Planning A Great Online Course
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Wednesday, 20 June 2012 14:32

We speak to a lot of people who are transitioning from live classroom to online instruction.

One of the first questions we ask is: "Do you have any course materials?'

The answer is usually "Yes, we have great course content."

Unfortunately, most of those materials were conceived for live instruction. Self-paced courses are very different from on-ground classroom training. Order, structure, and interactive materials must substitute for that smiling trainer at the podium, who is often conveying more enthusiasm than information. 

Says Dr. Joel Gendelman in a recent article: "Customizing or creating virtual instruction is more demanding than putting together face-to-face training. In a face-to-face class, you have a great deal of social presence by virtue of your being physically in the same room."


We find that many trainers underestimate the translation from live to virtual training. For most first-time online trainers, we recommend that they work with a professional consultant to help them with the transition. Many new steps and processes must be considered, and you'll need to pull together that virtual "shoebox" of learning materials, probably scattermed among different employees and desktops. However, the extra upfront time and expense will pay big dividends in user satisfaction.  

There are some big differences in delivery as you move forward. In a classroom, for instance, we might be OK watching a 60 minute video. But online on a PC or iPad, users are less patient and might tolerate only a few minutes of passive viewing at a time. Rather, learners welcome numerous short video clips as they move through a course. In other words, the outcomes might be the same but the learning path and structure are very different.

The key in setting up a successful online course is to first take an inventory of your instructional assets. These can be PowerPoints, manuals, videos, or existing online courseware. When these materials are categorized (the virtual shoebox), we can then match them to their proper place in the course outline. Next, we might consider layout, branding and other learning objects that can be incorporated within a professional learning management platform.

At the same time, it's important to review the content. Is it a 20 year-old VHS, which will seem dated even if digitized? You might wish to author new materials or make content enhancements that would improve user engagement and success. A virtual instruction planning form and a good instructional designer will make the process much easier.

Just throwing up a musty PowerPoint and quiz are not enough these days to satisfy demanding learners, who respond to interactive multimedia and well-designed courses.

Educadium's Professional Services team has a lot of experience in this area and can work with organizations of all sizes and budgets. Contact us to learn more about planning your first online course.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 June 2012 16:06
The Learning Platform for Healthcare
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Friday, 08 June 2012 09:01

Educadium has been recognized around the world for its affordable, easy-to-use learning management platform for nonprofits, trainers and educators. It's amazing how many of our customers tell us they wish they'd found us a lot sooner--and avoided all of the expensive, bloated systems on the market.

That's especially true in the healthcare field, where trainers and administrators are looking for an agile learning tool for course management, compliance and certification and which won't upset their accounting departments. 

Healthcare is now one of our largest subscriber segments. Educadium services major hospitals, trade associations, medical suppliers, healthcare consultants, and healthcare educators.  It's quite diverse and reflects how important healthcare is to the global economy. 




Simply put, Educadium enables healthcare and medical organizations to improve patient care and improve business processes at less cost. We can help deliver a range of course materials and communications for staff training, certification, and administration.

Our cloud-hosted learning management platform offers an accessible, secure portal to manage mission-critical training and educational materials in order to meet regulatory, operational, and customer-service goals.

Most importantly, Educadium is a responsive, service-oriented partner for healthcare professionals. We offer reliable, easy to use, and advanced learning management solutions that address the unique training and compliance requirements of each organization. Custom projects are not new to us.

The healthcare industry has a lot of things to worry about. Delivering compliance, certification and educational materials in a secure, scalable, and reliable way shouldn't be another headache.

Hats off to all of our healthcare customers and the important work that they do. If you'd like to learn more about hosted learning solutions for the healthcare industry, contact us

Last Updated on Friday, 08 June 2012 09:49
Summer Season Begins for Elearners
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Saturday, 26 May 2012 05:57

In observance of Memorial Day, Educadium offices will be closed on Monday, May 28th. There will be limited support only for major technical issues. We hope everyone enjoys their start to the summer season.

Meanwhile, our development is hard at work on some exciting updates to our website and popular hosted learning management platform. Stay tuned for more details.

Protecting Privacy for Online Training
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Thursday, 22 March 2012 07:15

Recently, the White House unveiled its Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights as part its larger privacy initiative. It's an important topic for trainers and educators, who must oversee sensitive data and who are accountable to regulators and accrediting bodies.

You can download the document here.

The report describes seven key consumer privacy principles.

"By following this blueprint, companies, consumer advocates and policymakers can help protect consumers and ensure the Internet remains a platform for innovation and economic growth," said President Obama.

Working with TRUSTe, the leading privacy organization, Educadium has made every attempt to protect our customers and end users. Please see our privacy policy. We don't sell user or course-related data. We also encourage our EasyCampus owners to communicate their own privacy guidelines to their users.

According to TRUSTe, organizations should familiarize themselves with the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, which will likely become a blueprint for potential legislation and an enforcement guideline for the Federal Trade Commission, which is active in the privacy space.

The new privacy framework will work towards: 

* Individual Control: Consumers have a right to exercise control over what personal data companies collect from them and how they use it.* Transparency: Consumers have a right to easily understandable and accessible information
about privacy and security practices.
* Respect for Context: Consumers have a right to expect that companies will collect, use, and
disclose personal data in ways that are consistent with the context in which consumers
provide the data.
* Security: Consumers have a right to secure and responsible handling of personal data.
*  Access and Accuracy: Consumers have a right to access and correct personal data in usable
formats, in a manner that is appropriate to the sensitivity of the data and the risk of adverse
consequences to consumers if the data is inaccurate.
* Focused Collection: Consumers have a right to reasonable limits on the personal data that
companies collect and retain.
*  Accountability: Consumers have a right to have personal data handled by companies with
appropriate measures in place to assure they adhere to the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.

Educadium takes the privacy of its subscribers very seriously, and we never market user data. It's a fast-changing world, but we want to be a long-term partner our subscribers can trust.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 March 2012 07:26
Better Pricing for Elearning Services
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Friday, 10 February 2012 15:40

As a leading provider of hosted learning management tools, Educadium prides itself on offering affordable pricing for trainers around the world.

Recently, our team looked at our optional Add-Ons and Professional Services, which are used by many of our EasyCampus subscribers. We wanted to make them even more accessible to our users.

So this week, we reduced Add-On prices by up to 50%. That includes popular Add-Ons like our ePortfolio. Now, more than ever, our hosted service are even more affordable for large and small organizations.

(If you'd like some of our most popular Add-Ons for free, check out the Preferred or Premium subscription packages,)

Need some custom help or are you new to elearning? Instructional design, course development, engineering, and other professional services are offered for $150 per hour--a discount from 2011 rates.

 Why Choose EasyCampus?

There are several pieces to the elearning and training puzzle. We can help you put together a free, comprehensive elearning plan for hosting, course production, ecommerce, and software services. The goal: Get your organization up and running with a branded site, quality courses, assessments, and certificates in the shortest amount of time.

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Last Updated on Friday, 10 February 2012 17:22
Why Choose a Cloud-Hosted LMS?
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Saturday, 07 January 2012 15:30

Discussing the Internet these days is a bit like talking about the weather.

Take cloud computing. Educadium's EasyCampus uses the cloud to provide superior performance at affordable prices.

The cloud has been around in different guises, but the combination of the Internet, virtualization, hardware advances, and open source software has pushed it to the forefront. Attitudes are changing, too.

Gartner predicts that cloud computing will be a $150 billion market by 2013. In another study from Mimecast, 57% of respondents felt that cloud computing increased their security when compared to traditional methods for computing and data back up.

The cloud means lower-cost services, greater IT flexibility, and better user experiences. For EasyCampus subscribers, the ROI afforded by a cloud-hosted LMS allows them to focus on creating great elearning content rather than hiring technical staff or adding servers during periods of user growth.


Over the past 4 years, Educadium's engineers have created an advanced, state-of-the-art cloud infrastructure, which uses Amazon Web Services. Our massive computing capacity can handle growth, and our architecture is designed to scale into the thousands and even millions of users. The benefits: minimal latency, reliability and superb global reach.

EasyCampus uptime in 2011 was in excess of 99.99%, with an average response rate of less than 690 ms. EasyCampus servers had 100% uptime in December--not bad! Such reliability is made easier with a cloud-hosted LMS infrastructure.

The cloud will continue to evolve, and the Internet will have its occasional hiccups. That's to be expected. In 2012, we'll continue to leverage the best cloud-hosted LMS technologies in order to offer reliable, affordable services to growing learning organizations.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 January 2012 16:59
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