Archive for February, 2010

How to Convert PowerPoints into Engaging Online Training Courses

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Odijoo’s Import PowerPoint feature is the fastest and easiest way to convert your existing organizational training material into dynamic and engaging online courses. Simply create your PowerPoint, or find an existing PowerPoint that you currently use for training and upload it as an Odijoo course.

Now add interactivity and students to your new PowerPoint-based course by importing it into an Odijoo Classroom and being able to add any or all of the following elements to it:

Add Discussions:
Engage your learners in the course material by adding discussion boards to your classroom. Discussions can be used for learners to ask questions or as open forums for learners to discuss course topics. You can choose whether you’d like discussions to be a graded or non-graded component of your classroom


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Create Quizzes:
Test your learners by adding dynamic and interactive quizzes to your classroom. Quizzes can be true/false, multiple choice or paragraph format and are added using a simple drag and drop mechanism. You can edit the number of attempts and grading criteria of each quiz and can determine whether you want each quiz to count for a learner’s final mark or not.

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Upload Supplementary Material:
You can upload files to your classroom to provide learners with supplementary material. Uploaded files can be any format you wish, including HTML, PDF and Microsoft Office documents.

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Grade Learners and issue Certification:
Odijoo’s Completion Reports allow you to determine marking criteria and give learners a final grade and percentage.  You can also create a custom Certificate of completion, to certify learners who succesfully passed your course. Completion Certificates can include:

  • Change the border colour
  • Add a Crest
  • Dynamically generate and place your Course, Instructor(s) and/or Student names on the certificate
  • Show credit hours and/or letter grade achieved
  • Add your own custom text to the certificate
  • And more…

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Contacts, Messaging and Course Rating System:
Throughout their learning experiences, you can exhange messages with your learners, from within Odijoo. Odijoo’s messaging system provides you with an inbox and the ability to send any Odijoo member a private message. You can also add members as Contacts/friends within Odijoo.  In addition, once your learners have completed your course, they can provide you some feedback using Odijoo’s Course Rating System. Odijoo’s Course rating system is user-maintained and works similar to that of Amazon and other websites.

6 Reasons to Adopt Odijoo for your Organization’s Training

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Are you a Small to Medium Sized Business struggling with Employee Training, or a small school that wants to make the switch to Distance Education? It’s time to make the switch to Odijoo and here are six reasons why:

Affordability and Ease of Use

Odijoo is an affordable Employee Training and Learning solution. Why?

With traditional Learning and Training, significant time, effort and money must be invested in order to teach students. Many instructors must be hired or trained, travel costs to and from locations must be incurred and courses must be designed and administered in an engaging way, so as to “stick” with students.

ELearning has been proven to be more effective than traditional learning, but is often too expensive and technically difficult to implement in an organization, especially a smaller one. Learning Management Systems must be installed, developed, themed and hosted and on top of that, dynamic and Interactive Online Courses don’t create themselves, Media Designers do!

Odijoo is both affordable and easy to use. It’s free to sign up and create a course in Odijoo and if you’d like to create a Campus (your own subdomain in Odijoo from which to train only your organization’s employees), the cost is anywhere from $0-$5000. This is only a small fraction of the cost of maintaining a Learning Management System.

In addition, Odijoo’s course authoring tool has all the features required to create an engaging and dynamic Online Course, without the learning curve. Or, if you prefer, you can upload your PowerPoint, or import your Flash Files, to easily convert course material into Odijoo.

Your own Branded Online Training Centre on the Web

Sign up for an Odijoo Campus for free and have your own domain @ yourcampusname.odijoo.com from which to train your employees.

How? It’s as simple as emailing us with a request for a Campus and you’re ready to go with your very own subdomain. For example, ABC Corporation can register ABC.Odijoo.com and 123 Corporation can register 123.Odijoo.com.

Once you’re finished registering your campus, you can customize it, add your courses and invite your students to join to start learning – it’s that easy!

You can change the theme of your Campus, Add a Logo and add a Personal Message to your Campus, to replicate the look and feel of your company and/or website. With Odijoo’s easy to use Campuses, your organization can have their own place on the web that matches their website, at an affordable price.

Privacy and Security

Campuses are not only branded and affordable, but also private and secure.

Simply sign up for a subdomain of your choice @ yourcampusname.Odijoo.com and be sure to set your campus to private. Now you can add your courses, invite your employees to learn and administer your training material in peace, as nobody will see or know about your Campus, its students, or the course material within it, unless you’ve given them permission to!

Easy to Use Roles and Role Settings

Do you have multiple instructors and multiple groups of employees you need to train? With Odijoo’s custom role settings, this is no longer an issue.

Once you’ve set up your Corporate Training Centre at yourcampusname.odijoo.com, you can add your courses in. Each course can be assigned custom permission settings. You can control which teachers and which students are assigned to which course, and which courses are blocked from visibility.

For example, ABC Corp may start a campus at ABC.Odijoo.com with the following courses and role permission settings:

MATH 100 – Teacher: Peter, Students: Mary, Bob, Bill
MATH 200 – Teacher: Dale, Students: John, Dave, Bill
MATH 300 – Teacher: Jim, Students: Linda, Susan, Allan

All-in-One Approach



With Odijoo, you don’t just get a Course Creation Tool and you don’t just get a Learning Management System – you get both and MORE.

With Odijoo, you can sign up and create a course, share a course, sell a course, administer a course, put a course in a campus and add quizzes, discussions and social networking elements to a course, all in one sitting. On top of that, it’s all web-based and hosted for you. In fact, you’ll only pay if:

1. You need to invite students to a Campus and the Campus is private (i.e. not visible to the general public)

Or

2. You sell a Course on Odijoo (we deduct 10% from the purchase price)

For more information on Odijoo, visit www.odijoo.com

Odijoo Marketplace: “the iTunes of Knowledge”

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Odijoo is an asynchronous eLearning platform, which takes a student-centered online learning approach. The goal of Odijoo is to facilitate 2-way learning in the classroom setting: student to student, student to teacher and teacher to student. This means combining the functionality of an eLearning platform, with social networking features.

One of these features is the Odijoo Marketplace. What is the Odijoo Marketplace? Picture iTunes, or Amazon, but instead of music and media being exchanged, it is knowledge, in the form of online courses.

Users can connect with one another and share knowledge in the Odijoo marketplace; users can search for courses by name, subject matter or industry and enroll either for free or for a fee (if the classroom administrator has set one) and instantly begin learning!

If you’re a subject matter expert or trainer, you can also create a course in Odijoo and add it to the Marketplace as either a free or paid enrollment course. If you choose to charge, for every user that enrolls in your course or buys your syndicated course content, Odijoo™ deducts 10% from the purchase price (with a $5 minimum charge) and you keep the rest. If you don’t make money, we don’t charge!

Odijoo’s Marketplace also has a Course Rating System built inside it – after enrolling in a course and taking it, users can rate it. This involves users giving the course a rating out of 5 stars and leaving a comment about their experiences with it. The system works much like that of Amazon or Expedia and is designed to give potential students a better idea of the quality of a course, before enrolling.

Sign up for Odijoo at www.odijoo.com and check out the Odijoo Marketplace for yourself!