In October 2022, 6.1 million people were unemployed, representing 3.7% of the US population. While this figure is relatively positive compared to other Western economies, digital learning can further improve these statistics.
Online learning is already proliferating across industries. More companies are finding the value of continuing education for increased employee productivity and career advancement. Course creation software makes it viable for HR departments to create a comprehensive course from scratch. Learn about the advantages of online course software in the workplace and some of the top contenders in the market.
Why course creation software?
Online education is on the fast track to becoming the modern norm. Universities leverage online learning to introduce flexible and at-home options to students. Companies provide e-learning to invest in their employees to grow their industry-specific knowledge and skills.
The numbers tell the tale. Since 2010, small businesses using some form of learning management system (LMS) have skyrocketed by 900%. Similarly, 40% of Fortune 500 companies now implement some form of digital learning.
A look at Dokeos e-learning solutions
There are two questions to ask when selecting a course creation software program:
- How can the software simplify course creation for the developers?
- How can the software maintain a high level of education in a remote environment for students?
How e-learning benefits course creators
Apart from the IT industry, HR departments from all other industries are unlikely to possess coding or other complex technical knowledge. This is why they need a course creation system that’s intuitive and ready for use out of the box. A solid software program should fulfill the following criteria.
1. A full suite of progress-tracking tools
Observe the students’ progress in real time through metrics and key performance indicators of your choosing. Customize the dashboard with your choice of graphs, charts, and summaries outlining score averages, completion rate, etc. Furthermore, identify individual students who are excelling and those who may be lagging behind.
Aside from tracking student performance, you can also track courses and exams. For example, you can identify the individual questions with the highest correct/incorrect ratio. This will help you identify questions or quizzes that may require rewording or further clarification.
2. Virtual classroom webinars
Courses may still include a live component in the form of remote webinars. Establish a lecture or workshop with a moderator as a host. Enhance the webinar with a suite of tools, such as slides, videos, and polls. Create and send out webinar invites complete with reminders and RSVP notices. Record the event for students to review at their leisure after the live event concludes. For easy reference, release the recorded webinar in segments or create your own highlight video outlining relevant points.
3. Exam-creation tools
Develop your own exams or daily homework in diverse formats, from multiple-choice to open-ended questions. Create assignments that encourage collaboration but discourage copying. For example, you can set the questions to be presented in a random order for every student. In other words, question 1 for student A will be presented as question 5 for student B. You can set the system to do the same for answers to individual multiple-choice questions. If you choose, you can make the exams public in our archive, so other companies can use your exams as a template for their own quizzes and tests.
4. Compliance training essentials
We cannot over-emphasize the importance of compliance. There are countless horror tales of companies being fined an arm and a leg for non-compliance. For example, BMW was fined over 11 billion won by South Korea in 2018 for failing to comply with recall regulations and not promptly notifying government officials about a product defect.
The Dokeos e-learning solutions simplify online compliance training with course-builder templates that meet the latest regulatory guidelines for governing institutions like HIPAA, Qualiopi, FDA 21 CFR Part 11, and more. Dokeos also provides a wide gamut of gamification features. Compliance training by nature isn’t exactly fun learning. Course creators can implement competition and digital prizes to introduce a more engaging element.
5. Survey creation
Create your own surveys or grab an existing survey from our archive and make minor edits. Surveys provide an outlet for students to freely express their sentiments with the option to remain anonymous. Upon survey completion, examine the survey results with the data providing real-time metrics in the form of both qualitative and quantitative information.
Surveys and follow-up pulse surveys midcourse are especially useful for creating refresher courses that students will have to complete annually. It’s a morale booster when students see that updates were made based on their prior feedback.
How e-learning benefits course takers
Students also benefit tremendously by attending higher education in a virtual format. Here are some advantages for students taking an LMS-created course.
1. Cloud collaboration
With course creation software like Dokeos, the course is hosted on the cloud. Students from anywhere around the globe can come together and work as a team. They can partake in discussion forums or form their own study groups. Students can even set their own webinars and collaborate in preparation for an end-of-module exam.
2. Progress tracking
Just as administrators can check individual student metrics, students can check their own progress and how they compare against the overall class performance average. By knowing their percentile ranking and current grade, if applicable, students will know exactly where they stand and where to make adjustments to get their scores up. Students in danger of failing will receive a notice complete with recommendations for improvement (e.g., retake exams, complete extra-credit assignments, etc.).
3. Review anytime, anywhere
E-learning isn’t just about getting high scores and an impressive grade. The most important element is that they learn the material and are able to apply what they learned in a real-world environment. With e-learning, the training materials can remain accessible for future review even after course completion. As long as students have their login credentials and the administrators keep the account active, the course modules are always available if students need to quickly skim through a lesson. Should there be updates, former and current students alike will receive a notification.
4. Access to printable certificates
Upon satisfactory completion, students will receive a downloadable copy of their certificate, complete with the school emblem and authorized signature. They now have records of the educational credentials that they can present to future employers or post on their social media or job search sites.
Invest in e-learning today with Dokeos LMS
What makes Dokeos a leader in digital learning since 2004 is its commitment to continued product refinement and customer satisfaction. When you sign up for a free trial, you get our LMS and customer support from a team of industry insiders.
This is why companies from the healthcare, manufacturing, and life science industries trust us to give them the tools they need to empower their employees with niche-specific knowledge. We can fully integrate you into our LMS even if you have existing learning software in place. Interested in Dokeos LMS? Contact us!