Once you’ve built an e-learning course you’ll want to get it onto your LMS so that people can access it. More than that, you’ll probably want to see how well your learners have done – how long did they spend, have they passed the quizzes and which questions did they get wrong? All this information and more can be sent back to the LMS using SCORM.
Totalling three hours of e-learning, the new programmes (one on health, safety and wellbeing, and one on equality and diversity) will help increase awareness of key organisational and individual responsibilities for 4,000+ of Home’s colleagues and enable them to provide exceptional services to their customers and clients as a result.
Saffron Interactive is proud to announce the release of its free e-learning quiz tool.
Back in February one of Saffron’s people, Stephanie Dedhar, was named Instructional Designer of the Year at the IT Training Awards 2010. Her submission centred on a major compliance training project and the judges were impressed with her focus on using innovative instructional design techniques to make the project a success, achieving both competence and compliance.
Saffron Interactive is pleased to announce ongoing e-learning development collaboration with defence consultancy 3SDL.
We’re excited to announce that we’re putting together a Microsoft Silverlight development team for e-learning.
Evaluating the effectiveness of a learning intervention is often where projects fall down – it can be hard to know how to prove a return on investment. But isn’t it about time we had some common methods to evaluate and measure the value of learning? Here are Saffron’s top five tips for measuring that all important ROI.
Saffron is proud to announce the development of a sub surface fire awareness e-learning course for Heathrow Express.
One of Saffron’s senior instructional designers, Stephanie Dedhar, has been named Instructional Designer of the Year at the IT Training Awards 2010!
Saffron is the official sponsor of the IT Training Awards 2010 champagne reception, and has also been shortlisted in two high profile categories. These annual awards are hosted by the Institute of IT Training and recognise best practice, innovation and excellence in the IT training industry.
Saffron is proud to announce the development of its new SmartVideo™ Workbench, an easy to use toolkit that can turn existing video into truly interactive training material. Quiz questions and text can be added to enhance the learning, while transcripts and translations ensure the video is accessible to as many people as possible. Completion rates can be tracked on an LMS as the SmartVideo™ Workbench is SCORM compliant.
Two of Saffron’s instructional designers, Stephanie Dedhar and Jennifer Wrigley, gave a seminar called ‘social learning: all talk and no action?’ at Learning Technologies 2010.
We’re excited to announce the launch of our innovative Assure product at Learning Technologies 2010.
Videos can be a great addition to e-learning packages – but only if they’re used in the right way. Here are Saffron’s top ten tips for making sure videos are adding value to your e-learning rather than just adding megabytes to your course.
To all our readers and contributors during 2009,
Merry Christmas and very best wishes for the new year! Thanks for reading and we look forward to seeing you again in 2010.
From everyone at the Spicy Learning Blog
I encountered TED last year when my colleague Ali suggested: ‘Hey, check out how the octopus camouflages in this video on TED. Pretty cool!’ It was jaw-droppingly cool. In this video, David Gallo shows footage of sea creatures camouflaging themselves in spectacular ways, shifting colours and radiating neon lights in the blackest depths of the ocean. It was my first encounter with the marvellous source of knowledge and inspiration that goes under the name of TED. So, I thought it was worth sharing this discovery with those of you who are still not in love with it because, as the TED motto says, these are ‘ideas worth spreading.’
With rapid development techniques and easy to use content authoring tools, it’s never been easier to produce e-learning materials. Some of them are even quite good. But how do you make them great?
We’re thrilled to announce that one of our instructional designers, Stephanie Dedhar, has been shortlisted for an IT Training Award in the category of Instructional Designer of the Year 2010!
We’re delighted to announce that Saffron Interactive has been shortlisted in the Training Company of the Year category for the IT Training Awards 2010! This is a huge achievement and is testament to the great people that make up the Saffron team and the great work that they produce together.
Saffron Interactive, one of Europe’s leading e-learning, mobile and blended learning companies, is proud to announce the launch of the Brand Through Profit (BTP) bespoke e-learning course at Diageo.
The most recent post on the Spicy Learning Blog is an extra special one, because it’s our 50th post – a great milestone which we’re very proud of!
All too often, a systems training course becomes a glorified user manual because it tries to train learners on everything that there is to know about the system! Read on for Saffron’s top five tips for creating great systems training that focuses on what learners need to know.
We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve been shortlisted for the 2009 E-Learning Award for Excellence in the Production of Learning Content – Private Sector. We’re particularly proud of this achievement as only seven entries have been shortlisted out of 24 entries.
I have always been fascinated by the way in which children learn. We know that the majority of children’s learning is done without them even knowing, almost by accident, and this learning is simply part of growing up and watching others around you. You don’t need to sit a child down and teach them the English language or how to walk or talk, for example. Nevertheless, I think that we underestimate the strength of this implicit learning.
We recognise that often organisations need content that is, on the whole, generic, but with some bespoke elements tailored to the business. The problem with current rapid development tools is that the software development process is sped up, but not the instructional design process.
Many of you may have seen David Carroll’s humorous tirade against United Airlines. Carroll, a Canadian musician, had his guitar damaged by United and although this was upsetting the customer service he received in the following nine months drove him to distraction – United just refused to accept any liability. So he wrote a song, made a video and put it on YouTube. Following over three million hits on YouTube and Mr Carroll’s appearance on all the major news networks, United scrambled to compensate the musician – but it was too late, the damage had been done.
Saffron is proud to announce that we are the first e-learning company to be awarded Learning Technology Accreditation status from the Institute of IT Training.
Another week, another piece of strangely named web terminology to get to grips with. Recently there’s been a lot of talk about “the Cloud”. You may not be familiar with the phrase, but the chances are that you’re already using it.
We’ve decided it’s time Saffron started tweeting! We’ll be keeping up to date with what the rest of the L&D microblogosphere is thinking and talking about, as well as posting regular updates of what’s on our mind. Click here to follow us!
Saffron has been confirmed as one of the sponsors of the Institute of IT Training’s annual conference and exhibition. This annual conference and exhibition, to be held this year on 23 and 24 September 2009 at Chelsea Football Club in London, is aimed at all training professionals and those who need to keep in touch with the latest in improving workplace performance.
Saffron Assure is aimed first and foremost at making regulatory compliance training more efficient, letting your people download and access assessments directly on their BlackBerrys.
On 8 May, two of our people spoke at the eLearning Network event about creating effective and engaging learning content. We talked about how important it is to give people an excellent first impression of e-learning, and how to go about getting it right first time. We then looked at what good learning content really looks like – how do you create something that’s engaging, relevant and effective? And finally – because we at Saffron don’t believe in settling for ‘good’ – we considered what you can do to turn something good into something great. Our presentation slides can be downloaded here.
There are many examples that I could put forward relating to my title ‘learning on the go’ – such as the time I was ruthlessly knocked off my bike by a BMW. I won’t bore you with the details as most people who know me will have switched off by now, thinking that I’m going to try and drum up sympathy votes. Suffice to say that what I have learnt from my accident is that if you are going to get run over then it’s best done at the start of the week in the morning (as opposed to Friday evening), but more importantly I’ve learnt that you should always wear a helmet and never second guess what other people are thinking.
I have been thinking more and more lately about the general economic conditions we are working in, and what businesses need to be doing to survive and thrive in today’s changing and challenging environment. We hear a lot about the importance of being agile but what does this really mean and why is it so critically important?
A few months ago, intrigued as to what all the fuss was about, I signed up to Twitter to find out why on earth it appeared to be taking over our lives and taking up countless newspaper columns. Since then, its popularity certainly hasn’t died down and recently, even more celebrities have been tweeting, whether it’s Barack Obama drumming up support for his election campaign, Oprah sending her first Tweet live on air or Demi Moore expressing her love for Britain’s Got Talent’s singing sensation Susan Boyle. There definitely seems to be a link between Twitter and recognition, reputation or status – it was a clever move of Obama’s to exploit it for publicity purposes and no doubt Demi’s declaration of appreciation for the surprise star increased YouTube’s hits on the video of that particular episode and therefore the singer’s popularity. And it works both ways: the traffic to Twitter increased by 43% thanks to thousands of viewers watching Oprah become hooked right before their very eyes.
Saffron has been confirmed as the exclusive sponsor of the Champagne Reception at this year’s E-Learning Age Awards. These awards help to drive excellence in our industry and to reward teams that are willing to take risks and go that extra mile in pursuit of engaging, exciting and behaviour changing e-learning programmes. We’ve always been big supporters of the E-Learning Awards so we’re thrilled to be able to sponsor this year’s event.
So everyone knows that the best way to get your message across in an e-learning course is to show you mean business and know your stuff by adopting an authoritative, intellectual and formal tone, right? Wrong. People – and your learners are people, after all – learn best when they receive information in a conversational tone, not when they are confronted with fancy grammatical constructions, intimidating legalese and incomprehensible jargon.
Saffron Interactive believes that there is a sure fire formula for ensuring that your e-learning is relevant and engaging: focus on the choices that your people make, every day. We also believe in putting learners back where they belong – at the centre of your e-learning.
In conjunction with the people behind Red Nose Day, Saffron Interactive developed a fun and challenging online game to raise money for Comic Relief. Our Brain Game proved to be a great success with countless people playing everyday, testing their reactions and observation skills, and vying for the top score!
We at Saffron have put on our Red Noses and have blended the challenge of learning with the thrill of competition. We’ve designed and developed an online game to test your reactions and observation skills.
Twitter this, twitter that; it’s all we ever hear about at the moment. It seems the whole world is ‘tweeting’, from Stephen Fry to Barack Obama. So, never one to miss out on an opportunity to enhance my social life, I thought I’d see what all the fuss is about.
We create i-Capture™, a collaborative systems training tool, winning eLearning Project of the Year and External Project of the Year with Hilton
We develop i-Cast™, one of the first mobile learning platforms, which receives an Award for Most Innovative New Product in e-Learning
We win awards for Young Professional of the Year and Most Accessible eLearning Solution
We win our first award from the Institute of IT training!
Saffron Education becomes Saffron Interactive as part of a shift away from classroom based training to elearning
Saffron Education established by Hanif Sazen, operating out of a home office