Posts Tagged ‘e-learning software’

Two new features: Easily set manual completions and filter courses in Career Path

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

eLeaP unveils two new features designed to expand your range of use. As a quick background, eLeaP enables any organization create, track and document training. Using an intuitively easy to use interface coupled with the most comprehensive set of training tools and features, eLeaP customers are able to quickly create or upload content, edit and format material, add quizzes or feedback surveys, launch training and document completion records including issuing certificates of completion and much more.

You will think with all these powerful and useful features, eLeaP will simply rest on its laurels; you will be wrong.

We continue to innovate and push the envelope in order to bring our customers answers to everyday e-learning and corporate training challenges.

One such feature is the option to manually document your training records. With the [Set Completed] feature, you can now set any training for any user as completed. Practical applications of this could be In-Classroom Training; if you have any seminars or other On-the-Job training, you can easily create and assign the course (class) to your users and then use the [Set Completed] tool to document the completion. This will save you significant amounts of time and money.  Since launching this feature the feedback has been overwhelming and positive. See how this feature works at: http://eleapsoftware.com/tutorials/getting-started/admin-howtos/set-user-as-completed.php

Another new feature unveiled is the option to sort or filter Career Path courses according to your own established categories. Let me give you a scenario. Imagine that you have a group of new hires coming online in your organization. As part of your on-boarding process, you want to assign 5 orientation-type courses to this group. You will first create your five courses and add them to the ‘Orientation’ category. Then you create a Career Path perhaps called ‘Welcome to ACME Company’ and add these five courses. Prior to adding in this feature, you will have had to either search by course name or date added in order to identify the right courses to add to your new Career Path. With the new filter by category feature, you can simply select the right category and filter your courses to display only the relevant courses. Adding these courses to your Career Path and assigning the whole package to the users or user group is a breeze.

These are just a few ways eLeaP is dedicated to giving you the tools you need to succeed and make your life better. See what one of our customers had to say..

“The new “Set Complete” feature is fabulous! This will solve so many user issues for me. Thank you!! – Rich Benedict”

Remember, just don’t buy any training system, use eLeaP to create, track and document your e-learning and training. Create your free account at www.eleapsoftware.com

E-learning success is not guaranteed – critical questions on e-learning success

Friday, May 14th, 2010

E-learning success is not guaranteed.

Find out what prevents success in the creation and implementation of an e-learning system.

 

What are the key challenges preventing e-learning success?

Monday, April 26th, 2010

What prevents success in the creation and implementation of an e-learning system?  While there are numerous obstacles preventing the success of any endeavor, the e-learning systems, because they are relatively new and somewhat unknown, certainly create their share of pitfalls, and then some.  Obstacles can often be found in every aspect of e-learning…from content development through delivery to effectiveness.

Let’s examine the issue, then, as a body of mistakes:

  1. Wrong approach to content development:  Although desired outcomes are the same for traditional training and e-learning, instructional design methods often fail to account for this. In simple terms, to be effective, e-learning must find new ways to involve the student in the learning process. The material will be ineffective if delivered simply as a textbook. It must become totally interactive so that we can replace (to some extent) the classroom instructor with increased student involvement. This means relying more heavily on exercises, quizzes, simulations and assignments than we would in a traditional environment; we need to duplicate to the extent possible the “see, do” method of training, allowing the student an opportunity to practice the new learning. And we need to do this frequently throughout the course.
  2. Wrong authoring tools: The tools you use to create e-learning must align with your training objectives. Authoring tools enable instructors or designers to build courses and supporting materials such as quizzes and simulations. Consider: Do you really want to propose training your current instructors in the use of Captivate? How about Flash?Remember, too, that today virtually all software packages that are used to create
    e-learning courseware require licensing. A relatively simple program that converts PowerPoint to a SCORM compliant Flash package, such as Articulate Presenter, can cost upward of $1,400. And that’s  per seat!  This feature is built into the eLeaP system and is free.

Authoring programs that are platform specific (e.g., Windows XP) will require maintenance in order to keep them current with new technology. This, of course, is generally not free; unless, that is, you are using a hosted e-learning platform that is essentially “rented” (such as eLeaP), and includes upgrades and maintenance. Programs such as these are often known today as Software as a Service, or SAAS (and sometimes simply SAS).

However, there are going to be occasions where you may require specialized training tools, for example if you are training students in the use of a particular software package. In this case, you can use programs such as Captivate or Camtasia that simulate the actual working environment and allow users to develop skills without affecting “live” data. If you lack the resources in house for doing this, a third party contractor might be a good choice. Or even better, if you are using a system such as eLeaP, you can find specific expertise through its customization capabilities.

  1. Wrong system employed for training: The systems you use for courseware development, delivery, learning management and assessment must integrate with one another. Think of them as tools. But remember, to a hammer, everything is a nail.


You must, therefore, choose a Learning Management System with the flexibility to host a variety of courseware types…from interactive simulations to Flash video to real-time problem solving. For example, have a look at eLeaP’s Learning Management System (www.eleapsoftware.com). It has the flexibility to host virtually any type of courseware that is SCORM compliant. A lack of this flexibility will severely limit the materials that can be delivered to the student.

You must also consider the system’s ease of use. As with the eLeaP system, students must be able to gain easy access and find an intuitive interface that requires little or no training. The system must work on virtually all platforms using any standard web browser. It must operate flawlessly so that, from the learners’ perspective, the fact that the content is being delivered electronically is secondary to the learning process.

  1. Wrong level of investment: There are many systems available today that require virtually no startup funding and that can be deployed in practically no time at all, e.g., the eLeaP LCMS. Why, then, would you want to consider a system that costs upward of $250,000 to start and requires a significant amount of resources to implement?  After all, these are not full-blown ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems that must integrate all organizational functions.

Avoid the heavy sales pitch that uses the scare tactics of systems integration capabilities. Generally speaking, a simple Application Programming Interface (API) can be developed at minimal cost to integrate any LMS into the organization’s Learning and Development recording system. Also keep in mind that many of these complex Learning Management Systems  require a good deal of expensive, specialized technical support and training just to create courseware that is compatible with the delivery system. Again, the fact is that systems such as eLeaP require no programming or startup costs at all, deployment support is free, implementation and online training is free and 24/7 customer support is free.

To download free valuable e-learning white papers, go to http://www.eleapsoftware.com/free-training-resources/. Contact eLeaP LMS & Training software for e-learning and business training questions.