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Benefits of learning management systems

Benefits of learning management systems list

Benefits of learning management systems

E-learning is very much the alternative to traditional schooling. With the help of the internet, every student regardless of religion, color, or country from around the world can learn. And with Learning Management Systems (LMS), it can be made possible.

While some conventional educators may deem it as a threat, it does offer a wide range of benefits that regular methods cannot cover. As a result, many reputed institutions from around the world are warming up to it. Here are some of the many benefits that LMS can bring for students everywhere.

  1. Unlimited access to eLearning materials

Teachers can upload all of their learning course materials onto an LMS so that their audience, which in this case are their students, can have unlimited access to the information that they need. Even those who are on the go can log in with their tablets and smartphones.

It is so that they don’t have to wait for the next class or training session. It is why LMS is essential for people who live in different time zones.

  1. Centralized learning

One of the other advantages that LMS presents for students and employees is that it offers a centralized source of learning. To put it simply, it means training, education, and developing content is offered all the time from the same source. Many users can access the information whenever they like.

The systems ensure consistency in the evaluation and delivery of material, which means that every user can see the same content in the same manner. The systems have user design customized training modules that are used to introduce new equipment, modify operating procedures or update equipment.

  1. Increased communication

Students can collaborate with other classmates on different tasks regardless of their locations with ease. Students can also make various connections and exchange opinions and learning materials regarding their assignments, projects, and examinations.

Those who are also ill and bed-ridden can get themselves updated with the latest news from their teachers and friends.

  1. It is flexible

As we mentioned, anyone from any time can have access to the learning materials online whenever they want. With that in mind, students who have a different way of retaining data can now learn at the place and time of their choosing.

  1. Easily tracks progress and performance

Previously, teachers would have a hard time keeping track of students’ progress and performances, but now LMS has provided the very remedy for the occasion. If for example, a student is unable to complete their eLearning scenario, teachers can offer them ample resources to improve their performance.

Some LMS also come equipped with learning and analytic tools that allow teachers to determine the gaps in their learning course. If there is a moment where teachers feel that online learners are struggling with a specific lesson, teachers can make the modifications to their course on the fly.

  1. It streamlines the evaluation process

One of the other interesting things is that students’ skills in retention and learning are measured before they take the course, while they take and after they have completed the course. Teachers can evaluate their skills by periodically scheduling assignments.

After that, they can review the records to determine their levels of success.

  1. It reduces learning and development costs

Teachers have never been more financially happy when using LMS. With an LMS in their arsenal, they can out away nasty instructor travel costs, online training site rentals, and printed eLearning materials.

Teachers and employers need not print out several hundred copies of learning materials and instruction manuals because all of the learning can be done right on the go with an LMS. It is what makes convenience an affordable option.

 


Author: Joseph Carey works as an online tutor. He is deeply involved in his teaching and is one of the writers at www.essaystar.co.uk.

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What is the difference between e-learning and m-learning?

What is the difference between e-learning and m-learning?

What is the difference between e-learning and m-learning?If you think e-learning and m-learning are basically one and the same thing, you’re completely wrong.
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Top 10 eLearning course development tools

Top 10 eLearning course development tools

Top 10 eLearning course development tools

HTML5 has become a gold standard in the eLearning industry. Due to its versatility and functionality, it is used by a great number of course developers. There are tons of tools you can try when you are developing a new course, but not all of them are effective. The following list of top 10 eLearning authoring tools will enable you to choose the ones that correspond to your capacity and goals.

  1. Edge Animate CC

Adobe Edge Animate enables course authors to create interactive and animated content for their curriculums. With the last update, launched in June 2015, Edge Animate supports on-stage text editing and 64-bit Chromium Embedded Framework. The HTML Tracker is also important, since it notifies you when your design isn’t compatible with HTML5.

  1. Adapt Learning

This open-source authoring tool enables you to create responsive course content with HTML5 and JavaScript. The developers of Adapt Learning encourage a global community of developers and end users to get involved in eLearning. When you use this tool, you won’t have to build separate desktop and mobile versions for your course.

  1. Dictera

This collaborative content authoring platform supports HTML5 output and seamless LMS integration. You can use it to create rich interactive courses that include instructions and assessment for their users. The platform enables you to collaborate with authors and reviewers of eLearning courses, so you can rely on their experience to make your materials better.

  1. NinjaEssays

Great eLearning materials imply high-quality content. If you are unable to get this aspect right, it won’t matter what tools you use to develop the design. When it comes to content, custom writing service NinjaEssays can help you make it perfect. At this website, you can collaborate with expert writers and editors from the appropriate niche. The blog section will inform you about the latest trends and launches in the eLearning industry.

  1. Composica

As an eLearning developer, you can use Composica to create highly interactive courses in a collaborative environment. You can deliver the courses on any device. One of the most notable features of this tool is social authoring with project blogs, chats, comments, tagging, team visibility, and more.

  1. SHIFT

This powerful tool enables you to create eLearning courses in HTML and FLASH. It requires no technical skills, so you can start developing your project without wasting any time. The materials will fit perfectly on several devices of any size.

  1. Litmos Author

This is a cloud-based authoring tool that enables teams to collaborate on the development and management of eLearning and mobile learning courses. The entire process is covered in four stages: managing assets, collaborating on course development, reviewing the content in real time, and publishing and sharing.

8. Liquid Authoring

With this tool, you can create cool HTML5 content for your presentations and eLearning courses. This browser-based app eliminates the necessity of other authoring tools. Liquid Authoring has SCORM compatibility and a cloud-based media library.

  1. Gomo Learning

This is an eLearning authoring, hosting and analytics tool that enables you to create beautiful HTML5 content with ease. The courses you create can be compatible for desktops, smartphones, and tablets. Gomo Learning is also a collaborative tool.

  1. EAD Builder

You want to include art in your courses, but you don’t want to bother with drawing and programming? Try EAD Builder – a platform that gives you access to interactive design elements that you can use with a simple drag-and-drop function. The library contains plenty of objects, characters, and scenarios that you can use in your course materials. All you need to do is choose your scenario, drag appropriate objects and characters, and add your content.

Are you ready to experiment? Try some of the 10 tools listed above and you’ll discover the beauty of eLearning authoring all over again.

 

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How does our brains function?

If you wonder how do you remember of forget things, here are some interesting facts about human brains. With one billion connections in our brains, we really are piece of art.

Let us know if you have any comments on the infograph about our brains.
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Algorithms are the playgrounds of the future

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Algorithms are the playgrounds of the future

Math is cool because nothing defines cool better than success.

The world has come a long way since the time of the Greeks. Then the Persians and Arabs kept the wheels of math algorithms turning, while western nations wallowed in the Dark Ages.
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Companies offering best terms of employments

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You have finished your studies and now you are looking for a job. Or you have been stuck with the company that does not offer any promotion, nor values your skills and ambitions.

If you want to know which company can offer you good or better conditions them maybe the data in the infographic will help you. Companies offering best terms of employments are selected on several criteria and the text is just a digest on their positive conditions. You should go to their web pages and read more about each and every one of them.

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Computer programmers’ courses and careers

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Computer programmers' courses and careers

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Computer technology is a fundamental part of today’s world. Computers are frequently used in almost every home, society, and organization to assist performs many different tasks. In fact, this technology enables people to do a variety of jobs that would not be feasible devoid of the programmers to develop and update programs to meet humans’ varied needs. You can get the education in computer programming easily from a number of schools available on the Web.
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Work smart with your Subject Matter Expert

Work smart with your Subject Matter Expert

Work smart with your Subject Matter Expert

You have just signed the deal. You are on your way to creating an exciting course for your client. However, depending on the project scope, in most cases, you may be working with a subject matter expert or SME. Do remember, you may be a master at your craft, but a SME will help you in the building process of the course. Subject Matter Experts may be an expert in a topic, subject, and industry; in short something specific.

Below, are a few important points you and your team need to remember to ensure a healthy working relationship with your SME and to meet their expectations or be able to justify why you will need to modify the course to leave a few things out.

List your objectives

Early in the development process, establish the course objectives with the SME. If you have to provide the objectives, review the content carefully and list your objectives. Ensure the SME is on board and understands that based on these parameters, the course will be structured and delivered.

Review the content

Review the content provided by the subject matter expert. Choose what will benefit the learner in an online learning environment. Once you identify, what you need, that will become part of your course content and development process.

Rearrange where necessary

There may be content in Unit 2 which you feel may be relevant in Unit 1 , then rearrange accordingly. Be ready to explain to the SME why you have made decisions in paring content from different sections together; you may need it for a scenario activity or you may require it for an activity or quiz. Where possible, if you can visually show the SME, then do it by showing an example if you already prepared something similar previously.

Content is precious for an SME, not necessarily the learner

At times, you may come across an SME who insists to push through for the content to be made available to the learner. As valuable as the content is, it will lose its meaning if there is an information overload and the learning because tedious instead of informative. This is where as an instructional designer, you step in and address learning theories of adults and the objectives for eLearning.

Create less stress for both parties

If you are prepared, chances are you will be confident when dealing with your Subject Matter Expert. Below I will share with you some of the things which have worked for me.

Open line of communication

Find out their preferred method of communication. If your SME is extremely busy, you do not want to disturb them with phone calls. List your point, send an email or organise a 15 minute Skype call for example.

Objectives

Again, I cannot stress how important this is. Is the course going to gain only knowledge or is the learner supposed to apply some skills to be able to perform their role? This is where your SME can shed light on, as it will set the whole roadmap for your course development.

Assessments/Quizzes/Interactions

Lay them out in your storyboard, as you deem appropriate and then, when you send it for approval before development, the SME will have an idea of how it fits in with the learning outcome. Be specific. If you are planning an activity on a slide, write clear instructions on how the learner will interact with the screen. This gives the SME an idea how the screen will work if the content is being changed from text based to an interactive element.

Conclusion

Working with a Subject Matter Expert can enhance the course and save you time doing research for content development. However, a successful partnership can only take place when you as an Instructional Designer is very clear about why the course is being developed, who it is being developed for and what the learning outcome is. Once, you get these three fundamentals clear, you will be able to deliver a sensational course.

 

About the Author:

Hemina Shah is an eLearning Specialist at Synotive. She creates engaging and interactive courses for her clients. She believes that if you understand your target audience well, you can create a meaningful eLearning course.

 

 

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Incorporating Google cloud in Android app

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Google Cloud Endpoints will help you create an outstanding mobile application, since these are designed to facilitate developers to create a shared web backend by developing and hosting APIs conveniently.
Let’s have a look at various sections below, to understand how it is used for accomplishing various tasks.
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Building business with LMS

Building business with LMS

E-learning field advances with giant strides: according to Global Industry Analysts (GIA), e-learning market is expected to reach $168.8 billion by 2018.

More and more companies are contributing to online learning field by implementing e-learning strategies, integrating components and tools for employee training and e-commerce practice. E-learning, in comparison with regular education methods, allows cutting costs and provides anytime/anywhere learning by means of Learning Management Systems (LMS) usage.
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