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How to improve your lessons: Flip, repeat and automate

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Are you looking to improve your classroom lessons or training? Here are three ways to use e-Learning components to achieve that goal. Each of these methods  will make your lessons and courses more effective and more fun, and any teacher, trainer or coach can do it.

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Our CEO Kasper Spiro wrote a post on his personal blog called:  Improve your lessons: 3 ways to make them more effective. In this post he covers the flipped classroom, automated assessments and ways to use e-learning to increase retention.

 


e-Learning, e-Learning Software, Easygenerator

Explore Easygenerator with Easygenerator Academy!

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With Easygenerator, everyone can create awesome courses without any special skills or e-Learning background because our authoring tool is super easy and intuitive. However, you may want to have a general overview of the key features before you start.

So, we’ve developed Easygenerator Academy, the on-boarding learning path that will get you up and running quickly. Easygenerator Academy has 10 introductory tutorials that cover the basic features you’ll need to build interactive courses in Easygenerator. Each tutorial includes clear and detailed explanations and short videos that walk you through the main features and a few questions aimed at checking your understanding. We have created this learning path with Easygenerator so it will give you also a good idea what the output can be like.

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The main advantage of Easygenerator Academy is that you do not have to complete all the tutorials in one go. You can stop anytime by pressing ‘Take a break’ button. If you login again, you will get to the place where you left off. If you are done with a tutorial just press ‘Submit results’ button, and your score will be reported.

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If you have any questions, jump into the help site or just ask the support team. We will be happy to help you get started!


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New In Easygenerator: Choose Your Own Fonts

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One of the most requested features in Easygenerator for authors who want to brand their courses is the ability to choose your own font. Today we are thrilled to announce Fonts. The Fonts section provides you with a whole bunch of flexible options to make the look and feel of your courses even more personal and more appealing.

1 - Fonts - general overview

You can find “Fonts” settings on the “Design” step in the sidebar menu.

Change the general font styles for a whole course by adjusting the following options:

  • text decoration (bold / italic / underline);
  • font-family (11 different font-families);
  • font-size;
  • font-color.

Change font styles separately for every specific content type to make your content more readable and appealing:

  • Heading 1, 2, 3;
  • Paragraphs (normal);
  • Quotes;
  • Highlighted text;
  • Links.

Customizing Your Font Scheme

1. In the top bar of the course editor, choose the Design step.
2. From Design, click Fonts in the sidebar.

2 - Open Fonts section

3. Here you can find “General styles” and “Content styles”.

3 - Fonts - general and content styles

4. Experiment and try different fonts styles that match your branding and identity.

We’re excited to bring these new features to our users and are looking forward to announcing more updates that enhance the Easygenerator experience. Feel free to contact us if you’d like assistance when using these or other Easygenerator features or if you’ve got feedback about the latest course editor.


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Easygenerator’s New Course Editor

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As the world’s easiest eLearning authoring and knowledge sharing tool, we’re constantly improving the Easygenerator experience for our users. This week we’re happy to announce that the new course editor that, was introduced earlier, becomes the default editor for all new easygenerator users. This decision is based on two important points:

  • we got many positive responses from our users about the new editor;

  • we got several great suggestions and feature improvement requests that have been added to make the user experience even better.

These new features are already available and free to use in every subscription plan.

Below, you’ll find a brief description of each of the new features and how they’ll benefit your course development process.

Navigation bar in the question and content editors

This is the most requested feature, that helps to easily navigate between the items and sections in the course without having to leave the question/content editor.

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More space to work within the question/content item editor

The question/content editor is now opened in a large dialog that extends the work space by hiding everything that is not related to the question/content editor. This makes it more convenient to work with and to be focused on editing a specific question or content item.

Open new question popup

Delete unneeded questions and content items while editing them

Now you can delete unneeded content and question items from a course not only by deleting them from the course editor page, but also from the question/content editor.

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Newly added questions and content items are added next to the initial one

A new question or content item will be added next to the original one. This can be done by using the editor popup instead of having to create them later on.

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And more to come..

We’re excited to bring these new features to our users and are looking forward to announcing more updates that enhance the Easygenerator experience. Feel free to contact us if you’d like assistance when using these or other Easygenerator features or if you’ve got feedback about the latest course editor.


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Keep track of Easygenerator’s updates

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The Easygenerator development team releases new fixes and features every week. Check out our new product update page to stay informed on all new updates. Most of the fixes we do during the week are suggestions from our users, if you have any suggestions, you can mail us and we will let you know if and when we will release your request.

If you feel the need to explain your problem more in detail you can always sign up for one of our QnA sessions we have three times a week!

 


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Guide to copyright-free images and other resources

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Images are expensive, and you do not want to violate copyrights. Finding good images that you are allowed to use can be a challenge. Here is a list with free services to images and other resources that you are allowed to use.

Copyright free images via search engines

Most people do not know that search engines like Google and Bing are a great start. Both of them allow you to search for images that are free to reuse. In Google just choose the option “Labeled for reuse” and select the appropriate option there. The fact that you are allowed to use these images does not mean that you don’t have to attribute the creator. You must, and because they made there images available for you all the more reason to do this!

Google copyright

It is more or less the same for Bing. Select the option “free to share and use” and select the correct option.

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My list of websites with free images, sounds and videos

Not all images will appear on the search engines, there are great resources available where you go directly. I also added some other free resources like fomts:

Brainy Betty A website with free resources images, sounds, backgrounds. Mostly focused on PowerPoint users but also usable for eLearning
Death to the stock photo A service created by two photographers. You can signup for free and you will get a pack of free photos in your email every month. If you sign up for a premium account ($10 per month), you will get access to the full database.
http://allthefreestock.com A website with links to other free stock photo and video websites.
http://www.freeimages.com/ This is a search engine for free stock photos. All your searches will give paid results at the top, but if you scroll down you will find the free ones.
http://www.morguefile.com/ A ton of free stock photos. Clear description if there are limitations on the usage.
http://www.stockvault.net/ Does contain free images, but also a lot of images that you have to pay for.
Xpert attribution A website with images, audio and video most of them under CC license. It has a nice feature to embed the attribute into the images.
http://www.vectorportal.com/ A website with free images (no photos)
https://commons.wikimedia.org The wiki of the CC organization with lots of free images, sounds and videos.
pixabay Free photos. Some them have watermarks of commercial stock photo websites. But there are plenty without that you can use for free
Getty images Free and paid images. it has an option to only search on free images. I found that that filter doesn’t always work.
Flickr You do need a Yahoo account for this one, but it offers the option to filter on creative common resources.
1001freefonts It is what is says, a 1001 free fonts for you to use
picjumbo They claim over 30 million copyright free images and vectors
splitshire Stock photo’s for personal and commercial use
stokpic Same here!
uhdwallpapers Wallpapers, photo’s and images
PliXS Photo’s and images

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Result tracking in Easygenerator

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Easygenerator is an eLearning authoring tool with a big plus. We will host your courses for you (if you want) and we can even track and trace your results. We have various options:

  • Track and trace results inside Easygenerator
  • Track and trace results in your own Learning record store
  • Track and trace results in your LMS

In this post I would like to go over all three options.

Track and trace results in Easygenerator

For this option you do not have to do anything, it works by default. We will track and trace all the results of the learners. You will see them on the result tab of your course. You can even download these results. We created a video with some extra details.

 

Track and trace results in your LRS

If you have an LRS of your own, you can use that. Just add your credentials to the course settings and that is it. This video shows you how it is done.

Track and trace results in your LMS

Of course we are also able to report results to your LMS. Just use the publish option ‘To your LMS’ and upload the course in your LMS. That is all. The results will be reported automatically. If you do not disable result trackling in your setting the results will be stored in your LMS and in Easygenerator or your custom LRS at the same time.

 

Any questions left? Please checkout the help page or contact us via support@easygenerator.com


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Introducing: The New Course Editor

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Creating the structure of your eLearning courses or assessments is at the heart of what engages your learners. Without the right effective structure and engagement, turning the course content into learning outcomes (goals that describe how each student will be different based on their learning experience) is much harder.

So the last few months we have been working very hard on building the new course editor for easygenerator.

Today we’re happy to officially introduce the all-new easygenerator drag and drop course editor! The new editor creates a completely new user experience and changes how a user structures their courses.

Easygenerator New Editor

Drag and Drop Creation and Inline Editing

  • The big picture of a course on one page: sections and their content and questions are on one list.
  • Fully drag and drop based: create and re-arrange the course structure by dragging and dropping items.
  • Moving content and questions from one section to another has never been so easy.
  • Smart overview of all available question types

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New Easygenerator Editor

Getting started with the new editor

To see the new editor, open the easygenerator app – live.easygenerator.com. Once there, you will see an option to try the new course editor on the wide green bar on the top of the screen.

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For now, you will be able to switch back-and-forth between the current editing experience and the brand new course editor.

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Within the new course editor, you’ll likely notice a few things. First off, you can create and re-arrange sections and their content and questions directly on the page. Moving content and questions from one section to another has never been so easy.

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Second, now it’s possible to edit section titles inline, directly on the page.

Last but not least, it’s really awesome. Okay, I made that last one up, but this new drag and drop experience streamlines how you create your eLearning courses to help make them easier, faster and have more control on the structure.

Thank you!

We LOVE feedback! Hearing from you helps to shape easygenerator in the right direction. Learning what you like and dislike, want to see more of, what inspires you and what’s important when you create eLearning courses all help us as we design for YOU.

If you’ve got feedback about the latest course editor, we’d be grateful if you’d take a moment to share it with us on our support form.

Update: we continue with improvements…

Based on the feedback that we have received from our enthusiastic users, it’s been already decided to make several improvements within the next few weeks to the new editor in order to make it even better. The most missed and the most requested addition to the new editor is the navigation bar that was not added to the question and content pages. I’m glad to announce that this addition will be added soon.


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BranchTrack scenarios in Easygenerator

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We have added the option to create Scenario’s in easygenerator. the reason is Simple, we  have two main goals:

  1. Making it easy for you to create eLearning
  2. Helping you to make more effective eLearning

One of the things that will help to create effective eLearning is if you can build in as many connections to the real world as you can. One of the best ways to do it is to create a real world scenario in a setting that the learner can recognize.

Branchtrack

We decided not to build our own solution but to integrate the best and most intuitive existing scenario builder: BranchTrack. It is a real cool tool. I have created this scenario in 10 minutes.

 

How does it work?

When you have an Easygenerator Academy Plan, Branchtrack will be available for you by default. It is fully integrated as an extra Easygenerator question type without any extra costs. Just click it to start. You also do not have to do anything extra to integrate it in your course, it is done automatically.

Are there limitations?

Within your Academy Plan you can create as much scenario’s as you want, but you can only use three of them at the same time in a course. We call this active scenario’s. The free limit is three active scenarios. If you need more you can upgrade in our web shop. You can upgrade to 10 active scenario’s. Need even more than that or need more space for video or audio in your scenario? That is possible, you can also upgrade to a full BranchTrack account.

We also made a short video that shows you how to create a scenario question in easygenerator.


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An eLearning authoring tool to share courses and see the learners results?

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Yes, that is possible in Easygenerator, just an extra servers to our authors. And we will not charge extra for it.

You can publish  a course with one click of a button to one of our servers. You get a link or an embed code to share your course with the learners. No set up, nothing complex.

Result tracking is also easy, here is a video on how that works.

So, a short recap:

  1. Once you’ve built a course, you can report learners’ results directly to Easygenerator .
  2. On the Configure tab of the course editor you can enable or disable results tracking. By default the result tracking is enabled. Results tracking start only in case you’ve publish a course.
  3. When learners start the course they are asked to enter their name and e-mail.  If learners choose the option “Start and report my results”, then their progress will be tracked.
  4. Once your learners have completed a course, they have to click on “Save and exit” button in the top right corner and choose “I am done, report my progress”.
  5. Subsequently, learners’ results are sent to Easygenerator, and you can see them directly on the Results tab in the course editor.
  6. There you can also find the total score of the course for each user and progress per learning objective and question.
  7. Besides, if necessary you can download the results to your PC.

Take note that:

  • Results tracking is not available if the Reader course template is used. This template is not aimed at testing learners’ knowledge.
  • Easygenerator users that have a free account can see only last ten learners’ results.
  • Those users that have a paid account can see all learners’ results and can also download results as a CSV file.