Using eLearning In Your Business

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Using Moodle for Business: Launching a New Product or Service

Using Moodle for Business

Prepared for the 2011 Midwest Moodle Moot Penny’s presentation, Using Moodle for Business, can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the image to the left.

This presentation walks you through launching your eLearning site as a new product or service, using a structured process similar like that used by major corporations in their product development departments.  It concludes with links and contact information for resources you’re sure to need!

Below are links to downloadable (PDF) presentations based on posts at; tips and guidelines to help you use eLearning to grow and strengthen your business. Each presentation is displayed as an online flipbook which is a format that we can use for your content in your courses, too! Click on the picture to launch the flipbook; click on the link to read the entire post.

Six Easy Steps to Coverting Your Content to e-Learning

How a consultant-trainer can use eLearning to increase revenue, free up time, and  reach more clients

The biggest barrier to entry for those of us sans-IT department is not the cost or the skill, or even breaking the paradigm of teaching face to face; it is knowing where to start and what steps to take next. This presentation provides six easy steps to guide you (an author, a speaker, a consultant, or a trainer) through the process of converting your training, lecture material, and/or book into eLearning. If you follow these steps, in order, you’ll find that you’ll have your e-Learning course or site up and running before you know it.  Determine your budget and stick to it! Create an MGPP and stick to it!  Don’t try to do too much because if you do, you won’t be able to do any of it!
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Course Outlines: The Place to Start

Creating course outlines One of the first things you’ll need to get your Moodle course online – or any training course ready to teach – is an outline. No matter how difficult it is for you to create a course outline, or how convoluted your process is to do it, I can guarantee you three things:  it will get easier, it will save you lots of time and confusion, and you will end up with a better product in the end. It might even make the difference between finishing the course (or book, essay, etc.) and never having anything more than a pile of ideas. This presentation offers tips and examples to help you create outlines for your training, online or traditional.
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Five Things to Consider When Choosing eLearning Authoring Tools for Graphics

Five Things: authoring tools for eLearning graphics

I’m sure my friend and colleague, Elizabeth the Bibliophile, would tell me that graphics can’t be authored; author is a verb that applies to words only. So, I won’t let her read this before I post it. I hope you understand that I am using the term “authoring” to mean “a method to create, edit, or otherwise do something with”. Even if you don’t share my belief that eLearning is far more than flash animations and videos, you probably still agree that graphics are necessary. But how many? What type and quality? Who is going to create them, edit them, and how will they be viewed? This first presentation in the series, Five Things to Consider When Choosing Authoring Tools, discusses various options for creating graphics for eLearning courses.
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Five Things to Consider When Choosing eLearning Authoring Tools for “Moving Media”

Authoring tools for audio, visual, and screencasts

It can be difficult to draw clear distinctions amongst these eLearning features: audio, video, and screen casts (depicting mouse movement, with or without audio).  For the sake of brevity let’s refer to them collectively as “moving media”.   Some will involve using graphics (including screen prints), which are covered in a previous post, and many will output to a variety of formats, including flash. The second in the series Five Things to Consider… covers “moving media”; audio, video, screencasts, flash animation.
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Five Things to Consider When Choosing eLearning Authoring Tools for Quizzes, Tests, and Surveys

The third in the Five Things… series offers some options and guidelines for providing online tests, quizzes, and surveys for your students and clients. All the beautiful technology in the world won’t matter if the questions suck.  Worse yet, unlike an ugly graphic or a boring video, a bad test question can harm the learner. If you aren’t schooled in the creation of test instruments, the first thing you must do is to learn how to write some great assessment questions – for quizzes, tests, and surveys – that are reliable and valid for you to use them in your elearning courses.  (You might want to just hire an expert for this!)  This post has valuable information on both on how to create the questions and how to present them online.
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Moodle eLearning: Questions and Simple Answers to Online Training

For a comprehensive overview of just about everything you’ll need to think about to launch a successful Moodle course or site, read this! It has answers to your burning questions like “what is open source” and “what do you mean, Moodle Host?” It will save you time, money, and despair! For instant access to this eBook, sign up for one or both of our monthly newsletters. You should also check out Penny’s blog on Simplifying e-Learning for Business.  She gets most of her ideas for these posts from questions that real people – like yourself – ask.  The posts are focused on helping small businesses use eLearning to its fullest; there are plenty of definitions and explanations, but no techie jargon lingo to give you a headache.

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