An LMS platform is an essential tool for the modern enterprise and organization. But, with all the available options and vendors, finding one with the right balance of features to cover all your educational and business needs can be quite daunting. Fortunately, there’s some help coming your way. Software Advice, the Texas based software experts offering detailed reviews, comparisons and advice to software buyers have just released their latest annual report for the LMS market.
Software Advice’s 2014 Learning Management System BuyerView report, aims to uncover “the top LMS buyer trends, including motivations for purchasing new software, deployment preferences and the most sought-after features“, by analyzing the information the firm gathered from interacting with thousands of LMS buyers.
Such tracking of e-learning trends can be very valuable for prospective LMS buyers, since it provides them with an overview of the market and offers them insight on industry trends and important buying considerations.
Now, if you allow us to proudly tout our own horn, we’d like to go through the key findings of Software Advice’s 2014 Learning Management System BuyerView report with you, and explain how eFront has your needs covered.
1) Automatic for the people
Over one-third of the prospective LMS buyers noted that they were using manual methods to train their employees, such as in-person training sessions. If this describes your organization, our eFront Enterprise Learning Management System can help you automate the whole training process, while at the same time letting your employees go through it at their own pace, without rigid training schedules and wasted productivity.
2) Web of trust
The overwhelming majority of prospective LMS buyers that Software Advice spoke to, said they prefer Web-based software. Makes sense to us: web-based software enables remote collaboration, requires no installation by the students, is cross-platform, and, with the advances in web technologies such as HTML5, is also mighty capable. Attributes that perfectly describe eFront, out web-based enterprise grade LMS.
3) On the right track
One of the most requested features among LMS buyers was the ability to track and record the training process. With eFront that’s a piece of cake ― or rather, pie. As in the comprehensive pie and bar charts produced by our highly flexible Reports Generator, with enable you to visually track your trainees progress. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg: eFront offers full logging of student actions, comprehensive reports showing the skills and educational status of all employees, and the ability to assign skills to employees when they complete specific lessons.
4) What was old is new again
Also high on the priorities for potential LMS buyers was the ability to upload and store training content already created (e.g manually). eFront prides itself on its powerful and flexible visual content editor, but it’s no slouch when it comes to integrating existing content either. With support for a variety of media types, a comprehensive File Manager and Digital Library system that enables administrators to upload, organize, use and share files, and full SCORM compliance that enables SCORM content to be imported into the system, eFront has you covered. Plus, it’s modular nature enables the writing of custom plugins that can leverage existing content or talk to third-party systems.
5) Reporting without borders
Reporting is another must-have item, being the third most commonly requested feature in the Survey. And it’s one area were eFront excels, with a full blown Report Generator that makes creating reports a breeze, and tons of report types that cover every business need, like time-constraint reports, events reports, branch reports, participation reports, certificate reports, and more.
6) High scoring
Last, but not least, in our breakdown of most requested LMS features, is the ability to do automated testing and scoring. eFront is once again ahead of the pack here, with it’s intuitive Test Builder that allow teachers to create tests quickly, and reuse questions across multiple tests. And, acknowledging the fact that students learn best at their own pace, eFront enables you to identify the skills that your students lack and personalize their training paths.
If you’re looking to buy the right LMS for your enterprise or organization, we suggest you have a look at Software Advice’s 2014 Learning Management System BuyerView report. It will give you a pretty good idea of what features other LMS buyers value and what the current trends in enterprise LMS use are.
And then you’ll know why our own eFront Enterprise Learning Management System is really the best-of-breed LMS solution, that covers all those needs and more
Every month we put together a list of our favorite articles for our monthly newsletter (based on Jane Hart’s comprehensive monthly lists) – we’ve put those together and taken note of the most popular articles on social media (the ones with the most RTs, shares and likes) to create this list of best reads in elearning and learning for the year!
- YouTube another MOOP (Massive Open Online Pedagogy) Learning will not be televised, it will be digitised, Donald Clark
- It’s the end of an era – enter the knowledgeable networker, John Kotter, Forbes
- Ensuring knowledge flow through narration, Harold Jarche
- The Teacher’s Quick Guide To Digital Scavenger Hunts, Edudemic
- The End of the Web, Search, and Computer as We Know It, Wired
- Are you in the training ghetto, Donald Taylor
- Cognitive Dissonance and the Denial of Social/Informal Learning, Mike Britz
- Social media at work. Really? John Stepper
- Delivering a PowerPoint? Your Audience Will Tune Out After 10 Minutes, Forbes
- Learning technology: are we using it right? Julian Stodd
- The Connected Learners- A Book by Students for Teachers, Langwitches Blog
- Mapping with Google
- 3 ways to becoming a master learner, Erika Anderson
- Conferences Need To Focus More On Learning Design And Less On Information Transfer, Jeff Hurt
- Research in the digital age, it’s more than finding information, Scientific American
- Learning is too important to be left to professionals, Harold Jarche
- 5 Practical ideas for Embedding learning into the workflow, Towards Maturity
- Social First!, Clark Quinn
- Good, bad and ugly: 7 critics of social media, Donald Clark
- 19 Antiquated Employee Engagement Approaches Contributing to Organizational Anxiety, David Zinger
- Why every email should be 5 sentences long, Fast Company
- Do we still need the telephone? Lucy Kellaway
- The 4 things people can still do better than computers, Fast Company
- The Dysfunctionally Connected Workplace Problem-And How To Fix It, Ken Blanchard and Scott Blanchard, FastCompany
- The Emerging Collaborative & Sharing Mentalities of the Millenial Generation, P2P Foundation’s Blog
- How Technology Changes The Skills We Need To Learn, Forbes
- Being explicit about corporate learning, Clark Quinn
- Enterprise technology through the years (graphic), Forbes
- You can’t enforce curiosity, Euan Semple
- Why Learning is Complicated, Dennis Callahan
- Digital Natives Looking to Unplug, Connect, Scientific American
- Make your employees more productive, HBR BLog Network
- Six Classes Your Employer Wishes You Could Take, HBR Blog Network
- Dear C-Suite, we don’t do training, Dan Pontefract, CLO Magazine
- The tragedy of L&D, Nick Shackleton-Jones
- Conversation and collaboration: the next generation of working practices, Wired
- An “All You Can Eat” College Degree Could Be The Future Of Higher Education, Fast Co-Exist
- The Top 10 Workplace Trends Of 2013, Dan Schawbel, Forbes
- Technology and change, Euan Semple
- The science of storytelling: how narrative cuts through distraction like nothing else, Fast Co-Create
- The age of social products, HBR
- Gartner: Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2014, Forbes
- How to Build Effective Online Learning Communities, Edudemic
- eLearning: From the enclosure to the global learning commons, David Price, elearn Magazine
- L&D: Get into the Enterprise Social Conversation, the work social
- MOOCs will ultimately play a transformational role, Stephen Downes
- Does technology improve employee engagement? Dion Hinchcliffe, ZDNet
- Introducing Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) to a Corporate Audience, Eric Kammerer, Learning Solutions Magazine
- Big Data – bums on seats measures wrong end of learner, Donald Clark
- The simplest way to know what everyone’s doing at work, FastCompany
The team at eFront and TalentLMS have got together to create a FREE elearning eBook to download on everything anyone needed to know about elearning! This ‘eLearning 101’ book covers all important and relevant concepts, trends and applications of elearning.
People new to elearning will appreciate the first chapters which define elearning, describe best practices, goes over the basics on learning platforms, and online courses – how to make elearning effective and the tools that help you to do so.
Those more familiar with the basic concepts will find a wealth of information on current elearning trends which shape and define eLearning now, and in the near and distant future. Topics covered include: social and collaborative learning, blended learning, gamification, micro-learning, video learning, rapid elearning, personalization and elearning, and continuous learning.
Final chapters explore applications of elearning in customer service, sales training, safety training, customer training, IT training, healthcare training and product training.
This eBook will be updated from time to time so if you have any suggestions for chapters you’d like to see please do let us know! And happy reading!
Open Education Resources: Innovation for Development
Faculty of Education
13 July 2013
Dr. K. Balasubramanian
When the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University -DEOL Office conducted a study on different open-source LMS solutions to deliver education to a wide range of students around the globe – eFront came out on top. They decided that in terms of cost savings and ease of use and control, eFront was the best tool to use in engaging online distance learning.
Here’s what they had to say about implementing eFront:
“Among LMS solutions, eFront takes the lead in terms of integration with the corporate and educational environment. The overall implementation of the JBLFMU – ODL was successful and delivered on time and with beneficial results. The primary benefit is that all online courses provided by the school can now be delivered and accessed by all concerned. Instructors are now more adept at developing digital course content and have learned how to set, mark and record student progress online.” They added, “eFront is professionally supported and designed to last. It is always reliable because someone is regularly available on hand if something does go wrong.”
For more on this customer story, and the successful implementation of eFront for education, check this out!
So you’ve gone through the steps of creating a podcast series and you have your first recording in hand. It’s now time to edit and publish your podcast for a professional result!
Two things must be done before you begin:
First, use AoA Audio Extractor to extract your file from GoToMeeting (or other recording tool) & convert to “WAV”. Note: if your recording tool allows you to export your file automatically to “WAV” you can skip the first step.
Step 1: Convert your file to “WAV”
- Extract ‘video’ files (those obtained from GoToMeeting, i.e. the podcasters recording) & convert to audio using Audio Extractor (AoA)
- Click add files, choose file
- Output options: check export “to WAV”
Step 2: Familiarize yourself with Audacity by visiting any of the following
- Audacity Quick Help (should be installed locally, internet version if it isn’t)
- Audacity Manual (should be installed locally, internet version if it isn’t)
- Audacity Wiki (the latest tips, tricks and tutorials, on the internet)
- Audacity Forum (ask your question directly, on the internet)
Once you have a basic idea of how to navigate Audacity (it’s quite intuitive so if you’re a hands-on person you won’t need much time to get the hang of it) it’s time to ‘organize’ your audio files.
Generally a podcast is composed of the following:
- General intro with music [file]
- Introducing the speaker [record this in advance]
- Speaker’s response to greeting
- Host asking 1st question / 2nd / 3rd / 4th etc. [steps 4 & 5 repeat]
- Speaker’s answer
- After final answer, Host’s concluding remark [record this in advance]
- Speaker’s response to closing remark
- Host’s concluding remark [record this in advance]
- General closing with music [file]
With this organization in mind, open Audacity and start to import your files. The following approach will take you step-by-step through the process of importing and editing your audio files using Audacity.
Use Audacity to import audio files & edit
- Go to File > Import > Audio > Import WAV file (podcast recording only to start with)
- Import Intro WAV
- Place the intro where it should be (drag it)
- Listen to raw file (recording) and delete (cut) what won’t be included in the final podcast
- You can re-record host questions and insert them if you are not happy with recording quality. If doing so cut the questions out of the raw file
- If you have imported questions (step 5), insert where they should be
- Import closing and insert where it should be
- When you’re done with first edit (see below) click: File > Save project as > & copy selected audio into project
- Save projects regularly so that you can go back to an earlier edit if you need to
Editing sound quality using Audacity
- To increase or decrease volume: use mute/ solo
- To delete background noise: select noise profile (a selected “quiet” part – i.e. a flat line -of the recording that contains ONLY the noise you want to delete) > effect > noise removal > “get noise profile”
- To apply noise profile to a section of recording (to remove that noise) you must select the whole section and apply profile: effect > noise removal > OK
When finished to save your edited podcast:
- Go to: File > export either as WAV or MP3
With your edited WAV or MP3 files, you can upload your podcast to your blog and share widely through your social networks!
If you have any questions or podcast recording/editing suggestions please share them with us in comments!
In the meantime, happy podcasting ~@rgogos