Category: e-Learning Software

e-Learning Software

The new easygenerator is called Plus Plan!

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It has been an exciting  few  months for me and the easygenerator team since we  released our Starter Plan of our e-Learning software. Today I am happy to announce we have released the Plus Plan: an advanced web-based version of easygenerator.

So What’s New?

  1. 3 extra question types:
    • Drag and Drop Text
    • Single Select
    • Fill in the blanks
  2. Co-Authoring: Invite co-authors to work together seamlessly on course material !
  3. Personalized Learning Template: Teach  more effectively by creating personalized courses based on student assessment results.

For all the details check out the Easygenerator Release Notes Free starter and plus July

Important Note for Current Pro (Windows) Users!

Easygenerator is moving completely into the cloud. As a user of our Windows edition, you now can get free access to the web-based environment. You will receive  an email from us, or one of our partners, explaining the details of this offer. This also means that if you are a Web Plus edition user, you can get a Windows Pro license for just $10 per month extra! If you are interested, please mail us at support@easygenerator.com.

Hope you like the new Plus Plan, and it helps you to create even better  courses!  Let me know your thoughts on the new plan!

Try Plus Plan Now!

Check the Plus Plan deepdive:


e-Learning Software

One simple thing can make your e-Learning better!

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And that is voting for the question type you want us to implement in easygenerator! You have probably noticed that we are working hard on adding extra features to our authoring tool. On May 6th we will bring out another update, with a lot of usability changes and extra templates. We do want users to be involved in the development of our tool and therefore we decided on this road map series of blog posts. There’s only one thing you need to do and that is to vote for the question type you want to see in easygenerator

Vote Now!

Decide what new question type will be added.

Easygenerator has been working hard at adding extra features to the Starter authoring tool on live.easygenerator.com. There will be another update on May 6 that includes lots of usability changes and extra templates.

The current Starter edition only has one question type — multiple choice/multiple select. Based on user feedback, we will split this into two separate question types– multiple choice (one correct answer) and multiple select (more than one correct answer).

So the question is, what question types should be added? Outlined below are the possible question types and options. For each question type there is a short description and in some cases, there is an image with a question example (these are taken from easygenerator’s Plus edition).

Question types

Fill-in-the-blanks

Fill-in-the-blanks
The learner is presented with text and is asked to fill in words by typing or selecting them from a list.

Fill-in-the-blanks

Multiple Choice Images

The user is shown several images and must choose which image is correct. There is only one correct answer. See the sample multiple choice images question about choosing the correct template for adaptive learning.

Multiple Choice

Text question

The learner has to type in a text (for example a sentence) that will be compared with the correct text.

Statement question

A statement question is also known as a correct/ incorrect question because it ??? . The learner is presented with a statement and a list of options. For each option, the learner can choose correct or incorrect, or Yes or No (as in agree or disagree). The image below shows how the statement question looks.

ms

Hotspot question

In the image below, the learner identifies one, or several specific spots on an image by clicking on the right location(s).

Hotspot Question

Drag and drop question

The learner drags images or texts to the correct location of another image, or drags outlined steps to reorder a process into its correct sequence.

Drag and Drop Question

Text matching

The learner is presented with two lists of words and is asked to match the words that go together (as can be seen below) or to match up a word with its definition.

Text Match

Image matching

Similar to text matching, the learner is presented with two images and is asked to match the correct images.

Ranking question text

There will be a list of text on the screen, the learner has to put them in the correct order.

order

Likert question

A survey question where the leaner selects an answer that shows levels of agreement or non agreement with a specific statement.

likert

Open Question

A question where the leaner types in an answer that will be scored by the teacher after submission.


e-Learning, e-Learning Software, eLearning Software

Creating eLearning Content around Learning Objectives with Simple and User-friendly Authoring Tools

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The research was conducted and analyzed by our marketing colleague Rayna Topalska.

In March 2014, easygenerator conducted a survey to identify trends in the eLearning arena. Research results indicated how eLearning professionals perceive the latest developments in the field, what challenges they face and what demands and requirements they have.
60 participants from 16 nationalities spread over 5 continents took part in the survey. Most respondents are experienced in the field of eLearning. They are mainly employed as instructional designers (32%), consultants (23%), or teachers (13%) mostly in the education and IT sector. The study relies on a combination of quantitative and qualitative research perspectives. The major outcomes are presented in the following sections. More detailed information about the research can be found in the PDF document attached under ‘Useful links’ at the end of the article.

5 eLearning Trends

In a recent article, Kasper Spiro outlined five eLearning trends that he thinks will lead to the end of the Learning Management System (LMS). The article was well received and stimulated a lot of discussions on the topic. This wide response was one of the main drivers to conduct this survey.
As Figure 1 demonstrates, the survey results align to Spiro’s expressed opinion in the article. Participants highlighted the importance of personalized (adaptive) learning that is based on the outcomes of previous activities, or on creating smarter personalized courses based on learning objectives. Furthermore, the survey showed that eLearning is moving toward mobile learning. Specifically, respondents identified that eLearning materials should be available anywhere, anytime, and on any device. As learners can find courses and content almost everywhere, this creates the need for more specialized content. Additionally, according to survey respondents, massive open online courses (MOOC) do not add value to the learner. The participants also agreed that curation is an important factor affecting the learning process. As learning becomes more self-directed and learner controlled, the job of learning professionals will shift from creating courses and scheduling events, to collecting information and learner generated content. The survey outcomes emphasized that learners will be taking more and more control of the learning process, including deciding for themselves where, when and how to complete courses to gain new skills or knowledge.

Figure 1: 5 eLearning trends (answers reported on a Likert scale ranged from 1=‘strongly disagree’ to 7=‘strongly agree’)

Figure 1: 5 eLearning trends (answers reported on a Likert scale ranged from 1=‘strongly disagree’ to 7=‘strongly agree’)

Creating eLearning Courses around Learning Objectives

Further important outcome of the survey relates to the eLearning course development process. For 60% of respondents, the most important first step in developing eLearning is creating learning objectives. This is followed by designing course structure, selecting content materials, and formulating questions. The final step is developing a timeline for the course. Figure 2 provides detailed information about the individual steps in the authoring process.

Figure 2: Steps in the process of creating eLearning courses

Figure 2: Steps in the process of creating eLearning courses

When developing learning objectives, it is important to use Bloom’s taxonomy. The theory is a classification of different levels of cognitive learning. It is used as a guide when developing curriculum or learning assessments. Of all survey respondents, 81% indicated they are familiar with Bloom’s taxonomy, and for 77%, it is helpful in the process of creating learning content. “Bloom’s taxonomy is essential as the basis for good instructional design”, commented one respondent. Although Bloom’s taxonomy is widely used, several participants indicated that it is not truly understood and at times, even misused.

Tin Can API

The survey results shed light on the popularity and usage of Tin Can (Api) technology. Tin Can is a new specification for learning technology that facilitates data collection on a wide range of learning experiences an individual completes, both online and offline. These learning experiences are recorded in a Learning Record Store (LRS) that can exist within traditional Learning Management Systems (LMSs) or on their own. Despite the value and advantages Tin Can provides, 56% of survey respondents have no familiarity with the Tin Can technology. Moreover, the majority of professionals who are familiar with the technology have only researched, read, heard, or discussed it, but do not use it in their work. Mostly because they are bound to their LMS that also records learning experiences.

Simplicity and Usability

eLearning professionals use a variety of tools to develop courses, that are mostly PC-based and web-based authoring tools. However, usability and simplicity are the leading factors in their choice of an authoring tool. Other important factors are the design and technical features, as well as the opportunity for creating personalized and responsive publications. Additionally, due to shrinking budgets, price is another important factor. Moreover, survey respondents the importance of tool compatibility and portability with other systems and eLearning platforms. Surprisingly, the established reputation of the tool is the least relevant factor, which demonstrates the market is open to new tools that would meet customer demands.

Figure 3: Challenges while creating eLearning content

Figure 3: Challenges while creating eLearning content

As Figure 3 demonstrates, the biggest challenge for eLearning professionals is the complexity of current eLearning authoring tools in combination with the fast changing eLearning environment. Therefore, respondents find it difficult to choose the most suitable tool to meet their needs. Further issues include the lack of human resources and time. And finally, shrinking budgets should not be underestimated as a current industry challenge.

Conclusion

This relatively small survey highlights several important factors currently impacting eLearning development. Looking to the future, personalized and specialized eLearning content that is accessible everywhere and anytime will continue to become more important. Also, there is a need for more user-friendly and simple tools which support the development of eLearning courses around learning objectives.

Survey Results

Useful Links:


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