Creating Smart Linear model Elearning Courses

Elearning

Linear Type Click and Read E-Learning Courses

Though linear type click and read elearning courses have become par for the course of almost all present-day online training courses, some of such elearning courses are obviously mind-numbing. The participants of such elearning courses will not only feel a bit dull, because of the monotonous ways of handling the subject, but also will have a difficult time in grasping the essence of the course concerned. The primary reason for this dullness of some online training courses is the lack of creative thinking on the part of the instructional designers. They might have created the elearning courses without taking the learner’s interests into consideration and giving excessive significance to the content part.

This undue focus on the subject and the lack of learner’s interests convert such online training courses into a state of utter boredom, and obviously the learners will get a feel of stranded!

That being said, it does not mean that all click and read elearning courses are mediocre or inferior. This method of generating elearning course is not completely faulty. In fact, it is a great way to impart knowledge pragmatically.

Due Attention is Needed While Designing E-Learning Courses

Why some of the online training courses become droning? The basic fact is that when elearning courses are designed without underpinning the related contents with quality interactive visuals, there is a possibility of boredom creeping in!

Creating Smart E-Learning Courses

Instructional designers must make use of quality authoring tools such as operative e-learning software and effectual eTemplates for the same. In our time, high quality authoring tools such as Articulate Elearning software, Captivate Elearning templates, and Templates Lectora are available. Instructional designers must make sure that the created elearning courses come out rich in quality content; they must give top quality visuals to support the depicted topic. This approach of making use of effectual authoring tools will make elearning courses interactive. Such online training courses will get the desired approbation from the participants.

In fact, linear click and read content elearning courses are practically good; the only thing you have to take care is to present the content in a pragmatic way. You must not confuse the participants. The language used for conveying the topic is also significant. It is always better not to depend on confusing terminology; the participants must feel at ease while perusing the elearning courses. Instructional designers can also illustrate some worthwhile example so that the participants of the online training courses get the hang of it in a better way.

The Best Way to Create Interactive E-Learning Courses

While giving interactive visuals, the instructional designers must introduce some specific characters and related backdrops; this will enhance the clarity of the contents. They should put some effort to create brilliant layouts and visuals by making use of the varied resources to keep the participants of the elearning courses focused.

Of course, you can make use of a pre-built interactive model. You can build a typical interactive base and save it as a template. Use this template, and just put the created contents in it. One of the key benefits of using reusable templates is that you can make the process of elearning course creation cost-effective. These days, various resources are available from the online elearning groups; make use of these valuable resources and tips.

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Simulations – A way of Elearning

“If you tell me, I will listen. If you show me, I will see. But if you let me experience, I will learn.”

The market for E-learning is ever growing and there are clear indications that it would continue to grow tremendously in the future. The concept of E-learning has revolutionized the whole system of education and training. With ever increasing demand of innovation in the field of content development and authoring tools to make the learning more interactive, effective and productive. The integration of simulation in E-learning has taken a major leap. When we talk about simulation in E-learning content development, we emphasize on the content and training modules with engagement and interactive approach towards the whole process of E-learning. Where the learners are given ample opportunities to participate at all the diverse levels of learning with more participation and freedom to experience the training on a wider and effective level. The major challenge faced by the content developers is to devise and design the E-learning content to have maximum possibilities for hands on experimentation, where the learners get chance to maximize their learning by practically doing things and deriving conclusions.

The most critical contribution in the process of learning is offered through our senses. And the four critical stages forming the learning web are watching, thinking, feeling and doing.  Among these senses the most important is learning while doing things on our own and that adds subtlety to the whole process of learning. In earlier E-learning course development the idea of interactivity was not given ample importance or sometimes this crucial aspect has been completely ignored but now with changing scenario and latest technological advancement the need for more extensive and exhaustive authoring tools are in demand. Putting up challenges to content experts or developers to have more intensive and interactive courseware. The simulations in E-learning bring the learners close to the real life situations. Where they relate to their past experiences and that helps them get the final outcome or the conclusion. Thus simulation in E-learning opens a horizon of doing and learning, in turn the training where the students are involved directly with their learning, keeps them motivated and involved as they play a decisive role in learning itself, instead of just being guided.

Simulations can be categorized depending on the level of complexity offered through instructions (Source: William Horton, 2000), they are as follows:

1.One shot Simulations: As the name says it all, these simulations are utilized for the courses offered for one time learning. The software and process training utilizes this type of simulation for the execution of courseware or training. The learners are given ample opportunity to learn while doing. And they are also provided with option of correcting mistakes and then moving forward through the ladder of learning and experimenting. This gives the learners ample space to do and redo in case of mistakes and the freedom and the ownership plays critical role in the process of training.

2.Simulations through examples: Under this category the simulations are provided in terms of situations. In turn creating enthusiasm to intervene and to determine and conclude the following relevant steps to take up the course to the next level. Every little step is crucial and critical for the final outcome. And the learners get the option of trying many times to get the required outcome. Which keeps them motivated and involved throughout the learning process. This type of simulation gives the learners an opportunity to think logically and derive conclusion cognitively.

  •  In this scenario learners listen, read or view about a situation, often describing the conflict between individuals.
  •   At every level the learners are offered with some choices to give them clue as to how to proceed.
  •   All the different choices pave the way for different outcomes and results.
  •   The outcomes would not be categorized into right and wrong but clear cut guidelines are offered to the learners to decide which route they want to follow and how they need to reach the conclusion. The real life examples help them to reach the conclusion in a more decisive way.

3. Microworlds: In this scenario the learners are offered a virtual representation of the real environment.

In this form of Simulation which is known as Microwords, the learners get an opportunity to physically interact with all the elements and learn from their experience.

The other striking discipline emerging is the Gamification, which uses game thinking. The software integrated with social psychology helps to develop programs that eventually enhance business prospects throughout the organization and almost all the industries. Simulations or business war games are used as powerful tools to aid decision making, improved strategic planning and foster enhanced team building and collaboration. These tools can be utilised over a wider range of fields  such as strategic development, education,psychology and academic areas.

We at swift Elearning are at par with the current trends in the field of E-learning content development integrated with simulations. We have a team of highly skilled experts to develop E-learning content with simulations and Gamification.

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Articulate Storyline, an incredible tool for e-Learning courses

Articulate Storyline

One of the greatest authoring tools in the field of E-learning appears to be in the form of Articulate storyline. Articulate storyline is the extension of Articulate ’09 suite with advanced and robust features and technological advancement. Articulate has been an integral part of the E-learning industry for a long time for its Articulate ’09 suite edition. The E-learning authoring tools include Articulate presenter, Articulate Quiz maker, Articulate engage and Articulate suite as well. Then a Stage came when it was realized to have robust and technologically more comprehensive tools.

E-learning authoring tools have seen the advent of a revolution with the merge of Articulate with storyline. The E-learning content development through Articulate storyline has made the e-learning authoring tools more innovative and interactive; the course developed through Articulate storyline is relatively comprehensive and strongly visual, Which makes it a rapid authoring tool for E-learning content development.

Many of the articulate tools were considered to be user friendly, But apart from being user friendly articulate was lagging behind in terms of vigorous advanced features to make the E-learning course development more comprehensive, ground-breaking and interactive. In turn the need for a robust and powerful tool has facilitated the contraption of storyline, insertion of story line with articulate has brought about fabulous growth, adequacy among all the genre of learners and E-learning developers. The articulate storyline is extremely compatible with mobile devices and that makes it more versatile, handy and effective. The E-learning content development is easy and convenient and caters to the needs of varied level of learners and platform as well. Publishing the E-learning content on multiple devices and formats make it interactive on all the devices as iPads, desktops, laptops and more.

Articulate storyline publishes to Flash, which in turn is compatible on almost all the personal devices and to the Articulate mobile Player, A native iOS application that maximizes the utility of the authoring tool on iPads. The Articulate storyline is used for the development of the content on HTML5, which offers an extensively popular option for E-learning development, with the richness of multimedia and immense scope of interactive learning.

The Articulate storyline offers wide ranging options in terms of innovative and interactive content development. The following are some of the remarkable features related to Articulate storyline;
  1. The interface and customer delight- At a time when applications are invented and introduced on daily basis, it’s important that the users have an exceptional experience in the first go. So it has to be robust, interactive and dependable precisely. Articulate storyline offers excellent user experience.
  2. Simplicity of the Articulate storyline- The authoring tools are hassle free and simple as to give ample support to the content development experts who are not familiar with power point. Instructions and directions are clear that even a naïve can work efficiently on content development.
  3. One stop availability of images and resources- Its extremely critical to have suitable images to create life like scenario and robust visuals. Articulate storyline offers in built options for images depending upon the requirement and suitability. Apart from free images and visual effects, it offers specialized images to buy as well.
  4. Screen recording- It’s an exemplary feature, Articulate storyline takes up an incredible approach altogether. When we record the screen, we end up in a high revolution video, which can be shown or shared with the learners with the help zoom and pan features.
  5. Compatibility of Articulate storyline with HTML5, Flash and mobile learning. The content developed through articulate storyline is compatible with HTML5, which helps the learners to utilize the course on their iPads with ease and comfort.

Swift Elearning services provide E-learning course development through Articulate storyline, Specializing on requirement and background of the learners. We are equipped with latest technology and E-learning course-ware development experts to cater to the needs of our clients universally.

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Achievements of Swift Elearning Services: A journey of success

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Swift Elearning Services Private Limited; An eLearning company based in Hyderabad, India. We provide eLearning solutions, for both educational institutions and corporate enterprises. Swift E-learning established in 2010 with only two people Syed Amjad Ali and Sudheer Panchumarthi. Apart from that swift has gain rapid development in the past four years and now a team of 45 members are working for the company. In Similar lines swift has tremendous increase in client base globally in Australia, US, UK, Saudi Arabia and India. Our elevated quality and reasonable price kept our customer to give us repeat business and retain a long term business relationship.

Swift has delivered many custom eLearning courses to various industries like Software, Banking, Financial, Insurance, Retail, Health care and education etc. We deliver a course with rich graphics, extremely designed and interactive templates to help the learners for easy access of content. We have an experience team of professional Project Managers, Instructional Designers, Graphic Designers, eLearning developers, Programmers and Quality Assurance leads working together to congregate the global client’s need with quality.

Swift has specialized in providing Custom eLearning solutions, Mobile learning solutions, and Translation and localization services. We use various eLearning authoring tools like Adobe Flash, Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, Articulate Studio, Lectora and HTML5 to develop eLearning courses according to the clients’ requirements. In additive to the eLearning we are also developing the mobile learning courses compatible to iOS (iPads, iPhones), Android and windows devices. Other than English we also construct the courses in various international languages Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and Russian & Regional languages like Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Marathi, Oriya and Kannada. We had recently started working on software projects using .Net technologies.

Swift has a mission to proactively deliver the error free, high quality and cost effective eLearning solutions to the clients and aims to become the pioneer in the eLearning Industry.

Check out the sample elearning courses at http://www.elearningserv.com/lms/login/index.php

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SKILLSdox Signs 10 Year Exclusive Deal with Indian Development Firm: Swift Elearning Services

SKILLSdox Inc., an Ottawa, Canada based company and SWIFT Elearning Services Pvt. Ltd. in Hyderabad, India have entered into a 10 year exclusive agreement to build out 100s of eLearning development templates for the most popular authoring tools used by all major organizations around the globe.

SWIFT, an eLearning professional service group was approached by SKILLSdox in the early part of 2013 to discuss opportunities around an outsourcing model. As the development work commenced, SKILLSdox saw in SWIFT the same level of quality, attention to detail and their quick response time. While there are many challenges within the development efforts to produce effective online learning programs, quality and quick response times are usually 2 that contradict each other. “When SKILLSdox approached us about creating over 150 dynamic templates directly in their authoring tool so that they could become more efficient with production timelines without comprising quality, we were excited to be part of this project that could change global development processes.” said Syed Amjad Ali, Director of SWIFT.

As within most project work, there are 3 constraints that are typically present. Time, Cost and Quality. The eLearning industry is no different. When there is pressure to reduce costs for development as an example, either quality or time to completion will suffer. The eLearning industry is relatively still quite young and with most companies still struggling through the development process, SKILLSdox has decided to do something about it. “When building an online course, it can take anywhere from to 4-8 weeks in order to create something that is dynamic, engaging and interactive. Our thought was why not pre design, develop and integrate learning assets directly into the main authoring tools we use. With these pre- developed e-templates, we are then able to reduce costs and development time down to about 1 week without compromising quality. As our library of e-templates increase, so do our efficiencies.” said Brad Loiselle, President of SKILLSdox.

Looking at the industry as a whole, other authoring tools such as Lectora, Captivate, Flash and Articulate all seem to face the same development challenges. Instead of SKILLSdox stopping at only the authoring tool they use, they have decided to expand their development efforts across the board. By combining resources, SKILLSdox and SWIFT are working to provide the industry with one of the largest portfolios of premium eLearning template repositories. SKILLSdox has launched its first version of its offering at www.e-template.ca and will incorporate all the new templates as they become available.

More about SKILLSdox

SKILLSdox, head office located in Ottawa Canada, with an office in Mumbai India, has established an education network and platform that connects quality content partners with in-country channel partners all while supporting the needs of both partners in terms of development services, online infrastructure and marketing support. SKILLSdox also does not charge any upfront costs back the partners for it’s service, but rather focuses on revenue sharing opportunities when the programs are launched solving another problem of affordability. Visit SKILLSdox at: www.skillsdox.com

More about SWIFT

Swift eLearning Services Pvt. Ltd., is a custom eLearning service providers with a blend of technical and subject matter expertise that caters to the specific needs of the training. Their services include: Custom Courseware Development, Rapid e-learning tools, Translations and localizations. Visit SWIFT at: www.elearningserv.com

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Interactive Simulation Courses | Authoring Tools

Elearning has risen up as one of the very effective learning platform. It is not totally a new thing to the world of learning but there is definitely a tremendous change. When Elearning was started, it was only in the “page turning” format where learning was passive. There was no participation of the learner in terms of interactivity. Learner was just expected to watch the still characters or images on the screen in the form of slides. But now scenario has totally changed.

Introduction of Interactive Simulation Courses has revolutionized the process. Learning is no more a long boring session but it has become more enjoyable and interactive with the use of latest Authoring tools. Interactive simulation allows the learner to participate in the process of learning than just being a passive learner.

Let us first understand the process of human understanding of learning through different processes. According to the theory of Bloom’s Taxonomy there are basically three stages of learning:

  • Knowledge level
  • Comprehension level
  • Application level

At the knowledge level, the learner is just looking for certain information or a concept and to know about it. He/she can know about it either reading it or hearing it or by looking at it or with the combination of all three.

At the Comprehension level, the learner has the clear concept and he/she does not just know about the concept but has the understanding of similarities or to differentiate among the different concepts. For example learner not only knows about the concept of fruits and vegetables but also understands the difference between them and can identify Apple and Oranges among Cabbage and Onion.

At the third level, that is the application level, the learner not only has the clear understanding of the concept but is also aware about the application of concepts in the real life. So, here he/she experiences the real life application of concept. That is fruit and vegetables will not only be identified but will also be eaten up in different ways.

According to the above discussed theory, it is clear that if the learner is engaged at all the three levels during the learning process, the knowledge retention will be longer. The concept of interactive learning came into process with the need to make the clearer understanding and with better retention. The simulation process involves the learner in the learning process in such a way that the learning is not done but it is experienced and realized in the real world.

To increase the standard of the Interactive simulation courses, there are many Authoring tools available in the market and many more are being developed every day. Articulate Storyline, Captivate or Camtasia are few of them. These are very popular among the developers and are also reliable to give best possible results. These authoring tools provide the highest grade of simulation interactivity with the use of images, graphics, audio effects and the customized characters.

Need of simulations in the E Learning: After all the discussion the question may arise that does simulation is really required? So here are some reasons which may answer the question.

  • Simulations provide experience to the learner rather than just being the passive audience.
  • It engages the learner at the emotional level and now it is well known and acceptable fact that emotional engagement helps in better retention.
  • Simulations help the learner to actually participate and experience the consequences as part of learning.
  • Simulation converts the passive content to engaging and interactive learning source.
  • Simulation also helps in gamification of the content so that the learner can participate in the form of game and learn.
  • Simulation also helps to prepare learners for the critical condition and create a situation where they have to take decisions.

So, we have seen so many advantages of interactive simulation courses. Swift Elearning Services Pvt. Ltd., provides plenty of courses with the best of the available and possible engaging and interactive features. We have the team of Instructional Designers with the expertise of developing interactive simulation courses using Authoring tools like Captivate, Articulate storyline, Camtasia, Lectora etc.

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Mobile Learning for Training

As the days are passing, mobile has synced into our lifestyle and is digging deeper. Number of mobile devices users is increasing every day. Reports say that by 2012, more than 80% US population will be on mobile. Mobile devices have reached to every sector right from professionals, to educators, to students, to kids and many more. Mobile apps are catering individual of all the age groups. Because of the increasing popularity of these mobile devices, training courses are also offered through mobile devices. Professionals now prefer mobile courses for training over the traditional training. This is the era of mobile workforce.

What is Mobile Learning?

With the introduction of mobile devices like iOS devices i.e. iphone, ipad, smart phones, tablets etc., information is at the fingertips. Mobile learning is basically the process of learning through mobile applications where courses are given online through Internet and are designed to be given on mobile platform without any actual instructor. These courses are designed keeping in mind the learners need by the Instructional Designer.

Mobile training- very popular among entrepreneur and professionals

There are various reasons which encourage professionals to go mobile.

  • First advantage is that you don’t have to go anywhere for training. It can be done at workplace, at home and even during travelling. This not only saves time but it controls the training cost and is very comfortable also.
  • Second advantage is that one doesn’t have to swallow in the whole training at one time as happens in the traditional training but he/she has the advantage of learning at his/her own pace and convenience. It gives the option of selective learning.
  • The next very important advantage is that the individual is always connected and can be updated at anytime during the learning process through mobile learning. Mobile learning courses can be updated or upgraded at any instance without going to actual location of the learner.

These benefits make the online learning the first choice among learners. There are many companies who cater the needs of the demand of this mobile world. One of them is Swift Elearning Services Pvt. Ltd., which is one of the pioneer companies in its field with long list of very satisfied clients all over the world. It has the team of very dedicated developers and instructional designers who always find new and innovative ways to provide something new to its learner by using the latest authoring tools like Articulate storyline, HTML5, etc.

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