posted by on examples

office scenario elearning trainingMost corporate e-learning solutions are for obvious reasons not shared to the general public, but kept inhouse. Therefore it can be challenging sometimes to find engaging examples of elearning on the internet.

But the other day I stumbled upon this excellent example of really engaging e-learning.

In designing an elearning course, graphic design is important, but it’s instructional design that makes you want to see the course through to completion.

This elearning course is about “Office Harassment Training” and tries to teach about self-confidence. An effective way to teach about self-confidence (or any other soft-skill), is to place the learner in a safe environment (e.g. a simulation) and have them explore the consequences of their actions and give them realistic feedback.

The example really does a good job in being realistic by including scenario’s that at first glance are not always obvious work related (ie. the pickle incident). They are intended to be there since most interactions with difficult people are not black and white.

And if you follow the course to completion, you’re given feedback intended for personal growth – a life long skill.

Try it out here:

broken coworker

http://www.brokencoworker.com

 

 

 

Oh, in the process I stumbled upon another scenario based elearning demo. Not so good as the example above, but still pretty good: : http://www.worldwarfighter.com/hajikamal/activity/

 

Do you know of any other interesting e-learning examples? Leave your comments below!

 

posted by on lms, tools

Moodle gratis LMSDer er mange, som synes godt om open source systemer, som f.eks. Learning Management Systemet Moodle. Og selvom gratis lyder atraktivt, så er det i virkeligheden slet ikke altid gratis at bruge Moodle organisationen.

Moodle er verdens mest populære open source software for Learning Management Systemer (LMS). At bruge Moodle kræver en installation på egen server, som betyder at man skal have teknisk kendskab til servere og software systemer. En anden mulighed er at samarbejde med et hostingfirma og ‘købe sig’ en installation af Moodle på en af deres servere.

Men først nu begynder det rigtige arbejde:

En stor ulempe ved et open source system som Moodle, er kompleksiteten af  hele systemet og processen. Man starter med en tom ‘standard’ installation, og systemet skal konfigureres og tilpasses til de ønsker og krav som organisationen kræver:

  • Hvordan kan systemet tilpasses til virksomhedens design (look & feel)?
  • Skal systemet kobles op til HR systemet, sådan at medarbejderes konti er automatisk integreret med Moodle?
  • Hvilke former af læring skal understøttes (e-learning, fremmøder, virtuelle møder, blended learning)?
  • Hvor meget statistik skal der registreres og skal der laves rapporter?
  • Hvordan integrerer man videochat, twetter, facebook og andre web 2.0 tjenester?

Du vil stille mange andre spørgsmål, efter du har installeret Moodle. Det kræver mange timers undersøgelse og tilpasning af systemet. Arbejdet kan selvfølgelig laves af en medarbejder i virksomheden, men hvis han eller hun er uerfaren, så skal personen også bruge mange ressourcer på at lære systemet at kende.

Hvis man tager ovenstående i betragtning, så kan man stille spørgsmålet: hvor gratis er et open source system som Moodle egentlig? Ja, selve softwaren er gratis, men slutløsningen (et læringssystem som er tilpasset til jeres organisation) kan bliver dyrt alligevel.

Derfor er der en stigning i antallet af kommercielle systemer. Fordelen ved et kommercielt Learning Management System er at udviklingen, vedligeholdelse, drift, hosting og updates bliver varetaget af en ekstern partner.

Hvis du vil høre mere om hjælp til tilpasning, drift og vedligeholdelse af Moodle, eller om mulige kommercielle alternativer til open source Learning Management Systemer, så kontakt mig for en uforpligtende snak.

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Rapid e-learning tools are tools that are easy to use, but at the same time are powerful enough to create some real engaging learning interaction. This means that these tools have to have the following features:

  1. An easy to use graphical interface
    Easy to use software, makes it fast to create e-learning.
  2. Possibility to create actions/interactivity
    Adding interactivity to make the e-learning exciting and engaging.
  3. Keeping track of specific data
    Allows for the possibility to customize learning, based on certain choices the user has made.

The last couple of years there has not been much development in the authoring tools industry. Several rapid-learning tools are already more than 5 years old, without any significant updates. Luckily new tools have emerged on the market recently to give this industry a fresh input. 

Here’s an overview of some of the best rapid e-learning authoring tools currently available:

I’ll start with two newly launched products which look very promising.

  1. Articulate Storyline
    Setting the new standard for rapid e-learning tools. Simple but very powerful to use. Lacking multiple language features though…
    http://www.articulate.com/products/storyline-overview.php
  2. ZebraZapps
    Cloud-based authoring and publishing platform. Can create advanced interactivity without programming.
    https://www.zebrazapps.com

These next tools have been on the market for some time already:

  1. Articulate Studio 9 (Presenter, Quizmaker and Engage)
    Good easy-to-use software with many features. Very slow performance though. Soon to be updated with version 12
    http://www.articulate.com
  2. iSpring Suite (iSpring Pro, Quizmaker and Kinetics)
    A software suite very similar to Articulate Studio, and perhaps even better. Much faster performance (then Articulate), but slightly less features and no large user support base. Free version available.
    http://www.ispringsolutions.com/ispring-suite
  3. Adobe Captivate
    Recently updated to support HTML 5 output (for iPad support).
    http://www.adobe.com/products/captivate.html
  4. Lectora
    Good software with high flexibility. Higher learning curve though.
    http://www.trivantis.com/e-learning-software
  5. Snap!
    Plugin into powerpoint for only $99. Converts powerpoint to online presentation with extra interactivity
    http://rapid-e-learning.trivantis.com
  6. Toolbook
    Toolbook used to be highly regarded, though their software now seems slightly outdated. Some basic features are very hard to implement. Good on collaboration.
    http://www.sumtotalsystems.com/products/toolbook-elearning-content.html
  7. Smartbuilder
    Professional authoring tool with two major advantages: allows for e-learning branching (show/do different things, based on users choices) and very good support for multi-language courses.
    http://www.suddenlysmart.com/smartbuilder.htm

Each tools has it advantages and disadvantages, and it depends really how your organisation is structured and how you want to use e-learning in your company, to determine which one is best for you.

In future updates I will add small reviews for all these products.

Why don’t you contact me to discuss which e-learning solution is best for you?