Episode 26

What is a LRS? And what does it do for your LMS business?

As your eLearning business grows, it is good to know about the tools and options you will eventually need for expansion. For example, what is a LRS? First, you should know that a Learning Management System (LMS) like the lifterLMS plugin for WordPress includes enough data storage for the requirements of a moderately sized eLearning business, but at some point a more robust and scalable data warehousing system will become necessary. This is where the LRS comes into play. A LRS is a Learning Record Store. It’s like a large centralized database where you can store student records and other …

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Episode 25

Tips for Improving Online Learners’ Engagement

Knowing how to increase engagement in your online course is key to designing a successful eLearning environment. In her blog post, “9 Tips To Improve Online Learners’ Engagement,” Sharon Thomson lists some of the primary barriers to effective eLearning and elements of online course design that can address these issues. Perhaps the greatest enemy to learning in both traditional and online environments is distraction. Part of your task as an online course designer is to avoid distractions in your learning environment, so learning to recognize those issues is important. Strive to keep your visuals clean and on point. There should …

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Episode 24

Tips For Choosing The Best Learning Management System

When choosing a learning management system, there are several points you need to consider. Chris Pappas outlines the most important of these considerations for enterprise level LMS systems in his eLearningIndustry.com article “Eleven Tips For Choosing The Best Learning Management System.” These points also apply to evaluating LMS applications for WordPress. The first point is to determine learning development objectives in advance. This involves knowing who your prospective students are and what they need from your courses. Once you know who you are serving you can better evaluate which LMS system will deliver the content your students need. For WordPress …

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Episode 23

New Year’s LMS – Grow Your LMS Business in 2015

A WordPress LMS is a powerful tool, and we want to help you get the most from your LMS system this year with LMScast and lifterLMS. To start off the new year, we wanted to talk about a roadmap for where we want to take the LMScast podcast this year. And we’d love to get your input! There are some key areas we’d really like to focus on with the podcast this year. One thing we’d like to do in 2015 is to interview more thought leaders who are knowledgeable about WordPress learning management systems, learning and education, and the …

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Episode 22

Why Blended Learning is Important for your LMS business.

There are lots of definitions for the term “blended learning” – it means something different to each educator and user. But there are two very basic ways to understand what it actually is: For eLearning it is a cohesive mix of multimedia, quizzes, and student interaction in an online environment similar to Google Hangouts. For traditional in-person instruction it is the addition of online resources, student community, and many of the elements used in eLearning, into the physical classroom for more variety in presentations. Individual students learn in different ways and may have preferences for audio, visual, or kinesthetic processes. …

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Episode 21

Why E-Learning is Green (and how you can benefit)

Online courses represent a highly efficient learning option, but you may be surprised to discover the ways that eLearning is green. Some statistics from eLearningIndustry.com indicate that eLearning requires 90% less energy than traditional on-site classroom education and CO2 emissions per student are reduced by 85%. This is an energy savings realized by fewer driving emissions, less use of paper, and the ability to learn at home. eLearning is also efficient with time as you can simply power up and start working wherever you are. It democratizes education by allowing higher pay and more benefits for online instructors. Plus, the …

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Episode 20

Using E-Learning for Corporate Training

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Episode 19

WordPress Based LMS Theme Design Ideas

A real challenge in online course design is achieving balance between an attractive theme and the learning core. People often get caught up in all of the exciting visual elements available to them with WordPress themes, but too many design elements, or a lack of visual continuity, can distract users from course content and make your course modules hard to use. Because of this potential for user distraction and confusion, a minimalist approach is generally the best way to design your online course offerings. Future episodes of LMScast will cover design subjects like flip classrooms and blended learning for WordPress …

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Episode 18

How to Design Effective Quizzes and Assignments

When designing an online course, one element to consider is the inclusion of quizzes or tests. You may choose to include them for a grade, or as an option to aid self-study. You may not need to include them at all. But you do have to make a decision about them. A test can be used as a lesson summary, a gateway to the next lesson, or an assessment of student progress. In order to function in your course design, including quizzes and tests should: Be a positive, anxiety-free experience for students Reinforce learning for each assignment Be necessary to …

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Episode 17

Don’t Make these Top 4 Mistakes When Creating a WordPress LMS site

Prefer to read “Don’t Make these Top 4 Mistakes When Creating a WordPress LMS site” And if you’re an already successful expert, teacher or entrepreneur looking to grow, check out the LifterLMS team’s signature service called Boost. It’s a complete done for you set up service where your learning platform goes live in just 5 days.

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