Details of E-learning Solutions and Learning Management Systems

E-learning solutions have emerged as the most reliable way of propagating content for educating a group of distantly located learners. This solution can be used for teaching the same course material to infinite number of learners via the Internet, corporate or college intranet and CD ROMs or DVDs. E-learning services are divided into two major categories, namely asynchronous learning and synchronous learning. While the former is a self paced learning programme, wherein the students themselves go through the content, the other is a group learning programme, which involves being taught the same material alongside others in a collaborative manner.

Asynchronous learning is further bifurcated into Self Paced Courses and Discussion Boards. A self paced course is a convenient mode of learning, as the learner can choose the time and place to go through the content. In this category of e-learning solutions, students choose the modules that will equip them with the skills needed to carry out a task optimally in the least amount of time. Developed using e-learning authoring tools, a self paced course has features like multimedia, interactivity, bookmarking and tracking.

Self paced learning uses a combination of text, graphics, animation, audio and video to create captivating content for the learners. On the other hand, bookmarking allows users to mark the point where they conclude the lesson for the day and start from the same point next time. Other features of self paced learning include simulation, online assistance, multiple bookmarking, searches, and notes and highlights. On the other hand, a discussion group, the other type of asynchronous learning, is centred on discussion forums, bulletin boards and message boards for interactive learning among students enrolled in the course.

Synchronous e-learning services involve multiple channels of disseminating content, such as a virtual classroom, audio and video conferencing, instant messaging, shared whiteboards and applications and chats. Each mode of communication and learning is vastly different from the other, yet ensures that learners grasp the concept being taught optimally and learn to apply it in real-world setting conveniently.

A Learning Management System (LMS) is crucial for enrolling learners in the course, allocating the content to them and evaluating them upon completion of any module. These can also be used for preparing reports that clearly state the progress of the students or a team. The training management component of the product involves scheduling a virtual class, developing blended learning content, defining requirements from the programme and authoring. Likewise, the employee management part of a LMS takes care of skill evaluation, division of training modules on basis of skills, performance reviews, hiring and succession management.

Mobile Phones – High-Tech Functionalities and Efficient Features

More than a device that keeps you connected, mobile phones are important utility tools that are technological advanced and feature packed. These latest devices can perform various functionalities with ease. Besides being your companion, it is a fashion accessory, an entertainer and what not. The sleek and stylish handsets are empowered with high-end technologies to cater to the growing needs of people. These devices have enhanced the working styles of the users. Apart from meeting the growing expectations of the people, these gadgets have facilitated the various official and personal tasks of the customers.

The top manufacturers like Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and LG are developing feature rich handsets like Walkman series from the Sony Ericsson, smartphones from Nokia, etc.

The latest mobile phone, Nokia 6500 classic comes with simplistic looks and an alluring design. The various connectivity options let you connect to other devices. Make use of entertainment options like 2 megapixel camera which lets you capture sharp pictures and record videos. at With the FM radio, listen to music and a variety of other radio programs. Experience fast downloads, web browsing, musical entertainment with the handset. The device includes Java Applications with Java MIDP 2.0 which gives you access to all the amazing games and applications.

Another latest handset, Samsung Armani is stylish by nature and is a head turner. The list impressive features include a 2.6 Inch high colour touch screen, qwerty keyboard, built in music player, 3 megapixel camera and Bluetooth technology. The mobile phone attracts the fashion conscious users who want to stand out in the crowd. The 3-mega pixel camera comes with LED photo light on the back allowing you to capture, store & share photos with friends.The 60 MB memory is expandable with a MicroSD memory card. The highly usable technologies and features make the handset appealing to all the users.

The Nokia N95 8GB holds a supreme position in the market with its amazing functionalities. The features that make this mobile phone technically sound are WiFi, WAP, GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth and Document Viewer. The music player supports popular music file formats such as MP3, AAC, WMA and AAC+. Surf the web pages through the advanced WAP browser feature. Stay connected with your dear ones with the multimedia messaging features.

Why Choose WordPress – A Pragmatic and Powerful Tool For Small Businesses?

WordPress is an Open Source solution we would recommend for individuals, practitioners, and small businesses with requirement to keep their web information current, fresh and excitingly up to date. This article looks at the strengths of WordPress and how to get started with it.

Many historic web sites can only be described as “tomb stone” sites containing static information painstakingly carved into stone and erected as a grave-yard monument never again to be visited. With the popularity of social networking sites such as: Facebook®, LinkedIn®, Twitter®, YouTube® a new generation of web technologies are out there and a new set of expectations raised. WordPress attempts to respond to these expectations.

So what solutions are available to replace these out moded web sites? The site could be re-designed with a more recent web builder? But this felt could just be doing the bad job all over again. A professional web designer could be engaged to make a good site hoping that the return on investment will pay for this? But for many Small Businesses keeping their content up to date and dynamic and keeping track of what the clients want is impeded by a static web site. Or a more sophisticated (and more expensive) web site could be designed professionally with a Content Management System, this allows me the text within the overall structure to be changed. However this could be an expensive solution and could still prove inflexible, the overall structure remains unchangeable.

In recent years technologists have been talking about Web 2.0 (or even Web 3.0), although the definitions are somewhat hazy, like many “technical paradigm shifts”, it is something about a whole new approach to dynamic web sites that are rich in multimedia content, and applications. These sites allow non-technical people to produce very sophisticated multi-media web experiences very quickly and easily. The great thing about these sites is that they build on very high level objects (widgets) – not low level web mark-up languages so very sophisticated sites are built very quickly.

Social grouping capabilities allow groups of people, communities to have access to particular information and discuss it and update it. Blogs within these structures allow people to casually add new information in a timely way. There is no looking back. One sure sign of the paradigm shift was when one large fortune 500 company started using Facebook as the prime means of communication for their most important project. Decades of closed bespoke intranet communications were thrown out, in favor of something that just worked much better and something that made much more sense. Similarly many companies were using MySpace and WordPress.

So what is WordPress? Well WordPress is an Open Source solution to building web sites with the dynamic and flexible features, a Web 2.0 enabled technology. At the entry level a non-expert can build an impressive site using design templates and widgets from scratch very quickly indeed. The site can then be updated very easily and maintained with very low effort. Because WordPress uses the latest Web technology such as PHP, CSS and templates everything is reconfigurable. You might decide you don’t like the design template – well you just change it and the content remains the same. You might decide that you don’t like the photo gallery -well just plug a new one in. You might decide you want video then just add a video capability.

There are probably three levels of user coming to WordPress, let us call them Novice, Intermediate and Jedi levels. The Novice has a minimal level of web literacy – they would perhaps be able to build a web site using a Web Builder site. The Intermediate person is willing to learn and invest time reading the documentation and keep upto date with the latest capabilities. They might already have come to terms with publishing their own photos on Flickr®, or their own videos on YouTube® or have their own Blog on Google®.

The best place to start is to browse through the WordPress showcase (http://wordpress.org/showcase/) and see the sites look to be the sort of thing you are after. Remember that everything can be tweaked and changed, so it is the general capabilities you should be focusing on.

The next problem is how to get WordPress uploaded on your web site. If you are with a good Service Provider they should be able to help you do this. Business With Heart can provide a WordPress site for you, or there are no shortage of service providers out there.

See: WordPress Sites for Business With Heart Clients page

Once you have your site installed then the fun bit configuring and designing your site!

Stephen Hinde MA, BSc.