Reflections on the eLearning Expo in Lyon 20-21 November

The eLearning Expo was the perfect reason I needed to schedule a trip to Lyon and kill two birds with one stone: to meet Jean-Claude Michel and Michel Lollichon of Distrisoft, our new Partner in France, and to attend the eLearning expo taking place in the city of Lyon (eFront and TalentLMS were presented at the Distrisoft booth). Continue reading

Competition: Love elearning & writing about it? You can win an iPad!

We would like to invite you to participate in our eLearning competition for best blog post!

The competition will take place from November 26th to Dec 17th and during that period we will accept blog entries on the following topics:

 

  • Informal learning in the workplace
  • Social learning in the workplace
  • Tablet learning
  • Performance support
  • How LMS’ save money and increase revenue
  • LMS use case studies (how has your LMS helped your business?)
  • How LMS’ help democratize learning by making it affordable to SMBs

If your topic is not covered but you would like to propose a topic in relation to elearning by all means please let us know!

During the competition period we will select the 5 best blog posts submitted and post them on the well-read eFront learning blog on December 18th. Posts will be judged according to content, relevance to topic, interest, language and expression. Blog posts must also be original and previously unpublished. The most popular post will win the competition – that is, the post with the most social shares and engagement! We will share the selected blog posts on the same day and leave them on the blog for a 3 week period from the date of posting to collect shares and comments. We will use all of our social media channels to share over the competition period!

The winner will be announced on January 10th and will be notified by email and on social media channels!

To read more and submit your blog post, please visit this page!

TinCan Demystified

If you are somewhat interested in eLearning and unless you have been living on a deserted island for the last year you probably have already heard about the TinCan project. TinCan is heavily promoted as the successor of SCORM and was designed to fix many things that were lacking on the previous standard. In this post we discuss what TinCan really is and how it compares to SCORM.

The Tincan API resulted from several deliberations on SCORM 2.0 over the last five years. The standard is developed by the company RUSTICI but ADL is still the steward of the specification, just like SCORM. The Tin Can API is community-driven, and free to implement. Continue reading

Zen in Software

The Zen philosophy asserts that inner peace and enlightenment can be attained through self-contemplation and meditation rather than devotion, faith and belief.

Life is more often than not too fast, complicated and cluttered. Simplify and you’ll be on the right track to inner peace and happiness. This is the foundation of Zen and perhaps strangely, can lead to better software as well. Continue reading

9 ways mobile is moving into academia

Staff writers at Best Colleges Online have put together a great article on: 9 Ways Mobile is Moving into Academia. Below is an edited extract of the original article.

  1. Expanding university apps and mobile web Universities around the world have learned the value of mobile devices, publishing iPhone and Android apps, mobile-optimized sites, and more, that have allowed students and visitors to find campus news, maps, and other helpful resources right in their phones. Colleges that made a big step into using LMSs for class organization and participation have taken another step, often embracing mobile functionality as well.
  2. Nomadic learning According to GigaOm, mobile is the key to education anywhere. The beauty of learning everywhere is that students can learn outside of the classroom, not having to worry about the world going on without them while they’re locked up inside. Rather, they are out there participating, all the while consuming information and learning as they go. Podcasted classes, real-time scavenger hunts, and mobile games are all great examples of learning on-the-go that can be created by traditional educators, and employed by otherwise traditional students. Through mobile education, teaching doesn’t have to end in the classroom, and GigaOm believes that mobile can really shine through teaching and learning.
  3. Augmented reality learning scenarios Mobile phones make it possible to learn anywhere, but with augmented reality learning scenarios, students can really learn anywhere and even any time. Going beyond convenience, through augmented reality mobile technology on GPS-enabled handheld devices, students can find information from different locations outdoors, like on a playground or school field. For elementary school students, this might mean a game like Buffalo Hunt, where students can track buffalo for a fictional American Indian tribe, bringing them back into history in a way that is tangible, real, and fun. By approaching targets, students will trigger narrative text, video, audio, and other curriculum that helps them add to their knowledge of American Indian tribes Continue reading

Customer stories: Lenzing

Background

Lenzing AG is a global market leader in the production of man-made cellulose fibers with headquarters in Austria, production sites in all major markets as well as a worldwide network of sales and marketing offices. Lenzing is the leading supplier in many business-to-business markets and supplies the global textile and nonwovens industry. The portfolio ranges from dissolving pulp, standard and specialty cellulose fibers to high-quality plastic polymer products and engineering services.

The project and its challenges

The challenge was to train over 4000 employees worldwide in a short time frame. To train them in a formal learning course wasn’t feasible and would have been a logistical nightmare which required enormous resources. Moreover, Lenzing had to

  • have an overview of which content was out of date and had to be reviewed, and
  • control the launch of the content and who passed courses.

How did eFront help? Continue reading

eFront vs TalentLMS

This is part 2 of our series on TalentLMS. To read part 1, please click here http://blog.efrontlearning.net/2012/10/the-new-kid-on-the-block-talentlms.html

So, now we have two LMSs – eFront and TalentLMS. Both products share characteristics but they are also very different in some very important aspects. In this post I will try to better clarify the main differences to help you choose the LMS that best fits your needs. Continue reading