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LMS Key Features Facilitate eLearning

  There’s no denying that LMS key features facilitate eLearning. If you’re unsure as to what eLearning is then you are not alone. ‘eLearning’ is a red-hot term these days. According to eLearning NC, “Understanding eLearning is simple. eLearning is learning utilizing electronic technologies to access educational curriculum outside of a traditional classroom. In most cases, it refers to a course, program, or degree delivered completely online.” In other words, eLearning is learning that happens online. In corporate settings, eLearning looks a little different than it does in, say, an educational setting. Most often, online learning that takes place in a corporate setting is delivered through an LMS, also referred to as a social learning management system or an eLearning … Continue Reading »

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How a Hosted LMS Promotes Online Corporate Learning

  Did you know that a hosted LMS promotes online learning in corporate settings? It’s true. However, many people aren’t aware of this. Why? Because they aren’t sure what a hosted LMS is. And, their understanding of online learning is fuzzy. But there’s nothing wrong with this. Lots of folks, including high-power company leaders, are new to this. They might be unsure about the meaning of “hosted LMS” and “online learning.” Do you have a limited understanding of what a hosted LMS is? Are you unsure how such systems can promote online corporate learning? If so, stick with us for the next few hundred words. We will help you wrap your head around these terms. We’ll help you to know … Continue Reading »

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What is an LMS?

Have you ever found yourself wondering, but been too embarrassed to ask the question, “What is an LMS?” If so, don’t believe you are lagging behind your peers in the intelligence department. There’s so many techy acronyms thrown around these days that it’s tough to keep up with their meanings. In the next five minutes, you are going to learn exactly, in everyday terms, what an LMS is. After reading this short article, you’ll feel confident discussing LMSs with anyone. Including your know-it-all coworker or tech-savvy spouse. What Is an LMS (Learning Management System)? “LMS” is short for “learning management system.” It can also be referred to as an eLearning system or a social learning management system. An LMS is … Continue Reading »

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What Makes an Online Learning Platform Exceptional?

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Finding a learning management system (LMS) is easy. But, finding an online learning platform that is exceptional in quality takes effort. Is it easy to use? Is it affordable? An online learning platform that meets these requirements can be tough to find. In today’s $2.6 billion LMS market, every type of eLearning system you can imagine is available to consumers. This is both a good and a bad thing. It’s wonderful to have a huge selection of online learning platforms. But it also can be overwhelming. Customers with no prior knowledge of online learning platforms can run into problems. They may invest in products that over-promise and under-deliver. What makes an LMS or online learning platform exceptional? Customers need to … Continue Reading »

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What is Elearning?

Thank you to our Guest Blogger spearhead eLearning   Elearning is described as the delivery of training or education through digital or electronic methods. Learners can acquire qualifications or develop new skills using electronic devices. Devices such as a laptop, mobile device or tablet. Learners access educational material often delivered through a learning management system (LMS). This is hosted online. An online training course can be delivered in multiple formats. Formats that include the most basic PowerPoint presentation, as well as PDF documents. Also, advanced interactive slides. Slides designed using special elearning software. The levels of interactivity in elearning can vary considerably. Some courses simply have a set of slides for the learner to scroll through. Others can be more … Continue Reading »

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5 Reasons Why Online Learning Engages Employees in Training

  Have you ever tried to get someone interested in what you were saying or doing, only to have that person zone out on you? Of course you have. Being unsuccessful at engaging others is part of the human experience. In day-to-day life situations in which we are simply sharing with others things of interest to us, this is harmless enough. However, in corporate training situations, it’s a different story. Failure to engage employees in training is a big problem that can cost organizations big money. Learner Engagement Ensures a Return on Investment in Training According to a Bersin report from 2014, the average company spends about $1000 yearly on each employee’s training. This means a company employing 100 people … Continue Reading »

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4 Online Learning Trends That Will Impact the Future of Corporate Learning

  When you think of the word “trend,” what images come to mind? If you went to high school in the 80s, perhaps you see visions of blue eye shadow and big hair. Or, maybe you associate the word with fashion. The truth is that trends affect every aspect of our existence, not just those that are superficial. There are trends in language, cuisine, music, art, and politics. Trends exist in nearly every industry imaginable—especially the eLearning industry—and they directly impact corporations and businesses. Because eLearning and corporate learning are often so interwoven, online learning trends shape the arena of corporate learning in particular. Some eLearning trends may be negatively affecting corporate learning, but many are making a positive impact … Continue Reading »

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Attract and Retain Millennial Employees with LMS Collaborative Learning Features

  If there is any generation that understands the digital world, it is Gen Y, the millennial generation. Millennials, those born after 1981, are extremely computer literate. Because of this, millennials tend to be incredible assets to their employers. However, not everyone agrees. Maybe Millennial Employees Aren’t So Bad, After All Anyone who hasn’t been hiding under a rock for the past few years knows. Millennials have a bad work reputation. This isn’t because they aren’t good workers. It’s likely that Gen Y’s bad rap evolved over time. To a large extent, millennials have become labeled. Stereotyped as self-seeking, lazy, idealistic employees. Certainly, there are some millennials who fit this description. Just as there are some Baby Boomers and Gen … Continue Reading »

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What the Online Learning Consortium’s 2016 Statistics Mean for the Future

    Online learning statistics aren’t merely dry facts; they are gusts of wind that blow companies in one direction or another. Statistics help businesses discover whether or not what they are doing is working. They also help them see what they can do better. At TOPYX, we appreciate the organizations doing hard work to deliver accurate, timely statistics. One such organization is the Online Learning Consortium. The Online Learning Consortium has produced numerous excellent resources and infographics in the past. But, today we are most grateful for the OLC’s 2016 Higher Education Online Learning Landscape. Although this report centers on the education sector, it has great relevance in the corporate world. This online learning imperative has helped us better … Continue Reading »

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Having Problems with LMS User Management? Here’s the Solution. 

A social learning management system (LMS) is a wonderful thing that comes with a host of benefits and sometimes a few problems. These problems are no big deal if administrators know how to address them. Of all the issues that accompany an LMS, the biggest one is probably a difficulty managing (adding and maintaining) users. For a mid-sized or large company with hundreds or thousands of employees, it is crucial that managing users is a streamlined, simple task. Quickly and easily adding and maintaining user accounts is also important for small companies that want to experience great growth. Whether they are small, medium, or large, companies need and want user management to be easy. Not every LMS facilitates effortless management … Continue Reading »

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