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Benefits of an Online Training Platform

Posted by Sandi Lin on Dec 16, 2014 5:42:17 PM

Because Skilljar specializes in powering self-paced online courses, we often get asked about the benefits of using an online training platform versus other types of customer support.

Many companies begin investing in customer success by creating support resources like the following:

  • A knowledge bank of support articles
  • How-to video tutorials on YouTube
  • Virtual webinars or office hours

These are all useful ways to help customers answer specific questions. However, offering training provides incremental benefits. We define "training" as including these additional elements:

  • Learner registration (whether public, private, free, or paid)
  • A structured sequence of content and learning objectives (curriculum)
  • Demonstration of knowledge through course completion, certification, a project, or an assessment.

The Benefits

Now that we've defined training, let's discuss the benefits of using an online training platform, above and beyond what what other types of support can provide.

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Topics: Training, LMS

Upcoming EU VAT changes for online courses

Posted by Sandi Lin on Dec 13, 2014 11:20:00 AM

On January 1, 2015, the EU is implementing new rules for how VAT is calculated on digital items sold to consumers, including pre-recorded (asynchronous) online courses. There is considerable confusion about what EU VAT changes will mean for online course providers. This post provides our recommendation for how instructors can comply with rule changes using Skilljar's course platform.

Disclaimer: We are not tax experts. Please consult your own advisor with questions and risks specific to your situation.

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New Feature: Course Credits

Posted by Sarah Southerland on Dec 10, 2014 3:06:41 PM

With our newest addition to course settings, instructors can define the number of credits that a course is worth. This provides specific insight into the quantitative value that learners will gain from a course. This feature is especially important for the following training examples:

  • course hours for Continuing Education courses
  • course credits for state or court-mandated training
  • course points for any type of training utilizing gamification

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Topics: New Features

New Feature: Course Catalogs

Posted by Sarah Southerland on Dec 10, 2014 11:56:00 AM

We are very excited to announce our newest feature launch! With our newest feature, learners can easily find the courses they need by navigating through course categories.

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Topics: New Features

Mobile Learning: What to Look for in an LMS

Posted by Sandi Lin on Dec 10, 2014 10:42:20 AM

In today's world, learners are interested in taking online courses from their phones and tablets more than ever. Mobile learning, or m-learning, should be an increasingly important part of your online training program. There are a number of reasons driving the m-learning trend:

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Topics: LMS

New Feature: Require Sequential Lesson Flow

Posted by Sandi Lin on Dec 1, 2014 5:26:00 PM

Now you can require trainees to complete each lesson in a sequential order before moving on to the next lesson. Although one of the benefits of self-paced learning is the ability to freely navigate around the curriculum, we understand that sometimes your instructional design calls for trainees to unlock each lesson in a strictly linear order.

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Topics: New Features

Top 3 eLearning Predictions for 2015

Posted by Sandi Lin on Nov 25, 2014 6:06:27 PM

The eLearning industry was no stranger to change in 2014. We saw the emergence of new technology developments, evolving training paradigms, and an increase in eLearning service providers. What developments will have the most impact in 2015? In this article, we provide our top 3 eLearning predictions for 2015.

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Topics: Training

3 Reasons to Offer On-Demand Training

Posted by Sarah Southerland on Nov 25, 2014 6:02:22 PM

instructor-led-trainingIf your training program offers instructor-led training (ILT) solely, you may be thinking about how you can expand your training strategy without massively increasing your training resources. Have you considered incorporating on-demand training into your program? The on-demand method is gaining popularity, growing from 16% of all corporate training in 2013 to 23% percent in 2014 (source: Chief Learning Officer). 

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Topics: Training

Is your LMS ready for Google's mobile changes?

Posted by Sandi Lin on Nov 18, 2014 12:29:00 PM

Google announced today that "mobile friendly" labels will now be added to mobile search results (read the official announcement here). In addition, industry experts believe that mobile readiness will soon be factored into the ranking algorithm for search results (article here).

At Skilljar, we've prioritized a mobile responsive learning experience from Day 1. I'm happy to say that all training portals powered by Skilljar are passing Google's Mobile test!

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Unfortunately, many training organizations use learning management systems (LMS) and authoring tools that are years behind in terms of mobile support. For example, Flash content is not commonly supported on mobile, and Google specifically calls this out as a negative factor. If organic search (SEO) drives traffic to your training courses, now is a great time to look for a mobile-friendly LMS and improve your learning experience.

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New Feature: Custom Course Layouts

Posted by Sarah Southerland on Nov 17, 2014 2:19:00 PM

We are happy to announce the launch of yet another highly requested feature for our instructors. Now instructors have many new options for customizing the student lesson display of their online courses, from the lesson color scheme to the position of the lesson details. 

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Topics: New Features

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