Should you host your own LMS, or go for cloud based?

Before you decide which type of LMS want, you need to decide which type.  But don’t worry, there are really only 2 choices. The first choice is to host your own LMS on your website or a sub-domain of your website using a plugin.  Most plugins work with wordpress. The other option is to use

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What is elearning?

In a very broad sense, elearning is learning that is delivered electronically.  This can include webinars, videos (played through YouTube or similar sites), or even documents that can be transferred electronically. The elearning that we develop is a little more specific.  Our elearning courses are developed by elearning programs (often called authoring tools) and run

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Are you in Vegas?

Join us at the International MINExpo in Las Vegas next week. For the first time, we have a booth. Come and say hi to Valerie and Cesar who will be at the booth or Sally who will be attending virtually. We will be at booth 425 in the North Hall. Keep an eye out for

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Restricting navigation on elearning.

What does it mean to restrict navigation on elearning? In elearning courses, there are usually buttons that allow you to go backwards and forwards through the slides and to pause and restart slides. These buttons can be restricted so they can only be used at certain times. You might do this if you wanted a

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Do I need to use an RTO for my training?

As with many questions, the answer to this question is “It depends.” If you are awarding a Nationally recognised qualification, or a part of a Nationally recognised qualification, then yes. These can only be awarded by RTOs (Recognised Training Organisations). Examples of these are qualifications for electricians, hairdressers and funeral directors. Some occupations require nationally

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Which LMS do you need? 10 quick questions to ask.

To deliver elearning within your own organisation, you need a Learning Management System (LMS).  At a minimum, an LMS allows you to create accounts for users, enrol them in online courses and record their completion.  More advanced LMSs allow you to create and track other types of training such as webinars and practical assessments, assign

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How can you make learners pay attention in an elearning course?

The short answer is that you can’t.  Like any form of training, adults will really only pay attention if there is something in it for them.  But there are a few simple ways that you can make it more likely they will pay attention (assuming they are interested in the first place). Keep elearning courses

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What is instructional design?

If you have been involved in learning and development, you may have heard the term “instructional design”.  But what is it and why is it important? Instructional design is the creation of learning experiences and materials in a manner that results in the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills. The discipline follows a system of assessing

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Source files vs published files. And why it matters.

In elearning, you might hear about published files and source files.  Here is a really simple explanation. Source files are the files that are created by the program that is used to develop the course (sometimes called authoring tools).  They can only be opened and changed by the same program that created them.  For example,

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How long should an elearning course be?

There isn’t a simple “one size fits all” answer to this question.  It depends on your course content, how engaging the course is, who it is aimed at and many other variables. Our experience, and a lot of research, suggests that best practice is elearning courses that are around 10-15 minutes long.  Any course over

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Assessments in Elearning

Most elearning programs allow you to create assessment questions.  There are a number of types of questions you can use including: Multiple choice True / false Multiple response (select more than one correct answer) Matching (match the correct answer to the correct definition or phrase) Sequence (put the answers in the correct order), and Hot

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Can you have videos in Elearning courses?

Yes, you absolutely can.  You can also choose whether they auto play or not and set up the course so that the learner is required to watch them, or not. Should you have videos in Elearning courses is another question.  Here are a couple of basic points to consider. Videos are fantastic training tools to

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ELearning Authoring Tools

What is an ELearning authoring tool? An ELearning authoring tool is a program used to create an ELearning course.  There are many different authoring tools available as stand alone tools or within an LMS.  For more information on LMSs, click here. Different authoring tools have different capabilities and, obviously, different costs.  The most popular authoring

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The “Lack of Training” Excuse

I am watching news of the Victorian Covid outbreak and once again, I hear “lack of training” appearing as an excuse. Now, I don’t have one second of training in how to manage returning overseas travelers in quarantine.  But, even with no training, I am absolutely sure that engaging in sexual relations with the quarantine

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What is SCORM in elearning?

  If you have dealt with eLearning, you may have come across the word SCORM.  But what is SCORM? SCORM stands for Sharable Content Object Reference Model.  Now, in case you are still reading, I’ll try and explain it as simply as possible. SCORM is a set of technical standards for eLearning that basically tell

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