Virtual classroom, actual learning

A10859916_10152962099300972_709553754_n significant increase in internet penetration is driving the uptake of online learning. The benefits for your business are clear…

Building the strategic capabilities within your business and plugging skills gaps is essential, particularly as tough economic conditions make survival a challenge – and growth particularly hard to achieve.

Apart from upskilling, training can be a great motivator and a means to increase employee engagement within a business. Indeed research company Gallup estimates that unengaged (read unproductive) employees in the UK costs their economy $64.8-billion a year, with only 33% of workers actively engaged by their employers.

Traditional training requires costly travel for both trainers and learners and results in lost work hours while travelling. Enter online learning where employees can learn on-site, often at their own desks. Students can also recap when it suits them, receive their scores immediately and even collaborate online with fellow learners.

The benefits are clear. Why then do so few companies make online training and development a strategic goal? “For many, the challenge of managing the process seems overwhelming,” explains Thomas Lehner, CEO of eduSLIDE, a provider of online learning management systems. “Many business owners view online learning as something that can’t be controlled and monitored effectively.”

How to manage your training

Modern learning management systems (LMS), however, make real-time tracking of trainees possible, and provide access to assessments and assignments.

“eduSLIDE has been specifically designed to allow our clients to manage the learning experience. Business owners can blend their current learning infrastructure with an LMS to keep track of all programmes on the go, and to provide a platform that is at once accessible and easy to use,” says Lehner.

“The centralisation of training on the web and huge cost savings are the reasons why more companies are choosing to use an LMS like eduSLIDE. A key benefit of our system is that it focuses on content management and not content, so in theory you could use it for delivering any kind of content,” says Lehner.

The eduSLIDE solution is currently being used by a number of local and international companies to deploy their training. Aurecon, a global engineering, management and specialist technical company, currently uses the system to deliver motivational, leadership and mentoring training to executives. While BrainWorks, a company that specialises in leadership develop in the corporate environment, currently uses eduSLIDE to deliver its online courses.

The eduSLIDE system is easy to implement. As a client you would only access the frontend interface and don’t have to worry about system setup and the backend. “We have had clients fully functional in less than a day and using the system to create and implement courses within a day or two,” says Lehner. 

To find out more about the benefits of online learning – and what it could mean for your business – contact: 012 644 0927 or email: contact@eduslide.com

The eduSLIDE system allows you to:

Organise and streamline your learning environments and communities with calendars, messaging, news feeds and bulletins with instant push notifications.


Always keep learners, administrators and parents or stakeholders up to date on learning progress with grade books and powerful reporting tools.


Maximise student potential with tracked assignments, objectives and assessments.


Create your own customised, dynamic learning content with flexible course creation tools or use the pre-built learning objects with a wide range of provided templates.

EduSlide Enhances Corporate Training

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Business leaders are in agreement that training is an important element in workforce enablement. Yet, formal training initiatives lack far beyond these noble intentions. And for good reason.  Training is costly, especially when the opportunity time of those being trained are taken into account. The relevance of training material to the contextual experience of the trainee is another challenge – the majority of training could be classified as “just-in-case” training instead of “just-in-time.” The result? Less than ten percent of the knowledge presented gets applied.

Enters the era of “Blended Learning”, or in plain language, training as a mix between formal face-to-face  and online training at the convenience and pace of the student,  from any internet connection around the globe.  A crucial element of this concept is the platform  via which the student and  the instructor interact.  Corporate students are busy and expensive resources. They don’t want to be burdened  by a complex interface that requires a user training  course in addition to the training they need to complete. Corporate trainers are often the top experts in their field, and they  want to focus on content, not the mastering of a tool. They want a simple but effective way to gauge student progress – not a  complicated grading system. In brief, what is required is a single platform that addresses the specific needs of corporate training.

Identifying such a platform can be a daunting and time consuming exercise. In essence, you are looking for the following major functionality:

For the Student:

A clean and simple student interface providing the student with a birds-eye view of their learning objectives, assignments, assessments and tutor feedback;

Great course material experience to the student with seamless integration of text, video and presentation slides that works on all major browsers;

A safe, closed off communication space within the boundaries of the platform in order to keep training communication separate from the student’s work email;

A social interaction function for student-wide general communication; and

Discussion Forums on course material as well as Wikis for additional material.

For the Instructor:

A simple way to upload coarse material;

The ability to handle all forms of content: HTML, Word Documents, PDF, PowerPoint and Video;

The ability to invite specific students and groups to specific courses only;

An easy way to request, receive, retrieve, mark and give feedback on assignments; and

The ability to track student participation at various levels, like course visits, and assessments.

For the Administrator:

Easy student enrollment;

A variety of user privileges to define various roles (e.g. Mentor, Student, Instructor, Manager); and

Statistical Report flexibility to address the reporting needs of executive.

A Mobile Platform:

The whole idea of blended training is to provide the student with a learning opportunity on a 24x7x365 basis, from anywhere where there is Internet connectivity. Without a smart phone or tablet application that provides the essential functionality of the desktop alternative, this idea is dead.

BrainWorks (Pty) Ltd specializes in leadership develop in the corporate environment. We are a satisfied user of Eduslide Pro and are applying it with great success, since it has met all the above requirements, and offers many minor refinements in addition to these, making it a very effective corporate training platform.

Decrease conventional training costs substantially with eduSLIDE

eduSLIDE

Companies face a daunting challenge when it comes to delivering effective training over a multitude of decentralised branches, as well as maintaining open communication channels to maintain the control and currency of the knowledge attained.
Bringing all the staff to a centralised location for classroom based training is not only expensive but also forces the company to withdraw employees from their working environment. More and more companies are realising that online training addresses many pitfalls of conventional classroom type training and are embracing online training combined with a good management system as their go to solution for their training requirements.

Let us look at some of the advantages of online based training:

  • can be scheduled during quiet times at the branch
  • reduces time lost through travelling
  • staff can study or refresh their training from anywhere
  • training materials are easily updated at head office level
  • training is self paced giving slower learners an opportunity to learn at their own pace
  • learner can refresh their knowledge at any time without wasting costly time at their workplace
  • training is completely accessible from anywhere with mobile applications

Some of the challenges that have been identified with online training are:

  • isolation from instructors
  • Less interactive/social than classroom training
  • cost of developing the online training
  • less control over student participation

Understanding the shortfalls and challenges of online training, we have developed an LMS to effectively address issues like isolation, interaction, cost and control.

Completely integrated with your own training environment the partnership of VTC and the eduSLIDE LMS combines education, collaboration and administration to give you a complete web based solution, resulting in effective education, decreased workload as well as addressing inherent challenges of the online training model.

Using our system your student will be part of your online training team, collaborating and interacting through our social media module eliminating the communication pitfalls mentioned above.

We have operated successfully in this arena for more than 15 years and would love to help you streamline your training strategy with the help of VTC combined with the eduSLIDE LMS.

eduSLIDE with our business partners will facilitate the following for you:

  • installation and training of the eduSLIDE system
  • access to over 1000 training titles (www.vtc.com)
  • content creation
  • custom development

Give us the opportunity and we will show you that an extremely effective training solution combined with great service does not always have to be prohibitively expensive.

Contact contact@eduslide.com for a free 2 month trial on the complete system.

“eduSLIDE – Maximize Your IT training”

Vox Telecoms

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Vox Telecom Limited is a leading telecoms operator, providing voice, data and collaboration services to the southern African market. The Group competes in both the business and consumer sectors and has primary offices in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth as well as in Windhoek, Namibia. Vox Telecom, established in 1998, has established itself as one of the major players in the telecoms market and is the largest black-owned telecommunications company in South Africa.

As a licenced network operator, Vox Telecom provides a suite of comprehensive enterprise, SME and consumer telecommunications solutions that include alternative voice solutions, data access and ISP services, cutting-edge cloud services, a variety of PBX and video conferencing services, telephony management systems, faxing and text messaging applications.

Vox Telecom’s unbiased approach when it comes to technology, combined with a dedication to cost minimisation and an uncompromising attitude towards service delivery, has resulted in long-term partnerships with thousands of South African corporates, government organisations, SMEs and consumers.

eduSLIDE and Vox came together to find a solution for internal staff training. As a company with hundreds of affiliates and staff all over the country Vox needed a solution to get custom training to the staff in a fast and reliable way.

With the eduSLIDE system they can create their own training and make it available to all the staff instantly. This includes training, assessments and assignments. Vox has been using the system for just under a year now with great success!

 

 

 

eduSLIDE mobile has arrived!

eduSLIDE is on the move with the first version of our mobile application being launched on the Apple as well as Google Play stores soon.

  • Send newsfeeds, messages and bulletins
  • Complete assignments, courses and objectives
  • Take assessments in the field
  • Communicate from anywhere with your students
  • Receive reminders with push notifications
  • and much more…..

eduSLIDE for mobile is a free addition to the eduSLIDE suite and can be used with or without the main eduSLIDE system.

Have access to your students 24/7 on the move with our mobile application.

“eduSLIDE – Education Made Easier”