We've all heard the adage, "Work isn't supposed to be fun, that's why they call it work!" Like so many truisms of the past, this one belongs on the ash heap of history because employers are successfully using gamification elements for work and game-based learning using LMS features to keep staffers engaged and happy while growing their skill sets.
With hundreds of LMSs out in the market, the decision of which software to go with can be overwhelming! How do you begin your search?
A good place to start is to consider if you would like to have open-source software or a proprietary solution. Here at Lambda Solutions, we are a big proponent of open-source software like Moodle and Totara Learn.
Let’s break down the question of open-source or proprietary into three key areas that usually cause the most pain: flexibility, customization, and (of course!) price!
Many businesses have moved their core processes to the cloud. This platform is a viable option due to its low costs and flexibility. Experts believe that cloud-based products could represent as much as 70 percent of all software and technology spending by 2020.
Cloud-based hosting is a solution worth exploring for your LMS. Here are a few trends you should know about and some benefits to consider.
The theme you apply to your Moodle website helps shape the user experience of your learners. A good theme should be clean, functional, and make your LMS features easy to navigate. Here are five effective themes for your Moodle 3.5 website.
Design is a crucial element of a learner's experience. A great design will help a learner stay engaged with the content and easily navigate an eLearning site to take advantage of all the features it has to offer. If you use Moodle to deliver your content, installing a theme is the easiest way to provide a consistent experience across your eLearning site.
eLearning programs have huge potential when it comes to empowering employees with a sense of purpose and opening up new possibilities for personal and professional growth. However, when the corporate world usually measures success with numbers, how can you implement training evaluation and prove that your eLearning program is a success and that it generates a satisfying ROI? Here are some of the ways you can assess the impact of an L&D program and demonstrate its value.
How are new ideas received in your organization? Is innovative learning part of your L&D strategy? Do people feel comfortable with voicing their opinions and thoughts? Is a new idea likely to result in a change?
Listening to new ideas and encouraging outside-the-box thinking are characteristics of innovative businesses. An organization that doesn't value and encourage innovation can become stagnant and miss out on opportunities. We should also take note that innovation and training are closely connected.
Designers who create software, apps and other digital products typically adopt an approach where user experience (UX) is the focal point. Design teams, therefore, often work on creating an experience more than a product through methodologies such as agile workflows, design sprints, constant testing and UX-based best practices.
When it comes to instructional design models used by L&D teams, these models seem to move at a slower pace when compared to current design trends. When these design models are unable to catch up with the trends, they fail to meet the expectations of the learners, which may result in disengagement due to the poor user experience. Emerging technologies in education are making it easier than before to develop and deliver content. At the same time, L&D professionals should continuously rethink their design approach to offer the best learning experience possible.
As part of learning and development, the L&D team entails keeping up with industry trends and discovering new ways to meet learners' expectations. In fact, a lot of eLearning resources focus on sharing the best practices and telling you how to design courses without explaining the science behind a good eLearning program design.
You need to achieve a deeper understanding of the purpose behind each learning, so that you can develop better eLearning programs. Here are some of the key concepts to apply when you are developing programs adapting to the needs and goals of your organization.
Developing an ongoing training program gives employees the opportunity to keep up with changes in your industry while addressing any existing skill gaps. It also helps learners maintain knowledge, and also providing them with the chance to acquire new skills and gain access to new career opportunities.
Emerging technologies in education are making it easier than ever to develop and deliver ongoing training programs, but many organizations are still approaching training as one-time events, for instance, by limiting training to an orientation for new hires.