We focus on providing e-learning consulting, hosting, administration and content development services to the SME market. E-Learning systems are often referred to as Learning Management Systems (LMS):
A Learning Management System (LMS) is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of electronic educational technology (also called e-learning) courses or training programs (Wikipedia)
Unlike many of the e-learning hosting service providers who focus on the corporate market, we provide our e-learning hosting services to small/medium clients (SME’s) who are looking for a practical solution at an affordable price.
We base our e-learning hosting solutions on the popular Moodle open-source LMS platform, as used by many leading universities and training institutions around the globe. By basing our solutions on Moodle, we are able to eliminate the expensive licensing fees associated with other vendor’s e-learning solutions, whilst still providing you with sufficient functionality to provide a rich e-learning experience. You can learn more about LMS’s and Moodle on our FAQ page.
Hosting and maintaining a e-learning system (LMS) is technical stuff (and not very glamorous) but it is an important part of a total e-learning solution. Whilst you want to dazzle your learners with amazing courses and content, you need a solid, reliable, secure, user-friendly LMS to deliver the courses. Oh yes, and you don’t want the LMS to cost you an arm and a leg – you would rather spend your money on that dazzling content!
We can assist you define and establish your eLearning strategy, as well as getting you up and running with an eLearning platform (LMS) and great eLearning content.
We know Moodle really well and can assist you with the following:
While Moodle is pretty low maintenance, there are still some management tasks that need to be undertaken. With our server management service, we provide the following:
Some of our customers prefer to do their own user administration while others outsource it to us. User administration includes:
One of the biggest advantages of using Moodle as your LMS is that it is open-source and the most used LMS in the world. Due to its popularity, there are thousands of free and paid plugins to extend its functionality. We can assist you identify and implement plugins or even develop new plugins specifically for your needs.
Below is a selection of clients that we have assisted with their eLearning strategy, LMS and training content
What exactly is a Learning Management System and why do I need one?
Any e-learning solution consists of two major components:
1) the course content, activities and assessments (created by a course designer), and
2) the server solution that securely hosts and delivers the course to the learners
A Learning Management System (LMS) is the name for the software or web based technology that provides the second component of the solution.
The LMS allows the instructor to:
More complex LMS’s (as often used in corporate environments) have additional functionality related to:
What is SCORM and Tin Can and why is it important to me?
SCORM (Shareable Content Object Reference Model) is an international standard, originally developed by the US Department of Defence, for the creation and sharing of e-learning content.
In simple terms, think of SCORM as a common language that any SCORM compliant LMS understands.
If SCORM did not exist, your content developer would need to build your e-learning content in the specific language of your LMS. If you decided to move your e-learning solution to a different LMS, there would be a good chance that your new LMS would not understand your content and you would need to pay to have it re-written in the appropriate LMS language.
By starting your e-learning journey with a SCORM compliant LMS, your content developer can use whatever tool they want to develop your content without having to worry about the specific language of the LMS. Once they are ready to publish the content on the LMS they simply need to save it in SCORM format. Using SCORM also means that if you choose to move to a different LMS in future, your content will work seamlessly on the new LMS as long as it is also SCORM compliant.
The picture on the right shows some of the activities that can be created on a course in Moodle. With the exception of the SCORM Package activity, all the rest are native to Moodle and will not be understood by another LMS.
Tin Can is a new common language which is gaining popularity. It does a similar thing to SCORM with some additional benefits but is so new it has not yet gained wide-spread use.
The most widely used content development tools can export content in either SCORM or Tin Can. Moodle can also handle Tin Can modules.
What exactly is Moodle and is it really free?
Moodle is the world’s most popular LMS with over 68 million users and 55,000 sites world-wide.
Moodle is hugely popular as it is powerful, user-friendly, flexible and free!
Moodle is distributed under an open-source GNU General Public License which allows anyone to download and use it without paying any licenses fees. Moodle and Moodle Partners make their money by providing additional services and support around the free-to-use Moodle platform.
Moodle provides the LMS functionality required for the majority of training need so be wary of a vendor who is trying to sell you on a different solution that costs an arm and a leg!
Check out additional information on Moodle by clicking here
Do I always need a LMS?
You do not need a LMS if you want to make your training content freely available on the internet with no need to record learner details and track their progress. In this case you could just load your content up onto a web service such as YouTube and allow anyone to access it from there.
The moment that you have a need to control access to the courses and track learner progress, you need a LMS.
Can’t I just host and Moodle myself if the code is freely available?
If your organisation has good IT support then there is nothing stopping them downloading the Moodle code and installing it on one of your servers or at an Internet Service Provider. Configuring and managing Moodle does, however, require expertise that most IT departments don’t natively have so they would have to undergo a steep learning curve.
In reality, most SME’s do not have the resources or desire to host their own LMS and choose to outsource this to a service provide such as Academy Box who specialise in LMS hosting and management.
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