Just to clarify @disqus_pYZOHMKYCy:disqus, what I find interesting is that across all the different platforms and modes, the majority of students who pony up $$$ for an online course don’t bother completing it. I think that puts the onus fair and square back on us as teachers to make sure our courses are engaging, entertaining, fun and have gamification aspects built in along with a sense of community and a real relationship between the teacher and the students.
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Animations, such as white-board style drawings, are very modern and visually engaging for online learners. The software is easy to use and comes with built-in images, text, music, and themes. While it takes a little longer to create than narrating Powerpoint slides or recording your computer screen, it’s still very easy to do it yourself and the results look professionally produced. Here are some options to consider.
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Your interactive online training video has to support the learning objectives of your corporate eLearning program. Otherwise, it's merely a form of entertainment. So, before choosing or creating the online training video and adding the interactive elements, you must identify first your goals. What do your corporate learners need to know by the time the credits roll? Why are you using interactivity in the first place, and how will each component achieve the desired outcome? Answering these questions allows you to identify online training materials, video content, and interactions that align with your learning objectives. Now is also a good time to meet with your Subject Matter Expert and graphic designer to get their feedback. They can help you pinpoint the key takeaways and choose the ideal interactive elements.
It is important to sit down and ask whether using Content Samurai will really bring in the marginal fifty (or twenty-five if you go annually) dollars a month that it needs to make it a good decision. Part of this will depend on the length of time you intend to keep and use Content Samurai. If you have your material ready, you can do all the work in just one month (or have a virtual assistant do that for you). You can get a lot of videos done in 30 days, pause and resume the license only if/when you will need it again in the future.
LMS Checkout is another option for selling Moodle or Totara courses. You can set up an account easily on the LMS Checkout Web site, download the plugin to install into your Moodle or Totara site, and connect to Paypal or Authorize.net to as your payment gateway. You get quite a bit of control over modifying the the theme for you e-commerce site so that it will look as much like your Moodle site as possible and you can even integrate with Salesforce in just a few clicks. All-in-all, a very good option for getting a level of e-commerce functionality that just isn’t available in Moodle itself.
Spacing your interactions is essential. If you crowd them together in one portion of the online training video, corporate learners may miss them entirely or they can lose their effect. In fact, it's best to insert your first interactive element between the 1-to-2 minute mark, and then wait another minute or so until the next hyperlink or hot spot. Of course, the time frame greatly depends on the length of your online training video. The opening interaction should grab their attention by asking a question or prompting them to reflect on the topic. For instance, encouraging them to ponder how the subject matter relates to their own lives or helps them achieve their personal goals. For best results, create a timeline that highlights all of the interactions and their corresponding links, icons, or annotations.
edX is great, but it’s not a platform most people are going to be able to publish on. I don’t think of Moodle as a MOOC, just an open source course platform. It has a lot going for it, though not always easy for non-technical people to use. I cover a couple of plug-ins above to add e-commerce capabilities to Moodle (the native ones are not so hot). – Jeff
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Hi Denise – I do mention it (well, Lynda.com – basically the same thing) here https://www.learningrevolution.net/alternative-to-udemy/ – which is where I list more marketplace options. Even there, though, it is only a mention because getting accepted to do a LinkedIn/Lynda course is a good bit more difficult than participating in most of the other marketplace platforms. – Jeff
Mike – Good question. This has become a somewhat confusing area as more and more LMSes have added/improved their authoring capabilities. In the “old days” an LMS was mostly just a database that handled enrolling learners into courses, presenting a “menu” to enable them to launch/access the courses, and tracking their progress through the course based on communication between the course and the LMS. Eventually, though, LMSes started including tools to do just what you describe – i.e., link texts, pictures, video, etc together into a flow. The main issue with this is that every LMS does it a bit different, So, if you build your courses in the LMS, you will almost certainly have to re-build them when you move to a new LMS. Authoring tools are LMS-independent. You build your course in the authoring tool and then can import it into any LMS. There are standards that have been developed to support this – SCORM being the main one historically. For some additional info on all of this see:
You've spent a lot of time creating your interactive online training video. Thus, you need to make sure that it's achieving the desired results. In other words, was it really worth the investment? Or do you need to make some minor changes? Analytics, corporate learner feedback, and Learning Management System reports offer valuable insights. Are your corporate learners clicking on the links? How do they feel about the online training video content, itself? Are there too many interactions? Not enough? This data also allows you to create more effective and targeted online training videos in the future.
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Content, activities, and experiences should be sequential, cumulative, and coherent. They should be highly interactive and allow for a range of levels of learning, learner entry points, and experiences. Information should be “chunked” and moves sequentially from simple to complex; concrete to abstract and general to specific, in clear, concise text.
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I was wondering if you have specific recommendations for platforms suitable for teaching language courses. I’ve looked at several on this list so far and they look very interesting, but it’s not immediately clear to me how well they would integrate with a webinar tool for live meetings/discussions. It’s also not clear which has the most powerful quiz/testing/tracking capabilities.
I too like many of you am overwhelmed. I have course almost ready to go with supplemental materials (pdf worksheets, audio, short video) has anyone tried Course Craft? I am finding Thinkific a bit complex when trying to choose a theme.I have a website but am not sure how to implement it with the platform. I’m also considering DailyOm since it is of a spiritual/self-help nature. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Videoshop is an excellent and very affordable video editing app that lets you create movies without restricting you to a specific format template. Videoshop offers slow motion, time-lapse, and stop-motion options when capturing video from within the app. All you need to do is add photos and videos, add audio tracks, filters, and titles, sound effects and organize your clips (you can also trim them). Videoshop also provides video editing options. For example, you can adjust how each clip flows into the next clip. Finally, you can save your video to your device or share it on social media.
I work with a non-profit arts and crafts group. We want to create courses for our members. We have multiple instructors who will create the content, but our group will actually present the courses. All of these platforms seem to be focused on a direct relationship between course and instructor. I need something that will allow (for lack of a better term) a middle-man to manage the process. All the classes are pre-build, on-demand. Some might have a weekly live broadcast. All courses are 4-6 lessons, and are presented over the course of a month.
Your Learning Revolution is so informative. Thank you. I’m wanting to create a website for Enrolled Agents to earn their annual CPE credits. The material is going to be a self-study course using a downloaded written course to their computer. After they have studied the material, they go back to my website and take a test, it they pass with 70% I submit the credits to the IRS and then I send the student a certificate of completion that they can download and keep in their file. The students need 72 credits every 3 years so the site needs to keep their information so when they come back and open their profile the completed courses with be there. I will also need for the site to accept credit card payments and be able for the student to go online and take a test and receive an instant percentage grade so they will know if they need to take the test again something like “congratulations, you passed’! There will not be any videos or webinars and anything live just a list of all the courses available, a cart for them to pay and a student profile for the course to be downloaded to their computer. (they can study off-line that way) What do I need to buy to get this started? I’m so excited about doing this and your site it so informative I’m so glad to have met you. Please let me know when you get a chance, Thank you again, Take care, Linda.
Skillshare provides instructors with tools to create courses composed of video lessons and a “class project.” (All classes are have these two elements.) Classes are normally 10-25 minutes long, broken down into short videos, and they are all pre-recorded and self-paced. Once you have enrolled more than 25 learners in a class, you become eligible for participation in Skillshare’s Partner Program and can earn money through the royalty pool managed by the company – usually $1-2 per enrollment, according to the company. (Unlike Udemy – discussed below – Skillshare sells subscriptions to all of its content rather than to individual courses.) Once you are a partner, you’ll also get compensated for new Premium Members ($10 per) you bring to Skillshare through your Teacher Referral link. The Skillshare site reports that “Top teachers make up to $40,000 a year.”
Hi Alice. Have you considered LMScheckout? I usually don’t use these forums to self-promote, but I came across this post, and I noticed that we provide the same service you are asking for to several organizations that are marketing to similar types audiences with varying learning interests. We have an anesthesiologist selling certification for nurses though LMscheckout and many other organizations who want to create customer specific training to a wide variety of users. We use a similar concept to course bundling and have a means to promote recommended and related course through your custom e-commerce site. If you are interested, we are running a series of webinars to introduce our e-commerce solutions for selling and marketing courses online. 6 things you should know BEFORE you create your first online course
You know the business metric you want to impact. Now ask yourself how training will allow you to accomplish that business goal. Your answer to this question will be your training goal – the high-level reason for why you want your learners to complete the online course. Using the example of improving NPS, your training goal may be to make our customer service reps more knowledgeable in supporting your customers. After all, the more customers feel supported, the better their feedback will be on your company’s customer service.
The "Start From Scratch" option: If you don't already have an online training video in your library, you'll need to produce one from the ground up. Thankfully, there are plenty of eLearning authoring tools that specialize in video creation for online training. Again, pay close attention to the features they offer and look for an authoring tool that blends flexibility with user-friendliness.
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