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E-learning Checklist

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ChecklistA quick list of things to check BEFORE you publish your course…If you’ve already published your course DON’T PANIC!

Use this checklist to ensure your course is the BEST it can be…

 

1.Are you keeping your students hooked throughout?

Enthusiastic engaged students retain 25-60% more!

Have you added 2-3 of the following:

  • Quizzes,
  • Media e.g. photos, charts, graphics…
  • Storyboards,
  • Downloadable worksheets to fill out.

Using a variety of teaching method caters for more learning styles.

2.Have you provided scenarios, case studies or examples of how to apply your training?

Providing your learners with solid examples of how to use the training at the end of each module/lesson will solidify their learning, increase their confidence and give them the necessary tools to implement the training immediately.

3.Do your learning objectives + content match?

If not, change your learning objectives, content or both so your learners know what to expect.

Have you included the learning objectives in the course description or at the beginning of every lesson?

Don’t overcomplicate this - use simple bullet points.

4.Is the course organized logically and effectively?

Are the chapters/modules organized by topics, learning objectives or date?

Have you included a table of contents for quick reference?

Including a description at the beginning of each chapter/module/lesson as described above will add structure to the course.

5. Does your course have a clear, consistent design throughout?

Are you using the same templates, colours, writing font and layout throughout?

Have you used colours logically in your course to enhance learning points? e.g. black for the main points/words.

Are the main points easy to see? Are the pages cluttered or clear?

6. Have you created an action plan for the learner following the course?

Is there a higher level or related course your learner can progress onto?

Can the learner continue to contact you after the course?

Do you have a workbook or any homework the learners need to complete?

*SUPER TIP *

7. Are there any content gaps?

Set your course to private using our in built tool and invite a handful of learners to test it before your official release. Ask your test learners:

Did they discover any content gaps?

Did they stay focused throughout? Were there any chapters in particular where they lost focus?

What else could you add to improve your course?

Are there any points that needed further explanation? or where an example would be useful?

At the end of the course, did they feel they had accomplished the learning objectives?

Did you find this checklist helpful? Do you have any further suggestions we can add to this checklist? Let us know!

Beta User Feedback and Current Changes to Dojo Learning

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At the start of January 2014 we launched a new beta version of Dojo Learning for the first time since it was acquired.

Thank YouThe ambition of the re-design of Dojo Learning was to create a no technical knowledge needed e-learning platform for trainers + consultants, training companies, consultancies, companies offering staff training through e-learning, schools and colleges. It’s a big change to the previous platform, which was aimed at individuals who could create courses on any topic. The response to this change has been positive and we are really excited about the feedback and level of engagement we are getting.

Initial response

We have made it easy for users to provide us with feedback, the most popular route for providing feedback we found was through social media, namely Twitter and LinkedIn and through our CEO, Sohail Khan who is on hand for any questions from our beta users. The main themes of feedback are outlined below.

Target Market

It became evident that our customer base is made up of consultancies, companies offering staff training, training companies and established trainers/consultants. We are now creating resources and providing support geared towards these markets. 

‘How To Use Dojo Learning’ Video Tutorials

We are glad that users have found these tutorials so valuable. We have increased the number of video tutorials we have available to fill any knowledge gaps you experienced. We have identified a need for extra resources, which will be available on our resource page over the coming weeks. Additionally we are developing more training videos that will be available to our customers through the Dojo Learning Institute.

Trial of ALL features + packages

A key point of feedback that became evident was that the initial 30 day free trials were limited to our professional plan, which does not allow for a branded portal or multiple instructors. We received a huge amount of feedback from customers who wanted to test these features. In response from February onwards all our plans are available with a 30 day free trial.

Certificates

The beta phase is still in progress and currently users can issue certificates ,manually to learners from the scoring results received from our testing features. We are developing an automated feature which will issue certificated to learners upon completion of tests. 

Promotion of Courses

We received feedback from a number of beta users who asked if we could promote their courses through targeted marketing and why this feature is not openly available on our site. Our platform is B2B and the majority of our customers have private learning networks/portals.

Course Authoring

Our Authoring service has been a huge success and we are expanding our authoring services to include e-learning modules using Articulate.

Off The Shelf Courses

A key finding was that some companies do not want to create their own training 100% or would like access to a library of off the shelf training courses or use as supplementary learning material to their course(s). We are pleased to announce that we have taken your feedback onboard and we are now creating ready made training courses on popular topics, which can be used by our customers as stand alone or supplementary material to your courses.

Beyond the Web

We are pleased to announce that our branded portal sites are now tablet/mobile interface compatible. We are in the process of developing an app, it is taking longer than other apps as we are ensuring that it is 100% security enabled but will be available in the app store very soon.

International Availability

To confirm, our site is available throughout Europe, the US and the Middle East. In response to comments regarding language barriers in the Middle East, you are now able to create a branded learning portal in a number of languages including Arabic. We are investigating whether an Arabic version of the main website is beneficial to our customers in the UAE. 

We would like to thank all our Beta Users for their feedback, which has been crucial in the development of Dojo Learning. As a way of saying thank you we would like to offer all beta users an additional extension of their 30 day trial and for existing clients a free month added to your existing plan.

If you have any questions or feedback you would like to share with us in the future then please get in touch with me at: eva@dojolearning.com

 

Interview With Eva Khan, COO Of Dojo Learning

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At just 22 years old Eva Khan is the new COO of Dojo Learning, a start up technology company conquering the UAE. Her youth, passion and determination combined with financial background and impressive portfolio of achievements at such an early age bring a refreshing change to the elearning industry.

Eva Khan - COO

What attracted you to leave your career in finance and work at Dojo Learning?

I really enjoy finance and investing but I had itchy feet for a new challenge in a new market. I had often brainstormed thoughts and ideas for Dojo Learning with Sohail Khan (CEO of Dojo Learning) at masterminds and over dinner so when I was presented with the opportunity to join the team I jumped in!

What is your biggest achievement during your first 3 months at Dojo Learning?

Using my contacts in finance to secure investment for the company over the next 5 years is my most profound achievement to date.

What are the biggest challenges over the next 12 months for Dojo Learning?

Action taking, belief and persistence are key to the success of every start up. Retaining our close relationship with every customer will be one of our key focuses as the company grows and we expand further.

As an incredibly young COO what do you bring to the table?

My knowledge of the education sector is fresh. I used elearning first hand during my secondary and university education. It has provided me with a unique insight into what truly works along with the common frustrations that ‘dinosaur’ elearning platforms bring to the student. Additionally I have used elearning as a teaching method to teach primary school children thus giving me a deeper insight and understanding into elearning from a teachers perspective.

How do you spend a typical day in the office?

I have a strong work ethic, a lot of energy, passion and drive so it is not unusual to find me awake at 4.30am working and to return at 9.30pm and find me still working. Work-life balance are important so when I take time off for rest and recreation you can often find me spending the day in Paris, running a half marathon or hosting a dinner party for friends in Dubai. I love what I do and helping people to deliver training and education is what motivates me daily.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far in your career?

If something is not working, change it quickly!

With so many e-learning platforms and providers emerging on the market how do you see the competitive landscape affecting Dojo Learning?

As a company we focus on customer service and exceeding customer expectations when delivering our services. We pride ourselves on our innovation and ability to stay ahead of the game. Elements of our platform such as our done for you course creation, ‘authoring’ tool sets us apart from other elearning platforms. Our team of talented business development, elearning and content creation experts are on hand to help our customers and they have proved to be indispensable in serving our clients.

Additionally to your role as COO, you have taken on the role as the Social Media Manager, what was your thinking behind this decision?

Not many COO’s manage their companies’ social media presence, I see this as a missed opportunity to engage directly with your customers and industry professionals. I have learnt more about the business through social media interaction than any other channel of customer feedback.

Become a Guest Blogger for DojoLearning.com

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Following our recent launch of Dojo Learning we are looking for new guest bloggers to join our expanding team of elearning AND edtech expert bloggers.

We are looking for exciting, engaging content in the form of articles, reviews, industry news, opinions or if you’re feeling creative, infographics that provide valuable content to our readers

Guest Blogger

In return you will gain some great exposure, we will even include a short bio at the end of your post, a link to your own blog/website and a link back to your twitter profile.

It’s easy to become a guest blogger at Dojo Learning. Simply write a post on a relevant topic e.g. elearning, edtech, training/consulting and submit it along with your twitter/google+ link and short bio to: info@dojolearning.com

All we ask is that you follow the guidelines below. We don’t want you to waste your time so make sure your content fulfils our criteria otherwise your post is likely to be rejected.

 

A few things to avoid in your posts: 

Swearing



Intolerant or offensive views or language



Graphic sexual references

Attacking an individual or organization

Persistent product placement

Spam/Posts FULL of links (we will have to remove them)

Duplicate + copyrighted content – Original content only please.

We cannot publish every post 

A few tips for creating great content:

400-800 words is generally the best length

Writing in 1st person creates the most engaging content

Our audience is B2B so bear this in mind when writing

Publication:  We have the right to publish and remove articles at our discretion and we have the right to edit, amend, add to, delete and make changes to submitted articles as we see fit. (grammar and spelling are very important to us).

We will notify you of an estimated publication date within 7 days of receiving the post. If you do not hear from us in this time, it is likely we will not publish your post.

Why Classroom-Based Learning Is No Longer Enough

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With the rapid emergence of new innovations in technology, the attention span of both adults and children is decreasing and it is becoming increasingly challenging to fully engage both children and adults in learning.

As an educator you have the responsibility of entertaining your students from the start of each lesson when you have a captive audience ready to learn, through the distractions and energy dips of the lesson to the end of the lesson and ultimately to the end of the course without learners losing focus, energy or the motivation to learn.

How do we combat the need for entertainment and innovative learning with the achievement of learning objectives in a time and effective way?

The solution = Blended Learning.

E Learning has provided the 21st Century teacher with a creative toolbox suited to the needs of today learners.

What is blended learning?

Blended learning is the incorporation of teaching methods such as role-play and classroom teaching with e learning.

Why use Blended learning?

E-learning in itself is still innovative and exciting to the learner. As human beings we are curious and we like to explore new technology as we have done in the past with social media sites. This drive and determination to figure out how ‘it’ works is always coupled with fun and excitement. Add e-learning to the mix and you will find learners are learning sub-consciously. By creating engaging, interatcive courses the excitement created by e learning will remain.

E-learning reaches all students through courses suited to match the ability of each individual learner, it allows students to complete tasks at their own pace and provides the teacher/trainer with an additional tool for setting homework - students can complete their learning at home or they can use the e learning lessons for revision at a later date.

An extra bonus is planning the lesson once and using it multiple times either with different classes simultaneously or you can use it months later. You can even share courses you have created with collegues thus minimising lesson planning time and drawing on knowledge and insights from them. It is very easy to add updates or change the material you have created.

The facts:

There is a 50% potential productivity boost from using e-learning as a teaching method.

E learning teaches self discipline, problem solving, critical thinking, new learning skills, self-motivation, it encourages creativity and for many it brings the enjoyment back into learning.

So how do I get started with blended learning?

Allocate time within a lesson for blended learning. E.g. set aside 10 minutes at the end of each lesson and use e-learning to re-cap the main lessons learnt or at the end of a topic/module use e-learning to revise and assess the students learning.

Design a quiz for the learners to complete or you could even ask the students to create quizzes for each other.

Use e-learning as homework – create a video tutorial for the class to watch followed by a quiz or you could get really creative and video your lessons and upload them to your e learning portal. 

By incorporating blended learning in the classroom you can reap the advantages of both classroom teaching and e-learning.

Decrease Costs Instantly Using Online Training

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Using Dojo Learning can effortlessly decrease your costs without compromising on training quality, learner engagement and results.

Benefits of using Dojo Learning for online training:

  • Accessible and easy to use
  • Effective learning
  • Increases productivity
  • Active learner involvement
  • Increased success rate
  • Ability to Manage users
  • Ability to give immediate constructive feedback to individuals
  • Creative, engaging learning process
  • Accessible reference materials for learners to sustain learning

 

PLUS save money on:

  • Trainers,
  • Facilities,
  • Travel,
  • Materials
  • And time.

 

Course Preview Feature Now Added!

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You can now let prospective learners preview your course with our new 'Course Preview' feature and also create your own 'Sales Landing Pages' and embed them into the course preview window! This feature will help you promote your courses and get learners to experience a preview of what they will be getting when they register for your full course!

Authoring Client Case Study

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The Scenario

We were approached by LIFT International an International corporate training and development organisation to convert their existing training material and create an online branded training portal using our platform. We re-created their existing 'Certified Goal Mapping Coach' training material and assessments digitally via videos, audios, pdf worksheets, interactive quizzes and journals along with their own branded training portal below:

http://liftinternational.dojolearning.com

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The Result

We helped craft an email campaign to their own list and had 40 initial sign-ups at £497 each with the launch - they re-couped their initial investment in our Authoring Service with a 500% return! We also assisted in recruiting Reseller Partners for them which will result in a few hundred sign-ups to their online program.

For more details on our Authoring Service click below:

http://www.dojolearning.com/authoring

Dojo Learning Wins ALPHA Web Start-Up of 2013!

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Out of 5,000 worldwide applicants Dojo Learning will be featured as an APLHA Start-Up winner at the WebSummit 2013 in front of some of the BIGGEST tech investors in the world!

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