Category Archives: Learning Management System

Presenting The Current Trends In eLearning

eLearning is the modern education system which copes with the busy lifestyles of the current generation. It has also a huge impact on our lives. This article discusses the current trends of eLearning including its pros and cons.

The Most Prevailing Trends In eLearning

eLearning is a new era in the learning industry. It provides an individual with the flexibility to learn based on their own time, pace and availability. There are already many number of successful e learning platforms all over the internet like Udemy, Udacity, Teachable etc. or you can even create an e learning
platform from various custom eLearning development companies. The worth of the eLearning market was measured at $2.5 billion in 2013, $7.8 billion in 2016 and, according to numerous predictions, the number will likely grow into $15.72 billion by 2021. These figures show a huge financial contribution to the distance education field, which shows the huge potential of the eLearning market. As the eLearning industry is growing among the new generations, there are many pros and cons. Let’s have a look at those:

Pros

  • Flexibility
    One of the main advantages of eLearning is that it is flexible. It helps us to cope up with our busy schedules by letting us take the courses in small sections whenever we want.
  • Mobility
    It’s something that’s more useful in our busy schedules. In eLearning, we are able to learn from any location, such as a park, a bus, train, etc, instead of a confined classroom.
  • Low Cost
    In eLearning, we don’t require trainers’ fees or equipment, so it becomes more affordable. While the cost of traveling is taken into account, eLearning is a cheaper option.
  • Performance Monitoring
    The performance result after the end of each topic and module are portrayed statistically on a dashboard. It enables learners to self-assess their overall performance and improve themselves. The instructor is able to monitor their performance more easily than in traditional, offline education.

Cons

eLearning can never replace the need for a human instructor. Even if eLearning is useful in many ways, computers are able to complete all tasks due to:

  • Lack Of Focus
    Both learners with poor concentration and those who are poorly motivated may quickly fall behind the online course. Without a fixed time schedule or a routine, it’s difficult for learners to meet specific deadlines or goals.
  • Lack Of Social And Cultural Interaction
    In eLearning, peer-to-peer communication is minimal, which makes it challenging for some of the learners.
  • Learners May Feel Isolated
    Without interaction with the outside world, there is a probability of feeling isolated.

Even though there are many cons as regards eLearning, there have already been many successful eLearning platforms all over the internet like Udemy, Udacity, Teachable, etc. you can make great use of. Learners engagement is of prime importance to the success of eLearning platforms. These can be effective only if they present something that catches the learner’s attention for more than just study materials, such as:

  1. Group Discussions
    A powerful discussion forum which revolves around the course will probably be the first option that makes eLearning interactive and much more engaging. On the other hand, simply having comment boxes on the article is unpleasant and difficult for the learners.
  2. Interactive Quizzes
    Having questions asked after each session as a module assessment and an overall quiz for topic assessment are always interesting.
  3. Make Iit A Visual Treat For The Eyes
    The use of slideshows and various multimedia gives learners the ability to stay on the task and be easily pulled into the topic.

What The Current Trends Are In eLearning

As in every sector where changes have occurred, eLearning has also undergone some. Therefore it’s high time we discussed what the current trends in eLearning are:

Mobile Learning

For the last few years, adoption of mLearning or mobile learning has been on the rise. It is flexible, the courses provided are responsive; i.e. it can run seamlessly on desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. The other main advantage of mLearning is that you can learn from wherever you are and whenever you want.

Microlearning

It deals with the short-term learning activity. The course that lasts for 60 minutes can be split into more bite-sized courses. It can be easier and more affordable to produce such courses and as well as to maintain them.

Gamification

It employs gaming elements so as to improve user engagement. It is a technique of transforming learning into a game. In this way, you can create a high impact and immersion.

Interactive Videos

Learning through videos will continue to maintain its own appeal. As a consequence, the way interactive video turn the passivity of regular videos into rich interactive experiences will see a rise and will be utilized for formal training, too, in addition to performance and support.

Social Learning

While there’s a need for formal training that meets specific learning outcomes, there should be an increase in programs for casual or social learning in which students can network, discuss, collaborate, and exchange thoughts on problem-solving.

This article was first published on : eLearning Industry

By Akshay K, Digital Marketing & SEO analyst at Xpertcube

types of SCORM Supported by QuoDeck?

Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) is a collection of standards and specifications for web-based electronic educational technology (also called e-learning). It defines communications between client side content and a host system (called “the run-time environment”), which is commonly supported by a learning management system.

QuoDeck supports both older and recent versions of SCORMs that are SCORM 1.2 and SCORM 2004 2nd Ed. QuoDeck provides guidelines for using SCORM content which adhere to Micro Learning and Mobile First principles of Learning Standards, which are as follows.

1) The module version should belong to one of the two standards viz. SCORM 1.2 or SCORM 2004 2nd Ed.
2) The module should be concise and have filesize less than 50 megabytes.

Ensuring these compatibility and content size guidelines enables you easily use the SCORM content with QuoDeck LMS. We restrict the SCORM file size being less than 50 megabytes considering the internet Bandwidth Limitations of Mobile Learning Environment.

I am a learner, I want to check my progress for a particular course in detail, how do I do that?

Follow the below instructions to check your progress reports;

  1. Login into the learner application using your learner credentials
  2. Go to Progress Report section
  3. Locate the desired course
  4. On the course card, find ‘i’ icon. Click on this icon
  5. It will open a modal, find your detailed course progress report here

I am a learner, on my learner dashboard there appears multiple courses, out of which some course cards do not have a card image, why so?

The QuoDeck creator application allows every course creator to choose card image for the course. It is likely that creator of given course have not uploaded any custom card image for that course. Please connect with your trainer if you wish to raise an issue on this.

How would I broadcast a message to my learners via my Learning App?

Well, if you own an enterprise account, then you have the ability to broadcast messages via social feeds to your learners.

Login using your creator credentials and go to the social section via left navigation menu. You can now create various kinds of broadcast messages viz.

  • A Simple text broadcast message
  • An Image broadcast message
  • A message containing reference of an external link
  • An Image Gallery broadcast
  • Embedded third party video content broadcast

I am trying to login and it shows me message as: ‘Invalid Unique Key or Password’

Make sure you are typing the correct password (note that passwords are case sensitive). If you still can not login to the system, then your account does not exist in the system.

What will be the size of my Interactive Deck? How does it affect my learner experience?

The size of your deck depends upon the type of learning content it wraps in itself, it will affect your learners experience if it is too heavy in size. Keep the following pointers in mind to keep your deck size moderate.

  • Have moderate number of images in your deck say about 20% to 30%
  • Make sure that the images are optimized with lossless image compression tools
  • If your deck also includes PDF slides, make sure that the PDF is also losslessly compressed

In my Interactive Deck, Under tools section, there is an option that says: “Copy Slides to Script”, what does it do?

This option enables you to copy all your slide text, to voice-over script field, which can then be exported to an excel file.

So consider you need to record voiceovers for your deck slides, and you want the slide contents for this process, you can have it on a click of button.

I have created voice-over audios for my interactive deck. My Deck has 30 slides. Do I need to go and upload each audio/slide?

No, you don’t have to upload it on each slide. Here’s how you can do a bulk upload ;

Step 1: Make sure you are inside your Interactive Deck Editor.

Step 2: Go to the tools tab.

Step 3: In the Voice-overs section, find an ‘Upload’ button. Via this button, you can upload all slides voice-overs at once. Keep in mind to name voice-overs as per slide numbers e.g. 1.mp3, 2.mp3, 3.mp3, 4.mp3 and so on.

Step 4: After the upload. Do, revisit the slides to confirm if the correct audio files have been uploaded.

How would I make my Interactive Deck more engaging? Is there any way I can have a background voice for my deck?

Hey, we have backed you on this. You can definitely set a background voice-over audio to your slides. Follow below steps to do it.

Step 1: Make sure you are inside your Interactive Deck Editor.

Step 2: Go to the tools tab and from ‘Deck Settings’ section, enable voice overs.

Step 3: Now check that in your slide creation form, a new section has been added, called as “Voiceover”

Step 4: You can now upload your voiceover media files for each slide via this section.