OpenSesame integration in eFrontPro 4.2.0


Have you checked out the latest eFrontPro 4.2.0 update? If you haven’t, you should.

It might sound like “just a point release” but, as usual with eFrontPro updates, it packs a mighty punch, with new features such as revamped ILT support, one-click upgrades, new question types, improved security and more.

In this post, though, we’ll focus in one of the most eagerly awaited new features, integration with OpenSesame, a leading SCORM compatible eLearning content provider, which enables you to search for and purchase ready-made content to add to your courses right from within eFrontPro’s administration panel.

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Low maintanance – taking care of your eFrontPro installation


The Maintenance section is perhaps the less well known eFrontPro administration page, but it really shouldn’t be.

In it you’ll find some tools to help you keep your eFrontPro installation in top notch condition, as well as a few very helpful diagnostic tools for when things go wrong.

If you’re an eFrontPro administrator it sure pays to familiarize yourself with what’s on offer there, and this post will attempt to help you do just that.

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Using Curriculums in eFrontPro 4.1


eFrontPro had a new major update recently, with version 4.1.0 bringing a load of workflow updates, user requested features, bug fixes and enhancements. Among them is the new Curriculums feature which (as the title subtly suggests) will be the focus of this blog post.

Curriculums in eFrontPro are an organizing unit for your e-learning content, in addition to the already existing Branches, Groups, Audiences, Skills, etc.

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eFrontPro marches forward with 4.1


We decided to build eFrontPro from scratch in order to replace our eFront codebase that was getting long in the tooth and to be a great foundation to build upon for the next decade.

It wasn’t an easy task: we had to rewrite legacy code, to re-think the architecture and UI, to make it more modular and speedy, and to learn and adapt new technologies. It also involved a lot of hair-pulling and head-scratching, in order to come up with the best solutions to the challenges we faced.

Yep, it wasn’t easy. But, as hard work is known to do, it paid off. You’ve seen it yourself, in the faster pace that major eFrontPro updates arrive, with the first one landing just a month after our first release. And then another.

Well, it’s time to introduce our freshly baked latest update, eFrontPro 4.1.0, and the goodies it brings to the table.

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LMS: The Essential Online Learning Tool


There isn’t any doubt that we are living in a technological age. Each day, people utilize their computers and mobile devices to stay connected and expand their knowledge. As such, elearning has been on the rise in recent years, and an increasing number of students are beginning to see the benefits that this convenient and invaluable educational resource can offer. However, elearning would probably not be possible without one key tool: the LMS.

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Classroom vs LMS: the battle for the future of education


E-learning is taking the world of education by storm, with the industry growing stronger every year. But will it replace brick-and-mortar education? Read on to find out…

As LMS vendors we’ve witnessed the huge growth of the e-learning industry first hand. It grew from its humble beginnings in the eighties and the nineties to a multi-billion dollar business.

But to answer whether e-learning can (or will) replace brick-and-mortar education we have to dig a little deeper than revenue and profit numbers. Is there an end in sight for e-learning’s growth? Is it a fad that will run its cycle in a few years? Will it replace traditional education? Here’s our attempt at answering those questions:
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Cloud: the good, the bad and the better


Businesses and organizations vary not only in size but also in needs. It seems obvious, but it’s incredible how many software packages and services are offered with an unwieldy “one size fits all” mentality.

eFrontPro on the other hand was built with flexibility in mind. And that’s not just in the features it offers that enable you to organize and manage your classes in any way that fits your workflow and needs, but also in its deployment, with its different configurations of deployed and hosted installation options.

In this post we are going to take a look into our private cloud solution ― what it entails, what are its pros and cons, and what type of businesses should be considering it. So hang on, as we reach for the clouds…

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Sneak peak: what’s in store for eFrontPro in 2015


Sneak peak: what’s in store for eFrontPro in 2015

When Steve Jobs first introduced OS X he said it would be the foundation for the next ten years of Mac OS. While some classic Mac OS users complained about a few changes compared to how the old OS operated, OS X was proven not only a stable platform for Apple to build upon, but also something that brought in ten times as many users as Mac OS classic had.

eFrontPro is like our OS X.

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Building an e-Learning Course: Content Strategies and Considerations


There’s a saying in the real estate industry that the three most important aspects of a real estate property is “location, location, location”. In e-learning those three aspects would be “content, content, content”.

All the fancy gizmos (augmented reality, gamification, interactive multimedia and the like) won’t help you if your content is not up to the task ― the task being helping your students learn and understand the course’s subject matter, of course.

The generic advice we gave in previous posts still holds: it should be clear and succinct, well structured and divided into the appropriate lessons (or “chapters”), and accompanied with relevant as opposed to decorative examples, illustrations and media.

Beyond that, we cannot tell you in detail about how to write or structure your content because it depends on the particular course you’re offering and what better suits it.

Instead, we’ll have a look at what you should include in your course, taking into account what modern LMS platforms offer. Some of the advice (such as the need to have lessons) are seemingly obvious, but bear with us, as we delve into some issues course creators face, that you might not have thought.
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eLearning For Sales Training


Sales are hard. You have to know your market, and to know how to work the market. You have to know your customers, existing and potential. You have to know your leads, and how to follow up on them.

And, (this should go without saying, but you’d be surprised how often it doesn’t), you also have to know what you’re selling.

Factor in the constant changes to the market (new models, new trends, new fads, new technologies, new competitors) and the human element (talking to people and closing deals), and you’ll come to the same conclusion we began with: sales are hard.

The way we overcome the hard part in selling, is like we overcome the hard part in everything else, from learning how to program to speaking French: with training.

You have to keep your sales stuff up to date with the latest sales techniques, information about your products, the company policies and regulations, etc.

On the other hand, you also need to keep them selling, especially if you’re a smaller company that can’t afford to have employees off of work for too long, in order to attend seminars and such.

Time is money, and that’s nowhere truer than in sales.
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