5 Technological Trends For Small And Midsize Businesses In 2017

Technology has played a significant role in the success of any business. The technological trends help to scale and manage operations for growth. The latest trends capture and catapult the businesses to the next level.

Technological Trends For Small And Midsize Businesses In 2017

Is your business ready for the new technological advancements that are emerging at the rapid pace? Do you know which tech trends pay off for your business? In this article, I’d like to suggest some technological trends for Small and Midsize Businesses (SMBs) in the year ahead.

The good news is that these technological tools help businesses to become more efficient, improve customer interactions, highly accessible, IT dependent and have the potentials to prevent your business from becoming stagnant.

Examine all areas of technology trends that every small and midsize business owner should set in 2017.  Read more at:  https://elearningindustry.com/5-technological-trends-for-small-and-midsize-businesses-2017


How Long Does it Take to Create eLearning?

The most asked question we get at E-Concepts, Inc. from clients is “How long does it take to create eLearning”?  It seems to be a mystery to most on figuring out how many hours it takes to create one hour of online learning.  My answer is something along the lines of, “how long does it take someone to make a cake”?  Then they would ask – what kind of cake, how many will it serve, how many layers, which flavors, from scratch, what is the occasion, does it need to be transported, how does it need to be stored and so on?  The answers are similar to both questions – it depends on what you want in the finished product.

The same goes for creating eLearning.  In order to roughly determine how many hours it takes to create one hour of eLearning we share 3rd party information from Chapman Alliance.  The levels are broken into 3: Basic, Interactive, and Advanced with descriptions.  Check it out here to help answer some of your possible questions:  http://www.chapmanalliance.com/howlong/


3 Ways To Analyze Your eLearning Content For Modernization

Modernize your legacy eLearning for greater engagement by categorizing your content, evaluating learner demographics, and creating an update plan.

How To Analyze Your eLearning Content For Modernization

If you’re not sure if you need to modernize your content, I’d suggest reading my article on why every company needs a modernization strategy. If you are considering modernizing eLearning content, but not quite sure if it’s right for you, then I also suggest reading 5 Questions to Ask Before Modernizing eLearning. After you’re done with those, read on for how to analyze your eLearning content for modernization.

Analyze your eLearning content inventory in 3 ways:  Click here to see

7 Advantages Of Outsourcing Corporate eLearning

by Christopher Pappas

Why outsource the work when you handle it in-house? Well, the truth is that there are a variety of benefits associated with outsourcing corporate eLearning. In fact, it’s often a cost efficient, time saving alternative for organizations. In this article I’ll highlight the 7 advantages of outsourcing your online training programs.

Why You Should Consider Outsourcing Corporate eLearning

“It’s too expensive… I won’t have any control over the development process… It will be difficult to update the corporate eLearning materials”. These are the most common misconceptions about outsourcing corporate eLearning. In reality, hiring an eLearning vendor or consultant can improve your online training ROI and maximize your resources. Here are the top 8 reasons why you should consider outsourcing your corporate eLearning.

Click here to read top 7 

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What are the most effective tips for Successful Custom eLearning Content Development?

There are so many elements to designing successful, custom eLearning programs.  It has been my experience that the absolute most important items are effective communication and understanding of the clients’ needs and goals. Even in designing the most engaging, interactive course out there, if the content is off-target of the organization’s needs, you will have missed the first critical step in being successful.

1. Understand Your Organization’s Needs


2. Communicate Project Goals


3. Start Off With A Well-Planned Curriculum


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What does ‘SCORM-Compliant’ mean?

To those of us in learning and development we are very familiar with the SCORM acronym, however, for many business owners/managers, organization leaders or general users (students) the term is unclear or foreign.  SCORM stands for the Sharable Content Object Reference Model.  It is a universal model that complies with a variety of learning management systems (LMS).


Learning management systems are software applications which distribute eLearning materials through the internet.  This enables users (employees, students, organizations members, etc.)  to take a training course from a remote location – anywhere in the world with internet access and a computer or mobile device.  The LMS does not have to be installed.  It is on the cloud.

SCORM is a collection of standards and specifications on which the web based training (eLearning) operates.  Subsequently, SCORM was created to make it possible for different brands of LMS software to have the ability to run programs created from different authoring tools.

SCORM is a very powerful tool in eLearning.  SCORM allows content which is created one time to be used in many different learning management systems and situations without modification. This plug-and-play functionality can be powerful within an organization but even more so across organizations. SCORM enables content which can be sold and delivered to the user quicker, more robustly, and at a cost savings.

SCORM is widely adopted worldwide and by large organizations. It is the de facto industry standard. The US Department of Defense has specified that all of its content must be delivered via SCORM. Industry is following suit. In a nutshell SCORM is the universal standard for online training providing testing and tracking which is the desired feature of widely accepted eLearning.

To learn even more about SCORM:  click here


Top 10 eLearning Trends To Watch In 2017

With 2017 quickly approaching, it’s time to look at what’s to come for eLearning.

1. Contextualized Learning

Expect to see a wider acceptance of microlearning and digital learning design that addresses needs of the modern learner. Learning and Development teams will use modern design thinking to modernize typically boring eLearning courses like Onboarding.

2. Two-Way Conversations In eLearning

Evolve your content instead of falling into the trap of being out of sync with modern learners’ needs. It’s now easier than ever to capture feedback from learners within content. You can now open up for users’ input and ideas on what they’d like to see or what they need help with.

3. Better Use Of Data

Using data in an intelligent way can help shape your learners’ experience by personalizing content. For example, show learners how their thinking compares with their peers’ by presenting live social-polling results. Personalize content and serve up certain pages of content specifically for someone’s needs because they answered questions A, C, and F in a certain way.

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How To Improve Your Sales Staff Performance With eLearning

by Scott Cooper

According to the Education Resources Information Center, “For companies to stay competitive, they must continually bring new products and services to the marketplace. One strategy organizations can use to support this requirement is to provide their sales force with training that enables revenue generation”. As you’ll discover, eLearning is the perfect solution for delivering training to improve your sales staff performance.

eLearning: The Basics

The most basic definition of eLearning is “electronic learning”.  However, it’s about more than just attending a school or college online, taking a few courses, and getting a certificate. Today, with all of their new technological advances companies can use eLearning to help their staff learn how to improve their sales skills.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, “Online learning opportunities and the use of open educational resources and other technologies can increase educational productivity by accelerating the rate of learning; reducing costs associated with instructional materials or programs”.

Some of the benefits of eLearning vs. traditional learning include:  read full article

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Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month which is an annual federal government campaign to raise awareness about cybersecurity. Today our world is connected to others more than ever before. The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether through banking, browsing information on the internet and our social profiles. National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about cybersecurity, provide them with tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the Nation in the event of a cyber incident.

E-Concepts, Inc. offers cyber security online programs for all levels of organizations. From bullying to corporate online security, ask us how we can help you.

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Use eLearning to Identify and Fill Skills Gap

Many candidates or employees have heard the line,  “You’re not the right fit for the position,” from hiring managers.  This translates into skills gap of the workforce.  The Aberdeen Group, a fact based research company, found the skills gap is perceived as widest in these areas:

41 percent critical thinking/problem-solving
39 percent in job-related technical skills
35 percent in professionalism/work ethic
30 percent in leadership
27 percent in adaptability/managing multiple priorities

It can be hard to teach these qualities, but it’s not impossible.  E Learning can be implemented to assist in identifying and filling the skills gap in your organization. Soft skills training is one method used to help alleviate the skills gap for current and new employees.

Train for soft skills, like critical thinking. Here’s how:

  • Ask a lot of questions — as Socrates brilliantly taught us with the Socratic method, the best way to get people thinking is by asking questions. Get your employees’ wheels turning by asking questions, such as “What would happen if we did this instead?” or “Who would this result impact?” You’ll be able to identify strong critical thinking habits if they’re persistent in finding solutions without getting frustrated, able to apply them to their everyday work, and are good learners—all of these qualities can be rewarded with increased responsibility and decision-making power. It’s not just about finding critical thinkers, questioning is also a great way to exercise critical thinking and encourage employees to become more self-reliant.
  • Simulate scenarios — practice “what if” situations. For example, set up a partner activity where one employee plays a client or vendor with a troublesome request (e.g. an invoice was mishandled by a third party) while the other employee talks them through how they would handle it. You can also test employees on how they would solve scenarios in an e-learning course by presenting a real-life situation that requires open-ended responses for a solution.
  • Discuss and debate — get a group involved by having the team talk through “what ifs” or debating different solutions to a problem. This teaches them communication skills, leadership, professionalism, and problem-solving.
  • Encourage self-reflection — break down your own thinking process to teach employees to evaluate their thought processes. When they come up with solutions to problems, encourage them to write down their thought process and always answer, “why?” Who knows, you might find your next team philosopher by uncovering hidden strengths.