Happy Thanksgiving 

November 26, 2015 at 10:49 am | Posted in E360 News & Events | Leave a comment
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“I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.” Psalms 7:17
We are thankful for our customers, friends and family. 


Happy Veteran’s Day

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Thank you for your service to our country.   

Happy Halloween! 

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Are you looking for INCREASED RESULTS with your eLearning platform? Edvance360 LMS-SN leads the way in eLearning by combining a large variety of effective Collaborative Learning tools with learner Gamification incentives.

Did you know?

A recent study (completed by maritz.com) explains that offering even the simplest of Gamification to your learning pathways increases the following return on your investment in:

  • Learner click-thru rates
  • Course Ratings
  • Page Views
  • Course Enrollment/Registration
  • Mailbox/Message activity
  • User time and site–involvement
  • Sales Claims
  • User Participation

Click here to view maritz.com infographic for more visual information on how your organization can incentivize your eLearning and create reward-based coursework that keeps your learners coming back for more!


The 5 Questions to Ask When Selecting an LMS

September 28, 2015 at 10:00 am | Posted in Weekly Tips | Leave a comment
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The availability of learning management system (LMS) options can seem endless.

According to Market Wired, ”the LMS market is forecasted to be worth $7.83 billion by 2018.”

There are proprietary software options as well as free, and even open source software options. Though remember, price does not dictate quality. Nor does free really mean free.

Selecting an LMS can be a daunting task, but is achievable. It is important to identify your business requirements and then apply them through research to narrow down the search.

Depending on who you ask, business requirements will vary. However, the five Ws: who, what, where, when, and why are a good place to begin.

Here are five broad questions including sub categories to assist in identifying your business requirements.

Who is your target audience?   

There are standard LMS features, but certain tools and features cater to different industries. For example one LMS may focus on businesses that want human resource tracking and compliance, where another LMS focuses on delivery of online courses and training. Is your target audience students, employees, or clients?

What is your budget?

Most people start out wanting the “Ferrari” product, but soon realize their budget is more of a “Honda.” Hondas are great products too. However, it is best to determine your budget prior to wasting time on an LMS that is out of the budget range. That said, if your budget is limited do not automatically jump to open source software. Be aware of the hidden costs in “free” solutions including the need for experienced IT people on staff to implement them. Even if your budget is large it is best to identify needs and wants and then select the appropriate LMS that fulfills them, rather than just going for the most popular LMS out there.

Where do you plan to host the software?

Technical requirements are key and can quickly assist in narrowing down options. Most people opt for the software-as-a-service (SaaS) option due the accessibility, reliability, and scalability provided by that model. The SaaS model requires minimal technical support. The LMS provides technical support, maintains the hardware and software and upgrades are as simple as the click of a button. An installed option, however, can offer more customizability and ensure security compliance.

When do you plan on implementing the LMS?

Obviously, it is best to take time to consider your choices and transition from current to new LMS over time, but that is not always an option. If you need to move quickly ensure that the new LMS is able to accommodate a fast transition. Remember to backup all of the data in your current LMS and keep a copy in case you need it later. Only move what you need into the new LMS. Sometimes it is best to begin fresh and build the course from scratch. Implementing a new LMS is an excellent time to revamp or enhance current content.

Why are you searching for an LMS?

The features and tools are typically the main reason people search for a new LMS. Create a survey and poll your instructors and users on their needs, wants, and desires. Analyze the results and determine the frequency to identify commonalities. It is recommended that you identify a key stakeholder from each area and create a committee to assist in the LMS selection process. Here are a few features the committee should consider:

  • e-portfolios
  • Gamification
  • Video conferencing
  • Competencies
  • eCommerce


After the business requirements are identified and the survey results are analyzed the next step is to research LMS options that meet the criteria.

Schedule demonstrations of the LMS software and request trial accounts for testing. Have your super users setup a course and determine how user-friendly the software is and whether it has the appropriate features and tools. If possible have one of the users review the course and obtain their feedback.

Present the information to the committee and schedule a second demonstration to answer outstanding questions. Obtain LMS pricing and then present the information to the committee for a final review and recommendation.

Finally, begin the implementation process and enjoy your new LMS.

Like this advice?  Selecting-an-LMS-Checklist to refer to during your process.

Originally published on Capterra blog.

Gamification Drives Results

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Gamification in the Workplace

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Gamification of Business

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Gamification of Business

Gamification: Culprit or Victim?

September 15, 2015 at 11:57 am | Posted in Weekly Tips | Leave a comment
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Recently Gamification has become the fad we love to hate, but why? And is it really a fad? If you were to take a poll in your office, you may find people using words like “silly,” “unnecessary,” and “childish,” to describe the use of gamification in your workplace. If this same group was probed further, you may also find that these feelings stem from a direct experience with gamification that left them with a less than desirable taste on their professional palate. Gamification however has been tested and proven to garner a positive return on investment. So, why is this research based concept the cause for so much eye-rolling at the mention of its name? Is it possible that the concept of gamification is not the culprit, but instead the victim?

Placed in Gartner’s Hype Cycle in 2011, corporate America had high hopes for gamification. Victor Luckerson wrote Let The Gamification Begin (TIME) in 2012, stating

“Though still an experimental business strategy, gamification is expected to be used by 70% of the world’s 2000 largest companies in some form by 2014 and generate $2.8 billion in consumer spending by 2016.”

These are some pretty lofty numbers and a very quick turnaround. This huge expectation of corporate buy in and return on investment set the stage for the attitude of disappointment that is developing around the use of gamification today. With everyone scrambling to jump on the bandwagon of the next big thing to change the “game,” gamification is falling victim to the adverse effects of supply and demand. More buzz equals more demand. Every tech company on the market now claims to be able to supply gamification tools and features. The more estimated profit that is expected as a result of providing gamification opportunities to employees and customers, translates into the less research being done prior to purchasing these gamification products. Companies do not want to “waste” the time choosing the right mixture of features to fit their specific needs. Plainly put, everyone is just trying not to be left behind and very few have a true vision for the future of gamification in their workplace.

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” Johnathan Swift

What was and still is invisible to many is the need to find the right fit of tools and features when incorporating gamification into your workplace. One visionary, Yoav Vilner, contributing writer at Entrepreneur and start up expert, believes

“To integrate gamification successfully into the employee training process, it needs to be incorporated into the very core of corporate work-flow. It must become part of the organization’s communication and feedback DNA, rather than some temporary, superficial supplement that sticks out like a sore thumb.”

Just like with any other decision made in the boardroom with the intention of propelling a company forward there must be a plan. In order to successfully infuse the use of gamification into the culture of your workplace this plan should seek to explicitly answer such questions as what, why, how, and who.

What is the goal? Why is the use of gamification necessary to reach this goal? How will gamification help us reach this goal? Who will be directly impacted by the use of gamification? And maybe most important, which features, tools, and product will best fit our needs? By answering these questions you are well on your way to designing a strategic plan for embedding the use of gamification into the culture of your company. Success is on the horizon when you are able to transition employee opinion about the use of gamification in your company from, “let’s see how long this lasts,” to “this is how we do things here.”

Edvance360 offers a variety of tools and features that can be incorporated in your company’s current culture –including proven gamification tools. Our dashboard, collaboration tools and various other features can be customized to flow seamlessly into the fabric of your company’s workflow. If you have questions and/or would like more information please contact the Edvance360 sales team at sales@edvance360.com.

MOOC Cheating Prevention

August 27, 2015 at 2:56 pm | Posted in MOOC | Leave a comment
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In an article in Campus Technology, Dian Schaffnauser published information on students cheating in MOOCs that MIT discovered through some rather fancy algorithms.
Researchers from MIT and Harvard University have uncovered a new cheating scheme specific to MOOCs. As they explain in a working paper freely available online, some students are taking advantage of design features that allow for the creation of multiple accounts for a MOOC platform. They use some of the accounts to ferret out the right and wrong answers to quizzes; then they use one remaining account to submit only the correct answers.
Most of the cheaters seem to be in other countries, but the article serves as a good reminder that you can help to prevent cheating with some good best practices.
Preventing CAMEO (the name they have given this form of cheating) may be as simple as mixing up the questions from one test-taker to the next or withholding answers until after all assignments are due, according to the report. But content providers will have to consider the trade-offs. For example, the report said, “If instructors withhold the ‘show answer’ option until after the problems are graded, this would constrain generally desirable asynchronous MOOC usage, and students will not have the rapid feedback touted as a pedagogical benefit of online learning environments.” Also, randomizing questions are easier in some types of courses than others.
These, quite frankly, are just simple online best practices for course designers. So, we thought we’d show you how to employ them, just in case.
  • Mixing up the questions form one test-taker to the next

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This is done by using the “Random block of ___ questions” setting. To set this up for use, create or import your questions into your repository folders, creating a question bank. Then, when creating the test, select the many questions from the question bank you’d like the test to cover. In the test settings, select “Random block of ___ questions” setting and enter the number of questions you want on each test-taker’s test. (You can later select question you want on EACH test, no matter what the rest of the questions are, just FYI. This is especially good for the essay questions.) An example would be to have 100 possible questions in the question bank, then set the number of randomized questions to say, 40. Each test-taker will see 40 questions but each person’s test will be so randomized as to WHEN the question appears and WHICH 40 of the 100 appear, that it makes cheating much more difficult. See screenshot.

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  • Withholding answers until after all assignments are due
In most cases, the answers are withheld until all students have finished the test, ensuring they can’t share their answers or use this CAMEO method of cheating. In Edvance360, this is done by selecting “Students may review once all students have finished the test” option from the drop-down in the test settings. Additionally, the test-creator can choose to hide the test answers permanently by selecting “No” from the “Display Correct Answers to Students?” drop-down box. See screenshots.
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Lastly, the article suggests:
The researchers are ultimately hoping that course content creators will put some of the prevention strategies in place. “One of the most interesting lessons from the paper is that there are ways to mitigate cheating that are straightforward and implementable by the teams creating online course content,” Chuang said. “We also expect platform improvements, such as virtual proctoring, to help reduce cheating.”
Edvance360 LMS does contain a test proctoring module, should one of our clients desire to use it. For more information on this or the above features, please contact Training at susie.snow@edvance360.com.
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