Posts Tagged ‘learning management systems’

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.

New Features Release: LMS Goodies

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

eLeaP has been quietly release new features all year. We are exceedingly proud of this powerful yet easy to use and manage learning management system and training software platform.

I am happy to share some of the new features you will see in your eLeaP account:

  1. One step User Import: You can import users directly into your eLeaP account. Got a special user group you want to set up? Simply upload your list directly to create your user group. Save time and money and get up and running quickly.
  2. Timed lessons: Need to set a minimum time spent on a course or lesson? Use the Advance settings in your eLeaP course manager to easily set or hard code how much time your trainees need to spend viewing your content. Why is this important? California AB 1825 Sexual Harassment training mandates specific minimum time for training. Use eLeaP to become AB 1825 compliant. Create your free account today.
  3. Refined Completion Reports: Drill down and segment your completion reports by specific user groups or profiles. Now you can save time and yet get the full picture of the progress your trainees are making. Easily see training ROI in your eLeaP dashboard. And download this information for further processing if you want.
  4. White Board Control: Do you want to interactivity within your course? Or do you want to turn the White Board interactive system off? Now you control this process. Simply go into your course meta data area and turn this feature on or off.
  5. Collaborative Content Development: Multiple instructors? Want to collaborate on Course development? You can assign a course to multiple instructors for course collaboration and development. Save time and work online.
  6. Full Length Flash Video streaming: Do you have an hour long video? Simply use FLV flash video format to stream your training videos. eLeaP tech support will even work with you to create your FLV video. Ask us how.
  7. Auto Completion Certification: Now you can easily issue completion certificates for your users. Easily create certificate templates and eLeaP will automatically issue successful completions with a downloadable certificate. Save time and save trees! Your own green badge of honor.
  8. Auto Quiz Retakes: Sometimes your users want to retake a quiz because they did not do so well. Well with eLeaP, you can easily set the system to automatically reissue a quiz if minimum score is not met. Think of all the headaches you will be saving your self.
  9. eLeaP eCommerce: Affiliate Marketing module. Make more money using eLeaP to create and sell your courses. The eLeaP affiliate marketing module coupled with our Internet marketing resources will give you additional visibility and marketing reach. This and all new features are free in your eLeaP account.
  10. Forum Enhancements: Access rights to special forums. Easily see forum contributions for each users. Reply to previous quotes. Your forums are now enhance better interactivity.

If you have not had a chance to review eLeaP, don’t wait anymore. Create your LMS account today.