Monday, May 23, 2016

Podcast - Mahesh Mutalik shares his Customer Success Experience with Raptivity

Our earlier podcast with Chandra Clarke was appreciated by many of our listeners. As we continue to celebrate our 10 years of customer success, we bring our next podcast in series for all of you. 

This time, we have Mr. Mahesh Mutalik, Co-Founder and CEO, Vatsa Solutions, sharing his experience and success with Raptivity in a very short time frame. 

To get started Mahesh, can you tell us a bit about your organization and about your role?
  • [Mahesh] Vatsa Solutions is into custom software development. Vatsa has been in the industry for more than seven years now and we enable customers to define and design their ideas into the products. In addition, we help our customers to solve their product related problems with the biggest technologies available in the market like Microsoft, Java and Enterprise Mobility. Furthermore, we work with them as a technology partner where we help them to define the technology roadmap and we ensure to stay with them till the end of the roadmap. 

How did you come across Raptivity?
  • [Mahesh] While working with various customers, we developed our own products which are into education domain, one is school ERP and other is franchise management system. While deploying these products at the biggest locations, we received enquiries about content development for students and to the overall school as well as the after school activity organizations. However, as we catered to software development, we always said no to such customers. Last year, while I was in the UK and after that in Dubai, I came across couple of big opportunities where University of London and the University of Dubai asked us to provide overall umbrella of content development services. In addition, along with content, they also asked us to develop their LMS as well. This new requirement created an interest in overall in content development area and that is how it triggered. Once back from my business trip, we decided to explore, and at the same time, we came across our friend from Harbinger who suggested to use Raptivity for such kind of quick development and to provide content services to the customer. This is how we came across Raptivity and we are happy to use it for all our content development. 

That was interesting to hear. I would like to know how Raptivity helps you in achieving your business objectives.
  • [Mahesh] One thing, which is very straightforward as I mentioned as we started our own separate content division that is called as strategic business unit which has a dedicated team having their own sales people and their target is to take care of the content required by the customer. However, we are here by the skill of customer software development and we are in competition with so many companies having similar set of services in the market. To make our proposals unique, we started using Raptivity and we started using our thought process in creating interactive proposals. Our customers are delighted when they receive the proposal that is nicely designed including their scope. It passes on the kind of thought process we have about their problems and shows how we are going to solve it.  

Is there any interesting feedback you want to share with Raptivity?
  • [Mahesh] Yes, as I mentioned, all our proposals are unique now and other companies are simply sending their word documents requesting with an interactive solution. A direct feedback that we got from one of our UK customers was that we delivered a Pilot to them within 24 hours because of Raptivity. They provided a sample to see our capabilities and to know how quickly we can deliver. The client really got amazed with the quality and the kind of response we provided to them and ultimately we gained that project which was a big contract. 

It is good to know that Raptivity is helping you to achieve such feedback from Client. I would like to know Mahesh, what is the ROI from Raptivity that started a year ago.    
  • [Mahesh] The ROI on Raptivity is quite efficient. Our trainees and teams were trained in very  sessions, a big asset for any company. Zero Support is required since the tool is very simple and easy to use and the overall internal turnaround is very fast.

Great, are there any key features about Raptivity that you appreciate the most?

  • [Mahesh] Yes, the availability of various templates and that to be of various types is a big feature we use. Moreover, the overall simplicity of the tool and templates with easy to use functionality is an innovation-driving factor at Vatsa Solution. Furthermore, the most interesting part is the Gamification feature, which is liked by most of the customers. 
Thank you so much for sharing your insights with us today, have a nice day. 

If you would like to hear the podcast here is the link

Monday, May 16, 2016

Podcast – Chandra Clarke, from Inklyo shares her experience of Raptivity


Raptivity is all excited with its 10 years of presence in the eLearning industry and we believe that customers’ success is the backbone or the main reason behind Raptivity’s decade-long presence. A step further, we are happy to announce a mini-podcast with one of our customers citing their success story with Raptivity. 

Chandra Clarke, President, Inklyo, provider of online writing courses and other practical resources for writers, has been using Raptivity over five years. Chandra’s experience with Raptivity has been phenomenal and a major driving force at Inklyo.

We are happy to know that Chandra is utilizing Raptivity at Inklyo, and her experience over these years has been great too. Hear the podcast to know how Raptivity is benefitting Chandra and enabling thousands like her to explore interactivity, listen now.

Monday, May 9, 2016

E-Learning Interaction Building Tools Comparison

An eLearning course looks incomplete without interactions. No one likes to take a boring page turner course. Interactions help in making the course engaging and collaborative. They foster active learning through a meaningful interchange between the course and learners.

We are excited to bring out the first ever eLearning Interaction Building Tools Comparison. We have compared Raptivity, eLearning Brothers, Articulate Engage '13, Articulate Storyline 2 and Adobe Captivate 9 on various parameters that are vital to create, integrate and deploy eLearning interactions. It is important to note that Adobe Captivate 9 and Articulate Storyline 2 are evaluated purely for the interaction templates supported by these tools and not for their course authoring capabilities.

We compiled this comparison after getting inputs from several Instructional Designers and eLearning course developers. The major parameters of evaluation are as follows: variety of interactions, question types supported, multimedia support, font and languages support, publishing and integration support, user experience and tech support.

We are confident that this comparison sheet will be a boon for eLearning course creators and Instructional Designers in choosing the right interaction building tool. Here is the detailed comparison for you. Click on the image for its enlarged view.


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And here is a short summary of various tools:
-    Raptivity offers widest variety of interactions and question templates and a good amount of flexibility to customize templates.
-    eLearning Brothers is a simple online tool but with limited multimedia utility.
-    If you are looking to create a limited variety of media-rich interactions, Articulate Engage is the tool to opt for.
-    Articulate Storylines gives you the highest flexibility and multimedia support. But with flexibility comes complexity too.
-    Adobe Captivate interactions offer fair multimedia support and it offers responsive design too.
-    Both Raptivity and eLearning Brothers interactions can be integrated with various authoring tools and offer real-time preview of how each change is going to look in the output.

Each tool has its own strengths and weaknesses. You need to consider which features are important for your requirements/projects before selecting a tool. It’s also important to check availability of tech-support, so you won’t struggle in critical project times and are able to provide learners with the best eLearning experience.  

Click here to get a complimentary Excel Sheet copy of this eLearning Interaction Building Tools Comparison.

Interested to try out Raptivity for your interaction building needs? Take a 14 day Free Trial and let us know of your experiences. We would also love to hear your experiences with other tools.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Raptivity Celebrates 10 Glorious Years of Customer Success!


Raptivity, a finely crafted interactivity builder that offers a rich collection of 190+ templates for creating eLearning interactions completes ten years of customer success. In April 2006, Harbinger Knowledge Products launched Raptivity in the eLearning sector with an aim to simplify and engage learners through interactivity for better learning outcomes. Let us revisit these ten years to know where Raptivity has come today. 

Raptivity adapted to the demanding needs of the eLearning industry by innovating and implementing new concepts that promises engaging learning experience for learners. Raptivity has always been at the forefront of technology innovations. It was amongst the first to support HTML5 interactions and Tin Can tracking (xAPI). In addition, a pilot of learner Engagement Analytics was shared by Raptivity allowing Instructional Designers or Course Developers to get insights into learner behaviors and improve the courses accordingly. 

To add to the success of Raptivity, today, it is being used over 65 countries ensuring happy customers across the globe. While Raptivity continues to grow, it has got a major support from its customers through various initiatives like Interactivity Hub Community, eLearning thought leaders panel, webinar participation by customers to share their success stories, beta user groups, round table conferences, etc. Customers support all along the way has helped Raptivity to always lead the way for interactive learning. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers globally for their continued support and participation. And, we want you to add your experience with Raptivity as well. Show how Raptivity helped you in learning better. Come, join the Raptivity Team and revel a decade full of customer success.       

Let’s all celebrate the accomplishments of the Raptivity Community! 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Webinar on Applications for Raptivity in University Classroom

Gamification and simulation based learning performs exceptionally well in imparting knowledge through interactivity. Research states that interactive learning helps learners to grasp more in less time. Dive deep into the research conducted by Dr. Lisa Vinney, Assistant Professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at Illinois State University and Dr. Katherine Verdolini Abott, Professor of Communication Science and Disorders at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

With use of Raptivity interactions, Dr. Vinney witnessed a considerable rise in recall and short-term retention of newly learned concepts of undergraduate students. Dr. Vinney will share how mini-quizzes are effective for quick interactive learning.

This session also sheds light on how Dr. Abbott incorporated Raptivity quizzes and games for graduate-level disorders course which is being educated at the University of Pittsburgh. She shares, “It was a great learning experience for learners; they responded positively by having maximum attention levels for a 3-hour night class followed by a day of clinical training.”

Join us for an insightful webinar – ‘Applications for Raptivity in the University Classroom’ to learn how gamification and simulation applications work wonders for classroom training in Universities. Highlights of the webinar:
1) Dr. Vinney will discuss the design of the research on game and activity based learning
2) Results of the research and potential study implications will be shared
3) Dr. Verdolini Abbott will share a case study inspired by the research on how mini-quiz games can be used in university classrooms.
4) Discuss future opportunities to use interactions effectively in classroom or online setting.

This complimentary webinar is scheduled on Wednesday, 11th May, 2016 at 10 AM PST. Register now and explore new possibilities in interactive learning with Raptivity.