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The Benefits of eLearning for Business

By BL Snodgrass on Sep 4, 2019 2:51:45 PM

The potential benefits to a business using eLearning are big, from saving money, time and increasing effectiveness to providing continuous reference materials to employees, and increasing the reach of your training program.

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Product Update: August 2019

By BL Snodgrass on Aug 15, 2019 2:59:14 PM

 

New Checklist Feature - Including A New Checklist Completion Report!

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Do You Need a New Course Authoring Tool?

By BL Snodgrass on Aug 2, 2019 1:31:49 PM

If you’ve been reading our eLearning authoring tool reviews (iSpring, Lectora Inspire, Storyline 3 ), you may be thinking you need a new authoring product. You may even think that using a new authoring tool will better engage learners, and result in better retention and satisfaction with the learning experience.

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On-The-Job Training Just Got Better

By C Prah on Jul 19, 2019 1:18:45 PM

Sometimes online training is not the best way to ensure employees have mastered specific procedures or tasks associated with their job requirements. On-the-job training can be a better option - if the employee needs to demonstrate mastery of safety precautions when using heavy equipment, or if an employee needs to show mastery of a specific technique used to evaluate specimens in lab setting.

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Microlearning vs. Macrolearning - Which Is Better?

By BL Snodgrass on Jul 5, 2019 3:33:40 PM

Are you wondering if microlearning is right for your organization? Or is it macrolearning that is better?

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eLearning Authoring Review: iSpring

By BL Snodgrass on Jun 26, 2019 7:00:00 AM

iSpring Suite is a standalone course authoring toolkit that is an add-on to PowerPoint. Pricing starts at $770 for a lifetime license, with functional add-ons at an additional cost, like a content library, cloud service for collaboration, rapid response support and regular upgrades. Because it is a desktop product, it requires a maintenance plan to get regular upgrades. It also requires the purchase of a PowerPoint license to use the product.

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eLearning Authoring Review: Trivantis Lectora Inspire

By BL Snodgrass on Jun 19, 2019 10:22:55 AM

Trivantis Lectora Inspire is desktop eLearning authoring software package that ranks at the top of authoring tools. Lectora Inspire, which at first glance, is a relatively pricey authoring tool (begins at $2595 for an annual license + maintenance) is one of the best desktop tools available. It has a robust set of features that will meet your authoring needs well into the future - evolving as your needs change, but is also easy enough for newbies to get up and running quickly. And of course, Lectora Inspire produces AICC/SCORM compliant courses - so you can use them in any AICC/SCORM compliant LMS.

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eLearning Authoring Review: Storyline 3

By BL Snodgrass on Jun 14, 2019 1:05:17 PM

One of the best eLearning authoring tools on the market, and also one of the most popular, is Articulate Storyline. The latest release is Storyline 3 – the standalone product, or Articulate 360 – a suite of web products that includes Storyline 360. The products have almost the same features, so your selection will likely be based on other factors.

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Benefits of an LMS & How To Know if You Need One?

By BL Snodgrass on Jun 7, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Did you know that approximately 40 percent of US organizations report that they have an LMS? According to the market research firm Markets and Markets, the LMS industry will grow by 19.8% compounded annual growth rate between now and 2023. So, what exactly is a learning management system anyway? And why do I need one?

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Product Update: June 2019

By BL Snodgrass on Jun 3, 2019 12:06:47 PM

 

New Inactivity Timeout, Updated Reporting, Expanded Course Manager Functionality & more!

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Training Vendor Review Guidebook

By BL Snodgrass on May 22, 2019 3:20:34 PM

Are you looking to purchase off-the-shelf training courses that will work in your LMS? While it can be daunting to find a vendor that will suit the evolving needs of your organization, it’s important to remember that not only are you purchasing a course library, you're also starting a partnership with the vendor - a relationship that should simplify your training programs and meet your needs now, and in the future.

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2019 Training Content Vendor Review: Emtrain

By BL Snodgrass on May 16, 2019 12:48:43 PM

This is the final in a series of online safety/business training vendor reviews. These vendors sell off-the-shelf training courses.
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Can I Track Classroom Training In The LMS?

By C Prah on May 9, 2019 1:00:00 PM

One-stop shopping is the name of the game because it makes life easier. It's more convenient to get everything you need in a single location. That logic also applies to your LMS.

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6 Step LMS Implementation Plan

By BL Snodgrass on May 2, 2019 12:39:36 PM

If you have gone through a rigorous LMS evaluation & selection process, then you are well poised to move to the implementation phase of the plan. Much of the time involved is based on your organization’s requirements and how well-suited the LMS is to those requirements. You should also have an understanding of what you need to do, what resources you have at your disposal to accomplish the tasks, and what is the timeline.

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LMS Reporting

By C Prah on Apr 25, 2019 7:45:00 AM

One of the pillars of a learning management system is reporting – whether it be compliance, assignments, requirements, certification – this information is a key component of the software.

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How Single Sign-On Works

By C Prah on Apr 17, 2019 12:00:00 PM

For IT folks, managing login credentials is a thankless task that can have serious consequences and pose potential security risks to your organization.

"81% of hacking-related breaches leveraged either stolen and/or weak passwords .” Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, 2017

And because we have so many passwords to manage everyday – unlocking the phone, online purchases, bank transactions – many of us resort to using the same password on many sites. People try all kinds of unwieldy tricks to stay on top of

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2019 Training Content Vendor Review: BizLibrary

By BL Snodgrass on Apr 17, 2019 8:00:00 AM

This is the third in a series of online safety/business training vendor reviews. These vendors sell off-the-shelf training courses.
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2019 Training Content Vendor Review: Skillsoft

By BL Snodgrass on Apr 11, 2019 8:00:00 AM

This is the second in a series of online safety/business training vendor reviews. These vendors sell off-the-shelf training courses.
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2019 Training Content Vendor Review

By BL Snodgrass on Apr 4, 2019 8:30:00 AM

This is the first in a series of online safety training vendor reviews. These vendors sell off-the-shelf training courses. 

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LMS Integration With Content Vendors

By C Prah on Apr 1, 2019 10:30:00 AM

When it comes to creating impactful training courses nothing beats a subject matter expert (SME) together with her requisite knowledge, resources, connections teamed with a top-notch learning management system. The resulting courses are most often engaging, focused, and relevant. The courses reflect his understanding of the needs of your organization, the details the impact the information and tasks included in the materials.

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Product Update: March 2019

By BL Snodgrass on Mar 29, 2019 10:00:00 AM

 

New Training Progress Matrix, Updated Reporting, Pending Actions on Home Page & more!

 

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Integrating Your LMS With Human Resources

By C Prah on Mar 27, 2019 4:00:00 PM

 

The words “data entry” transport me to the time of blue eyeliner, shag carpets, disco, and pet rocks. Okay, I'm dating myself...but data entry, while so old school, is a crucial component of most computer transactions. 
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LMS System Selection & Evaluation Toolkit Part 2

By BL Snodgrass on Mar 25, 2019 12:10:43 PM

This is the second in a two-part series.

Last post we talked about defining the LMS selection process, and gather background information so you are well prepared to evaluate potential LMS applications. In this post we focus on creating a requirements list, with specific tasks and scenarios to aid in the evaluation of each LMS.

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LMS System Selection & Evaluation Toolkit - Part 1

By BL Snodgrass on Mar 25, 2019 11:57:12 AM

This is the first in a two-part series.

You may be researching Learning Management Systems because you are new to online training. Or you may be researching alternative LMS Systems because it is time to replace your current product because the LMS doesn't have the features you require.

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5 Reasons to Choose a Hosted LMS Solution

By BL Snodgrass on Mar 15, 2019 2:43:22 PM

An important consideration when looking for LMS software for your company is whether to invest in a hosted solution (also known as ‘Software-as-a-Service’, or SAAS), or to invest in an in-house installed LMS.

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5 Tips for Writing a Better Quiz

By BL Snodgrass on Mar 14, 2019 1:37:55 PM

A well written quiz is a key component of an online course: it allows you to evaluate the learner's progress, assess the effectiveness of the training, and allows learners to gauge their own progress.

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