LMS - Getting Started

E-learning design UK — what commercial training providers should consider when starting out in online learning

In recent months we’ve been having lots of conversations about e-learning design principles with a variety of commercial training providers. Conversations have focused around what they should do to ‘get online’ or ‘get into e-learning’. By e-learning design we mean the entire training content, technologies, systems and processes that would be needed for your organisation to become a fully fledged e-learning training provider. 

This e-learning design article includes the following topics:

  • Introduction — understanding the needs of commercial training providers
  • E-learning design UK — where do you want to take your training business and why
  • 11 considerations for your e-learning design journey

1. E-learning design and a commercial mindset
2. E-learning design and your learning platform
3. Ownership and accountability requirements in the e-learning design process
4. Your online methodology and how it can impact e-learning design and development
5. Authoring and production tools related to e-learning design
6. Payment gateways and e-learning design
7. Business system integration using API’s
8. E-learning design authoring and production expertise – internal, external or both?
9. Administration support for your learning platform
10. Walk before you can run
11. Marketing and sales are key factors in successful e-learning design

5 common questions about an LMS

Different customers’ often ask us very similar questions. This is a round-up of the more prevalent questions. The responses might only give you the initial information you’re looking for, but if you talk to us, we’ll be better able to understand your specific problems and can assist you from there. These questions are:

  1. How can we encourage companies who buy our courses on the LMS to service themselves more?
  2. Does my e-learning have to be SCORM compliant?
  3. What is meant  by a “responsive” LMS?
  4. Why do my e-learning courses sometimes ‘freeze’ ?
  5. Why do I need to be connected to the Internet to do my e-learning course?

11 ways to monetise your knowledge with a Learning Management System (LMS)

If you’re a training provider and already using an LMS learning platform then you’re probably already monetising your knowledge in some way. However, having helped numerous training providers to build commercially viable online businesses, this article covers a few ways you might not have thought of.

Cloud, mLearning and gamification — 3 e-learning trends explained

It’s the time of year for trends. Terms like gamification, mLearning and the cloud keep popping up as key e-learning forecasts for 2016. Some of these terms may be a little convoluted so here are our simplified explanations - decoded and grounded for real business application.

Learning technologies — a non technical introduction to SCORM, xAPI, Tin Can and LRS

Learning technology is the term used to cover the broad range of equipment and online services that can be used to support learning, continued professional development, personal development, teaching and assessment.

Learning technology might encompass anything including, but not limited to online learning platforms such as LMS’s and VLE’s, electronic whiteboards and mobile apps, games based simulations and more besides.

If you’re new to the world of e-learning and in particular online learning platforms such as LMS’s and VLE’s then you’ll be hearing terms such SCORM, Tin Can, xAPI and whether or not something or other is compliant or not. You may be wondering what this all means. You may also be contemplating if and why they are important to you.

This article explains SCORM, xAPI, Tin Can and LRS learning technologies in a completely non-technical way in order to help you understand what they mean for you and your organisation.

What is a learning platform — and a template to help you choose the right one

This article is perfect for those fairly new to e-learning. Understand basic learning platform concepts and terminology like defining a learning platform, the benefits of a learning platform and how to establish what learning platform is right for you. We've also given away an Excel compliance matrix template to help you choose the right learning platform for your needs.