Friday, February 7, 2014

Why e-Learning?

We at 'OyeTrade eLearning development center' are the team of eLearn professionals developing eLearn and mobile learning applications for couple of years. Business owners always raise one common question 'why should I convert my classroom courses into eLearning?'. This blog post is answer to their 'Why?'.

Let’s re-examine the basic benefits of e-learning. With the high cost of transportation as well as hectic work and family schedules, many people who have been slow to take online courses are signing up for the first time. You may be wondering what advantages e-learning has over traditional face-to-face courses.

The major benefits: accessibility and convenience. Your online course can be logged into at any time and at any place. This is a huge advantage over traditional face-to-face courses that are held in a classroom or meeting place, especially if you have a busy life that required travel or many family or work commitments.

Further, the convenience of the online course really can’t be matched. Needless to say, none of that is true if you’re in a situation where you do not have high-speed internet, or your connection is limited or intermittent. But, assuming that you’ve got a great connection and that it’s always available, you’re in fantastic shape with an online course. You can log in after the kids are in bed. You can work during your lunch break. You can work from your hotel room or an airport or a restaurant offering wifi connections. There is truly nothing like it.

But, what about the other benefits? Surely there is more to life than convenience and access. How about the learning? What about the idea of connecting with other students? How about the intangible, but very valuable feelings you get when you join a college or university community? If you take an online course, will you be missing out on school spirit, study buddies, lively in-class discussions, and passionate discussions over coffee and pastries at the local purveyor of fine coffee drinks and bakery items?

E-learning has come a long way from its earliest origins. Back in its inception, online programs often offered courses that got the job done, but they weren’t very exciting. You might write responses to questions for each lesson, the e-mail them to your instructor. You might read online material, listen to audio, then take interactive quizzes, which were automatically scored and entered in a gradebook. Alternatively, you might watch videos of recorded classroom lectures, and then take a test over the contents of the lecture and readings. Again, the methods got the job done, and they pushed content to you, but they weren’t very exciting.

What has changed?

First, there’s been a big shift in the way that people envision online courses. Before, there was always the notion of “pushing” or “delivering” content. Course designers thought that if they could “push” or “deliver” content to the learner, everything would be okay. The leaner would soak up the content, and then respond to it in a way that would reflect how much he or she learned. That might have worked for some learners, but it certainly did not work for all.

The other eLearning benefits are...
Improved training costs.  Producing learning content is time consuming whether it’s online or not.  With elearning, each time the course is accessed your return on investment improves because you are dividing the fixed production costs by number of uses.  You also have savings through decreased travel, reduced material, and hopefully improved (and more efficient) performance.

Decreased material costs.  Let’s say you have to train how to arrange equipment in a sterile environment like an operating room.  If you had to use the real environment, it would be costly.  Even setting up a fake environment has material costs and labor.  By creating the environment online and letting the learner practice, you never have to worry about the costs associated with set up, use, and clean up.

Increased productivity.  Because elearning is not bound by geography or time, you can control training’s impact on production by training people during down times.  In addition, with the current economy, you’re asking people to do more with less.  So elearning is a great way to give them the tools and skills needed to enhance their performance.

Standardization.  You may have a great facilitator, but that’s no guarantee that the courses are presented the same across sessions.  Elearning allows you to create a standardized process and consistency in the delivery of content.  It also compresses delivery time.  I’ve combined elearning courses with facilitated sessions.  Elearning delivered consistent content.  Live sessions were interactive case studies that applied the information.

Freedom to fail.  Let’s face it, real learning requires some failure.  But no one likes to fail in a classroom full of other people.  Elearning lets you fail without fear.  This encourages exploration and testing of ideas.  With the right feedback you create a great learning environment.  Worst case, you can always start over.  Something you can’t always do in class.

Personalized learning.  Look out the window at your parking lot.  My guess is that you’ll see a dozen or more different cars.  They all do the same thing, yet we have personal opinions about what we want to drive.  The same for learning.  Learners want control.  Elearning allows you to offer control to the learners in a way that classroom learning doesn’t.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

List of the Top Free Web Directories

This comprehensive web directories list isn't set in stone, and will probably need to be updated on 3-month intervals, but it does cover a good majority of the top paid directories you should initially target to submit your site(s) too.

BestMillionLinks (http://bestmillionlinks.com) - The best and Most Powerful website directory for your Search Engine Optimization Strategies. Free and easiest way for website search engine optimization. This help you to create search engine friendly social profile page to promote your website on social networking websites and blogs.

DMOZ (http://www.dmoz.org/) - The site is run by a group of volunteer editors. This free directory is a "must submit". The SEO and traffic rewards are very good if you happen to get a listing. .

Rakcha (http://www.rakcha.com) - Online directory of human edited website listings covering a wide range of topics and global locations. Submit your site and increase your online visibility!

Joeant (http://www.joeant.com/ ) - JoeAnt.com is about providing a directory of quality sites for Internet users. Our goal is to list the best sites for a wide variety of topics giving our users the most relevant results for their searches.

Link Centre (linkcentre.com) - Well categorized and organized. The site is very well-established. The site has existed as a directory since December of 1997. Registration is required. They do not provide enough information to allow us to to determine if free submissions are actively being listed.

All Business Directory (http://www.allbusinessdirectory.biz/) -  A well-established, uniquely designed business directory that appears to be very well taken care of. They have been consistently adding new listings since at least mid 2012. The directory itself has been around since 2005.

The Great Directory  (http://thegreatdirectory.org/) - A long-time directory with a unique category structure. They have been actively adding new listings for the last year. They do a very good job of editing submissions. No deep links allowed with a free listing.

Most Popular Sites (http://www.mostpopularsites.net/) - MPS is designed to provide your site with more visibility. All our pages are search engine friendly and will have links back to your home pages to improve hits on your site with all search engines.

World Site Index (http://www.worldsiteindex.com/) - WorldSiteIndex is a searchable human edited web directory of English language sites organised by categories, and optimized for use on mobile devices! WorldSiteIndex also brings you news on what's trending & being discussed about search & social media on the web.

Data Spear (http://www.dataspear.com/) - DataSpear.com is a joint venture between GoGuides, Inc. and NAIS, Inc. North America Internet Services is in charge of all daily operations. This includes reviewing submissions, editing listings, creating topics, etc. Servers and upstream are provided by the GoGuides Network and GoGuides staff also provides daily support at various levels in the directory.

TWD (http://www.twd.in/) - Top Web Directory is a Search Engine friendly Business Web Directory and includes many categories covering the world of internet. The main aim of this business directory is to list quality websites and give the users hand picked quality results. The business directory is one of its kind as all the rankings are acquired naturally. All categories have their own individual article helping your site to gain further value. Top Web Directory also has a Webmaster Blog and a Theme Critic section to add a little information adding more value to the listed resources.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

How to be a successful freelancer

Freelancing opportunities are growing rapidly across industries. Find out how to make the most of this trend.

When Sahil Manekia (see details below) returned to India after a 4-year stint in the US, he was expecting to land a good job with a leading organisation. However, the data analyst who specialises in assessing the impact of non-profit ventures, drew a blank.

"I wanted to focus on non-profit projects, but the jobs on offer did not match my skill set," says the 29-year-old Mumbai resident. Manekia now works freelance for companies to assess the impact of their corporate social responsibility initiatives.

In another part of India's financial capital, corporate trainer Maneesh Konkar is preparing a PowerPoint presentation for a workshop later during the month. A freelancer, 43-year-old Konkar conducts workshops for the sales teams of companies ..

You are your own boss and get to draw your own schedule. However, it is not a cakewalk. "While being on your own offers you the flexibility of working in your own fashion, it is certainly not a bed of roses. One has to work very hard to establish oneself and, subsequently, get a regular income to be successful," says Aditya Narayan Mishra, president (staffing), of head-hunting firm, Randstad India.

Ref : http://economictimes.indiatimes.com

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

CSS hack for Firefox

Using conditional comments it is easy to target Internet Explorer with browser-specific CSS rules:

<!--[if IE 6]>
...include IE6-specific stylesheet here...
<![endif]-->

Sometimes it is the Gecko engine (Firefox) that misbehaves. What would be best way to target only Firefox with your CSS rules and not a single other browser? That is, not only should Internet Explorer ignore the Firefox-only rules, but also WebKit and Opera should.

<!DOCTYPE html>

<html>
<head>
<style type="text/css">
@-moz-document url-prefix() {
    h1 {
        color: red;
    }
}
</style>
</head>
<body>

<h1>This should be red in FF</h1>

</body>
</html>


It's based on yet another Mozilla specific CSS extension. There's a whole list for these CSS extensions right here: https://developer.mozilla.org/en/CSS_Reference/Mozilla_Extensions

Monday, September 2, 2013

Learn How to Create jQuery Dialog Box

A dialog is a floating window that contains a title bar and a content area. The dialog window can be moved, resized and closed with the 'x' icon by default.

If the content length exceeds the maximum height, a scrollbar will automatically appear.

A bottom button bar and semi-transparent modal overlay layer are common options that can be added.

<!doctype html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
<meta charset="utf-8" />
<title>jQuery UI Dialog Box</title>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="http://code.jquery.com/ui/1.10.3/themes/smoothness/jquery-ui.css" />
<script src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.9.1.js"></script>
<script src="http://code.jquery.com/ui/1.10.3/jquery-ui.js"></script>
<script>

//by Narendra Singh - www.oyetrade.com, mr.nsjayas@gmail.com
$(function() {
$( "#dialog" ).dialog(
    {    
    //basic attributes
    position: [225,30],    //x,y position
    width: 800, //dialog width
    height: 300,
    modal: true, //if this is set to 'true' the dialog'll be open on grey overlay bagkground
    title: "My Dialog", //dialog title
    dialogClass: 'ffsWarningDialog no-close', // add runtime additional CSS class
    resizable: false, //true or false
    draggable: true, // true or false  
    //end basic attributes
  
    //animation effect
    show: {
        effect: "blind",
        duration: 1000
        },
        hide: {
        effect: "explode",
        duration: 1000
        },
    //end animation effect
  
    //custom buttons
     buttons: {
        "Delete all items": function() {
        $( this ).dialog( "close" );
        },
        Cancel: function() {
        $( this ).dialog( "close" );
        }
    }
    //end custom buttons
  
    });
});
</script>
</head>
<body>
    <div id="dialog">
    <p>Want to learn more about the dialog widget? Check out the <a href="http://api.jqueryui.com/dialog/" target="_blank">API documentation.</p>
    </div>
</body>
</html>

Friday, August 30, 2013

Top 5 Frameworks for Mobile Development

Mobile developers today are widening the scope of their expertise; they are not only solving these issues but are developing mobile websites that have impressive layouts, are touch-friendly and are based on frameworks that work flawlessly on smartphones and tablets.

Generally, JavaScript has made it easy to use touchscreen devices. With it, we can enable websites to respond to finger gestures such as tap, scroll and zoom. JavaScript has not only resolved cross-browser compatibility issues but has made it easy to develop cross-platform websites, which increases the number of users.

Most JavaScript frameworks are lightweight, which makes web browsing fast without compromising the look of a website. Mobile websites increasingly use HTML5 and CSS3, adhering to the W3C specifications—which are another boon to JavaScript frameworks.

If you are not using a CSS framework in your current workflow, you should seriously consider it. To work with a framework, you will of course need to learn how to use it, but once you learned the advantages are quite huge.

Not only working with a framework will let you build websites faster, but it will also encourage you pay more attention to things some web designers overlook, like using a grid, including a print stylesheet, or making your site responsive, among other things. Now let’s take a look at the best and most popular CSS frameworks.

jQuery Mobile: Touch-Optimized Web Framework for Smartphones & Tablets
A unified, HTML5-based user interface system for all popular mobile device platforms, built on the rock-solid jQuery and jQuery UI foundation. Its lightweight code is built with progressive enhancement, and has a flexible, easily themeable design.

Seriously cross-platform with HTML5
jQuery mobile framework takes the "write less, do more" mantra to the next level: Instead of writing unique apps for each mobile device or OS, the jQuery mobile framework allows you to design a single highly-branded web site or application that will work on all popular smartphone, tablet, and desktop platforms. Device support
The-M-Project is a Mobile HTML5 JavaScript Framework that helps you build great mobile apps, easy and fast. The-M-Project is Open Source Software published under the MIT License. This gives you total flexibility for your development. Build great free and commercial apps with it.

With its model-view-controller (MVC) architecture, The M Project is popular among mobile developers for several reasons. The open source module, which is based on MVC, allows developers to isolate the data from the business logic. Moreover, the JavaScript framework supports multiple devices, making it easy to develop apps and websites that for smartphones, tablets and desktop computers.




Deliver a real-time view of all your mobile apps 
The Appcelerator Dashboard displays all relevant information about your portfolio of mobile apps. It enables developers, architects, testers, managers, project teams, and business owners to view, analyze and take action to get their job done. Whether it is getting an aggregate view of all applications or drilling down into an individual project or app, Appcelerator’s Dashboard, through a “Single System of Engagement”, enables all parties involved in the Continuous Mobile Innovation Lifecycle to get the information they need, when they need it, and take action. 

Appcelerator Studio allows the creation of native apps across the widest range of devices and operating systems (e.g., iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Tizen, Denso mobile web and more). Designers and developers can work together in Appcelerator Studio to rapidly prototype the real app.

Appcelerator Cloud pre-built services provide developers with the widest set of scalable mobile services. This includes push notifications, photos, social connections, authorization and much more. Our Cloud unifies the development environment for connecting apps to the mobile cloud.  

Appcelerator Cloud custom services enable custom data integration with back end systems. Using our Node.js offering, developers can quickly and easily create mobile-optimized APIs that orchestrate data from multiple data sources such as SAP, Salesforce.com, Oracle, Sharepoint and others.



Counted among the best JavaScript frameworks, Sencha Touch is also a preferred framework among mobile web developers. The full-featured widget library is based on the Ext JS JavaScript library and targeted for Class A WebKit browsers. This high-performance HTML5 framework can be used for developing apps for multiple mobile operating systems, including iOS, Android, BlackBerry OS and Kindle.
The latest from Sencha Touch boasts an easier API, enhanced MVC and increased speed with native packaging, which is easy to use.


 

 

Free JavaScript Mobile Framework for HTML5 Web Apps
DHTMLX Touch is a free open source JavaScript library for building HTML5-based mobile web apps. It's not just a set of UI widgets, but a complete framework that allows you to create eye-catching, robust web applications that run on iOS, Android, and other mobile platforms.

If you are looking for a framework that advocates minimal coding, choose DHTMLX Touch. The user interface is easy to use and the framework lets developers churn out different kinds of apps for different mobile platforms.


 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

How to win customer referrals?


Hands down, the most profitable way to find new customers is to motivate your customers to refer others to your business. Most companies don't pour enough energy into harvesting this low-hanging fruit.
Here are eight ways to get started, but I'm confident you can think of even more - if you invest time and energy into this fruitful activity.

1. Be bold - ask for referrals: Most companies make the most fundamental mistake; they fail to even ask for a referral, or they settle for just one. Ask your customers for referrals, and when they give you one, ask for another.

2. Practice win/win/win: Offer customers a chance to do something nice for their friends, in a visible way, and also benefit themselves. For example, give your customer a discount in return for a referral, but then send their friend a gift card in the name of their friend. The friend, customer and your firm all win.

3. Engage in not-so random acts of kindness: For your best customers, surprise them with kindness. I know one gregarious business development guy who sometimes walks into a client's office with a tray of oversized cupcakes, gives them a big smile, and yells, "Have a great day!" as he runs out the door. This isn't wasteful, it's wise. When you give people something of value, they feel an obligation to you. (That something can't be too valuable, or you'll make others uncomfortable.) What matters most is that your customer perceives genuine gratitude on your part, so much so that they want to tell others about your act of kindness.

4. Celebrate: Life is short; find excuses to celebrate, and when you do, invite your customers and suggest they bring their friends. Such celebrations aren't the place to engage in hard sells, but rather to build relationships and to show your customers' friends how good it must feel to be one of your customers.

5. Support what your customers support: Raise meaningful amounts of money for charities, schools and other causes about which your customers care. Invest 95% of your time and efforts in providing support to those organizations; don't make the mistake of spending more money bragging about your generosity than in actually being generous.

6. Make your references easy to access: A friend of mine wants to renovate his kitchen, and has been meeting with contractors. He was especially impressed by one, simply because the man had all his references organized by year and type of job, and he was open to having my friend call anyone he wished. This sort of open, frictionless approach to references provides prospective customers with tremendous amounts of reassurance.

7. Show your pride: When the media or a customer glows about something special your company did, tell other customers about it and make it easy for them to pass along your success story. For example, you could share this news as a "lesson learned", and write it up in a manner so that others can learn from it, too.

8. Say thanks: After a customer's order has been delivered, be sure to write or call to say thank you. Don't forget to ask if there is anyone else they know whom you could have the honor of serving. And when you say "honor of serving," you better mean it. If you feel that way, it will show, and if it shows, you'll be rewarded with more referrals than you ever dreamed possible.