Is e-Learning Your Best Choice?

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This blog is not just for people working in e-learning or running an e-learning solution at their enterprise. It’s also for those who haven’t yet made the jump and are wondering if this e-learning thing is really for them.

It’s a perfectly valid question, and it’s also exactly what we’re going to examine in today’s post. So, if you’re one of those people, read on.

Spoiler alert: the answer is most likely yes. But, of course, the answer alone is not enough.

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Organizing Your Courses in eFrontPro

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With eFrontPro, the new, revamped, version of our popular eFront LMS platform we made a (sure) bet into the feature of e-learning, incorporating the latest web technologies, adding several long requested features and streamlining our codebase to serve as the foundation of our future work.

While doing that we strived to keep everything that made eFront so popular and intuitive.

In this post we’ll have a look in the features eFrontPro offers for organizing your courses. Some of them will be familiar from eFront, others are new, and some have minor or major changes in their implementation.

But they were all designed to work together to make your life easier, based on our research into how you use our products.

So, let’s have a look.

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The Zen principle applied in Software

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Zen? As in that old Japanese (right?) religion (right?) thing?

What does that have to do with software and e-learning, I hear you say as soon as you read the title of this post.

Well, it might take a little enlightenment (pun intended) to see Zen’s relevance to the topics we are usually discussing in this blog, but there is indeed a connection. Zen, in final analysis, is an ancient tradition, and as such it was proven so useful to different people and in different times, that it managed to stay relevant and survive to this day.

Maybe it can be of use to us too? Let’s see…

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E-learning course development: How to balance between size, cost and time? Pt. 2

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E-learning course depelopment… how do you do it?

(You can find part 1 here)

Creating anything is an exercise in balancing ideals with realities, or ambition with available resources. We should know that, as we used the same introductory statement for the first post in this series and didn’t have the resources to update it for this one.

In the previous post we discussed how e-learning course creators can plan and manage their costs (or budget, if you prefer the fancier term).

However, cost itself, is just one element of the cost-size-time triad, and when one changes, the other two change as well (e.g. wanting your e-learning service to be deployed faster (time) makes it more costly (cost) or scales down what you can offer (size)).

Size, by the way, is frequently called “scope” when discussing such matters, which is the terminology we’ll adopt from now on.

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The power-law distribution (and you)

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There’s an interesting phenomenon in statistics, that, as those things are known to do, also applies to blogging, business, learning, sales, software development and lots of other things besides. Since we are a blog by a software development company that sells e-learning software for businesses it only seems fitting that we would devote a word or two to that phenomenon.

You may know this phenomenon by one of its many names ― names that refer to its different aspects and characteristics: power law, long tail, 80/20 rule, the Pareto principle, etc.

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E-learning course development: How to balance between size, cost and time? Pt. 1

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Creating anything is an exercise in balancing ideals with realities, or ambition with available resources. Of course software, especially internet enabled software, is a multiplier of our resources, in the sense that one man with an LMS platform can build a fully functional online school catering to thousands of students.

Still, building a successful online course is all about making the right compromises and using your available resources with the appropriate restraint. As a e-learning course creator you have to learn to balance between size (scope), cost, and time, and this is what this mini post series is all about, beginning with…

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Why Online Employee Orientation is important?

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Online Employee orientation ― introducing new hires to their new environment and giving them the basic information the need to start being productive ― is an important part of human resource management, and an ideal fit for an e-learning solution.

A new hire might have passed his interviews with flying colors, and might even know all there is about the technical aspects of his position, but he still needs to be shown how your company operates, from basic stuff, like were he can get IT assistance, to very important information from a QA and legal perspective, such as what are the policies and standards you follow.

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Basic tools for e-learning students

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In the previous posts in this mini-series we investigated the necessary tools, services and software you’ll need to setup your own e-learning solution, as well as the required software needed to create and manage your courses.

In this installment we’ll have a look at the software and basic tools for e-learning students which are gonna need while attending your e-learning program.

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Content creation tools for e-learning

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In the previous post in this mini-series we investigated the various LMS deployment options (cloud, hosted, self-hosted) as well as the necessary tools, services and software you’ll need to setup your own e-learning solution.

Today we’re concerned with what comes after the deployment: the content creation tools for e-learning courses.

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