Top 5 Trends in the E-Learning Industry 2017 | Radice-Edu Blog

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As most of the companies and investors are looking forward to efficient employee improvement with E-Learning platforms ahead, read on and check out our pick of the latest trends in the E-Learning industry. Get the idea on what may work for you!

1. Personalized Learning and Big Data

Personalized Learning and Big Data can be the future for corporate training. Many companies have already started leveraging it. Big Data has become a trend in recent times with multiple numbers of companies and brands started analyzing data sets to reveal patterns, trends, and associations especially relating to human behavior and interactions.

During online learning, a student leaves a trace of his progress and success. By following the student’s steps, a teacher can get a lot of useful information for further analysis and future benefit to other students. Today, many companies already know how to analyze such data and provide forecasts of a students’ further learning. Such systems can tell which students need help and in which topics they should be supported.

Adaptive learning will actively expand in the near future, and students, teachers, and developers will benefit from it. Those companies that are able to offer the most interesting and relevant solutions for the market will have a high earning potential. At the same time, those organizations that apply such analytical tools in their systems will be able to improve performance and productivity of their employees and students.

2. Mobile Learning or m-Learning

Over the last 5 years, adoption of mLearning or mobile learning has been on an upswing. Flexibility to offer the courses that are multi-device (they run seamlessly on desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones) is the single biggest gain. The coming year will see maturing of delivery that is completely responsive that is, the online course will adapt to the device it is being viewed on. There will be a wider adoption of mLearning across all training needs.

Mobile Learning trend is here to stay and grow tremendously. The figure is expected to reach $70 billion by 2020.

3. Gamification

Predicted as the “next big thing” when it first appeared in Google Trends in Sep’10, gamification for corporate learning has finally arrived. It will continue to be a strong strategy to create high impact, immersive learning. It will also leverage on mLearning, microlearning and social learning to multiply its impact.

The global market of Gamification in E-learning is increasing at a  considerable rate due to it’s popularity and viewer engagement ratio.

4. Automation in E-Learning

E-Learning automation is all about algorithms. In this case, the algorithms are a set of computer codes and instructions that controls the eLearning content display. For example, eLearning content that is automatically generated by the system based on the needs of a particular online learner. Essentially, you create a programming code that triggers a certain response on command. You’re able to dictate what that command is, such as a test score or performance benchmark. For instance, a particular piece of eLearning content displays when an online learner passes the E-Learning assessment. If they don’t meet the minimum requirements, the code may generate a resource list they can use to improve.

Automation in E-Learning course development could rise like never before.

5. Augmented and Virtual Reality

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are set to change the way people learn in 2017 bringing immersive learning experiences.

Imagine a scenario where you can learn thing by experiencing them. E-Learning with implementation of Augemented Reality on it can bring in that extra bit of elevated experience in learning. You just bought a new home and you still need to install some fixtures to get the lights working. The only problem is that you have never installed a light switch before, and you would like to do it yourself. This is where eLearning could drastically change the way in which we inherent knowledge, especially online. If you were wearing an augmented reality headset you could get detailed visual instructions regarding the light switch as well as a holographic interface that displays the correct wires and functions. Yet this is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Recent Digital Marketing Trends| Radice-Edu Blog

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With more and more strategies and campaigns coming into the digital marketing industry, it is very much important to ensure that the product or brand is getting the adequate amount of popularity that it demands. Let us check on the recent trends in digital marketing that is actually creating the ‘Buzz’

Trending #1: More of Live Video

In 2016, Facebook launched ‘Facebook Live’ and brought with it a new wave of live videos. Surveys show that the number of Facebook users engaged in live videos is tremendous. Taking this scenario into consideration, many companies and brand have started using ‘Live Videos’ as a digital marketing tool.

Trending #2: Impressive Marketing

Some of you might be thinking what makes this a valid point? As digital marketing is everywhere now, markets should be really creative to not only attract more attention but also sustain that curiosity of the customer. That is the main reason why multiple companies and brands stick on to talented marketing teams to create outstanding content, motivational ads, and videos that inspire their customers.

Impressive Marketing is the key to a customer engagement.

Trending #3: Voice Driven SEO

Unlike the type-and-read searches of the past couple decades, new connected home devices bring an audio component into the mix.

What does this mean for SEO? The primary result is that search queries are more conversational in tone than in the past. People conduct their search as though they are asking a friend, rather than in a shorthand way. For example, a person looking for movie times near their house might search “movie times 07724”. By contrast, when a person speaks, they are more likely to phrase it as “What movies are playing near me tonight?”

It is now important to improvise websites to provide content with predominant importance to keyword variations. Content writers should focus on creating excellent content that is written in a conversational tone.

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The 4 Common Characteristics of Personalised Learning | Radice-Edu Blog

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Over the last decade, technology has radically altered the way we live, work and communicate, yet many schools continue to follow the industrial age model of education established more than 100 years ago. Personalized learning presents the opportunity to shift education by tailoring the learning experience to an individual student’s needs and interests while helping them gain the knowledge, skills and experiences they need to succeed in college and career, according to a new report from iNACOL.

The report, What’s Possible with Personalized Learning? An Overview of Personalized Learning for Schools, Families & Communities, aims to “inform schools, families and communities about the potential of personalized learning and empower them with ways to support the shift to student-centered learning.” To achieve this goal, the report details the characteristics of personalized learning, presents case studies of schools that have implemented this approach, and offers suggestions for building family and community support for the shift.

According to the report, there are many different approaches to personalized learning, but most of them share these common characteristics:

  • Student ownership of their learning process;
  • Focus on the learning process rather than “big end-of-year tests”;
  • Competency or mastery-based student progression; and
  • Anytime, anywhere learning.

Students in these classrooms have the opportunity to learn in a way that suits their individual needs and interests. While assessments are still critical, they serve more as tools to inform the learning process rather than a yardstick for measuring the results of that process. Students still have clear learning goals and objectives, but the assessments are integrated into the day and serve to determine when students are ready to move on to the next skill or concept. Personalized learning also involves opportunities to learn outside the classroom or school day, through real-world experiences in the community or digital learning opportunities.

However, schools that implement personalized learning sometimes encounter resistance from families or other members of the public who expect school to look the same as it did when they were students. The report offers suggestions for gaining the support of those individuals and groups by educating them about the benefits of personalized learning, being open about the changes happening in education and engaging them in the process of transformation.

The report also includes stories from individual students and teachers about their experiences with personalized learning, as well as links to supporting materials and suggestions for further reading.

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is a nonprofit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using online, blended and competency-based education and supporting the ongoing professional development of classroom, school, and district leaders for new learning models.

Source: The Journal

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Smartphones take learning beyond classrooms and textbooks | Radice-Edu Blog

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Several companies have successfully turned the near universal addiction of children to their mobile devices into a way to help them learn, though parents are still trying to accept the fact that learning can take place on screen.

Kaira has been glued to her phone for nearly an hour, and her mother Anju Taneja is losing patience. She finally bursts out: “Get off your phone and spend more time with your books, your exams are near”.

The teenager tries to explain that she is using an app to understand Physics. “A lot of my friends use mobile apps that can be downloaded for free. They go beyond our textbooks and make things easier by using tutorial videos and interactive tools,” she says.

Her mother, however, seems unsure: How can smartphones replace textbooks?

“We need to realise that the younger generation can grasp a concept better when it is presented on a screen. I have seen some of the content and it is quite fun. It cannot replace classroom teaching, but it is a useful aid,” says Madhuri Tandon, a parent and a special education teacher.

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Recognising the trend, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) launched a mobile application ‘E-CBSE’ in 2015. The app provides e-learning material as a supplement to the curriculum. It has been downloaded 5,000 times.

However, it is the private players that have truly taken the lead when it comes to innovative learning solutions.

 

Meritnation, a popular education app, provides conceptual videos and collaborative learning methods. It goes beyond the curriculum, which helps students enhance soft-skills and prepare for competitive exams.

From sample papers to interactive learning, there are hundreds of apps ready to offer an experience that goes beyond classroom learning.

Source: The Hindu

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CBSE makes six subjects mandatory for Class X board exams | Radice-Edu Blog

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Students appearing for Class X board exams from next year will have to study six subjects instead of five with the CBSE remodelling its assessment scheme.

Class X students have to presently study five subjects — two languages, social science, mathematics and science.
Students also have a choice of studying a vocational subject as an “additional” course.

However, from the 2017-18 academic year, it will be compulsory to study a vocational subject.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has remodelled its assessment scheme for Class X Board examination for schools offering vocational subject as compulsory subject under the National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF).

“If a candidate fails to pass in any one of the three elective subjects — science, social science, mathematics, then it will be replaced by the vocational subject (offered as sixth additional subject),” a CBSE circular said.

Students will have 13 options to choose from for the sixth subject — Dynamics of Retailing, Information Technology, Security, Automobile Technology, Introduction to Financial Market, Introduction to Tourism, Beauty and Wellness, Basic Agriculture, Food Production, Front Office Operations, Banking and Insurance, Marketing and Sales, and Health Care Services.

According to the circular, the maximum marks will be 100. Out of the total 100 marks, the board exam will be of 50 marks, and 50 marks are allocated to internal assessment/practical examination.

A candidate will have to score 33 per cent marks in both board exam and practical exam to pass the subject.

In another major decision, the CBSE has decided to do away with seven Academic Electives and 34 vocational subjects for Class XII because of low enrolment numbers.

Source: Economic Times

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CBSE prepares draft for revision of affiliation bylaw | Radice-Edu Blog

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The major proposals in the draft prepared by the CBSE for revision of the affiliation bylaw are ‘to publish the fee structure on school websites and not to make government NOC mandatory for affiliation.’
It has also been recommended that parents be given representation in the management committee to keep them posted about the proposed fee hikes.

The CBSE had set up a committee to review its affiliation bylaws, in an effort to end commercialisation of school education. The revised affiliation bylaw, which is currently in the draft form, is expected to be enforced soon.
Kerala CBSE School Managements Association  President T P M Ibrahim Khan said the Association had requested the CBSE to withdraw suggestions that involve revelation of confidential information about schools.

The Association has not objected to the suggestion to publish the fee structure on school websites. “The fee structure is available in the prospectus. Schools are at liberty to fix fees based on the amenities they provide. If the classroom is air conditioned, the fees will be higher,” he said. “The affiliation bylaw has not been consolidated yet. We have accepted all the suggestions, except the suggestion to reveal confidential information. Another suggestion is to revise up the age limit of principals to 60 years, with conditions. While the normal age limit is 58, the management could extend a person’s service period by two more years if he/she has an exceptional track record,” he said.

Source: New Indian Express

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5 tips to tackle your board exams with ease |CBSE Boards Exams 2017 | Radice-Edu

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Face your board exams cool and calm! Radice-Edu shares the mantra to ace the space in style. With not even a week to go for the examinations to start, recent surveys reveal that most students are under pressure and stress and as the date near, they find it extremely difficult to focus on their studies and spend plenty of time worrying. However, with a little bit of planning, students can combat this problem and put in an excellent performance during the tests. Here are a few tips from Radice-Edu for those feeling the heat:

Mantra 1: Maintain a TimeTable and Follow it!

Students find it difficult to follow the timetable they have themselves made. A possible reason for it could be that the timetables students are making are more ambitious than realistic. Make sure your timetable has achievable short term goals and you are good to go.

Mantra 2: Schedule your Revision

Some students complain that they do not get time to revise the syllabus before the exam, to tackle the problem, one can simply revise the entire syllabus by skip reading through the notes and just going through mock test questions and noting down the answers in points on the question paper itself. That would help the students save time, revise and also build confidence.

Get yourself prepared with our personalised practice tests at Radice-Edu.

Mantra 3: Outdoor Breaks

Most students skip taking outdoor breaks and that is problematic. It is important that one takes outdoor breaks and remain calm for the preparation. Studies reveal that stress can hamper memory and to ensure that you retain what you learn, make sure you take outdoor breaks.

Mantra 4: Proper support from Parents

Many students complain that they are under constant pressure from their parents. Now, this is for parents to understand it is a mental support that their children need and comparisons and unachievable goals will only affect their student’s performance.

Radice-Edu offers detailed skill-based feedback reports to parents which can be used to monitor student performance and give them the necessary support to take the CBSE Board exams with confidence.

Mantra 5: Abstinence from social media

Social media websites do provide instant gratification but it’s important to abstain from it and channelise your energy towards a relaxing activity that would also be helpful for your physical fitness. However, a judicious decision should be taken and going off social media completely is not really the answer. Plan your free time accordingly, take your time off social media and utilize it to enhance your skill set at e-learning platforms.

 

 

Tips to Repurpose E-Learning Content

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Are you about to spend valuable time and resources developing new eLearning content? Before you do, take a moment to read these tips for re-purposing your existing eLearning materials from Radice-Edu, an online education website for CBSE 10th grade students.

Recycling may be good for the environment. But it’s also great for your bottom line. Not to mention, your schedule. Repurposing eLearning materials can help you maximize your eLearning resources and reduce development time. In this article, Radice-Edu presents some tips to repurpose the e-learning content that you already have on hand.

1. Gathering Existing eLearning Materials And Tools

Before you can repurpose your eLearning content, you have to take stock of your current eLearning assets. This includes eLearning materials, tools, and human resources. What eLearning content is available? And how can you use your current eLearning tools to transform it into something else? In addition, what skills and talents does your eLearning team possess? After all, they are the ones who take the eLearning materials and transform them into something new and modern.

2. Create A Plan Of Action

Once you have all of your eLearning resources at-the-ready, it’s time to create your plan of action. This may be in the form of an eLearning storyboard, detailed outline, or even a mind map. The key is to map out every aspect of your eLearning course using the puzzle pieces you already have. This also allows you to determine which tools and resources you still require. Meet with your eLearning team to get their input and recommendations. They may even have additional resources or software that you can use in your eLearning strategy.

3. Use A Responsive Design eLearning Authoring Tool

The world of eLearning is moving toward mobile. People need constant access to information, and mobile devices make this possible. As such, you may want to consider a responsive design eLearning authoring tool sooner rather than later. This can save you time and money in the long run. Since you won’t have to worry about transferring all of your new eLearning content to a mobile-friendly platform in the future. Responsive design tools allow you to create a master layout of your eLearning course. The system automatically adjusts the images, text, and other elements based on the mobile device. This also applies to laptops and PCs.

4. Convert eLearning Content Into Simulations, Branching Scenarios And Podcasts

One of the best ways to repurpose your eLearning content is to modernize. Today, interactive eLearning content is a must-have for eLearning courses. Online learners are able to immerse themselves in real-world environments thanks to virtual simulations and branching scenarios. They can see the consequences of their decisions and then adjust their approach accordingly. Podcasts are another great learning tool. On-the-go online learners can listen to bite-size tutorials to get the information they require.

5. Tell A Story

Stats and facts are usually not the most exciting. Not to mention, online learners may find it difficult to remember the important information. Especially if there is a lot to absorb. Fortunately, you can turn your eLearning data into real-world examples, case studies, and stories. A collection of numbers and percentages becomes an emotionally-charged story with interesting eLearning characters and challenges. Just make sure that you outline your plot and figure out how the information fits into the overall arc. The facts should still be the star of the show. The story is nothing more than a compelling vehicle to facilitate immersion and captivate their imagination.

6. Create A Microlearning Online Library

Break larger eLearning courses into microlearning online resources, or add your existing bite-size activities to create a “moment of need” online repository. Create an organized list or database that features links and distinct categories. For example, a section that covers job-related skills, and other that involves compliance topics. The key is convenience. Online learners don’t have the time to sort through all of your eLearning materials to find the necessary information. A microlearning online library makes the process quick and stress-free.

7. Turn Recorded eLearning Events Into Online Tutorials

All of your webinars and live events can be repurposed as online tutorials. You can even integrate supplemental eLearning activities to make it more integrative. For instance, online group collaboration projects and online simulations. Create a detailed e-learning course map so that online learners can follow along. In addition, include time stamps to make it easy for them to skip ahead. As an example, they can jump to the 5-minute mark in order to explore a specific task.

8. Transform Data Into Infographics

Another way to repurpose facts and stats is to create an eLearning infographic. This combines data with visuals to improve knowledge retention. For example, pie charts and graphs to illustrate key data points. eLearning infographics are most commonly used to highlight trends. However, you can convert virtually any topic or idea into a visually engaging eLearning tool; from historical timelines to step-by-step walkthroughs.

These tips can be considered to repurpose your current e-learning content. Do check out our interactive e-learning platform for CBSE students, Radice-Edu.

Special Thanks to InfoProlearning.