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e-learning & tech services for the enterprise
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Is your #elearning system compliant with data privacy regulations?

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To SCORM or not to SCORM

"[P]roducing elearning packages remains heavily dependent on authoring applications that, although available off the shelf, still take some time for many organizations to master before they could produce respectable interactive packages. With high expectactions for many sectors to have the "nice and shiny" and the insistence of some folks on what their "brands" entail in the "look and feel" department of eLearing, lousy SCORM packages just don't cut it at all.

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Why outsource tech services?

Left unchecked, information technology (IT) can be a runaway beast. Underdeveloped, IT infrastructure can be a waste of meager resources, as it nonetheless falls short of its intended impact on the business or organization. It is also an area of potential demoralization among the rank-and-file employees, who are left short of the necessary business tools. A middle ground needs to be struck between "overly developed" IT Department with so much gears to play with on one hand and, on the other hand, an underfunded, under-prioritized group. Filling in the gaps between these two extremes is outsourced technology support. It is desirable for the following reasons:

Cost
With tech support outsourced, operational costs should be in your greater control. Tech service providers like moodLearning would generally offer predictable utilization structures like yearly plans. That's one cost directly associated with the tech side of your operations. No more overheads like staffing, overtime pays, extra utilities, software licenses. It means just one or a few line items in your budget or financial statement. Clear sight of cost, greater control.

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eLibrary

When you hear the word "eLibrary," what comes to mind? Computers, internet, books? Materials stored electronically? All of the above! And more! An eLibrary is an amazing creation that enables you to do research and save time going to a real library and browsing a mountain of books.

An eLibrary is not meant to replace a "real" physical library. But for schools, teachers, and students in remote areas, however, an electronic library can possibly be the only access to a comprehensive collection of learning materials. Rural schools may not even have enough "real" physical books, to begin with. Here moodLearning answers to the call of providing such platform, especially in places where the internet is spotty or non-existent. Learning resources could be donated by sponsors and other project partners. Focused on K-12 and secondary education, the eLibrary project is meant to be a support system for the less-privileged schools.

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"Want a convenient way of managing your organization's human resources? Payroll? Check. Time and attendance? Check. Personnel profiles, training, leave management, performance evaluation? All checked, all covered by the peopleSuite Human Resources Information System (HRIS).

What an HRIS does best is the simplification (if not eradication) of paperwork relating to human resource management. But the game changer could really be the integration of the devices that keep track of the "little things" for the system."

https://blog.moodlearning.com/hris-on-steroids/

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MOOCs for the Digital Third World

"Massive Open Online Courses" are not only massive in reach (millions of takers from all over the world). The way resources are mobilized for such undertaking is massive, too. Heavyweights like Harvard, MIT, Stanford are running MOOCs. But even with massive resources, MOOCs are hardly able to reach those potential learners in the peripheries of the digital world.

For those relatively well connected online, MOOCs are a boon to learning. Locals are able to access courses (and, for a fee, get certificates from brand name universities and other providers) that are otherwise unavailable from local training institutions. With MOOCs, a student on-the-go can learn with the use of a smartphone or tablet. So who can take up MOOCs? Anyone who desires or thirsts for knowledge but otherwise unable to attend regular classes at a local university. The preference for online learning is also factor. The operative word here is "online". However, for those in the peripheries, MOOCs are a non-event.

How could people from the digital Third World tap into MOOCs? Fret not. Even in regions where internet connections are scarce, the will to go beyond the usual modalities of learning helps fill in the gaps. If there's a will, there's low-tech way as well. It's a slow throttle, but: Will + Technology wins the day!

Consider, for the instance, the use of a Portable eLearning System (PeLS). The thought of USB drives being passed around isn't exactly anyone's idea of a "massive online" thing. But in places where the interweb is at best spotty, what choices do we really have? PeLS could be a massively cumbersome exercise, but, hey!, there's always reason to persevere.

Even good innovations backed by big institutions experience headwinds at some point. In the case of MOOCs, a low completion rate--in many cases as low as 10% only (Pope 2014)--plagues their implementation. Paradoxically, the solution could be some complementary offline access like PeLS, at least for those in the peripheries.

MOOC pioneers had it wrong when they thought MOOCs would immediately impel the educational system. Not all MOOCs students take the time to finish the course. Some just browse or absorb only the materials they are interested in. Others are not yet ready to tackle much complex online curriculum.* In the peripheries, completing a MOOC is daunting. But the flexibility neeeded in online learning could get some boost from "low tech" interventions like PeLS.
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eLearning Issues and Concerns in the Philippines

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Portable eLearning System -- dealing with spotty connection in the meantime!

java + dedication + imagination = awesome job! Apply now at moodlearning.com/jobs

Between cost extremes: a sweet spot for reason, data openness, customization, business sense. https://blog.moodlearning.com/top-5-advantages-of-an-integrated-inventory-sales-accounting-service/
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