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Defining Your Course Objectives

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objectivesBefore creating content stop and plan your course objectives. They will ensure you create a coherent course that is easy for the learner to follow and they will keep you focused during content creation.

What is the purpose of the course?

  • Define the end goal – “At the end of the course learners will be able to…”

What is the purpose of each module?

  • “At the end of module 1 learners will be able to…”

Are your learning objectives measurable?

  • Create quizzes and assessments that when completed show the learner is on track for each modules learning objective.
  • What percentage or level should a learner achieve to have successfully achieved the learning objective and completed the module/course?

Are your objectives interesting?

  • You will most likely add your course objectives to your course description – do they sound convincing and interesting enough to entice someone to sign up?
  • Are they meaningful and motivating for the learner?

And lastly…

Are learners made aware of how each element of the course relates to their achievement of a course objective?

Next Steps…

Now you can go ahead and create your course. Make sure you look at your course objectives regularly – all your material, assignments, activities and assessments should align with the course objectives.

7 Top E-Learning Books You Must Read

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Top 7

  1. E-Learning Uncovered: Articulate Storyline by Diane Elkins and Desiree Pinder
  1. E-tivities: The Key to Active Online Learning by Gilly Salmon
  1. E-Learning: Strategies for Delivering Knowledge in the Digital Age by Marc Rosenberg
  1. Moodle 2.0 E-Learning Course Development (Community Experience Distilled) by William Rice
  1. E-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumes and Designers of Multimedia Learning by Ruth C. Clark and Richard E. Mayer
  1. ELearning: NOW! How To Create Successful Elearning Courses and Teach Online Today by Nicolas Francois
  1. E-Learning Skills by Dr Alan Clarke

7 Helpful Tips for Using the Dojo Learning Creator

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  1. Go through our ‘How to use Dojo Learning’ course when you login.
  2. Need some inspiration? Have a look at some of our top courses, such as Brian Mayne’s Goal Mapping for ideas: http://liftinternational.dojolearning.com
  3. Browse our blog for checklists, getting started guides and more!
  4. Use social media sites to enhance your learning. Follow us and top e-learning influencers on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus and Facebook.
  5. Gather all your resources (graphics, course objectives, content etc) in 1 folder on your computer before you start.
  6. Don’t expect to put your course together in 1 sitting – although many have achieved this remember you are learning how to use a new tool and we recommend going through 1 module of our course a day.
  7. Not sure about adding graphics or have some questions? Get on a call with us, we are here to help!Helpful Tips

 

 

8 Super E-Learning Tips

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8 Tips#1 – Add a quiz at the end of each module.

#2 – Use case studies and examples to explain key points.

#3 – Add a variety of media to the course – videos, animated pictures, layered pictures etc.

#4 – Add a FAQ question for learners who need extra assistance on the course

#5 – Make mindmaps part of the course. Encourage your learners to use mindmaps as they go through your course

#6 – Supply an audio version of your course to your learners so they can listen, learn and revise on the go

#7 – Create downloadable info sheets summarizing the main points at the end of each module

#8 – Check the spelling, grammar, layout etc for mistakes! An easy tip but often overlooked.

Defining Your Course Objectives

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Course ObjectivesBefore creating content stop and plan your course objectives. They will ensure you create a coherent course that is easy for the learner to follow and they will keep you focused during content creation.

What is the purpose of the course?

Define the end goal – “At the end of the course learners will be able to…”

What is the purpose of each module?

“At the end of module 1 learners will be able to…”

Are your learning objectives measurable?

Create quizzes and assessments that when completed show the learner is on track for each modules learning objective.

What percentage or level should a learner achieve to have successfully achieved the learning objective and completed the module/course?

Are your objectives interesting?

You will most likely add your course objectives to your course description – do they sound convincing and interesting enough to entice someone to sign up?

Are they meaningful and motivating for the learner?

And lastly…

Are learners made aware of how each element of the course relates to their achievement of a course objective?

Next Steps…

Now you can go ahead and create your course. Make sure you look at your course objectives regularly – all your material, assignments, activities and assessments should align with the course objectives.

Exciting Times Ahead at Dojo Learning!

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After great feedback we are now offering two additional services alongside our re-branded Dojo Learning Creator™ – Dojo Learning Institute™ and Dojo Learning Trainers™.

Dojo Learning Creator

Our online course creation authoring  tool is perfect for creating your own branded course/portal from scratch or from existing material.

 

We are also offering an Authoring Service where we do it ALL for you  – We create the course content or use your existing content to create your online training modules for you to use either with your own LMS or ours.

Dojo Learning Institute

The Dojo Learning Institute provides affordable off the shelf e-learning soft skills courses created by our team at just $99 each or a discount for access to the whole soft skills library.

Dojo Learning Trainers

Dojo Learning Trainers are International certified experts hand-picked by us to deliver various online video based training courses from just $297. They cover a range of topics and include LIVE support via our LMS. They are also available for face-to-face training at your workplace through our trainers bureau.

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.

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