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  1. SharePoint 2016 Basics for Beginners

    SharePoint 2016 Basics for Beginners

    SharePoint is Microsoft's web-based collaborative platform used for file management and sharing of data with team members and colleagues. Different businesses worldwide use SharePoint to store and share their important information to other users through a single location.

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  2. Windows Server 2016 Editions Comparison

    Windows Server 2016 Editions Comparison

    Microsoft is known, among other things, for continuously raising the bar for efficiency in information management. Its signature product, the Microsoft Windows Server, is one such product that has helped corporations manage server operations efficiently over the years.

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  3. 10 Qualities of a Great LMS

    10 Qualities of a Great LMS

    With the field of professional training constantly evolving, most educational processes have gone digital. Online learning programs have taken over the teaching and training industry for professionals. An effective LMS (Learning Management System) is of great value to any organization if they intend to increase the efficiency of their workforce through constant training and professional development and meet organizational goals effortlessly.

    An LMS is a learning management software that helps carry out administrative tasks and manages the conducting of training courses. It is also useful for filing and recording all types of reports and documents needed. With the help of a good LMS, you can launch training programs and customize them according to the needs of individual learners, which are in alignment with your organizational needs. It allows you to run multiple training programs simultaneously, which can be easily uploaded on the software.

    To ensure that your LMS is sound and reliable, check for the following 10 qualities:

    Provides Online Classrooms

    A good LMS facilitates learners by providing an online learning site where trainees can gain professional knowledge regardless of their physical location. What makes these online classrooms so desirable is their scope for a multimodal approach for sharing of knowledge as it caters to a wide variety of participants and increases learner engagement as well.

    Multimodal teaching takes place through various teaching tools techniques such as using whiteboards, videoconferencing, PowerPoint presentations, videos, images, audio, etc. A credible LMS then makes sure that learning programs are flexible and adaptable according to the diverse learners’ needs and organizational goals.

    Encourages Self-Paced Learning

    Another major quality of a great LMS is that it allows learners to learn at their own pace. Encouraging self-paced learning improves learner motivation and engagement to a great extent. Such asynchronous programs require massive teaching content to be uploaded by the trainers so that multiple courses can be made accessible to all types of learners simultaneously. Opt for a reliable LMS that allows instructors to upload heavy teaching material by making plenty of data storage space available.

    Permits Customization Of Courses

    While opting for an exceptional LMS, you should make sure that it allows trainers to customize the software according to the market image and requirements of the organization. Users should be allowed to make any major or minor changes in the color scheme, logo, and the overall look of the software. The LMS should have an allowance for adaptability and flexibility to suit the needs and business goals of an organization and guarantee customer satisfaction.

    Incorporates Gamification

    One of the winning features of a noteworthy LMS is incorporating the tool of gamification. Games are a surefire way to keep reluctant learners motivated and retain their interest. By installing various gaming apps, students - especially millennial learners- can be deeply engaged in the learning process. It can also facilitate knowledge retention as it makes the learning process more fun and exciting.

    Helps Conduct Continuous Assessments

    An effective LMS provides trainers with test generating options to gauge the students’ proficiency levels and professional abilities. In order to make the assessments effortless, the LMS provides trainers with exam designing options in multimedia with varied formats. Not only that, but the LMS also facilitates trainers in compiling test results and reports to measure the learners’ progress.

    Assists In Compiling Reports

    Not only should an ideal LMS help prepare tests, but the LMS should also facilitate trainers in compiling test results and reports to measure the learners’ progress. Apart from test results, attendance records and test reports need to be compiled as well.

    This can help analyze the learners’ performance, their strengths, and areas for improvement. In this way, the LMS can help trainers modify the courses accordingly. This can help determine if a course is a success or not and eventually helps trainers gain more ROI.

    Assess Success Graph

    A sound and reliable LSM will gauge the impact of an online training program and assess its outcomes. It is crucial as it can help pinpoint any flaws or weaknesses in the IT training programs in due course and allow for timely measures to be taken to fill the gaps. Assessing the success graph of a training program can aid online trainers to gain substantial ROI in lesser time and help the program achieve organizational goals.

    Encourages The Use Of Mobile Devices

    An ideal LMS encourages the use of gadgets such as tablets and smartphones for learning. This eliminates the restriction of having access to the internet 24/7. Such an LMS allows learners to gain online training through iOS as well as Android gadgets while on the move. This saves learners’ time, aids inaccessibility and increases learner engagement as well.

    Operates Through Internet Commerce

    An updated and credible LMS usually allows users to conduct transactions through the internet. All payments can be easily made at the touch of a button. This saves the organization time and energy and adds to the convenience of learners. It must also maintain the confidentiality of sensitive data such as bank account information etc.

    Has A User-Friendly Interface

    An ideal and updated LMS will have a user-friendly interface that is easy and pleasant to use by learners. This allows users to navigate easily. An interface that is easy on the eyes and simple to use functions is easy to adopt and use by trainers and learners alike.

    About The Author
    CEO, 360training and QuickStart

    Ed Sattar

    Sattar has invested 20 years in the e-learning industry and made significant contributions across multiple industries. His experience includes extensive research and consulting to convert training into high-impact personalize learning experiences for a modern learner. He innovated how to deliver compliance training through a learning management system without comprising learner retention. Most recently , he has developed a unique proprietary Instructional Delivery Methodology called QS Learn, embedded into the industry's first cognitive learning platform, CLIPP, which is based on artificial intelligence. During his tenure, he has identified key criteria and e-learning compliance standards that are currently being published and implemented.

    Ed Sattar has been nominated for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award three times and was among the top seven finalists in 2009. He has appeared on the Deloitte Fast 50 as the leader of the 6th fastest growing company in Texas, was awarded the Economic Engine award, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce Award, was featured in CEO Monthly and got the companies listed in Inc 5000 several times as one of the fastest growing companies under his leadership.

    Ed studied Electrical Engineering and Finance at the University of Texas at Austin.

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  4. How to Choose the Right IT Skills Training Provider for your Organization

    How to Choose the Right IT Skills Training Provider for your Organization

    Any business organization that wants to stay relevant in the industry needs to invest in such skilled professionals who can work for the growth and development of their business. Whether it is technical or non-technical staff, employers need to select the right type of employees who can adjust and understand the environment of your organization. To ensure the accuracy and reliability of every employee's performance and capabilities, it is crucial for businesses to invest in the right type of training providers who can understand the objectives and goals of your organization.

    Since there are so many online IT training providing companies in the market, it becomes quite challenging for business organizations to select the right type of training provider for their business. Here are some pointers to bear in mind while hiring an IT skills training provider for your organization:

    1.     Check for updated qualifications and training

    Since the IT industry is continuously changing and developing, business organizations need to hire such a trainer who can keep up with the latest technological trends and advancements. Also, it is important to check whether he holds relevant training and certifications that can validate their IT skills and knowledge.

    2.     Evaluate their program customization facilities

    While choosing an IT training provider for any organization, it is important for the trainer to understand your organization's training needs and requirements. Only then will he be able to design an effective training program for your employees. Therefore, it is important to clearly communicate your training requirements to your trainer and select the one who best understands them and is willing to prepare a customizable training program for your business.

    3.     Assess their training programs’ portfolio

    Also, it is important to make sure whether your training provider has some past experience of designing customized training solutions for technical as well as non-technical professionals. This helps to ensure consistency in the training process.

    4.     Refer to their clientele history

    Before choosing an IT training provider, it is advisable to conduct research about their services. You can check their official social media pages or website to learn more about their training content, clientele, or business partners.

    5.     Opt for innovative training programs

    Another important factor to consider before choosing an IT trainer is to check whether the training program offered is flexible and user-friendly. You need to select such trainers who can design interesting and captivating online learning programs.

    6.     Your training provider should cater to diverse learners

    In an organization, there are employees of all ages and backgrounds; some respond better to visual learning, while some prefer theoretical based learning. Therefore, you need to find a trainer who supports varied learning methods.

    7.     Focus on their assessment policies

    You also need to make sure whether the trainer has the ability to keep track of an employee's performance and progress through assessments, quizzes, and tests.

    You must also check whether IT trainers ensure knowledge retention through knowledge, reinforcement activities, and revision sessions. This helps learners recall important information and concepts even after the classroom sessions.

    8.     Discuss your organizational needs

    Before choosing an IT trainer, make sure to let the service providing the company to learn more about the corporate environment of your workplace so that they can provide a suitable trainer according to your organization's needs.

    9.     Seek references and testimonials

    Make sure to ask for references and read some feedback and testimonials from previous trainees' regarding the company’s trainers.

    Instead of designing their own IT training program, many businesses prefer to outsource trainers for IT training. This helps them to focus more on their daily business operations and save up on time and money. Experts consider it a wise decision as conceiving a new IT training program requires huge investments of time and money.

    About The Author
    Sana Sardar
    Senior Manager, People & Culture at QuickStart

    Sana Sardar

    She is a result-driven and proactive HR professional with a diverse experience of 8+ years for working within the intricacies of People Management, optimizing HR operations and strategies to other business projects. An analytical problem-solver, with an EQ to coach, mentor, negotiate and resolve conflicts at any given time for her people, has been a part of QuickStart for more than 2 years.

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  5. How To Measure Workforce Readiness In Your Organization

    How To Measure Workforce Readiness In Your Organization

    Workforce readiness is an important concept in the modern approach to human resource management. It is used as a measure for developing a workforce that has the potential to respond to any change that the organization may have to go through.

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  6. What Is Workforce Readiness?

    What Is Workforce Readiness?

    From an HR perspective, workplace readiness refers to the competence and willingness of employees to change and adapt according to the needs of the workplace. Not everyone enters the workplace with all the skills that they will need to do their jobs, or at every stage of their career. Even the organization won’t stay the same as policies and the environment changes.

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  7. What's The Future Of L&D

    What's The Future Of L&D

    In recent times, those business corporations which have invested in L&D programs have witnessed remarkable changes in terms of talent engagement and retention, increased business profits, and more. Business experts globally agree to the fact that conventional methods of employee training and development cannot bring the desired results as technology has drastically changed in recent years. The current technological advancements in IoT (Internet of Things), big data and cloud computing requires such skills and knowledge that cannot be fulfilled by a conventional learning and development program.

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  8. What Kind Of Job And Salary Can I Expect With The PMP Certification?

    What Kind Of Job And Salary Can I Expect With The PMP Certification?

    Taking a PMP certification is a huge investment in terms of time and money. It is common sense to identify the return on this investment before committing to the course. This article gives you an overview of the PMP certification and the salary increase you can expect after becoming a PMP certified project manager. Several factors go into determining your revised salary, including your experience, job role, and the organizational size.

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