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New Feature: Custom CSS Styling and Javascript Analytics

Posted by Sarah Southerland on Feb 27, 2015 12:11:53 PM

Our newest feature, custom CSS, enables you to customize the visual style of your training site even more than before.

While you've always been able to change your logos and colors in the Theming area of the dashboard, custom CSS can be used to modify additional style elements like fonts and backgrounds.

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Topics: New Features

Using On-Demand Training for Lead Generation

Posted by Sandi Lin on Feb 22, 2015 7:11:49 PM

Online training is one of the newest content tools available for modern digital marketers. Traditionally, digital marketers have relied on formats like eBooks and webinars for lead generation, while training managers have interacted with customers only after contracts are signed.

In today's world, 57% of the purchase decision is complete before a potential buyer ever contacts a sales rep. As a result, innovative digital marketers know that providing online training is a powerful tool to generate interest and awareness early in the sales funnel.

On-demand training is a particularly effective delivery method because it is available immediately for the prospective customer, no matter the time zone or geography. In addition, if the training is designed appropriately, your prospect will return to your website multiple times to resume the training, which provides you with additional opportunities to engage.

Whether you are a financial institution offering consumer homebuying classes, or an enterprise software provider creating an ecosystem of skilled and certified talent, on-demand training is a scalable and effective way to generate leads for your organization. Here are 3 objectives to keep in mind when designing your campaigns.

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Topics: Training

SCORM or Built-in Course Authoring: How to Create Your Content

Posted by Sandi Lin on Feb 18, 2015 2:45:23 PM

One of the key benefits of Skilljar's learning management system is our flexibility with course authoring. We can import packaged content in SCORM 1.2 format, and we also support lightweight course authoring by directly uploading videos, PDFs, creating quizzes, and more. In fact, you can combine one or more SCORM packages with other types of content authored on the Skilljar platform, all within the same course.

Training managers and instructional designers who are creating new courses now have the option of using a traditional desktop authoring tool (such as Articulate Storyline or Adobe Captivate), or using Skilljar’s built-in course authoring tools. If you are wondering what the best way to create your content is, this guide can help. Here are the key details to consider when deciding your approach.

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Topics: Instructional Design, LMS

New Feature: Advanced Analytics and Reporting

Posted by Sarah Southerland on Feb 11, 2015 4:29:16 PM

Here at Skilljar, we understand how important it is measure the quality of your training program. We've been working hard to bring you the most useful analytics. We're collecting an enormous amount of data, and our new, robust reporting makes it easier than ever for you to track user engagement and performance at every level.

In Skilljar's newly revamped learner tracking and reporting, we make it easy to view training in aggregate, by course, by group, and by user - even down to individual quiz responses by user.

Let's take a look at the details.

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Topics: New Features

How to Price Your Online Course

Posted by Sandi Lin on Feb 10, 2015 4:57:13 PM

If you are selling online training courses, it's often challenging to select the right price point. Pricing varies considerably based on many factors, including industry, use case, and the expertise of the instructor. Unfortunately, there isn't a simple formula to follow to figure out the right price.

In this article, we look at considerations for pricing self-paced online coursesHere are 4 questions to run through as you develop your eLearning content. 

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Topics: Training

What You Need to Know About Delivering SCORM on Mobile

Posted by Sarah Southerland on Feb 4, 2015 4:08:39 PM

Learners are taking advantage of mobile learning more now than ever. If you have SCORM content, there’s a lot of confusing information to wade through on how SCORM can, and should, work on mobile devices. Does the mobile experience depend on the authoring tool used to create the content? How does your LMS affect SCORM delivery on mobile devices?

Since Skilljar recently released support for SCORM 1.2, we thought we’d take the opportunity to demystify the subject of SCORM on mobile. Skilljar’s software engineer and resident SCORM expert Morgan Marks shares her insight into key questions about delivering SCORM content on mobile devices.


Q&A with Morgan

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Topics: Creating Content

New Feature: Analytics Managers

Posted by Sarah Southerland on Feb 3, 2015 3:10:15 PM

We are happy to anounce our newest feature: analytics managers. At Skilljar, we understand that you may need to share read-only analytics access with other collaborators. Examples include:

  • Customer success managers at a software company who are viewing onboarding progress for each of their client accounts
  • School administrators who are verifying that teachers have completed their professional development training
  • Certification managers who are checking the hours spent in an approved training course

Skilljar's analytics manager role enables administrators to create analytics-only access by user and group.

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Topics: New Features

New Feature: Custom Registration Fields

Posted by Sarah Southerland on Jan 28, 2015 1:48:07 PM

With our newest addition to registration management, instructors can customize the fields displayed to trainees during registration. This provides the opportunity for you to collect data about registrants that is unique to your company's needs.

Create a custom field to request information like:

  • Company Name
  • Employee ID
  • State License #
  • Address 

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Topics: New Features

LMS Pricing Models: What's an Active User?

Posted by Sandi Lin on Jan 27, 2015 3:50:05 PM

Most cloud based learning management systems (LMS) quote their pricing on a subscription basis. The primary scaling factor is typically users or active users, in addition to a la carte features. There are several definitions of "users" in the marketplace, which can cause confusion for purchasers.

In this post, we lay out three common definitions of "users." There are a few additional pricing models that exist, such as flat fee per registration or revenue sharing, but the vast majority of LMS systems base pricing on some variant of "users."

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Topics: LMS

Salesforce Integration: How to Connect your LMS and CRM

Posted by Sandi Lin on Jan 21, 2015 3:21:14 PM

Since Skilljar's clients are often delivering customer-facing training, we are frequently asked about integrating our online training software with Salesforce. Salesforce is the leading Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. Their flagship product, Sales Cloud, enables sales teams to easily organize and manage their potential customer pipeline.

(Although this article focuses on Salesforce.com, it is applicable to other CRM systems like Zoho CRM, SugarCRM, and Microsoft Dynamics.)

We've learned that the term 'Salesforce integration' can mean many things depending on the context. Here are 3 common use cases for connecting your LMS and CRM, along with how to automate training activities for each.

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Topics: LMS

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