Archive for June, 2010

3 ways to Author courses for free with Odijoo

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Odijoo is a free course authoring tool designed to fit the needs of a variety of audiences. Odijoo makes e-Learning simple and quick for anyone – from the novice, looking for a quick way to place their content online and start teaching, to the expert who wants to host them SCORM content for free.

To show Odijoo’s versatility, we’ve put together this list of 3 easy ways for you to author your courses for free in Odijoo, whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced user.

1. Easy Course Authoring for the Beginner

By far the easiest way to author courses in Odijoo, is to create a classroom and upload files into it, such as PDFs or PowerPoints. This is surely not the most effective way of administering a course, but for users who have little time and require a quick, collaborative, web-based and free method of sharing files and training, it may be the best solution.

To add a PDF or PowerPoint to Odijoo, simply create a classroom, and add your resources to it. Resources can be PDFs, PowerPoints, Microsoft Word files and much more. Once you’re ready to share, invite your students or add your Classroom as a public Classroom to the Odijoo Marketplace. Learn more»

Odijoo free course authoring

2. Rapid Course authoring for the Intermediate User

Rapid Course authoring is a good option for users who require a more advanced course authoring method than simply adding resources, yet still require a fast and easy-to-use solution. Odijoo’s built-in authoring tool allows users to create PowerPoint-like course slides, from right within Odijoo and instantly then save them as an Odijoo course. Your Authoring tool-created course can incorporate images, hyperlinks, flash, video, audio and more.

Once you’ve finished authoring your course, you can import it into a classroom, to add resources / files, discussion boards, quizzes, completion reports (grading) and more. You can also invite students to take the course, or offer it for free or a fee on the Odijoo Marketplace to the Odijoo community. The result is a beautiful, interactive and dynamic online course, authored and hosted for you within Odijoo.

To create a course using the Odijoo authoring tool, log in, navigate to the Content Menu and select “Authoring tool” to begin. Learn more»

Odijoo free course authoring tool

3. Advanced Course Authoring for the Expert

If you’re an expert course developer, or someone who’s familiar with Online Course authoring, then you’ll likely already have previously-created SCORM-Compliant content, authored in an external authoring tool. Odijoo is 100% SCORM- compliant and allows you to import your SCORM content and begin teaching it right away, and for free. Simply import your SCORM course and then add it to a classroom.

Once in a classroom, you can choose to add discussion boards, quizzes and completion reports to your SCORM course and most importantly, you can begin inviting students to take the course. Alternatively, you can sell it or offer the course for free, in the Odijoo Marketplace, to interested Odijoo users. The best part is it’s all 100% free – if you don’t make money, we don’t charge.

To import a SCORM-compliant course to Odijoo, log in, navigate to the Content Menu and select “Import SCORM” to begin. Learn more»

Odijoo SCORM-Compliant LMS

So there you have it – whether you’re a novice, intermediate or expert, Odijoo has the free, and web-based course authoring solution for you. To learn more about Odijoo, click here.

Free e-Learning Platform Odijoo is now SCORM-Compliant

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

We’re excited to officially announce that we’ve finished integrating SCORM into Odijoo – Odijoo is now 100% 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 ArticulateLectoraAdobe PresenterClick2Learn/Toolbook and more and then export the course into any Learning Management System, including Odijoo.

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.

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.

Importing your SCORM Course into Odijoo is as simple as can be:

  1. Have you SCORM Compliant course created and saved on your hard drive. Make sure it’s under 20MB in size.
  2. Navigate to Content>Create Content and choose “Import SCORM”
  3. Enter a name and description for your course and upload the file
  4. You’re done! You can now publish the course into an Odijoo classroom, along with other elements and begin administering it for free to students. You can also syndicate or sell the course.

Here are a few Screenshots of SCORM in Odijoo:

Odijoo Import a SCORM Course screenOdijoo SCORM Compliant LMS for creating, teaching and selling online courses

And a few FAQs about SCORM in Odijoo:

What is SCORM?

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.

How do I create a SCORM Course?

To create a SCORM course, simply use a SCORM-Compliant authoring tool and export it as a SCORM Compliant course. Most of the top tools for creating online course-ware are SCORM Compliant. These include: ArticulateLectoraAdobe PresenterClick2Learn/Toolbook.

What capabilities will SCORM bring to Odijoo?

Odijoo’s integration with SCORM will enable Odijoo course creators with previously-authored SCORM-compliant courses to import their courses into their own Odijoo Classrooms and Campuses, with just a few clicks.

How Easy is Importing a SCORM course into Odijoo?

Very easy! Simply click “Import SCORM Course” from the course author menu, select your course, play around with the settings and you’re ready!

Once I Import a SCORM Course into Odijoo, what can I do with it?

Once the course is imported, it can be added to an Odijoo Classroom. An Odijoo Classroom is a combination of one or more pieces of course material (ie SCORM courses, Odijoo courses, PowerPoint slides), resources (ie quizzes, discussion boards, completion reports, media) and students. Creating a classroom is simple and allows you to administer and teach your online courses to learners.

How will SCORM Make Odijoo Better?

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. Whether you: (a) already have previously authored SCORM content, (b) want to create an interactive course from scratch within Odijoo, or (c) simply want to import some PowerPoint slides and instantly convert them to course-ware, Odijoo will provide you with the service you need, for free.

What is the Cost to Import a SCORM course into Odijoo?

Free! Almost everything in Odijoo is free. There are only two situations in which we charge. For more information, click here.

To sign up and start publishing and administering your SCORM Compliant courses in Odijoo for free, click here.