There are countless articles all over the internet describing telecommuting and how that compares to “traditional” working in an office. However, most of them deal with the matter under the assumption that the employee is either self-employed, or has a flexible working schedule. That means, when comparing the two types of employment, one of the key advantages of telecommuting is presented to be the freedom in making use of your time in your own way.
This is not necessarily an advantage though. Under the light of recent developments, where Yahoo and now Best Buy are cancelling their flexible work programs, it would be interesting to present a third option: working from home, but in an office at the same time (for the sake of this post, let’s call this “telepresence”). This means that you get to work from the location of your choice but under the 40-hour schedule and availability obligations you would have if you were to work in an office (I have been working this way in our company for several years).
So, how does “telepresence” relationship compare to the other two extremes (and why is it better)?
You can find telecommuting vs office work comparisons all over the internet, so I’ll only present a list of “telepresence” advantages compared with telecommuting: Continue reading
It’s inevitable that any medium designed for ease of communication and networking will be applied to a learning context however many educators are still trying to come to grips with Twitter, and in particular its use in the classroom.
For a comprehensive list of resources on Twitter in the classroom and workplace, check out Dr. Tony Karrer’s list here – and also Edudemic’s 100 Ways to use Twitter in Education.
There are a multitude of ways Twitter can be integrated into classroom teaching, for example: Continue reading
FERGHSC is an online tutoring business based in Sydney, Australia that focuses on supporting students in their final year of schooling (the Australian Higher School Certificate aka HSC) their focus is on developing systems for HSC success through video lessons, interactive feedback such as their essay marking service and website course material, developed by a team of experts.
We had the pleasure of speaking with the FERGHSC team recently and gained some insight into why they chose eFront over other LMS’ and how it helped them create a new revenue stream. Here are a few snippets from the full customer story:
On choosing eFront: “A strong consideration was the ability to monetize our online business model, offering various courses at different price points, however it was the suite of built in modules [in eFront] which we felt allowed us to get started quickly and hit the ground running.”
On what they’ve achieved: “Thanks to the eFront system we are able to continuously built upon our existing courses, adding value through additional lesson material and extra quiz questions. For example, with the math type built in we are able for the first time to offer mathematics courses online and continue to add new material to these courses.”
“The best thing is that students just love the software and find it very easy to use.”
For more check out the full customer story on Slideshare:
Infographics (or information graphics) have been around for many years and recently the proliferation of a number of easy-to-use, free tools have made the creation of infographics available to all. They are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. By presenting information in a compact and creative format, infographics are not only able to quickly convey knowledge but also engage its viewers – and social media sites have allowed for this kind of content to be spread quickly and easily.
There are many reasons to include infographics in your content strategy – 10 good reasons are listed in this blog post:
- Infographics are compelling and attractive
- Easily scanned and viewed
- Viral capabilities
- Portable (embeddable)
- Worldwide coverage
- Brand awareness
- Increases traffic
- Benefits SEO
- Shows an expert understanding of a subject
We have taken a look at some free tools for creating infographics and here are our favorites: Continue reading
The history of mankind has shown that information is the fundamental leverage factor for our mental development. The most profound moments throughout time have to do with changes in the way information was communicated, stored, processed. After inventing language and writing, the most important development was the modern communication networks. And now, the tablet.
What makes tablets so powerful is their inherent interactivity and intuitiveness. The Economist had a great article about Grace Wambui, a 14-year-old pupil in Nairobi, who was given a tablet at school. Having never touched a tablet before, she figured out how to use it within a minute or so. And she is old. My own niece, 18 months old, figured out how to see videos and photos on my tablet, after playing her favorite games. She learned how to play the infamous birds game and her favorite memory-cards game, while she could barely speak. Now, that’s a breakthrough. Continue reading
This Valentine’s day we thought we’d ask our dear friends and supporters to share their love for us online. Our attention has been brought to several ratings sites and we’d like to hear what your real thoughts are about us! If you have a few moments to spare, and love us (or not!) please check out the links below and let us know what you think of eFront and TalentLMS!
If you love eFront try these
And if you especially love TalentLMS here are some links for you!
- (here’s a review on TalentLMS on the FeedMyApp site) http://feedmyapp.com/review/train-your-small-business-big-boys/
This means a lot to us so thank you <3 and have a wonderful Valentine’s Day all!
Introduction to the Tin Can API:
The Tin Can API is a brand new learning technology specification that offers a simpler and more flexible way of capturing learning activities and sharing them with a variety of other systems – opening up an entire world of experiences (online and offline). A wide range of systems can now securely communicate with a simple vocabulary that captures this stream of activities.
The Tin Can API is a product of SCORM evolution – i.e. it’s practically the next generation of SCORM – and it eliminates many of the old limitations and restrictions. It is suitable for use in any kind of learning including: mobile learning, simulations, virtual worlds, serious games, real-world activities, experiential learning, social learning, offline learning, and collaborative learning. For a full introduction to Tin Can and how it differs to SCORM please see this post, or read “Tin Can Demystified” by Epignosis’ CTO, A. Papagelis.
How it works:
Statements are the ‘substance’ of the Tin Can API. Each statement corresponds to an experience that has occurred or is taking place right now. The Tin Can API uses (JSON formatted) statements containing any activity that needs to be recorded and sends them to a Learning Record Store (LRS). Each statement uses this simple form: “someone did something” or [actor]+[verb]+[object]. Continue reading
Once again eFront and partner CLICK&LEARN were at LEARNTEC 29-31 Jan, one of Europe’s leading International Trade Fairs for Vocational Education, Learning and IT.
What’s more Checkpoint eLearning together with the Goethe University Frankfurt asked again 47 companies of the German-speaking market about their satisfaction with eLearning products and suppliers and as a result eFront partner CLICK&LEARN was awarded with the trophy “Supplier of the Year” in the category “Learning Management Systems” for eFront!
Check out the eLearningCHECK report (in German) for more! Continue reading
When the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University -DEOL Office conducted a study on different open-source LMS solutions to deliver education to a wide range of students around the globe – eFront came out on top. They decided that in terms of cost savings and ease of use and control, eFront was the best tool to use in engaging online distance learning.
Here’s what they had to say about implementing eFront:
“Among LMS solutions, eFront takes the lead in terms of integration with the corporate and educational environment. The overall implementation of the JBLFMU – ODL was successful and delivered on time and with beneficial results. The primary benefit is that all online courses provided by the school can now be delivered and accessed by all concerned. Instructors are now more adept at developing digital course content and have learned how to set, mark and record student progress online.” They added, “eFront is professionally supported and designed to last. It is always reliable because someone is regularly available on hand if something does go wrong.”
For more on this customer story, and the successful implementation of eFront for education, check this out!
Dan Pontefract’s recent blog post on companies (not) allowing Facebook at work has prompted me to dust off the topic of how social helps companies get the business of communicating, collaborating and learning done – and hence the business of business done! I’d like challenge a few misconceptions:
Enterprises consider social media only in terms of their potential as a marketing tool:
It’s obvious that social networking outlets such as Twitter and Facebook are channels through which enterprises can deliver information and engage customers with an unprecedented level of creativity and reach. What most do not realize is that “some 70% of the extra profit to be made through social technologies has nothing to do with marketing. It’s in areas of the company such as knowledge management, innovation, communication, and better integration with the supply chain.”1
In the book New Social Learning: A Guide to Transforming Organizations Through Social Media2, we are provided with real-world case studies and supportive research to demonstrate how social networking is helping employees learn, innovate, share knowledge and engage peers, business partners, and customers. In this ‘knowledge-building ecosystem’ people are at its core and information-transfer becomes a form of currency. “We need new ways to filter content, save information and learn from each other and our trusted sources,” write authors Tony Bingham and Marcia Conner. Continue reading