Several eLearning standards that are supported by various authoring platforms and learning management systems but they all have pros and cons. Oftentimes you will need to make a call on which standard best supports your clients' goal, taking into account things such as the delivery format, whether tracking is required and to what degree, how the course will be consumed, etc. So it’s important to understand the peculiarities of each eLearning standard, and which one to choose for specific tasks.

In your platform, you may have a lot of learning content, thus the time it takes to organize, view and update all of it may seem daunting. It can be useful to enable learners to curate content in the platform, by hiding the content they are not interested in any given moment, and marking content as outdated if it is no longer up-to-date or valid.

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What is eLearning content?

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  • Think of your learning management system like Netflix, Roku, or Hulu (after all, who doesn’t love thinking about these favourites).

  • All of these platforms operate similarly – they host different TV shows, movies, and broadcasts.

  • Likewise, an LMS is home and vehicle for different pieces of content so that you can distribute learning activities to different audiences.

  • Whether you’re looking to train customers, partners, members, or internal employees, training content is what powers your learning programs. Several different types of LMS content contribute to different learning experiences in the world of corporate training, but the LMS is what allows organizations to diversify the types of content they use and how people engage with it.

  • For example, an LMS allows you to push training videos that lead to a multiple-choice quiz at the end, conduct webinars, play with blended learning or micro learning approaches or even adopt gamification. All of these are just some of the different ways to meet different training needs with the functionality of an LMS. The content, on the other hand, serves to bring those online training programs to life inside of the learning environment that the LMS maintains for you.

  • If you’re building content yourself, oftentimes you’ll need an authoring tool that is SCORM and/or AICC compliant that most LMS vendors offer with their product. That usually comes with the ability to build tests, assessments, Power Points, and different storyboards. Depending on how sophisticated you’re wanting your instructional design to be, it may require an integration plug-in to get the job done as well.

  • By now, you should have a clearer idea of which eLearning standard will suit your needs or those of your organization. Whichever standard you decide to go with, you‘ll need an authoring tool that publishes to your chosen standard with as little fuss as possible.

  • All of the above-listed forms of content are fantastic ways to facilitate learning and drive knowledge retention, but like anything else, people need different options of high-quality content to keep their learning experience fresh and stimulating.

  • The reason people have strayed away from movies that live on VHS tapes or air in black and white colour is that modern viewers want an experience that is more high definition. Learners are quite similar, so long are the days where we can deliver our training solely in one medium and expect it to land with all of our learners (this also means maybe we don’t need to deliver training on VHS tapes anymore either).

  • It’s also worth noting that off-the-shelf elearning content makes life easier for your learning and development team because they become less solely responsible for delivering content that is beautiful, engaging, and relevant to their learners. An LMS that offers a content library in addition to functionality that lets your learners play with user-generated content creates an atmosphere where you have the best content coming in from every avenue instead of your L&D team spending too much time on content that does not land as well.

  • Learner’s who are paying attention and are interactively participating in content consumption is going to retain more knowledge, pick up new skills more quickly, and seek out more training. End of story. The GYRUS authoring tool allows you to publish courses in any eLearning standard: AICC, SCORM 1.2, SCORM 2004, xAPI Tin Can etc. are all supported out of the box.

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