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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.


The Big Benefit of Microlearning

Posted by Kellyann Bryan on Mon, Nov 18, 2019

During my second year of college, I signed up for a macroeconomics class. I had only ever heard of microeconomics, but macro means big, right (?!) and I was considering opening a business. So, I decided bigger was better, and I went for it.  However, bigger does not always mean better, you guys -- and I quickly learned that in order to understand macroeconomics, one must have a firm grasp on microeconomics (a grasp I did not have, since I’d never taken microeconomics).

Micro, macro, what’s with the Greek prefixes? Well, besides confounding the English language (that’s a whole other blog post), they essentially mean small and large, respectively. Throw one of those bad boys in front of a word, and it changes the meaning. Like, macroeconomics or microlearning.  

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What is Microlearning?

Microlearning is bite-sized, user-centric learning that is efficient and effective. Unlike macro-learning, where things can get in-depth, microlearning cuts straight to the point – without sacrificing relevancy or value of content.  Studies have found microlearning to be more engaging for learners, and not surprisingly, the knowledge retention rate is higher. 

Make no mistake about it -- you cannot just cut your same old training into smaller chunks.  Microlearning modules and learning paths should be specifically created to engage the learner, quickly convey the necessary information, and support the retention and application of that knowledge.

A good rule of thumb is to adapt the miniskirt theory of writing for developing your training with the mantra, “Good training should be like a skirt: Long enough to cover the subject, but short enough to stay interesting.”

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What are some examples of Microlearning?

  • Show examples with short videos
  • Use info-graphics and diagrams
  • Provide concise text and step-by-step instructions
  • Test learning often with just a few focused questions
  • Build a library of just-in-time “how to” training items
  • Require short follow up refresher courses to increase learner retention
  • Incorporate quick online training modules and quizzes to supplement classroom training

 

How will Microlearning benefit me (and my learners)?

  • It’s faster and easier to create and deliver than complex training
  • It’s more engaging
  • It leads to better retention
  • It’s on-the-go friendly (and we all know that ease-of-use and accessibility are a top priority these days)

So what are you waiting for?  Microlearning is an invaluable tool for training and eLearning that can save you and your learners time, and make your training more effective. 

Talk to a consultant about how Prosperity LMS  can help you get started with microlearning

Got questions? Want to suggest a topic? Set up a demo? Let us know 😊

Topics: lms, elearning, microlearning





Partner with Ziiva, Keep Your Groovy Image

Posted by Kellyann Bryan on Fri, Sep 06, 2019

Whether we realize it or not, we are all highly influenced by branding, and branding transcends space and language. People all over the world recognize the beckoning golden arches of McDonald’s, the bright and inquisitive typography of Google, and the mysterious sea-green siren of Starbucks.


A lot of thought is put into the branding of a company and their subsequent websites, marketing material, and overall image. So, when a company considers delving into online training, one of the biggest questions is, “Will it still look like our site?”

If you partner with Ziiva, the short answer is, “Absolutely!”

 

What Does Ziiva Do?

We provide a learning management system (LMS) – a platform that delivers your training content. Since we know the importance of branding and how it affects your business, we build your training sites in a way that maintains the look and feel of your brand – or even that of your individual clients. We will design the user interface to engage your learners and seamlessly integrate your existing website and materials with your logos, colors, fonts, and graphics. We can even custom-brand individual sites for your clients based on their unique needs, but all easily managed from your Prosperity LMS administrator portal.

 

More, More, More:

Here’s how we can make it happen:

  • Integrate the LMS into your existing website for a seamless experience
  • Build a standalone website using Prosperity LMS, branded to your business
  • Offer multiple client-specific websites with unique branding and configuration, all easily managed in one place
  • Target different customers with training websites focused on each target audience


How Do You Like it?

Referencing 70s disco hits is one of my more appealing personality traits, but really – what did you think? Are you ready to give us a call so we can custom-build your training site and keep you looking sharp?

 

Email me: kellyann@ziiva.com, or go ahead and put your boogie-self down on the calendar.

Topics: lms, learning management systems, branding





Selling Your Training with eCommerce

Posted by Kellyann Bryan on Fri, Aug 23, 2019

I was staunchly opposed to the exponential advancement of the internet. I like writing letters and telephones with cords and paper books, so all of the e-this and i-that and smart-thingamabobs seemed excessive and trivial to me. But one late and stormy night, when the lullaby of background-noise-Netflix cocooned me into a dreamy state of lethargy, I decided to peruse the internet for “things.” And I found so many. On one ordinary Saturday evening at midnight, on my couch, in my pajamas, I ordered two books, socks, a blender, and vitamins. I was ecstatic – and it was all thanks to this happy little contraption called “eCommerce.”

 

What is eCommerce?

eCommerce is the process of conducting a business transaction online – and online business is booming. Magnates like Amazon are raking in billions of dollars in revenue each year (roughly 100,000 of that is probably from me), but even modest businesses are seeing a huge benefit in utilizing online commerce.

 

How Can eCommerce Benefit Training Providers?

In the same way eCommerce benefits goods-based businesses, it can benefit you, my friend. Using eCommerce can boost an increase in your revenue, help you reach a wider customer base, and enable a you to sell training anytime, anywhere – even while you’re sipping a mojito on Santa Maria beach (send a girl an invite, okay?).

 

So, then what?

  • Put your current content online – live sessions, webinars, online training, assessments, training materials
  • Build your training catalog, including a training calendar if you have classroom training
  • Determine your pricing – how do you want customers to buy? Subscription? a la carte? bundles and packages?
  • Set up your shopping cart, payment gateway, and merchant account
  • Start selling!

 

Does this sound a little complicated? Too good to be true? Luckily, it’s neither. But it can help to have a feature-rich platform backed by an experienced team. We’ve worked with trainers from sole proprietors to large corporations, helping them transition into the wonderful world of eCommerce. Let’s chat about where you see your training going and what we can do to help.

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Here's a previous post about how a learning management system can help you sell your training, and here is our calendar if you are chomping at the bit to get started.

 

Topics: lms, ecommerce





Simplifying ISO certification with Prosperity LMS

Posted by Dan Wheeler on Wed, Oct 10, 2018

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A Learning Management System (LMS) can greatly simplify the process of achieving and maintaining ISO (International Standards Organizations) certification. Prosperity LMS provides flexible and efficient solutions for manufacturers to track training, standardize processes and ensure that employees are adhering to the necessary standards and specifications, both for ISO certification and for Occupational Health and Safety Administration requirements.

If your company is exploring the benefits of ISO certification, we can work with you to craft a system that will help you get the job done at a price you can afford. 

 

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Whatever compliance requirements you face — and in today’s world, most companies face many industry and governmental regulations that require compliance tracking and reporting — we can help you meet them.  Prosperity LMS can provide the platform you need to schedule and deliver the necessary training to your employees, track and report their progress and ensure ongoing compliance with necessary quality standards.

Ziiva offers customized solutions for your business, tailored to meet your individual needs for ISO and OSHA compliance. We can help you automate tracking, reporting and training to take the headaches out of ISO certification and OSHA compliance.

We can develop a system that will help you determine the skills required for every position in your operation and then deliver a training and assessment program to make sure employees keep and maintain the skill sets they need, while documenting everything so that you have the records you need to prove compliance or easily deal with audits.

Prosperity LMS can help you train new employees and make sure your long-time employees and supervisors have the knowledge and training they require to do their jobs as efficiently and safely as possible.  Our team will help automate your compliance training to make it as simple as possible. Reminders, scheduling, assessment, tracking and reporting can all be automated so that you can focus on your manufacturing process, not paperwork.

Our system can produce rigorous exams to assess how well your employees have absorbed the training and other necessary information and compile the reports of these assessments you need to track compliance.

ISO certification can help your company improve its processes and training, ensuring safe, efficient and quality production. If you’ve hesitated to seek such certification in the past because of the logistics involved or if you’ve achieved certification but struggled with compliance and record-keeping, Prosperity LMS may be your answer. We offer flexible billing models and have a highly experienced team that will get you up and running as quickly as possible and within your budget. 

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Topics: lms, learning management systems, learning management software, manufacturing, compliance





How an LMS helps you sell your content

Posted by susan reuter on Fri, Aug 18, 2017

Two people using Prosperity LMS to sell content

You’ve created the content. Now comes the next step—getting it online and selling. If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you dread getting bogged down with administrative tasks. 

And getting bogged down is easy. There’s always a meeting, a phone call, or a crisis. According to a survey from The Alternative Board, average entrepreneurs spend more than two thirds of their time working on day-to-day tasks and less than one third working on business goals and strategy.

A Learning Management System (LMS) helps you change this ratio and focus on what you do best—training. All you have to do is upload the content.

We’ve broken it down into five ways an LMS can help you sell: 

1. Gets your content online

Entrepreneur describes an LMS as a software platform that “delivers, manages, and tracks results, and generates reports for online courses and training programs.” 

This means your ideas, concepts, and content get online—fast. This allows you to reach more prospective students and train more people in more places. 

Whether you sell courses to 50-person startups or you manage certification training for 50,000 association members, an LMS helps you tackle that first step—getting your content organized and online. 

2. Offers flexible pricing

In addition to customizing the function of an LMS, many also allow you to customize the course pricing. This allows you to use the pricing system that makes sense for you. 

Do you offer a single course or test for one-time customers? Are you selling a six-month certification program where people log in regularly to complete assignments? Are you always flooded with inquiries in January? 

A flexible LMS, moreover, will charge you based on the pricing model you need, and the volume and behavior of your customers. You should not have to pay more for a program that’s designed to fit another business.

Here are some example pricing options:
  • Prepaid course codes
  • Pay-as-you-go
  • Base hosting fee + price per student
  • Support bundles
  • Packaged pricing bundles

3. Provides support for your customers

So you have your content online and you’ve chosen an LMS that works for your business. Now what?

Customers and potential students will have questions. Technical issues will arise. And in order to be successful, you’ll need the time and resources to quickly respond.

According to a 2016 Forrester survey, 63 percent of companies prioritized investing in new technology to improve customer experience. Your LMS can be this technology.

An LMS partner can handle the student support for you, saving you time and money. Many programs have built-in email clients to broadcast messages to students and potential customers. They can also automatically alert students about additional courses and approaching certification deadlines.

4. Collects valuable data

At each customer interaction, an LMS collects data. Did the student create an account, but fail to sign up for a class? Did a potential customer spend time researching your program, but abandon the shopping cart?

 This information gives insight about your students and potential customers. The students who create accounts but don’t add courses can become your prospect list—you already know they are interested. By tracking the learning performance, you can determine if the course needs updating. If you’re struggling for enrollments, you can reshape your content or remarket the course. 

eLearning Industry identifies five types of LMS data to extract:
  • Completion rates
  • Learner performance and progress
  • Assessment scores
  • Learner surveys
  • Peer-based feedback

5. Accommodates your business requirements

So what happens if you’re offering a certification program, but the requirements change? What if you have customers in different states with different requirements? 

Some LMSs can automatically track certifications that vary by state and industry—lifting the burden of compliance monitoring. These areas could include criminal records, credit checks, medical records, and professional licensing.

Using automated alert and email systems, an LMS can notify customers of these changes and impose deadlines for ensuring they are met. 



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If your goal is selling courses and content, an LMS may be the perfect tool to automate tedious administrative tasks, increasing your efficiency and success.

To help you get started, we have created a checklist to help you prioritize your needs and desires, so you can navigate the hundreds of LMS choices and find what fits you best. This checklist is intended to be personalized to YOU, not a particular LMS.

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Topics: lms, e learning software, training, computer based training, web based training