Embedding Custom Font in an eLearning Course

Last week I was working on an e-Learning course which needs to be delivered in HTML5 – a course to be compatible with Mobile devices. The software used for this project was Captivate. Everything in the course was working fine until client want to use a specific font that was not a free or default font available on the user machine.

If you ever wanted to embed a custom font in the course, then this is the post/tutorial for you.

Let’s say you develop a course in Captivate using custom font and published it in HTML5; CSS helps you to embed the custom font into the course publish package.CCS

I would like to share the method to embed font in an elearning course.

Steps to Embed Font Using CSS:

Step 1: Access to the folder assets>css
Step 2: Create a new folder as Fonts
Step 3: Paste the desired Font into the Fonts folder
Step 4: Open CPLibraryAll.css file from assets>css folder
Step 5: Embed the desired font or font family using the below code example:

@font-face {
font-family: ‘texgyreherosregular’;
     src: url(‘fonts/texgyreheros-regular-webfont.eot’);
     src: url(‘fonts/texgyreheros-regular-webfont.eot?#iefix’)      format(‘embedded-opentype’),
     url(‘fonts/texgyreheros-regular-webfont.woff’) format(‘woff’),
     url(‘fonts/texgyreheros-regular-webfont.ttf’) format(‘truetype’),
     url(‘fonts/texgyreheros-regular-webfont.svg#texgyreherosregular’)      format(‘svg’);
     font-weight: normal;
     font-style: normal;

Step 6: Find ‘.cp-actualText’ class in the same CPLibraryAll.css file and add below code

.cp-actualText span{

Step 7: Run the course to view the result

Things to remember when combining Gamification with mLearning

Gamification with mLearning

Gamification is a much talked about topic these days. By the end of 2014, over 70% of the 2000 largest companies have deployed at least a single gamified application. An estimated $5.5 million is expected to be generated by the overall market for gamification tools, applications, and services. Mobile Learning is a technology that is convenient and enhances learning. When these two trends meet together, the resultant outcome is something really awesome.

The best practices to integrate gamification and mobile learning in a single platform:

Make sure to teach just one or two objectives

Remember to put a limit on the number of objectives your game teaches. This makes your game easy to design and develop as you can put more attention to making your game and course mobile friendly. A lot of creativity and hard work is involved in game design, and you will always want to focus on making your game purposeful. So, it is always a good idea to limit your game to just a single, or maybe two, objectives alone.

Create a game that is scenario-based

A scenario based game is always better in allowing your learners to develop a certain set of skills. The game should be made such that it focuses on the same actions that your learner is expected to perform in real life situations. Whenever your learner meets the different checkpoints or the goals specified in the game, include some achievable rewards. This is a motivation to try and succeed in the endeavour. This motivation will surely reflect in their real life on the job performance as well.

Make your game social

Make full use of the different social platforms available for you on the mobile devices and gamification. Leaderboard, instant message, and multiple players are effective features. This gives way to competition and incorporate communication for the learners. They see their fellow competitors and get motivated to strive harder. When motivated employees become more social, they will be more engaged with the game.

Select a mobile delivery system that is secure

You must always choose a secure mobile learning platform to keep all the confidential information secure. With mobile learning, employees get easier access to information on the devices. They will use the devices for socialising too. Select an mLearning platform uses effective encryption and does not allow leakage of any sort. Lectora is the best in this case. It uses over the air, in the cloud, double encryption, and single sign on security features.

Using mLearning and Gamification together will help you create a combination strategy that is very convenient and engaging. Use Lectora Mobile to deliver your content with ease.


Elearning Course Modules Must Become Mobile Friendly


Smart Phones, iPads, and Tablets Have Become Common

The spreading out of technology has initiated the emergence of numerous newfangled gadgets, and this is all the more true as far as the communication arena is concerned. Because of the all-embracing technological advancements, various innovative changes took place in the field of telecommunication during the running decade. The period witnessed a real surge of hi-tech devices, in particular, diverse types of personal gadgets. Smart phones, iPads, iPhones, and tablets are some of such devices which have made communication effective and easy. Even common people can procure these gadgets without harming their wallets as most of these items bear affordable price tags. These economical personal gadgets enable the users to search the web on the go; they can check ‘emails’, ’Google maps’, enter their ‘social media sites’, check the ‘latest news’ and ‘sports events’ or can play ‘online’ games. Besides, those who are taking part in eLearning programs can go through their course materials while traveling. Indeed, all of these are welcome matters, because, individuals will not have to spend their official, or spare time for performing such activities. To sum up, when websites are created in a responsive mode, with good adaptability to the various mobile devices, webmasters can expect a good flow of traffic, which is fundamentally crucial as far as the healthy survival of websites are concerned. This is applicable to eLearning websites also.

Instructional Designers must Create Mobile-friendly Elearning Sites

Desktop computers have lost the initial significance, just because of the easy availability of functional mobile devices such as smartphones, iPads, iPhones, and tabs. In our time, desktops are mostly used only within the various office structures. In its place people have started to apply the handy nature of the aforesaid devices. As this is the core reality, only when proper mlearning methods are brought in to the process of eLearning, the courses concerned will become effectual. Instructional designers must note this pragmatic point while designing eLearning courses; this will do a lot good to them, as well as to the course participants. Transferring the pattern of eLearning courses into the platform of mobile learning will make the contents more customer-friendly. As a result, the related eLearning courses will become all the rage.

Moreover, there is yet another crucial matter that must be specifically noted in this context. In tune with the overall change in the technological advancements and perfectly in coordination with the pragmatic requirements of the end-users, the major search engine Google has already announced that it is going to make the needed modification to its present algorithm. Consequently, by the end of April 2015, mobile-friendly websites will have an edge over the other sites as far as the ‘Search Engine Results Pages’ are concerned. Taking into account this major shift in the Google policy, it is always wise to design all future eLearning courses in a mobile-friendly fashion. This will certainly create more popularity to such courses and as a result will bring in more patrons for the eLearning programs concerned.

Possibilities of making classroom based practical via e-Learning

I was working on an e-Learning module on how to “tie a knot to restrain load on the vehicle.” Till date, I have developed more than 1500+ hours of courses. But for the first time, I’ve got a situation where I felt as if I was running out of ideas to make the course interactive.

The challenge here was to teach the user how to work around with the ropes. If training was on software simulation, then gamification, scenarios and drag & drop would have made the things interactive. But here it was working with ropes and I was not sure how to make it interactive.

Initially, I used static images with explanatory text to explain the procedure on how to tie a knot. Later, I realised that it was not allowing the learners to practice it in a virtual environment. So, I tried to make multiple choice questions, but again I felt it was not so engaging.

By making the real time video or 2D animation, the content can be presented in a good format but budget will go up. More importantly, the client was expecting an activity which is more near to the reality.

Then I searched on web for ideas which can make my life easy. After browsing many websites and considering the flexibility available in Articulate Storyline, I’ve made an activity which gave a satisfactory output.

The output is interesting, engaging and near to the reality. Using the same methodology, here is an example of what we have developed on “How to tie a Tie?” Please experience the solution and provide your feedback.

Mobile Learning Has Virtually Replaced Desktop E-Learning


Mobile learning has become par for the course in many areas including industrial, educational, and corporate training programs. In the initial period of e-learning, most of the programs were created to go well with desktops. However, as the bulk of the present-day internet activities are happening on the go, e-learning approaches have also undergone drastic transformation. Modern e-learning partakers prefer to go for mobile learning courses; this is because of the high popularity and availability of mobile devices. Precisely in tune with this rising demand for mobile learning modules, instructional designers make it a point to create mobile friendly e-learning courses, so that all course participants can easily log on to their e-learning programs even while they are on the move.

Rapid Authoring Tools

Mobile Content creation can be done smartly and effectively by using various rapid authoring tools. ‘Rapid Learning’ is a method by which e-learning modules are prepared precisely, promptly and in a methodical manner, in order that the essence of the involved topic is conveyed to the course participants lucidly and without losing the core essence. Rapid authoring tools make the process of e-learning creation easy. The popular and effective rapid authoring tools include ‘Adobe Captivate’, ‘Lectora’, ‘Storyline’, ‘Active Presenter’, ‘iSpring’, etc. All modern instructional designers must be well-versed with these mobile content creation tools, and only then the e-learning courses developed by them will become helpful to the course partakers. E-learning courses which are created in mediocre methods and without applying the appropriate rapid authoring tools will lead the course participants astray! Hence, good care must be taken while choosing the right rapid authoring tools; this is crucial to set the standard of the mobile learning modules.

Mobile Learning Courses and Rapid Authoring Tools

  • ‘Time’ is one of the most vital factors as far as the creation of e-Learning courses are concerned; the connected contents should be incorporated with precision and perfectness, and it is here the handiness of rapid authoring tools becomes essential.
  • Rapid authoring tools facilitate easy and speedy e-learning course creation. The availability of ‘off the rack’ templates and the incorporated aspects such as the ‘feature to easily include elements like ‘audio’, ‘videos’, ‘illustrations’, and ‘animation’ make rapid authoring tools all the more powerful. You can create interesting and expressive e-learning courses by making use of rapid authoring tools.
  • There is another significant gain of applying the efficacy of rapid authoring tools; instructional designers can save the processing time, and will require less effort and money. Besides, the created e-learning course can be delivered through diverse types of platforms including mobile phones, tablets, and also, desktops. In short, e-learning courses that are created using rapid authoring tools can be accessed at any time and anywhere.
  • As all key features such as the ‘navigation’, ‘menu’, and ‘volume control’, etc are provided, instructional designers will not have to use more effort while creating the contents.
  • The mobile learning modules created using rapid authoring tools can be accessed using all existing browsers. Such courses can also be hosted on ‘Learning Management System (LMS)’, and moreover, the audio system will be well coordinated.
  • Various functions like the ‘slide transitions’, ‘illustrations’, ‘scrolling effects’, etc can be slotted in, and this will enhance the effectiveness of the mobile learning courses concerned.

Blended Learning is Useful for Designing Corporate E-learning Courses


Technological innovations have brought in high quality improvements in all fields of human interests, and the arena of education is not an exception. Varied types of technological tools facilitate the learning process of the present generation. Though e-learning methods have become all the rage for quite some time now, with the introduction of the blended learning approach, they have become more lucid and coherent. Blended learning solutions are appropriate tools for designing operative corporate e-learning courses. In blended learning, the effectiveness of classroom learning and the innovative digital learning methods are blended, and thus the course becomes pragmatically good for corporate training and self-development programs.

Blended Learning – Key Attributes

The main purpose of all training programs is to make the participants fully aware of the subject that is discussed, irrespective of the schemes employed for the same. The participants must not only comprehend the contents in entirety, but also become competent to apply them in practical terms. Blended learning solutions make the process of learning uncomplicated and straightforward. Classroom learning will pass on the essential knowledge regarding the various connected theories and concepts, and also will give the participants detailed hands-on training, whenever the same is required. The digital presentation modes, on the other hand, will give them more extensive study on both theories and practical, so that they become experts in implementing the same without much ado. This sensible combination is actually the essence of blended learning and is the reason for its popularity.

Yet another significant plus point of blended learning is that the related training strategies can be twined together without losing the real spirit of the learning course concerned. The overall structure and the synchronization of the elearning courses can be easily carried out by applying the appropriate blended learning solutions. This will be handy in dealing training classes in which there are a lot of participants. You can reduce the classroom teaching hours to the bare minimum; just to convey the key relevant points and then can switchover to videoconferencing. This will only enhance the quality and efficacy of the training course concerned.

Learning Management System or LMS

The sharing of the elearning course materials can be performed through the innovative technological technique of ‘Learning Management System (LMS)’. By this way, the essence of the subject can be communicated to the participants effectively and in a cohesive manner. LMS can be also utilized for conducting the required and relevant course tests, related surveys, or for issuing the course certificates.

In fact, LMS is a pivotal tool by which you can manage the entire training process successfully. You can make use of functional ‘classroom apps’, this will enable you to arrange ‘active’ training programs by picking relevant location, time, and the related learning course materials. If you can incorporate the most advanced level apps such as the ‘unified calendar’ in the system, you will be able to make sure that all course participants are attending the training program, and thus can impart the course contents to the entire group in a worthwhile fashion.

M-learning will assist Instructor-led Traditional Classroom Training


E-learning Training Methods Vs Traditional Classroom Training

Traditional classroom training consumes more time, but, face-to-face interaction is possible. The trainer and the participants can share a common platform and goal, and this can create rapid developments as far as the training program is concerned. Nevertheless, e-learning training methods have their own benefits. It is a pragmatic fact that short e-learning modules offer easy referring facility to the employees, and this facilitates the final execution process. When e-learning methods are applied, the entire training program becomes enjoyable and effortless; employees can undergo the training process using their own time and space!

One of the main practical flaws of traditional classroom training is that the partakers may forget the real essence of the covered topic within a short period. Hence, they will have to go back to the learning process once again, which will be more or less difficult and thus, they will be compelled to gather the information from their ‘classroom notes’, which they might have created in a slipshod manner. Obviously, this will cause imperfection during the implementation period. However, if connected e-learning modules are attached to the traditional classroom training courses, the partakers will be benefited. It will be very easy for them to refer such e-learning modules, which can be made available in different formats like ‘videos’, ‘tips’, ‘how to guides’, or ‘podcasts’. The training participants can use them in a relaxed manner, whenever they need to know the matter concerned in-detail.

Mobile Learning Has Become Common and Realistic

In our time, the process of e-learning has entered a new phase and now, instead of the word ‘e-learning’, everybody tend to use the word ‘mlearning’ or ‘mobile learning’. Desktops become handy only within offices and houses, and when the users move out, they become inadequate and ineffective! Nevertheless, the influx of modern mobile gadgets like smartphones and tablets has solved this dilemma to a great extent. In tune with this latest development, e-learning methods have also changed considerably. The stock-still nature of desktops was indeed a great obstacle to the bulk of the e-learning population, especially for those who are always on the move. The advent of smartphones and tabs has changed the existing e-learning scenario; now, mobile learning has gain momentum. These days, instructional designers have started to design e-learning modules that go well with such mobile devices.

E-learning Process Becomes More Effective through Mlearning

  • The effectiveness of e-learning courses can be assessed more proficiently through mobile devices, as the process will be convenient to the course participants and therefore, they will get involved in the assessment process voluntarily.
  • The process of giving ‘feedback’ is quite easy through mobile devices, and in fact, this is a most relevant aspect of mlearning. Moreover, this will be beneficial to both the e-learning course managers, as well as the participants. Because of the easiness of the procedure, more participants will be willing to give feedbacks, and this will pay the way for the enhancement of the quality of the e-learning courses.
  • Mlearning can be made more effective by creating a compulsory assessment test, which the participants can complete through their mobile phones. This can be made an obligatory part of the overall certification process. The assessment test can be of short duration and can be created through games, quizzes, or similar related programs, so that the participants feel interested to complete it.
  • In brief, we can say that mlearning will facilitate the instructor-led traditional classroom training if the modules can be created innovatively and in line with the modern social tastes.





Mobile Learning Trends – Taking the leap forward


Mlearning courses are an excellent and exciting tool and way for ELearning developers. Mlearning is finally taking off and is also flourishing in new skills which are needed for bringing out the ELearning content for the mobile learners. The best usage of a particular smartphone is their support tool and the best appropriate names for the same can be termed as MSupport or Mresource rather than naming it to be Mlearning. In terms of support system, phones have turned out to be pretty decent as they can find and locate tools that can help to research something on the spot rather than waiting for an individual or computer to gain knowledge about the same as such.

ELearning mobile learning can be termed as the same terms as it follows the same trends and work mode qualities for the users. Sometimes an individual not necessarily to remember what was been searched or located which was the need on the hour, it can be recollected again. Mobile learning trends are taking a leap forward with its new emerging technologies and flourishing themselves in the market with new upgraded technologies. These days the term Mlearning has become very entrenched but it is believed that it is wrongly termed. But it is observed that mobile phone market is taking over and according to the statistical analysis, a whopping 91% of people own a mobile phone but the owners are not using their phones for ELearning courses. They are using the mobile phones as a distribution method.

If there is 100% increase in the usage of mobile phones, but the key phenomenon over here is that what is the usage percentage of mobiles for eLearning specifically?? Not more than 5% as such, rather it is used as a distribution strategy for delivering mobile learning solutions, there are several ways through which this could be done which includes of reducing the usage of mobile technologies to mimic what is done with the help of other technologies. This is considered to be done all the while because when ELearning first came out, it was like wanderlust for the users, something fast easy and magical.

Another trend that should be considered was to start paying attention as to how people actually like to use their mobile phones. What is the main purpose of using their mobile phones as such? The majority of the public uses their mobiles for playing games that actually help people learn something while they play a particular game or even videos that people would enjoy while learning a particular aspect as such. Another emerging opportunity is the creation of podcasts or audio books. Considering on how to nurture and enable people in order to use online social communities for ELearning and people are using this device for social interactions and helps them to become proficient with social tools. Let the people explore on their own rather than trying to figure out how the system works.



Translate your eLearning Courses To Other Languages Very Easily


Translating eLearning materials should be simple, whereas finding high-quality, fast service for the same is challenging. The main idea is to search various ways and simpler methods of translating ELearning modules into other languages. To find an excellent translator is a difficult job to do but once it is found, it can be proved to be one of the best. ELearning translation is picking up pace in today’s time and is also gaining importance it the market. The quality of a translation is considered as a part of what an instructional designer would be responsible for all the deals done under translating courses into foreign languages.

Further are some of the recommendations that ELearning designers would find it helpful and useful for their translation process.

  • Usage of bullets and pointers instead of long narratives would help in a better way. This would help in known the exact translation without missing on the major points in the content.
  • All the graphic symbols used should be universal and recognized by everyone. Visual objects tend to mean different for different people. Avoid making the visual symbols offensive keeping in mind the various cultures all around the world.
  • Special attention should be given to appropriate spacing because while translating, the text spaces usually tend to expand and create a fuss for the readers. If the size is not taken into consideration then this may turn out to be a disaster.
  • The selection of the font matters a lot. It should be chosen wisely because when the text is translated into a non-roman alphabet language, the text will tend to be disturbed. Try avoiding funky text and use only Unicode text which would be simple as well as easy.
  • If the selected topic has some elements that are related to a certain cultural conflicts or sexual harassments, then don’t literally translate the entire content. Try to translate it into a specific way that it would not hurt anybody’s sentiments and it would also fulfil the task of translation with appropriate words and meaning for the same.
  • If you are uploading your translations on LMS, than be sure that it can handle the technical localization aspects.
  • Before the submission of the courses of translation, it is important to ask for multiple quotes. After that, send a short description of the translation in order to check the quality of the translation. If the language is unknown to you, then first send the translation to the editor in order to review it and then make the further proceedings. It is always preferable to get the translation reviewed by the editor because it has to be done any which ways.

Use these simple tips for ELearning translation into several languages.


Transfer your regular training to mobile learning in a few simple steps

Mobile Learning

Transferring the regular training programs to mobile learning is one of the best ways to make full use of the technology available in front of you. Transfer the elements in to the perfect format to learn on mobiles, and see the difference for yourself.

A rational LMS decision

The first step in this direction is to take a rational LMS decision. Here, you need to find out if it is time to get a new LMS. If you see that your LMS is performing only sub-optimally for mobile learning, you need to actually do away with it rather than upgrading it constantly. You need an all new LMS that is completely functional on the mobile devices. Most companies hesitate to change their usual LMS thinking it to be a rather hectic process. But, actually it can help you a whole lot in the long run. Making a wise and rational decision about the LMS at the right time helps you give LMS the importance it deserves, and also helps your company maintain the good talent and good business available.

Content Strategy

The second step is to have a content strategy that is mobile – centred. You need to create a plan that is holistic and outlines the list of contents that need to be taught using the mobile device. It must also define how this needs to be implemented. Governing the whole procedure, maintaining it for a long term, and constant revision of the content are other aspects that need to be taken in to account. So, you have 4 aspects to this – Plan, Design, Govern, and Maintain.

Responsive UI

Getting a responsive user interface is effective to get your user hooked on. You can easily create interest if you direct the course on actions that depend on the user. This way, the learners get a chance to become more active other than just sitting and receiving the training in a passive manner. Users may usually lose interest in a while, so make sure you keep them attentive and captured all through the process.

Blend in other formats

There are a number of different forms of learning. Mobile learning is not something that is absolute and can be used by itself. You need to effectively blend it with the different forms of learning available in front of you. Reinforcing the concepts is what makes your mobile learning strategy more effective. Give mobile learning the importance it needs, but fit it well in to your training schedule and make it an effective part of it.

Planning carefully and detailing the whole procedure is what helps you transfer your regular training procedures in to mobile learning more effectively. Make the most out of it.