(English) Saba Analytics Maximums

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(English) Using QR codes for attendance tracking

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(English) Making a short list of LMS candidates

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Is the Training Manager obsolete

Training managers in corporate Learning and Development (L&D) departments are facing a number of threats to the continued need for their traditional services in organizations:

  • The tools available in LMSs are getting easier for managers to use. Setting up training courses, assigning staff to training activities and many of the functions that used to require intervention from the central L&D department are now being done by the managers.
  • External libraries of courses can be accessed from the corporate LMS or purchsed and uploaded into the LMS. This reduces the need for custom courses.
  • The authoring tools for courses are getting better and everyone is a videographer so subject matter experts can create a lot of their own courses and learning content for courses. This is reduces the need for L&D to develop courses and assets
  • There is an increasing interest in informal learning and LMSs such as Saba are including support for this and making it easy for managers to setup groups and provide assets for these communities without the involvement of L&D.

This raises the question « Wha should I be doing to ensure that my job is seen to be relevant and adding value to the organization? ».

My suggestion is to leverage the knowledge about your company and work your way up the food chain.

  • Become an expert in instructional design to support the internal SMEs and to evaluate vendors better. Build a corporate library of reusable assets and make these known to internal SMEs and vendors. Offer training sessions and workshops to SMEs to help them design better courses and understand the principles of ID. Keep people updated on your asset library and encourage SMEs to contribute assets to the library. Offer your services to acquire stock assets and manage the licenses of products purcahsed so you do not end up with expensive cliams for misuse of stock images and videos.
    Make sure that photos and videos acquired or created as part of marketing or corporate public relations are licensed for use in training and get them into your library.
  • Become an expert on aligning L&D activities with company and department mandates. This means reaching out to department managers in a proactive way rather than waiting for them to show up with a training requirement. Help them evaluate the training requirement that are raised by changes to their mission or performance goals. Help them evaluate areas where L&D activities can make a difference. Be aware of the courses that are available internally or from external vendors that can be easily integrated with the LMS.
  • Become an expert in curriculm and certification development to help managers define their training needs better and use the LMS more effectively to manage their teams’ L&D progress.
  • Become an expert in competency management to act as a consultant to departments that are having problems with performance or on-boarding.

These are some ideas about how L&D organizations can reengineer their service offerings to stay relevany in a rapidly changing environment.

(English) LMS Implementation Costs for SaaS

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(English) Benefits of Blended Learning

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Présentations efficaces

Nous sommes souvent impliqués dans les discussions sur la façon de faire des séances de classe virtuelle intéressante et efficace.

L’article How to Give a Killer Presentation par Chris Anderson par Chris Anderson publié dans le numéro de laHarvard Business Review de juin 2013 explore la condition sine qua non pour faire des présentations intéressantes. Les idées sont applicables quelle que soit la plate-forme de livraison.

  •      Encadrer votre histoire – assurez-vous que vous avez quelque chose d’intéressant à dire
  •      Planifiez votre livraison – connaître votre histoire et ne pas être dans la position d’avoir à lire des notes ou regarder un prompteur
  •      Développer présence sur scène – l’immobilité de la pratique et de contact avec les yeux.
  •      Planifiez le multimédia – ne pas abuser et éviter d’utiliser les médias de vous-même – vous êtes déjà vivez!

C’est un joli résumé de sparce des idées dans l’article et c’est une bonne présentation écrite.

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(English) Funding for MOOCs

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(English) Source control for eLearning projects

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Customization vs Configuration in an LMS

It is important to differentiate between « customization » and « configuration ».
Customization implies changing code which makes support and upgrading difficult and requires some level on in-house or contracted expertise available to mediate between the vendor and the administrators.
Configuration imples that the application’s behaviour can be changed by tools that can be used by a non-technical administrator without affecting the core software. The configuration is usually stored in the database or in configuration files that can be upgraded automatically when new versions are installed.

As the products in the LMS marketplace mature, the need for customization is decreasing as it become possible to make significant changes in functionality and user experience through configuration,
The challenge in designing configuration parameters is to determine the range of behaviour required and to control the complexity of the configuration process.

For SaaS vendors such as Saba that have come from the BTF market where customization was common, there is a real need to provide configuration features that work so that the complexity of their hosting operations does not kill them with support costs and reliability issues.
As LMS (and other applications) move to the cloud, the ability to provide custom behaviour through configuration rather than customization will grow.
Saba has made great progress with the current 6.1 version and the new SEC 7.0 release, by taking a very detailed look at what types of customizations their customers had done in the past and making it possible to achieve the same functionality adjustments through configuration.