ExpandShare's eLearning blog—some of our thinking about microlearning, elearning and training especially as it relates to restaurants and franchise organizations.
 
 

US Foods Helps Restaurants Find Success

Starting up a restaurant is hard. Running a restaurant is hard. Being successful and realizing the dream of every restaurant owner is even harder. Many owners have grand dreams and a good concept with tasty recipes, but it can be difficult to turn those basic elements into a successful enterprise.

Topics: Restaurant Training

Five Tips on Training Restaurant Employees for Guest Experience

Exceeding guests’ expectations begins with the culture of you restaurant, which is created by the restaurant managers and the employees themselves. This culture has a huge impact on guests and guest delight.

Topics: eLearning

Take Advantage of eLearning Possibilities in Your Restaurant

Training is an ongoing process that affects every employee in your establishment. Elearning allows you to provide training in an online format and make it available to all your employees on their devices.

Topics: Restaurant Training

Why eLearning for Restaurants is the New Trend for 2017 (infographic)

Topics: eLearning

Why you don't need an LMS

Learning Management Systems. A dreaded software category for most people who need to do eLearning. They're bulky, hard to use, hard to integrate, expensive.  And the cheaper ones just don't do what you really need them to do. 

LMS's have been poorly executed not because the software developers who create them are bad programmers, but rather because it's software that's trying too hard to be "off the shelf".

In many organizations, the whole online learning system has become so convoluted as to be unusable by any but the most dedicated. That's a problem. Unless you plan to have a dedicated resource who is going to do nothing but manage the LMS and its component parts, you should consider a different approach.

Let me explain.

Topics: eLearning LMS

5 Screencasting Tools You Need to Create a Great Microlearning Video

Commercial Software

ScreenFlow by Telestream 

With ScreenFlow you can record any part of your monitor while also capturing your video camera, iOS device, microphone, multi-channel audio device and your computer audio.  It also has a built-in editor which is invaluable if you don't want to use a third-pary video program like FinalCut or Premier.

Camtasia by TechSmith

Camtasia offers a similar feature set with the ability to record your screen, webcam and also offers a feature rich video and audio editor which allows you to export your content seamlessly. 

Free Solutions

Camstudio.org  is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files.  Windows only.

Screencast-O-Matic is a  Java-based screencasting tool that requires no local software. Works on both Mac and Windows.

QuickTime is included with every modern Mac and allows you to do screen recordings without any additional software. If you want to edit your screencast or add audio you'll need additional editing software.

Sending your Microlearning

Once you've got your microlearnin videos set up, you need to send them out to your audience and track their performance.  Check out http://www.microtuneup.com to see the easiest way to use your microlearning videos for refresher training or outbound learning.

Topics: microlearning

All About Microlearning

Microlearning is all about the small, and it appears that small is the next big thing.

Topics: microlearning

5 Steps to Scripting Great Microlearning Videos


Video is used all over the place for educational content. You're going to find it one of the most effective media in your toolkit because it's engaging, multimedia and easy to do. You don't need to be a videographer or video expert to create great content.  In fact, your smartphone has pretty much everything you need. Video is great for m

Topics: microlearning

The Compelling Case to Connect Learning to Organizational Performance

Organizations have the power to determine whether training programs have the impact they’re supposed to, but the majority of them still rely on outdated measures of lesser value. In this post, we’ll discuss why it’s so important to measure a learning program’s impact on performance, why it can be hard, and some tips for getting started.

Topics: eLearning Measurement

Embed Learning in the Workflow for Greater Results

There have been so many studies done and results published insisting that one-off training isn’t very effective. We use that phrase—one-off training—quite a bit on this blog. For new readers (hello, thanks for joining!) we use that phrase to describe training that’s done with zero follow-up or accountability. The audience participates in the class whether in-person or online, and then they’re done. These courses are created and delivered with the expectation that the participants will not only retain the entire heap of information that’s been dumped on them, but be able to execute that new knowledge on-the-job.

Topics: Performance Support Training Best Practices