Steve Penfold – Elucidat https://www.elucidat.com Mon, 05 Sep 2022 15:08:59 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0.2 4 ways L&D can do more with less (and thrive during a recession) https://www.elucidat.com/blog/4-ways-ld-can-do-more-with-less/ Thu, 25 Aug 2022 08:12:53 +0000 https://www.elucidat.com/?p=8937 Following years of transformation in response to COVID-19, more challenges and changes are on the way. Faced with increased economic pressure, businesses are rethinking their strategies. While organizations’ learning needs are growing, budgets are limited. So, how can Learning & Development (L&D) do more with less, and even thrive during a recession? Read on to […]

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Following years of transformation in response to COVID-19, more challenges and changes are on the way. Faced with increased economic pressure, businesses are rethinking their strategies. While organizations’ learning needs are growing, budgets are limited. So, how can Learning & Development (L&D) do more with less, and even thrive during a recession? Read on to find out.

how to thrive during a recession

How the recession will impact L&D

Over the past couple of years, businesses have had to deal with many challenges. A global pandemic, political chaos, unpredictable markets, the Great Resignation… the list could go on. The economic pressure this has created means big changes for organizations. Budgets will be cut. Headcount will decrease. 

It’s no secret that L&D is often one of the first departments to come under pressure in a recession, and L&D teams are already struggling. According to research by the Brandon Hall Group, over half of L&D teams don’t have enough budget, time and people. If cuts are made in haste, they could seriously impair productivity at a time when companies need it most. 

The response to the pandemic has shown how L&D is fundamental to navigating periods of change. So, it’s not surprising that the Brandon Hall Group found that 66% of organizations place competencies and skill development as their number one focus in 2022. With limited budgets, that means L&D will be asked to do more with less.

Navigating the impending downturn

If your organization wants to survive the downturn and even come out stronger, they need to start preparing and driving efficiency now. 

For L&D teams, that means exploring new processes and technologies that can enable: 

  • Working at scale: If you need to increase output or respond quickly to change, you need technology that supports you. Otherwise, you may have to outsource production to meet your business needs. This increased cost isn’t desirable during an economic downturn and may not even be possible. 
  • Capturing expertise: Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and stakeholders are essential to the success of all your organization’s learning. Before any redundancies are made or roles shifted, you need to capture their expertise and make it easily shareable. If this doesn’t happen, you risk new skill gaps emerging. Getting SMEs directly involved in producing learning is a quicker, more cost effective way to future-proof your organization. Find out more about how you can do this with Collaborative Content Creation
  • Maintaining quality: Under pressure with a growing backlog of training requests, L&D teams can cut corners to meet demand. Stakeholders may even take things into their own hands. This decreases the effectiveness of the learning. It doesn’t solve the skills shortage issue any quicker and may even make the problem worse.
  • Creating impact: Whether you’re struggling to respond at speed and scale or maintain quality, ultimately, it means employees aren’t getting the learning they need to succeed in their roles. This widens the existing skill gap and can have an even bigger business impact when workforce reductions are occurring.

4 ways L&D can thrive during a recession (and cut costs)

To respond to changing needs at speed and scale and, of course, with impact, L&D teams need to be flexible and ready to adapt their approach. 

Here are 4 key things you can do now to make sure you’re ready.

  1. Reduce dependency on external suppliers

Bringing more learning production inhouse can considerably reduce your budget. It means less money is spent with expensive external agencies, freelancers and contractors. 

While agency-created content can be high quality, it’s often a long and expensive process to create and maintain. Off-the-shelf content can be quick to deploy, but usually lacks relevance and can offer very little return on investment. With the right processes and technology in place, inhouse elearning production puts you in control and enables you to work at speed and scale to produce impactful learning experiences.

  1. Maximize the power of your people

Empowering every employee to produce effective learning content increases your output without increasing your costs. Capturing internal expertise and experience also has longer term benefits by ensuring critical business knowledge and experience is retained even when people leave. 

Of course, Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are content experts not learning designers. They’re also used to sharing their expertise face-to-face, rather than digitally. So, you need tools and techniques to support them to turn their expertise into effective learning. 

Find out how you can do this with our guide to setting SMEs up for success and blogs on how to involve SMEs and transform the way you work together.

  1. Minimize inefficiencies

Working at an enterprise-level of scale requires effective collaborative workflows. Whether you’re gathering content or reviewing a course, collaboration will enable you to speed up and reduce inefficiencies at each stage of the process.

Before you open up elearning production to people across your organization, you need to establish efficient processes and effective technologies. Doing this from the start will make things run more smoothly. It allows your new elearning creators to focus on the knowledge they want to share and avoid technical errors and visual inconsistencies. 

As the L&D experts, you and your team can have oversight, maintain control and reduce risk. Want to explore more ways to efficiently meet demand. Read our blog on how to scale up production

  1. Locate and fill skill gaps

Following a year when people quit their jobs at historic rates, we’re entering another period of workforce reductions.  Critical business knowledge could be lost overnight. The skill gaps that already exist could get a lot worse, and new ones will appear.  

This means your organization’s backlog of learning is about to increase. If you’re not ready to adapt, these learning needs will not be met and serious business and compliance risk is introduced.

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You need to take control of the backlog of learning content. By empowering any employee to create learning, you and your team are freed up to take on the role of strategic oversight. That means building up a roadmap of future learning and performance needs and ensuring the content that’s produced is impactful, relevant, and timely. This will mitigate the risk of knowledge loss and skills gaps appearing during periods of change.

In summary

Faced with an impending economic downturn, businesses are rethinking their strategies, cutting budgets and decreasing headcount. Demand for impactful digital learning to support these changes is at an all-time high. So, L&D teams are being asked to do more with less.

If you’re going to ensure that your organization has what it needs to succeed under these new economic pressures, you need to get prepared. Make sure you’re ready with processes and technologies that enable you to:

  • Scale learning production
  • Harness the expertise of internal experts
  • Maintain the quality of learning
  • Increase learning impact

Hear what the experts think

Interested to hear from top learning experts, analysts and organizations on what they think you need to focus on during the recession?

Join our upcoming live panel discussion to discover how you and your team can thrive by implementing a collaborative L&D model to future-proofing your digital learning production.

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The Best Elearning Authoring Tools, Platforms & Software https://www.elucidat.com/blog/elearning-authoring-tools/ Sun, 10 Jul 2022 08:41:34 +0000 https://blog.elucidat.com/?p=1696 New technologies are changing the way we produce and deliver digital learning – with elearning authoring tools being a must have in your L&D toolkit. Choosing the right elearning authoring software for your business can be a challenge and will depend on a number of factors including your technical expertise, how sophisticated you would like […]

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New technologies are changing the way we produce and deliver digital learning – with elearning authoring tools being a must have in your L&D toolkit. Choosing the right elearning authoring software for your business can be a challenge and will depend on a number of factors including your technical expertise, how sophisticated you would like your learning experience to be, the volume of elearning content you need to produce, the size of your team, your budget and whether you require translation.

The best elearning authoring tools and software

We have reviewed twelve of the best elearning tools against the following criteria: quality of elearning output, speed and efficiency of authoring, and scaling up of elearning production. Compare the most popular authoring platforms on the market in 2022 and find your perfect match!

Read on to discover: 

What are authoring tools?

Authorings tools are pieces of software that enable the creation of digital content. This could be as simple as creating a Microsoft Word document, or as complex as a graphic design tool. Elearning authoring software allows the user to generate and manipulate multimedia objects for the content’s intended purpose.

In the realm of learning and development, authoring tools are used to create digital learning content, or ‘elearning’. Elearning authoring tools are most commonly used by instructional designers in L&D teams to create training materials for their employees. This training can include compliance, onboarding, hard and soft skills, etc. Elearning authoring software ranges from powerful and highly specialized, to very basic.

Types of course authoring tools

Course authoring tools come in many shapes and sizes. It’s important to understand what type of learning software you will need before you get started. For example, several learning management systems (LMS – software used to distribute digital learning content) come with built-in authoring tools. These are often very basic, and restrict authors with learning design experience. On the other hand, ‘standalone’ course authoring software are solely developed for the production of digital learning – giving instructional designers more freedom to create high-quality, customized content.

Authoring tools for elearning can also be desktop-based, or cloud-based. Online learning software can help you provide the best possible experience for learners when distance learning is the safest or most effective way to continue education. For more info on this check out our advantages and disadvantages of cloud-based elearning authoring tools and desktop-based software guide

Each elearning creation software comes with their own range of supported elearning formats, including SCORM (1.2, 2004), xAPI/TinCan, HTML5, AICC, cmi5 and LTI. For more info, on what SCORM is, SCORM versions, and how it compares with other standards don’t forget to check out our SCORM: A complete guide to the Shareable Content Object Reference Model guide.

Are elearning tools different to an authoring tool?

Elearning software is a broad term that could be used to refer to many elements within a learning technology stack. Within the elearning software category, you’ll find software that focuses on different aspects of elearning. For example, Elearning Authoring Tools are used to create effective, engaging elearning courses. Learning Management Systems (LMSs) then automate the administration, testing, tracking and reporting of these courses. Read more about the key differences in our guide to choosing the best elearning platform for 2022 and beyond.

Why do you need an authoring tool?

Unsure whether you need an authoring software to meet your elearning objectives? Here are our top five reasons to use an authoring tool:

  1. Allows you to personalize your content and adopt a people-centered approach to learning;
  2. Enables you to collaborate with your team effectively, allowing authors, SMEs and stakeholders to work together seamlessly;
  3. Makes it easy to roll out elearning courses in different locations and update content to comply with new regulations quickly and with ease;
  4. Allows you to continually improve your elearning by analyzing data and collating feedback on how your content performs;
  5. Enables you to adapt to new demands and produce supporting elearning content quickly.

Features of elearning authoring tools

Once you’ve decided elearning authoring software is the answer, you need to find the right tool. There are a number of features you need to consider:

  • User-friendly interface: An intuitive interface means you can start building content straight away. Have a free trial to assess how easily you can use a tool for building, sharing, duplicating, and updating content.
  • Collaboration capability: Effective collaboration produces better learning courses. Find out whether the authoring tool supports multiple users building, reviewing, and amending courses at the same time.
  • Ready-made templates: Expert-designed templates can help you choose the best interactions for your learning. Don’t just explore the templates on offer. Check out examples of learning that’s been produced with the tool’s templates.
  • Multi-device: Nowadays learners want to complete content on any device. Find out whether the tool produces content that works across desktop, tablet, and mobile.

Criteria for evaluating the best elearning authoring tools

What makes a great authoring tool? In this guide, the key criteria we have used to compare and contrast the best authoring tools on the market are:

Quality of elearning output:

  • Level of customization available
  • Variety of formats to choose from
  • In-built design guidance 
  • Branching options available

Speed and efficiency:

  • How quickly you can produce high-quality elearning
  • Features that can speed up your production
  • Collaboration options for streamlining the feedback process
  • Ease of having multiple authors working on a project simultaneously
  • Level of experience required for the author to use the platform effectively 

Scalability:

  • How easy it is to reuse, edit and scale your elearning content
  • Cost-efficiency for producing elearning content at scale
  • Import and export features
  • Translation options 

12 elearning authoring tools & software to consider

In this review, we’ll be taking a deeper dive into 12 online learning software you might want to consider. Specifically, we’ll be looking at: 

  1. Elucidat – Helps big employers drive down the cost of business-critical training
  2. Adobe Captivate – Gives experienced authors the power to create high-quality content
  3. Articulate Storyline 360 – Ideal for individual users who prefer PowerPoint, with an added layer of customization
  4. Articulate Rise 360Users with access to Articulate 360 can produce simple elearning courses fairly quickly
  5. GomoBest for experienced learning designers that are not looking for advanced customization
  6. LectoraGives traditional, capable authors an effective tool for producing HTML5 content
  7. AdaptDesigned for technical authors who are looking to design bespoke HTML5 authoring through back-end design
  8. DominKnowPerfect for teams whose focus is on responsive screen capture and software simulation
  9. Easygenerator Authoring software designed for small teams who need to produce simple content, fast
  10. iSpring SuiteDesktop PowerPoint-based tool that’s a great option for novice learning designers who don’t have to worry about updating content regularly
  11. Evolve – Built for teams who need to collaborate together and don’t mind putting in the time to learn how to use it
  12. Camtasia – Video editing suite most commonly used for screen recordings, tutorials or product demos.

Save time comparing tools by downloading our authoring tool comparison template. We’ve completed the Elucidat column for you!

In case you are strapped for time to review in detail all of the 12 best elearning authoring tools in this blog, here’s a handy comparison table.

Elearning Software Type of Solution Quality of Output Speed and Efficiency Scalability
1. Elucidat Elearning authoring platform High Fast High
2. Adobe Captivate Standalone authoring tool High Slow Low
3. Articulate Storyline Authoring suite Medium Slow Low
4. Articulate Rise Online authoring tool Low Fast Medium
5. Gomo Online authoring tool Medium Fast High
6. Lectora Standalone authoring tool Medium Slow Medium
7. Adapt Online authoring tool Low Fast Medium
8. DominKnow Online authoring tool High Average Medium
9. Easygenerator Online authoring tool Low Fast Low
10. iSpring Suite Authoring suite Medium Average Medium
11. Evolve Online authoring tool Medium Fast Medium
12. Camtasia Video authoring software Medium Medium Low

Best elearning authoring tools – detailed review & comparison

1. Elucidat

Elucidat makes it easier for ambitious teams to produce digital learning at scale. Being a fully-cloud based elearning authoring platform, businesses can respond to change faster – and smarter!

With Elucidat you can empower experts to share knowledge and give staff access to learning on any device. From product training to compliance – Elucidat helps reduce costs and increase business performance.

Quality of elearning output

Elucidat comes with an extensive library of pre-built templates that helps even novice authors create great-looking interactive experiences. For those wanting to innovate, the “layout designer” feature allows you to build your own page designs without needing to code.

There are some brilliant elearning examples on Elucidat’s showcase, many of which can be Gifted into your account (or free trial) to use as a template. You can check out our favorites in our Top elearning examples blog. 

Flexible rules and branching options enable authors to build personalized learning paths to deliver great learning experiences. Social polling, gamification and a whole host of interaction types give you plenty of opportunities to hook in learners.

Elucidat’s analytics dashboards provide authors with detailed data on how learners are interacting with their course, enabling you to continually optimize for engagement.

Speed and efficiency

Elucidat’s feature set makes creating high-quality learning faster and more efficient.

With Elucidat’s Learning Accelerator you can produce training 4x faster. The platform will recommend elearning templates based on your project goals. You just add content (with best practice tips along the way). Simple as that.

Other effective features that will speed up your production include:

  • A template library
  • A suite of interactions
  • Brand importer
  • A WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) interface  
  • The ability to apply existing styles to new projects

The more advanced features, as with any platform, can take a little longer to grasp. But, the efficiency pay-off comes when you save your pages to reuse for future projects.

As a cloud-based authoring tool, it’s easy for multiple authors to work on the same project – at the same time. Helping the whole team to meet a deadline. Stakeholders can also log comments within the authoring tool on specific parts of a page using the review feature. Making the headaches experienced with desktop-based tools a thing of the past. 

Once a course is complete, sharing and releasing has never been easier. Share directly via URL, upload to your LMS or create an offline version. If you need to make any further changes, simply update your course and click the Rapid Release – your course will then update instantly (without having to re-upload!). 

Scalability

Elucidat was born to help teams with scaling up corporate elearning production. With customizable user roles and permissions, you can invite all of your stakeholders to collaborate within the platform – from your learning designers to subject matter experts.

The central asset library lets colleagues share assets across departments. Want to replace an image, logo or video? Update across multiple courses with one click.

The variations manager centralizes courses with several versions into one simple ‘master course’. Child courses then sit underneath it. The parent-child relationship means all versions are editable at the master level – saving a tonne of time editing several variations of the same course!

Translations are easy too! Using a simple import/export feature, upload a new language and watch the course adjust its size. Then make separate edits to each individual translated course using variations manager.

Supported elearning formats

Elucidat’s authoring platform is totally cloud-based, which produces high-quality, SCORM compliant HTML5 elearning content. Supporting most elearning formats, as well as advanced xAPI data reporting and mobile responsive content, Elucidat is considered as one of the top SCORM elearning authoring tools for both Mac and Windows.

Elucidat supports the following elearning formats:

  • HTML5, Video, SCORM (1.2, 2004), xAPI (TinCan)
  • Windows, Mac OS

Elucidat Strengths

  • Ready-made templates that will make your production 4x faster
  • Wide range of interactions and features, including rules, branches and badges
  • Out-of-the-box pages, plus the flexibility to make your own
  • Easy to use WYSIWYG interface
  • Advanced brand management to meet guidelines
  • Flexible permissions and user roles
  • Variations management to simplify working at scale
  • Sophisticated translation process
  • Outstanding support team, included as part of your package

Elucidat Weaknesses

  • A time investment is needed to utilize the full capabilities of the tool
  • Can seem expensive if you’re not producing much content, as the platform is designed for teams creating and managing elearning at scale. More on the ROI of Elucidat here.

Best for:

  • Authors of all abilities 
  • Big enterprise employers looking to get a quicker business impact 
  • Teams that need to produce high-quality elearning, fast
  • Teamwork on a global scale
  • Comprehensive tutorials and user support
  • People-centered learning 

Case studies and awards:

Elucidat was awarded a number of prestigious industry awards over recent years including a Brandon Hall Gold Award for Best Advance in Course Authoring in 2020.

Elucidat’s customers include world-leading brands across many industries such as finance, for example, Metro Bank and nCino, and retail, with global names such as  Tesco, Benefit and Kingfisher. You can see a full list of Elucidat customer case studies here.

Book a demo of Elucidat to get started with a free trial.

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2. Adobe Captivate

Captivate is a desktop application available for both Windows and Mac. It’s one of the most powerful elearning authoring tools in this list but comes with a steeper learning curve and its own set of challenges.
Adobe Captivate Authoring Tool

Quality of elearning output

Experienced authors can create learning content using customization options from the (relatively limited) themes available. The themes are similar to PowerPoint, with color palettes and slide masters defining the look and feel.

Captivate’s built-in screen recording allows you to create good quality systems demos and build sandpit-style screens for users to practice in. Complex interactions, mobile gestures and geo-location features are all possible and can contribute to a high-quality experience, but the options for personalized learning are limited.

The 2019 release improved the ability to create responsive designs for multiple devices using “Fluid Boxes.”

While elearning content can be viewed on multiple device types, design decisions can’t be made on a per device basis, so content isn’t truly mobile responsive.

Speed and efficiency of authoring

Captivate’s steep learning curve means significant training and ramp-up time is needed for new authors. Simple content is relatively quick to produce, but if you’re using more advanced interactions, be prepared to put in some hours.

Being desktop-based, the sharing, reviewing and updating process can be painful and time-consuming, with the risk of version control issues across multiple stakeholders. Any changes after launch require new files to be uploaded to the LMS, which takes time and effort.

Scalability

Because Captivate is a desktop authoring application, it’s not set up for working collaboratively and consistently at scale. Themes and master slides can be shared to installations on other computers, but the process is manual and can be tricky. The same applies to asset management; each desktop user is “on their own” when it comes to creating content and assets.

Supported elearning formats

Captivate is a powerful SCORM elearning software. Previously a desktop-based tool for windows, a 2019 update saw two major updates: some tool aspects were brought online and Mac users could finally access the software.

Captivate learning software supports a wide range of formats:

  • HTML5, SCORM, AICC, xAPI (TinCan)
  • Windows, Mac OS

Captivate Strengths

  • Able to produce complex interactions (if you know how)
  • Output can be location aware (i.e., you can hook into a device’s geo-location capability)
  • Interactivity in the output can recognize common mobile-device gestures (e.g., pinch and zoom, swipe)
  • Accelerometer-based interaction types
  • Good for screen recording and simulations
  • Ability to create virtual reality (VR) learning experiences

Captivate Weaknesses

  • Steep learning curve with limited support
  • Limitations of a desktop tool – challenging collaboration, review and version control
  • Traditional linear style design compared to more modern elearning authoring tools
  • Painful process to update and maintain existing content

Best for:

  • Experienced authors
  • Production of localized elearning
  • Interactive learning experiences
  • Mobile-ready elearning content 
  • Easy publishing options

Case studies & awards

Adobe Captivate has customer success stories from brands including American Airlines and Indiana University.

Check out our in-depth comparison and review of Adobe Captivate and Elucidat authoring tool. 

3. Articulate Storyline 360

Articulate Storyline is a Windows desktop authoring application that leverages a PowerPoint look and feel. It has a modest learning curve considering the flexibility that it offers—especially if you already know your way around PowerPoint.
Articulate Storyline

Quality of elearning output

If you’ve got the skills and competencies, Storyline allows you to author highly customized and engaging content. Like Powerpoint, you can control theme pages via project colors and slide masters. This makes it very flexible, but a bit tricky to control consistent branding over multiple courses and Storyline installations.

Most end-user interactivity is achieved through the use of triggers, which fire when a screen object is tapped, clicked, rolled-over, etc. When one of these user-actions is detected, other screen objects can be shown or hidden, auto page navigations can be invoked, variables can be adjusted, or media can be started/paused. This setup opens up a lot of possibilities when no coding is required; authoring actions are entered via a selection interface.

Speed and efficiency of authoring

Articulate Storyline is a complex tool, so where organizations don’t invest the time in training, authoring efficiency can be limited. As one of the most widely used elearning authoring tools, however, many designers will have experience with Storyline already.

As a desktop-based tool, collaboration and review can hamper efficiency in the production process compared to cloud-based authoring tools. And once projects are launched, it can be time-consuming to update elearning content or fix bugs.

Scalability

As a desktop-based tool, collaboration, and therefore scalability, is limited. It’s tricky to share courses with others for reuse, and assets aren’t housed centrally.

There’s an export feature that pulls out all of the text from a course to aid translation, but manual adjustments need to ensure the new language(s) still fit on the page, etc.

Supported elearning formats

Articulate is one of the oldest, and most widely used windows-based elearning authoring tools. Articulate’s primary SCORM compliant authoring tool, Articulate Storyline, is a powerful windows-based application that supports most elearning formats:

  • AICC, SCORM, xAPI (TinCan)
  • Windows

Storyline Strengths

  • Good flexibility and control in terms of content output
  • A commonly used tool, so designers tend to have experience
  • Very active online community
  • Reasonably powerful show me/try me/test me software simulation elearning capability

Storyline Weaknesses

  • Not truly mobile responsive – it just shrinks the screen
  • More traditional linear design compared to modern elearning authoring tools
  • Collaboration and content updates can be time consuming
  • Don’t get new features and bug fixes instantly
  • Can be very expensive if you have a lot of authors and want to scale content
  • Poor screen reader functionality

Best for:

  • Authors with experience
  • Producing highly-customized content
  • Extensive design capabilities
  • Flexible templates and design features

Case studies & awards

Articulate Storyline 360 has case studies from companies including Insperity and Lexis Nexis. 

Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any specific awards for Articulate Storyline 360 on the Articulate website.

Find out more about how Elucidat compares to Storyline in our in-depth Elucidat elearning authoring software versus Articulate Storyline 360 review blog.

4. Articulate Rise 360

Articulate Rise is a web-based authoring tool included as part of an Articulate 360 update released around the end of 2016. There are a range of prebuilt lesson types, custom learning called “blocks,” interactions, and screencasts to create a range of courses.
articulate rise

Quality of elearning output

Rise is really easy to use with an intuitive interface and provides a range of pre-built, standard interactions, including timelines, processes, labeled graphics, etc. This makes it easy to create interactive content that looks good.

Rise has prioritized ease of content creation over customization. It lets anyone create basic elearning courses with a degree of polish. But, highly skilled learning designers may feel frustrated by the level of flexibility to create unique designs, compared to tools like Storyline or Elucidat.

In terms of customization and branding, Rise lets you pick an accent color and the fonts, but doesn’t go much further.

If you’re looking to create something more innovative or sophisticated, Rise may not be the best online learning software for you.

Speed and Efficiency of Authoring

If you’re looking to create relatively basic, good-looking elearning content, then you can do so quickly in Rise. You don’t need to be an experienced author and can get up and running to create courses by following a sequence of logical steps – starting from scratch of by picking a template.

As a cloud-based authoring tool, it is possible to have authors collaborating and always working on the latest version of the content. Stakeholders can log in and add review comments, which speeds up processes that are slow with tools like Articulate and Storyline.

Scalability

Elearning courses can be cloned and reused to save time when working at scale. You’re also able to create a “block template”, which can then be inserted anywhere in any course.

There is no multi-SCO option available, which makes managing variations and translations more time-consuming. Brand control could also be an issue for teams trying to work at scale with Rise as you’re unable to save and lockdown branding across the account.

Supported elearning formats

Rise, an online-based authoring software, is part of Ariculate’s 360 authoring platform. Giving Mac users to option to use Articulate to create simple SCORM compliant courses. 

Supports:

  • AICC, SCORM, xAPI (TinCan)
  • Windows, Mac OS 

Rise Strengths

  • Easy to use with a simple and intuitive interface
  • Quick to create good-looking (relatively simple) elearning content quickly
  • Screencasting available
  • Cloud-based – easy to update, collaborate and review

Rise Weaknesses

  • Content can look very generic
  • Limited customization and flexibility
  • No translation management
  • Lacking in accessibility options
  • Storage limitations in place

Best for:

  • Authors with little or no prior experience with elearning software
  • Basic ‘no frills’ templates
  • Quick content production 
  • Collaboration between multiple authors and/or stakeholders

Case studies and awards

We couldn’t find any awards or case studies specifically relating to the Rise 360 tool on the Articulate website. 

For a more in-depth look at the Articulate Storyline 360 and Rise authoring tool compared to Elucidat, check out this software review blog.

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5. Gomo

Gomo is a cloud-based authoring tool that allows you to create web-style content. Your courses can be hosted online via the web, or offline using the Gomo app. It avoids a lot of the headaches that come with desktop-based tools but has some limitations in the amount of customization you can do.
gomo

Quality of elearning output

Gomo comes with a range of themes you can tweak to quickly create elearning that looks modern and on-brand. It’s worth noting that fully customized themes require specialist development, which can be costly if you have grand plans for your visuals.

There are a range of interactive templates available to bring your elearning content to life. The interactions all sit in a two-column structure, which limits your designs a little.

Speed and efficiency of authoring

Pre-built templates and quick-start wizards soften the learning curve with Gomo, so you can get up and running quickly. The interface is separate from the finished course, though, which means you can’t see what your course will look like as you go.

Scalability

Being cloud-based, Gomo allows authors to collaborate on creating courses. There’s also a multi-sco option that allows translated versions to sit in one package, with learners choosing the language they want to take the course in at the start. This is a handy feature if you’re delivering content globally.

Supported elearning formats

Gomo is a cloud-based authoring tool designed for both windows and mac. It produces HTML5, mobile-first content that can be released to its own LMS.

Supports:

  • HTML5, SCORM, xAPI (TinCan)
  • Windows, Mac OS

Gomo Strengths

  • It’s a cloud-based authoring tool, offering greater flexibility than desktop tools
  • You can produce responsive elearning output
  • They have an offline mobile app and Gomo Central, which is a cloud-based learning portal
  • Ability to provide multi-language courses

Gomo Weaknesses

  • Layout restrictions limit your creativity and give courses a templated look and feel
  • The interface is not intuitive and is tricky to use without a WYSIWYG interface
  • Customization options may not be enough for creative visuals

Best for:

  • Authors of any level
  • Multi-language elearning
  • Basic themes that are easy to tweak
  • Collaboration between multiple authors

Case studies and awards

Gomo’s case studies include GDK, Royal Mail, Santander and Godiva Chocolatier. 

For more info check out the in-depth review of Elucidat authoring tool as an alternative to Gomo Learning. 

6. Lectora Inspire and Lectora Online

In the arena of course authoring tools, Lectora is an elder statesman. The Windows desktop authoring software has been around a long time and is geared towards more experienced authors.

Recently, they have released a cloud-based HTML5 version of the authoring tool called Lectora Online, which gives great flexibility. It can be powerful when you know how to use it, but like others of this ilk, it comes with a steeper learning curve than many of the other tools in the list.
lectura

Quality of elearning output

There are a ton of pre-built interaction templates available that can be used as they come or tweaked. Some aspects can be changed via the development interface, but for others, you may need to use a graphics package to replace existing images. You can create great-looking elearning content with Lectora; however, you need to be a relatively experienced instructional designer and confident with the tool to do so.

Lectora’s new “Responsive Course Design,” or RCD, feature allows you to design courses in the desktop view. The tool then automatically rescales objects to fit on mobile devices. You can then make customizations for each view to fit your desires!

Speed and efficiency of authoring

The steep learning curve means you can’t expect amazing output quickly, but if you invest time, you can create web-style content that looks good.

While Lectora outputs in responsive HTML5, it doesn’t automatically do the work for you when it comes to different layouts. You need to create a new view for each device, which adds a fair amount of time to the build process.

The cloud-based version of the tool enables a review and comment feature, which can speed up your iterations and keep comments from multiple stakeholders in one place.

Scalability

Lector has a translation feature to help you scale one course into multiple languages, but there’s no parent-child relationship between the files. This means that any changes need to be made to each version individually, which is a headache if you’re dealing with multiple versions and languages.

Supported elearning formats

Lectora is an online, cloud-based authoring tool that can be accessed from any operating system. The tool is highly customizable with optional programming elements (if you have the knowledge to do so!)

Supports:

  • HTML5, xAPI (TinCan), SCORM, AICC
  • Windows, MAC OS

Lectora Strengths

  • Free access to Elearning Brothers graphics libraries
  • Good for screen capture and simulations
  • Has an online reviewer collaboration tool using ReviewLink
  • Can import Powerpoint (although it’s worth considering if that’s a good idea!)
  • Error check feature that flags issues before you release

Lectora Weaknesses

  • Steep learning curve with limited support
  • The interface is not user friendly, intuitive or easy to use
  • According to online reviews, Lectora’s customer support is a bit slow and not very helpful
  • Many of the advanced features are not Section 508 compliant

Best for:

  • Experienced authors with design expertise
  • Collating feedback from multiple stakeholders
  • Mobile-friendly elearning content
  • Professional-looking web content 

Case studies and awards 

Lectora’s most recent awards include a 2020 Silver Brandon Hall Group HCM Excellence in Learning Award and EdTech Breakthrough’s Course Authoring Tool of the Year (2019 and 2020). 

Lectora has multiple case studies on their website, including one on their work with the NHS. 

For a more in-depth comparison check out this Elucidat vs Lectora online review.

7. Adapt

Adapt is an open-source authoring tool that creates responsive HTML5 content. Developers anywhere can add new interactions to the community. The authoring tool only makes the tried and tested components from the community available to users.
Adapt elearning authoring tool comparison

Quality of elearning output

You can produce modern, slick-looking content with themes in Adapt, or by making your own themes. However, Adapt works on a grid-like system with blocks of content, so the finished products do all look “blocky” and similar.

There’s a decent range of interactions and assessment features, but they’re all quite “standard” – nothing really creative or different from other tools.

Speed and efficiency of authoring

The authoring tool interface is quite nice and is relatively simple to use. It’s not WSYWIG, though, so the extra “preview” step needs to be used a lot more when creating.

There’s an asset library that’s similar to Elucidat’s, which is good for controlling assets and updating content quickly.

Publishing SCORM releases is a quick download; however, there aren’t any other publishing options.

Scalability

It’s possible to duplicate courses; however, there don’t appear to be any sophisticated translation or variation features, which can limit how efficiently you scale up.

Supported elearning formats

Adapt is a complex learning software requiring in-depth technical development to develop compliant elearning courses. It also includes customizable HTML5 content.

Supports:

  • HTML5, SCORM
  • Windows, Mac OS

Adapt Strengths

  • It’s free!
  • If you’re a developer or have access to a developer, you can also use the (free) framework rather than the tool and create custom interactions/layouts, etc.
  • The authoring interface is relatively easy to get your head around
  • Responsive HTML5

Adapt Weaknesses

  • Limited set of interactions compared to what the Adapt framework is capable of
  • “Blocky” layout that leads to a lot of content looking generic
  • It’s not cloud-based and can take a while to install

Best for:

  • A cost-effective solution
  • Easy onboarding 
  • Simple, user-intuitive interface
  • Customizable HTML5 content

Case studies and awards:

There are no relevant case studies on the Adapt website. 

Adapt’s awards include Gold for the LearnX – Best Elearning Design Technology Award 2015, Platinum for the LearnX – Best Elearning Design Technology Award  2014 and Platinum for the LearnX – Best Elearning Design Technology Award 2013. However, there was no mention of any more recent ones. 

8. DominKnow ONE

DominKnow ONE brings together their traditional authoring tool Claro with DominKnow Flow for responsive authoring and screen capture and simulation capabilities. It’s got a traditional Microsoft look and feel and strong capabilities. Like Lectora, it’s not the most intuitive authoring tool out there and reviews highlight the limited support and help offered.
Dominknow authoring tool review

Quality of elearning output

DominKnow creation software allows you to start out with a range of themes and templates, which can be customized. You can also import your Powerpoint content to then edit within the tool.

The responsive design capabilities are strong, and there’s a great range of actions to create varied page types and interactions.

Speed and efficiency of authoring

Once you’ve got your head around the relatively complicated interface, the tool is pretty easy to use. There are lots of templates to get you up and running quickly. Being able to reuse parts of a page, copying them into another page is a handy time-saver. The ability to collaborate and review online speeds up the production process compared to desktop tools.

Scalability

Authors can copy a course, the structure, learning objects or pages to create a unique copy of a course, which speeds things up and helps with consistency. DominKnow course authoring tool also has a translation export and import feature.

Supported elearning formats

DominKnow is an online, SCORM compliant elearning authoring tool that creates great HTML5 content – primary best for systems simulating training.

Supports:

  • SCORM, xAPI, AICC, Web  
  • Windows, Mac OS

DominKnow Strengths

  • Enables collaborative authoring and review; they also have user roles (but not as extensive as Elucidat, for example)
  • Strong responsive design capabilities
  • They have a wide range of “Actions” that give you flexibility in creating page types
  • Powerpoint import
  • One of the few tools to offer a product tour to help new users navigate the tool

DominKnow Weaknesses

  • The interface isn’t particularly intuitive, so getting up to speed can be quite slow
  • The Help documentation is sometimes misleading or incomplete
  • Not great at Gamification
  • The customizable theme settings are a bit restrictive

Best for:

  • Basic customizable themes
  • Powerpoint imports
  • Translating content 
  • User support and product tutorials 

Case studies and awards:

Case studies for DominKnow include HMRC, Society of Actuaries and Larmer Brown.

Dominknow’s awards include ‘2020’s Leading Elearning Authoring Software Provider’ by Corporate Vision Magazine and ‘Best Value of an Authoring Tool’ by Capterra. 

9. Easygenerator

Easygenerator is a cloud-based elearning platform that has been around since 2013. The clue is in the name…this authoring tool is focused on creating relatively simple elearning content quickly.
easygenerator authoring tool

Quality of elearning output

You can build your own course from scratch and produce responsive designs easily with simple interactions and question types. Alternatively, you can start using a template, which like off the shelf courses come complete with content.

However, the design functionality and interactions available are limited compared to other authoring tools. If you’re looking to create something that looks and feel really bespoke, with advanced interaction types, then this may not be the tool for you.

Speed and efficiency of authoring

As you’d expect, Easygenerator creation software is quick to grasp, and they have pre-built templates to help you get started. The workflow guides you through a series of steps to creating a piece of elearning, making it easy to focus on the task at hand and avoid missing anything crucial.

When editing questions, there is a disconnect between what you’re looking at as an author and what the learner would see. The tool also lacks the ability to reorder answers and switch between multiple-choice and single choice answers. These things slowed our tester down!

You can assign roles to allow different team members to review and collaborate on one course using their “co-authoring” feature.

Scalability

It’s possible to reuse and duplicate elearning content to use again, but this can be a bit of a clunky process.

You can create courses in a number of different languages; however, there doesn’t appear to be a translation tool or way to manage variations of the same course. This is no problem if you’re producing simple content for specific groups, but it would be a challenge if you envision needing to scale up.

Supported elearning formats

Easygenerator is a very simple SCORM compliant authoring tool that creates basic HTML5 content. Expect quick and easy content, with limited output!

Supports:

  • SCORM, xAPI (TinCan), LTI 
  • Windows, Mac OS

Easygenerator Strengths

  • Good for authors who are just starting out building elearning content – no coding necessary!
  • Mobile-friendly responsive design features
  • Ability to import Powerpoint (but we’d suggest you do so with caution!)

Easygenerator Weaknesses

  • Not every question type and interaction available is fully optimized for multiple devices
  • Limited features – although the team is also open to hear suggestions and release updates based on client needs
  • Restrictions on question types/quizzes to certain pricing plans
  • A word limit on many of the long-form questions
  • Only compatible with SCORM 1.2

Best for:

  • Authors with little or no experience using elearning software
  • Producing courses in multiple languages
  • Building elearning courses quickly 
  • Mobile-friendly design 

Case studies and awards 

Easygenerator’s customer success stories includes this from T-Mobile: 

“What made Easygenerator stand out was its very small learning curve, even for people who do not have an e-learning or didactical background.” 

Easygenerator has been recognized by G2, Capterra and Training Industry. You can find a full list of awards on the Easy Generator website.

10. iSpring Suite

iSpring Suite is a PowerPoint-based authoring toolkit that allows users to create slide-based courses, quizzes, dialog simulations, screencasts, video lectures, and other interactive learning materials. The output courses are published in HTML5. With a reasonably low learning curve (if you know your way around PowerPoint!) users can hit the ground running, but may be limited the more they progress.

iSpring authoring suite review

Quality of elearning output

Chances are you’ve created a Powerpoint presentation before, so the quality output of iSpring courses won’t come as a surprise. Slide-based courses can be adapted and repurposed into more engaging, customized courses. The end result looks clean and professional, but it still has that PP feel! 

iSpring Suite offers a range of 14 question types, with the ability to create interactive dialog simulations with branching scenarios. There’s even a  library of eLearning assets to pick from, which includes course templates, characters, and more. With that in mind, the level of interactivity and customization is hindered due to PowerPoint integration.

Speed and Efficiency of Authoring

For established PP authors, iSpring Suite should have a pretty small learning curve. Allowing the creation of basic, responsive elearning courses quickly and easily. Being connected directly to the cloud, courses can be uploaded directly online, or saved locally. Although, as you progress further within the tool issues may arise that can hinder production time.

Lack of collaboration makes it difficult for teams to be efficient, and with PowerPoint being a prominently Microsoft based software, Mac users can be left out in the cold. Storing and sending files locally can back the production process complex, making the online upload option the most viable choice. 

Scalability

Learning paths can be created, saved and reused in iSpring for quick access. Completed courses can then be uploaded directly into the cloud for learners to access online, or offline! Courses can be launched through a Learning Management System, or iSpring’s own LMS.

Courses can be copied and reused, but have no direct links, which can make updating courses at scale an issue. Branding also can’t be saved locally, so if you have strict brand standards make sure each of your team members have the right settings!

Supported elearning formats

iSpring is a desktop-based authoring tool, with some online functionality. It is primarily a windows-based elearning software – you can import your PowerPoint and create SCORM compliant, HTML5 content. 

Supports:

  • HTML5, Video, SCORM, xAPI (TinCan), cmi5
  • Windows

iSpring Suite Strengths

  • PowerPoint integration
  • Low learning curve (if experienced in PP)
  • Simple interface
  • Video editing
  • Great for Windows users

iSpring Suite Weaknesses

  • Not available for Mac users (without other software)
  • Can’t create slide-based courses without PowerPoint
  • Not fully cloud-based
  • Requires installation
  • Basic output

Best for:

  • Quick and easy onboarding
  • Simple, responsive elearning output
  • Producing video elearning 
  • Easy content delivery options

Case studies and awards:

Check out the iSpring website for case studies from multiple universities, including Glasgow Caledonian University and The University of Costa Rica.

In 2021, iSpring was named ‘Leader Product at G2 (Europe)’, in addition to ‘Best Value’ by Software Suggest. 

Dive in deeper and check out our head to head review and comparison of the iSpring Suite and Elucidat authoring platform. 

11. Evolve

Evolve is an online elearning authoring tool that builds intuitive, HTML5-based elearning content. Courses built in this tool will work on any platform, device or system. The authoring software is designed for novice authors, meaning it’s quick and easy to create simple content.

Evolve elearning authoring tool review

Quality of elearning output

Evolve allows users to create simple content quickly. It has a good range of components which are all easy to use.

The flexible builder and extensive visual possibilities give a sufficient range of variation, and lets authors adapt each course to the specific needs of their learners.

Although Evolve is effective for creating content quickly, this can hinder its output – with courses often lacking the extra customization needed for high-quality training.

Speed and Efficiency of Authoring

With a range of pre-built templates ready to go, you don’t need to spend much time designing a course. Simply select a ‘block’ that suits your needs and start adding content.

The elearning tool also gives the ability to build branching scenarios with hundreds of variations which work well on mobile.

Only slight drawback is the software’s complex range of settings. With a tonne of settings and extensions to choose from, authors may get tied up in selecting which of the options they require. Once these settings are mastered, Evolve does allow users to create ‘templates’ – so authoring may become simpler with time.

Scalability

Authors can happily apply branding across an entire course and make sweeping changes within minutes. Whether you’re building one or one thousand courses, Evolve course creation software will make branding straightforward.

This said, authors may start running into issues when trying to create variations between courses. Edits cannot be made to course content locally, or across the whole portfolio – meaning keeping courses updated can be a time-consuming job!

Supported elearning formats

Evolve is an online authoring tool that releases courses via web or offline. The platform gives users the ability to create HTML5 content that works on any device. 

Supports:

  • HTML5, SCORM 1.2/2004, Web, Offline
  • Windows

Evolve Strengths

  • Novel interaction with types not seen in some other tools
  • Pay for the time you’re using rather than for a full year
  • Easy and simple collaborative authoring

Evolve Weaknesses

  • Complex range of settings to be configured for each element
  • No way to manage variations of courses
  • Limited to a linear structure

Best for:

  • Novice authors
  • Flexible pricing options
  • Creating content with consistent branding
  • Quick and easy basic content production 

Case studies and awards

Evolve has customer success stories from Pearson Higher Education and Cotton On Group. 

12. Camtasia

Camtasia is an all-in-one software suite for screen recording and video editing. Although foremost a video capture tool, content can be exported as SCORM packages. The software is most commonly used for producing video tutorials, lessons, or product demos – turning them into more compelling video through animation and effects.

Due to its primary focus on video, Camtasia is often integrated, or used alongside, other elearning authoring platforms.

Camtasia video authoring tool

Quality of elearning output

If you’re choosing video as your method of training, and need a snazzy editor to help take your screen recording a step further, then Camtasia is a great choice. The software suite allows the user to add additional layers of interactivity and quizzing to encourage and measure learning within videos.

For mobile learning, Camtasia connects directly to an iOS device for screen recording, with the option to add gesture effects to simulate taps, swipes, and pinches in your video. Callouts, arrows, shapes, lower thirds, and sketch motion can also be added to highlight important points in your video.

The output of these videos will be good – but don’t expect much more than that!

Speed and Efficiency of Authoring

Camtasia is designed for quick and easy authoring. A simple drag and drop interface makes adding, removing or cutting video pretty simple for those who have used a video editor before.

Since 2020, the Camtasia software allows users to use pre-built templates, share files and save custom favorites and presets. Efficiency will develop over time as users make the most of these new features – but you’ll need to invest the time first!

If you’re using PowerPoint, an integration with Camtasia let’s you turn your presentation into a video pretty easily. Simply record with the ‘Add-In’ feature or import slides directly into Camtasia.

There’s also a library of customizable assets, saving you time on sourcing content yourself. Just watch your content doesn’t become too generic!

Scalability

As with any video software, scalability can be tricky.

On plus side, you can instantly upload video content to YouTube, Vimeo, Screencast, or your online video course. Although once a video has been released, you won’t be able to keep it updated.

Project assets can be shared with other users, video files must be exported and saved as a .ZIP file. There’s no central ‘cloud’ to store or access your projects, so make sure your file library is ordered and namely thoroughly

Supported elearning formats

Camtasia is a video editing suite that can be exported to most video formats. The software will not export to flash or HTML-5, but does have a SCORM option.. 

Supports:

  • SCORM 1.2/2004, Web, Offline
  • Windows
  • IOS app

Camtasia Strengths

  • Great for screen capture and video editing
  • Ability to save and re-use presets and templates
  • PowerPoint integration
  • iOS capture

Camtasia Weaknesses

  • Not available for Mac users (without other software)
  • Can’t create slide-based courses without PowerPoint
  • Not fully cloud-based
  • Requires installation
  • Basic output

Business Use Cases for Elearning Software

Elearning software can be utilized in a number of ways, across multiple business verticals to provide impact. Some we’ve highlighted include: 

Compliance training

For finance companies, providing engaging, digestible compliance training is critical. Elearning software enables organizations to produce powerful elearning material at scale, and quickly, to keep pace with the ever-changing regulatory landscape. 

Retail training

Keeping pace in a rapidly shifting industry such as retail can be impossible without the right elearning software. With the right tool, retail companies can produce exceptional learning that addresses the big challenges and ever-changing needs of retail customers. Learn more about how to manage elearning at retail speed. 

Sales Training 

Educating employees on effective sales methods and tactics is important for organizations looking to boost sales and attract the right type of customer. Authoring tools can help company managers to produce and manage highly customizable, branded elearning at scale.

Employee Upskilling 

Organizations looking to provide employees with goal-oriented training designed around specific skills should take advantage of authoring tools in order to track employee engagement, success rates and the impact of their elearning.

Top things to consider when choosing the best authoring software for your team

  • Functionality – How simple or complex do you need the functionality to be?
  • Scalability – How much elearning content do you need to produce and how quickly?
  • Quality – How sophisticated do you need your output to be?
  • Customer support – Are training materials and tutorials available to assist you?
  • Analytics – How straightforward is it to measure how your learners interact with your content and optimize accordingly?
  • User interface – How easy is it to get to grips with the authoring tool and begin using it effectively?

In conclusion

There’s a lot of overlap in the functionality of the best elearning authoring tools shown here, but your requirements – such as the quality and scale at which you want to produce digital learning – will narrow down your shortlist. Ultimately, which is the best elearning software for you and your team will depend on your needs.

If you need to produce high-quality elearning at scale, then an authoring tool like Elucidat would be a great fit for you. Book a demo to learn more, and get set up with a free trial account.

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Further Information

To help you make the right choice and also to get you thinking about your wider elearning tech stack and strategy, check out some of our other top content:

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Why employee training is important (5 reasons) https://www.elucidat.com/blog/why-employee-training-is-important/ Thu, 26 May 2022 11:00:29 +0000 https://blog.elucidat.com/?p=2251 Employee training and development programs provide the perfect opportunity to expand the knowledge base within your organization. And most importantly, great learning experiences make for a happier, more productive workforce. Employee training is vitally important to the success of a competitive workforce. No matter the industry, filling the gaps in your employees’ professional knowledge is […]

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Employee training and development programs provide the perfect opportunity to expand the knowledge base within your organization. And most importantly, great learning experiences make for a happier, more productive workforce. Employee training is vitally important to the success of a competitive workforce. No matter the industry, filling the gaps in your employees’ professional knowledge is essential to keeping them productive and fulfilled. A high-quality training program can do exactly that.

Why employee training is important

Implementing an effective employee development program will increase the competency of your staff and boost their job satisfaction, contributing to improved staff retention. Regular training can also improve the overall efficiency of your organization and even the workload between employees with a common knowledge base and skillset. Not only will your employees benefit, but your clients too, increasing the likelihood of repeat customers and word-of-mouth referrals.

Unfortunately, some organizations fail to realize the value of employee training programs, which can have a detrimental effect on the business itself. In this article, we take a dive into what employee training is, why it’s important, and how you can provide knowledge and skills in a cost-effective way.

What is employee training?

Employee training is about helping your employees learn and develop their skills so that they can become more effective at what they do. Many businesses invest in employee training because it can increase staff motivation, improve productivity and the quality of work. Employees who are trained are more likely to have a long-term commitment to their employer, as well as perform better at work. 

Employee training can be delivered through many mediums such as elearning, in-person classroom sessions, face-to-face coaching, group workshops or even a blended approach of all of these.

Whether you’re starting a new business or working for an established company, providing your employees with effective, impactful training is an investment you can’t afford to neglect.

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5 reasons why employee training is important

Most employers wouldn’t take on an under-skilled worker, yet many are reluctant to invest in ongoing job training for the skilled workers that they do have. As workplace technologies and processes continue to evolve, this lack of effective training programs leaves once skilled workers lagging behind.

How can an organization compete with a workforce weaker than its competitors? The short answer is that it’s somewhere between difficult and impossible! Find out all you need to know to develop bulletproof employee training in this Ultimate Guide to Employee Training.

Let’s move on to the five benefits of employee training and why you should invest in it.

1. It’s expensive to lose employees

Hiring new employees is never cheap. A recent survey cited by the go2HR Society indicates that 40 percent of employees leave their positions within the first year due to poor training opportunities. Furthermore, the Centre for American Progress reports that replacing an employee can cost 20% of the annual salary for employees who make between $30,000 and $50,000 (and up to 213 percent of the annual salary for highly trained executives).

With that in mind, companies that provide industry standard training will have more engaged employees, and therefore, are more likely to retain employees. It costs money to replace staff, so it simply makes sense to train and develop current staff and improve employee retention at the same time.

2. Trained employees are more efficient

Training can be used to drastically improve productivity and boost employee performance. When your employees are able to complete tasks more efficiently, using the most effective methods, there are two immediate benefits to your business:

  • They complete more tasks in a given period of time, maximizing your return on investment (i.e., the hourly wage you pay employees).
  • Customer satisfaction is likely to be higher when your services are delivered in a timely manner.

3. Trained employees have higher production standards

Of course, getting work done quickly loses its impact if it isn’t done properly.

Employees who are well trained are more likely to produce higher-quality output the first time around, thereby minimizing mistakes. This creates less wasted time in rework and customers who are delighted with the quality, reliable goods and services.

Design training your employees will love. Free Elearning Project Template

4. Trained employees will retain and grow your customer base

Some of the points we’ve already seen describe how training can directly impact your customers’ satisfaction.

And this is very important because customers leaving you is bad. It’s generally accepted that it’s less expensive to maintain existing customers than it is to win new ones.

Losing a customer is a double loss; you’ll lose ongoing revenue from that customer, and it’s unlikely that they’ll be directing potential, new customers to you.

The opposite is also true. A delighted customer can give you a double win! Not only are they liable to become a return customer, but they are also more likely to refer new customers to you.

So, having well-trained staff that results in satisfied customers can save you money, generate revenue, and grow your customer base.

5. Training doesn’t have to be expensive

Training’s 2014 Training Industry Report shows that 28.5% of training hours were delivered via online or computer based technologies (i.e., no instructor), and 29.1% of training hours were delivered via blended learning methods.

Modern elearning authoring tools, like Elucidat, enable organizations to create quality corporate elearning and online support aids using in-house subject matter experts without the need for expensive tech support.

Leveraging your in-house expertise to create online training elements, face-to-face up-skilling sessions, or even informal Lunch ‘n Learn sessions (i.e., employees bring and eat their lunch while an in-house expert shares some wisdom) are great ways to introduce learning into your organization at minimal cost.

Related: Stay on top of the latest elearning ideas, trends and technologies by subscribing to the Elucidat weekly newsletter.

In conclusion

It’s clear that an investment in employee training is vital for any organization looking to succeed.

According to a Deloitte report on accelerating workplace change, training budgets are increasing year on year. It’s not unreasonable to expect this general trend to continue as the pace of technological change increases and the battle to win the customer dollar becomes more competitive.

If you accept that a better-trained workforce is likely to be more profitable than a less well-trained one, then doesn’t it make sense to be a business that invests in training rather than one that doesn’t?

As the saying goes, “If you think training is expensive, try ignorance.”

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5 Ways Elearning Can Influence Your Business KPIs https://www.elucidat.com/blog/elearning-influence-business-kpis/ Fri, 20 May 2022 11:15:52 +0000 https://www.elucidat.com/?p=8729 Good training and elearning does more than simply upskill employees. When done right, it can help you meet and exceed business goals. It stands to reason that, if you’re looking to grow, development is a necessity. Elearning provides the opportunity for such development, giving all the tools needed to meet objectives. In fact, training and […]

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Good training and elearning does more than simply upskill employees. When done right, it can help you meet and exceed business goals. It stands to reason that, if you’re looking to grow, development is a necessity. Elearning provides the opportunity for such development, giving all the tools needed to meet objectives. In fact, training and KPIs go hand in hand. Read on to discover the key ways elearning can influence your KPIs.

5 Ways Elearning Can Influence Your Business KPIs

Business goals and training should be viewed in tandem. At all stages of the plan, you should be looking ahead at which specific goals the training will help you meet. This could mean addressing particular issues or satisfying the ambitions of your workforce.

Whether your KPIs relate to revenue, growth, or sustainability, corporate elearning initiatives can align directly with your targets. Training and development doesn’t have to be rigid – it can be flexible to the specific KPIs of your business.

Elearning remains one of the most effective training tools due to its unlimited reach. It’s a ‘low-cost, high-return’ solution that addresses skills and knowledge gaps across your organization. But how does elearning influence business KPIs? Let’s run through 5 of the ways it can help you hit your targets.

5 Ways e-Learning Can Influence Your Business KPIs

1. Increased Productivity And Proficiency

Any effective learning and development program should result in greater knowledge and proficiency across the board. Where elearning differs from traditional learning methods is its ability to scale. As everyone learns in different ways and at their own speed, elearning offers the platform for everyone across your organization to learn essential skills sustainably.

An example of applying effective L&D is Kingfisher Group, a leading home improvement retailer who are producing upward of 5 million hours of learning materials. This work has already resulted in an improved learner experience and heightened engagement. Moving away from dense, text-heavy content, toward engaging learning has aligned the workforce towards their KPIs, increasing productivity levels across the board.

The amount of materials that can be produced and accessed at any time helps to increase engagement, with the knock-on effect of improved proficiency and productivity. With less time spent in unengaging training, employees are able to be more productive and work towards KPIs more effectively.

2. Collaboration Opportunities

One of the main benefits of learning and development in organizations is its flexibility of deployment. Many companies are moving towards remote or hybrid working, employing workers from all four corners of the globe.

Online training allows consistency and collaboration – it’s more adaptable and conducive to the needs of remote workers. Elearning platforms allow organizations with remote workforces to collaborate on wider discussion and learning.

The scale of elearning content makes it particularly enticing for global workforces. It can create a personalized experience that gets in front of millions of learners in a way that face-to-face learning simply cannot.

3. Return On Investment

Elearning is an investment, not only for your learners, but for the future of your business. As with any investment, maximizing the return is essential.

Effective training leads to both short and long-term returns. In the short term, an uptick in knowledge and skills can see a sharp business-wide improvement. The long-term returns are perhaps even more enticing, with an overhaul of employee commitment and alignment with company values.

This investment can influence KPIs by strengthening your workforce. It can help to alter future projections by solidifying resources, and future-proofing the company with a far improved and aligned workforce. Likewise, the comparatively low cost of elearning makes the return even greater. Its remote nature also eliminates costs associated with physical training costs and materials, allowing your budget to go further.

It pays to shop around for your elearning programs too, as the global beauty brand Benefit found. Through devising shareable learning content which got in front of their global workforce, they received an estimated saving of 69% on the costs of an LMS. In their case, the investment paid dividends, returning a 145% increase in monthly visits. Getting effective training in place that works for your business is half of the battle.

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4. Measurable Reports And Results

Knowing how to measure training success is key to drawing correlations between elearning and your KPIs. Essentially, if your investment in training isn’t positively impacting business goals, it may need to be reassessed.

Ineffective training can cause KPIs to fall by the wayside. When taken online, its effectiveness can be quantified through data. A much more time-consuming process when assessing physical learning, elearning platforms allow for reports to be pulled instantly. Data such as assessment grades, completion rates, and engagement can paint a clear picture of the impact elearning has had on business KPIs.

Similarly, this feature can save time when it comes to record-keeping and administration. A time-consuming tracking process can put some management off investing in training. With elearning, this is made incredibly easy. No more folders bursting at the seams with paper to contend with. Elearning streamlines the training process and allows greater focus on what matters – hitting those KPIs.

Explore the top 10 elearning analytics to track.

5. Encourages Innovation

Sometimes, all your business needs are fresh ideas. Training encourages critical thinking and empowers learners to raise their voices with confidence. This impacts KPIs by creating a culture of learning and open discussion.

If the flow of thoughts becomes stagnant, your KPIs can suffer. Expanding the pool of knowledge inspires innovative thought, giving employees the power to suggest new ways of driving toward KPIs.

Refresh your own inspiration with these elearning examples (created in Elucidat!).

Elearning From Elucidat

Wherever they may sit in the traditional company hierarchy, training provides the tools to unlock creativity, innovation, and confidence in their convictions. A workforce bursting with suggestions and creative thought can only be developed. Elearning offers the most efficient and effective way of harnessing this power for the overall benefit of business goals.

From onboarding support to interactive learning materials, our comprehensive and bespoke elearning platform is designed around the specific needs of your business. To find out how we can help you deliver high-quality elearning, book a personalized demo today.

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ROI of Elucidat: How your investment will pay off https://www.elucidat.com/blog/roi-elucidat/ Thu, 04 Nov 2021 16:34:22 +0000 https://www.elucidat.com/?p=7625 Your employees are your company’s most expensive asset. They’re by far the biggest number on the balance sheet. From saving your L&D team time producing elearning to making sure every minute employees spend doing elearning is time well-spent, Elucidat pays off. Here’s how… 5 key ways your investment in Elucidat pays off Summary: Save time […]

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Your employees are your company’s most expensive asset. They’re by far the biggest number on the balance sheet. From saving your L&D team time producing elearning to making sure every minute employees spend doing elearning is time well-spent, Elucidat pays off. Here’s how…

How your investment will pay off with Elucidat

5 key ways your investment in Elucidat pays off

Summary:

  1. Save time (and thus costs) producing elearning
  2. Wean off expensive agencies
  3. Save as you scale up elearning to meet demand
  4. Increase ROI on your huge LMS investment
  5. Improved business results from more engaging, people-centered training

And a whole lot more besides!

Read on for more detail…

1. Save time (and thus costs) producing elearning

On average, it takes over 20 hours to produce an elearning course in 88% of enterprise organizations. For 48%, it takes over 60 hours (Brandon Hall Group Benchmarking Study 2020).

Save time (and thus costs) producing elearning

Reducing the time it takes to produce an elearning course has a massive impact for L&D teams. For teams producing a high volume of courses over the course of the year, this efficiency can have a huge impact. They’re able to get business-critical content to employees when it’s actually needed, not four weeks later!

Elucidat’s smart workflows, pre-built blueprints and collaborative tools save time producing new courses – and make updating content super fast. In fact, we’ve found that Learning Accelerator makes it 4x faster to produce a course, compared to starting from scratch.

Elucidat allows us to be more efficient and has provided us with functionality that the other platforms couldn’t – and at a competitive price-point.”

Alexander Brown, L&D Operations Manager at Canopy Growth.

Read Canopy Growth’s customer story.

2. Wean off expensive agencies

There’s a time and a place for elearning agencies (see the pros and cons here), but producing elearning in-house gives you full control and is a massive cost saver. Just one elearning course produced by an agency can cost you the same as a year license for Elucidat (and sometimes far more).

A great authoring tool makes it quick and easy to update content to reflect new regulations, correct a mistake or optimize the experience for increased impact. An agency will charge for any updates – and it could take weeks rather than minutes.

If you still need to use agencies for specific projects, you can specify they use your Elucidat account. That way you have the ability to tweak and update later, if needed.

We love the way Elucidat allows us to be more directly involved with projects. It’s a tremendous asset to make changes ourselves rather than risk incurring more costs and spending tons of time working through intermediaries to refine and perfect our materials.”

Georgia Axtell-Powell, Online Project Producer at the Open University.

Read the Open University’s customer story.

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3. Save as you scale up elearning to meet demand

We support big employers to be more agile in meeting the increasing demand for quality elearning. Our plans have really high user limits, which encourage collaboration without having to spend more on ‘seats’ like other tools.

You can invite expert contributors from across the business into Elucidat to work together on the production of elearning. You can set customizable permissions to control what these contributors can and can’t do within your Elucidat account, so you have total peace of mind. Managing users in Elucidat is also completely flexible. You’re free to reassign seats and invite new users to give you total flexibility of your allowance. It’s easy and barrier-free.

If you have 20 people collaborating in Elucidat, you’d be looking at around $65 per user per month. 20 Articulate 360 seats will set you back around $110 per user per month (based on their website in October 2020).

“We’ve doubled the amount of people making elearning while reducing costs by 50%.”

Sam Taylor, Digital Learning Manager, Tesco.

Read Tesco’s story.

4. Increase ROI on your huge LMS investment

UberEats is only as good as the restaurants it delivers for. The same is true for elearning delivery. Your LMS or LXP is only as good as the content that goes into it. An LMS without great content won’t have any business impact.

You might spend $150,000 on your initial LMS implementation (and sometimes much more). Making sure that you have the best authoring platform alongside this investment is critical for maximizing the ROI on your huge LMS investment. Otherwise, you’re in danger of having an awesome elearning delivery infrastructure – but nothing worth delivering.

For enterprise customers, we’d advocate using a best in class LMS. But it’s not always needed. Instead of UberEats, you can always collect, eat-in or use a different delivery service. We have customers who use the URL release from Elucidat to distribute elearning through an intranet, elearning portal or via our Learning Launchpad.

Benefit Cosmetics estimated a 69% saving (around $75,000) on LMS costs as a result of using Elucidat URL releases compared to a traditional LMS. This is because many of their learners are third-party staff members, and enrolling them into an LMS would have ramped up their per-seat LMS cost to unaffordable levels.

Read the Benefit Cosmetics customer story.

5. Improved business results from more engaging, people-centered training

Three examples of how producing more engaging people-centered elearning pays off:

  • Avoid regulatory fines. 52% of finance employees don’t read or listen to mandatory compliance training in detail. And 44% don’t feel very well equipped to protect themselves or their companies from breaches. Failing to engage them with effective training could lead to huge financial losses for the business.
  • Time well spent. In 70% of companies, people spend at least 4 hours per year on product/service knowledge training. In 31% of companies, they spend over 10 hours a year. Of course employees need to spend at least some time away from their everyday duties for training, but what if you could deliver more effective training in less time? The compound effect for big employers is huge.
  • Improved business performance. If your elearning isn’t engaging, your learners are not going to pay attention. If they don’t pay any attention, it’s not going to deliver any impact. And if it doesn’t deliver impact, then a lot of time and money has been wasted. Take drugs manufacturing as an example – making sure employees follow correct processes (and helping them improve processes) leads to less wastage in production – directly affecting the bottom line of the business. And, effective product knowledge training for sales reps and providers will improve sales, as Canopy Growth has seen:

“With Health Care Providers, the more they know the more comfortable they are to prescribe medical cannabis. We definitely have seen increases in revenue because of that.” – Alexander Brown, L&D Operations Manager at Canopy Growth. Read Canopy Growth’s story.

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Where does Elucidat fit in?

Our platform makes it easy to produce more engaging elearning – faster. A great example of this is the Learning Accelerator blueprints – each one painstakingly researched and based on what works. Each one is 20 minutes or less – many are 5 minutes – encouraging, short, sharp and engaging experiences that deliver impact.

And, the support and coaching we offer is second to none. We care about people-centered elearning and delivering real-life impact. So, we go above and beyond to support you to achieve this through Elucidat. We’re not just a tool – we’re your partners.

“Partnering with Elucidat experts was the best investment SGS could make. It allowed our team to discover the “digital learning designers” in them. The partnership allowed them to create and deliver with speed and increased their confidence to create the next batch of modules!”

Luz Hoyos-Rossier, Global Head of Talent Development.

Read SGS’s customer story.

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What’s the cost of inaction?

As well as thinking about the return on investment you’ll get from implementing a new authoring platform, think about the impact of sticking with the status quo.

Will you be able to keep up with increasing demands for online training? Can you adequately address talent mobility challenges by effectively re-skilling your workforce? Will you be able to speed up production of elearning without reducing quality? Will you be able to scale up for global needs without impacting speed?

Talk to us about how your investment in Elucidat will pay off – get in touch today. 

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4 excellent learning portal examples for training employees https://www.elucidat.com/blog/learning-portal-examples/ Wed, 28 Apr 2021 10:41:37 +0000 https://blog.elucidat.com/?p=1845 Learning portals are becoming an increasingly popular choice for organizations that want to get elearning content to their learners, fast. The flexibility of employee training portals offers a more simple, scalable solution for learning distribution compared to that of the learning management system (LMS). So, let’s take a look at some great examples of elearning […]

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Learning portals are becoming an increasingly popular choice for organizations that want to get elearning content to their learners, fast. The flexibility of employee training portals offers a more simple, scalable solution for learning distribution compared to that of the learning management system (LMS). So, let’s take a look at some great examples of elearning portals to give you a clearer idea of what could best suit your learners.

What is a learning portal?

A learning portal is a hub or access point where your elearning content and resources are stored centrally. Put simply, it’s where your employees go to access elearning material such as videos, presentations and word documents.

Learning portals can vary in sophistication, with more complex versions offering additional extras such as discussion boards, calendar features as well as email and messaging capabilities. Depending on the learning portal you choose, it can be as simple as somewhere for you to manage and assign elearning materials, or act as a comprehensive virtual learning environment.

Read on to learn more about other characteristics of learning portals to look out for.

Characteristics of learning portals

  • User centric – Learning portals should provide the best user experience possible and make it easy for learners to access elearning materials as and when they want to, instead of it being pushed to their inbox.
  • Personalized – Some learning portals offer the option of employee pre-assessments that allow you to understand their proficiency and learning style, and serve relevant content accordingly.
  • Multi-format – Learning portals usually allow for multiple different learning formats e.g. written content, videos, quizzes and interactive PDFs so learners can choose based on their preferred learning styles
  • Multi-device – Learning portals should be compatible with multiple devices, e.g. desktop, tablet and mobile (Android and iOS) enabling learners to choose how they consume the content.
  • Interactive elements – Some learning portals provide ‘gamification’ options which allow employees to compete with their colleagues and receive recognition or awards for good performance.

Why should Learning and Development Teams use learning portals for corporate training?

So, are learning portals really worth it? Here we’ll discuss the benefits of learning portals, for both companies and learners.

One of the primary benefits of using training portals for businesses is that it can help to reap better results than other more traditional training delivery methods. Adopting a learning portal to create user-centric corporate learning can boost employee engagement rates, yield higher completion rates and boost information retention through consistent reinforcement.

What’s more, learning portals encourage better engagement between L&D teams and learners in comparison to formal corporate training in which learners can often be passive participants.

As mentioned above, the benefits of learning portals for learners are plentiful, namely the ability to have more control over their learning and access it whenever suits them, on any device they choose.

How can you use learning portals to assist training delivery? 

Learning portals can provide value at every stage of training delivery:

  • Onboarding – With Elucidat’s Learning Launchpad, learners can access training easily via a link, meaning they can get up and running quickly without hassle.
  • Ongoing – Elucidat’s Learning Launchpad gives learners the freedom to access training content at any time, on any device, so they can learn at a time that suits them.
  • At the finish line – Elucidat’s Learning Launchpad allows L&D Teams to track and analyse engagement rates and learner performance. This can help to identify areas where the training can be improved, and highlight where further learning is required to inform the content and delivery model of the next project.

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4 excellent elearning portal examples

Are you developing a learning portal for your organization? Check out these five examples from Elucidat, Sky, Jury’s Inn and Vaillant to get you inspired. To find out more about elearning portals and how they can give you a wider reach and quicker business impact, check out this detailed article.

1. Sky’s Global Totara LMS

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This learning portal from Sky assists over 36,000 employees with their training. Developed by Mind Click, this is a great example of a Totara LMS solution for customer service staff.

Features we like:

  • Integrates with internal systems, including HR and induction systems with single sign-on.
  • Contains search engine functionality, face to face session workflows and reporting.
  • Looks great on a range of devices.

Visit elearning: Sky’s Global Totara LMS

2. Sky Employee Induction Portal

Sky

Sky and Brightwave joined forces to create Sky’s induction training portal.

Features we like:

  • Portal-driven solution with good content.
  • Multi-channel backed up by an LMS. There is a variety of content to suit a large and diverse audience.
  • Leaderboard style scoring system keeps learners enthused and engaged.

Visit elearning: Sky employee induction portal

3. Jury’s Inn: Learning Portal

Jury's Inn

Learning Pool developed this award-winning learning portal for Jury’s Inn.

We like the integrated approach that draws on different technologies and services:

  • Totara LMS, Classroom Connect and Knowledge Bank
  • Administration, user setup and management,
  • Reporting and management information
  • Content development

Visit elearning: Jury’s Inn: Learning Portal

4. Vaillant Learning PortalVaillant

Vaillant, a one hundred and forty year old family business, revolutionizes its approach to training with this successful blended learning solution. It combines elearning, workshops, hands-on skills and online performance support into a single sign-on Totara LMS.

This learning portal was developed by Mind Click.

Visit elearning: Vaillant Learning Portal

Ready to start creating your own learning portals?

Discover how Learning Launchpad, part of Elucidat’s powerful authoring platform, makes it easier for large teams to produce and deliver digital learning at scale, helping their business to respond to change faster –  Book a demo to learn more.
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Announcing Elucidat’s global expansion with US office https://www.elucidat.com/blog/announcing-global-expansion/ Wed, 30 Oct 2019 09:25:39 +0000 https://www.elucidat.com/?p=6213 We’re extremely excited to announce the opening of our first US office in Raleigh, North Carolina, to provide even better support for our North American customers. Plans for Elucidat’s US expansion are in full swing, with takeoff ready to commence in January 2020.  This exciting phase in Elucidat’s journey will help accelerate us towards achieving […]

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We’re extremely excited to announce the opening of our first US office in Raleigh, North Carolina, to provide even better support for our North American customers.US office feature image template

Plans for Elucidat’s US expansion are in full swing, with takeoff ready to commence in January 2020. 

This exciting phase in Elucidat’s journey will help accelerate us towards achieving our vision of giving everyone the power to produce digital learning that delivers a transformational impact on personal development and business performance.

We’ve seen some outstanding growth in our US customer base, so we wanted to strengthen our development and support efforts to help them produce even better digital learning. 

Click here to read the full Press Release, or find an excerpt below.

Elucidat opens new US office to better serve strong demand from North America

Brighton, UK, 22 Oct 2019

Elucidat – the platform for learning teams to create, measure and scale digital learning – has announced the opening of their first US office to step-up support for their North American customers and serve strong demand in the region.

Today, Elucidat announced the launch of a US office in Raleigh, North Carolina, ready for January 2020. 

Elucidat’s Annual Recurring Revenue from the US has doubled since 2018, making it the number one market for the learning company’s growth. This, along with $4.5 million in funding from YFM Equity Partners, has led to the exciting expansion.

Along with investment into US growth, the company has accelerated product development, with a focus on making it easier for large teams to manage digital learning at scale. 

Quote from Steve Penfold:

“This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for Elucidat. It provides us with the fuel we need to accelerate our growth in the North American market, as well as giving us the ability to better engage with the wider learning community in the US. Our brand-new Raleigh office provides a hub for our development and support teams to ensure we can provide the best possible service to our rapidly growing US customer base.”

Elucidat is quickly growing the team by hiring locally for several positions. Explore Elucidat’s range of opportunities on their careers page, and discover more about the benefits of working with them.

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Elucidat certified as Preferred Provider by Brandon Hall Group https://www.elucidat.com/blog/brandon-hall-preferred-provider/ https://www.elucidat.com/blog/brandon-hall-preferred-provider/#respond Thu, 26 Sep 2019 08:21:21 +0000 https://www.elucidat.com/?p=6061 We’re excited to announce that Brandon Hall Group has announced Elucidat as a certified Smartchoice® Preferred Solution Provider. Confirming that Elucidat delivers a smarter, faster way for large organizations to produce online learning that delivers a transformational impact. Press release from PRweb Brandon Hall Group confirms that Elucidat is living their mission, by enabling their clients to […]

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We’re excited to announce that Brandon Hall Group has announced Elucidat as a certified Smartchoice® Preferred Solution Provider. Confirming that Elucidat delivers a smarter, faster way for large organizations to produce online learning that delivers a transformational impact.

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Brandon Hall Group confirms that Elucidat is living their mission, by enabling their clients to create, manage and measure high-quality elearning, that delivers a real-life impact on personal development and business performance.

“Elucidat is an organization with a continuing commitment to leading the way in delivering world-class solutions.” said Michael Rochelle, Chief Strategy Officer and Principal HCM Analyst at Brandon Hall Group. “The market calls for solutions that can transform content production and support learning engagement – Elucidat meets this need.”

The analyst team at Brandon Hall Group has spent years better understanding Elucidat as well as the market they operate. The team has conducted in depth briefings with the product teams, reviewed case studies and collected customer feedback to certify they deliver upon their message.Preferred Provider Badge

The program provides a world-class membership center for knowledge, resources and advisory support to the entire organization. During this time Brandon Hall Group conducted a full review of Elucidat product/service messaging and website, collateral marketing material and social media strategy.

 

“Our vision has always been to give everyone the power to produce quality digital learning that makes a real difference – this sits right at the heart of our business and platform development” said Simon Greany, CLO and Founder of Elucidat. “We’re delighted and honored to have received this recognition from Brandon Hall. It’s an exciting milestone in our mission to make people-centered learning a reality.”

Brandon Hall Group has consistently been the leading independent analyst firm and confirms that Elucidat offerings measurably benefit the organizations they work with.

An enormous thank you to the Elucidat community

We’re extremely happy to be awarded this certification, and wanted to extend a massive thanks to all of our clients and supporters.

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World’s 3rd largest retailer realises real impact with elearning authoring https://www.elucidat.com/blog/global-retailer-elearning-impact/ Sun, 01 Sep 2019 03:35:12 +0000 https://blog.elucidat.com/?p=2382 Retailers have many challenges which others don’t; reams of elearning to build and a young, transient workforce which needs upskilling, often in multiple languages or across multiple territories, just to name a few. Usually, this is all needed quickly, and at scale, to match the ever-changing landscape of a growing retail business. It’s not easy, […]

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Retailers have many challenges which others don’t; reams of elearning to build and a young, transient workforce which needs upskilling, often in multiple languages or across multiple territories, just to name a few.

Tesco case study

Usually, this is all needed quickly, and at scale, to match the ever-changing landscape of a growing retail business. It’s not easy, but it is possible with the right tools.

How to support learning at scale?

Tesco, the world’s 3rd largest retailer, used to deliver a huge volume of face-to-face training to over 500,000 learners worldwide.

The L&D team wanted to make better use of digital learning inside the business for several reasons: 

  1. Provide learner experiences which better aligned to the expectations of their young, shifting workforce
  2. Increase the speed of knowledge and skills acquisition, particularly in areas such as product knowledge and compliance, which needed updating regularly 
  3. Support an L&D team to produce elearning quickly. The team needed to be more scalable, adaptive and able to pivot within a rapidly changing retail business

Rather than outsource their elearning needs to 3rd party suppliers (which takes time and can be costly) it was decided to make better use of the in-house team and develop their elearning themselves. They needed an authoring tool.

 

Why Tesco chose Elucidat’s authoring tool

Digital Learning Manager, Sam Taylor, needed a solution that could deliver a range of learning (such as compliance, leadership and soft skills) to colleagues much quicker than before. She also wanted to give employees the opportunity to learn on tablet and smartphone devices. After extensive research on available tools, Sam selected Eludicat for several reasons including:

  • Her team has a range of elearning design abilities: Unlike many other authoring tools, Elucidat makes it easy for trainers to produce visually stunning, learner-driven elearning swiftly using Elucidat’s Learning Hub. This meant that Sam could produce more content, more quickly. 
  • Their needs are complex, but they are short on time: Although Elucidat is simple to start, it is also robust for team members who need to design more advanced elearning quickly. Compared with other traditional tools, it takes less time to produce non-linear learning such as branching scenarios and more web-like experiences. This meant a variety of content could be made to meet any learning objective.
  • Mobile learning was an absolute must: With many workers having limited access to company computers, learning at Tesco needs to be easily accessed on a range of devices. Elucidat’s responsive design feature seamlessly delivers the organization’s learning on smartphone and tablet devices. Unlike other tools, our tool allows one version of content to be produced for every device using the handy responsive slider. This approach saved Sam’s team time and better met the requirements of her learners.

Modern learning for retail: 2020 toolkit

The real business impact

Instead of relying on a handful of technical instructional designers, Tesco wanted an authoring tool that their entire team could easily pick up and use. This helped to remove the bottleneck pressure the L&D team was experiencing to produce content at scale and instead enabled SME’s to become more adept in producing elearning.

Better experiences for designers

Initially, Elucidat was given to 37 authors across the organization. The ease of use of the tool meant that even inexperienced staff could use it from the get-go, meanwhile its powerful features assured high-quality output.

Over a period of three months, there was a 50% increase in the number of users using Elucidat (not possible with past tools). This significantly helped the team increase the speed at which it produced elearning.

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Huge savings for the business

Another notable impact as a result of the introduction of Elucidat was the cost savings to the business; transitioning from face-to-face training to in-house elearning development, Sam’s L&D team have managed to reduce costs by 50%.

Tesco’s learning and development function are now building elearning modules in a couple of days rather than months – they’re delivering content at four times the speed now! By introducing an authoring tool to her L&D team, Sam has seen a huge impact in terms of output, scalability and quality, meeting the needs of her learners, her team and the business.

Why Elucidat works for retailers 

Our easy-to-use and scalable authoring tool is ideal for large retail businesses due to its flexibility, speed of delivery and ability to support global offices. 

How it helps businesses like yours

  • Connects global teams: Whether you need to deliver multi-language translations, enable cross-team collaboration or improve output, Elucidat is well versed in delivering the multi-faceted requirements of large development teams. The fact that you can have unlimited authors and contributors doesn’t hurt either, right? 
  • Supports learning production at scale: We know large retailers often have huge amounts of elearning to produce, be it compliance or new product information. Our tool makes it easy to build and update content and better enables teams to keep pace with business changes.
  • Super easy to use: With users becoming adept through self-service training, Elucidat encourages wider use across the business and unlocks the knowledge of SMEs across the business. 
  • Mobile-friendly: A must for most retail businesses and fully supported by Elucidat with simple, seamless and easy to use functionality.

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Celebrating a $4.5 million investment in Elucidat https://www.elucidat.com/blog/celebrating-investment/ Wed, 22 May 2019 09:00:54 +0000 https://www.elucidat.com/?p=5572 We’re very excited to announce we have received an investment of $4.5 million from YFM Equity Partners to pursue our vision for people-centered elearning. This investment marks a huge vote of confidence in the future of Elucidat. It will help us accelerate toward achieving our vision: to give everyone the power to produce digital learning […]

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We’re very excited to announce we have received an investment of $4.5 million from YFM Equity Partners to pursue our vision for people-centered elearning.

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This investment marks a huge vote of confidence in the future of Elucidat. It will help us accelerate toward achieving our vision: to give everyone the power to produce digital learning that delivers a transformational impact on personal development and business performance.

What this investment means for Elucidat customers

For you, our customers, it means you’ll be seeing more regular and significant improvements to the platform this year and beyond.

We’ll be investing heavily in:

  • Smarter, faster ways to produce elearning in Elucidat
  • Helping you create elearning that’s truly transformative
  • Providing the insights and data you need to measure impact
  • Ensuring our infrastructure is stable and scaling with growth

Amazing people are the beating heart of Elucidat, and we’ll be growing each team as well as maintaining the integrity of our learn, care, share values, to ensure we provide even better support and guidance to customers.

About YFM, a like-minded investment partner

We selected YFM as our investment partner given their proven track record of working with businesses to accelerate global growth while ensuring their portfolio companies consider their impact on society and the environment. We’re excited to be working together with YFM on the next phase of our growth.

Nigel Owens, Investment Director at YFM, explained why they chose to back Elucidat:

“The Elucidat team has already gained well known global brands as customers and the business is growing strongly. We’re absolutely delighted to be working with the team at Elucidat to support the development of future products and further expansion into global markets.”

YFM Partner Paul Cannings added:

“Elucidat is a great example of an organization which not only has strong growth potential, but also seeks to do business in a responsible way. We are delighted to be able to support them in the acceleration of their growth plans.”

An enormous thank you to the Elucidat community

So far in our journey we’ve had the pleasure of working with amazing individuals and organizations – too many to name here, but you know who you are! You’ve helped shape our business, product and vision to where we are today.

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How do you price online training courses? https://www.elucidat.com/blog/pricing-strategies-online-training/ Fri, 15 Mar 2019 10:32:58 +0000 https://blog.elucidat.com/?p=2182 How do you price online training courses? It’s a difficult question for many online training providers. In this article, we look at three pricing strategies and examine how a number of successful organizations price their training products and get a good ROI. You’ve created an amazing online learning offering and will soon be ready to […]

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How do you price online training courses? It’s a difficult question for many online training providers. In this article, we look at three pricing strategies and examine how a number of successful organizations price their training products and get a good ROI.

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You’ve created an amazing online learning offering and will soon be ready to take it to market. But have you got your commercial strategy in place?

Do you know how you’re going to build demand and what you’re going to charge? Too high and you’ll turn off certain audiences and may not sell enough to cover your costs. Too low and you might not attract the right audience or get good return for your investment. Perhaps you shouldn’t charge at all and instead think about it as a marketing venture for other products and services you have to offer? It’s key you know what are you going to sell, how many will you sell, who will you sell them to, and what the cost of delivery is. Here are four starting points to consider.

Know who you’re targeting

This should happen right upfront before you start your project. Do research and prototyping to profile your target audience and ensure your learning products are right for them.  Get to know where they are likely to use your content, where they might best find it, and tap into how they can help share it with others like them. If you want help with this, our Capture Guide is a great place to start.

Calculate the cost

What does it cost to create your online training? You should have an understanding of how much it costs you to create a course. If you’re going to offer it in two-hour packages,  dig into what this costs to create and you’ll quickly learn what you need to be charging to break even. Any revenue above the break-even line will be your profit margin.

Understand external factors

What are your competitors doing? You must consider what moves your competitors are making. For example, if you set your price too low, you may trigger a price war. If you set your price too high—and can’t communicate the value—you may lose customers to lower-priced courses from competitors.

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Estimate the demand for your product

It’s important to understand the demand curve for your online training. As you sell more courses, you’ll be able to better estimate future demand based on current sales.

If you need help thinking through any of these points or want some more tips, download our free Commercialize Guide.

Now let’s look at three pricing strategies used by online training providers: pay per course, membership, and free.

1. Pay per course pricing model

Pay per course pricing involves setting a price for each individual course. Customers buy each course for a set price.

Why we like it:

  • It offers simplicity—customers only pay for what they want. They aren’t locked into month-to-month billing contracts, and they only have to pay once to get unlimited access to the course.
  • Provides online training organizations with immediate revenue—this is great for cash flow!
  • It is easier to measure and forecast. You can clearly see which courses are selling the best, and in turn you can invest resources in creating (or improving) more courses on that topic.

Here are two training providers that use this model:

BSI Group

BSI Group is a global leader in ISO standards. The company equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence.

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Moody’s Analytics

Moody’s Analytics provide real estate data and analytics. They provide a range of training solutions that help teams build world-class credit analysis and risk mitigation skills. The courses can contribute to qualifications and be part of a wider curriculum.

Moodys Analytics pay as you go model screenshot

 

2. Membership (unlimited access) pricing model

Membership pricing gives customers all-in-one, unlimited access to the entire library of online training. It’s popular with because it offers them a low-cost entry to get started. It’s popular with online training providers because it offers ongoing, predictable revenue.

Why we like it:

  • Low financial barriers to entry for customers.
  • Provides reliable, ongoing revenue for the training organization.
  • Customers feel like they are getting a great deal—access to lots of training for a simple monthly (or annual) fee.
  • Good point of difference for training organizations (if competitors only offer pay per course).

Here are four online training providers that use this pricing strategy well:

BMJ Learning

BMJ Learning is a subscription-based online learning resource that helps doctors and healthcare professionals enhance their knowledge and progress in their careers. It is one of the world’s largest and most trusted independent online learning providers for medical professionals.

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Franklin Covey

Franklin Covey is a provider of leadership and time management training and assessment services for organizations and individuals.

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Lynda.com

Lynda.com is an online education company offering thousands of video courses in software, creative, and business skills.

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Treehouse

Treehouse has a library of lessons that goes far beyond the surface, touching nearly every aspect of how to design and develop for the web and iOS.

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3. Free pricing model

The free pricing model is usually reserved for nonprofit organizations. Since there is no profit incentive, these organizations focus on teaching students for free. But it can also be a good model to consider if your learning offering has been created for marketing what else you do. Do this one for free, then come back to do more or take it to the next level.

Why we like it:

  • The free pricing model enables easy viral spreading of your brand and courses over the internet.
  • Openly helping people learn and develop new skills.
  • Most of these organizations help people with a range of skill levels, from beginners to experts.

Here are three online training providers that use this pricing strategy well:

Duolingo

Duolingo provides courses to help people learn languages completely free, without ads or hidden charges. It’s fun, easy, and scientifically proven.

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Codecademy

Codecademy offers interactive courses on how to program. Courses are created by community users and cover CSS, Java, and HTML.

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Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers free courses on math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more.

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Final thoughts

Your pricing strategy significantly impacts the profitability of your online training organization. But it also impacts your target audience, audience size and amount of potential repeat business.

Make sure you understand your costs, competitors, and potential demand before you price your training courses. Our 5Cs Framework has been created with commercials in mind from the off.

If you want help getting there, consider our Revenue Generator Service.

Get started with your price planning today with our free downloadable Commercialize Guide.

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Stop selling training the wrong way: 5 ideas to help you sell more courses https://www.elucidat.com/blog/sell-more-online-training/ Thu, 01 Mar 2018 01:30:56 +0000 https://blog.elucidat.com/?p=2219 Are you leaving money on the table? With more and more training providers entering the competitive online training space, it’s becoming harder to sell training courses. Instead of sticking to your old trusty sales methods, learn the secrets to a successful training business – starting with these five strategies This blog was originally published in March […]

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Are you leaving money on the table? With more and more training providers entering the competitive online training space, it’s becoming harder to sell training courses. Instead of sticking to your old trusty sales methods, learn the secrets to a successful training business – starting with these five strategies

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This blog was originally published in March 2016 and updated in March 2018. 

1. Get clear about your ideal customers and how to engage them

A key aspect of successfully marketing online training products is having clarity about who you’re targeting and how you communicate value. Make sure everyone across your organization is clear and on the same page about who your ideal customers are, what personas you’re targeting and your value proposition.

Ideal customer profile

Who is your ideal customer and how can you identify them? For example, it may be that your ideal customers are retail organizations with over 3,000 employees. This type of firmographic profiling can really help with ensuring your marketing is focused on the right prospects. Everyone across your business should be able to describe your ideal customer in the same way!

Personas

Once you know what your ideal customer profile looks like, get into more detail with segmented personas. For example, if you’re selling training to large retail organizations, you may need to engage with different contacts within the L&D department, store-based training managers and procurement. To engage with them effectively, you need to understand their pain points, motivations, objectives, where they hang out online, etc. Again, make sure your team knows which personas you’re targeting. That way, your product and messaging will be aligned throughout the whole customer journey.

Value proposition

Make sure your value proposition reflects the needs of your ideal customers and the unique value you offer over competitors. It’s no longer good enough to compete solely on price. You need to focus on why customers buy from you.

2. Start differentiating your online training from that of your competitors

The Learn 2020 project found competition to be one of the three biggest challenges online training providers will face over the next five years. With more and more solutions entering the field, it’s more important than ever to differentiate yourself. Unless you’re very lucky, you’ll have other training organizations competing for your customers’ business.

Follow these three suggestions to create online training that gives you a competitive advantage.

  • Ensure your training products work. Do your research on your learning audience so you can design, test and refine an experience that helps them meet their goals. Then, create the experiences in a tool with built-in analytics. Proving the impact of your training modules will instantly boost your credibility.
  • Design your online training to look as effective as it is. Good-looking training appears professional, and anything else seems amateurish – regardless of how good the training itself is.
  • Use an authoring tool that lets you build mobile-friendly online training. Different learners will want to access your training on different devices. Modern tools – like Elucidat – help you build online training that adapts to desktop, tablet and smartphone screen sizes (i.e., responsive). This will allow more learners to access the training in more flexible ways.

3. Choose the right pricing strategy

How do you price online training courses? It’s a difficult question for many online training providers. Simply “winging” your pricing strategy is risky. While you may be able to estimate what your online training is worth to customers, it can be helpful to learn about the different pricing strategies (and theories) available.

Calculate the cost

What does it cost to create your online training? On a very basic level, you should have an understanding of how much it costs you to create a course. Factor in additional fixed and variable costs, and you’ll quickly learn what you need to charge to break even.

It’s also worth considering the different factors at play when estimating the cost and time of instructional design. Read more…

Understand external factors

What are your competitors doing? You must consider what moves your competitors are making. For example, if you set your price too low, you may trigger a price war. If you set your price too high — and can’t communicate the value — you may lose customers to lower-priced courses from competitors.

Estimate the demand for your product

It’s important to understand the demand curve for your online training. As you sell more courses, you’ll be able to better estimate future demand based on current sales.

If you want to learn more about commercializing your elearning courses, download our comprehensive guide now:

Download your free copy of How to successfully commercialize your elearning

4. Create online training that meets the needs of the modern customer

Consumers of online training are becoming increasingly sophisticated. They expect engaging learning experiences and will quickly choose a competitor’s offerings if you fail to meet their needs.

We would always recommend following a design framework that will help you design, create and deliver elearning that works for your audience. At Elucidat, our customers have a broad range of different learners, and this has resulted in many different learning approaches. Here are three engagement techniques our customers use to keep their learners coming back.

Use branching to increase engagement

 Branching gives learners control over the process, allowing them to direct where they go, what they see and what happens. This makes the experience inherently more engaging and personalized than if the same information is presented in a linear and inflexible fashion. See an example of a personalized branching experience, built in Elucidat.

Use bite-sized online training

Bite-sized learning enables learners to quickly and conveniently consume content, particularly on mobile devices. One of the biggest benefits is it can be consumed during gaps in busy work schedules. Consider this on the job sales support example (created with Elucidat) that would only take learners 3-5 minutes to complete.

Challenge learners

Adult learners like to be challenged. Spoonfeeding them information is a sure way to bore them and have them forget what you’re trying to teach. Here’s a great example of how making choices can be fun for the learner as well as effective learning mechanisms. Adult learners like to prove to themselves that they understand what they’re being told or asked to do.

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5. Improve the way you deliver online training to customers

When you provide online training as a paid service, you have to balance two broad factors. On one hand, you want to create training that meets your clients’ needs in an engaging, enjoyable way. But to maximize profits, you’ll also want to deliver that training in the most efficient ways possible.

These requirements aren’t mutually exclusive, but they do rely on selecting the right tools and using them wisely.

Key takeaways to deliver effective online training:

Final thoughts

Selling more online training courses isn’t easy. You can’t just turn on the marketing tap and expect new customers to come racing through your door. It requires a strategy that encompasses your marketing, sales and training teams.

Instead of relying on your old, outdated sales methods, try these new ideas to effectively position and sell your training to more of your ideal customers.

Do you want to learn more about how to sell courses? We can help. Download your free guide to growing your training business today:
Download your free copy of The secrets to successful training business growth

 

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Elearning Inspiration: Atlassian’s Time Wasting At Work https://www.elucidat.com/blog/atlassian-time-wasting/ Sat, 13 May 2017 17:06:05 +0000 https://blog.elucidat.com/?p=3231 Atlassian uses this infographic to promote one of their products, designed to tackle “the three biggest productivity-robbing culprits in the workplace: excessive email, pointless meetings, and constant interruptions.”

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“Just because you’re at work, doesn’t mean you’re actually getting work done.” Atlassian (the company behind Jira and Trello), has developed an infographic that answers the daily question “where does all the time go?”

Atlassian uses this infographic to promote one of their products, designed to tackle “the three biggest productivity-robbing culprits in the workplace: excessive email, pointless meetings, and constant interruptions.”

The scrollable infographic uses bright imagery and scary stats. Take a look.

Click here to see Atlassian’s elearning in action

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Why we like it

  • Has a simple interface.
  • Is a web-based responsive design with scrolling navigation.
  • Purely presentational but its imagery is bright and appealing.
  • Has an uncluttered interface helps focus attention on the content.
  • The timer feature is a clever addition.

How to improve this elearning

Infographics are an effective way to introduce a topic or a course. It could act like a teaser, which could be emailed round to all participants before a course starts. If your infographic is interesting, it could stimulate interest in the topic, and encourage learners to engage in deeper learning.

Atlassian’s infographic works well for its purpose – linking to further information about how to solve the problem i.e. their software. Allowing users to input their own information could add further engagement and customise the information they receive as feedback. This not only makes it personal, but also allows users to interact with the information and make it more meaningful.

Polling could also be useful here to compare thoughts with others.

Next steps

Ready to design scrolling pages like this example? Try Elucidat’s Layout Designer and start creating high quality elearning content, fast.

Check out more awesome elearning examples on our showcase.

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Choosing an elearning production process: ADDIE vs AGILE https://www.elucidat.com/blog/elearning-production-process-addie-vs-agile/ Sat, 22 Apr 2017 02:01:39 +0000 https://blog.elucidat.com/?p=2309 The best elearning production process isn’t necessarily the one that gets learning content in front of an audience most quickly. The best is the one that will reliably get quality learning content that’s fit for purpose to an audience within an appropriate timeframe. So, should you be using ADDIE, AGILE or something different? Discover the modern […]

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The best elearning production process isn’t necessarily the one that gets learning content in front of an audience most quickly. The best is the one that will reliably get quality learning content that’s fit for purpose to an audience within an appropriate timeframe. So, should you be using ADDIE, AGILE or something different?

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Discover the modern alternative to ADDIE: Introducing the 5C Framework (Posted June 2017)


According to the Project Management Institute, ineffective communications is the primary contributor to project failure one-third of the time, and 55% of project managers agree that effective communication to all stakeholders is the most critical success factor in project management.

So it makes sense to have a production process that involves all stakeholders and provides a transparent system to follow. Here are two proven production models that you should consider for your elearning production.

1. What is the ADDIE model?

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The ADDIE model has been around since the 1950s, and has been the basis of many variations. ADDIE is an acronym of the five phases it contains: analysis, design, development, implementation, evaluation.

In its purest form, each of the phases is completed and feeds into the next.

Analysis

This initial fact-finding phase allows you to define your project, with buy-in and collaboration from all stakeholders. The sorts of things you would typically determine during analysis are:

  • Who is the target audience? What are their characteristics? What are their behaviors?
  • Do we want to simply inform or do we want to change behavior?
  • Are there constraints, e.g., financial or political?
  • What deployment options do we have? Learning Management System (LMS)? Mobile?
  • What are the pedagogical considerations, e.g., audience ability level or prior knowledge?
  • What are the project timeframes?

Design

The information learned during analysis informs the design phase. During design, you can determine your learning objectives, determine and source the content needed to address the learner needs, and chunk content into appropriately sized lessons.

Development

During the development phase, the outlines determined during design are storyboarded, media assets are developed, and elearning is built. Clever use of resources can leverage efficiencies during this phase. For example, modern elearning authoring tools such as Elucidat enable all members of your team — not just the tech-savvy ones — to rapidly develop quality elearning content.

Debugging and testing is also conducted during development, to ensure that the developed assets are correct and working as expected.

Implementation

The implementation phase takes the items created during development and makes them available to the audience. This may include releasing the learning into a live LMS or app store, and promoting the learning materials to generate interest in them.

Evaluation

This summative evaluation phase considers how well the delivered program has been received by the audience and how well it meets the objectives established during the analysis and design phases. The information gathered from sources like evaluations and quiz scores can be fed back into an analysis phase, and the cycle can start again, to refine the product.

Pros of ADDIE

  • Completion times are easier to gauge, as larger pieces of the project are planned in advance.
  • The development of larger units can be easier to evaluate.
  • Project management can be easier, based on a comprehensive master plan.

Cons of ADDIE

  • Things missed during early analysis and design phases may not be picked up early, or may be difficult to retrofit.
  • If resource dependencies are unexpectedly unavailable, the master plan can be significantly affected.
  • Changes in scope can be difficult/costly to implement, or can severely impact the large, rigid master plan.

2. What is AGILE elearning development

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AGILE-like design methodologies emerged in the mid-1970s, but started to take their current form and gain wider acceptance in the mid-1990s. In contrast to a typical ADDIE process, an AGILE project tends to jump in; produce small pieces of content quickly; then evaluate, refine, and expand them over several tight iterations. A stream of working deliverables, rather than detailed plans or meetings, is the principal measure of progress.

In some ways, AGILE is like many tiny, less formal ADDIE projects linked together.

The typical AGILE process runs like this.

  • All stakeholders, including instructional designers (IDs), developers, subject matter experts, content authors, and clients, meet to brainstorm ways of moving the project forward.
  • All members agree on one or more small segments of the course to be created, and discuss in detail what these will look like and how they will function.
  • The piece(s) of course that were discussed are then created (usually quickly, due to their relatively small size). These creation phases are called Sprints. Because the emphasis is on rapid development, the choice of elearning authoring tool is important. For example, a tool that is easy to use, which leverages templates and enables quick updates, will work well with your overall process.
  • Teams will usually come together regularly during Sprints, to share progress and report problems. These meetings are called Scrums. This high level of regular collaboration is one of the major benefits of an AGILE approach.
  • Once a Sprint is finished, a wider team meeting is called to determine the success of the Sprint activity and decide which new piece(s) of the project to move on to.

Pros of AGILE

  • Brings all stakeholders together early and often.
  • Produces elements that people can see and comment on early in the process.
  • Is nimble: Projects can change direction more easily.
  • Highly collaborative; encourages communication.

Cons of AGILE

  • You don’t always see the whole picture early on.
  • Some stakeholders can be resistant, due to a perceived lack of planning.
  • It often involves multiple small teams developing in parallel, which could require high/cross-skilling.

ADDIE vs AGILE

Each of these approaches has its pros and cons.

The ADDIE process or AGILE development might suit your needs, or a hybrid approach could work better for you. You might even adjust your approach depending on the project that you’re about to embark upon.

When deciding which approach to use, consider how effective it will be relative to:

  • The size of the project: A very large project might benefit from an ADDIE-style scoping phase to get general agreement on broad aspects, followed by an AGILE approach that produces deliverables that evolve from proof-of-concept models to working prototypes.
  • Project timelines: Tight project timelines might be better served by rapid, AGILE-style development, especially if the team and SMEs are confident of the content.
  • The maturity of the content: If policy makers are still writing content but you’re being asked to begin development, a soft, partial launch with AGILE deliverables that can evolve as content becomes available might be a good way forward.
  • Senior stakeholder drivers: Management may want to see results quickly to satisfy a hostile Board. In this case, a protracted ADDIE scoping phase on a large project may not be in the project’s best interests.

For more detail on the steps for successful elearning development, see our elearning process page.

A modern alternative: The 5C Framework

The five Cs will help you to plan, design, create, optimize and commercialize digital learning that delivers real-life impact. Developed by Simon Greany and his team of learning consultants, the 5C Framework has become the blueprint for elearning teams that want to create and deliver outstanding elearning.

The 5Cs:

  • Capture – start with a clear plan
  • Conceptualize – lead with a prototype
  • Create – build with confidence
  • Cultivate – improve and refine
  • Commercialize – deliver better ROI

Learn more about the 5C Framework and download free resources to help you at each stage. 

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Elearning example: “Ice and Sky” https://www.elucidat.com/blog/ice-sky-climate/ Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:06:17 +0000 https://blog.elucidat.com/?p=3107 The Ice and Sky educational program, produced by Wild-Touch is a free resource, put together by experts in climate and environment issues and the teaching community. It’s engaging and easy to use.

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“Man’s pressure on biodiversity has now become so extreme that in just two centuries we could annihilate as many species as over the course of several hundred million years of evolution.”

This and other emotional facts are beautifully presented in this education program. With a mix of quality photography, videography and animation and a documentary style narration, this programme really holds your interest. The Ice and Sky educational program, produced by Wild-Touch is a free resource, put together by experts in climate and environment issues and the teaching community. It’s engaging and easy to use.

Click here to visit “Ice and Sky” educational program

See the elearning in action

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Click here to visit “Ice and Sky” educational program

Why we like it

  • Has a simple interface.
  • Is a web-based responsive design with a mixture of clickable and scrolling navigation.
  • Has an easy-to-use menu structure.
  • Uses a mixture of presentation approaches to engage and hold interest, for example video, audio, narrated animation, music, text and photography.
  • Uses a case study and storytelling approach to present and compare evidence and events.
  • Content is well chunked, easy to follow and supported by additional downloadable content.
  • Uses an emotive and well-paced voice-over, that’s engaging and thought provoking.
  • Has an uncluttered interface helps focus attention on the content.

See more elearning examples on our showcase. 

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Elearning example: “Medical Ethics” https://www.elucidat.com/blog/openlearn-medical-ethics/ Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:17:21 +0000 https://blog.elucidat.com/?p=3062 Patients, families, and health care professionals sometimes face difficult decisions about medical treatments. But where do you stand? OpenLearn’s interactive quiz gives you six medical cases and for each one asks whether you would side with the NHS or with the individual.

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In this elearning example, OpenLearn explore medical ethics. The interactive quiz gives you six medical cases, for each one you’re asked whether you would side with the individual or the National Health Service (NHS). See more elearning examples on our showcase.

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Patients, families, and health care professionals sometimes face difficult decisions about medical treatments. But where do you stand?

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Why we like it

  • Case study-based decision making.
  • Good use of relevant real life examples to think about and compare with what actually happened.
  • Nice use of polling showing the results from other users.
  • The resource is followed up with related learning opportunities.

Click here to visit OpenLearn’s “Medical Ethics” course

 

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5 Elucidat elearning examples to inspire your next course in 2017 https://www.elucidat.com/blog/elucidat-examples-2017/ Wed, 08 Mar 2017 20:51:24 +0000 https://blog.elucidat.com/?p=3058 Can Elucidat help you reach your desired outcome? Take a look at these five courses - created with Elucidat - to see what's possible with Elucidat's authoring tool.

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Can Elucidat help you reach your desired outcome? Take a look at these five courses – created with Elucidat – to see what’s possible with Elucidat’s authoring tool.

1. Elucidat’s “Data Protection” Compliance Training Demo Uses Real Case Studies, Polling and Scenarios

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Compliance isn’t about box ticking, not if you want to reduce real risks to your business. This demo uses real case studies, polling and scenarios to drive personal changes in daily data handling.

Why we like it:

  • Uses polling to engage learners and presents the results in visually different ways.
  • Icons are used to differentiate between core content and supporting information, useful for ‘just in time’ learning or repeat learning.
  • Real life case studies support the feedback given after each poll question.
  • Good scenario treatment: Learners have the opportunity to reconsider their decisions, following a helpful prompt; feedback is comprehensive and well presented; scenarios are scored; a job aid is provided.

Click here to visit the “Data Protection” demo

2. Savv-e’s Cyber Security Course Helps Learners Understand And Protect Themselves From Online Threats

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How much damage can a computer virus cause? Well, a virus called MyDoom is said to be the most expensive computer virus of all time, causing over 38 billion dollars of damage. And it all started from just one email.

Elucidat’s Australian partner, Savv-e, has recognized the importance of raising awareness in organizations today and created a Cyber Security module that helps learners understand online threats and how to protect themselves and their organizations.

Why we like it:

  • It’s a web-based responsive design.
  • Uses a wide variety of page types to tell a story and ask learners to make decisions and judgements. We especially like their use of the Vertical Timeline and the Flip page type.
  • The quiz is not just a fact check and asks learners how to spot cyber threats.
  • Includes real-life examples and scenarios to highlight key learning.

Click here to visit Savv-e’s Cyber Security demo

3. “The Food We Eat?” Asks You To Identify Food And Compares Your Answers With Others

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This short quiz features several close-ups of everyday objects seen under an electron microscope. You have to decide whether it’s food or not.

The feedback reveals some surprising facts and videos from botanist James Wong – not to be confused with James Wong, the director of the x-files!

Click here to visit “The Food We Eat?”

Why we like it:

  • Uses polling to compare your answers with other respondents.
  • Additional information supports the feedback given after each question in the form of interesting and surprising facts and a video from an expert.
  • Learners are given a final score and directed to further learning opportunities.

4. Open University’s “Which Brontë Sister?” Uses Elucidat’s Simple Yet Powerful Quiz Page Type

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Do quizzes really do anything for anyone? Research says “Yes!” Quizzes can be used to test what people have learned but also what people want to learn. Completing the quiz created for the Open University I realize all my knowledge is about one Brontë sister. Sorry Anne and Emily. I will do better in 2017.

Each question gives you a quote or phrase from one of their novels and your task is to match this with the right sister.

Click here to visit Open University’s “Which Brontë Sister?

5. Christmas Pudding Challenge Uses Polling, Tooltips, Timer And A Variety Of Quiz Page Types To Engage Learners

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For a bit of fun the Elucidat team has created a Christmas Pudding Challenge. See if you can cook up a tasty festive pud in under three minutes.

Why we like it:

  • It’s full of goodies – polling, tooltips, timer and a variety of quiz page types.
  • It puts me in the Christmas spirit and reminds me why I love Christmas but really don’t like Christmas pudding.

Click here to visit the Christmas Pudding challenge

Want to see more?

Visit Elucidat’s showcase page for more elearning inspiration.

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“The Food We Eat?” asks you to identify food and compares your answers with others https://www.elucidat.com/blog/food-we-eat/ Mon, 06 Mar 2017 14:04:23 +0000 https://blog.elucidat.com/?p=3047 This short quiz, designed in Elucidat for the Open University, features several close-ups of everyday objects seen under an electron microscope. You have to decide whether it’s food or not. The feedback reveals some surprising facts and videos from botanist James Wong – not to be confused with James Wong, the director of the x-files! […]

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This short quiz, designed in Elucidat for the Open University, features several close-ups of everyday objects seen under an electron microscope. You have to decide whether it’s food or not.

The feedback reveals some surprising facts and videos from botanist James Wong – not to be confused with James Wong, the director of the x-files!

Visit Open University’s “The Food We Eat?”

See this elearning in action

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Why we like it

  • Uses polling to compare your answers with other respondents.
  • Additional information supports the feedback given after each question in the form of interesting and surprising facts and a video from an expert.
  • Learners are given a final score and directed to further learning opportunities.

Need more inspiration? Check out our showcase page to see what’s possible with Elucidat’s authoring platform.

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Elucidat’s “Data Protection” compliance training demo uses real case studies, polling and scenarios https://www.elucidat.com/blog/data-protection-compliance/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:57:10 +0000 https://blog.elucidat.com/?p=3023 Compliance isn't about box ticking, not if you want to reduce real risks to your business. This demo uses real case studies, polling and scenarios to drive personal changes in daily data handling.

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Compliance isn’t about box ticking, not if you want to reduce real risks to your business. This demo uses real case studies, polling and scenarios to drive personal changes in daily data handling.

Click here to visit “Data Protection” demo

See the elearning in action

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Why we like it:

  • Uses Polling to engage learners and presents the results in visually different ways.
  • Icons are used to differentiate between core content and supporting information, useful for ‘just in time’ learning or repeat learning.
  • Real life case studies support the feedback given after each poll question.
  • Good scenario treatment: Learners have the opportunity to reconsider their decisions, following a helpful prompt; feedback is comprehensive and well presented; scenarios are scored; a job aid is provided.

Next step: Learn how to create high quality learning content with Elucidat’s Layout Designer

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Savv-e’s ready-to-go “Code of Conduct” module takes a scenario approach to encourage and motivate people https://www.elucidat.com/blog/savve-code-of-conduct/ Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:53:29 +0000 https://blog.elucidat.com/?p=2987 Some codes are meant to be broken, but in the workplace a Code of Conduct is more than a set of rules and regulations; it’s about encouraging and motivating people to do the right thing and set the tone for the organization. With this in mind Savv-e takes a scenario approach to their Code of Conduct […]

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Some codes are meant to be broken, but in the workplace a Code of Conduct is more than a set of rules and regulations; it’s about encouraging and motivating people to do the right thing and set the tone for the organization.

With this in mind Savv-e takes a scenario approach to their Code of Conduct module. Rather than regurgitating the policy, this approach enables learners to make better decisions that inform their own actions and behaviours.

Click here to see Savv-e’s “Code of Conduct” course

See the elearning in action

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Why we like it:

  • Takes a storyline approach to learning, incorporating the whole learning experience into a familiar context.
  • Uses a good variety of page types to present the learning. We like their use of the Questionnaire and the Multiple Response page types.
  • Includes real-life examples and scenarios to highlight key learning.

Note from Savv-e:

“We created this Code of Conduct elearning module because something as important as a Code of Conduct can influence the culture and ultimately the success of an organisation. This module brings life to an organisations Code of Conduct by surprising and opening up the eyes of employees through relatable and fun scenarios which hit home when it comes to making decisions in line with expected behaviours.”

“The module demonstrates a daring to be different. It shows how learners can be submersed by elearning with engaging graphics, a good story paired with simple and uncomplicated interactions.”

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