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Have you tried Quizlet Diagrams?

Have you tried Quizlet Diagrams?

I love  Quizlet and use it often for a review in my eLearning courses before someone takes a final exam. Quizlet just released a new feature called Diagrams. You upload an image and then identify different points on the image to identify a key term and definition on your image. 
I can already see how restaurants could use this in their eLearning courses. Upload an image of a new dish, identify the different ingredients in the dish and allow the student to try to match up the ingredients with the image. 
Quizlet’s YouTube video shows you how Diagrams work so if you’re thinking Diagrams might be useful to you as well, check it out.
Benefits of using a Learning Management System

Benefits of using a Learning Management System

Benefits of using a Learning Management System 

Online Training provided by a Learning Management System (LMS) is a valuable and cost effective way for managers and employees to obtain new and continuing education. Let’s look at a few substantial benefits of a LMS:
Cost savings:  Online training saves companies’ money in numerous ways. There is no need to pay for expensive travel and venue costs. You no longer have any reason to pay a manager for training or pull employees out of their daily activities.   Online training is significantly quicker and more effective than the face to face or classroom alternative and employee induction times are lowered to a minimum, saving both time and money. Since online content and courses can be updated immediately and remain online you can also save on material printing costs
Productivity and Flexibility:  Learn from your desk, during a lunch hour or an evening at home at your own pace.  Training content and courses are always available on a computer, phone or tablet so if you need a refresher or review it’s always available online to continually reinforce any wanted knowledge.  Hungry learners have training content available 24/7 and don’t have to wait for training opportunities.
Consistency: When using face to face or instructor led training consistency is always a challenge.  With online training consistency is ensured. For multi-unit business’s a Learning Management System (LMS) will provide the same level of training and the same consistent message to all branches, locations and outlets.
Compliance and Reporting:  A LMS will record and report on how well the student (or group of students) performed and it will also record performance by a location or job role.
Training reminders: For re-occurring training the system will remind employees of any upcoming training courses.

The benefits and advantages that a Learning Management System (LMS) brings to the training and performance of any Company, Association or Organization are substantial but the bottom line is it provides an overall increase in employee performance and personal satisfaction.
The Importance of Establishing a Strong Corporate Training Culture

The Importance of Establishing a Strong Corporate Training Culture

The Importance of Establishing a Strong Corporate Training Culture
By Dave Wilcox, LearningZen CEO


Most companies state that they want to build a culture that embraces training, but many fall short when it comes to following through on this goal.  As a CEO of a small software company, I recognize that providing training opportunities for my staff is critical.  As such, we have developed a number of training initiatives that range from employee lead lunch-and-learn seminars, to online technical training courses, to advanced certification and degree programs.  Likewise, if an employee needs a book or wants to access some online training materials, it is almost always approved.  Our philosophy on this is simple; if an employee wants to take the time to invest in themselves, we will do what we can to cover the costs. 

While small training requests, such as purchasing a book or attending a seminar, are approved with no strings attached, larger training requests may require commitment from the employee.  For employees that wish to earn their Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, for example, we may require that they continue their employment for one year from the date of the course or be asked to pay back the training investment.
In addition to achieving a more highly skilled work force, our training initiatives have also had a major impact on our corporate culture overall.  Our employees know that we are invested in them and reciprocate by investing in us.  Even though there can be concern that employees will utilize our training opportunities to subsequently quit and advance their carriers elsewhere else, we have found just the opposite to be true.  By providing a culture where our employees feel supported in their self-improvement efforts, we have in turn improved our employee retention rates.

As an executive of a small business, I feel I always need to keep my eye on the bottom line.  Through the years, there have been times when I felt we simply could not afford a training initiative or program that was suggested by a member of the management team.  Despite my concerns, however, I cannot think of a single case where we chose to invest in training that turned out to be the wrong move.

Despite being proud of our current training culture, I fully realize that we could always do more.  I often read stories about amazing companies that have found ways to take their training to whole new levels.  While we cannot necessarily match the programs of some of these companies, I have found that rather than getting discouraged, that we can use their success as a catalyst to make improvements in our own programs.  We may not be able to match the very best of these companies, but we can always be looking for ways to integrate some of their training concepts into our existing programs. 

In summary, my advice is simple.  Although it is easy to make excuses as to why to not invest in training, (e.g. it costs too much, I don’t have the time, the employees will leave once trained, etc…), the benefits of having a strong corporate training culture will more than balance out any of these concerns.  Don’t get discouraged if you can’t immediately have the top training program, but constantly work to improve your offerings and your employees and business will both flourish for the effort.

Motivation Tips I use to help me with my eLearning course creativity

Motivation Tips I use to help me with my eLearning course creativity

Have you ever been in a creative funk and couldn’t snap out of it? Sometimes when I’m creating eLearning courses I lose my grove and can’t seem to get it back. I recently read the infographic “16 Simple Motivation Tips to Get More Done” by Wrike and found some pretty helpful tips to help me get back on track. My favorite tip is the “Rock Out” suggestion. Listening to my favorite band or song always puts me in a good mood. And then I throw on some Dave Mathews Band and my creative juices start to flow. I hope you find several tips to help you get out of your creative funk when creating your eLearning courses like I have.

16 Simple Motivation Tips to Get More Done Infographic
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