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The Public Sector uses LMSs for Training and Communication

Public Sector LMS

Many working parts need to be set in motion in order for societies to thrive. In America, the public sector is responsible for making sure we have functional societies. Federal, state and local governments are dedicated to building and maintaining healthy systems that allow communities to thrive. This is no small job. Many public sector employees are needed to ensure societies function as they should. In federal government alone, over four thousand employees work to make America a nice place to live. With such a high number of employees handling so many sensitive tasks, it is important that the public sector has low cost tools that promote accessible training and relevant communication options. Accessible Training At the turn of the … Continue Reading »

A SCORM LMS Scores Big


Learning management systems (LMSs) come in many shapes and sizes but a SCORM® certified LMS can help your company score big. But before we get to the many benefits of a SCORM certified LMS, you might be wondering what exactly is SCORM and why should you care about it? What is SCORM? To put it plainly, SCORM is recognized as an authority (if not the authority) for learning management systems. The Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) is part of a national initiative that began in 1999. At the time, President Clinton signed an executive order that led to the creation of Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL), the initiative SCORM comes under. From the get-go, ADL’s goals were to create a … Continue Reading »

Leverage eLearning Tools to Organize Business

eLearning Organize

Businesses can’t exist apart from organization. In order for a company to be high functioning and high producing, a system of organization needs to be put in place. More so, all employees and administrators need to understand the organizational system and adhere to its design. Many companies understand the value of organization and hope to adopt a system that all team members will embrace. Not all institutions know how to set up such a system. Some turn to the Internet to guide their endeavors. However, the Internet can actually hinder organization efforts. While the Internet makes it simple to access a central organization system, it also introduces chaos by suggesting an overwhelming amount of organizational solutions. The Problem the Internet … Continue Reading »

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 »