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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E-learning Deployment – Considerations and Tools

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So you decided to deploy an e-learning solution for your enterprise or organization. Or maybe build an e-learning school of your own. As long-time e-learning experts we welcome you to this exciting endeavor.

In this post we’ll try to give a comprehensive list of all the tools, services, accessories and software you’ll need for your e-learning deployment.

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The Benefits of Blended Learning

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During one of my most recent visits to a retail cellular store to browse through the newest mobile technology, I wasn’t surprised too surprised to see a three-year-old rifling through his mother’s cell phone, then quickly giving that up to play with one of the new tablets on the showroom floor. The place was as familiar to him as his favorite story or coloring book.

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