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 Change Your LMS. Stop Paying User Fees.

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You are looking to the future needs of your learning program. You need the right systems in place to help you train the new hires coming onboard and you need to provide training the current staff needs. You need to show more results for your learning program investment with less budget dollars available. This is no easy task. Yet, many departments responsible for the training of employees are facing this very situation. Adding more ‘seats’ will add to the costs and the time it takes to make sure everyone has a license to access the legacy learning management system (LMS) consumes too much valuable time that should be spent elsewhere. In 2014, a study was conducted by Elearning! Media Group … Continue Reading »

LMS Boosts Potential of Volunteer Nonprofits

LMS Boosts Potential of Volunteer Nonprofits

Numerous nonprofits are powered by volunteers. Oftentimes, volunteers seem like godsends to organizations that accomplish large missions on limited budgets. At the same time, volunteers create a lot of work for an organization. In fact, payroll is often impacted by the number of volunteers an organization takes on. After all, paid administrators are needed to conduct background checks, create correspondence and schedule volunteers. Ultimately, when organizations team up with volunteers, they need to be intentional about how to reap the benefits of donated time. One of the ways nonprofits are making the most out of volunteers is with learning management systems (LMSs). An LMS can streamline volunteer communication, scheduling and training. LMS for Volunteer Communication Social learning management systems are … Continue Reading »

Quick and Easy Steps to Help Launch Your LMS

Quick and Easy Steps to Launch Your LMS

If you are ready to launch your learning management system (LMS), you have probably spent months researching technology, testing software, and preparing your business for the transition. Now it is time to put your plan into action; it’s time to launch your LMS. All too often, we get caught up in the process of choosing an LMS, forgetting about the steps it takes to ensure the company-wide system has a successful launch. Before making an LMS available to your team, read these quick and easy steps to help you launch it effectively: Get To Know The System Inside And Out Your months of research may deem you an expert on learning management systems, but how well do you know the … Continue Reading »

Coworkers Communicate with Social LMS

Coworkers Communicate with Social LMS

It is common to befriend colleagues. After all, when you spend 40 hours a week together, friendship seems inevitable. This is true today, just as it was decades ago. However, the definition of friendship has changed. Now, to claim someone as a friend, he or she needs to be part of your social media networks. In fact, some question a relationship if it is not “Facebook official.” Unfortunately, some offices ban social media communication at work. This begs the question: are these businesses attempting to ban workplace camaraderie? Working well on teams and having good rapport with colleagues is important to a worthwhile career. But implementing elements of new-age friendship (i.e. focused social media communication) can be beneficial, too. Actually, … Continue Reading »

TOPYX Topics – Social Learning Newsletter – November 2014

Social Learning Newsletter

Happy Thanksgiving! From all of us at Interactyx, we want to say thank you (even if you don’t celebrate the US holiday)! Thank you for making us no. 790 on the 2014 Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies. Thank you for your continued acceptance and support of TOPYX learning management system. We wish you and your loved ones a thankful and safe Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy this edition of the TOPYX Topics Newsletter. Can eLearning Refine Teamwork for the Digital Age? Teamwork was a popular buzzword in the 20th century. Unfortunately, 21st century technological advancements threaten teamwork by enabling people in industrialized countries to isolate themselves physically. Today, mobile devices allow people to connect and work together even when … Continue Reading »

Learn Or Die: A Primer –

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Editor’s Note: The guest post was written by Craig Malloy, the CEO of Bloomfire, a knowledge sharing tool for the modern workforce. Malloy previously served as Founder/CEO of ViaVideo (acquired by Polycom), and the Founder/CEO of LifeSize (acquired by Logitech). You can follow him on Twitter here. Behind most productivity problems is a learning problem. Productivity is a loaded term for good reason. We’ve seen an endless parade of newfangled systems and near-religious dogma — high aspirations and endlessly failing experiments. We’ve been there and we’ve done that. Our Current Condition U.S. productivity fell nearly a full percentage point in the first quarter this year. Businesses are scrambling to find ways to squeeze more juice out of the same orange. Making matters worse, … Continue Reading »

Businesses use LMS to Balance Systems and Employees

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Employees are not cogs in machines, but they can easily feel this way. There is an unspoken truth that divides businesses of all sizes: a business organization thrives on systematic processes while its employees desire to accomplish unique and purposeful tasks. The most successful businesses seem to find middle ground between systematic requirements and employee needs. A company can reach new heights of success by praising the contributions of hard working individuals and leveraging their work as fuel for the business system. Creating a work environment that respects the organizational system and promotes efforts of employees is a high priority for many businesses. Businesses that want to protect this balance seek tools that bring focus to work objectives while also … Continue Reading »

Can eLearning Refine Teamwork for the Digital Age?

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Teamwork was a popular buzzword in the 20th century. Unfortunately, 21st century technological advancements threaten teamwork by enabling people in industrialized countries to isolate themselves physically. Today, mobile devices allow people to connect and work together even when miles apart. While teamwork is often spoken about in business environments and school settings, it looks different than it did two decades ago. In the digital age when learning and working can be social while also being independent, it is important to evaluate the effectiveness of modern day teamwork. Teamwork is Quintessential to Business Success The act of working on a team has been known to expedite productivity and create high-quality business outcomes that lead to lasting results. In fact, successful event … Continue Reading »

LMS Affords Return on Investment for Small Business


A small business budget can be a powerful tool. When each dollar counts there is a decreased chance of frivolous spending and an increased opportunity to see return on investment. With fewer resources than large companies, successful small businesses tend to allocate spending to areas that matter most. For instance, eCommerce functions, communication networks, training options, and customizable marketing features are often viewed as high priorities. Some business owners try to secure these types of programs at low rates by using numerous “free” Websites. However, bundling these business tools into a single, reliable platform, like a learning management system (LMS), can save money and time. Ultimately, a small business that invests in an LMS may see large returns on its … Continue Reading »

Upgrading Technology: Goodbye Intranet, Hello Social LMS

Upgrading LMS

In the 1990s, if you used a computer to access organizational literature and training material, as well as correspond with peers and colleagues within a network, you may have been using an intranet. According to Wikipedia, an intranet is defined as “… a computer network that uses Internet protocol technology to share information, operational systems, or computing services within an organization.” Education centers began using intranets in 1991. Three years later, companies started using intranets for business purposes. But what are the differences between these seemingly comparable systems and why is the social LMS replacing the intranet? Intranet vs. Social LMS For years, intranets were foundational to organizational networks that shared information and hosted correspondence among peers/colleagues. However, now that … Continue Reading »