Course Delivery – EduBrite Education Webinar

This week’s webinar covered Course Delivery topic. Thanks to all participants who were able to join us. We discussed following items:

  • Create course session or online class
  • Course Template
  • Course properties (Setup)
  • User enrollment : admin enrolling users, self enrollment
  • Course Catalog : Search, enrollment via online payment & coupon code
  • Delivery (user) experience
  • Course completion and tracking and certificate awarding

Recording of the session is now available at Webinar Channel in EduBrite Support portal. 

We will plan Course Delivery part 2 session in future to cover additional course delivery functionalities such as:

  • Events – Integration of  live training class (ILT)
  • Off-line activities – assignment management
  • Learning with social collaboration
  • Programs and program sessions
  • Courses delivery without course session

Our next webinar “Reporting” is on Wednesday Sep 3 at 10 am pacific (UTC-7). In this webinar, we will cover:

  • Course, Course Session level report
  • Learner specific report
  • Site : Usage, Learners, Lessons, SCORM
  • Various Exam related reports
  • Assessment , Test attempts, Question/Survey stats
  • Ecommerce
  • Custom Reports – High level

Register here for next webinar

Course Authoring – EduBrite Education Webinar

Our second webinar this week was on Test and course authoring. There was a lot to cover in one hour so we covered course authoring part only. Test authoring part will be covered in a separate session in future, we will let you know. Thanks to all participants who were able to join us.

Earlier this week we added a channel for webinars in EduBrite Support portal. All recorded webinars are available here. This is wonderful as it organizes webinar series from this year and past years in one place.

This week we have discussed how to create a course in EduBrite? Various types of content files – e.g. document types (PowerPoint, Doc, PDF etc.) , audio files, video files, external links, embedding documents, SCORM packages etc. can be used to build courses. We have also discussed various course and lesson level properties and reviewed learner’s experience for these settings.

Our next webinar “Course Delivery” is on Wednesday Aug 27 at 10 am pacific (UTC-7). In this webinar, we will cover:

  • Create course session or online class
  • User enrollment : admin enrolling users, self enrollment
  • Course Catalog : Search, enrollment via online payment & coupon code
  • Delivery (user) experience
  • Course completion and tracking and certificate awarding
  • Events – ILT class
  • Programs – High level overview

Register here for next webinar

Create Training environment in Confluence – EduBrite Education Webinar

EduBrite’s first educational webinar was a super success!  Thanks to all participants who were able to join us. We are recording all webinars and posting them here so those who have missed webinar have an opportunity to view it.

This week we have discussed how to setup training environment in Atlassian Confluence environment using add-on Gilly provide by EduBrite? Gilly is available on Atlassian Marketplace to download. Once downloaded in your Confluence environment Gilly communicates with EduBrite LMS microsite. Learners gets full learning experience right inside Confluence so they never to leave. Cool, isn’t it! Go to EduBrite site for to find more information about Gilly.

Administrator, Team Lead/Manager can manage enrollment of their team from EduBrite microsite and track progress of their team from EduBrite microsite.

Our next webinar on Course Authoring is on Wednesday Aug 20 at 10 am pacific (UTC-7). In this webinar, we will cover:

  • Test / Quiz creation, various test editor properties
  • Course creation, course properties, lesson properties, adding quiz in the course
  • Course authorization

Register here for next webinar

EduBrite Education Webinar series 2014 is here

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Like past years, we started EduBrite Education webinar series 2014 this week. Team EduBrite wants to be part of your success in your eLearning initiative beyond providing technology platform. So join us, select the topic of your interest. Every Wednesday, we will be hosting a webinar at 10 am pacific (UTC-7) to educate EduBrite users to learn about EduBrite LMS to maximize their investment.

We are covering various topics in these webinars, which are suitable for variety of audience – learners, team leads/managers, administrators within a corporation or at training providers. All future webinars will be announced via e-mail and blog. You also find them on Twitter @edubrite. If you would like us to cover topic of your interest then please contact us at support@edubrite.com.

You can see webinar calendar of August Webinars and register.

We are excited and look forward to see you all there!

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EduBrite LMS features administrators appreciate – Part 2

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In Part 2 of this series, we will be discussing features related to learning resources such as courses, quizzes/assessments  and managing dashboard.

iv. Course authoring
Administrators like EduBrite’s online course editor, as it provides them simple and flexible hierarchical course structure so that they can group multiple lessons (content) into logical modules/topics (folders). This enables:

  • Linear and Non linear learning
  • Runtime (on the fly) ability for a leaner to view what’s completed or pending

EduBrite also allows group authoring, which makes it easier for group of authors to work together to create a course. These authors doesn’t have to be the administrator of the microsite.

v. Quiz/Test

EduBrite’s advance test/assessment editor supports 11 different questions types including multiple choice single answer, multiple choice multiple answers, fill in the blank, essay etc.

Advance features such as randomization of questions, and choices; passage; categorizing questions; question solutions, rule and adaptive testing etc. helping managing unique requirements.

A quiz/test can be delivered many ways in EduBrite LMS:

EduBrite allows to create questions bank/pool and categorize questions using metadata. A dynamic test or pop-up quiz can be generated using metadata.

vi. Reusing learning assets (Courses, Tests and Articles)

EduBrite allows lessons and questions in the test as a reusable learning assets. New courses can be built linking sharable lessons from other courses. Similarly, new tests can be created by importing questions from sharable test (or questions bank).  Informal resources such as Articles are created inside Groups and Course session and then can be internally linked.

The best part of reusing learning assets is tracking. You can view analytics/reports of a sharable lesson/test inside a specific course or across all courses where it is being used.

vii. Managing dashboard

EduBrite provides flexible Dashboard for learners, authors and administrators. EduBrite LMS’ dashboard contains various panels such as My to do Item lists, Completed Items, Upcoming Events, Calendar, My groups etc. Users can manage and select what panels they want to view on their Dashboard.

Administrators can pre-define Dashboard panels for learners or leave it for individual learners to manage their own Dashboard. The coolest feature  is the  ability to move panels on your dashboard screen.

viii. Course Delivery (automation, decentralization)

Administrators love the course delivery flexibility, in fact we love it too. EduBrite separates course authoring from course delivery. This allows separation of responsibilities for authors vs. managers/supervisors. This is very useful for both internal training or B2B training when you need separate person is responsible for user enrollment in courses, support and  tracking.

EduBrite allows various course delivery options suitable for informal, formal learning as well as creating learning paths (certification programs)

From security and automation perspective there are many cool features EduBrite supports, I’m going list few popular ones:

  1. Course Length : This feature limits learner ‘s course access irrespective of the day of enrollment.
  2. Auto inactivation of users : This feature allows to inactivate users automatically once their pre-defined course learning is completed.
  3. Schedule future dated modules : EduBrite allows to create a course session with future dated modules. This allows the flexibility to arrange a modules with fixed duration and making them available sequentially with pre-defined dates.
  4. Rolling Access: EduBrite supports rolling access policy. This puts feature #3 on steroid. Rolling access policy enables feature #3 irrespective of the date learner is enrolled into the courses so essentially user can enroll in the course anytime and modules access is applicable based on the date of enrolled.
  5. Decentralized Training Environment: EduBrite supports various roles at various levels, which allows flexibility to control and manage access, and authorizations. e.g. Group administrators (not Site administrators) with proper settings, can manage their team, enroll learners into authorized courses, programs, and track learners progress thus allowing to create complete decentralized training environment. These group administrators can be departmental managers/supervisors in internal training environment or partner’s/customer’s administrators in external training environment.

Essentially, there are dozens of features, which administrators use as they go deeper into the system and learn how to use them. These features not only reduces day-to-day administration but provides an impeccable automated solution.

I will be discussing some more cool features in the next part of this series.

EduBrite LMS features administrators appreciate – Part 1

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I continuously interact with many LMS administrators who are using EduBrite LMS. Some are using to train internal employees while others have broader usage. They are not only responsible for internal training but also responsible for running online learning center for external audience such as partners and customers. We really enjoy working with LMS administrators and value their continuous feedback. Dedicating this blog to you all and discussing some key features in this series, which makes your life cool:

i. Overall administration/management

This is one of the most loved and appreciated feature, which allows an administrator to create an online training environment where training can be managed centrally or it can be decentralized. EduBrite LMS supports various roles at multiple level. A classic example is “Train the trainer and the trainer trains learners”. In this case a trainer (or manager) can be a learner in one group, where he/she is getting trained by a corporate trainer but can be an administrator of a group, for which he/she responsible for training activities (including creating course, course sessions, events, managing users, enrolling them into courses, events, tracking their progress etc.). So essentially delegating administration and control where it belongs, this saves a lot of time for administrators and trainers/managers.

ii. User Management

The core philosophy here is to provide tools, which makes administrator’s day-to-day job easy and saves time on admin activities. This list is long so highlighting few:

iii. Group Management

Group is at the center in EduBrite LMS. It allows logical grouping of users and resources (learning and social content). EduBrite supports flexible hierarchical group structure, which allows to map organizational departments. Each group supports various roles such as group admin, group instructors and learners. Various formal learning activities such as courses, tests, surveys, assignments and informal learning activities such social collaboration such as forum, discussion boards, resource sharing, polls etc. are managed within a group. Group admin has privilege to manage learners, their enrollment to the courses/events, tracking/reporting etc.

Another added feature is group access – Open, By request and By invite. Typically informal groups has access Open or By request. Formal learning groups typically have By Invite access. If using integration with user provisioning system (SSO) then the groups/users from user provisioning system are mapped directly to EduBrite group structure.

I will be discussing some more cool features in the next part of this series.

Enabling Collaborative and Social Learning through Enterprise Social Network

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In my previous blog on collaborative and social learning, we discussed about the need for technology to evolve and be enabler to support the self-directed informal learning. Technology platforms such as social networks allow individuals to share their ideas, their innovations, get feedback, improve their products, collaborate and help foster new way of learning we call ‘social learning’. These collaborative networks allow anyone and everyone to share information and be a student, a mentor, a designer and publisher.

Taking the informal learning to next level are the Enterprise Social Networks, where employees collaborate with each other across all sorts of boundaries. There is no limitation of department, or business function or location. Employees can connect to the right people when they need it, can share information across teams or even organize around projects to be successful and go further, faster. This allows individuals to tap into their network and discover wealth of information which is not available via formal means, allowing them to make quick decisions and getting things done. With these benefits of social network at enterprise level, what if someone wants to give structure to the information as a content object or a course and share with their network? What if someone in the network has successfully deployed a product and there is need to transform that as an instructional video to help others? What if someone has shared information with the network and others have rated that individual as an expert and there is a need to capture that expertise level? What if the benefits of enterprise social network can be extended with an integration to learning management system allowing employees to insert the training content as a course making it part of their social DNA?

This allows enterprises to transform their social networks into learning communities. Employees can access and share the knowledge within the network they spend most of their time. It empowers subject matter experts to capture their knowledge into structure courses and share with their network without any need to worry about connecting or logging into another application or tool. Not only it allows blending the formal and informal approaches to learning, it also allows ability to track the completion of content and giving credits to individuals to view or access the information shared through these courses. Many social network and learning platform providers are taking step in this direction and are partnering to make this happen. One of the popular enterprise collaboration platform and social network is delivered by Yammer. Yammer is used by 85% of the fortune 500 companies and it provides growth platform for these organizations to listen to each other and adapt quickly. Edubrite is an LMS provider and they have an app for Yammer allowing anyone in Yammer network to start training and assessing their teams easily. This enables and extends the enterprise social networks to offer integrated LMS environment making it easy to transform the informal content into shareable courses and truly enabling collaborating and social learning. For more information on EduBrite Yammer Integration.

Author: Praveen Khurana

Praveen Khurana is a learning technology leader in learning management and human capital systems. He has 18+ years of experience in this industry and has consulted with and has implemented learning, talent and knowledge management systems for many fortune 500 companies.

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