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TOPYX Topics – Social Learning Newsletter – March 2015

Social Learning Newsletter

It’s time for a change. We have a BIG announcement coming in April 2015.We are dedicated to providing you with relevant articles and newsletters covering the evolving eLearning, learning management, and social learning landscape so you have the information you need to stay current. Enjoy this edition of the TOPYX Topics Newsletter. American Farm Bureau Federation Chooses TOPYX Learning Management System Interactyx is proud to announce that the American Farm Bureau Federation selected social learning management software TOPYX for its online learning and collaboration needs. Farm Bureau – the Voice of Agriculture – consists of six million member families that belong to 2,800 affiliates in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Farm Bureau is an independent, nongovernmental, voluntary organization governed … Continue Reading »

American Farm Bureau Federation Chooses TOPYX Learning Management System

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BONITA SPRINGS, FL – March 9, 2015 – Interactyx is proud to announce that the American Farm Bureau Federation selected social learning management software TOPYX® for its online learning and collaboration needs. Farm Bureau – the Voice of Agriculture – consists of six million member families that belong to 2,800 affiliates in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Farm Bureau is an independent, nongovernmental, voluntary organization governed by and representing farm and ranch families united for the purpose of analyzing their problems and formulating action to achieve educational improvement, economic opportunity and social advancement. Interactyx is the developer of TOPYX, a leading social learning management system (LMS). TOPYX is an award-winning and comprehensive software-as-a-service (SaaS) eLearning platform … Continue Reading »

Teaching Trainers to Create Effective Online Training

Online eLearning Training

The title of lifelong learner is like a badge of honor worn by company trainers. They love to learn almost as much as they love to teach. Trainers are often on the frontlines of industry standards and can be found poring over procedural updates before official copies are released. They take their duties to educate and inform seriously and, in effect, ensure employees receive the material they need to thrive in their chosen professions. However, at this time, trainers are also in need of furthering their education. As eLearning begins to dominate the corporate education scene, trainers are entering the throes of unfamiliar territory. Beyond keeping up-to-date with training technology, they are finding it necessary to embrace a whole new … Continue Reading »

Small, Medium, Large Businesses Enter into eLearning Orbit

eLearning Space

The universe is larger than we can wrap our brains around, yet we know there is order within the galaxies. Look at Earth’s solar system as an example. Within the Milky Way there are a number of planets that coexist, all rotating the sun. However, the planets are vastly different. For instance, some absorb the sun’s energy as a source of life, while others barely receive its rays. Similarly, on Earth the business world can seem as expansive as space sometimes. After all, business spans the globe today; it involves several types of industry; and it is made up of companies of all sizes. Small, medium and large businesses advance their unique missions and, as a result, keep the world … Continue Reading »

TOPYX Topics – Social Learning Newsletter – February 2015

Social Learning Newsletter

We are dedicated to providing you with relevant articles and newsletters covering the evolving eLearning, learning management, and social learning landscape so you have the information you need to stay current. Enjoy this edition of the TOPYX Topics Newsletter. Is it Time to Change Tracks with Your LMS? eLearning is more than a buzzword; it is an industry that is worth nearly $100 billion. This is a huge accomplishment for the business sector that didn’t earn its current name until 1998. In less than 20 years, the eLearning industry has experienced high speed growth thanks to technological advancements (making eLearning programs accessible anywhere at any time); online training courses (which are more responsive and interactive than ever before)… Read the … Continue Reading »

Can Imagination Enhance eLearning Efforts?

Enhance eLearning Efforts

It goes without saying that structure is ingrained in each of us. Have you ever thought about how structure has helped you grow and develop in every stage of life? At young ages, our parents set mealtimes, naptimes and bedtimes. Then, many of us entered the traditional school system, where, from 8am – 3pm each day, we followed the predictable schedule set for us by teachers and the administration. Yes, most of us know and respond well to structure, but this doesn’t mean structure is always the best thing for us. Structure is necessary for businesses to thrive, organizations to operate, and governments to be effective, but like all things, structure is best in moderation. Sometimes, we need to have … Continue Reading »

Training Internal and External LMS Users

Training Internal and External LMS Users

Here is a wild assumption: you are probably planning to implement a Learning Management System (LMS) so people in your company, organization or association can use it for training, work and communication purposes. Unfortunately, upon launch you may find that colleagues and co-workers are not quick to embrace the LMS. If this occurs, keep in mind that a little training is all you need to overcome such a hurdle. The Value of Training LMS Users It is easy to take LMS training for granted. After all, everyone and their mothers know how to interact with online programs. However, just because your LMS users spend much of their time on social media networks like Facebook and LinkedIn, they may not understand … Continue Reading »

Is it Time to Change Tracks with Your LMS?

Time to Change Tracks with Your LMS

eLearning is more than a buzzword; it is an industry that is worth nearly $100 billion. This is a huge accomplishment for the business sector that didn’t earn its current name until 1998. In less than 20 years, the eLearning industry has experienced high speed growth thanks to technological advancements (making eLearning programs accessible anywhere at any time); online training courses (which are more responsive and interactive than ever before); and the cost-effective nature of overcoming physical divides by establishing training and communication centers online. Today, the eLearning industry seems unstoppable. There is only one caveat: not all eLearning programs are successful. Companies and organizations sometimes feel disillusioned when they try to tap into the secrets of eLearning success. Time … Continue Reading »

TOPYX Topics – Social Learning Newsletter – January 2015

Social Learning Newsletter

2015 is here!This is the year to get on top of your training and development needs. If you are still grudgingly using an outdated learning management system that is not giving you the results you need, let’s schedule a quick meeting to discuss how TOPYX LMS can help. We are dedicated to providing you with relevant articles and newsletters covering the evolving eLearning, learning management, and social learning landscape so you have the information you need to stay current. Enjoy this edition of the TOPYX Topics Newsletter. What eLearning Trends will Pop, Flop and Flip in 2015?Standing at the onset of a new year, we wonder how the next 12 months will unfold for the eLearning industry. So much can … Continue Reading »

Why Employee Training Fails, How eLearning Ensures Success

eLearning Ensures Success

Employee training has been praised as one of the best ways to bolster business success. In 2006, the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) stated, “Employee learning and development is taking center stage as business leaders increasingly understand that a highly skilled, knowledgeable workforce is critical to achieving growth and success.” Little has changed since this statement was made and several thriving companies agree that effective employee training fosters achievement. But employee training has become an increasingly broad concept, especially since the advent of eLearning. Training no longer requires employees be placed in a windowless classroom for two days each year so they can become recertified in their areas of expertise. Modern training tactics replace or compliment proven classroom … Continue Reading »

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