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At Ziiva, we offer more than a comprehensive, tailor-fit Learning Management System. We are always seeking ways to enrich your company culture and improve the online learning experience that you offer to your students, employees, customers, or users.


Online training in the age of COVID-19

Posted by Erin on Mon, May 10, 2021

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It goes without saying that the recent COVID-19 pandemic has altered almost every aspect of how we live, and arguably defined 2020. Terms like “quarantining”, “flattening the curve”, and “social distancing” are now used every day, and businesses of all trades have had to alter their policies in compliance with new regulations and change the way their employees are allowed to interact as a response to the threat that the pandemic has posed. The ultimate way to social distance is to move everything online, including and possibly especially training, which has proved to be beneficial in more ways than one. Could this shift to online learning be the new normal?

The COVID-19 pandemic has corporate and professional training organizations scrambling to find ways to make learning accessible and effective and, now that people are spending more time at home, this seems like the perfect time to transition to online learning or give your current LMS a revamp.  You can play a valuable role in offering your clients options and delivering solutions for maintaining training and compliance with your expertise backed up by great technology.

A few different ways to do that are by:

  • Shifting classroom training to live, virtual sessions. Covid-19 made the need for this type of flexibility clear, and even just having the ability to do this will make your business and the training it offers more responsive to and less impacted by whatever challenges may lie ahead.
  • Delivering blended learning programs that incorporate self-paced modules and materials, perfect for those who are balancing a few more things than usual while spending more time at home.
  • Automating learning paths that incorporate follow up training and assessments to measure training effectiveness with less energy spent on doing so.
  • Building a library of digital learning assets for learners to access as needed, whether their training is set-paced or self-paced.

The pandemic has presented new challenges for us all, but we have been working with businesses to develop and support great learning programs for over twenty years.  Ziiva knows online training but what we would love to learn is how we can help you transition to a more flexible way to offer online learning in a time when that is most needed, and ultimately help strengthen and grow your business. 

Schedule a quick consultation call with an experienced eLearning professional.

Topics: learning management system, elearning tools, web based training





Top LMS Features for Selling Your Training

Posted by Dan Wheeler on Fri, May 07, 2021

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The eCommerce industry is growing fast! And while you don't have to have eCommerce to sell your training, you are likely missing out on revenue opportunities if you don't. And considering the current shift towards online everything, now is the time to either reconsider eCommerce as an option or, if you have it already, step up your game. At Ziiva, we work with all kinds of training providers and consultants to sell training directly to individuals and businesses.  

The Prosperity LMS learning platform gives you a catalog of training that your customers can purchase directly, whether it’s buying an online course or registering for a webinar or live session class.  

Here are the top 6 features our clients use to maximize their sales:

  1. eCommerce - Use a merchant account and payment gateway like Stripe or PayPal integrated with our shopping cart to automate sales. Automation means less work for you and more fluid upward scaling. Work hard and work smarter. 
  2. Training codes - Generate unique codes for your clients to distribute for specific, pre-purchased content. Easy for your clients. Easy for you.
  3. Discount codes - Generate specific item or overall discounts that can be applied at purchase to boost sales and help you track marketing campaigns. Marketing 101- everyone likes a good sale.
  4. Graphics and copy - Add photos, Instructor Bios and detailed descriptions for your content to grab your learners’ attention and keep them interested.
  5. Remarket - Email former students to let them know about new content or offer them repeat purchase discounts or referrals. They’ll follow through (again) if you follow up.
  6. Social media- share your catalog, specific classes, specials, and more on popular social media platforms. Let your learners advertise you by word of mouth by sharing their successes and learning experiences.

With features galore, figuring out how to find everything you’re looking for can be overwhelming. Choosing and LMS to help you do that shouldn’t be. Prosperity LMS makes it easy and our experienced team can help.  

Schedule a consultation call with us to learn how to get started.

Topics: learning management software, ecommerce, selling training





Start Small to Go Big

Posted by Kellyann Bryan on Thu, Mar 05, 2020

Tips for Scaling your Training System

Prosperity LMS is synonymous with scalability and flexibility – it’s what we do best. As a client-focused, partnership-based company, our top priority is making sure each customer gets an LMS as unique as their business, along with the right amount of support through each stage and phase of theBusiness man closing a deal with a handshake process.

A flexible and scalable learning management system is a multi-tiered, multi-location business’s best friend. When a large company or corporation decides to employ a learning management system, deciding where to start can seem overwhelming. Could we be your new best friend?  

Instead of creating a complex system that spans multiple locations and departments, we recommend starting small. It is always possible (and unequivocally easier) to scale up -- rather than starting too big and having to re-structure the entire thing. Sooner is better than better. It may seem appealing to map out every thread in the training system web -- but that has the potential to get you tangled up. By jumping in with one objective, you will reduce the amount of time it takes to get value from the system, as well as lessen the overwhelm of creating a complex system all at once.

Here is what we recommend for starting small: 

  • Pick a focus project – Decide on the smallest project that will bring value to your company. Whether that be on-boarding, compliance, safety, quality, or a unique-to-you training program. See the diagram below for choosing a subcategory to start your focus project.
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  • Assess the project as you go – Once you've decided on your focus project, how will you know you're getting value from it? Value can typically be defined in two ways: faster and/or better.  

    Examples of "faster" would be when it takes you less time to do a specific task, such as:

    • preparing and distributing reports
    • scheduling classes
    • handling out-of-compliance learners
    • delivering, scoring, and tracking tests

  • Examples of "better" would be when the results you get are more accurate and/or more detailed than you currently have, such as:
    • tracking the time a student spends reading a course
    • tracking the time it takes for a learner to complete a test
    • automatically assigning training based on job requirements -- instead of leaving the decision up to supervisors
  • Make modifications and scale – Before you decide to scale the project (or how to scale it), meet with your team to gather feedback, see what worked, and what needs to be adjusted so you can feel confident in pushing it out on a larger scale. In fact, this is a great time to consult with your LMS provider for feedback as well. The right LMS partner will have insight into your project and be able to share best practices with you.
    So let's get started!
    The benefits of starting small are many. Save yourself from the pain and suffering of trying to do too much, too soon, and come up with an attainable plan of which you can be sure. From there, scaling up is a cinch.

Topics: lms, corporate learning, learning management system, enterprise, learning management systems, Scaling





LMS Tips Refresh: Integrating with 3rd-party Systems

Posted by Kellyann Bryan on Mon, Feb 17, 2020

Integrating your LMS with 3rd-party systems is a necessary step. However, it may come with unanticipated hurdles. 

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Take a look back on one of our infographics to see four common issues that arise with integration, as well as our advice on how to handle them.

 

Prosperity can integrate with just about any system to streamline your workflow and make things easier for you and your users.  Common integrations include SSO for seamless access, HRIS and CRM systems for user account synchronization and updates, and payment gateways for eCommerce.

 

No matter which systems you use, the Prosperity team can help you put the integrations in place to make your training more successful.

Topics: lms tips, integration





Should You Update Your Training Content?

Posted by Kellyann Bryan on Fri, Jan 17, 2020

New year, new…training?

Whether or not you conform to the “new year, new you” thinking at the start of January, an occasional shake-up or re-imagining does have its perks – especially when it comes to your employee training.

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Forget the diets, budgets, and gym memberships (well, maybe don’t, if that’s your jam) and let’s take a look at your training content and see how a few small tweaks can make a difference.

 

1. Take Stock of All Current Training Programs
What programs are you currently using – are they working well for you? For your employees? Is the content relevant and up-to-date? Taking the time to peruse and assess your current programs will have a ripple effect throughout your company. Properly trained employees are informed and engaged, resulting in better performance, fewer accidents, and overall, time and assets saved. 



2. Check Employee Training Data
While you’re at it, check that all of your employees are also up-to-date on their training requirements. Administrative tasks like these often fall through the cracks, so consider running monthly (or weekly) automated reports to keep up with deadlines and data. Send email reminders to employees for upcoming or overdue training. Read more about reporting here.


3. Consider Implementing (or Revamping) Microlearning
Microlearning is an effective method for specialized training, refresher courses, and supplementing long-form training. It also boasts higher retention and engagement among users because of its often fun, easy-to-consume delivery. If you are already using microlearning in your training, see if there are additional courses you could add – look for gaps in training you noticed when you did your assessment.

 

4. Compile Existing Training Extras (and Create a Few New Ones)
Gather all of your existing training extras – info-graphics, charts, videos, PDFs – and decide what stays and what may no longer be relevant. Create some fresh additions to fill in those gaps that may be present. 



5. Revitalize Your Reference Library

If you don’t already have a reference library, it’s a great tool to have in your training arsenal. Take all of the training content that you’ve updated, as well as the supplemental extras, and keep it all in one place. Not only is this a great organizational tool for you or your training supervisor, it’s infinitely valuable to your employees to have access to training materials, all the time. If you do have a reference library already, give it a little TLC – when’s the last time you did a little dusting, a little polishing?

 

We may scoff at the idea of new year, new anything, but let’s be honest -- it’s not a bad idea to rethink your training content to make sure you’re getting the most out of it. You’ve already done the work, make it work for you.

Better yet, make us work for you --

Set up a call or send us your questions

Topics: computer based training, online training, lms content