Top online learning tools for successful solutions

You’re only as good as your tools. Whether you’re creating content or collaborating with learners, how you deliver learning matters. There’s certainly no shortage of great platforms, tools and technology for you to choose from. But with so many options (and acronyms), where do you start? To make the right choices, you need to know what these tools can deliver. So, here’s our lowdown of the online learning tools you can use for successful digital learning.

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Our top four types of online learning tool

Used alone or in combination, there are four types of tool for digital learning success:

  1. Digital content creation: The unsung hero of effective digital learning. Creating (or curating) great digital content is key to engaging your learners.
  2. Digital content delivery: How your learning is delivered is essential for its success. Unless your content is easily accessed, it’s going to flop.
  3. Blended learning delivery: Learning doesn’t just happen in one way. Create a blended path through different resources to maximize your impact.
  4. Virtual classroom: Creating a community of learners encourages sharing and collaboration. Embrace the possibilities that an online classroom offers.

Let’s take a closer look at each type of tool.

Digital content creation

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Authoring tools

Authoring tools enable you to create and maintain your own elearning, or digital learning content. 

You can use an authoring tool to produce and deliver engaging learning content. It’s quick and easy. But remember you’ll need to host this content somewhere. 

Take a look at:

  • Elucidat: our cloud-based authoring tool packed with features and tailor-made for collaboration.
  • Articulate Storyline 360: this well-known authoring tool provides a clean and simple approach to content creation.

Content curation tools

From journals and articles to videos and blogs, there’s lots of great content online. Content curation tools allow you to gather these resources into one place. Using AI, these tools create a personalized learning path through this content.

Want to harness the power of all the great learning resources out there? By curating content, you can ensure it’s easy to access and relevant to your learners. Making sure there’s something new each time your learners come back keeps the learning ‘alive’. 

Take a look at:

  • Anders Pink: an excellent online content curation tool that you can embed in your learning.
  • Magpie: this tool provides personalized recommendations to help learners build skills in specific capabilities.

Video creation platforms

Video creation platforms enable you, your subject matter experts and employees to capture and share experiences. 

If you want to get your organization sharing knowledge and stories, this kind of tool could help. User-generated videos don’t just give your learners a voice. They encourage self-directed and peer learning.

Take a look at:

  • Quicktime: a user friendly video tool that’s great for filming and uploading quick voxpops.
  • Frame.io: an online platform that enables effective collaboration on video post production.

Document creation tools

Sometimes simple solutions are the best. Whether it’s a short guide or a template, pdfs and documents can provide quick, practical support. 

Want people to put their learning into practice? Add these kinds of resources into your blended learning path. Give your people the tools to support their learning. 

Take a look at:

  • Word: use this tool to encourage continuous learning by creating templates for learners to use, adapt and share.
  • PowerPoint: this versatile tool is perfect for creating quick guides, which include diagrams and visuals.

Digital content delivery

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LCMS

A Learning Content Management System, or LCMS, allows you to create, manage, host and track digital learning content. All in one place. 

Is the majority of your learning digital? Want just one tool to create and deliver it? An LCMS could be for you. The detailed analytics that an LCMS offers can also give you valuable learner insights.

Take a look at:

  • Elucidat: Adding features which enable collaboration, hosting and delivery has seen our tool grow into an LCMS.
  • Xyleme: this tool brings your entire learning content management lifecycle together in one streamlined process.

Elearning portal

An elearning portal allows you to host and deliver your elearning to any audience. 

From contractors to suppliers, people outside your organization may also need development. Use an elearning portal to provide anyone with access to learning using an URL rather than a login. 

Take a look at: 

  • Learning Launchpad: skip the admin and use our tool to create mobile-friendly elearning portals which everyone can access. This includes anyone inside and outside your organization. This is great if for example you have contractors or suppliers who you need to share access with!
  • SharePoint: use this tool to quickly curate elearning and other resources which don’t require tracking. It provides one easy to access location, but is only accessible to people within your organization.

Blended learning delivery

blended learning delivery

LMS

A Learning Management System, or LMS, allows you to host, deliver and manage learning. From face-to-face to social forums, an LMS can incorporate a wide range of experiences into a blended learning path. 

Do you need to host and track elearning alongside other non-digital training? Is HR management and administration needed? An LMS may be the answer.

Take a look at:

  • Docebo: this platform combines an LMS with social learning.
  • Totara: a flexible, open LMS delivering training and performance appraisals.

LXP

A Learning Experience Platform (LXP) takes a personalized and social approach. They offer adaptable paths through curated and user generated content. Putting the learner in control.

Want to create a user led learning experience? Looking to encourage exploration and collaboration? This could be the tool for you. Detailed analytics means an LXP can also give you valuable learner insights.

Take a look at:

  • Stream: use this platform for social and self-directed learning with personalized recommendations.
  • Learn Amp: this platform creates clear and engaging learning paths and integrates social features, such as in app messaging, leaderboards and follows.

VLE

A Virtual Learning Environment, or VLE, allows you and your learners to create, upload and share resources. 

VLEs are often used in the education sector. Is your focus learner collaboration rather than performance tracking? A VLE could work for you. 

Take a look at:

  • Moodle: this open source platform helps educators create effective online learning.
  • Blackboard: this VLE creates optimized and customizable educational experiences.

Virtual classroom

Virtual classrooms

Webinar software

A webinar is a web-based seminar. At its simplest, it’s a presentation followed by questions and answers. Add interactions, such as group chats and polling, and you create a virtual classroom.

If you want to avoid the disruption and cost of face to face (or it’s just not possible), webinar software could be an alternative. Record the session and you can create a great resource for future learning.

Take a look at:

  • WebEx: this software allows you to stream your webinar to up to 40,000 attendees. And features, like polling and breakouts, keep it interactive.
  • GotoWebinar: use this tool to turn your presentation into a conversation with learners. 

Video conferencing software

Video conferencing software enables your learners to connect.

From hosting a virtual classroom to providing coaching, this tool encourages social learning. Added to your blended learning path, it can create opportunities for peer collaboration.

Take a look at:

  • Zoom: created for conference calls, this is a popular tool for Virtual classrooms as it offers lots of the same feature as webinar software.
  • Google Hangouts: a great tool to engage learners in collaboration and peer sharing.

A toolkit for learning

Not spotted the perfect tool? Lots of products tick more than one box. For example, Elucidat is an authoring tool and an LCMS. Explore using a mix of tools, rather than settling for one. You can integrate many of these tools into your blended learning path. For example, use Elucidat (including Learning Launchpad) with Quicktime, Zoom, Word and an LMS. This combination could create a learning path through reflective digital activities, expert videos, face to face role play and info-sheets. Whatever your approach, the key is understanding the tools available, and how they can help you. And with this overview, you can start making your decisions!

Want to find out more?

Interested in how Elucidat’s authoring platform and Learning Launchpad can help you? Book a personalized online demo with one of our team to find out more!

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