Bespoke Software, Learning Management Systems & E-Learning - Latest Posts

Implementing cmi5 in our white label learning management system - Part 2 - Content Packaging

02 Jan 18 Matt Learning Management Systems  / E-Learning
We have recently been enhancing the xAPI (formerly tin can API) content player in our white label learning management system (LMS) by implementing cmi5. These are some of our observations about the implementation. This part is about importing e-learning content into the learning management system.

Use of animated gifs as simulations in e-learning content

07 Dec 17 Matt E-Learning
The gif file format is 30 years old and more popular than ever. In the post-flash world, despite some drawbacks, there is a role for the animated gif in simulations in e-learning content.

Implementing cmi5 in our bespoke learning management system - Part 1 - Introduction

30 Nov 17 Matt Learning Management Systems  / E-Learning
We have recently been enhancing the xAPI (formerly tin can API) content player in the underlying code of our bespoke learning management system (LMS) by implementing cmi5. In a series of blog posts we will compare the cmi5 way of doing things with the native xAPI mechanisms and share some of our experiences of the implementation.

Useful scripts for checking Postgres replication lag

25 Nov 17 Dan Bespoke Software
We have been using Postgres replication successfully now on a number of projects - mainly to ensure that we have data backed up in real-time to a separate disaster recovery site. But a useful side effect of having this up-to-date backup on a Postgres instance, is we now have the ability to take regular snapshots of it without affecting performance of the live site, and to provide read-only views onto the data with the benefit of it being bang up to date.

6 ways to grow your training business with a white label learning management system

15 Nov 17 Mike Learning Management Systems  / E-Learning
A white label learning management system sits between an off-the-shelf system and full bespoke solution. It’s a cost effective option for any training provider that wants to get up and running fast with their own branded learning management system.

What is the easiest way to create SCORM e-learning content?

14 Nov 17 Mike E-Learning  / Learning Management Systems
SCORM 1.2 is still the defacto standard for moving learner progress information backwards and forwards between e-learning content and the learning management system that hosts it. Anyone who wants to create interactive e-learning content needs to think about SCORM and you will almost certainly need to implement SCORM if you want to track learner progress in the learning management system.

How to sell courses online - 5 technology tips for better course marketing

26 Oct 17 Mike E-Learning  / Learning Management Systems
There are specific things you can do if you want get better are marketing and selling courses online. You might be a training provider that sells face-to-face training to employers and now you want to produce online versions of some of your courses. You want your online courses found by as many employers as possible - they find the courses, maybe go for a free trial and then pay for access for their staff.

Six Must Haves in a White Label Learning Management System

24 Oct 17 Mike Learning Management Systems  / E-Learning
What’s the best way for a training provider to deliver their own e-learning content to learners? Perhaps you’ve always done face to face training but now you would like to turn some of your existing materials and ideas into e-learning content? You’d like to generate revenue by enrolling remote learners on your e-learning course.

How to get started with Power BI in your organisation - 5 recent lessons

11 Jul 17 Mike Dashboards & Data Warehousing
We’ve been doing a lot of Power BI projects recently and have some insights about implementation that are worth sharing. Both client organisations are in the education and training world but the lessons could apply to organisations in other sectors.

STEM Learning - Data Warehouse and Microsoft Power BI Reporting Solution

30 Jun 17 Mike Dashboards & Data Warehousing
STEM Learning in York is a leading provider of training and other support to teachers in the UK. They deliver high quality continuing professional development courses to STEM teachers - training that empowers teachers to improve the outcomes of young people studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They also provide free online resources for teachers and they manage the STEM Ambassadors programme - a national network of experienced volunteers from industry who go into schools to work directly with young people.

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