e-Learning and Catalog product training

In this course we will explore e-Learning. Each lesson will cover different aspects of e-learning.

Define e-learning

What is e-learning


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A general term used to refer to a form of learning in which the instructor and student are separated by space or time where the gap between the two is bridged through the use of online technologies. The term is used interchangeably in a wide variety of contexts and can be used to define a specific mode to attend a course or programs of study where learners rarely, if ever, attend face-to-face contact, or rely upon such direct support.

A form of leaning that refers to the broad use of electronic media during the learning process; recently, more and more it has come to mean web-based learning.

Benefits of e-Learning

Benefits Of Using eLearning Tools For Staff Training

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were close to 80 million people born between the years 1976 and 2001 – the generation that is often referred as millennials or Generation Y. This generation represented 36% of the US workforce in 2014 and is likely to rise up to 46% by 2020. A UNC Kenan-Flagler study points out a critical distinction between millennials and the older generations – while high pay was the most important factor for the older workforce, 30% of millennials considered 'meaningful work' as the most important job factor. Another 25% regarded 'sense of accomplishment' critical to their job.

Why are we discussing this? For learning professionals, this is an important pointer towards the evolution in the industry. As the percentage of the tech-savvy millennials rises in the work force, the reliance on eLearning tools should increase commensurately. However, this is not the only reason why eLearning tools are important for staff training. Here are a few serious advantages that eLearning tools bring to workforce training.

  1. 24/7 Accessibility.eLearning materials may be made accessible to the workforce throughout the day. This makes it possible for employees to learn the subject at their own pace and in comfortable settings. Also, unlike conventional learning methods where classroom training is provided, eLearning ensures the fast learners may complete their training sooner and this enhances productivity. Lastly, given that present day employees work out of different timezones, a learning tool that is available 24/7 makes it possible for the employers to offer staff training without a constraint on resources.
  2. Improved Pedagogy.Studies have shown that gamification enhances learner engagement and improves retention. Thanks to the dozens of sophisticated learning tools available today, it is simpler to introduce gamification in the staff learning program. It is not just gamification. eLearning also helps with the use of personalized study materials and interactive formats. From the perspective of the employer, they may now reliably use learning tools to match competencies with the learning goals achieved by the employee. This is thus a much improved and scientific alternative to conventional learning methods.
  3. Enhanced Collaboration And Reach.At the recently held Microsoft Cloud & Mobility Summit at Toronto, Canadian business communications giant AllStream pointed out the use of their videoconferencing infrastructure at the UBC medical school that helped doubling the number of graduates in a year. With eLearning, it is possible to gain instant reach to staff and trainers from all parts of the world. Besides enabling teams from various geographies to collaborate on problem-solving challenges in real-time, these tools also bring with them other advantages like instant connectivity to subject matter experts; regardless of where they are located. It's a win-win for the employer and the staff undergoing training.
  4. Greener & Cost-Effective.Companies incur significant costs through conventional learning systems. Typically, money is spent on trainer and employee commutation, classroom rentals, infrastructure rentals, trainer cost per hour and paper and documentation costs. eLearning is not only cheaper but also greener. In terms of costs, businesses no longer have to spend on commutation, and classroom & infrastructure rentals. Trainer costs are typically one-time since the same material may be reused for multiple batches of learners. Finally, since all of this is in electronic format, paper consumption is significantly reduced. All of this brings about a significant reduction in the bottom-line.
  5. Suitable For Millennials.Lastly, one of the less-talked about benefits of eLearning is how it is better suitable for the millennial workforce. Today's employees work not just for money, but also to continually learn. With a classroom style learning environment, there are only a limited number of training programs that an employee could attend over any given quarter. With eLearning, the knowledge is always available at the employee's disposal – this gives them better access to subjects they are interested in and not necessarily those that would benefit them at work. Not only does this benefit the learner, but is also a terrific human resource asset to ensure employee retention. Businesses that enable access to valuable eLearning subjects to their staff enjoy better loyalty from such employees who have a greater sense of accomplishment at their workplace.

Why e-Learning

e-Learning Strategies

Advantages and Disadvantages of e-Learning

e-Learning Library

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What e-learning is all about

How e-learning can benefit your organization and learners

The step-by-step process for creating courses

How to get the right content from subject matter experts

What technology and tools you’ll need in your toolkit

How to design e-learning that really works

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e-Learning. Content development, Course creation and employee participation

What is a Content Authoring Tool?

An e-learning content authoring tool is a software package which developers use to create and package e-learning content deliverable to end users. According to Wikipedia.org, “a content authoring tool is a software application used to create multimedia content typically for delivery on the World Wide Web.

Examples of Content Authoring Tools


PowerPoint is no longer the just a tool used to create a slideshow. With the addition of the Office Mix application a simple slide show can be turned into a very engaging and interactive training program.


Not exactly. TJ and I will need training. Although we a familiar with PowerPoint most of what we know is self taught. There are plenty of online tutorials we plan to take advantage of but we will also need to attend a few in person training sessions. 

PowerPoint Advantage

We have decades of PowerPoint presentations that can be used. Instant content for a continued education program. 

Articulate 360

Articulate "Rise" is a very easy tool to use. We used Rise to create one example of the Catalog Product training courses. Articulate also has an App that compliments PowerPoint and adds diversity in content development.

360 for Teams is the subscription we would be using. Any content we develop and publish is ours. So it is possible that after one year we will not need to renew our subscription.

Easy Generator

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book.

Easy Generator

Another Content Authoring Tool. This is another easy way to quickly create a training course and lessons. Drag and Drop blocks and then enter the content you want.

Easy Generator

Again any content we publish is ours. This is what we used to present this Course.

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