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

Online Training : How to design a great course?

While there is an abundance of online training content out there, not all training courses achieve their number one objective: to engage the learner. Designing a great course (online or classroom) requires much more than an expert knowledge of the subject matter.

The course creator/designer needs to begin with collecting the following information before creating the content:

  1. What is the training objective: Ask questions, conduct a small survey involving both the prospective learners and their managers and supervisors
  2. Who is the audience: Experience, career level, experience with previous training programs
  3. What are the company culture and core values: If you weave these in the training program, you stand a better chance of making your content very relevant to the learners.
  4. How will you measure the training outcome? What will be the frequency of this measurement? Make them quantifiable. Break training course(s) into smaller learning modules, with each module has a learning objective as needed for your audience.
  5. Is everyone around these learners (including the learners themselves) really sold on usefulness of this training program?

Once you have these insights, tailor your content to meet the above specifications. In training, one size seldom fits all. Off the shelf training in most cases is a simple waste of time and effort.

Online training doesn’t have to be a one way affair. Interaction is an important aspect of the learning process. Make room for games, quizzes and even case studies that learners can practice with co-learners or their managers/peers. Establish learning objectives for every milestone reached.

Unlike classroom training, online courses can be very effective in pacing the learning as per the participant’s schedule/learning need.  While designing the course, it is important to ensure that the learner can pace the content as per his/her schedule but at the same time, care should be taken to ensure the learner is devoted to an ‘x’ amount of time on a regular basis. Give freedom but with certain limits and responsibilities.

Online courses are also a great mechanism to deliver the same learning experience to geographically spread people within an organization. Sharing can be a very powerful tool in online courses. Create platforms for learners to voice their learning. When employees within an organization share how they are implementing their learning, it can pave the way for a very strong learning culture within the organization.

Last but not the least, as part of the course design; include some training for the managers/supervisors on how to continually reinforce the learning of their team members and reward their team for achieving a milestone.

What other things have you taken into account for your organization? Please share your experiences.

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EduBrite and Alfresco Integration for Course Developers

Curriculum and course developers often are faced with a need to have solution that combines the content authoring, robust repository, course delivery and tracking. EduBrite’s Alfresco integration combines the power of Document/Content management system with a fully functional social collaborative learning management system to create an end to end solution for the learning content development to consumption.

Alfresco is an open source document and content management system which offers several key features for curriculum development.

  • Extensible workflow to model any business process
  • Robust document repository, versioning Business Rules Customized metadata, search
  • Permission control, Groups
  • WebDAV support to access the content repository as network shared drive

EduBrite’s Alfresco  connector module provides bi-directional integration and adds new features in both Alfresco as well as EduBrite LMS. In Alfresco, it creates customized content objects and workflows. The customized content object adds several additional attributes like subject and skill level  and adds several repository actions to manage the state of the content object and trigger content approval workflow. It provides a repository browser and allows importing course content from Alfresco in EduBrite LMS.

 

Content Developers map Alfresco as shared network drive on their desktop, and create  a working folder in their desktop which they can sync with the mapped drive. The custom actions in alfresco repository handle the check-in and workflow integration behind the scene, so all content gets versioned.

 

Once the content is ready and approved, it can be imported as lessons in any course from EduBrite LMS. The alfresco connector can be used to browse the alfresco repository and pick any folder to import in the course recursively.

 

The courses are then authorized to groups and trainees for the learning programs. EduBrite Edge servers can be utilized to deploy the training content on remote locations (To support the low bandwidth/no internet connection scenarios). All the interaction learners have with the courses is tracked by EduBrite LMS and is made available for reporting.

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