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Using an LMS to Navigate the New Mobile World

Mobile learning

Nobody knows what the future holds but we assume it will be full of gadgets and gizmos. Can you imagine a world where the desktop computer is obsolete? This reality might not be far off. We are only one decade into the 21st century, yet smartphones have already outsold PCs and over 1 billion Internet connected devices, like tablets, were sold worldwide in 2012. All the while, PC sales have been declining. When considering this information, it doesn’t take a fortune teller to predict that mobile technology is the future. Businesses that recognize the importance of this trend are looking for ways to transfer training tools and business operations to mobile platforms. This accommodates the preferences of employees and consumers … Continue Reading »

Can an LMS Provide a Secure Shopping Solution?

LMS eCommerce

Throughout the world there is growing concern about consumer protection. Credit card fraud is rampant and cyber theft is an increasing threat. Some companies try to build firewalls that keep thieves away from sensitive information. Unfortunately, this act of security comes at a price not all businesses can afford. Often times, small businesses look to accept payments through third party eCommerce solutions. But unless these systems are safe and reliable, customers won’t buy. Smart consumers are only comfortable offering their information when they feel it is protected. Therefore, the smart business decision is to find and implement a secure eCommerce platform. One of the wisest decisions a business can make is to integrate a social learning management system that has … Continue Reading »

What is Informal Learning?

Informal Learning

What is informal learning anyway? I hear the term used in many ways. Here’s how Wikipedia defines it: Informal learning is, by default, any learning that is not formal learning or non-formal learning. Informal learning is organized differently than formal and non-formal learning because it has no set objective in terms of learning outcomes and is never intentional from the learner’s standpoint. Often it is referred to as learning by experience or just as experience. For all learners this includes heuristic language building, socialization, inculturation, and play. Informal learning is a persistent and pervasive ongoing phenomena of learning via participation or learning via knowledge creation, in contrast with the traditional view of teacher-centered learning via knowledge acquisition. I’m not convinced the writers of this … Continue Reading »

3 Important eLearning Tools to Encourage Community

LMS Profiles

Building online community is not as easy as it looks. Contrary to popular opinion, community doesn’t occur the moment you launch a Facebook fanpage or start using a new hashtag on Twitter. Community exists when people with shared interests come together to engage in purposeful conversation. Even though technologies like Facebook and Twitter are available to host stellar communities, the most important component in creating community is people. If you want to encourage community in your workplace, try to avoid Facebook and Twitter. Instead, opt for a social learning management system (LMS). Most LMSs come with tools that can bring people together and give them a common ground on which they can interact and relate. Here are three of the … Continue Reading »

TOPYX LMS Named a Finalist for 2014 EducationInvestor Awards

EducationInvestor 2014

We are proud to announce that TOPYX social LMS was named a finalist for the 2014 EducationInvestor Award in the Technological infrastructure category. EducationInvestor creates and distributes an industry-leading publication for professionals advising, investing or operating within the education market. They also publish a number of sector-specific, original research materials and assist in the development of events targeting the education space. More details about this prestigious award from the EducationInvestor website: “Over the last five years, EducationInvestor has established itself as the must-read magazine covering the fast growing education industry in Britain, globally and in the world of education technology. We launched our awards in 2010, as the best way of promoting excellence and recognising innovation in this increasingly important sector.” We have … Continue Reading »

New Hires Deserve the Best, Train them with an LMS

New Hires

When meeting a new hire for the first time, avoid saying something like, “Welcome to the big pond, small fish.” New hires experience emotional and mental overload when starting new jobs. While exciting, the first few days can also be uncomfortable. It should be every company’s goal to make new employees feel at home in their new workplaces. This not only benefits new hires, it also raises company morale and encourages team spirit. Therefore, new hires deserve the best. And the best thing for a new hire is to be trained with a Learning Management System (LMS). A remotely hosted LMS allows new hires to onboard with the company, get acquainted with the technology and meet their peers in an … Continue Reading »

The Free, Open Source LMS Myth

Open Source LMS

Many people believe that the best things in life are free, but not when it comes to business. This is why red flags arise when businesses consider implementing free, open source learning management systems (LMSs). When a company opts for a free, open source LMS, it can put the entire organization at risk. Such a system lacks the security features, intuitive design and intelligent support that commercial LMSs provide. As a result, the residual costs quickly surpass its low price benefit. In other words, an open source LMS may cost nothing but it is far from free. Take a look at the many disadvantages that come with using this type of system. Disadvantages of Using a Free, Open Source LMS … Continue Reading »

The Balanced LMS Offers Training and Performance Support

LMS Support

A lot of emphasis is put on the eLearning aspects of a learning management system (LMS). In reality, many LMSs offer workplace solutions that go above and beyond training. While an effective online training program does a lot to equip a workforce, it does not empower them entirely. In order for employees to be filled with the confidence they need to fulfill and exceed their job descriptions, they need to feel supported. This is why performance support is just as important as training. LMSs that offer training and support features bring balance to business. It ensures a proper introduction is given to new technology, procedures and equipment, but also follows it up with forums and one-on-one access to specialists who … Continue Reading »

Social LMS Enhances Healthcare Training

LMS Healthcare training

It takes a lot of hard work and training to become a healthcare provider. After initial schooling, continued education is necessary to keep up with changing procedures, statutes and technology. Medical practices and institutions find great value in having a learning management system (LMS) that hosts certification courses and tracks the progress learners make. More so, when used effectively, an LMS can enhance the learning experience for healthcare professionals. Trainers set the tone for how an LMS will be utilized by assigning class projects online, encouraging social media communication among peers, and preparing effective curriculum to present in web conferences and other eLearning outlets. With a little effort, a trainer can unite a group of healthcare professionals by giving them … Continue Reading »

Can eLearning Platforms Save Troubled Associations?

eLearning Save Associations

Americans are growing apart. In this day in age, it is common to live independently and seldom engage in community gatherings. As an effect, the traditional model of community is breaking down. Numerous studies prove this by considering the declining rates of membership associations. Historically, associations were a strong indicator of community health. Associations were available to people who wanted to come together, share interests, and further their hobbies or professions. Associations grew out of this desire, and for a small fee, people joined purposeful organizations that prided themselves on educating, entertaining and empowering their members. With the advent of the Internet, many associations attempted to gather online, as well as in person. Other associations were developed exclusively for the … Continue Reading »