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eLearning FAQs
  1. What is eLearning?
  2. What are the benefits of eLearning?
  3. What is Instructor-Led Training (ILT) conversion?
  4. What is the difference between conversion and custom?
  5. What is a Learning Management System (LMS)?
  6. What is a Learning Content Management System (LCMS)?
  7. Does my company need an LMS?
  8. Does my company need an LCMS?
  9. What about firewalls? How will they impact my eLearning options?
  10. What is Web-based Traning (WBT)?
  11. What is Computer-based Traning (CBT)?
  12. CBT and WBT - what's the difference between them?
  13. What kind of computer system do I need to run CBT or WBT?
  14. What kind of bandwidth do I need to run CBT or WBT?
  15. What is Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM)?
  16. Do I need to use SCORM in my training course?
  17. What is AICC Compliance?
  18. What is Computer-Managed Instruction (CMI)?
  19. What does Section 508 Compliance mean?
  20. Do I need to consider Section 508 compliance for my eLearning project?






What is eLearning?
Distance learning, sometimes called eLearning, is a formalized teaching and learning system specifically designed to be carried out remotely by using electronic communication.
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What are the benefits of eLearning?
Because distance learning is less expensive to support, and is not constrained by geographic considerations, it offers opportunities in situations where traditional education has difficulty in operating. Anyone can benefit from eLearning anytime, anywhere. There’s no limit to the kind of content that we can develop into an effective eLearning course.
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What do people mean when they refer to Instructor-Led Training (ILT) conversion?
Instructor-led training (ILT) is part of the reason why eLearning is becoming the medium of choice. Having an instructor can be expensive, with costs including travel and salary. Additionally, ILT isn’t always as efficient as it needs to be, considering the high student-to-teacher ratio. Many of our clients ask us to take their instructor-led training content, or even their text-based content, and convert it to an eLearning format.
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What’s the difference between conversion and custom?
Conversion entails taking training content that was delivered in a text-based or instructor-led-based method, and converting it to an eLearning format. This could be computer-based training (CBT), including training on CD-Rom, on DVD, or on your company’s network or LMS.


Custom training has been created “from scratch” to address your specific training needs. Our highly skilled instructional designers custom design courses that are Web or computer-based. Or, if it suits your purpose, we can create a course that incorporates instructor-led, text and eLearning formats.
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What is a Learning Management System (LMS)?
A learning management system is a software application or Web-based technology used to plan, implement, and assess a specific learning process. Typically, an LMS provides an instructor with a way to create and deliver content, monitor student participation, and assess student performance.
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What is a Learning Content Management System (LCMS)?
A learning content management system’s objective is to simplify the creation and administration of the online content used in eLearning. It is capable of managing the storage, indexing and retrieval of tens of thousands of learning objects that can be constantly re-used and re-purposed within numerous courses.
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Does my company need an LMS?
That depends on the amount and type of training your employees need. If you need to monitor who has taken a course, and how well they performed, an LMS will certainly help you maintain that information.
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Does my company need an LCMS?
If you have a large library of e-courses, or have a large list of courses to be developed, we would recommend investigating an LCMS for your company’s training needs.
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What about firewalls? How will they impact my eLearning options?
Typically, most organization's have installed network protection systems, commonly referred to as firewalls, to increase the security of their internal networks. Firewalls are not a hindrance to the deployment of an eLearning solution, and 'eCollege of India' has found most network and firewall configurations to have minimal impact. Under some circumstances, certain issues will need to be considered depending on an organizations network configuration. If an organization does not wish to modify its network configuration, or allow access to outside information systems, 'eCollege of India' can present other alternatives such as CD/DVD distribution or local hosting of eLearning content.
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What is Web-based Training (WBT)?
Web-based training, also known as eLearning, is anywhere, anytime instruction delivered over the Internet or a corporate intranet to browser-equipped learners. There are two primary models of Web-based instruction: synchronous (instructor-facilitated) and asynchronous (self-directed, self-paced.) Instruction can be delivered by a combination of static methods (learning portals, hyperlinked pages, screen cam tutorials, streaming audio/video, and live Web broadcasts) and interactive methods (threaded discussions, chats, and desk-top video conferencing.) The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) estimates that 75% of the U.S. workforce will need some kind of retraining within the next five years in order to keep pace with industry needs and increasing global competition. Supporters of Web-based instruction feel that it is the perfect solution to meet the needs of life-long learners because it is available on demand, does not require travel, and is cost-efficient.
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What is Computer-based Training (CBT)?
Computer-based training (CBT), is any course instruction or training that is delivered on your computer. The courseware may be delivered via a software product, a CD-Rom or DVD installed on your computer, or can be housed and delivered on your company’s intranet, or over the Internet.
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CBT and WBT — what’s the difference between them?
Many people use CBT and WBT interchangeably. However, in the eLearning field, the generally accepted difference between the two is that the training delivered over the Internet is WBT, and the training delivered via an intranet or CD-Rom, etc., is CBT.
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What kind of computer system do I need to run CBT or WBT?
The following computer specifications are the minimum necessary to run CBT and WBT training.


CPU/Processor table 'eCollege of India' can design and deliver content on the platform specified above, but to experience the latest in CBT and WBT technologies, 'eCollege of India' highly recommends the following system configuration as a minimum.CPU/Processor table
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What kind of bandwidth do I need to run CBT or WBT?
'eCollege of India' recommends the following minimum network connectivity and browser configurations. This configuration would be suitable for a simple text-based course, at maximum.CPU/Processor table
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What is Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM)?
Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) is an XML-based framework used to define and access information about learning objects so that they can be easily shared among different learning management systems (LMSs). SCORM was developed in response to a U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) initiative to promote standardization in eLearning. What this means for your project is that we’ll design and produce your training content so that it can easily be used within an LMS and an LCMS. Depending on your future training needs, that training content will be ready for use in other ways, within other courses.
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Do I need to use SCORM in my training course?
This depends on your content, it’s delivery, and how you plan on using the training now, and in the future. SCORM compliance is becoming the de facto standard in the eLearning industry, so if you don’t think you’ll ever have a need for it, think again. Any company that has an LMS, or plans to purchase an LMS, should plan for SCORM compliance for all their eLearning.
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What is AICC Compliance?
AICC actually stands for the Aviation Industry CBT Committee. The term "AICC Compliant" means that a training product complies with one or more of the nine AICC Guidelines & Recommendations (AGR's). The AICC has developed formal certification testing procedures for the computer-managed instruction(CMI)-related AGR's (AGR-006/AGR-010) and currently offers certification testing for both CMI systems and CBT courseware. Some clients don’t require that AICC certification testing be done, but require that the CBT courseware be developed following the AICC standards. With that in mind, much CBT has been “designed to AICC guidelines,” meaning that is has not been tested in the AICC labs or only partially implements AICC guidelines. If the courseware has been tested by an AICC Independent Test Lab (ITL) it is called "AICC-Certified". The most common meaning of "AICC Compliance" (when associated with CBT courseware or CMI systems) is compliance with the AICC documents AGR-006 (File-based CMI Systems) or AGR-010 (Web-based CMI Systems.) These AGR’s define the communication between CMI systems and CBT courseware.
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What is Computer-Managed Instruction (CMI)?
The term computer-managed instruction (CMI) is often used to describe a system used to manage courseware, very much like a learning management system (LMS). You’ll often see the term CMI used along with AICC compliance, as you would see the term LMS used along with SCORM compliance.
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What does Section 508 Compliance mean?
Section 508, an amendment to the U.S. Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is a federal law mandating that all electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by the federal government be accessible to people with disabilities. Section 508 is limited to the federal sector, and doesn't apply to the private sector, nor does it impose requirements on the recipients of federal funding.
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Do I need to consider Section 508 Compliancy for my eLearning project?
Section 508 Compliancy is not required for the private sector, but since the federal government has such an influence, you may want to consider incorporating at least some of the minimum standards in your eLearning courses. For example, the U.S. Department of Education now requires states funded by the Assistive Technology Act State Grant program (a grant program that supports consumer-driven state projects to improve access to assistive technology devices and services) to comply with Section 508.
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