Super Savings for Fall
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Friday, 27 September 2013 12:07
Educadium is known for its affordable, flexible learning platform used by major nonprofits and corporate trainers around the world.

This month, Educadium's EasyCampus LMS got even more attractive.

Through October, we're offering a 20% discount on all hosted add-ons and custom services. It's a way to say "thank you" to our loyal customers.

On the Add-Ons page on Educadium.com, just include the coupon code fallsavings during checkout to get your savings.

Add-Ons are available to all paid subscribers. With just a one-time fee, your organization can add powerful functionality to your learning activities like Google Apps or learner progress tracking. You can also purchase discounted time for custom theming and course development.

Check out the full list at:

http://www.educadium.com/products/add-ons.html

Remember: This sale expires on October 31st so be sure to take advantage of the savings! Quesions? Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Last Updated on Friday, 27 September 2013 13:19
 
Labor Day Holiday Hours
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Thursday, 29 August 2013 06:53
For the U.S. Labor Day Holiday, the Educadium offices will be closed Friday, August 30th, and will reopen on Tuesday, September 3rd. Online support will still be available. Educadium is gearing up for a busy fall with new hosted LMS services. See you in September!
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 07:07
 
HTML 5 Trends and Learning Platforms
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Monday, 18 March 2013 16:07

How do you access the Internet and your online courses? If you're like most people in 2013, it's probably from a lot of different devices--desktop PCs, tablets, mobile phones, maybe even a wi-fi connected television.

Providing the code to display content in a uniform way across all of these devices might be a technology called HTML5. It's gaining increasing support in the developer community. From gaming apps to dynamic page layouts, HTML5 offers the promise of cross-platform support at a lower price of development.

Browsers like Chrome are leading the way with better HTML5 support. And course authoring tools like Articulate Storyline are now outputting to HTML5 with capabilities on par with Flash. For the end user, it means more engaging yet fully accessible learning content, anytime, anywhere.

 HTML5

Educadium has been incorporating HTML5 developments into its LMS road map and course development projects. Some are available for view on our demonstration sites. Educadium can even offer your EasyCampus LMS site an HTML5 video player to help you embed HTML5-authored videos in your courses.

Recently, Educadium President Todd Harris sat down with LMS consultancy Tagoras to discuss some of the trends in HTML5 and how it's impacting the learning management market. Check out the audio interview.

HTML5 is just one option in developing course content. Do you have questions about how to support your users across multiple digital devices? Contact us. Let us help you devise a cross-platform hosting and course strategy that works for your budget.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 March 2013 16:52
 
Forecasting for Learning Executives
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Tuesday, 19 February 2013 13:27

The slow-growth economy has had a big impact on all organizations, large and small. Even as some business sectors make a comeback, most business leaders and learning executives remain uncertain and cautious about their prospects in 2013.

That uncertainty impacts directly the budgets of training professionals, educators, and HR directors.

According to a recent U.S. study, the outlook for training fell for the third straight quarter in late 2012. This comes from research for the Learning Executive Confidence Index (LXCI).

 

The good news? These scores remain higher than they were in 2009 and 2010 when the economy was at its lowest point. The LXCI is a six-month measurement of attitudes by the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD).

Some interesting highlights from the LXCI study:

  • 70% of learning executives believe corporate performance will be better in the next six months.
  • 56% believe the resources needed to meet training goals will be the same or worse in early 2013.
  • 51.4% think that over the next six months, training will improve organizational performance.

So while the near term is a bit cloudy, most learning professionals expect the training function will receive greater attention and higher funding within the next year. However, almost half feel that there will be an increase within 18 months.

What does this mean for your organization? You have to do more with less, especially in the first half of 2013. Learning management and course development must be accomplished in an environment of reduced funding. Look to vendors and partners (including Educadium) that can best stretch your dollars for hosting and content development.

Need answers about accomplishing your training goals through affordable learning management strategies? Contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 February 2013 14:18
 
Online Education Grows and Grows
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Tuesday, 11 September 2012 07:26

Is your organization changing with the times?

Except when there are major tipping points, we often forget about the ongoing transformations going on with technology right under our feet.

According to Professor Doug Ward, fast Internet connections, computers and smart phones now provide easy and unprecedended access to online material. This creates the potential to "speak with, work with, and learn from nearly anyone in the world."

Ward says that information (once something people had to seek out) now flows easily to them. For trainers and educators, the changes have major implications.

It's possible now to capture voice lectures and training and put it online at very little cost. Inexpensive storage on platforms like those offered by Educadium has made retrieval cheap and easy. The iPad and other on-the-go tools have provided portable means of accessing and creating information.

The upshot? Your organization may need to move more agressively to keep up with your computer-savvy workforce and user base.

In the book Liberating Learning, Moe and Chubb say that this technological transformation is "reshaping the fundamentals of how human beings from every corner of the globe communicate, interact, conduct their business, and simply live their lives from day to day." This will mean a system-wide change in the processes used to teach, learn and train.

It's an exciting time!

 
Live Online Classroom Tips
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Thursday, 16 August 2012 07:54

Self-paced learning has taken the training world by storm.

It's cost-effective, media-rich, and convenient for end-users and admins. The expenses are upfront, but once content is built and deployed professionally on a good LMS (hint, hint), self-paced learning pays big dividends. Educadium is a leader in hosted self-paced training and other online learning methods.

But it's a big world online, so it's always smart to look at alternative and complimentary training and education methods.

Training consultant Cindy Huggett is a big fan of synchronous virtual training--in other words, webinars, whiteboarding, screensharing, and live virtual classrooms. These one-to-many and many-to-many sessions can produce terrific learning outcomes.

So if you thought webinars were just for marketers, then it's time to think again.

A good virtual experience takes time and planning. What is the best way to engage a global audience in a live training session? Huggett has some tips for trainers:

  • use visuals
  • speak slowly
  • choose words carefully
  • post discussion questions either on screen or in a chat window
  • call on participants by name
  • and be mindful of potential language limitations

She also recommends working with at least one more person, a producer to help with questions and technology issues. Huggett has some solid advice and resources for facilitating a virtual training session.

 

At Educadium, we think live meetings add vibrancy and diversity (and even revenue) to any learning site. Moreover, they can be recorded and re-purposed into valuable course content in a self-paced environment.

Need more information? Our team can show you how to incorporate synchronous learning strategies into your Educadium site.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 August 2012 08:46
 
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