How to choose an LMS

So, you are looking to buy an LMS. You might already have stumbled-upon Moodle, Dokeos, Blackboard, Saba or Sumtotal. You have definitely stumbled-upon eFront, otherwise you would not be reading this message ;)

The thing is that you have a vague idea of your needs and there are far too many solutions to choose from. How you can survive this nightmare with your sanity intact? Continue reading

Partner stories: an interview with CLICK&LEARN, our Austrian partner

It feels good to have good partners, and certainly CLICK&LEARN is one of them. A company which was founded in 1998 and based in Linz, Austria, CLICK&LEARN is known within the EU for its innovative methods in implementing knowledge-based training programs and learning solutions with state-of-the-art technology. Recently eFront interviewed Roland Kaimberger, CLICK&LEARN’s General Manager, on how partnering with eFront has helped the organization with its business objectives. Continue reading

Open-source and the “security through obscurity” fallacy

The security of open source software is a key concern for organizations planning to implement it as part of their software stack, particularly if it will play a major role. Currently, there is an ongoing debate on whether open source software increases software security or is detrimental to its security. There are a variety of different benefits and drawbacks for both sides of the argument.

The main concern is that because free and open source software (FOSS) is built by communities of developers with the source code publically available, access is also open to hackers and malicious users. As a result, there could be the assumption that FOSS is less secure than proprietary applications. This assumption has a name – it is called “Security through obscurity” – an attempt to use secrecy of design or implementation to provide security. Unfortunately, security through obscurity can give you a false sense of security and ultimately lead to an insecure system. Continue reading

Adapting elearning programs cross-culturally

Culture determines not only how one learns and what one learns but also what one perceives as important to learn – and the effects of culture on learners’ experiences in elearning can be profound. Culture affects social behavior, communication, cognitive processes, and how one interacts with learning technologies – all central components to elearning design (Vatrapi, 2008). Anybody who has taught multi-cultural classes innately understand this in those “lost in translation” moments – dead silence, hesitation, discomfort, lack of participation – all visual cues. But if you’re doing an elearning course, especially if it’s self-paced, trainers cannot know what’s going on at the other end for learners.  Continue reading

Podcasting like a pro! (Part 2) – How to edit and publish your podcast recording

So you’ve gone through the steps of creating a podcast series and you have your first recording in hand. It’s now time to edit and publish your podcast for a professional result!

First step is to download Audacity & AoA Audio Extractor, and if you would like to use introductory and closing music you can find links to free resources in this post. Continue reading