Archive for March, 2010

“ELearning platform ‘Odijoo’ to become SCORM Compliant”

Friday, March 26th, 2010

It was announced today by Odijoo that the free Social Learning platform and Rapid Course Management System will become SCORM-Compliant in about a month’s time.

SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) is a global standard for packaging eLearning content. It allows users to export and import their previously authored online courses and course data, created via an external authoring tool, into any SCORM-Compliant Learning Management System, such as Odijoo.

Odijoo’s integration with SCORM will enable Odijoo course creators with previously-authored eLearning content to import their courses into their own Odijoo Classrooms and Campuses, with just a few clicks. Users will still be able to take advantage of all of Odijoo’s other free features, including free course authoring, publishing, hosting, administration and social networking capabilities.

“We’ve seen the number of users steadily increase for Odijoo since its release in October,” commented Shevy Levy, the visionary behind Odijoo, “and while overall feedback has been positive so far, the one request we do get from time to time is the ability to bring previously created courses into Odijoo. This demand made SCORM the logical next step for Odijoo.”

SCORM’s integration with Odijoo will make Odijoo the first-ever SaaS-based, SCORM-Compliant eLearning platform to give users course authoring, publishing and monetization capabilities from their own unique URL, called an Odijoo Campus.

About Odijoo:
Odijoo is a free web-based eLearning platform that allows users to have their own personalized online space from which to create, publish, share and monetize online courses. It is a SaaS-based (Software as a Service), end-to-end software, providing on-demand access to course creation, learning management, hosting and social networking services, all from one place. For more information, visit http://www.odijoo.com.

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SCORM is Coming to Odijoo

Friday, March 19th, 2010

We’re excited to announce that in about a month’s time, Odijoo will be fully SCORM-Compliant!

SCORM is a global standard for packaging eLearning content. It gives users the ability to create online courses in a course authoring tool like Articulate , Lectora , Adobe Presenter , Click2Learn/Toolbook and more and then export the course into any Learning Management System, including Odijoo.

You’ll be able to simply create your SCORM course in a SCORM-Compliant authoring tool, export it as a SCORM course and then import that SCORM course into Odijoo. Once the course is in an Odijoo Classroom, you can add a variety of features to it, including other Courses (SCORM or not), PowerPoints, Quizzes, Discussions and of course, students. You can also put the course into your own Odijoo Private Campus  or sell enrollment to the course  in the Marketplace .

The purpose of SCORM is to save you time. If you already have SCORM-Compliant Online Learning content that you’ve developed, you will now be able to import it into Odijoo with a click of a button. You’ll still be able to use the built-in authoring tool and import PowerPoint features in Odijoo, but for those who already have prepared content, SCORM provides an easier solution.

We expect Odijoo to be SCORM-Compliant in about a month’s time; we’ll keep you posted. Click here to learn more about SCORM.

Odijoo’s Five Remedies for the Pain of eLearning

Friday, March 5th, 2010

While eLearning is often more effective, convenient and affordable for organizations than face to face training, it can also be a tremendous undertaking. To implement an eLearning solution in an organization, the following is required:

  • An authoring tool to create online courses from existing training material
  • Learning Management System (LMS) software to create a virtual Classroom out of the course material and manage/track student progress
  • Third party companies to install, customize, integrate and theme the often code-heavy LMS
  • A hosting company to host the LMS

The above reasons make implementing an eLearning solution not only a slow and complex process, but an expensive one, often costing tens of thousands of dollars. For Small to Medium sized businesses, with limited resources, this process and price tag is not feasible.

Odijoo is designed to simplify eLearning for SMBs, by bringing together an affordable and unique combination of Rapid and easy-to-use tools from a single platform. Organizations can sign up for Odijoo and for less than a few thousand dollars, can create courses, invite students and set up their own Online Training Centre, at their own Odijoo URL. Everything in Odijoo is hosted and managed for the user and all the tools required to get an organization’s courses online are built-in and accessible over the web. This simplified, all-in-one approach is the key behind Odijoo’s innovation.

Odijoo’s technical innovation lies in the following features:

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1. Odijoo Campuses – Allows organizations to have their own unique Odijoo URL, located at an Odijoo sub-domain of their choice (http://organizationname.odijoo.com). Known as an Odijoo Campus, this sub-domain can be used as a private Online Training Centre, to which employees can be invited, courses can be imported and employees can trained from. Odijoo Campuses can be customized to match an organization’s look and feel and are hosted, secure and affordable, costing between $700 and $5,000 total.

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2. Free Built in Course Authoring – Odijoo’s built in Course authoring tool allows members to create dynamic online training courses from scratch and then use them to teach within Odijoo. Courses are easy to create and can include formatted text, audio narration, videos, images, flash animations and more. Alternatively, instead of using the authoring tool, users can import PowerPoint slides into Odijoo and instantly convert them into Odijoo courses. It is 100% free to create and host courses in Odijoo, from both the authoring tool or from PowerPoint slides. Once a course is created, it can be taught to students from a member’s Odijoo Campus, or it can be shared or sold to other Odijoo users in the Marketplace.

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3. Free Course Publishing and Hosting – Once a course is created or imported into Odijoo, it can be turned into a classroom and administered to students for free. A classroom is a space which combines a course, with students, teachers and Learning Resources, such as discussion boards, quizzes and completion reports (student tracking and grading).

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4. Marketplace – The Marketplace is where knowledge is shared, exchanged and monetized in Odijoo. Learners can access the Marketplace and:

  • Enroll in free courses that other users have put up.
  • Enroll in paid courses that cost money to enroll in. The enrollment fee is determined by that course’s creator.
  • Purchase syndicated course material from other members and teach it to their own students. This is called “Course Syndication” in Odijoo.

There is no charge to course creators for sharing free courses in the Marketplace. Odijoo only charges a fee to members who successfully sell or syndicate a course. For every successful purchase, Odijoo retains 10% of the purchase price (with a $5 minimum charge). There is no charge for trying to sell or syndicate a course, only for successfully selling or syndicating it. All payments in Odijoo are exchanged securely via a built-in PayPal system.

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5. Social Learning – Odijoo is a Social Learning Platform, in that it combines eLearning with Social Networking, to create an Online Community of Knowledge. For example members can enroll in others’ courses and interact, through the Marketplace. They can also rate one another’s courses, add friends as contacts within Odijoo or send messages to other members, all from within Odijoo.

Odijoo Quiz, Completion Reports and Certification Screenshots

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

In our last blog entry, we showed you how to add quizzes and discussion boards to your Classroom, in order to assess your learners’ performance. Now, here ere are a few screenshots of Odijoo’s Quizzes, Completion Reports (Student grading and tracking) and Completion Certificates in action

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Create a Classroom in Odijoo, import your courses and Learning Material, add quizzes, discussion boards and resources and invite your students to learn.

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Add a quiz to your classroom and as students complete it, give them a Passing  or Failing Grade, Feedback and choose whether you’d like to issue certification to students who pass

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View and track completion reports based on your quizzes and discussion boards in your Classroom to determine a final grade

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Determine the Look and feel of your Odijoo Certificates. Change the border colour, add a crest, choose what information to place on the certificate, add custom text and more

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Issue your certificate to those students who have passed your course!

Provide Certification for your Online Courses with Odijoo

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Odijoo’s new Certification feature allows you to create, customize and issue custom Completion Certificates to those students who have successfully passed your courses.

Simply create a course , grade your students and set up the look and feel of the certificate you’d like to issue. After you determine which students passed your course, one click of a button is all it takes to issue your certificate. Each certificate is automatically generated into a .PDF file and can be customized to include any or all of the following:

For example, you can:

  • 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…

Certificates are a great way to give your students something tangible upon completing your course and can help legitimize and finalize your training process.

To try it out for yourself, simply:

1. Create your course content and turn it into an Odijoo classroom

2. Get some students into your classroom. You can do this by either:

  • Inviting students into your classroom yourself
  • Putting your course up in the Odijoo Marketplace for any Odijoo user to join for free
  • Selling enrollment to your course in the Odijoo Marketplace

3. Add completion reports to your classroom give your students a final grade of “Pass” or “Fail”.

  • Set grading criteria, to determine what a student must do to pass the course and inform your students of it
  • Add elements such as quizzes and discussions to your classroom and grade your students based on these elements
  • Give you students a final grade of “Pass” or “Fail” based on their discussion participation and/or quiz scores

4. Add and issue an Odijoo Certificate.

  • Navigate to Classroom>Completion Reports and select “Manage Certificates” on the right.
  • Create and customize your certificate to include the information you require
  • When satisfied with your certificate, click “Issue Certificate” and the certification will automatically be given to all students that have passed the course, based on your Completion criteria.

For help with creating courses and classrooms in Odijoo, see our help documentation. For clarification on creating certificates with Odijoo, email support@odijoo.com.