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Front end content creation with JCE

While developing the front end developing functionality for the Registration Manager King component today, I came across a little problem that had me stumped for a little while.
In all my work, I use ONLY the JCE editor as I think it's the best and the developer of it gives support very quickly.
So, back to the problem. While I was documenting the front end content creation for events, I noticed that the description fields were only showing textareas. Weird, I confirmed that in the xml files for the fields, they were set as type Editor. So, a bit of googling only found a few little problems, but the problems were for all editors not showing in the front end.
In the end, what I found was that I needed to go to the JCE component in the admin area. Open the Profiles section, go to the Default Profile, Setup tab.   Here you can set the Groups. You need to set the creator group so that your creator can see the JCE editor and enter the description with formatting. 
I'm pretty sure I'll need to do the same thing with the Instructor and Organizer profiles too.

New Event Registration Manager King Component

Today we are preparing to release or new component.
We have based our new component on the Event Registration component from Joomla Showroom.
We decided to write this component as we have had many requests from clients in the past for this type of component.  We decided on this component to base ours as we knew it best.  in the past, we developed the JCal integration into the Event Registration component on behalf of one of our clients, Ron Greenspan, and we were approached by JoomlShowroom to integrade the payment plugins system into it too. We also then later added the group registration functionality into the component too. Each time, we handed the code over to the original developer so that they could introduce it into their codebase and so that our clients would get free ongoing support when they upgraded to later versions of this component.
Today, after 8 months of development, we are happy to announce that out Registration Manager King component is almost ready.
During our development, we came across many shortcomings of the original component and we have extended it.
The component will have Frontend content creation ability too.
The component will not be restricted to registering for events, but you can also use it as an eStore. All you need to do is to change the language file text from events to products and you're right to go.
As far as deliverable products, All we need to do is to add one more option, to the "product" details page named "shippable" and then update the registration form to ask for shipping address details.
And there you have it, an event registration component AND an eStore, all in one.
We are hoping for an end of October 2018 release date.  As we are going through the documentation and checking it, we are discovering some areas where the component lacks and adding them, like a customer dashboard, where they can link to their profile, orders, registration history etc.  We will initially be giving the component away for free whilst it is in beta testing stages.

The Challenges With Online Learning And How To Better Them

Online Education Shows More Promise Among Students

Like every other walk of life, online education is also both matchlessly beneficial, yet a little challenging at the same time. There’s no question about how wonderfully amazing and effective e-courses are proving to be, but knowing about all its challenges will bring us a step closer to making the most of our learning in no time. So, as we take keen interest in learning about the advantages of e-courses, it’s fitting if we also take a look at the challenges one can face from online education and learn how to face and better them. 

Digital divide – the technical backhand we need to make strong

Digital divide no more refers to accessibility to the technology, since it’s not that hard to get your hands on a device that brings the limitless internet to you. But the challenge resides in being able to work your way through the technology. Not all of us are that well-acquaint in the technical know-how, but that can change right? When the courses run with the matchless user-friendliness of learning management system, how hard learning to work with the technology could be? It’ll be a double advantage you should make the most of!  

Staying present – the responsibility of making the best of the course falls on you

The one beneficial restriction of the conventional classroom learning is that it made it necessary for you to be present. While it could be a little inconvenient at times, it always works matchless wonders when it comes to making sure that you’re getting what is served.
When it comes to online courses, the flexibility in the schedules is helpful in most cases, but it can sometime lead to a gap and lenience in the regularity and punctuality. Stick to your schedules, don’t let this happen, and you’ll be just fine. 

Time management – the talent that can amplify your e-learning benefits to multifold.

 When you get the provision of accessing the study material and take the classes at any time, it can lead us to a little mismanagement at times. E-learning allows you to take a schedule as per your convenience, but then it falls upon you to devise a convenient schedule and never fail to stick to it. All you need to do is manage the time of learning and practicing and our problem is solved!

Motivation – the ‘self’ gets some work to do here as well

With the online courses driven by the fabulous functionality of learning management system like Joomla and powered with the engaging interactions with discussions, Q and As, quizzes, and an amazing interface like the internet, staying interested and motivated isn’t that hard if you even try a little.

There’s no good that comes to us easy, but the challenges of the journey of learning are what make the results all the more enjoyable. So, now that we have become well aware of what challenges can come our way in our e-learning, there’s nothing that can keep you from taking the best advantage of your e-courses.

The ABC of learning management system

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Enabling agile learning culture in the increasingly dynamic landscape of business operation has become the mainstream for business success. There is a constant evolution of learning management system with new entrants offering a variety of features and tools. Therefore, organizations are on the lookout for the best in the class learning management system. It is important that the learning management system fulfills the requirement of the businesses. Reaping the benefits from an LMS is dependent on the ability of the organization’s LMS implementation. Provided below are the important commandments that form a foundation for beginning the implementation of an LMS.

  1. An organization will reap benefit from the implementation when the LMS is capable of aligning with the organization’s strategy. It is important that the learning management system emerges as a savior to the immediate need for the business transformation journey.
  2. It is important to keep all the stakeholders involved in decision-making while choosing a relevant LMS. Listening to the business needs is of primary importance in identifying the best in the class learning management system that promises to meet those needs.
  3. Creation of the business requirements document will act as the master book that contains functional and business requirements. It also provides information on the expectations of the end user.
  4. Prioritizing the requirement is also a significant activity. Segregating the requirement and identifying the critical activities of the business will be helpful in giving weight to the user experience, system functionality, and ease of use. The process will be useful in identifying the critical criteria needed for selecting the tool.
  5. Throughout the journey of implementing the learning management system, it is important to revisit the process maps and business requirements document. The master book acts as a guiding principle and helps in prioritizing the requirements and functionalities.
  6. It is also important to evaluate the functionality of the LMS for future integration. The right time to begin the assessment is the beginning of the implementation. Considering the shortlisted tools and their compatibility with other tools used in the organization will be of great help. For example, it is possible to assess the difficulty of integrating the new learning management system with the existing performance tools or the skills training tools. Evaluating the current integration helps him nullifying the impact caused due to the business transformation and new integration of LMS.
  7. Taking a moment and spending time in assessing the content readiness is of immense importance. Technology undergoes a drastic change and at a faster rate than the behavior training material. Therefore, it is important to check for content readiness and ensure that it meets all the future requirements.
  8. It is critical to building a firm foundation and efficient team by identifying the right bonding between the technology and learning development teams. It is an essential step towards building a successful LMS implementation.
  9. The new implementation of LMS will require a push for adoption. Giving an identity to the learning management system and talking about is its personality will be a better way to branding and the change in the management.

Mastering online education

Bias of online education

Online education is booming with an increase in the user base. Thanks to the development of Internet technologies and the availability of smartphones. It is now possible for educational institutions and organizations to offer cost-effective training programs to learners. Online education presents plenty of opportunity for people who find it difficult to attend a physical class course. Although there are disadvantages associated with the online program, following an intended schedule strictly will yield great results than a physical course. In addition, the online education program teaches self-disciplinary and decision-making skills, which are key principles of progress in the real world.

The improvement in the online education platform is providing the opportunity for institutions to deliver training and education in an entertaining manner. Coupling the platform with a learning management system yields rich profits. Reaping benefits from the entire project is dependent on the implementation of the LMS and the organization’s goal. A learner or an employee that is looking for ways to master the online education requires commitment and determination in completing the course. The online education system assesses the performance of the learner through a series of assignments, tests, and active participation.

A learning management system is a combination of administration and delivery of training material. Learners will find it easy to gain access to the materials from anywhere and at any time. It is possible due to the availability of the Internet. The flexible nature of the online education system proves beneficial for individuals who have commitments such as employment or family responsibility. Additionally, the management system also proves beneficial for an organization that is looking at a cost effective medium in delivering training to employees. The system is capable of handling registrations, recording the performance of the learner, storing assignments, keeping track of the performance, and documenting reports.

The entire information available from a single platform provides greater control to the administrator in managing the user base. Due to the flexible nature offered by the online education system, completing a course with successful results is now possible for a student. However, learning to manage the time and active participation in online discussion with professors and community is necessary. Time management and online discussions improve knowledge of the student on a particular topic because it offers varied opinions and thoughts from different sources. The enthusiasm created by the platform helps the student acquires information or knowledge about a topic from different sources. Additionally, the digital content available in any online education program consists of real-life examples and scenarios. That approach prepares the student to attend to any real-life situation immediately after completion of the course.

Online education is a successful medium in delivering quality education at an affordable cost. Enjoying the advantages and utilizing the availability of the learning management system is dependent on the determination of the learner. Reaping benefits from the same system by an organization is dependent on the implementation of the learning management system, its functionality, expandability, integration, and future requirements.


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