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Add Third Party Learning Content To Your Classrooms

Monday, December 20th, 2010

What we have found is that great learning content can come in many forms and from many places on the internet. One of the best formats has been video as it lets students experience the classroom environment wherever they are. A great example is the khanacademy.com where Salman Khan has been able to teach over 30 million people on a multitude of high school and college level topics (Love that digital chalk board he uses). For many subject matter experts, slides and Powerpoint™, continues to be an old reliable standby and continues to overcome the disdain of every college student (the US military feels the same way).

However it still takes a little effort to create the material and organize the topics into learning objects. At Odijoo we feel the entire classroom learning experience is not about one particular format type. It’s about using the best tools and reinforcing learning through different approaches. So to hasten the creation of your classrooms, and to let you teach students in an efficient manner, we have have included the embedding of media from several the major sites – Youtube, Vimeo, Scribd, Docstoc, and Slideshare. This is in addition to our SCORM importer, the learning standard used by professional instructional designers. The first two are major video streaming sites, and the remaining three are browser based document viewers, for formats like word, pdf and powerpoint. All these sites have millions of learning resources and now they can be added to your Odijoo Classrooms.

All you need to do is to login and visit www.odijoo.com/create. Click on Add 3rd Party and provide the embed link or URL to your third party media. This becomes part of your repository of learning content. Now whenever you create a classroom, drag and drop this media and your students will be able to learn with it. We would love to hear your feedback.

Have a Happy Holiday from everyone at Odijoo.com!

Odijoo Review: Keeping e-Learning Simple

Monday, August 30th, 2010

This guest post is contributed by Angelita Williams, who writes on the topics of online college courses. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: angelita.williams7 @gmail.com.


What, exactly, is it about Odijoo that makes it so unique? Open education has become something of a buzzword, although harnessing the powers of the Internet to get ahead in your educational and training goals is certainly a cause worth pursuing. But for those of you have tried to navigate learning and/or teaching tools on your own, you know what a jungle the Internet can be.

The great thing about Odijoo is the simplicity of its design and functionality. Often, small and medium sized businesses need a tool to train and teach their employees the skills they need to know to maximize their potential. Training employees can become expensive, however, especially for SMBs with limited budgets and revenues. Odijoo is the first e-Learning platform that combines free Learning Management (LMS) capabilities and course authoring in one. Odijoo is the first of its kind, enabling people with little technical know-how to create lessons and even entire online campuses with just a few clicks.

But lesson creation is only the beginning of Odijoo’s capabilities. Once you’ve created a lesson that employs file saving and sharing, PowerPoint integration, quiz-making, etc., you can go one step further and compile lessons into courses and even courses into entire campuses. While most eLearning tools are fractious in nature–you have to create content on one site, teach on another, administer and host on yet another site, Odijoo combines all three into one free e-Learning platform. Once you’ve created the content, users can log into Odijoo, and start learning virtually immediately.

Odijoo gives content creators full control of the e-Learning solutions they create. You can decide who is invited to join in on your lesson or course or you can have completely open access. What’s more, you can even decide to charge a fee to those enrolled in your courses or set of courses. Odijoo asks only for a ten percent commission on what you earn, and the rest is yours to keep.

Another great function of Odijoo that sets it apart from others of its ilk is its ability to integrate with social networking sites. As most of us who use the Internet now know, social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Ninga have moved beyond their humble mostly-for-entertainment beginnings. Facebook and its relatives enable any information to gain a fast following for free through word-of-mouth. Odijoo also offers a review function for learners, so you can get quick, honest feedback on your created content, and those looking to learn something new will be able to make informed decisions about which courses to enroll in based on these reviews.

Odijoo combines the best of the user-friendly, socially-connected Internet into one web-based and free LMS and e-Learning platform, that has the potential to transform how companies train their employees and how teachers educate their students. What’s more, anyone wanting to learn something new can absorb information quickly and easily. In this way, Odijoo is a perfect online tool for almost anyone.


This guest post is contributed by Angelita Williams, who writes on the topics of online college courses. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: angelita.williams7 @gmail.com.

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»

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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.

Odijoo will be SCORM Compliant in a week!

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

We’re happy to announce that we are now in the final stages of making Odijoo SCORM Compliant. Everything is ready and set up on our test servers and we are now in the process of testing things out to make sure they work like they’re supposed to.

Here’s a sneak peak at the SCORM integration with Odijoo (click on a thumbnail for full-sized version):

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

In the meantime, here are answers to a few FAQs we’ve been getting:

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.

Odijoo – “So how do you make money?”

Monday, April 12th, 2010

After explaining and demo-ing Odijoo at the 2010 F5 Expo, one of the recurring questions we got, was “it’s free? So how do you make money?”

The answer is simple. Let’s start off with what is free in Odijoo…

It is free to do the following in Odijoo:

  • Sign up
  • Create online courses
  • Import your PowerPoint slides
  • Convert courses into classrooms (add interactivity –  multimedia, students, quizzes, discussion boards and more)
  • Administer classrooms and courses to your students, or to members of the Odijoo community
  • Create and maintain your own Odijoo Campus that’s accesible to the general public, located at yoursubdomain.odijoo.com.
  • Add your course to the Marketplace and allow members of the Odijoo community to enroll in it and rate it
  • Create a paid enrollment course and put it up for sale in the Odijoo Marketplace or in your public Campus (accesible to anyone in Odijoo)
  • Take courses, rate courses, add members as contacts, message contacts, participate in discussions

So when do we charge? Good question.

There are two scenarios, where Odijoo would retain money from you:

  1. Subject Matter Experts: If you making money in Odijoo by selling courses, Odijoo retains 10% per course sold.If you’re a trainer that does consulting on the side, you would want to charge a fee for your Odijoo training course and offer it for paid enrollment from either your Odijoo Campus, or the Marketplace. It is free to create and put your paid enrollment course up for “sale”. However, when students can begin paying your enrollment fee and taking your course, 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!
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  2. Organizations: If you are using an Odijoo Campus as a corporate training centre and you would like it to be privately accessible for only your employees.If you’re an organization or trainer and would like your Odijoo Campus to act as a completely private online training centre, accessible only to the employees whom you invite, rather the general public, this is called a Private Campus. You will need to purchase “seats” for your employees, which each seat representing one of your employees/learners taking one of your courses.You can purchase your Campus seats in blocks (bundles) of 100, 500 or 1,000 seats. The cost is $700, $3,000 and $5,000, respectively, which averages out to $5-7 per employee taking a course in your campus.
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So, it’s that simple. Unless you sell a course or request for a fully-private Odijoo Campus, Odijoo is 100% free to sign up for and use. We hope this is more clear now and keep the questions coming!

Odijoo at the 2010 F5 Expo

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Thanks to everyone that dropped by our booth at the 2010 F5 Expo, which took place at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, on April 7, 2010.

The F5 Expo is tradeshow and conference, intended to showcase “changing technologies” in the “online space such as social media, search marketing, mobile applications, and future trends.” The expo included an exhibition portion, as well as panel sessions and speaking sessions. The keynote speaker was respected author and columnist, Malcolm Gladwell. As a free web-based platform for collaborative online course development, deployment, interaction and delivery, Odijoo fit right in!

We had a lot of fun at the expo and met all sorts of individuals, including:

  • Individuals looking for online learning for their business
  • Subject matter experts wanting to monetize their knowledge
  • Organizations in need of a free web hub for storing organizational material
  • Individuals interested in SaaS and social media, who wanted to check out the software

The tradeshow was a wonderful experience and we are looking forward to our next one. In the meantime, here are a few photos we snapped at F5 for your viewing pleasure:

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An early look at the F5 Expo tradeshow floor. Odijoo was located at booth 315.

Odijoo free online learning platform at the 2010 F5 Expo

A bit more of the tradeshow floor.

Our booth!

Demonstrating Odijoo to the crowd

Demo-ing Odijoo to interested individuals. At some points, we had more people than we could tend to!

“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.