Axis LMS can offer a tremendous amount of utility for your company, and one of the most evident examples of this is the built in website designer. Both the Account Website and System Website give you the opportunity to show off your products, your philosophies, and your company as a whole.
One of the most popular design choices for company websites is to incorporate videos, both promotional and informational advertisements. Depending on the layout you’ve chosen for your pages, how you weave these videos into the site may differ, but there are 3 primary methods: Resource Libraries, Articles, and stand-alone videos.
While videos can certainly be tracked and required to watch as part of training, this article will discuss the various ways you can incorporate videos that do not need to be viewed as part of training.
In any industry, customer service should be considered a direct extension of your product. If you are ‘selling’ your training to customers (either solely, or as an additional function of your LMS), providing good service is paramount to customer satisfaction.
Before any money has been exchanged, the buyer has already formed an opinion on the quality of service they’re likely to receive; and those companies with better customer service are more likely to attract and retain repeat customers.
We encourage you to take full advantage of all the Axis LMS features that will assist you in providing responsive service to your LMS users. Continue reading Providing Responsive Service to Your LMS Users
Axis LMS includes the ability to set up competency programs for your employees. By incorporating competencies, you’ll be able to create structured learning paths and required online course completions for employees, enabling you to evaluate skill sets across your organization.
Using the competencies feature, you create learning paths where employees need to pass multiple courses in order to be considered competent in a certain skill set. Upon completion of the competency requirements, they are awarded a certificate of completion.
With competencies, you can decide how your employees access the content.
While creating the competency, you’ll be able to enforce participation and completion requirements such as creating ‘elective’ courses a user can choose from within a select group of courses, what courses are required, and in what order employees are able to complete these courses. Continue reading LMS Competency Programs in Axis LMS
Are you looking to have a certificate display to your LMS trainees after they spend a certain amount of time in a course? Do you want unlock access to new learning content on a daily or weekly basis? These scenarios (and more) are possible within Axis LMS.
There are many ways to control how users access content.
For example, you can limit when each content module is able to be taken, how much time users have to spend in a particular module, and even the amount of time they need to spend on a slide before moving to the next. You can also set up your course to require a proctor to be present in order to access certain content.
Do you have a Google Calendar you currently want to share with your users within your LMS? Would you like to share important dates with your users but don’t want to use the built in Axis LMS calendar? Now you can embed your Google calendar into different areas of Axis LMS with ease.
Google’s Calendar is an exceptionally versatile, intuitive tool, and if you have a gmail account, your calendar is just waiting to be used.
When implemented in conjunction with Axis LMS, you can eliminate redundancy, and consolidate to one calendar to share with all of your users. Take full advantage of all the different assets that your gmail account provides you with, and explore the how Axis LMS allows you to integrate them directly into your system. Continue reading Integrating Google Calendars into Axis LMS
Most LMS admins are already familiar with the staples: banners, icons and thumbnails. But your LMS system is capable of so much more – by weaving CSS into Axis LMS, your online courses will have a certain flair to them that your learners won’t forget.
Your Online Courses should be a reflection of your Company. Make a statement; be bold; stand out. Continue reading Give Online Courses in Your LMS a Wow Factor
There are several ways that you are able to sell online courses via subscriptions, but overall, you can use the ‘Other Products’ (found in the ShoppingCart) to create these. You have the ability to offer subscriptions to individual courses, or to the system — enabling your customers access to multiple courses for a certain amount of time you define.
Additionally, you don’t have to create the same course with different lengths of time.
You can create multiple ‘Other Products’ and use the product triggers to enroll or extend the user into the same course for a certain amount of days. Continue reading Sell Online Courses via Subscriptions with Axis LMS
Using this type of learning object, you can mix presentation slides with questions, which trainees must answer correctly to progress through the exercise.
With immediate feedback, it’s more about delivering some information on a topic, and then testing your trainees understanding of that information as they progress. Continue reading Set up Immediate Feedback for your LMS Quizzes
One of the sets of portal widgets you can add in Axis LMS is Library Widgets. These widgets can be placed in both the learning portal website (for your users to view) and the account website (for visitors to view).
With the library widgets, you can easily provide your users with different reference libraries. These libraries can consist of Audio, document and video files. You can also add a full resource library that will list multiple resource types in a single view.
There are a couple different things that you can do to make these resources your own. You have the ability to assign a specific icon as well as a description to each item in the library. Optionally, you can show the listing as tiles or as a list, and whether or not to display a search bar to filter the displayed results. Continue reading Building a Resource Library in Axis LMS
Scheduled LMS Reports enable you to set up reports to be emailed or saved as a document at regular intervals. After these reports are scheduled, you can run them at will, temporarily disable the report, or remove it entirely.
One of the great things about scheduled lms reports is that you have control over what fields appear in the report. You can choose from any of the user profile fields (including the 15 customizable ones), as well as course data such as progress, average and time spent in the course. They also have similar filter settings like the lms course reports do.
With scheduled lms reports you can use the email settings to specify who you would like these automatic reports to be sent to. This may come in handy if you have specific people in charge of certain users or to send reminders to the admin. Continue reading Automating and Customizing Axis LMS Reports
Many would argue that a three question quiz should not carry as much weight as a one hundred question, end-of-course final. By using tools built right into Axis LMS, you can give each of your quizzes and modules a numeric value to determine how much it should advance a user in their course.
In short – you can make your end-of-course exam worth 20% of the entire course; while your short quizzes are worth far less.
In fact, you can go a step further; any content you consider ‘optional’ or ‘practice’ can be added to a course, and carry no weight whatsoever.
This allows your users to take on additional training before confronting the heavily valued finals, without forcing your other user (who don’t need the training) to have their progress hindered. Continue reading LMS Progress and Score Weights
For example, it can be as simple as issuing an LMS certificate when a learner passes a quiz, or linked to a completion of a training course, or, an achievement of a skill which involves participation in various learning courses.
Axis LMS addresses these different scenarios by providing you with several highly customizable LMS certificates: Quiz, Course, and Curriculum (or Competency) LMS certificates (and, a 4th type not discussed – Certification LMS Certificates, will be available as of Axis LMS 10.4 – relates to the world of Continuing Education and CEU’s).
LMS Certificates can be used either independently, or in conjunction with each other.
Axis LMS already has a huge assortment of different tools and features – but the upcoming release, version 10.4, is going to see those tools expanded even further.
If you’re already an Axis LMS user, you’ll be struck immediately by the interface improvements. After the foundation that version 10.3 laid out with its visual unification, Axis LMS 10.4 has re-organized the admin interface to capitalize and polish any lose threads.
By combining similar topics under one unifying theme, Axis LMS 10.4 has reduced the total number of tabs.
Here at Atrixware, we are always looking for ways to make it easy for you to share training management data across multiple systems, though both automated mechanisms (such as API), and through the use of spreadsheets. Axis LMS provides several different tools needed to import a variety of data
By using the User Import, you’re able to bring in user account data into Axis LMS.
Whether it be a call list, employee records, or users from a previous system; the User Import provides each user with standard fields, such as phone and email address, as well as 15 customizable fields that can flex to work with your data.
While a user is Inactive, they cannot interact or log into the system, but you (as the admin) can continue to access their report information and user account information – especially useful for historical records or compliance audits. As the admin, you may also continue to pull up any certifications they have earned while they were active.
By contrast, Active state allows for the user to interact with the system. Active users can login to the system, enroll into courses, and participate in course activities. Active users also have access to UserConnect, Forums, and Messaging (if you have enabled these features). As the admin, you also retain all the functionality you have for Inactive users, and a whole lot more.
An important difference regarding the user states is that Inactive users are always unlimited, and do not count towards the billable user count. You can use the tools and resources in Axis LMS to better manage your Active users — deactivating users that no longer need to be active, and therefore keeping your Active user count in check. Continue reading Manage Users Effectively in Axis LMS
UserConnect gives your users the ability to post, share, chat & collaborate privately with other users that they are connected to.
Each user has their own feed page and their own “My Page” complete with banner and avatar, similar to other public social sites.
With UserConnect, users can chat (instant message) with other users they are connected with when online. Axis LMS users and managers can also create private or public communities for membership driven conversations and dialog.
Your users can even get recognition on UserConnect as they complete courses in the Axis LMS system.
All of this is available privately to those in your organization.
Do you already sell your training content? Have you been thinking about expanding your market space? By leveraging the ability to sell over 1,500 pre-built online courses (the Content Library), you are able to do just that! You can easily add the pre-created content from the library to your system and then sell it for as much or as little as you want.
The best part about selling the pre-built content is that you only get billed for what your users actually use (and have purchased) — thereby eliminating all risk! You can even combine the modules from the pre-built content with your own content to make more robust courses. Continue reading Learning Management System E-Commerce
The ultimate goal of many trainers is to reach the pinnacle point where they can be completely hands off, allowing their LMS to automate both the user life cycle, and all of administrative necessities; such as reporting.
For most companies, cutting labor costs is associated with this scenario. For companies that sell training through an LMS, boosting profits is an added benefit – especially when introducing automated email messages alerting trainees when they need to re-certify or re-enroll into a course to obtain their certificate or CEU credits.
While this may be more or less attainable depending on your business model, by utilizing the many different tools within Axis LMS, you may be able to reach the point where you can spend your time elsewhere – letting the LMS automate most of the tasks. Continue reading Automating Online Training in Axis LMS
Training videos are a great way to deliver on-demand training inside learning management systems, and for just about every video host and formatting option, Axis LMS has a solution. By using the ‘Video’ Module available in Axis, you can successfully integrate Youtube, Amazon S3, Vimeo, and Internally hosted videos, among others. In fact, as long as your video host is able to provide an embed code, Axis LMS can deliver just about any web-safe video.
Delivery won’t be a problem with Axis LMS, but you will want to consider several different factors when you’re having your video developed.
Is your video engaging?
If your user doesn’t have interest within 15 seconds, then they’re not likely to (willingly) stick around for the remainder.
Are your learning management systems users mostly mobile?
You will want to stay away from long videos, and Flash videos for use inside learning management systems (and really, anywhere at all). Continue reading Using Axis Learning Management Systems to Track Training Videos
However, there are a surprising number of organizations that have either resisted implementing a Learning Management System, or, are unaware of the vast benefits an LMS provides – both financially, as well as in its effectiveness for managing training and learning.
One can certainly craft a list of dozens if not a hundred realized benefits they have experienced once they implemented an LMS for their organization. For our purposes, here are a few of the most common benefits that nearly all organizations will experience.
The other day I had the chance to sit down for a bit with an old colleague. We spent some time reminiscing about the old days and I was excited to hear that he is still with the company and enjoying what he does. Then came the fun part.
He asked about what I was doing now. What was I up to after all this time?
My friends let me tell you, I love getting this question! Continue reading 4 Keys to Effectively Evaluating you E-Learning Initiatives
Lately I have had the opportunity to meet with and talk with several of my peers from the eLearning world. We spent some time talking shop and going over all the up’s and down’s of what we do each day while also sharing about some of the more exciting projects we’ve had over the years. That was the fun part! I always love to hear about how other people work and what they are working on at any given time. But what really stuck out to me during these conversations was the fact that each person I talked with admitted to struggling with the same issue……time.
Specifically, how do I manage my time effectively? Continue reading The Balancing Act – Time Management and E-Learning
Recently I was asked by a good friend of mine to help review one of their new courses. The project was for an important client and they wanted to make sure they had everything exactly right before they submitted.
As someone who has been there before I was only too happy to help. I opened up the file and started working my way through only to find my mind wandering. It didn’t matter what I did, I couldn’t focus on what I was reading. That’s a problem my friends. In fact, it is one of the biggest red flags I look for when I am editing and reviewing content.
I love the looks I get from people when I tell them what I do for a living. It’s kind of a blank, yet knowing stare, mixed with a head nod that clearly says “Oh! You’re a writer.”
Then, when I add eLearning into the mix I tend to lose them completely. Why? Because in truth most people outside of the eLearning industry have no idea what it really looks like to make a career out of writing content and teaching others via technology.
The other day I had the chance to attend the monthly meeting of a local professional group. This is not a group I belong to, but I know several of the members and they were hoping to learn more about eLearning and how they could utilize it within their organizations. And, since I love getting the chance to share what I do with a captive audience, I was thrilled to volunteer my time and share my heart at their very well catered luncheon.
So, when the time came I hopped up to a smattering of applause and headed up front to give my talk. It went great! The audience was receptive, the questions were thoughtful and you could literally hear a pin drop throughout the room as they listened to every word I had to share. Continue reading Taking Your E-Learning Social
I’ve just read the most recent report from Tagoras regarding the Learning Management System market, and I thought it would be a good way to highlight some of the benefits of the Axis LMS.
The report was based on the responses of 20 LMS vendors, and it has some interesting (and quite honestly, a bit shocking) stats pertaining to average LMS costings that I thought I’d share:
The average first year cost for a Learning Management System ranges from:
- $22,376 for 500 users
- to $70,857 for unlimited usage
Across 3 years the costs averaged out at:
- $43,889 for 500 users
- $165,286 for unlimited usage
I found it interesting to read these statistics and compare them with our own product (Axis LMS) to see where we sit in comparison.
A typical nicely-configured 500-user system currently runs about $10,000/year, making it about $30,000 for a 3-year period (so the Axis LMS is $14,000 less than the 3-year average).
A typical nicely-configured Axis unlimited user LMS system runs about $25,000/year, making it about $75,000 for a 3-year period (so the Axis LMS is $90,000 less than the 3-year average).
If you are currently shopping for a Learning Management System, I suppose the LMS prices above do not shock you and/or are exactly what you are experiencing as you request price information from potential LMS vendors. However, as someone who doesn’t actively shop for Learning Management Systems, these numbers came as a complete shock to me. I realized that the Axis LMS was more budget-friendly than most other LMS systems, but really had no idea that the difference was so large.
I am hoping that the large savings may encourage you to consider the Axis LMS as a potential fit for your organization if you are currently in the market for an LMS.
Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?
Well not in Osaka, Japan. According to their tourist info site, Osaka is officially Wi-Fi enabled city-wide. It’s funny to think how two non-words linked together can bring us so much joy (especially when preceded by everybody’s favorite word: Free!), but we all know it’s more than just that polysyllabic title that means so much to us: behind the word Wi-Fi is access to the world beyond our own backyard. Continue reading Free Wi-Fi For Everyone!
As most of you may know, I tend to spend a good deal of time making my way around the Internet researching the latest and greatest that E-Learning has to offer. The point is two fold. First, I enjoy it. Second, it allows me to keep up with the industry as a whole while also learning about any key or trending issues. And right now there is a huge issue that is dominating the world of education. Want to know the biggest issue in education?
I bet you can guess.
The way we learn is outdated. There! I said it. Don’t agree with me? Then let’s talk about it.
My personnel argument begins way back in college. (Okay, not toooooo far back, but you get the picture.) There was a psychology class I had to take if I wanted to graduate. Not something I was excited about, but there was no way around it.
So I made out my schedule and soon found myself all lined up with 47 other students who were ready, well maybe not ready but certainly willing, to learn right along with me. Why does the number matter? Because that made a total of 48 of us all spread out over a classroom that often doubled as an auditorium. Continue reading Applying Gameification to E-Learning
The other day I was hanging out at a friend’s house and noticed their high schooler didn’t budge from the kitchen table the entire time I was there. Never having seen any teenager sit still for that long I couldn’t help but go over and see what was going on.
It didn’t take long for me to find the problem. Homework. Bleh.
As soon as I sat down the kid looked up at me with glazed eyes that told me nothing they were reading was sinking in. There was no retention going on. None. In that moment it was all about getting it done as fast as possible so they never had to think about it again. Continue reading Flipping the K-12 Model?