Marcus Markovic – Elucidat https://www.elucidat.com Thu, 08 Sep 2022 10:24:47 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0.2 5 reasons you shouldn’t just rely on your LMS authoring functionality https://www.elucidat.com/blog/5-reasons-you-shouldnt-just-rely-on-your-lms-authoring-functionality/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 10:24:52 +0000 https://www.elucidat.com/?p=8950 If your business is going to develop the skills it needs to survive and thrive during another period of disruption, the right L&D tools are critical. Faced with budget cuts, reducing your learning technology costs may seem like a good idea. But could limiting your tools also limit your impact? Find out why using a […]

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If your business is going to develop the skills it needs to survive and thrive during another period of disruption, the right L&D tools are critical. Faced with budget cuts, reducing your learning technology costs may seem like a good idea. But could limiting your tools also limit your impact? Find out why using a Learning Management System (LMS) alone won’t create the business results you need.

LMS authoring functionality

LMS tools vs standalone authoring tools 

An LMS and an authoring tool are designed to play different but essential roles. An authoring tool enables you to create interactive and engaging digital learning. The LMS allows you to host, deliver and track this elearning, alongside other learning experiences. 

There can be a bit of crossover between the two tools. Some LMSs offer basic content creation, while some authoring tools have options to publish and host outside the LMS. However, if you want to maximize their impact, you need to combine these two pieces of tech.

Want to explore these tools in more detail? Find out what’s on the market in our full reviews of SCORM compliant LMSs, LMS platforms, LMS alternatives and authoring tools.

5 reasons you shouldn’t just rely on your LMS authoring functionality

If your LMS has authoring capabilities, it may seem like a cost-effective choice to use this functionality. But before you commit to relying solely on your LMS authoring tool, you need to consider some of the limitations of this approach. 

Here are five key reasons that you should consider an authoring tool alongside your LMS:

  1. Improving content quality 

Even the best LMS needs engaging learning content if it’s going to be effective. Although an LMS may have some authoring capability, it’s often quite basic – limited to text, images and simple questions. This can create uninspiring learning experiences. 

As Brandon Hall Group’s Principal Analyst, Michael Rochelle highlighted: great content is the “lynchpin to a good learner experience.” 

When we surveyed people to uncover the secrets of corporate training success, the majority of learners highlighted the desire for more personalized and interactive content. If your learning isn’t relevant and engaging, you won’t hold your learner’s attention. Whether it’s decreasing productivity, customer issues or drops in sales, without effective training your employees’ performance suffers. Ultimately, it’s well-designed, personalized learning content that changes behavior and impacts performance. By using a tool that’s dedicated to authoring, you can produce quality digital learning that’s truly tailored to your learners. Not content for content’s sake.

You can find out more about the link between content, engagement and learning in Michael Rochelle’s learner performance insights video.

  1. Evolving functionality

Authoring will only be a small part of any LMS platform. The focus of investment for the LMS provider will always be on developing the central LMS functionality. And this means that the limited authoring capabilities the platform offers isn’t going to change any time soon.

Since the term ‘elearning’ was coined in 1999, authoring technology has rapidly changed – from the rise and demise of Flash to the reign of HTML and responsive design. With a tool dedicated to creating elearning, you can be confident that your chosen authoring tool’s team are fully focused on developing new functionality and improving the authoring experience. 

For example, at Elucidat, we have a research-led roadmap shaped by thousands of active users. Learning Consultants work directly with L&D teams to improve their output and feed this experience, along with the latest instructional design approaches, into our tool development. In the last 12 months alone, enhancements have been made throughout the authoring process, including content creation, collaboration and reviews as well as project releases. Find out more in our Product Roundup

  1. Staying in control 

Technology moves fast. The L&D tools that work for you now may not be the ones you need in the future. 

If you ever decide to move to a different LMS vendor and you’ve used it to create content, you may lose access to this digital learning. Whereas, if you’ve created content with an authoring tool, you can move this content to any new LMS you choose.

  1. Collaborative working

In an LMS, user permissions tend to be limited to the admin role. Opening up authoring outside your team can be risky. If you want someone to create or edit learning content, you often have to give them access to everything. Whether it’s altered content or deleted courses, this could lead to serious issues. Your LMS will often contain sensitive employee data, so it may not be feasible to enable access to others to produce learning content.

Authoring tools have more granular user permissions. This means you can maintain control while opening up collaborative content creation to anyone across your organization. 

  1. Scaling up production

Without the ability to open up LMS authoring across your organization, it can be difficult to respond to training needs at scale. If your team doesn’t have the capacity, you may even need to outsource content creation to an elearning agency. This will reduce any cost savings you’ve achieved by not using an authoring tool.

From content creation to localization, an authoring tool allows you to optimize the development process while maintaining quality.

In summary

An LMS is essential for rolling out and managing learning and development at your organization. If your LMS offers authoring functionality, you may want to make use of it for basic needs. But remember that even the best LMS won’t be as effective as specific, dedicated learning content created in an authoring platform. Especially if your platform of choice enables easy personalization, offers simple but powerful templates, or even provides guidance for novices on how to create impactful learning experiences. 

Top authoring tools are packed with the specific functionality you need to produce truly engaging learning experiences. Plus they produce content that can be easily updated and re-released, by anyone, to any LMS you use. They also come with the capabilities that allow you to manage high-scale content production – bringing together features like granular user permissions, collaborative workflows, built-in review systems, translation options, manager dashboards and more. It’s only by using an LMS and authoring tool together that you’ll see real business impact. 

Want to see the benefits of an authoring tool for yourself? Book a demo of Elucidat to get started with a free trial.

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The Retail Bulletin HR Summit 2021 https://www.elucidat.com/blog/elucidat-retail-bulletin-summit/ https://www.elucidat.com/blog/elucidat-retail-bulletin-summit/#respond Tue, 26 Oct 2021 09:56:18 +0000 https://www.elucidat.com/?p=8364 Find out how to win against “the great resignation”! Check out the recording of this awesome panel discussion from the recent Retail Bulletin HR Summit, on retaining talent, with our very own Kirstie Greany. Retailers, more so than many other industries, are desperately battling “the great resignation”. This comes on top of retail redundancies that […]

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Find out how to win against “the great resignation”! Check out the recording of this awesome panel discussion from the recent Retail Bulletin HR Summit, on retaining talent, with our very own Kirstie Greany.

Retailers, more so than many other industries, are desperately battling “the great resignation”. This comes on top of retail redundancies that took place during the pandemic. Retailers need to be increasingly smart in order to keep their staff. Not to mention, attract new talent!

Our Head of Customer Learning, Kirstie Greany, attended the HR Summit with some of the leading figures in retail L&D and HR to discuss how retail can retain and attract talent in the current climate.

Panel line-up

  • Madeleine Scott, Senior Talent Development Partner, Groupon
  • Phil Vickers, Director of Human Resources, Charles Tyrwhitt
  • Emma James, Head of Internal Comms & Engagement, Moto Hospitality
  • Pauline Whiteman, Senior HR Fellow, Walt Disney Company
  • Kirstie Greany, Head of Customer Learning, Elucidat

Panel highlight

This session examines the war for talent and the shortages that retailers are seeing in some critical talent areas.

  • How employers can attract retail staff amid ongoing job cuts
  • Re-thinking the traditional retail model in a candidate led market
  • The future workplace – focusing on transition, talent, and technology
  • Talent development – how we can cater more to an individual’s needs vs broad-stroke training
  • Challenges of filling permanent operational roles
  • Upskilling the right people and hanging on to them
  • Investing in group coaching – growing employee confidence and their careers
  • Having an organisational people strategy for flexible or on-demand talent
  • How can you ensure the maximum business impact from your learning programmes?

For more detail, here’s a round up of 7 top strategies you can use to retain retail talent.

 

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Many organizations have been forced to cater for employees working remotely with very little preparation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Undoubtedly, the rise of home working has been the most significant change in the way we work in recent decades. When it comes to training remote employees, businesses can often encounter difficulties in coordinating effective training programs and retaining the same momentum. So how can businesses do a good job of training their remote employees in a highly engaging and effective way, without it breaking the bank? Read on to explore:

  1. The challenges of training remote employees
  2. Best practices for training remote employees
  3. Best remote training tools
  4. Best training topics for remote employees
  5. How to use Elucidat to train remote employees

What are the challenges of training remote employees?

How to train remote employees

Training remote employees brings its own unique challenges, including technical issues (“you’re on mute!”), ensuring employees are engaged and getting them to participate, and external distractions. There’s more to remote training than opening a slideshow and talking employees through it – here we detail some of the most common challenges businesses can encounter when training remote employees:

Access to information

It can take a long time for new employees to locate and access documents remotely, especially if they’re not stored in a central location. Avoid questions such as “how can I access the training program?” or “how does it work?” by providing remote workers with all the details ahead of time.
Better yet, invest in an LMS that enables you to store all elearning material in one place that employees can access securely and with ease. Not only will this help to speed up the process and remove any roadblocks, but it’ll also allow employees to access the content as and when they have time, meaning they can work more flexibly.

Technical issues

Even with a fast connection and the top of the range tech, there is no way to guarantee that your employees won’t experience a few technical issues at home. Mitigate the likelihood of technical issues from occurring when training staff remotely by ensuring employees have the software they need, and are able to access IT support. It’s also a good idea to make sure that your elearning content is available on multiple devices, so if there is a problem with their laptop, they can access it on their mobile or tablet device.

No supervision

Lack of supervision is a particular challenge when training employees remotely, as some may find that they get too easily distracted, while others may struggle with the lack of communication. Take time to speak to your remote employees to understand their preferred learning style and techniques so you can create super engaging content that hits the mark every time. Check out our showcase page for inspiration.

Lots of distractions

Remote working comes with a plethora of distractions unless you are locked away in a quiet room with the ultimate working space. Encourage your employees to dedicate time away from their emails and meetings for training – and if they have a hectic home life with pets or small children, ensure they can access their training on-demand at a time that suits them.

Scheduling problems

When it comes to scheduling remote training sessions, it can be incredibly challenging to book a time that is suitable for everybody, especially if you cannot view everyone’s calendars. Getting employees to commit to a date and time can often lead to disappointment, so a flexible approach is often best. Ensure scheduled training sessions are recorded so those who cannot attend can catch up and save them centrally so you have a rich bank of training content your employees can dip in and out of.

Poor training content

Creating effective content for any employee training session, whether it’s face-to-face or remote, is vital to the success of the training program. The content should be tailored to suit the chosen training method, the employees’ abilities and learning styles, or the training program risks not being as valuable as it could be.

Learners left behind

With remote working can come social isolation, but remote training can amplify this further, leaving some learners behind. Teaching employees in virtual groups can help to mitigate feelings of loneliness and provides a supportive learning environment.

6 best practices for training remote employees

Remote working may seem like a temporary solution but as the workplace continues to rapidly evolve, hybrid and remote working are here to stay. So, it’s important to deliver high-quality training programs without compromising on employees’ learning experience. Here are our 6 best practices to effectively training remote employees:

1. Ensure training programs are easily accessible

One of the biggest nuisances of relying on digital platforms is password accessibility. The average person has multiple combinations of characters, numbers and symbols that make up not-so-memorable (or secure) passwords. Logging on to the company LMS can mean another password to remember, which can be frustrating for your employees.
What’s the solution to ensuring employees have easy access to training programs? Launch your elearning via a secure web link or set up individual logins for your learners with Single Sign-On (SSO) authentication, allowing them to access the content quickly and securely.

2. Keep training resources all in one place

Remote working has created new challenges for business, not least successfully onboarding remote employees and keeping existing employees engaged. As more and more companies adopt hybrid working, businesses must focus on ensuring their employees are continuously upskilling and receiving the training materials needed to do this.
Using a Learning Management System (LMS) allows you to connect all your employees in one place, giving them access to all training materials within the program. An LMS enables you to deliver high-quality training to remote workers, as well as build a training infrastructure for your entire organization in one centralized place.

3. Make your training program interactive

With many employees feeling the effects of zoom fatigue, it is more important than ever to keep them engaged in their jobs, and that goes for training too.
Now that employees can’t be supervised in the office, ensuring that your staff are engaging with training resources can be difficult but it’s also an opportunity to explore interactive training methods. From gamification to live webinars, interactivity brings another level of fun and engagement that other methods can’t compete with.

4. Create convenient training schedules

Continuous learning and upskilling are key to boosting employee performance, and this is no different when it comes to working remotely. Organizations must be agile enough to create, develop and adapt training programs to continuously meet the needs of its employees. Remote training must be convenient to access at any time, anywhere, so your staff can fully commit to their professional development within the business.

5. Set realistic deadlines

For remote employees to fully benefit from the training program, a level of commitment must be encouraged. While flexibility is important, setting a deadline for the completion of the training will create a sense of urgency that requires them to work their way through the content at a consistent pace. In most cases, having a set deadline will help to motivate employees and promote a higher completion rate.

6. Track employee performance

Managing remote employees’ training and performance can be challenging, especially as traditional feedback may not always be a viable option. Performance reviews, one-to-one sessions and observation feedback are almost impossible when working remotely. However, managers still need to give their staff guidance or risk hindering their development.
Interactive quizzes are a great way of gauging employees’ level of understanding, while monitoring how quickly they are progressing. Based on the results, managers can provide relevant feedback for L&D teams that can be actioned as part of the authoring process.

Best remote training tools

Now that you know the best practices for remote training, it’s important to know which tools provide the best opportunities for implementing a robust training program. Here are the top 3 tools for remote training:

1. Authoring tools

Elearning authoring tools enable you to produce a vast array of digital content, from basic word-based documents to interactive videos. L&D teams can develop a range of training materials to suit various purposes, such as compliance or onboarding training for example.
Authoring tools come in all shapes and sizes, from standalone desktop authoring software to an LMS with an inbuilt authoring tool, helping you to meet your elearning objectives more efficiently. Check out our extensive guide to elearning authoring tools.

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2. Learning Management Systems (LMS)

An LMS is an integrated solution to developing a personalized training course that is both productive and intuitive. Learning Management Systems allow you to manage your elearning content in one centralized place where employees can access learning materials as and when they need to. An LMS makes it easy to roll out training across departments, track individuals’ progress and implement feedback to improve the learning experience.

3. Video conferencing tools

Sometimes nothing beats talking to people face-to-face, which is why video conferencing tools are invaluable for effective remote working. Whether it’s a client meeting, group discussions or an instructor-led training session, video conferencing tools like Google Meets, Microsoft Teams and Zoom, connect wider teams allowing for collaboration on a larger scale.

What are the best training topics for remote employees?

There are certain topics that should always be a part of your training agenda, for both in-house and remote staff, however, some topics such as cybersecurity and company culture may be even more significant for remote workers.

Cyber security

It’s vital to ensure that all employees across the organization are aligned with company policies, especially when it comes to cybersecurity. Remote working isn’t possible without the internet, so it’s never been more important to educate employees about cybersecurity threats.

For many remote employees, working alone can be very isolating so they may choose to work in public spaces. Sharing public Wi-Fi can pose many risks, especially when there is sensitive information involved. However, there will be occasions when public Wi-Fi is the only option, so it’s vital to train your employees on cybersecurity. Remote employees should be educated on the risks associated with working online and how to avoid suspicious links and phishing scams.

Password security is essential, particularly if your business uses shared passwords. Maintaining the security of your passwords is important, even more so when your workforce is remote, which is why you should use encrypted platforms like Elucidat to protect your business’ data.

Company culture

Although your employees may not be sharing a physical office space, remote workers can and should still participate in the company culture. However, the lack of one-to-one contact with one another can make it challenging to promote a unified culture that encourages participation from all remote workers. Be sure to communicate the vision and values of your organization and provide training to remote employees on how they can uphold them to ensure they feel connected and engaged.

Roles and responsibilities

Providing clarity around employees’ roles and responsibilities is essential if they are to fulfill their role. It is especially important for new starters and even more so if they are working remotely. Be sure to provide training for remote workers on what is expected of them daily, the work they should deliver, how their role contributes to the company, and who they report to.

Using Elucidat to train remote employees

Engage and train remote employees with Elucidat. Design the perfect SCORM-compliant elearning in a variety of engaging formats with ease. Choose from pre-built templates or build your content from scratch, with expert learning advice baked in. Kickstart your remote training today!

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Refresher Training: The Complete Guide https://www.elucidat.com/blog/guide-to-refresher-training/ https://www.elucidat.com/blog/guide-to-refresher-training/#respond Tue, 10 Aug 2021 13:08:20 +0000 https://www.elucidat.com/?p=8277 With increasingly busy lives, juggling demands of the home and workplace, it’s only normal that we find ourselves forgetting things along the way. We know from research and experience that the brain lets go of information that we don’t need to access often and that the best way to retain knowledge that we do need […]

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With increasingly busy lives, juggling demands of the home and workplace, it’s only normal that we find ourselves forgetting things along the way. We know from research and experience that the brain lets go of information that we don’t need to access often and that the best way to retain knowledge that we do need is through repetition.

This is why refresher training, little and often, can be such a powerful tool for businesses. Empowering your employees to revisit topics and build on their existing knowledge can help them to feel more confident, make less mistakes and improve the overall efficiency of your business.

Read on to learn more about:

  1. What refresher training is
  2. Why it’s important
  3. The benefits of refresher training
  4. Signs that your business needs refresher training
  5. Top tips on how to conduct refresher training

What is refresher training?

Refresher training is coaching or teaching on a specific subject that learners have already encountered, that’s designed to jog their memory and boost their knowledge on the topic.

This type of training is useful not only for keeping the memory sharp, but also for ensuring that your employees have the most up-to-date information at their disposal., especially if it’s on a subject that is changing frequently.

Why is refresher training important for employees?

When it comes to training, teaching something once is often not enough. This is particularly true for complex theories or processes which can take a long time to master.

It’s common for learners to forget a large proportion of what they have learned almost instantly, with even more knowledge on the topic fading over time. It’s estimated that learners can forget as much as 90% of what they learn over a period of a month, which highlights the importance of refresher training.

Refresher training is also a great way to ensure employees are following company best practices and adhering to important procedures, especially when it comes to compliance. Failing to comply can lead to employee mistakes, and in more serious cases, sanctions or penalties from external regulators.

What are the benefits of refresher training?

There are numerous advantages both for employees and the business, which include:

1. It helps employees to make less mistakes

Forgetting how to do something or the right steps to follow in a process can lead to guesswork and mistakes. Ensure your employees are armed with the knowledge and training they need to ensure that these behaviors become second nature.

2. It can boost employee confidence

Fewer mistakes will mean your employees perform better, experience fewer difficulties, and feel happier at work. Not only will your employees benefit from this, but your customers, too.

3. It makes employees more productive and efficient

More confident and assured employees make for more productive work. Refresher training helps employees to stay at the top of their game and continuously improve.

4. It ensures compliance

Refresher training can help to ensure rigorous compliance, with regular reminders on the dos and don’ts and updates on new regulations and policies that need to be adhered to.

5. It can highlight gaps in knowledge and inform future training programs

Introducing quiz or assessment modules within your refresher training is a useful way to gauge how well your employees understand different topics. If employees are repeatedly struggling in one particular area or module, it can help you to plan the next training session to prioritize.

6. It helps your employees to excel

A great refresher training program allows employees to improve and develop their skills on an ongoing basis, which can help to boost their motivation and desire to learn.

Refresher training can also provide employees who are particularly competent or knowledgeable in a particular area an opportunity to teach others, which can help to build important communication and leadership skills.

7. It promotes a positive learning culture

Refresher training promotes a positive learning culture across the organization that supports employees’ progression and encourages them to develop their skills. Not only does this help to keep your organization operating at the highest possible level, but it also shows employees that you care about their professional development.

Learn more about how to promote a learning culture in your organization. 

Does your business need refresher training?

Is refresher training a good fit for your business? There are a few telltale signs that suggest that introducing refresher training could be beneficial, including:

1. Frustrated employees

If your employees appear increasingly disgruntled and dissatisfied, this could indicate that they’re not getting the support or training that they need. Take time to speak to them to understand where they would benefit from some additional training and ensure they have clear objectives that they are working towards.

2. A rise in customer complaints

An increase in customer complaints is a worrying warning sign that all is not well. If you’ve received an influx in new complaints, dissect them to identify common themes – this can help to inform which areas to focus on for your refresher training. Regular refresher training is particularly important for employees in customer-facing roles, so implementing this proactively can help to prevent customer satisfaction rates from slipping.

3. Low technology adoption rates

Investing in new technology can be a substantial outlay for businesses, so it’s vital that user adoption rates are high to justify the costs. If employees aren’t using the tools or software that you’ve introduced or you’ve seen a drop off over a period of time, it’s a good idea to introduce some refresher training that gets to the bottom of why.

4. Frequent or recurring mistakes

Are you employees making the same mistakes time and again? This is likely a sign that they are not learning from their mistakes or that they simply don’t know how to rectify them. Refresher training can help them to understand how these mistakes can be avoided and provide helpful tips and best practices.

5. Compliance or cybersecurity concerns

Has there been a change in legislation or guidelines that your company now needs to comply with? Or are you concerned that employees have become too relaxed when it comes to following your compliance or cybersecurity procedures? If that’s the case, design a refresher course for your employees to follow to ensure compliance.

compliance and cyber-security refresher training

When it comes to business-critical training such as compliance and cybersecurity, it’s best practice to proactively provide ongoing training, as prevention is always better than cure. You can find our roundup of the best compliance training examples here. 

How to conduct refresher training

Once you’ve decided that your employees need refresher training, what’s the best way to implement it? Here we’ll take you through the steps you need to take to successfully set up and deliver your training.

1. Decide on your delivery method

The best fit for your organization will depend on a number of factors including company size, setup and the learning styles of your employees. Let’s take a closer look at some of the options:

  • Face to face training

This can be a great option if your employees work primarily in the office or together in-person and if there are hands-on elements required as part of the training. This type of training is beneficial for interactive Q&A type sessions as it allows for open discussion.

One of the key downsides of face to face learning is the cost and it can also be difficult to scale, especially if you’re hosting refresher training sessions on a biweekly or monthly basis.

  • Elearning

Elearning can provide an ideal solution for companies looking to create scalable, engaging content, quickly. It’s convenient for your learners too, as they can access it from a central location and complete it in their own time.

While the disadvantages of elearning are few and far between, it can be difficult to find the best authoring tool for your objectives. Some will require authors to have a certain level of pre-existing skill, while others may have limited template and design options. Check out our handy guide to the best elearning authoring tools here.

This approach offers the best of both worlds: structured face to face learning and flexible elearning modules. Blended learning allows you to combine the best elements of both styles and adapt it to your learners to give them the best possible learning experience.

Read more about the pros and cons of online learning vs face to face here.

2. Determine your audience

A critical stage of any elearning planning is understanding who your audience is and what the right level is to pitch it at. Consider what level of knowledge your learners already have on the topic. How long ago it was that they had their last training session on this topic? Are there common mistakes they are making that you need to factor into the training?

3. Review existing content

Take stock of your existing training content to understand if there are elements that you can repurpose or reuse in your refresher training. While your refresher training should cover all the basics, it should also put your learners to the test, so make sure each session gets incrementally more challenging.

4. Create new content

Work with your Subject Matter Experts to produce new content for your refresher training that delivers on your key messages. Build your course content from scratch or take advantage of our extensive library of elearning templates that can adapt to make your own.

Take inspiration from our showcase page where you can explore different elearning formats and examples that you can utilize for your training.

5. Schedule your course

Once your content is ready, you’re all set! Upload your content to your LMS and choose how you want your learners to access it, e.g. via link invites or individual user logins. Be sure to set targets for your learners to ensure they’re completing their training in a timely manner and keep an eye on performance so you can make tweaks to your content along the way.

Using Elucidat for refresher training

Elucidat makes it easy for authors of all levels to produce awesome refresher training. From video tutorials and quizzes to microlearning and scenario-based learning, we’ve got heaps of handy templates for you to use, all you have to do is provide the content!

Ready to get started? Book a demo and we’ll get you set up with a free trial today!

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How to Create Training Modules: A Template Guide https://www.elucidat.com/blog/how-to-create-training-modules/ https://www.elucidat.com/blog/how-to-create-training-modules/#respond Mon, 02 Aug 2021 11:56:06 +0000 https://www.elucidat.com/?p=8261 Whether you’re new to elearning or simply looking to boost the impact of your current training, it’s useful to understand how to create training modules that deliver maximum impact. It can be difficult to strike the right balance between being informative and educational but also engaging for your users and delivering your course in a […]

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Whether you’re new to elearning or simply looking to boost the impact of your current training, it’s useful to understand how to create training modules that deliver maximum impact. It can be difficult to strike the right balance between being informative and educational but also engaging for your users and delivering your course in a way that’s digestible. Here we’ll explore what it takes to build effective and impactful training modules. Read on to discover:

  1. What a training module is
  2. The steps to take when building a training module 
  3. How to leverage Elucidat when creating training modules

What is a training module?

A training module is a segment of an overall elearning course that focuses on a specific topic or objective. Think of it like a chapter of a book. Each training module (or chapter) acts as a step in a learner’s journey, each time edging closer to completing the overall course. 

Training modules can vary in format, from interactive videos and quizzes to text rich modules or demonstrations. Ideally, it’s best to incorporate a blend of different training module types to ensure you’re catering for different learning styles and promoting employee engagement throughout. Let’s take a look at the best practices for building training modules as part of your elearning course.

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How to create the best training modules

Here are our recommended steps to follow when building effective training modules:

Step 1: Establish your training objectives

The most important step comes right at the beginning and that’s understanding the challenge! Set objectives on what you need your training to achieve

To do this, it’s important that you understand the problems that your teams are coming up against, the priority areas that need addressing and what an ideal outcome looks like. That way, you can begin to work backwards and get to the crux of what you need your users to learn as a result of your training course. 

Once you’ve established this, you can start to break this down into topics and map out the different modules you need to create. For each training module, be sure to set SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound) so you can measure how they perform and make iterations at a later stage, if necessary.

Step 2: Define your audience

It’s vital that you understand who exactly the training is for so that you can pitch it at the right level: training that’s too difficult or simplistic will cause a drop off in engagement and participation. 

Take some time to get to grips with your audience so you can establish an appropriate tone of voice and difficulty level. Depending on your audience, you may need to break certain topics into multiple modules, while for others, one module may be sufficient, so be mindful of this in the planning stage. 

Consider whether there are any specific learning styles that may yield better participation or engagement rates from your audience. For example, if your audience is particularly time-poor, it may be worth creating microlearning modules – and if your audience has previously demonstrated a lack of engagement with elearning courses, consider integrating gamified elements to boost employee participation.

Step 3: Decide on the right content format

There’s no such thing as one size fits all when it comes to building training modules; some formats may work well for some topics but not for others. Engage Subject Matter Experts at this stage to determine the best content format for each module. We’ve also compiled a breakdown of different formats from our showcase page to help you decide:

Scenario-based learning

This type of training module is great for complex projects that are made up of lots of different aspects. Scenario based learning allows the learner to explore different situations and reflect on the actions they would take and the impact this would have.

Best for:

  • Allowing employees to test real-life scenarios in a simulated environment
  • Creating an immersive learning environment
  • Challenging your learners to think independently and react to different scenarios

Check out this example of scenario based learning here.

Video

Video is one of the most engaging training module types and great for how-to type content. Video is also an effective medium for conveying stories and evoking emotion, which can make it a good option for HR-related training. 

Best for:

  • Presenting information in an immersive, emotive and engaging way
  • Quick employee onboarding
  • Product demos

Check out this example of video training modules here. 

 

Microlearning

Microlearning is where topics are broken down into short, bitesize training modules, allowing for greater flexibility and higher learner engagement. It can be a useful format for making large complex topics into easier-to-consume chunks of information.

Best for:

  • Time poor employees
  • Conducting training little and often
  • Focusing on core messages and takeaways 

Check out an example microlearning training module in action, 

 

Quizzes

Utilizing quiz modules within your elearning course can inject an element of fun and transform potentially boring content into an engaging gaming experience. Quizzes allow learners to put their knowledge to the test and build on their performance throughout the training.

Best for:

  • Challenging your learners
  • Rewarding and incentivising users with leaderboards and badges
  • Tracking how well your employees have understood a particular topic

Check out an example quiz training module, created using an Elucidat template.

 

Personalized training modules

Personalized training modules use branching scenarios to personalize the content, based on the responses of the user. It’s an effective way to ensure that your content is tailored to different individuals and is relevant and useful to them. 

Best for:

  • Assessing skips gaps
  • Delivering the most relevant content
  • Self-reflective learning

Check out this example personalized training module here. 

 

Step 4: Create your training module template

Once you’ve decided which module is the best fit, it’s time to build your training module template using your chosen authoring tool. Either build from scratch or from pre-existing elearning design templates. Editing an existing template can save you time and help to ensure consistent branding throughout. 

Elucidat’s Learning Accelerator feature automatically recommends the best templates for your project based on your learning objectives to help you get the best results Choose from 25+ expertly designed templates with best-practice advice baked in and create your content with confidence.  

Take it for a spin here!

Step 5: Test and test again 

Before launching your training module, it’s critical that you test it on a sample audience and generate feedback from other stakeholders. Testing will help to identify any potential snags or gaps in the training that may need addressing before it’s pushed out to your intended audience. Consult your Subject Matter Experts again at this point who can advise on any additional content to include or where existing content can be improved.

Collect feedback from your test audience on their general experience, the usability of it and what they liked the most and the least. Was it easy to follow? Did they find it engaging? This can inform any improvements that can enhance the user experience or make the content easier to digest. 

Step 6: Upload and launch your training module

Once you’ve implemented any changes from the testing stage, it’s ready to go! Now you can upload your module to your LMS and officially set it live for your learners to access. 

It’s important that you review how your training module performs against your SMART goals on a regular basis to understand whether further improvements can be made, or if it’s worth creating supporting modules that can help employees top up their knowledge. 

Creating training modules with Elucidat

Produce high-quality training modules aligned with your goals and needs up to 4x faster with Elucidat. Leverage our Learning Accelerator feature to access our extensive template library and get inspiration for your next project.

Ready to create awesome training modules? Let’s get started! Request a free demo today.

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Does your organization overlook soft skills in favor of hard skills such as qualifications and industry-specific expertise? Many companies are now recognizing the importance of having the right blend of hard and soft skills for building effective, collaborative and dynamic teams. After all, an employee’s soft skills can determine how they apply their hard skills and work with others. So how can you as an employer help your employees to develop their soft skills? Read on for our guide to soft skills training, including:

What are Soft Skills?

Soft skills are non-technical skills that can define how we interact with others and build relationships. These skills are applicable to all workplaces and relate to skills such as public speaking or leadership.  Soft skills are also known as core skills and common skills.

What is Soft Skills Training?

Soft skills training is training that focuses on developing skills such as communication, teamwork and problem solving. Other soft skills include emotional intelligence, a positive attitude and taking the initiative. 

Unlike hard skills, soft skills are not industry or role-specific, rather skills that relate to personality and behavior. While hard skills such as data analysis, reporting or mathematical ability, can be taught with relative ease, soft skills training can be more challenging as it involves teaching new behaviors and ways of thinking. 

The effectiveness of soft skills training can also be more difficult to measure as it is generally less quantitative. Creating an effective soft skills training plan and choosing elearning platform can be the difference between success and failure.

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Benefits of Soft Skills Training?

Soft skills can be highly desirable for businesses and are important components of a resilient, empathetic and motivated workforce. The key benefits of soft skills training include:

1. Improved teamwork and rapport

Developing important skills such as communication and teamwork can help to build stronger and more effective workplace relationships and boost collaboration, resulting in higher levels of team productivity.

2. Empathetic leadership

Soft skills are critical at every level, and that includes leadership. Leaders with emotional intelligence and great interpersonal skills are more likely to get the best out of their employees by understanding their needs and building valuable relationships.

3. Happier employees and better staff retention

Investing in soft skills training for your employees demonstrates that you care about their development and provides them with useful skills that can make them better at their job and more fulfilled.

4. Better customer service and client satisfaction

Soft skills training teaches employees how to communicate effectively and tackle problems more confidently. It can also help to develop their listening and empathy skills which are key when dealing with customers or clients, especially if faced with a potentially complex problem.

5. Enhanced problem solving

Employees can benefit from enhanced problem solving skills from soft skills training. It can help them to approach problems in new ways, communicate challenges more effectively and implement alternative solutions.

 

Best Soft Skills for Improving Employee Performance

Not only does soft skills training make for happier and more fulfilled employees but it can also have a positive impact when it comes to employee performance. These are just some of the most desirable soft skills for improving employee performance:

Communication

The importance of great communication cannot be understated. Whether it’s day-to-day team communication, or interacting with clients or customers, having great communication skills are essential for working efficiently and effectively – and building rapport with those around you.

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Teamwork

Teamwork is a critical skill for teams, especially in a business environment. Soft skills training can help employees to understand their strengths and weaknesses within a team and learn how to best communicate with others for the best outcome. 

Time management

For efficient operations and cost savings, good time management is important. Spending too much time on one task or neglecting another can lead to inefficiencies and disgruntled clients. Learning how best to manage their time and juggle different tasks is a very useful skill for employees to master.

 

How to conduct soft skills training

Like with any learning and development program, auditing your current skills gap is a good place to start. Speak with employees at all levels of the organization to identify whether there are obvious areas of improvement and consult with managers to determine whether there are any common soft skills that come up in appraisals often, e.g. communication or organization. 

The next step is to decide the format and delivery method of your training. Do you want to conduct face-to-face training, offer interactive online courses via an LMS, or offer a blended learning approach? The team at Elucidat have extensive experience with delivering impactful training at scale, using a wide range of formats, so if you’re not sure of the best approach, speak to one of our learning experts. 

If you decide on digital learning, the next step is to choose an authoring tool that offers everything you need to create effective elearning. Depending on your experience with elearning authoring tools, budget and complexity of your project, some may be a better fit than others, so be sure to take a demo of a few to find the best solution. You can see a full review of the best elearning authoring tools here. 

Once you have selected your authoring tool, you can then go on to build out your content, using pre-built templates or building from scratch. Be sure to engage Subject Matter Experts from across your L&D and HR teams to ensure your content hits the mark. And, for the best results, choose interactive formats such as quizzes, branched scenarios and video to keep employees engaged. 

Alongside soft skills elearning, you could also consider one-on-one coaching sessions, workshops and peer mentoring. You can explore different types of blended learning here.

How to conduct soft skills training

Using elearning for soft skills training

Elearning can be a highly effective method for soft skills development. Not only does it allow employees to do the training little and often, but it also allows them to test their soft skills as they go with scenario-based training. Here are some of the key benefits of soft skills elearning:

1. Manageable and digestible learning

Soft skills aren’t something anyone can learn overnight, it is learned behavior developed over time through repetition and ongoing training. Creating a dedicated soft skills elearning course allows employees to access it regularly, in bitesize chunks, from their laptop or smartphone. That way, it doesn’t interfere with their day-to-day work and is more likely to become a habit that sticks.

2. Innovative and engaging formats

Unlike an in-person talk or reading materials, elearning allows employees to engage in simulated scenarios, answer questions in real-time and put their soft skills to the test. It also enables them to receive instant feedback and analyze their performance to understand which skills they can improve further.

3. Learning by observation

Video is a useful format for teaching soft skills as it allows the learner to observe soft skills in real-life scenarios and translate them into everyday life. It encourages employees to immerse themselves into a situation and reflect upon how they would react.

 

Cost of Soft Skills Training

The cost of soft skills training will depend on the size and complexity of your project, as well as the delivery method you choose. If you need to create elearning content that’s scalable or if you need to adapt your training for global audiences, ensure your chosen authoring tool has built-in localization capabilities to save time and keep costs down. 

Eluciat provides different pricing options for organizations of all sizes. Check out the different pricing plans here.

 

Elucidat and Soft Skill Training

Elucidat is a great option for creating engaging and responsive soft skills training. With Elucidat, you can choose from a range of attractive pre-built templates, build customized branching scenarios and incorporate a variety of interaction types such as polls and gamification. It’s suitable for authors of all levels, and allows you to produce high-quality elearning, fast. We also have an outstanding support team who are on-hand to offer support and expert elearning advice. 

Book a demo to get started with Elucidat today!

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14 Best Instructional Design Tools https://www.elucidat.com/blog/instructional-design-software/ https://www.elucidat.com/blog/instructional-design-software/#respond Mon, 14 Jun 2021 11:18:47 +0000 https://www.elucidat.com/?p=8190 There are so many fantastic learning design tools out there that finding the best instructional design software can be something of a minefield, especially when there are so many factors to consider. That’s why the team at Elucidat have created this useful guide to help you make the right decision! Read on to learn more […]

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There are so many fantastic learning design tools out there that finding the best instructional design software can be something of a minefield, especially when there are so many factors to consider. That’s why the team at Elucidat have created this useful guide to help you make the right decision! Read on to learn more on:

What is instructional design software?

So, first thing’s first – what is instructional design software? Instructional design software are tools that make it easy for authors of any level to build highly effective and compelling elearning content. Instructional design tools provide you with all the features, materials and components of instructional design you need to create exceptional elearning content.

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Importance of instructional design software

Instructional design authoring tools are important because they reduce the learning curve for L&D teams, meaning you don’t have to be an instructional designer to create great elearning content.

There are numerous benefits of choosing an instructional design software, namely that it makes learning more efficient, more engaging and interactive for the end user, which all contribute to better performance overall.

Research has shown that elearning built with instructional design tools can contribute to higher knowledge retention, create a better user experience for the learner, are more effective at delivering powerful communication and can even help to motivate the learner.

Want to know more? You can read more about instructional design in our guide to elearning best practices.

Choosing the right instructional design tool

When it comes to choosing the right learning design tool for your team, it’s important to be thorough in your evaluation and consider the following factors:

1. Ease of use: how easy is it for your team to use confidently?

Some tools may have a slightly steeper learning curve than others, so look out for intuitive design, useful resources and customer support when choosing the right software.

2. What functionality does it offer?

Determine what you need your elearning design software to do. Which features are critical and which are ‘nice-to-haves’?

3. How interactive do you want your training to be?

Consider what the right amount of interactivity is for your target audience
and subject matter and whether gamification is something you would
like to have.

4. What compatibility options does it provide?

Don’t forget the importance of device compatibility. Is it supported on mobile, desktop and tablet devices – and is it compatible with Windows and mac?

5. Is the tool affordable and does it offer value for money?

Perhaps one of the most important factors is cost. Do you have the budget available, or could a free version work best for your organization?

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The 14 best instructional design tools

We have reviewed 14 of the most popular instructional design tools, based on ease of use, features and quality of output.

  1. Elucidat
  2. iSpring Suite
  3. Articulate Storyline
  4. Articulate Rise
  5. DominKnow
  6. Camtasia
  7. CloudApp
  8. Lectora
  9. Adapt
  10. Adobe Captivate
  11. Gomo
  12. Easy Generator
  13. Evolve
  14. Brainshark

1. Elucidat

Elucidat makes creating high-quality, scalable elearning content simple for all. With an extensive library of templates and interactive features such as gamification, polls and flexible branching, Elucidat allows you to produce great-looking interactive experiences with ease.

It empowers L&D teams to produce engaging elearning courses up to 4x faster and its customizable user roles and permissions enables efficient collaboration between multiple stakeholders and SMEs. It’s a great option for big enterprise employers looking to make a business impact quickly. Elucidat is compatible with both Windows and Mac OS.

2. iSpring Suite

iSpring allows you to build elearning content within Powerpoint presentations by importing a range of interactive features such as quizzes and surveys. You can add voice overs and make use of the handy screencasting feature.

You also have the option to convert existing powerpoints, PDFs and word documents into interactive ebooks. It’s easy to get to grips with however the output is relatively basic. It is compatible with Windows, but not Mac OS.

3. Articulate Storyline

The Articulate 360 software suite comprises multiple tools, including Studio 360, Storyline 360 and Rise which are specifically for elearning authoring. One of the most widely used is Articulate Storyline which has a range of course templates and themes to choose from and instructional design features include video capture, screencasts and branching.

Articulate Storyline is best suited for slightly more advanced authors as it can be fairly complex to use. Like iSpring, it is compatible with Windows but not Mac OS.

4. Articulate Rise 360

Articulate Rise 360 is a good option for creating simple but attractive elearning content. You can begin from scratch or choose to adapt one of the pre-built templates, although customization options are more limited than with other tools such as Elucidat or Storyline.

It’s easy to use so you don’t have to be an experienced author to use it and it offers good collaboration options so multiple authors can work together on projects. It can be used with Windows and Mac Os.

5. DominKnow

DominKnow is a cloud based authoring tool which offers multiple responsive content features, as well as screen capture and software simulation capabilities. The platform is fairly intuitive, although overall more customer support would be beneficial.

It’s easy to upload existing assets from Powerpoint and edit them within the tool, and generally the design capabilities are good. This software supports SCORM, xAPI, AICC, Web, Windows and Mac OS.

6. Camtasia

Camtasia is a good option if you want to produce primarily video elearning content. You can use it for screen recording, to add captions, to record narration and for editing.

This tool also allows you to record mouse movements and add annotations to your training videos. It is compatible with Windows and
IOS app, but not for Mac users.

7. CloudApp

CloudApp is a great instructional learning tool if you are looking to train your employees on different software applications. With features such as screen recording, GIFs, screenshots, it allows you to produce clear and easy-to-follow explanations and tutorials on how to use different programs.

It has an intuitive interface and offers a good experience, however is relatively simple with limited editing capabilities so is not the best option if you’re looking for a premium solution. CloudApp is compatible with both Mac OS and Windows.

8. Lectora

Lectora offers a number of features that allow you to build highly customized elearning content. You can choose from a range of templates, browse vast graphics libraries, and collaborate on feedback with other team members using its ReviewLink feature.

Generally, it provides a less sleek interface than other instructional design software and has a relatively steep learning curve but it is a good option for experienced authors with design experience. Lectora is compatible with Windows and Mac OS.

9. Adapt

Adapt is a free elearning design software, suitable for authors of all levels. It has a relatively simple interface which is easy to pick up, as well as a wide variety of assessment formats and interactions to choose from.

While it is straightforward to use, the output is fairly basic so it may not be the best option if you want to produce sleek, professional-looking content. It is compatible with Windows and Mac OS.

10. Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate is one of the more powerful and sophisticated instructional design tools included in this review. It is more challenging to use than a lot of other tools but you can create some complex interactions and virtual reality learning experiences if you have the know-how.

It is possible to create more simple content fairly quickly and there are some (but not many) themes you can use for this. Adobe Captivate can be used with Windows and Mac OS.

11. Gomo

Gomo offers a wide range of templates that are easy to tweak and customize. It also allows for multi-language courses which is a plus for global L&D teams. It is suitable for authors of any level, but to create fully customized themes you will require some specialist development resource. Gomo can be used with Windows and Mac OS.

12. Easygenerator

Easgenerator is suitable for authors of any level as it is easy to use and doesn’t require any coding. It’s quick to pick up and there are pre-built templates you can use for even faster content production.

Unfortunately some of the design features and interaction types are slightly limited so the output can lack sophistication. Easygenerator is compatible with Mac OS and Windows.

13. Evolve

Evolve is an easy-to-use instructional design tool, suitable for authors of all levels. It has a decent range of features including pre-built templates and branching options.

It’s easy to add branding but creating variations between courses can be tricky and time consuming as it doesn’t allow you to make course edits locally. It’s quick to master but the output is fairly basic. It is compatible with Windows but not Mac Os.

14. Brainshark

Brainshark is a elearning platform designed specifically for Sales and Marketing teams. It allows authors to transform Powerpoint or PDF presentations into online elearning content by adding interactive elements such as surveys and quick features.

Brainshark is generally easy to use for most authors but can be more difficult to navigate for less tech-savvy users. Some actions such as merging content or embedding videos can be fiddly and may require more expertise. It is compatible with Windows and Mac OS.

Using Elucidat for instructional design

Elucidat helps to overcome many of the challenges associated with traditional instructional design and take the technical difficulties out of great elearning design. Our Learning Accelerator provides expert templates aligned to our project goals and needs, covering all types of elearning, so you can be sure to get results; all you have to do is add the content!

Book a demo to get started with Elucidat – we’ll set you up with a free trial and get you off to a flying start,

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Looking Back at 2020: A Big Year for Elucidat Customers! https://www.elucidat.com/blog/looking-back-at-2020-a-big-year-for-elucidat-customers/ https://www.elucidat.com/blog/looking-back-at-2020-a-big-year-for-elucidat-customers/#respond Wed, 16 Dec 2020 15:00:39 +0000 https://www.elucidat.com/?p=7778 What. A. Year. I think we can all agree that 2020 has been full of surprises – and that it’s one for the history books. Most companies have faced unprecedented challenges; needing to change, adapt and pivot more quickly than many would previously have thought possible.  L&D have been at the forefront of this evolution; […]

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What. A. Year.

I think we can all agree that 2020 has been full of surprises – and that it’s one for the history books. Most companies have faced unprecedented challenges; needing to change, adapt and pivot more quickly than many would previously have thought possible. 

L&D have been at the forefront of this evolution; helping redirect organizations, reskill workforces and bring staff up to speed with new ways of working. 

Globally, more learning has been conducted online than ever before. Business-critical training has had to be delivered from a distance, without losing any efficacy. 

But despite the separation, we’ve also had to draw closer together as people; finding new ways to bond and celebrate the good things across the gap.

Responding to demand

At the beginning of remote working, we Initially we saw Zoom and video conferencing in the industry increase by 67%. But the lack of connection (pun intended) meant we quickly saw this figure revert. And where did it go?

Well, online learning was one of the major delivery methods many employed. And as an authoring platform, Elucidat saw that uplift! 

In 2020, the 4,239 users of Elucidat created 35,333 projects and made nearly 85,000 releases. And those releases were accessed by close to 9 million learners.

That’s an average of more than 8 projects created per user, and over 100 learners accessing each release.

 

To support this massive growth, we released 14 new features into the platform – including Learning Accelerator and Advanced User Management – and squashed over 200 bugs. Plus, our Customer Team were on hand for 6,482 conversations (which 97.5% or respondents rated great or excellent!).

 

Working with others

We continued working with 1 brilliant partner, and brought another – Crossknowledge – onboard; plus another year’s success alongside our integration partner Docebo and our referral partners too. Interested in becoming an Elucidat partner or referrer? Register here.

Yet although the appetite for producing elearning was huge, many faced the uphill struggle of converting their existing face-to-face content into online-friendly courses. 

That’s where The Digital Skill Up came in. Elucidat and industry experts created a free, 30-day program to help adapt learning delivery to the “new normal”. And they were joined by 2,416 L&D professionals and counting! All the content is still available – so join now and you, too, can quickly and simply convert our content with the help of Learning Design Consultants.

 

Learning and pushing boundaries

We also explored how some of the world’ biggest organisations met 2020’s challenges on our podcast, Learning at Large. This year, we had nearly 6,000 listens; with hundreds of people listening to L&D experts from brands like Unilever, Whole Foods and Siemens discussing how they’ve approached the increased demands on learning. You can listen here now.

And last, but not least, we won Gold for Best Advance In Content Authoring Technology in Brandon Hall’s 2020 Excellence Awards – thanks to the release of Learning Accelerator. For us, the real impact is seeing it help customers produce their projects up to 4x faster.

 

The Elucidat Team

In team news, one member of Elucidat has perfected their roast potatoes, while another has read more than 35 books – a 700% increase on their last years’ total. People’s house plant hobbies have grown, as have pokemon collections. 

We were also ranked, thanks to the input of our colleagues, as one of the UK Best Workplaces – and in the top 25 of small businesses!

Summary

Despite a pandemic, local lockdowns, quarantines and more – the numbers and the stories from within organisations can tell a brighter story. 

Although 2020 has been a year for the history books, it’s been one for the scrap books too. We’ve achieved more, gotten digitally – even if not physically – closer, and learnt more about what we can achieve than ever. 

So whatever 2021 looks like, we take what we’ve learned forward: people sit at the heart of businesses, and the change they can effect and the challenges they can surpass, are the real takeaways from 2020.

We’re looking forward to continuing to support you, your business, and your people into a brighter year.

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How to de-risk crowdsourcing your next elearning project https://www.elucidat.com/blog/de-risk-crowdsourcing/ https://www.elucidat.com/blog/de-risk-crowdsourcing/#respond Thu, 12 Nov 2020 00:01:23 +0000 https://www.elucidat.com/?p=7651 Bringing others into the elearning production process is something almost every business is having to do more of. Whether it’s sourcing knowledge from subject matter experts, or bringing in an external agency, leveraging extra people-power allows you to produce more learning, faster.  Yet it comes with a unique set of risks. In this article, we’re […]

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Bringing others into the elearning production process is something almost every business is having to do more of. Whether it’s sourcing knowledge from subject matter experts, or bringing in an external agency, leveraging extra people-power allows you to produce more learning, faster. 

Yet it comes with a unique set of risks. In this article, we’re looking at how some of our customers have encountered and navigated those risks – and what you can learn.

Traditionally, L&D teams are the center of production; taking needs and knowledge from around the business and producing required content. But the demand for training has increased so massively that many teams are looking for alternatives – exploring ways to open up authoring further and alleviate the pressure. 

Of course, enabling the wider organization to produce their own learning, concerns can arise:

“What if authors accidentally release an unfinished course?”

“How do I keep the departments and business areas separate?”

“Won’t onboarding these new users take too much time and effort? And be hard to track?”

There is also a pressure, when looking to open up production, to do it in a certain way. Many articles can focus on an exact model and what it “should” look like, plus best practices for implementing it.

But having worked with multiple customers to support moving towards crowdsourcing, we have a different viewpoint: the model looks different for every organization. 

To look at how different approaches can work, plus the pitfalls you can encounter and how to avoid them, we’re exploring two customer stories below that show just two of the approaches you can take to de-risk your crowdsourced learning production.

Neither one of these is prescriptive, but will hopefully show that by understanding the needs of your business, working with your tools and hybridising multiple approaches, you can and will find something that works.

 

Example 1: Slowing down to speed up

Our first example comes from an understandably risk-averse sector: highly-regulated, global enterprise. Their L&D team is experienced, works to a high standard and were already considering opening up production.  

But across the first few months of 2020, there was an increased pressure to speed up this process. The company’s training delivery needed to be almost completely reworked as staff started working from home. 

This conversion, on top of the already full schedule, presented an insurmountable challenge. To help meet it, the team wanted to quickly open up production to people within the organization who had specific and relevant knowledge, allowing them to produce elearning content.

So, the customer’s L&D team started to invite more users into Elucidat and let them create training courses. They saw a rapid organic growth in the number of creators and the amount of learning being produced. The courses were technically proficient, but lacked the elements that the L&D team used for creating engagement with the content. 

The team caught the issue early and rapidly reassessed how to meet their goals and maintain standards – while still being able to leverage the production capabilities of their experts.

They worked with their Elucidat Customer Success Team, and together they decided to scale back and start the “opening up” process again. But this time, approaching it differently.

The customer began by consulting the teams and employees who were key stakeholders in producing learning and development. What they found was crucial. While the platform was straight forward and allowed anyone to produce elearning (as shown by the volume of courses) there was a lack of knowledge in the wider organisation around good online training and best practices.

The team realized then that the L&D team could use their own expertise to ensure the business’ standards were maintained – by becoming coaches and reviewers. 

Their role within the process was to build the confidence of the newer users to meet the quality required. By guiding their colleagues in this way, when they opened up production once again the L&D team saw results that exceeded their expectations. By approaching it in this new and considered way, the customer saw not only a greater amount of training being produced but it was of a better quality than ever.

Elucidat tool tips for this model:

  • Be collaborative, use comments and reviewer roles to encourage input and feedback
  • Create confidence and capability by encouraging new authors to start with a Learning Accelerator template. It helps them to understand the process, and supports them in best practices too.
  • Ensure you have a Brand Style already set up
  • Utilise roles, or create your own, to give colleagues access that supports their skill level

 

Example 2: Creating a community

With a smaller L&D team, but still within a global business, this customer had a high demand but not enough capacity. 

Around the business, areas had expressed interest in creating their own training, but the company hadn’t had a tool to support that desire. However, with their current highly technical, desktop authoring tool, the learning curve would have been too steep – plus the cost of installation would have been prohibitive. 

But with Elucidat being implemented, they could consider opening production up. 

The L&D team were the Elucidat champions, but because of the speed and simplicity it offered novice authors – plus the ability to access wherever they were – the team could start promoting the tool to the wider organization. They reached out through pre-established internal communities and set up a regular newsletter. Uptake was fast. 


But the L&D team made sure that there were resources in place to support their new authors. They made a dedicated Elucidat channel on their internal messaging network to share hits, tips and best practices. And, as their audience grew, example use cases and stories from other colleagues were also posted to this channel – showing the users from around the business what was possible and the standard achievable with Elucidat as a tool.

The promotion, examples and potential of the tool led adoption of Elucidat across the business to become self-propelling: the more people who heard about Elucidat, the more people wanted to join. And, because these people were invested in using the tool plus they had guidance accessible and visible, the standards remained high in production. 

So for this company, it was using established methods for internal communication which got “buy in” from stakeholders around the business. Which in turn meant the L&D team were not the only ones who championed Elucidat. Opening up learning production was a natural and helped meet the need to work with subject matter experts in a collaborative way.

Elucidat tool tips for this model:

  • Make sure to get set up with Brand Styles for colleagues to use when creating content
  • Create custom user roles and make the most of departments to ensure colleagues get the access they need!
  • Encourage the use of Learning Accelerator for new authors to promote best practice
  • Or consider creating template courses to copy and adapt to promote speed and consistency
  • Share online links to courses you’re proud of producing internally! 

 

Summary

No doubt reading these examples through, you’ve discovered learnings you can take from each of these stories. The important thing to remember is that you can implement as little – or as much – of any ways of working your organisation needs in the pursuit of crowdsourcing. 

But just as your model needs to be flexible, the tools you choose to support it need to be flexible too. 

Whether it’s creating custom roles for content population only, or pre-built structures to help novice authors feel like they can hit the ground running, your authoring tool should help you get buy in from the wider business and work with the approach you choose.

With features like Advanced User Management and Learning Accelerator – which, when combined, allow for the risk-free production of high-quality elearning by anyone, regardless of experience – Elucidat ensures that everyone within your authoring platform has the tools they need to produce high quality digital learning.

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Watch the Advanced User Management feature launch! [On-Demand Webinar] https://www.elucidat.com/blog/advanced-user-management-on-demand-webinar/ https://www.elucidat.com/blog/advanced-user-management-on-demand-webinar/#respond Thu, 05 Nov 2020 13:04:36 +0000 https://www.elucidat.com/?p=7636 In this recording, we take a closer look at Elucidat’s most powerful tool ever for managing your team. Watch the launch event below to understand how Advanced User Management gives you the flexibility and security you need to work at scale; hosted by Chief Product Officer, Simon Greany and Product Manager Ian Booth.    What’s […]

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In this recording, we take a closer look at Elucidat’s most powerful tool ever for managing your team.

Watch the launch event below to understand how Advanced User Management gives you the flexibility and security you need to work at scale; hosted by Chief Product Officer, Simon Greany and Product Manager Ian Booth. 

 

What’s in the recording?

In this 30-minute session, we cover:

  • The workflows that Advanced User Management supports 
  • How it makes working with your experts easier
  • The pinch points and potential risks it helps you address
  • How much it costs
  • And how to get involved in research

This product update is the result of the most research and development we’ve ever done. And we did it hand in hand with our customers. 

Want to know more?

Enterprise and Scale customers can log in now to try it out in their account.

If you’re not a customer yet, or not on one of these plans, enquire here about a free, tailored demo and how you can get it included. 

 

 

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The What, Why and How of Advanced User Management [Product Update] https://www.elucidat.com/blog/what-why-how-advanced-user-management/ https://www.elucidat.com/blog/what-why-how-advanced-user-management/#respond Wed, 21 Oct 2020 12:20:34 +0000 https://www.elucidat.com/?p=7555 Elucidat’s latest feature hasn’t got the most exciting name, but we developed it for a very good reason. This powerful enhancement to the way our users manage their teams was developed using a combination of customer feedback, input and product research.  As a result, there’s three exciting functions wrapped up in Advanced User Management. In […]

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Elucidat’s latest feature hasn’t got the most exciting name, but we developed it for a very good reason. This powerful enhancement to the way our users manage their teams was developed using a combination of customer feedback, input and product research. 

As a result, there’s three exciting functions wrapped up in Advanced User Management. In this article, we’re taking a look at the what and why of each of these functions, plus how to get your hands on Advanced User Management.  

Advanced User Management - The how and why

Creating your own roles

What is it?

Have you ever wished there was a role built specifically for one person? A team? Your boss?

Well, custom-fit permissions for your organization’s users are now a reality with Advanced User Management. You can create roles which fit your ways of working. Add or remove access to features on a granular level; whether you want to bring in an SME to purely write content, or Marketing as Brand Managers – you’re completely in control of the features and permissions your users access.

Why is it included?

We know that everyone works differently. Advanced User Management gives you the flexibility you need to fit Elucidat roles to the ones in your organization. 

Whether you adopt a centralized team structure, remote or crowdsourced – set up the roles, departments and folders you need to control how your team accesses the things they need to succeed. Creating custom roles means it doesn’t matter how you work – Elucidat works for and with, your business.

 

Editing default roles

What is it?

To give you the most flexibility possible, Advanced User Management not only lets you create your own roles – but edit the permissions attached to the default ones too.

For example, if your Authors are only in charge of populating learning content you can just give them permission to Authoring mode. Layout designers only need Layout mode. Reviewers might be in charge of final sign off for release. The choice is totally yours.

Why is it included?

Because your core roles are your most important ones, the ones which sit at the centre of your learning production. Being able to edit default roles means you can fully tailor the roles to the responsibilities in your team. 

 

Bulk user management

What is it?

Multi-add users to, and edit the users in, your account. Copy and paste the email addresses of a whole department, or select and change the role allocated to an entire set of users. Save hours of time, and combine with the Departments structure, to give select access to projects as required quickly and simply.

Why is it included?

Adding and deleting users one at a time can result in hours of time spent administering your account. With bulk actions in Advanced User Management, you’ll be able to save that time and spend it on more important tasks. Plus, with an enhanced interface, you can be sure of which users you’re selecting to edit or remove. 

 

How do I get Advanced User Management?

If you have an Enterprise or Scale plan with us – great news! Advanced User Management is already available in your account. You’ll need to be an administrator to access, but if you are you can dive right in!

If you’re a customer not on the above plans, don’t worry. Whether you’re part way through your subscription, just started or about to renew, you can get Advanced User Management. Just fill in the form below and your Account Manager will be in touch to discuss the options you have. 

And if you’re not already a customer, fill in the form and our team will be in touch to understand more about your needs and book in a personalised demo of everything Elucidat can do.

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Back to Basics: How to produce your first course in Elucidat https://www.elucidat.com/blog/produce-your-first-elucidat-course/ https://www.elucidat.com/blog/produce-your-first-elucidat-course/#respond Mon, 12 Oct 2020 14:42:35 +0000 https://www.elucidat.com/?p=7601 From planning to releasing, this guide is designed to ensure your first Elucidat project is off to a flying start. It’s packed full of exclusive tips, tricks and resources from our learning experts – as well as the wider industry. So let’s get going!   Planning Planning is inarguably the most important part of the […]

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From planning to releasing, this guide is designed to ensure your first Elucidat project is off to a flying start. It’s packed full of exclusive tips, tricks and resources from our learning experts – as well as the wider industry.

So let’s get going!

 

Planning

Planning is inarguably the most important part of the process, but it also depends how you plan and the types of elearning you’re producing. It’s worth noting that Elucidat supports planning, right within the platform. Read how here

But if you’re starting from scratch and looking to produce high-quality elearning straight away, why not take a look at our 5C’s framework to be your help? Or one of the other great frameworks we explore in this guide to elearning best practice. You could also take a look at some inspiring examples of elearning in our roundup of the most innovative here

If you’re importing or adapting existing learning, we’d recommend The Digital Learning Skill-Up. It’s a free course that helps you convert content from F2F to online in 30 days, but has a tonne of lessons and recommendations that help with any content import. Or read our Ultimate Guide to transforming face-to-face into online blended experiences here.

Whichever planning method you decide to follow, this step shouldn’t be skipped over lightly. Without clarity on your goals, audience and project structure, your build will take a lot longer that it needs to. If you’d like some extra help, talk to the Elucidat team to discover how we support you on every step of your production journey. 

 

Get Started

Now that you have your planning done, it’s time to get practical! Log into your Elucidat account and familiarise yourself with the Start Screen. This is where you’ll come each and every time you log in to Elucidat. It contains the three simple steps you’ll need to get your project underway. 

 

Step 1 – Choosing how to start

After logging in, you’ll find two or three options of how to kick-off your next project. There’s creating a new project, creating from another project, or creating with Learning Accelerator. But what’s the difference?

  • Starting a new project means starting totally from scratch. We recommend this for more advanced authors, or for teams who want to have complete control of a project from start to finish. Use it when you want to build out all elements, or just experiment!
  • Creating from another project means using a project in your account as a starting point. If you’ve created something that works, or want to create a new version of an existing course, this is the option for you.

For these two options, watching our instructional Beginner course on YouTube is a great place to see a step-by-step. 

  • Or use Learning Accelerator, which gives you access to a range of our supercharged templates. They’re pre-built course structures based on tried and tested elearning models, complete with in-line guidance on how to use them. And the best bit? Specific templates will be recommended for you based on your project requirements. Anyone can create quality elearning with Learning Accelerator. Read more about Learning Accelerator here.

 

Recommended Blueprint

 

Step 2 – Decide on a Brand Style

 

Why should I brand my project?

How your project looks is important. It helps learners identify your organization, plus makes learning feel consistent and professional. 

Great branding helps to build loyalty and trust with your learners. Just think about brands such as Heineken and Coca-Cola, and you will undoubtedly create an instant connection to their logo and colour palette.

Your elearning experiences should leverage the strength of your brand to make a real impact on your learners.

But building a ‘look and feel’ each time can be time-consuming and result in inconsistencies between projects. That’s where a Brand Style comes in. Each account comes with our 6 Elucidat Styles, but also the option to create your own. You may already have one set up that your organization uses, but if not – creating one is easy.

How do I create a Brand Style?

There’s two routes you can take with creating a Brand Style for your organization. Use a URL or build it yourself. 

Building from a URL will search out the brand colors, logo and styles applied to your specified website. Each element is further customizable, so you can fine tune the style to exactly meet your needs. 

Alternatively, you can choose to build a Brand Style manually. Upload logos and specify colours right from the start, so that you have complete control. 

Once you’ve built out exactly what you would like, you can save that style to be accessible by you and everyone within your account – to be used time and again on all your projects. 

How do I apply an existing Brand Style?

Applying a predefined style is easy! On the start page, simply select the style you want and proceed to the next step.

 

Step 3 – Name your Project 

Although naming your project is simple – just type and go – there could be more to this step than meets the eye. While we all know how to type in a project name, the name you use can have an impact on your business. 

This is where a naming convention comes in handy, particularly with big enterprise. 

Having standardised ways of naming your courses saves time and effort further down the line, so it’s worth taking a moment to think on what yours might be. 

Reading this article about naming conventions may help, but here’s a few reasons why it is so important to consider:

  • Smoother administration – By including information in the name of the project, it makes it easier for anyone to see what it is and how or where it should sit.
  • Improved version control – Including version information makes sure your colleagues know which is the latest project to use, and which course learners may or may not have seen.
  • Time and effort saving – With clear and consistent naming, you will reduce the amount of duplication and reduce the amount of time spent searching for projects.
  • Reduce error and risk – De-risk your learning production by ensuring that only the most recent images are shared, sensitive data is protected and restrict access where necessary.

Whether you decide on your naming convention immediately or not, ensure that any ‘test’ courses you create are labelled as such. That way they’ll be easy to identify and remove as required. 

So, once you’ve decided on your name, enter it and hit the button beneath. 

 

The Project Pages Area

Elucidat is designed so that you can storyboard right within the platform. In this page, you can get an overview of the structure and layout of your project, without needing to dive in to edit individual pages – until you’re ready.

If you’ve used a Learning Accelerator template, or another project as the basis for this one, you’ll have a pre-built structure of pages and chapters for your project already in this screen. 

If you’ve started from scratch, or want to make edits to the structure of your project, it’s super simple to do. Either click ‘Add new Page’ within a chapter to add a new page to that chapter, or within a new chapter to start another.

All the pages are able to be dragged-and-dropped into place as many times as needed. Anywhere you see the three dots, you can access options to Edit, Delete, Duplicate or Move pages or chapters. 

When you’re ready to edit, just double click any page you want to access. If there’s not already a page type set for that page, you’ll be asked to pick one. 

Read even more about planning and storyboarding within Elucidat in this blog, which works through the 5Cs and applying them to your project too. Or watch this webinar, showing off the full capabilities of the Pages area. 

 

Editing and Layout

When it comes to editing, with Elucidat you can change almost anything. 

From content to layout, it’s all up to you. To access the different views, you’ll find four options just above your content.

Getting the layout right

In Layout view, you can add or edit elements according to your project’s needs. Whether it’s an interaction, more text or media, just hit the ‘plus’ symbols to discover all your options and to build your perfect page. 

Content next!

In the Editing view (don’t forget to toggle between), you can add images, media and text to your newly-perfected layout. Anywhere you see the pencil icon is how to edit that particular element.

Top tip: Double click on any area you want to edit, and it’ll bring up the same options as the pencil icon!

Check out your work

Using the final views, ‘Preview’ and ‘Device view’, you can take a look at how your course would look once it’s live. Whether it’s on desktop, mobile or tablet, you can see what your learners would see where they would see it. 

Collaborate with Your Team

Elucidat is built for collaboration. Whether your team is central, decentralized, remote or contract-based – the platform is built so you can work together. 

Read about all the ways you can work together in the app in the Collaboration section of our help center. 

 

Getting Feedback

You can leave feedback in-line for colleagues anywhere within your project, so they can see exactly what you’re referring to – just right-click in the place where you want to make your comment. You can see any outstanding comments in the Review tab.

It’s important, though, that you’ve invited your colleagues into your Elucidat account for them to see that feedback!

Admins can invite colleagues in the Team area – found in the top navigation. 

 

And Release!

With multiple release modes, your new course can be made accessible to just about anyone – whichever method they use to access learning. 

Elucidat supports multiple releases per project and multiple types of release, too. 

  • Online link – this is probably the easiest way to release your project. With this type of release, you can simply send a URL link to your learners and they can access your project. It works well for open learning, as anyone who has the link will be able to access the course.
  • SCORM  – the most-widely used release mode for LMS-hosted projects. You get a zipped project and an LMS manifest, ready for upload. 
  • Plus API and Backup SCORM are available if required.

Know which type of release you need? Brilliant job! You’re done. Hit the button and release!

If you do need more information about the release types available and their benefits, read this article about SCORM vs. xAPI

Want to learn more about SCORM in particular? This article going back to basics is for you. 

Or read all about the different release modes in our help centre.

 

What’s next?

Whether you’re a customer or not, why not try out the above steps in your account?

Contact us to sign up for a trial here, or log into your account here.

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From roadblocks to floodgates: 3 solutions for managing accelerated L&D https://www.elucidat.com/blog/roadblocks-to-floodgates/ https://www.elucidat.com/blog/roadblocks-to-floodgates/#respond Thu, 30 Jul 2020 14:19:54 +0000 https://www.elucidat.com/?p=7084 In these times of uncertainty, business-critical training has never been more, well, critical. More departments than ever need to support their employees through change, onboard new staff and educate people on safety or compliance measures. With the rate that L&D is accelerating, how can you create more hours in the day? What solutions are there […]

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In these times of uncertainty, business-critical training has never been more, well, critical. More departments than ever need to support their employees through change, onboard new staff and educate people on safety or compliance measures. With the rate that L&D is accelerating, how can you create more hours in the day? What solutions are there to creating a lot of quality content in an environment of reduced budgets and capacity? Let’s explore 3 solutions.

When there is a surge in demand for online and distance-friendly learning, the teams who produce it can be challenged by altered working environments, reduced bandwidth and budgetary restrictions.

Even the most experienced teams can find themselves struggling to produce quality, engaging content at such a rapid pace.

It’s tempting, to “make do” and just get something out there – which does have some merits. But with more remote workforces in the future and with distance-learning becoming the norm, many teams are wanting this online-led approach to be future-proof – and worth all the hard work.

Here are 3 solutions to help you thrive in the new world of accelerated L&D

3 solutions for managing accelerated L&D

 1.  Consider crowdsourcing

Much like in other areas of working, crowdsourcing is an increasingly popular option in larger organizations when producing online training. 

Colleagues outside of L&D can help with many aspects of the heavy lifting – and save you time. By leveraging these experts that are already within your business, you can tackle multiple challenges. From increasing your production capability, to localization and personalization at an extent centralized production may not be able to achieve; in one form or another, crowdsourcing is being embraced by many larger companies globally.

For example, hear from Thermo Fisher Scientific about how they socialized their learning production to support their global audience in this Learning at Large podcast episode

But what about quality, consistency and security I hear you ask? Good question.

Crowdsourcing from the wider business may seem to come with some risks, however these can be simple to manage. You can customize your approach according to your organization’s structure.

By making your L&D team a center of excellence, or a filter of sorts, within your organization you can ensure your standards don’t slip. Produce guidelines, empower your colleagues with light-touch instruction and keep sight of the projects currently being worked on. 

Center of excellence

What you’ll need to do is look at how and where you get your colleagues involved. Do you want them to storyboard? Create? Edit the content? Release? 

Only you are able to answer those questions. It could be any of them, it could be all. But by putting in the systems and guides to help them be successful, you can free up your time and the time of your team while bringing down costs.

Want to learn more? Register to read our (upcoming) whitepaper here >

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2.  Save costs, not quality

In-housing is always talked about when discussing cost-saving. It sounds great. And whether you’ve used an agency previously, or bought off-the-shelf learning content, you know how expensive either of those two options can get.

But the reality of in-house learning production – although cheaper – is that it comes with a cost of a different kind. Teams are tasked with producing the same kind of engagement built or designed by experts, in the same time frames, despite other workloads.

It’s tempting to “make do and mend” – porting your existing face-to-face learning into documents, focus solely on Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT), or just copying and pasting content into your elearning authoring tool.

Each of these methods is valid in the face of such challenging circumstances – but none of them represent longevity, scalability or high levels of engagement (and therefore compliance). 

This is where you need to explore your options and see how bringing learning production in-house can be done smarter – not harder. 

a. Adapt your existing content thoughtfully

Keep your audience in mind. Ask yourself – or better yet the business – some fundamental questions: 

  • Who are my learners for this content?
  • How and when are they likely to have time to undertake it?
  • What devices will they use?
  • What elements of previous programs have worked well?

Even by asking these questions, you’ll start to find answers as to how you can best reach the people you need to, in a way that makes sense. Our Digital Skill Up program could help you frame some of those questions – register here

b. Use Frameworks

There are so many different frameworks available for learning content. You can see some of our favorites to base your development process on here.

But whichever you decide upon, you guarantee a replicable process and consistency for your team – plus more interesting, more relevant learning for your audience.

c. Is there a template?

Some services offer elearning templates, or pre-built frames for your content – which could save you some time and some cost. Check out our favorite elearning templates here…

Alternatively, if you’re an Elucidat customer, there’s Learning Accelerator and it’s range of learning-designed Blueprints. Each comes with a host of downloadable resources, in-line content guidance and example projects to interact with. They go beyond just elearning templates. Find out more here. 

Ultimately, saving money is always a challenge. But when it comes to in-housing your content production, you can do it and minimize the stress. By being smart, asking the right questions, and leveraging templates and tools. 

3.  Be human (without video chat)

One of the biggest temptations when moving large-scale training to an online, or online-blended, delivery is to solely use the video-conferencing programs we’ve all come to be experts in. 

And Video Led Instructor Training (VILT) is great – in the right circumstances. But large online classroom environments, when used exclusively, can actually turn learners off. They’re also resource-intensive; requiring trainers to run multiple sessions on multiple days to multiple audiences – and as a result are being moved away from by over 25% of businesses (Brandon Hall, 2020). So despite appearing scalable, video conferencing can actually damage engagement and doesn’t offer the same trackability of in-person training – decreasing the compliance and behaviors it’s meant to instill. 

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So how do you scale your training to a large audience, keep them engaged and check their knowledge?

Well the first step is to step away from the webcam. 

A lot of the knowledge and information from your online classroom can be translated into a digital course without too much hassle. And an online course:

  1. Respects their time, and yours – Learners can pick up and put down the training to fit with their schedule, rather than making their schedule fit around their training. You also don’t require large amounts of people to stop what they’re doing to tune-in at the same time – saving the business money. It’s also one of the core components of taking a people-centered approach to learning.
  2. Can be more personalized – Provide relevant and engaging content according to their role, using questions and surveys to make sure they learn what they need to – and retain it.
  3. Is trackable – Especially with compliance content, it’s crucial that you know your learners know what they need to – and can demonstrate the behaviors they should. Online training delivers the data on who has and hasn’t completed, plus offers the ability to check knowledge. 

And the best part is that it’s all still deliverable at scale – but with these added benefits. 

Conclusion

With each of these solutions, your training – and learners – benefit. You can start with implementing just one, or dive in with more! But however you approach it, find the version that works within your organization – and you’ll not only save time, but future-proof your production too.

By combining the knowledge of learning design and best practice from your L&D team, with the subject-specific knowledge throughout your business, you’re going to create relevant and correct training that is engaging which reinforces desired behaviors. 

By approaching projects thoughtfully, there’s no need to compromise on quality when speeding up production. 

And by moving away from virtual classrooms, you’ll better scale your learning, better serve your learners and as a result? Better knowledge and compliance. 

None of these methods are instant “fixes” to the difficulties of an accelerated L&D need, but by taking the time to consider implementing even one of these approaches will help to set the hard work of now up for future, continued success.

Take your team from being order takers – to a center of L&D excellence with the future-proofed model for L&D in this 3 part webinar series. Enable them to be the drivers of best practice in people-centered training across your business. Register today!

 

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How to power up your online training capability [On-Demand Webinar] https://www.elucidat.com/blog/how-to-power-up-online-training-webinar/ Thu, 25 Jun 2020 13:26:12 +0000 https://www.elucidat.com/?p=7015 We all wish we had more hours in the day; and right now for L&D teams this has never been more true! On top of the usual online training requirements, there’s a lot of content needing to be moved online and future-proofed. In the webinar below Georgie Cooke, Learning Design Consultant, shows how Elucidat’s latest […]

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We all wish we had more hours in the day; and right now for L&D teams this has never been more true! On top of the usual online training requirements, there’s a lot of content needing to be moved online and future-proofed.

In the webinar below Georgie Cooke, Learning Design Consultant, shows how Elucidat’s latest update can help. Discover how Learning Accelerator is like adding another designer to your team – and get a sneak preview of another upcoming release too!

The webinar

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Want to learn more?

The first three Learning Accelerator blueprints are free and available to add to your Elucidat account now. Just visit elucidat.com/accelerator and submit the form – your Account Manager will be in touch.

Don’t have an account? Book a demo today and take the new update for a test drive with a free trial!

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How to launch impactful elearning faster [On-Demand Webinar] https://www.elucidat.com/blog/launch-impactful-elearning-faster-webinar/ Wed, 01 Apr 2020 11:53:27 +0000 https://www.elucidat.com/?p=6723 In this rapidly evolving landscape, it’s important to be able to update information as quickly as possible and help your people make the best decisions. Luckily, our recent update is here to help. You can now create and edit courses faster than ever! Recently we ran a customer exclusive webinar to present the new update […]

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In this rapidly evolving landscape, it’s important to be able to update information as quickly as possible and help your people make the best decisions. Luckily, our recent update is here to help. You can now create and edit courses faster than ever!

Recently we ran a customer exclusive webinar to present the new update and explore how it can support you during these challenging times. Join Elucidat’s Learning Consultant, Georgina Cooke, and see it in action.

How to launch impactful elearning faster with our project structuring update

Right now, we know how important it is to be empowering your people and keep content up-to-date. In this 30 minute webinar, you’ll learn how to use Elucidat’s new, inbuilt functionality to speed-up your content production processes.

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Want to learn more?

If you’re ready to try this update out for yourself you can just log into your Elucidat account!

Don’t have an account? Book a demo today and take the new update for a test drive with a free trial!

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A faster, more efficient way to structure your projects [Product Update] https://www.elucidat.com/blog/faster-project-structure-update/ Wed, 11 Mar 2020 09:27:22 +0000 https://www.elucidat.com/?p=6668 At Elucidat, we make it as easy as possible for everyone to produce high-quality elearning, efficiently, at scale. Our latest update, released this week, includes a new view of your course structure to speed up your project set up, production and editing. A new way to plan and structure your elearning projects In our latest […]

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At Elucidat, we make it as easy as possible for everyone to produce high-quality elearning, efficiently, at scale. Our latest update, released this week, includes a new view of your course structure to speed up your project set up, production and editing.

A new way to plan and structure your elearning projects

In our latest product update, use our seamless drag-and-drop interface to create a robust structure for your courses. Bulk move and duplicate multiple pages at once with just a couple of clicks. And use your existing course content or layouts as templates with an enhanced import function. 

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All of these abilities combine to make producing consistent, great quality learning experiences faster and more efficient.

Save time, get a quicker impact

Prototyping, storyboarding, layout. Whatever you call it, it’s now able to take place directly in Elucidat with this latest update – saving your authors valuable time. Build your pages and chapters, then move and arrange until you create the best learner journey possible. 

There’s no need to dive into editing content until you or your team needs to, meaning you can get the structure of your content right – from order to page type – straight away. No more rebuilds or reworks needed!

Ensure consistency and efficiency

Importing and duplication functionality is built straight into this structuring update. 

This means you’re able to reuse content and structures that work; produce and release different versions of the same course simply and easily. Save yourself and your team authoring time by starting with what you know works!

This high-level view of your courses’ pages is the perfect place to plan your content – in the same platform where it’s populated. Not only can you build a structure with your learner in mind, but you can rearrange, iterate and amend their journey. This will ensure your content is consistent, and that you’re providing the best possible experience for your learners, every time! 

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Effortlessly get started with projects by importing pre-defined, on-brand templates

Templates from existing courses can be used time and time again. Authors can leverage best practice pages from template courses or other courses they’ve worked on. This means faster workflows and shorter production times when creating or updating content.

Duplicate, duplicate, duplicate!

Speed up project builds by duplicating pages and updating the content instantly. You can duplicate whole sections for quick set-up, or multi-select pages across your projects and convert them into new Chapters at the click of a few buttons.

To recap…

There are so many ways this project structure update can help you create quality content, faster. Here’s a few highlights, you can now: 

  • Produce your projects quicker and save valuable authoring time
  • Effortlessly structure your projects and visualize your learner’s journeys
  • Prototype and plan your projects before delving into the detail
  • Easily import from signed-off templates and utilize best practices across all projects
  • Improve consistency across your suite and enable efficiencies and reuse for a more scalable workflow

Want to learn more?

You can read our practical example blog here, which works through the 5Cs one of our showcase courses – from Capture to Cultivate.

If you’re ready to try this update out for yourself, just log into your Elucidat account!

Don’t have an account? Book a demo today and we’ll get you started on the right foot with a free trial!

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How to Storyboard in Elucidat https://www.elucidat.com/blog/how-to-storyboard-in-elucidat/ https://www.elucidat.com/blog/how-to-storyboard-in-elucidat/#respond Tue, 03 Mar 2020 15:19:14 +0000 https://www.elucidat.com/?p=6640 Capture, Conceptualize, Create, Cultivate, Commercialize. These are the 5Cs which we believe underpin successful elearning projects. Using the updated project structure editor within Elucidat means that the platform helps with 4 out of the 5 stages of creating transformational learning in one place; and your team can produce real-life impact, even quicker. Mapping your learner’s needs […]

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Capture, Conceptualize, Create, Cultivate, Commercialize. These are the 5Cs which we believe underpin successful elearning projects. Using the updated project structure editor within Elucidat means that the platform helps with 4 out of the 5 stages of creating transformational learning in one place; and your team can produce real-life impact, even quicker.

Mapping your learner’s needs to the flow of content and the goals to achieve is creative, challenging and one of the most interesting parts of learning design. No matter what framework you use, this process of working out how these elements come together is known as storyboarding. It’s traditionally done on paper, with multiple iterations of routes and flows to find the right one to meet your goals.

It seems like a lot of work. Why is storyboarding important?

Without comprehensive storyboarding, learning runs the risk of becoming overlong, clunky or not meeting your objectives. Ultimately that makes it not worth yours, your learners, or your businesses time. By bringing together goals, actions and needs you can create a journey that engages learners, embeds the knowledge and benefits everyone. 

Okay, so, how can Elucidat help me?

We’ve updated our interface to include a new, flexible way of seeing your courses pages and chapters in one place. It’s as simple as picking up and dragging your page to where it needs to be, allowing you to test structures for your piece of digital learning in Elucidat itself. And if you change your mind about the format of the page, or its location – both things are easily changed from this top-level view. 

This view – found within Projects – has been built specifically with storyboarding in mind. 

It sounds great, but how does it actually work?

Let’s work through an example. We’ll use one of our showcase pieces – a retail course designed to help store staff get to know their returns policy. (View the finished course)

Capture

Here’s the capture worksheet for this course build. We built out three personas which make up our audience for the learning, and mapped their needs.

To summarize: 

  • All 3 audiences are time-poor
  • Each persona would appreciate a flexible approach to learning 
  • The content is dry and in some circumstances, already known. So it needs to be fun, engaging and relevant
  • The learners actions need to contextualize why and how the returns policy is applied 

Conceptualize 

So now that we know who our audience is and what they need from this learning, we can start to build the structure of our course. 

Traditionally, we would have built our course structure in a document – which would look something like this:

But how would that look in the drag and drop interface?

With this view, you can build out the course structure quickly using visual representations of your content. This means that you can see an overview of the project and revise it multiple times until it’s right.

Gif of moving pages into a different chapter

An example of how you might revise a course like this is bringing the two theory elements – policy highlights and case studies – together. It would create a one-stop shop for everything a learner might need to know. To do it, you could just move the cards into this structure:

But, for our learning we decided on the original approach as it best met the learner requirement of bitesize, quickly digestible learning – and allows learners to choose what they need, when.

Create

So then creating the content was as simple as diving in and out of each page as required. From the top level view, you can access the editor via a double click or using the three dots to the side of each card. Read more about editing in Elucidat.

Once we’ve fed back and finalized the content, it’s time to launch. 

Cultivate

Now for this stage we’ll ask you to use your imagination slightly. Our staff aren’t really floor staff in a store. But if they were and they were taking this course, we’d take a look at the analytics – probably on a fairly regular basis. 

We’d be keeping an eye out for the areas where we’re seeing more or less interaction, or even a drop-off of our learners. 

For example, say we’d not found another way around presenting policy other than in a text box. This page was where people were consistently not getting right in knowledge checks. This is where we might want to iterate on this course. 

In this updated view, that iteration is now easier than ever. Changing a page type or rearranging content in an existing course is a matter of a few clicks. 

Elucidat will carry across as much of the content as possible, but also warn you of any risks the changes pose to your course.

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And also – because this course is designed to allow learners to choose which section to view – we’d take a look at the most popular pages. This could and would inform future designs, or could even be imported into courses with the in-built import functionality.

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Want to try it for yourself?

Ready to try storyboarding in Elucidat for yourself? The update goes live soon. Or if you’re not yet a customer why not book a demo to see it in action?

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A big year for Elucidat customers https://www.elucidat.com/blog/yearly-roundup-2019/ Fri, 07 Feb 2020 15:43:56 +0000 https://www.elucidat.com/?p=6549 As a company and a platform, Elucidat has undergone quite a transformation in the last year. Growth and change meant some big benefits for our customers – and has set us on an exciting trajectory for 2020. If some of the headlines passed you by, here’s our roundup of the past year and what you […]

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As a company and a platform, Elucidat has undergone quite a transformation in the last year. Growth and change meant some big benefits for our customers – and has set us on an exciting trajectory for 2020. If some of the headlines passed you by, here’s our roundup of the past year and what you need to know.
Elucidat customers year in review

Elucidat’s Year in Review

2019 was a year of change, no matter your industry. And L&D was no different. From new trends like the rise of the ‘deskless worker’, to the recurring ones of ROI and mobile delivery; focuses shifted and boundaries were pushed. 

It’s true of Elucidat too. We honed in on how to best support a growing user base and keep step with clients’ industries both now and in the future. And in doing so we had somewhat of a headline year. 

In May, funding was secured thanks to our investment partners. Our team grew rapidly from 20 to over 50 people in every area – from Customer Success to Development. Service levels got even better, with more customers reporting being very happy with the interactions they had with our team. Then, at the end of the year, we opened a US office to support customers in other timezones.

We also developed the platform in big ways – improving branding, introducing new ways to access learning and increasing accessibility. All of this was topped off by being awarded a Brandon Hall Gold Award, for excellence in the Best Advance in Content Authoring Technology category. Watch the video below for an overview of the features that helped us win:

 

But for the team here at Elucidat we like to look beyond trends, or even our own headlines. We’re people-centered, and it’s people who power us. So we wanted to look at the sometimes-unseen, meaningful events of the year too. 

And there’s no better place to do that than through the values at the core of Elucidat: “Learn. Care. Share.” These are the ways we lived them last year: 

What we learned

Having the voice of our users reflected in the shape of the product and its future is important, and there is no better way than to ask them in person. Thanks to our newly-established User Experience team, over 50 research conversations took place with some of our existing customers in 2019. 

They told us what they did and didn’t like. Whether our improvements worked for them. What they’d like to see next. Where their pain points were. 

And we’ve learned a lot from what our customers are saying about the platform. The findings are at the front and center of our ongoing product development process, forming our roadmap for 2020. With their help, improvements have been planned to continue making all our customers’ – and their learners’ – lives better. 

How we cared

Last year, the Elucidat support team had well over 8,000 conversations with customers. Those conversations were rated as either great or outstanding by 97.9% of respondents. 

Over 300 incremental improvements to the platform were logged, from day-to-day maintenance to squashing annoying bugs.

Our Professional Services team worked on 73 projects with customers. These ranged from full scale elearning strategy consultation to learner-ready review. Together, they are making transformational elearning that has an impact on people’s day-to-day work. 

And the outcome? Over 11 million learners accessed 25,137 courses built on Elucidat.

Where we shared

Last year we launched the Learning at Large podcast. It’s hosted by Simon Greany, one of our founders, a learning expert with many years experience. He welcomes some of the world’s biggest and boldest organizations to share their approach, ethos and results delivering L&D at scale. 16 episodes were produced in 2019, with many more planned for 2020. If you’ve not listened yet, tune in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or find it on our blog. 

On social media – and here on the website – we shared blogs, industry news and product updates nearly 800 times. If you’re not following us already, head over Linkedin, Twitter or Facebook to stay up to date.

Why it’s important

Elucidat represents a different approach to elearning. Putting the learner first is the priority, and we want to empower our users to have an impact on their lives. And nobody knows their learners better than our customers. 

Learning from day-to-day support enquiries through to strategy consultation; from bugs to podcast debates, is how we know our industry and the challenges we’ll tackle. It’s how we’ll grow and evolve to serve the next learners better learning than ever before.

So through all these different conversations in the past 12 months; through learning, caring and sharing, last year was a transformational one. Those learnings have come with us into the new decade. We’ll continue to bring our values to life, so you can live yours. Keep an eye on the platform – bigger, better updates are coming soon. 

Year in summary

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Is Elucidat an alternative to Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate? https://www.elucidat.com/blog/storyline-captivate-alternative-tool/ Thu, 06 Feb 2020 09:45:23 +0000 https://www.elucidat.com/?p=4583 Check out how Elucidat stacks up as an alternative to Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate elearning authoring tools. Since the birth of elearning, a pair of innovative software giants have carved out their place as industry favorites: Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate. But with the rise of modern cloud-based authoring platforms, many learning managers and […]

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Check out how Elucidat stacks up as an alternative to Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate elearning authoring tools.


Since the birth of elearning, a pair of innovative software giants have carved out their place as industry favorites: Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate. But with the rise of modern cloud-based authoring platforms, many learning managers and designers are looking for a resolution to the contemporary learning pains that come from desktop-based authoring tools.

Is Elucidat an alternative to Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate?

In this article, we explore Elucidat as an alternative to Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate – to help you decide if it’s time to make the move to cloud-based authoring.

The authoring basics

Before outlining the differences between Storyline, Captivate and Elucidat, it’s useful to go back to the basics and highlight what all three can help you to achieve. With each of these authoring tools, you can:

  • Create SCORM-compliant elearning content
  • Include a broad range of learning interactions
  • Include multi-media content
  • Use assessments and course variations
  • Create multi-device learning

Each software clearly has the core features required to create great elearning content (as do Articulate Rise, GomoLearning and other alternatives to Storyline and Captivate that we reviewed in our best elearning authoring tools comparison and review blog. But it’s important to consider some of the outside factors that contribute to the way in which you use an authoring platform:

  • The skills and experience needed to get great results from the tools
  • The size and location of your team
  • Your content development workflow (who is involved across the department or organization)
  • The amount of elearning content being produced and managed
  • Whether you need to regularly update your courses to keep them fresh
  • The available budget

Over time, such factors can often cause a landslide of issues, resulting in loss of productivity, poor ROI and an increase in stress.

Elucidat, Articulate Software and Adobe Captivate comparison chart

Before we dive into the details of why Elucidat is a good alternative to Articulate Storyline software and Adobe Captivate, here’s a quick overview of the main differences.

Cloud-based or desktop? Supported Elearning Formats Speed of Production Ease of use Ideal For
1. Elucidat Cloud authoring tool HTML5, Video, SCORM (1.2, 2004), xAPI (TinCan) Fast Easy Large employers looking to drive down their cost to train and produce business-critical training easily and super fast.
2. Adobe Captivate Desktop elearning platform HTML5, SCORM, AICC, xAPI (TinCan) Slower Difficult Experienced learning designers working on content that doesn’t need to be regularly updated,
3. Articulate Storyline Desktop authoring software AICC, SCORM, xAPI (TinCan) Slower Depends Learning teams who love powerpoint and want to jazz it up further.

 

The benefits of Articulate Storyline 360 software and Adobe Captivate authoring tool

Storyline 360 is a desktop-based, “PowerPoint style” tool that requires a software download, and it’s only accessible on Windows. Captivate, also a desktop-based application, is available for both Windows and Mac and is one of the most powerful authoring tools available… and with that comes complexity and a steep learning curve.

Both tools embrace the classic PowerPoint interface, and most established instructional designers have some level of experience with them. Encompassing a decent range of interactions and control over content output, alongside a vast picture library, production of simple content is achievable.

Articulate storyline 360 interface

For those authors with more advanced experience and skills, there is the capability to create complex animations for the learner to interact with. In the Articulate tool, code is customizable, opening up full flexibility… if you have the skill to do so.

Much of Captivate’s functionality is aimed toward screen capture, allowing you to record and edit from within the application. Consequently, the most common and effective uses of the two are software simulation and animation-based courses.

Why would you want an alternative to Storyline and Captivate?

There’s no doubting it: in the right hands, you can create some really high-end elearning content using the Adobe Captivate or Articulate software. But we are regularly approached by Learning Managers and Designers in search of a solution to the challenges they experience using an offline desktop-based tool. Common requirements include:

  • Enabling less experienced content developers to create high-quality output
  • Management of elearning content at scale
  • Streamlined workflows for teams
  • Easier ways to update elearning courses
  • Mobile responsiveness
  • Data and insight into engagement with learning content

Looking to switch from Storyline or Captivate? Book a demo of Elucidat now. 

How is Elucidat a good alternative?

Overcoming the authoring skills gap

According to Towards Maturity’s 2017 Benchmark report, 66% of organizations are struggling to build teams with the development and learning design skills needed to use these legacy tools. Ben Digman, Learning Experience Designer at Vacasa, explained:

“We started to explore solutions like Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline and xAPI, but we couldn’t find an elearning developer who was strong enough in instructional design, and vice versa. We had hired some amazing people who, it turned out, couldn’t fully perform the job they were hired to do using those tools.

If your goal is to drive down your cost to train while opening up authoring to subject matter experts in a secure and risk-free way, Elucidat’s features might just be what you are looking for. The tool has excellent customizable user permissions, a WYSIWYG interface, and the Learning Accelerator add-on makes author onboarding easy whilst ensures your training is always of the highest quality.

Elucidat’s Learning Accelerator helps total novices to produce great elearning from a library of templates. This groundbreaking feature helps teams produce training 4x faster with high-quality results. Based on your goals and needs, a powerful recommendation engine will suggest the best template.

All you need to do is follow the tips and input the content in the WYSIWYG interface. It can’t get any easier or faster than that.

A testament to Elucidat’s ability to empower and support new authors get off to a flying start is their work with global pharma firm Canopy Growth. The organisation went from 10 people producing elearning, to crowdsourcing from 50 people across the organization. 

“We’re finding that the onboarding rate for these new authors is extremely fast, so our learning and development department can focus more on our certified and accredited courses”

Alexander Brown, L&D Operations Manager at Canopy Growth

Elucidat as an alternative to Storyline and captivate: Microlearning quick onboarding

Check out this quick onboarding example, created with an Elucidat template. 

Making on-brand styling easy 

Ensuring new authors create great-looking, on-brand content, Elucidat makes styling simple. Authors can simply select an on-brand style from their account, use a great-looking generic one, or watch as Elucidat creates an on-brand style for them from their company URL. Authors drop in their URL, and see the styling appear before their eyes. The style can be swapped at any stage, even on live projects. 

Create a brand style with Elucidat

Being more than a tool with professional services

We also recognize that great digital learning comes from more than the great tools you use to create it. Alongside the tool, we offer a range of Elucidat’s professional services designed to support your teams to be successful, upskilling and supporting them to take your elearning to the next level. See us as more of a partner than a vendor.

Managing elearning at scale at lower cost

Large companies with employees spread across the globe often work with hundreds, sometimes thousands, of courses, with multiple languages and variations. A desktop tool makes this tricky to manage.

The advantages of using a cloud-based tool really come into play when you can collaborate, re-use your pages and templates on other projects, easily publish in multiple brands and languages, while still staying in control of your central content.

Made for re-use and easy translation

Elucidat’s variations manager allows an author to create a central “master course,” which has full control over its “child courses.” Once an edit is made to a master course, the child will then follow – yet edits can still be made locally in a child course.

The most common and beneficial use case for variations manager is translation. Elucidat empowers authors to manage several course variations within one location, saving you the hassle of creating numerous versions and editing each individually.

elucidat master course example

Collaborative online authoring

Cloud-based authoring in Elucidat brings stakeholders into one unified location, so that authors, reviewers and decision-makers can work together on a course – any time, any place.

collaborative authoring example

“The way Elucidat allowed us to collaborate had an immediate positive impact. We could go in and work on the project at the same time as someone else. This may seem basic, but it was a huge time-saver. Elucidat has been invaluable in helping to streamline our process of content production.” – Georgia Axtell-Powell, Online Project Producer at the Open University

Updating and iterating content

With desktop-based software, it can be time-consuming to update content or fix issues with courses once they have been released. Often, changing a single typo on a course can be a nuisance.

Elucidat allows seamless live edits and rapid releasing without exiting the tool, ensuring you’ll never have to re-upload your courses. As you’re always working on the most up-to-date version of the course in the cloud, there’s no need for multiple files.

Device responsiveness

With the rise of technology and millennials in the workplace, the demand for mobile responsive content has skyrocketed. Truly mobile responsive and adaptive elearning is vital for organizations wishing to engage with modern learners and to reach those who don’t have day-to-day access to a PC. The challenge with desktop-based software like Captivate and Storyline is that they are designed to produce content predominantly for desktops. Therefore, courses can appear squeezed – and, in several cases, unreadable on a mobile.

Designed to create both responsive and adaptive content, Elucidat ensures that no matter which device you pick up, you will always have a great learning experience. Using logic, Elucidat adapts and stacks your content to ensure the course always looks great. With the ability to make localized edits to each device, you can have full control of your content on any screen size.

device responsiveness example

 

What else can Elucidat help with?

These are just some of the features Elucidat offers as an ideal alternative to Storyline and Captivate:

  • Fully accessible interactions
  • Tips on creating great experiences for all learners
  • Ability to release multiple language variations as one course
  • An on-hand support team (97% of authors rate themselves ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with our responses)
  • An assigned Customer Success Manager to map your road to success.

Want to learn more about Elucidat, Adobe Captivate, and Articulate software competitors? Read our full best elearning authoring tool comparison and review!

Test out the best alternative to Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate

There’s a lot to like about software like Storyline and Captivate, but there are huge benefits to more flexible, cloud-based platforms.

If you want an authoring platform that will help you deliver real-life impact for learners and your business, then it’s worth dipping your toe in the water with a free personalized demo to discuss how Elucidat can help transform your e-learning.

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A new way to distribute your elearning content – outside of your LMS [Elucidat product update] https://www.elucidat.com/blog/learning-launchpad-elearning-portal/ https://www.elucidat.com/blog/learning-launchpad-elearning-portal/#respond Tue, 19 Nov 2019 17:47:14 +0000 https://www.elucidat.com/?p=6272 Sometimes distributing learning can feel like a bit of a hassle. It may be that you need to release a compliance course extra fast, or are providing training for temporary employees or contractors who don’t have LMS access. Sound familiar? We’ve introduced Learning Launchpad to help! What is Learning Launchpad? Learning Launchpad from Elucidat enables the […]

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Sometimes distributing learning can feel like a bit of a hassle. It may be that you need to release a compliance course extra fast, or are providing training for temporary employees or contractors who don’t have LMS access. Sound familiar? We’ve introduced Learning Launchpad to help!

Learning Launchpad elearning portal feature

What is Learning Launchpad?

Learning Launchpad from Elucidat enables the creation of web portals, to deliver contained learning experiences for groups of people – big and small. Accessible on any device, a simple self-registration process or open access reduces the number of steps to learn and is ideal for reaching your audiences quickly and at the point of need through targeted Launchpads of grouped learning content.

Why a Learning Launchpad?

Pre-boarding

With Learning Launchpad you can share a URL where your new hire registers with their personal email address. You can provide access to learning materials and track what they have done in advance of their first day.

Workers without a corporate email

Reach your 1000s of employees who do not have a corporate email address and still ensure they’re tracked.

Faster than an LMS

Learning Launchpad puts your learners learning in their hands. Simply send a URL to anyone in your organization and let them sign up and get on with the learning.

It also removes the bottleneck of LMS upload and distribution from your L&D teams, removing barriers to rapid, relevant content creation.

In-depth analytics

Content hosted on Learning Launchpads maps directly to Elucidat’s Analytics, meaning that you can see more than just pass/fail. Get interaction-by-interaction data analytics, increase engagement and prevent drop-off.

One-off campaigns 

Have a one-off piece of learning or transient audience? Learning Launchpad allows you to distribute the content needed, and track it, at a fraction of the cost of an LMS.

Want to understand LMS’ and their alternatives even more? Read our blog

How does it work?

Releasing to a Learning Launchpad couldn’t be simpler. 

Simply create a Launchpad with the Launchpad admin area of the app 

learning launchpad elearning portal

Select the courses you want to include, rename them and arrange them into sections.

choose elucidat course

elearning portal

You can then: 

  • Customize the look and feel of your Launchpad with colors and brand images, 
  • Define the identifiers you want your learners to input on the login screen

When you’re ready to release your Launchpad, it’s just the click of a button. You’ll then receive the unique URL to share with your audience!

Ready to find out more?

Discover how Learning Launchpad, part of Elucidat’s powerful authoring platform, can give you a smarter, faster way to distribute and measure digital learning. Book your demo of Learning Launchpad

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