Does Your Online Training Contain Flash Files

Does your Online training contain Flash files? Google (Chrome) and Mozilla (Firefox) both announced last week that their web browsers will no longer natively support Adobe Flash. This change will directly impact online training courses that contact Flash files. Whilst Apple and Google have long had a policy of not supporting Flash on their mobile devices, this is the first time the other major browsers have boycotted the popular format. This is an important development because a lot of online training programs still contain Flash files to help deliver Videos, Animations and other interactions. If your online training packages were created more than 2 years ago, or have videos, animations or interactions that include the likes of “hover over” activities, there is a good chance that its using Flash files. Even courses published to SCORM, will most likely contain some Flash files, which may mean that they will not work on the latest version of Chrome and Firefox, without the student having to download the additional Flash plugin. The reason for this change of position is that Flash has a number of vulnerabilities that makes it an ideal delivery vehicle for viruses and cyber attack. Whilst Adobe is working to close the vulnerabilities, there is a growing call for the removal of the outdated technology from the internet all together, including calls by Facebooks Chief of Security. Of course Flash currently still works on older versions of the browsers, or in the latests versions that have the Flash Plugins downloaded but its fair to say that like so many other technologies Flash’s time may fast be running out. If...

All the parts in eLearning – Putting the pieces together

Computer people have a habit of confusing normal people, and making things more complex then they need to be. For example, a few years ago we all used the internet and we had programs we accessed to make that happen. Now its the cloud, (before that the web) and the programs are call “Software as a Service”, “SaaS”  or “Apps” (formerly Applications). By the time you finish reading this article, there will probably be another set of names to add even more confusion. At OTrain we like to keep things simple, in plain speaking that everyone can understand. So when a client asked us to explain all the pieces recently, we thought it was a great opportunity to try and right a few wrongs, and provide a clear overview of all the parts that go into making up your online presence, including your Training. So the following is our attempt to “simplify the cloud”. Server – Whether “in the cloud” or “in the corner” your website and other web based programs including your Learning Management System (LMS) lives on a physical piece of hardware (or computer) somewhere, called a server. Things get a little more complicated today with the idea of “cloud servers” or “shared racks” but when you boil it all down, its simply a computer of some sort, somewhere, connected to the internet. If you think about this in an offline sense, the server might be considered the block of land on which you build your office or factory.  With OTrain, you don’t need to worry about a server, as our products are hosted – which means...

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Using E-Learning for Corporate Training

Here’s a great article which arrived in my inbox this morning, about 5 mistakes to avoid when creating elearning for corporate training. 1 more mistake we’d add, – choosing the wrong partner. It doesn’t matter how experienced you might be, we all need a little help from time to time, and choosing the right elearning partner is critical to help make sure you avoid the following mistakes plus more. In the last few years, there has been a massive shift from classroom training to computer-based training, or e-Learning. e-Learning offers many advantages to both the employees and the organization in which they are employed. First, e-Learning helps to create a global workforce, and contingent workers have increased dramatically too as a result. Moreover, e-Learning reduces travelling costs and is much more flexible than traditional courses. Online learning also facilitates just-in-time learning and makes constant updates and new tools much more feasible. While e-Learning has a lot of benefits, there are potential problems with the implementation. Here are five mistakes to avoid when attempting to implement an e-Learning program. 1. Muddying the Objectives and Goals Ensure that the end goals and outcomes of any e-Learning program are well articulated and developed before implementing an e-Learning program. Articulating goals prior to development allows the final expectations to serve as a roadmap for the development of each module and element. When creating e-Learning modules, constantly referring back to the end objectives will ensure that content is applicable, accessible, and relevant. Failing to do so will result in unfocused and unsustainable e-Learning programs, which will ultimately be a waste of money and time. 2....

Happy 25th Birthday Adobe Photoshop

At OTrain we are big Adobe fans. We use their Authoring tool “Captivate” every day. So when we learned that Adobe Photoshop has turned 25, and seen this great montage created by Adobe to celebrate, we wanted to share. The fact that “to photoshop” is now a verb well accepted to mean “to visually alter in a misleading way” gives you some hint as to the cultural significance of Adobe’s software. Check out the great montage, and next time you “photoshop”it, give a little thanks to the people at Adobe. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmYc1MNJaQc#t=50[/youtube]   About OTrain OTrain puts training online. With OTrainU our cloud based Learning Management System  and our creative Studi.O team; OTrain is on a mission to Save the World from Boring Training. Plus with a catalogue of Ready to GO! online training content, and our Training Success Club to help make your training work, OTrain is your logical choice as an online training partner. OTrain is Simply put, a better way to train. Learn more about OTrain by visiting www.otrain.com.au or calling us on 07 3040...

Think you know eLearning – Think Again

Check out this great 3 minute presentation on eLearning and online Training: [youtube]http://youtu.be/jjD8gYOmFS4[/youtube] About OTrain OTrain puts training online. With OTrainU our cloud based Learning Management System  and our creative Studi.O team; OTrain is on a mission to Save the World from Boring Training. Plus with a catalogue of Ready to GO! online training content, and our Training Success Club to help make your training work, OTrain is your logical choice as an online training partner. OTrain is Simply put, a better way to train. Learn more about OTrain by visiting www.otrain.com.au or calling us on 07 3040...

Top 10 eLearning Statistics for 2014 [Infographic]

About OTrain OTrain puts training online. With OTrainU our cloud based Learning Management System  and our creative Studi.O team; OTrain is on a mission to Save the World from Boring Training. Plus with a catalogue of Ready to GO! online training content, and our Training Success Club to help make your training work, OTrain is your logical choice as an online training partner. OTrain is Simply put, a better way to train. Learn more about OTrain by visiting www.otrain.com.au or calling us on 07 3040...
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