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New Features Coming in Axis LMS 10.4

Axis LMSWe here at Atrixware are currently preparing for the next version release of Axis LMS, which is promising to be one of the most innovative so far.

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.

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Import Training Management Data Quick and Easy

training management importHere 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.

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Manage Users Effectively in Axis LMS


LMS UsersOver time, its possible that not all of your users are going to be regularly accessing the system. Axis LMS has implemented different states for your users: Active and Inactive.

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

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Axis LMS UserConnect Social Site

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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.

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Learning Management System E-Commerce

Learning Management System imageDo 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

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Automating Online Training in Axis LMS

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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

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Using Axis Learning Management Systems to Track Training Videos

Axis Learning Management Systems ImageTraining 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

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Top 5 Benefits of a Learning Management System

lms-flowIf you have been involved in training for any length of time, chances are you are aware of some of the benefits of an LMS.

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.

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4 Keys to Effectively Evaluating you E-Learning Initiatives

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

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The Balancing Act – Time Management and E-Learning

Time 3Lately 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

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E-Learning Designs that POP! The Visual Aspect of Training

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.

Here’s why: Continue reading E-Learning Designs that POP! The Visual Aspect of Training

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Key eLearning Statistics for 2015

photo 2I 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.

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Taking Your E-Learning Social

light-bulb-1433914-sThe 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

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Learning Management System Prices

money_bagI’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.

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Free Wi-Fi For Everyone!

signal.pngSounds 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!

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The Common Core Debate

apple-on-the-desk-1428611-m.jpgAs 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.

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Applying Gameification to E-Learning

1206962_theatre_seats.jpgThe 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

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Flipping the K-12 Model?

1275249_study_table.jpgThe 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?

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Participant Analysis: Matching Your Audience in E-Learning

1395767_agreement_survey_scale_1.jpgOne of the topics we have spent quite a bit of time talking about around here is participants. Namely, learning how to keep your focus on your participants and create initiatives that clearly meet their needs.  This sounds great!  There’s only one problem.

How do you do it?

How do you find that perfect mix that not only fulfills the needs of the organization, but also matches with what your audience prefers and wants?  Tough questions for sure, but I think I may have an answer. Continue reading Participant Analysis: Matching Your Audience in E-Learning

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Games Based Learning in the E-Learning World

188636_monopoli.jpgOkay, I have a story to tell.  It’s one I’m not particularly proud of, but it’s mine nonetheless and I’m going to own it.

A few weeks ago my niece was begging me to play Monopoly with her.  You all know the game.  The seemingly never-end game made up of endless trips around the board and ill fated hopes that you can either hit it rich or go ahead and end the misery by landing on Boardwalk and handing everything you own to the player on your left. Continue reading Games Based Learning in the E-Learning World

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E-Learning … When Does the Lesson Begin?

944126_coils_1.jpgA few weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit down with a brand new client and discuss new training initiatives within their organization.

The goal was to create a training program for their 1st level supervisors to improve leadership skills and increase retention rates for entry level employees.

Sounds fairly straight forward. Right? Continue reading E-Learning … When Does the Lesson Begin?

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3 Types of Writing for Effective E-Learning

1368361_reading_book.jpgOne of the things that pops up time and time again when talking about E-Learning is the topic of effective writing. Namely, what does effective writing look like?

It seems like a simple question, but the answer is not as easy as one might think.  Why? Because the idea of effective is extremely subjective. Not only that, but what may be effective in one situation would be completely inappropriate in another. Continue reading 3 Types of Writing for Effective E-Learning

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Three Top Mobile Learning Resources

1225930_mobile_phone_1.jpgWhen I hear the words “mobile learning” my ears instantly perk up. No matter what the conversation, no matter what the topic, all it takes is that one little phrase and suddenly you have my full and complete attention.

Why?

For a few reasons. For starters, mobile learning is and will continue to be the next big thing in E-Learning. This is the buzz word of the year and the trend may well continue into next year. We all know this. And this is one of the main reasons why I am always so interested to key into any chatter around the topic. Continue reading Three Top Mobile Learning Resources

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Addressing the Growing Generation Gap in Relation to E-Learning

759889_eye_see_you.jpgLast week I had the chance to partake in one of my favorite parts of my job….meeting with a new client.  See, one of the perks of what I do is that everyday has the opportunity to bring something new and different to the table.  It’s something I love and something I look forward to.

This particular client wanted to discuss the use of E-Learning and mobile learning to roll out targeted training options for their workforce.

My favorite subject! Continue reading Addressing the Growing Generation Gap in Relation to E-Learning

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Creating Effective E-Learning Outcomes

1319069_the_door.jpgI have a question.  When you sit down to create a new E-Learning initiative, where do you start? At the beginning? Or at the end?

The knee jerk reaction is to say, “of course I start at the beginning!”

But today I want to look at things a bit differently.  I want us to start thinking in terms of outcomes, and creating E-Learning initiatives that fulfill business needs. Continue reading Creating Effective E-Learning Outcomes

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5 Tips for Effective Mobile Learning

237801_mob5_3.jpgWhen we think of mobile learning we tend to get a picture of the commuter working their way through the morning train ride, and while this is accurate, there is so much more to mobile learning.

For the first time ever we have a platform that allows users to maximize their time and find the moments that work best for their own unique needs.

It’s really a simple equation: Continue reading 5 Tips for Effective Mobile Learning

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Factoring in Organizational Culture in E-Learning

815492_computer_frustration.jpgRecently, I was speaking to a colleague who was just about ready to throw in the E-learning towel.

They had, in their own words, done everything “right.”  Meaning that their initiative was well thought out, carefully planned in coordination with proven adult learning theories and executed perfectly.

The only problem was that it wasn’t working.   Hence the whole “throw in the towel” portion of the conversation.

Why aren’t they getting it?“  “Why isn’t it working?“  And, my personal favorite, “what did I do wrong?”

All good questions.  But, as we soon found out, none of them directly addressed the issue at hand. Continue reading Factoring in Organizational Culture in E-Learning

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Beware the Lemming: The Most Destructive Trends in E-Learning

1173214_hamster.jpgFirst off, let me ask you this.  Does anyone know what a lemming is?  Well, I’d be happy to enlighten you!  See a lemming is a small rodent type creature that has a tendency towards mass suicide.  It works like this.  When the population gets too large, lemmings will throw themselves off cliffs in huge numbers.  It just takes one to get things started and then this seemingly never ending wave of tiny rodents voluntarily tosses themselves down into the sea.  It’s one of those things that is horrifyingly interesting to watch.

So here’s the question.  How could lemmings possibly relate to E-Learning?  Continue reading Beware the Lemming: The Most Destructive Trends in E-Learning

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Top 3 Signs of a Learning Mind

I had some time to think recently about what makes learning initiatives, specifically E-Learning, 544853_question_mark.jpgsuccessful.

Is it the content? Is it the presentation?  Is it the instructor?  Is it all the pretty pictures we throw in there?

I think that yes, it’s a bit of all of these things.

But, I propose that it is also something more.   Continue reading Top 3 Signs of a Learning Mind

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Top 10 Ideas to Expand Your Learning

1266360_sparkler.jpgAs part of wrapping things up last year, we looked at some of the best free learning tools out there.  A sort of looking back on the year and hitting the high points so to speak.

Now a few months into the new year, I am more than ready to move forward and greet this year with everything I have.

Want to come with me?  Awesome!  Then let’s go check out what might just be 10 great ways to expand your learning.

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