Learning Management Systems, like other applications, can be highly underutilised. Sometimes people are completely unaware of the power that lies ‘underneath the hood’.


Think about Microsoft Word.  Numerous articles on the web will point to the fact that learners use less than 40% of the entire feature set, the LMS can be much the same.


These days, organisations can become disorganisations by underutilising, or not utilising their LMS in an effective manner.  When it comes to proper use of a Learning Management System, it should be considered the ‘Go To’ place for all organisational learning.


So, how do you achieve this?


  1. Make it accessible and easy to use. Let’s face it, if the interface isn’t slick or user friendly, I’m not coming back in a hurry. Information needs to be well organised, searchable and easy to reference and tagged. If its quicker to do a Google search every time, that’s the choice learners will make.


  1. Have your LMS reach out to your learners. This can happen in a variety of ways by configuring your notifications block to tell learners when different things are happening, such as new course availability, a new webinar or a chance for a new badge for performing a certain action.


  1. Identify which plugins are going to give your community the most value. These could be video plugins, webinar plugins, or even something special you’ve made just for your site. The plugins that appeal to the wider community are going to draw the most traffic, so think about them first.


  1. Consider hiring an e-learning analyst. Customers current and new quite often come to eCreators to discuss ways to increase engagement on their Learning Management Systems. This can be a great step to consider when looking at your long term strategy.



The Moodle Community has the largest collection of plugins of any LMS.  On Moodle.org you will find a range of LMS plugins that will assist you with integration with other apps, gamification and collaboration tools, free webinar plugins and much more. Careful selection of these plugins can be paramount in your success to create a community, not just a site.

IBSA recently engaged eCreators to develop a new look Learning Management System (LMS) to provide multi tenancy features for their customers.

These features include an extensive range of e-Learning resources, helping you deliver excellent content no matter where you or your students are. All you need is the internet.

The new user-friendly interface makes it quick and easy for trainers to enrol students, customise activities and upload and manage assessments. Students can access interactive learning materials however it suits them, be it on a computer, iPad, Tablet, or even their smart phone.

IBSA customers can make the LMS their own by customising it with your company logo and colours. Add forums, chatrooms or glossaries to suit your student and trainer needs. IBSA’s LMS is also AVETMISS compliant, making compulsory reporting a quick and easy process.

Want your own LMS? Contact us and you can use Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) to seamlessly connect to IBSA’s e-Learning resources with your LMS.

Find out more below, or contact eCreators on 1300 913 112.

eCreators will soon be co-presenting at the MoodleMoot in September – come as see the system in action there!


In this article we explore and demonstrate how you can commercialise your LMS and turn that idle time into profitability.

Many organisations under utilise their LMS and don’t realise that what they actually have at their fingertips is a profit making center.

The Learnbook LMS has built in ecommerce where, via PayPal or Stripe, organisations can have prices associated with courses, materials or any other services.

One of our customers, who owns a company that provides training in radiation hazard awareness has had outstanding success, and operates her business on a money while you sleep model, waking up every morning to see how many enrolments they’ve had overnight – those enrolments turn into payments.

So how does it work, and why would I want to commercialise my LMS?


  1. Most LMS’s are subscription based, be it annually or monthly. It’s great to have a way, at an absolute minimum, to offset those fees. If you don’t sell online learning courses for example, think of what you can do to make subscribers want to buy from you. It may be that your customers pay a monthly fee for unlimited access to recourses specific to your industry that aren’t available through regular web channels.


  1. It’s the worker that never sleeps. An LMS can be a serious profit centre. Additionally, it’s available 24×7, so people, on a global scale, can seek out your content and services at any time, from any place meaning you reach a wider customer base. Many people these days too, prefer to learn online, and; after hours.



  1. The education revolution is moving digital. The tell-tale worm is heading up, and more and more people are choosing to complete their studies online. If your business is just paper based, and lends itself to an online mode, consider making that move – sooner than later. Take a look around at businesses similar to yourself. What are they doing? Are you being left behind?


Remember to think of your LMS like an employee – would you let them show up only to perform one hour of work a day? Make the most of its idle time and let this fabulous system contribute towards the success of your business.


Your ecommerce strategy can be a key player in the success of your organisation. Your Learnbook platform is ecommerce ready out of the box and you can start transacting immediately. eCreators have assisted many organisations to get their products online and contribute to their ongoing success.

Talk to us today, and schedule a demo so your business too, can make money while you sleep!

There’s an app for just about everything now. What we’re starting to notice here at eCreators though our own research and by chatting to our clients is that this is changing.

Just like weeding out the cupboards during spring cleaning, we’re weeding out the apps we use on a day to day basis – if I haven’t touched it in 6 months – I’m getting rid of it!

Well – here’s a keeper – the Moodle App.

There’s not a great deal of apps out there that work seamlessly with your LMS, but this one’s great (all bias taken away!)

With the Moodle App, you can:


  • Take Photos
  • Record Video
  • Record Audio


And a big one – complete your courses offline, by downloading them to your mobile device, both Samsung and Apple.


This has proven hugely popular with many Moodle users. Some of our customers record video blogs with their mobile phones and upload them to their Moodle site. Others use the photo feature to run internal competitions – best is, its all instant.

Any video, audio or images you capture are instantly uploaded to the LMS.

One other grand advantage of the Moodle app is the ability to brand it in your own colours. This mean’s your app can appear on the App Store and be nicely dressed in your company brand where you can charge for it, or have it freely downloadable.

If you’d like to find out more about the Moodle app click here. And, if you’d like it enabled on your site, give us a call!

eLearning in the outback…Australia is one of the largest countries in the world, with regions that are incredibly remote and isolated.

Traditionally, students who lived in these areas had to communicate with their teachers via radio (remember those old TV shows about the School of the Air?!) and assessment tasks were sent by snail mail. When a student is physically isolated from their teacher, it’s an obstacle to learning that’s not easily overcome…until eLearning came along.

Thankfully, eLearning has transformed what used to be called ‘distance education’. Not only does it provide effective and efficient online learning tools for students and teachers, it is a far more engaging and interactive experience, especially when using tools like Moodle.

By simulating the traditional classroom experience online, eLearning creates a superior environment in which to study. Imagine an electronic whiteboard and video call that students can tune in and out of, where they can ask questions and share thoughts. It really is the perfect way to bring learners from far flung corners together and foster peer-to-peer development of concepts and ideas.

Another great plus of eLearning for remote students is its ease and immediacy; there’s a wealth of current information at their fingertips. Long gone are the days of outdated literature and hours spent at the library with an encyclopaedia! Assessments can be completed, submitted and marked online, meaning that results, feedback and (if necessary) resubmission can all happen so much faster.

There are also great benefits for parents of students. eLearning provides a line of communication with their child’s teacher and the ability to log in to track their child’s progress and grades. Moodle even includes live chat functionality.

eLearning is also suitable for remote students with special needs or different learning requirements. The online platform allows teachers to tailor lesson content specifically for a particular student and, if the student needs extra time to complete, allow the teacher to easily track progress.

It’s a fact… living in the outback is no longer an obstacle to getting a great education!

Be sure to check out the new Moodle app for Android and Apple which allows you to also take your courses offline.

Why should you get excited about e-learning?

Ease of use and accessibility are major benefits but e-learning has many more less obvious benefits over classroom based learning too. E-learning frees up learners and learning in many ways – here are just four.

1. Freedom from the timetable

The classroom space creates a fixed relationship between students and teachers constricted by time, traditional learning roles and institutional spaces. E-learning breaks these constrictions resulting in a greater flow of information.

If you want to study at 3am, you can access course work immediately and from anywhere in the world. It’s quite literally, a world of information at your fingertips!

2. Freedom of communication

E-learning also means instant and multiple means of communication. Submit your completed work online, view and managed your grades and seek feedback from your teachers, discuss work with other students all without having to pick up the phone or trawl through paperwork. Connect instantly with the latest course news, events and updates and check assessment deadlines and requirements.

3. Freedom from distraction

Away from the classroom experience, a student can learn at their own pace, focus on the subject at hand and also access help when it’s needed (rather than having to worry about the class clown making too much noise!). Everyone has a direct channel to the teacher, so it’s not just the loudest ones that get heard.

4. Freedom to go ahead and be challenged

If students want to get ahead and push themselves even further academically, e-learning allows them to hone their skills, and be the best student they can be. In the classroom is it is difficult for the teacher to differentiate the needs of each student and meet them where they are ready to learn. E-learning allows students to dig deeper and go beyond the essential ‘must know’ information in areas where they have a fascination for learning.

If you have any ideas about how e-learning brings freedom to learning compared to the classroom, let us know in the comments!

Implementing a Learning Management System is an exciting move for any learning institution…and it comes with a whole range of benefits!

While the advantages of LMS based learning is pretty long, we’ve narrowed it down to our three favourite wins, and it’s all about ease…

Win 1 – Ease of access
When learning is kept inside a classroom, there are a whole host of limitations schools face. Students and teachers are only available during school hours, work and feedback cannot be accessed at home, and interactions between students and teachers are exclusively on campus.

However, an LMS can connect the institution, students and teachers 24/7. Work can be viewed, downloaded and uploaded at any time and students can ask teachers questions at any time. Being away from the classroom no longer means that learning stops.

Win 2 – Ease of use
While the idea of integrating a new online system can be daunting, a Moodle LMS is actually incredibly easy to set up and use. Systems are able to be customised to your needs, with additional features available on request. Phone support, feedback, and Moodle training are offered as a part of the Learning Management System package, meaning that a custom, easy-to-use system is offered to every customer.

Win 3 – Everyone’s life is made easier
Everyone involved with your institution has something to gain from LMS based learning. Students have access to education material and help from teachers, while teachers are able to manage their classes, grades and monitor student progress and engagement inside and outside the classroom.

Education administrators also benefit from moving things online. It’s easy to keep track of who’s enrolled, who has commenced learning and who is eligible for a qualification. Parents are also able to monitor their child’s progress and be able to keep in touch with the school and the latest news.

So these are our three big wins for a learning management system. If you have any others, please add them to the comments!

Not a confident internet user but want to learn something online? Read on!

E-learning is just like classroom learning, except it’s from the comfort of your own chair – or couch!  Online learning has revolutionised the lives of students; it means anyone, anywhere can access the most up to date and relevant information at any time.

E-learning can work as a virtual classroom, where students and teachers can communicate with ease no matter where they are in the world. But it also means that students don’t have to be in a traditional school-style arrangement at all.

You have probably participated in e-learning without realising it. Have you ever engaged with others in a chat room or forum, listened to a podcast of your favourite radio show, teleconferenced or played games online?  If so, you’re already an e-learner.

Whether you’re learning purely online or through blended learning – both online and in the classroom – your e-learning portal is easy to use and simple to manage.

The Moodle learning management system (or Moodle LMS – a fancy name for the portal) keeps track of everything for you.  The first thing you’ll notice is the user friendly dashboard as you log in – the dashboard is like the portal control centre.

Once you’re familiar with the LMS dashboard, the next thing to have a look at are the communication tools.  These will enable you to chat with fellow students, subject matter experts and your teachers.

The Moodle LMS contains all you need to begin, continue and complete your studies. It’ll keep track of what you’ve studied and suggest what you should look at next… meaning you direct your own rapid e-learning.

The Moodle e-learning system also allows you to check your marks, see where you’ve done well and where you can do better.  There’s also an exportable calendar, so you can record deadlines and assignment due dates and make that work with your other personal activities.

In short, your e-learning system is an effective, efficient and exciting way to study or teach…you can create a personal study space and connect to others when you want to.

And of course, by choosing a Moodle e-learning portal with eCreators, you have access to prompt, expert support when and if you need it. So give us a call to discuss how we can make rapid e-learning work for you!

Whether you’re a Moodle novice or veteran user, there are a number of great features that make using this hosted learning management system really simple. And while there are heaps of reasons why we love Moodle, our team here at eCreators have narrowed it down to these top seven!

1. A super friendly dashboard

The Moodle dashboard is your gateway to everything. If you haven’t used a dashboard before, have a look at an introductory tutorial to get you on the right track. Simple, easy to follow menus lead the way to courses and assignments, as well as online forums so you can chat with fellow students or teachers. Also, your dashboard is fully customisable, so you can get things set up the way you like them!

2. Easy communication

Forget trying to transfer email addresses across to your Outlook inbox. Moodle features an instant messaging service that allows easy two-way dialogue between teachers and students to engage individually or as a group. Teachers can message groups of students, see lists of people on a particular course and contribute to forum threads. It’s a great communication tool that makes everyone feel engaged and involved in online discussions.

3. Share your work

You can share information easily with the Moodle LMS. Teaching resources, files, folders, quizzes, exercises and reports can all be sent and received using the drag and drop feature of the Moodle instant messaging system. Quick to set up and easy to use, this system means you can keep your learning tools and information all in one place… without clogging up your email inbox!

4. Badges

The virtual version of a gold star sticker! When new skills are learnt, a badge can be sent to a student’s profile as a way of acknowledging their hard work and boosting their confidence. Badges can be easily created by the Moodle LMS administrator for a single subject or a whole course and there are free downloadable libraries of colourful, language independent badges online.

5. Track your progress

Last year’s academic report is just a click away with Moodle. Keep track of your marks with the Gradebook, a feature which allows you to view all the marks for a course, sort them into categories or change them from a score to a percentage figure or vice versa. You can also store your badges on Gradebook and admire them along with your great marks!

6. A (very) cool calendar

Fold all your appointments, lectures, study times and meetings into one place with the Moodle calendar. You can colour code events to group them into sections and deadlines are a breeze with the alert system that tells you when assignments are due. It’s simple to add and edit upcoming events and you can invite people to meetings or export your Moodle calendar to other programs.

7. Type straight in

Moodle’s text editor function means you can write and submit course assignments straight to your teacher. Don’t worry, the formatting icons used – such as font, text size and italicising – are user-friendly and similar to those in Microsoft Word. Additionally, there’s an equation editor, which allows you to create maths formulas, quizzes and calculations in 2D and 3D.

Of course, these are just the top seven features we’re excited about, but you may have other ideas. If so, we’d love to hear from you in the comments! Thanks for reading.

So you want to create a storyboard for your new e-learning project? Most of us begin this process with only a manual, a slide deck, or a stack of material, and the idea of being creative and engaging can seem incredibly challenging! Here are some of my tips to get you started…

Firstly, get a feel for your overall LMS course by asking yourself these questions:

  • Who is your audience and what will appeal to them?
  • What tone should the e-learning have; formal, instructional, humorous?
  • Where will your e-learning environment be; a simulated world, a presentation by an avatar, an interactive system?
  • What are your key learning objectives?


Once you have the overall theme of the e-learning course you want to build, break it down even further by fleshing out each key learning objective one at a time. I like to use TIPAR – Think, Input, Practice, Assess, Review – as a way to ensure a meaningful experience for the learner. Remember to use your theme to help you stay on target!


T – Get the learner THINKING about the topic

Before handing them the information, take a moment to get the learner thinking about the topic and their own experiences. This is great for adult learners as it allows them to draw from their current knowledge and build on it. Getting them thinking may be through posing a question, playing a video, outlining a scenario, playing a song – any of these things will get the learner in the right state of mind!

I – Give them the INPUT

Once they are in the right frame of mind, give the learner the input they require for the learning objective. This works well presented as key information, bullet points, or sections that can then be expanded upon. Use examples or scenarios that work in with your theming to make this section engaging.

P – Allow them time to PRACTICE

It’s not enough to just give the learner the information and hope they will retain it, you need to put it into context and give them a chance to have a go – this is the “use it or lose it” section! Create a scenario they need to engage with, simulate the system environment, or even just give them a chance to respond to what they have just learned.

AASSESS their understanding

Once they have had a chance to practice using the information, you need to ascertain their understanding through an assessment. Just remember that this step can be fun too! Forget your multiple choice questions – instead try having the learner help someone new in their team, create puzzles with key terms, ask them to reorder a process, or even to explain something in their own words.

R – Take a moment to RECAP

Before you move on to the next key learning objective, take a moment to recap the key learnings. This could be as simple as a summary statement, a video, a resolution to the scenario provided, or even a prompt to have a real life conversation with a colleague or team leader.


Take a moment for yourself now, make a cuppa, and congratulate yourself on planning one key learning objective that will be relevant, engaging and fun! Then get ready to use the same model for each objective, and you’re on your way to having your e-learning storyboard complete.

Ellen Valvasori is eCreators Digital Content Manager and leads the development of many modules across a range of industries and subject matter.

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