Friday, February 26, 2016

Webinar - Innovative Applications of Raptivity in Education

Delivering engaging learning content is a real-time challenge for any educator. The key to tackling this issue is by adding interactivity to the online course and simplifying the content based on the audience. An interactive online course engages the students in multiple ways, ensures higher participation and better learner interaction. Moreover, with interactivity, you can guarantee user’s attention to be latched on to the course and boredom goes right out of the window, instantly.

For instance, how about adding gamification with timed stages to impart math learning? Sounds interesting right? This is just an example of a kind of interactivity that can be added to your online course.
  
So how to include interactivity in an online course, what are the interactivity levels that an educator can utilize, or how to simplify online courses and make them engaging? To answer these and many more such questions on interactivity-based learning, Raptivity brings to you an exclusive session on ‘Innovative Applications of Raptivity in Education.
   

Four education industry experts - Carly Oliver, Sherry Vafa, Mary Lasater and Dr. Karina Kasztelnik, will be the key speakers of this webinar. From learning games for higher education, to an online learning activities portal for K-12, and all the way to classroom course on leadership will be covered by these experts through the interactive applications of Raptivity. These experts will come together to bring a mix of their experiences, stories and exposure in this webinar. Webinar attendees will also gain insights on: 
  • Challenges that each of the experts faced while creating online courses
  • Creative and Interesting approaches that can take your educational courses to the next level
  • The art of spicing up online courses by creatively incorporating interactivities like games, exercises, simulations and video
  • Demonstration of some innovative courses and portals created using Raptivity
This complementary webinar is scheduled on Thursday, 10th March at 11 am PSTRegister now and unlock new avenues in interactive learning. In addition, a special offer for academic purchases will be announced at the end of the webinar for all attendees. So don’t miss out on this opportunity and register right away.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Raptivity Establishes Its Prominence Once Again with An "Award of Excellence"

Raptivity was recently recognized with an ‘Award of Excellence’ in the Best of Elearning! 2015 awards, in the ‘eLearning Development Tool’ category. The votes sailed high through 4,000 nominations submitted by readers and professionals (Elearning! Magazine) across private and public sector. Team Raptivity is thankful to all its users across the globe who helped Raptivity earn this recognition.

Raptivity as a development tool is backed with 190+ eLearning interactions incorporating HTML5/Flash technology, and spanning over diverse categories including exercises, diagrams, games, simulations, 3D objects, virtual world interactions videos and much more. With its free add on tool – Raptivity Linker, it also allows the users to thread together individual interactions for creating short learning experiences. Over the years, Raptivity has matured through the difference stages of product development cycle, sharpening all the edges to deliver easy content and course creation capabilities.

We always knew that our users recognize Raptivity as the leader in the field of rapid interactivity. This recognition has indeed reinforced our leadership. Furthermore, it feels great to hold this stance for another year in the eLearning industry and we completely owe this win to you guys. These votes are a clear example of the high value impact that Raptivity has generated in the eLearning space, and we promise to only turn the experience better. 

A big thanks to all our customers once again for the unending support and confidence in us. And for now, its celebration time for all of us at Raptivity. Kudos to us, and all our supporters.    

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Learning Analytics: A great boost for creating Learner Centric eLearning


I am sure you already know about ‘analytics’. This term has been creating a lot of buzz for the past few years. It’s the process of collecting data, discovering meaningful patterns from it and transforming it into fact-based insights. Application of analytics is typically perceived as an aid for marketing and business decisions. Then does it have any relevance to eLearning? Well, yes. Analytics can be used not only for businesses but in many other fields that impact our daily lives including eLearning.

So what really is learning analytics?

 ‘Learning Analytics and Knowledge’, defines it as, “the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs.” [LAK2011]

Learning analytics is the ‘in-thing’ today due to growing popularity of ‘Technology Enabled Learning’ and a constant pursuit for aligning the learning experience with learners’ needs.

How does it work for eLearning?

When learners interact with an eLearning course, they leave behind digital traces of their activities. These activities are tracked and stored through the learning platform. This data could be about learner’s clicks, time spent on various pages and various other data points that are not directly evaluated as a part of learners’ progress. This type of data can be interpreted through learning analytics.

Is it useful?

Yes it is. Learning analytics techniques can help us understand how learners learn. This in turn can help in creating a ‘learner-centric’ learning experience and environment. This whole approach is not just limited to tracking learners’ scores, but making sense of their behavior and figuring out how to improve their success. You can find out learner preferences and problems and identify the scope to improve design and delivery of eLearning using learning analytics.

Are there any challenges?

Well, along with many exciting benefits there are challenges too. For example, the incapability of learning platforms to capture learning experiences, accurately and meaningfully is one big hindrance. Another important concern is finding the exact correlation between the data patterns and learner behavior. Managing data privacy, security and associated cost is also a challenge. Learner profiling could be another one.

All in all, learning analytics holds many opportunities and challenges for both educational and corporate eLearning worlds. Instructional designers and eLearning course creators can derive meaning from complex data and take relevant actions to create more effective learning experiences, by making judicious use of learning analytics.

Keep watching this space for more insights on learning analytics. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Microlearning - A Practitioner’s Guide: An Overview

In this fast-paced world, human tendency is to do everything as quick as possible. This applies to learning as well. Learning in a short time therefore becomes a critical question to ponder, for eLearning course creators and instructional designers. Microlearning replaces and relieves from the cognitive overload faced while learning. Moreover, it aligns well with the requirement of next gen learners of taking short learning modules on the go. Microlearning is a way of teaching and delivering content to learners in small, very specific bursts of 10 to 15 minutes.  

The benefits associated with Microlearning:
  • Learners in Content Driver Seat - Microlearning allows learners to feel in charge, giving them the opportunity to select applicable content.
  • Learners’ Time is Respected - Busy professionals find it easy to learn, process and apply new required information immediately.
  • Rapid Upgrading - Microlearning offers the ability to send out updates easily and quickly with less commitment of development time.
  • Employee Productivity - Microlearning gives learners focused training in a smaller time-frame.
  • Cost Containment - Microlearning lessons/objects, and associated technologies, including those called social media, come with no cost at all.
Level up with this evolving trend through ‘Microlearning: A Practioner’sGuide’. This eBook shares result of a global survey to gain insights into the perspective of learning professionals involved in the provision of learning- whether face-to-face or eLearning – to others.


The topics covered in this practitioner’s guide are:
  • Methods and technologies associated with Microlearning
  • Benefits, risks and challenges in delivering Microlearning
  • Tips for Microlearning success
  • Creating a Microlearning Lesson – A Practical Approach
  • Future Prospects of Microlearning
These features contribute in simplifying long-guided courses into short blasts of learning. The eBook will touch-base on the preferred ways through which Microlearning can make an impact.

Download this complimentary eBook and dive into the practical approach and tips to design and deliver Microlearning and much more.  

Have you ever created a Microlearning course? If yes, we would like to hear your learnings in the process.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Engagement Analytics – The New Frontier in Interactive Learning

The purpose of adding interactivity to eLearning has been two-fold, improved learner engagement and better learning outcomes. While we are able to gain basic insights on learner engagement, learning outcomes still deserve to be judged well. And, this very need demands further channelization of interactive learning analytics. How about retrieving data that could help in analyzing learner behavior and learning patterns? Alternatively, knowing which interactivity is working great and returning high-end results? Or, how about retrieving key statistics to know how engaged your learners are? Behold and make way for "Engagement Analytics" in eLearning.

Raptivity team paces ahead with the concept of Engagement Analytics to map user behavior and answer the above-mentioned questions. An amazing combination of ‘Data Analytics’ and ‘Interactive Learning’ packs as a firm base for this concept. Engagement Analytics will enable eLearning developers to get sophisticated insights into what’s working in their interactivity, and what’s not. Based on the valuable insights, they could tweak the interactive content to achieve desired learning outcomes. 

Engagement Analytics – The New Frontier in Interactive Learning Engagement Analytics, can help eLearning developers answer some serious questions such as
  • Are my learners visual or they prefer reading content?
  • Do my learners simply gloss over the content or thoroughly go through it?
  • Are my learners missing important content? Do I need to improve instructions to emphasize it further?
http://www.raptivity.com/engagement-analytics
Figure 1- Engagement Analytics 

Joe Ganci, one of the most acclaimed eLearning industry experts, comments, “The Learning and Training industry has finally started to realize the importance of capturing and analyzing learner data much more deeply than in the past. I'm happy to see Raptivity taking learner data analytics to the next level with Engagement Analytics. I see a great potential here to address some common pain points in online learning.”

Mapping learner behavior through analytics would help in efficient and engaging course design. It is all about performance improvement and better learning outcomes here on. To explore Engagement Analytics in-depth, visit www.raptivity.com/engagement-analytics.

Have you done a test drive of this interesting concept? We would love to hear your thoughts on it.

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