the hype. Mobile learning is the next big thing in the LMS/eLearning space.

But you’re skeptical.  You’re the kind of hard-headed “show-me-the-numbers” type that won’t just rush headlong into the newest online training trend.

You want to be prepared first.  You want to know, “what’s it gonna cost me?”

Well, I’ve spent a lot of time in the learning management system space, and I’ll tell you.

The true cost of mLearning

Obviously, costs will differ depending on your organization and needs, but you can still get a good rough estimate by following some key, basic rules.

Because mobile learning is, essentially, publishing your eLearning courses as a mobile app (either web-based or native) costs for mobile learning will largely mirror costs for developing a general mobile app.  That said, here’s the information you should use to estimate them: Continue reading