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

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

Looking back – the last 12 months at eFront

In a year full of product updates, special awards and recognition, and new collaborations, we decided to look back at 2013 as a prelude to the launch of our latest LMS, eFront V4, later this quarter. By EOY 2013 eFront had over 150000+ downloads and more than 1000+ customers worldwide – all thanks to you, our users and customers! So a big thanks from us :)
Check out a year at eFront in this infographic (for more details and a 2014 preview please scroll down!):

Here’s a brief look back at 2013, as we look forward to 2014!

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Overview:

February 2013: eFront partner CLICK&LEARN wins customer satisfaction award at LEARNTEC in Karlsruhe, Germany, one of the largest international trade fairs for Professional Learning and IT. For more read the Press Release.

March 2013: eFront V3.6.13 released with Tin Can support, several UI improvements, a WordPress integration plugin, a new introductory course, and a number of additional enhancements. For more check out this post!

May 2013: For a third consecutive year, Epignosis, global provider of Enterprise and Open Source learning management systems, was named a finalist for the eFront LMS at the Best of Elearning! 2013 Awards in the category ‘Best Open Source Solutions.’ Read the Press Release here!

July 2013: eFront sponsored the Open Source eLearning Network Event in Birmingham, England which took place on July 12 – a day of practical case studies, sharing experiences and debate. For more information: http://www.elearningnetwork.org/events/open-source. After the event Wyver solutions posted a blog post about eFront – they discuss eFront’s key stand-out features and summarize: “For straightforward, content-based online learning eFront is hard to beat.” Read the post here.

September 2013: Epignosis joined CloudBeat in San Francisco September 9-10, with the CEO participating in CloudBeat’s ‘Learning Gets Cloud Powered’ breakout session. More in this PR!

October 2013: eFront was voted in the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013 – the results of the 7th Annual Learning Tools Survey. The list was compiled by Jane Hart from the votes of 500+ learning professionals from 48 countries worldwide See more here.

November 2013: eFront, in collaboration with TalentLMS, releases a free eBook to download entitled “eLearning 101 – concepts, trends, applications.” The eBook covers all important and relevant concepts, trends and applications of elearning. To read more about it check out this post or just download the eBook directly!

November 2013: Epignosis Ltd., creator of eFront LMS and TalentLMS, and OpenSesame, the world’s marketplace for online training courses, announce a new partnership to connect eFront’s LMS customers to more than 22,000 online training courses through the OpenSesame marketplace. For more please see the recent Press Release.

November 2013:  eFront welcomes its latest partner on-board: RM Education is a leading provider of ICT solutions to the UK Education market. Headquartered just outside Oxford they deliver everything educational establishments need to deliver technology-enabled learning. They also work with assessment bodies throughout the UK and internationally providing exam marking solutions. For more please visit their website http://www.rm.com/home

April 2014: eFront to release eFront LMS V4, a major eFront upgrade that brings support for Instructor Led Training.

What 2014 will bring:

Exciting plans regarding eFront LMS:

In April of this year eFront is set to release eFront LMS V4, a major eFront upgrade that brings support for Instructor Led Training. It also brings a number of important improvements such as the following:

  • Extensive support for Instructor Led Training (Classroom courses with start-end date, Sessions, Waitlists, Express-interest and related Audiences, Locations)
  • Revamped Curriculums (Rules & order between Curriculum courses, Completion criteria & Prices)
  • Revamped Ecommerce (Support for Paypal Pro, Contracts, Approvals, Group Accounts, Price tracks, Cancellations)
  • Revamped Course Catalog (each course can have an image, filters/search based on a number of criteria)
  • Introduction of Audiences (dynamic groups based on rules)
  • Revamped Interface – All fluid interface to fit any device and screen & scalable images to look crisp on retina screens
  • Revamped Internals – moved to JQuery, Bootstrap and Gettext translations, rewritten Notifications & Calendar
  • Revamped content editor – simplified and expanded editor based on TalentLMS experience

With this upgrade we will integrate several key new elements and combine them with architectural changes (without persisting on compatibility with aging browsers or retaining former eFront architecture). eFront 4 will be based on clean MVC architecture. The interface will also move from Prototype to Jquery which reduces the complexity for several end-user tasks. All in all eFront will get a new, more polished look with a better and more consistent UI, and processes will be simplified. For more on eFront V4 check out the eFront V4 blueprint outline on our wiki.

Applications of online training: product training

When a company has a new product, despite it being an exciting time, there is the issue of training employees on its features which may be problematic due to the time and cost involved, especially in face-to-face training. Employee productivity drops when employees are spending many hours sitting in training rooms during work hours – and when the benefits of that training are not trackable it hardly seems worth the effort. Online training solves all of these problems by being available to the employee in his/ her own free time, and saving the company the costs of bringing in a trainer, renting spaces for training, travel expenses involved and lost productivity.

What’s more, in the case of multinationals, when staff are trained across borders, training programs need to be adapted to different markets since a “one size fits all” approach will not work. Continue reading

The best elearning reads of 2013

Every month we put together a list of our favorite articles for our monthly newsletter (based on Jane Hart’s comprehensive monthly lists) – we’ve put those together and taken note of the most popular articles on social media (the ones with the most RTs, shares and likes) to create this list of best reads in elearning and learning for the year!

  1. YouTube another MOOP (Massive Open Online Pedagogy) Learning will not be televised, it will be digitised, Donald Clark
  2. It’s the end of an era – enter the knowledgeable networker, John Kotter, Forbes
  3. Ensuring knowledge flow through narration, Harold Jarche
  4. The Teacher’s Quick Guide To Digital Scavenger Hunts, Edudemic
  5. The End of the Web, Search, and Computer as We Know It, Wired
  6. Are you in the training ghetto, Donald Taylor
  7. Cognitive Dissonance and the Denial of Social/Informal Learning, Mike Britz
  8. Social media at work. Really? John Stepper
  9. Delivering a PowerPoint? Your Audience Will Tune Out After 10 Minutes, Forbes
  10. Learning technology: are we using it right? Julian Stodd Continue reading

How to add videos to your eFront lessons

Do you want to make your content more appealing and interactive? You can enrich it by adding videos to your units! There are two ways you can do this:

  1. Upload your videos to the lesson’s file manager. While editing the unit place the mouse where you want to insert the video. Open the file manager, search for the video you want to add and simply click on the blue arrow: video-post-1The video is now inserted and you can change its dimensions by dragging its edges. Continue reading

Infographic: LMS demographics

We love having fun with infographics so the eFront team put together an infographic on LMS demographics with data collected over a two year period!

Here are some highlights:
1. Regarding global interest, LMSs still dominate in English speaking countries with interest from parts of Asia and, surprisingly, Europe lagging behind.
2. The LMS is still largely considered a solution for educational institutes however corporate usage is catching up!
3. More than 50% of institutions prefer to host their LMS internally and small installations dominate. Continue reading

Key points in keeping customers happy with online sales

customer-service-700x290In the age of the internet, you can not overlook the opportunity presented by incorporating the internet as a sales channel to drive growth and sales for your business. However, selling online is tricky and one of the main drawbacks is there is no face-to-face contact to put your customers worries at bay. This makes it imperative that all other communications (email/phone) is kept clear and informative, to avoid any misunderstandings, which can be detrimental to the company brand and image.

Below are some key points that must be considered when selling online:

Be available - although it is hard to be available for all customers at all times, as the global reach of the internet brings the different time zones into play, it is essential that potential customers feel they can contact you when they need to. Flexible working hours from the employer help the sales rep achieve this point, but the sales rep has to make it happen whatever the time may be. Depending on the customer, a variety of communication channels can be used: telephone (including VoIP services such as Skype), email, web conferences, social media etc. Continue reading