Odijoo’s Five Remedies for the Pain of eLearning
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:
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.