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Making Your E-Learning Lessons Meaningful

1338212_30238506.jpgBefore we get started with today’s post, I want to ask one quick question….

How many of you have ever taken the time to ask your friends or colleagues about their experiences with E-Learning?

If the answer is “never,” then I highly recommend that you do just that.

Why?  Well, because chances are good that you will be amazed at their answers.

See, the other day I had this great conversation with a good friend of mine about just this topic.  When he asked me about my E-Learning projects, I excitedly shared all of the different things that I am working on right now.

So imagine my surprise when he responded with an adamant, “I hate when I have to do those things! They are nothing but busy work!(more…)

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Five Ways to Get Users to Your Online Courses

access-cable-connect-internet-network-icon.pngThere are numerous ways you can get users to your Online E-Learning Courses inside the Weblearning E-Learning System. In this article, I will show you 5 ways.

1. Send them an Invitation

The invitation mechanism inside your Weblearning E-Learning System account is very capable. You can use it to both send invitations, and track who has / has not yet been invited. (more…)

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10 Helpful Tips for Using PowerPoint for E-Learning

helpful_tips_image.jpgWe all know that PowerPoint is an amazing tool in the world of E-Learning software.  It allows us to connect directly with users, as well as share our message in a wholly unique and fully customizable way.  But, as with any tool, there are good ways (and therefore not-so-good ways) to use it.

So today, in hopes of helping you to solve the PowerPoint puzzle, I’d like to share a few tips that have worked for me along the way.  Nothing too fancy, just a great place to start when it comes to building presentations of your own!

1. Keep it Simple

Let’s face it…PowerPoint is fun!  It’s packed with all of these happy little features that let you make your slides move, bounce and shimmy to the beat of your favorite music.

The problem with this is that all those extras can detract from your message.  Users will spend their time focused on the fun instead of the lesson you are trying to teach.  Simple slides may seem boring, but they are the best way to deliver a targeted and tailored E-Learning experience.

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Great Ways to Prevent Cheating on Online Quizzes

imgres.jpgDelivering Online Quizzes is becoming more and more common, so here are 5 great ways to help prevent cheating and ensure the user answers are their own.

Shuffle the Question Order

This is a no-brain-er. By doing this, you make sure that passing the quiz is not a simple list of letters (like 1-a, 2-c, 3-b, 4-b, etc). Most quiz authoring software (including our Weblearning E-Learning System as well as our Online Quiz Maker System) enable you to do this.

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How To Enable Pause and Resume on Your Online Quizzes

One of the benefits of authoring your online quizzes inside your Weblearning E-Learning System (as opposed to using quizzes from some other source) is the ability for your users to pause the online quiz and then resume the quiz at a later date. In this article I’m going to show you how easy it is to enable the Pause/Resume feature on one or all of your online quizzes just by adding one line of CSS.

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Create E-Learning with Instant Feedback Questions

A relatively unknown (but useful) feature in the Weblearning Training Management System the ability to include quiz questions (currently multiple-option, true/false and yes/no) inside your authored learning presentations – which adds interactivity to your learning materials.

When you include questions inside presentations however, the operate a bit differently than they do inside of an online quiz.

First, when your user first encounters a question inside a learning presentation, the navigation buttons will be disabled – thereby forcing them to choose an answer to the question.

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3 Ways to Get Users to Your Online Quizzes

Here is a short video that shows 3 easy ways to get your users to your online quizzes using Online Quiz Maker.

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Online Quiz Maker
is a budget-friendly, easy-to-use Online Quiz Maker system. To get a FREE account, go to the Online Quiz Maker Sign-up Form. You may also be interested in the Online Quiz Maker for Schools system.

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Add Live Chat to Your Online Courses

image1.jpgThe Chat plug-in for the Weblearning E-Learning System enables you to integrate a live chat room directly into your Weblearning courses where you (the Course Admin or Instructor) can chat in real-time with your users. The chat room itself can be utilized in multiple ways – simply chatting with users, answering question in real time, administering online oral exams, or enhancing the overall distance-learning experience.

In this article I’ll show you how to integrate the most basic form of the chat room plug-in into one of your courses (there are multiple ways to integrate the chat room, for more information on the different methods you can use with this plug-in please refer to the plug-in documentation).

To get started let’s take a look at how you can access the chat plugin in your account that will allow you to chat with your users, configure the chat settings, and view the plug-in documentation.

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How to Extract Text from Images so You Can Edit the Text

I can’t tell you how many times I have come across this scenario: Our users have content as a PDF, or as Images, but not the source document so they can edit it. They essentially have to re-enter all the text – yikes!

Well, here is a handy tip to save you (and them) the grief. (more…)

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Importance of Usability in E-Learning

usability.gifUsability is a very important thing to take into account when designing your e-learning content (says ‘captain obvious’). No really, have you looked around? This simple principle has seemingly escaped the attention of many e-learning offerings (I suppose in exchange for the “let’s just get something out there” mentality).

One of the best resources on web usability standards (and you are creating e-learning for the web, right?) is a site called useit.com and I urge anyone interested in this topic to visit this site.

The ultimate goal is to enable the same online learning presentations, online quizzes or study guides to be used by anyone in your target audience. Online learning presentations and online quizzes have to accommodate for this diversity to create a pleasant experience for all users. With mLearning now in the mix, consideration for all kinds of devices (in all shapes and sizes) needs to come into play. (more…)

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Create Shuffled Printed Quizzes using Online Quiz Maker

Here is a short video that shows how to quickly create shuffled printed quizzes using Online Quiz Maker.

Online Quiz Maker is a budget-friendly, easy-to-use Online Quiz Maker system. To get a FREE account,  go to the Online Quiz Maker Sign-up Form. You may also be interested in the Online Quiz Maker for Schools system.

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Checklist for Choosing the right Learning Management System

checklist.jpgAre you considering purchasing a Learning Management System (LMS) for your company?

Here is a sample RFP you can use:
Click here to download the LMS RFP Sample (PDF) 

Looking for something more basic?

Here are some tips or a “checklist” of things you may want to consider. Please feel free to provide suggestions to add to the list in comments.

#1. Do your “Due Diligence”
More features usually means more complexity – What level of complexity can you handle? Are you technical enough to use the features?
__ Did you identify your core current needs or requirements for your LMS?
__ Did you identify your future needs? (see scalability below)
__ Which features are “need to have” versus “nice to have”? (more…)

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Simple Tips for Designing E-Learning Courses

helpful_tips_image.jpgHere are ten e-learning design tips, in no particular order, that will help you build better, more engaging and more effective e-learning courses and content (and if you have your own suggestion to add to the list, please place in the comments).

There are literally hundreds of tips I can give you (mostly from our Weblearning E-Learning System customers), but I am going to break it up into several articles so each article doesn’t turn into a novel. I have also re-worded some tips (some tips were originally several paragraphs long).

KISS
Keep it simple. Too many bells & whistles will cloud the message you are trying to convey, and also add development and testing time to your schedule.

Keep It Small
If your course is longer than 15 minutes, break it up into 15 minute chunks. (more…)

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Weblearning Design Editor Tips

In the Weblearning E-Learning System, you will see the Design Editor (aka the Rich Text Editor) all over the system – you use it to enter quiz questions and presentation slides, course layout designs, response pages, and more.

Chances are, you have used it to do simple markup such as bold-ing the some text, changing the font size, and perhaps even changing a color or two. However, there is quite a bit more you can do with this editor (actually too much to mention in a single article).

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Printing Quizzes with Online Quiz Maker

The Online part of Online Quiz Maker has a double meaning.

First, it means you can create “Online Quizzes” – that can be delivered to your users or students online. But it also means that you use it online (as in, there is no software to install – you access it from your web browser on your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, or Android phone or tablet).

Therefore, it may not be obvious that you can use Online Quiz Maker to create really nice printed quizzes as well! In this article, I am going to show you how. (more…)

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Delivering Quiz Questions in Sequence in Weblearning

Many times, you may shuffle your question order so each learner gets the questions in a different order (or perhaps even randomize the picks so they get different questions, too). This approach goes a long way towards preventing memorization and cheating.

However, there are also times when you may want to make sure you deliver questions (and slides) in a specific order – and that is what I will be discussing in this article.

When you enter in questions or slides into your Weblearning account, each question is given a ‘random’ sequence number (you will not find any ‘sequence number’ data filed on the question entry form).

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