If you build it, they will stay may not come.

We have all heard the adage made famous by the movie Field of Dreams, “If you build it, they will come.”

It seems that many training managers and LMS administrators have taken this to heart.

Organizations spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on the sleekest system with all the bells, whistles, and reporting metrics that an LMS administrator could want. Next, countless hours are spent developing training courses, interactive modules, quizzes, and tests.  Then comes the roll out, with fanfare and email blasts announcing its arrival, the new eLearning platform goes live for the first time. There is some interest, people login. They look around and even enroll in a few courses. But, as time goes by, the logins become less frequent, course completions begin to dip, and the usage reports leave you wondering what went wrong?

A primary benchmark of success for an eLearning initiative in any organization is usage. However, usage is often one of the more underwhelming statistics for many eLearning programs. Training managers and LMS administrators often find themselves in the uncomfortable position of having to provide ROI information without having the usage statistics that are so vital to measuring ROI.

How can this be overcome? What can be done to avoid this issue form the start?

Here are 6 strategies that will help you increase your LMS usage:

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A+ (900 Series) PC Components


CompTIA A+ certification is the most essential IT certification your learners and students can earn to establish a career in IT.

Over one million IT professionals have earned their A+ certification.

1.   Display Devices
2.   Storage Devices
3.   Central Processing Unit
4.   RAM Types and Features 
5.   Introduction to Printers

184 Lessons | Approx. Length: 8 hours | Certificate of Mastery | Language: English

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A+ (900 Series) PC Assembly


CompTIA A+ certification is the most essential IT certification your learners and students can earn to establish a career in IT. Over one million IT professionals have earned their A+ certification.

1.   Computer Components and Organization
2.   Assembly and Setup
3.   Device Connections
4.   Troubleshooting Motherboard, CPU, and RAM
5.   Troubleshooting Storage and RAID

Total: 176 Lessons | Length: 6.75 hours | Certificate of Mastery | Language: English

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5 Tips to Finding Time to Do the Training

Ever feel like your about to complete one pile or project when you find another stack and long list making you spin your wheels more? We know what thats like.

You have created your daily goal, but now you need to know how to make it manageable and find the time to achieve it.

With your full time job and busy social schedule here are 5 easy tips you can utilize so you can you find the time to take advantage of the eLearning that is available and put in the adequate training time needed to achieving your goals:

  1. Have a Consistent Workspace

  2. Stay Organized

  3. Set Goals and Deadlines

  4. Create a Schedule

  5. Connect with Others with Similar Goals

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Making Training a Must

Shoulds might get done, Musts will get done.

One of the top benefits of eLearning is that it allows the student to learn at their own pace and time. This flexibility is often something that seems attractive and begins as being a motivator but the question of how to maintain this type training can be tough when spontaneity in schedules happen more often than not.

With everyday schedules changing you find yourself repeating “you should be taking advantage of the courses you have access to,” by the end of our examples you will understand that this statement needs to become “you must be taking advantage of the courses you have access to” for eLearning to be successful.

This boils down to understanding the differences between “what should be done” versus “what must be done.”

  • Should is a word that is used to define external expectations upon how we’re supposed to think, what we ought to say, what we should or shouldn’t do – it allows the journey to be smooth, the risk is small, and the direct responsibility minimal.
  • Must is different – there aren’t options and we don’t have a choice. Must becomes who we are, what we believe, and what we do when we are alone. Must emulates ownership and directly takes on responsibility of our statements to bring on actions and results.

The success of making eLearning must statement, really depends on your focus and it becomes a true benefit for you when you are able train your mind and maintain that commitment to your goals.

To develop these kind of must-have successful habits on a daily basis your goals allow you to form a habit and success is guaranteed:

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Knowledge vs. Performance

It has been said that “anything worth doing is worth doing well.” And while there’s no question that employee training is something that’s worth doing – via online tutorials, in-person lectures or eLearning courses – it’s not entirely clear just how well employees are being trained.

This is not pointing out a flaw in the training itself, but rather a failing on the part of the organizations who arrange for it. After all, what’s the point of training employees if you don’t have an effective means of discerning how useful the training was, or if the employees aren’t applying the practical knowledge gained to help improve on-the-job performance?

Think about how you were taught in school: Information was presented, and you were tested on it. Then, subsequent lessons would build upon what you’d already learned, thereby reinforcing that knowledge. Tests were devised by the teacher, and evaluated not only what you’d learned, but also how well you learned it, and your ability to put that knowledge to use.

How can you be sure that employees are absorbing what they’re watching on video, or hearing in class? Well-structured online classes often provide the benefit of quizzes and labs to test student knowledge throughout, but what can companies do to make sure their employees are truly learning – no matter what training method they use?

The solution lies in the evaluation forms you use. All too often, evaluation forms ask about the training presentation – Did the presenter make his/her points well? Did the course move along at an effective pace? – rather than the training content. It doesn’t matter, however, that participants like a training course if they don’t learn anything. And ultimately, companies buy training courses to teach their employees, not amuse or entertain them for a few hours.

An effective evaluation – also known as a Level 2 evaluation – can be structured to help determine if learning actually occurred.

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Keys to Becoming a Successful Learning Leader

Understand strategies your company can use to identify and empower a group of committed people to support your eLearning programs. The goal of this series is to help your company cultivate a group of people who care about the outcomes of the training program. In Turning Employees into Learning Champions, we introduced the concept of a core learning group and discussed the roles that need to be filled. Now we’ll continue with discussion about the responsibilities of the core learning group and communication strategies.


What should a core learning group be responsible for? This is a group of champions, not necessarily a group of tacticians. At the heart of the group’s training related activities should be tasks that further the company’s learning objectives. Simply put, the core group should be comprised of people that are up to date on learning activities and doing things to make sure they stay successful.

Holly Huntley, Global Chief Learning Officer for CSC, a technical services company in Falls Church, Virginia, has a Top Ten list for learning leaders.



New Release: Network+ N10-006 Series

View Network+ Course List in our IT Enterprise Catalog List

The Network+ Certification by CompTIA is an international and vendor-neutral certification that has been endorsed and recognized by industry computing manufacturers and organizations. This course provides foundational knowledge of the principles, techniques, and tools needed to successfully prepare for the N10-006 exam.

In this course, you will learn the network infrastructure services for the CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Certification exam. The topics that will be covered include: TCP/IP, Network Infrastructure Services, Troubleshooting Networks, LAN Infrastructures, Advanced Networking Concepts and much more. These courses are paired with a variety of demos and quizzes giving a real world look at some of the concepts that will be discussed.

The Courses listed below are can be taken in any order, as a review of a particular concept or exam domain. However, if you are just becoming familiar with PC operating systems and basic networking, it is recommended that you view the courses sequentially.

Network+ N10-006 Course Series Overview:

As a CompTIA certified Network+ technician you need to be aware of various cable types & connectors, their characteristics, capabilities, and limitations. You’ll also need to understand various connectors that are involved. This course is designed to prepare the student for the Network+ certification. Students will take a look at network standards and the organizations that create them, as well as the importance of standardization. We have paired this course with demos that will help give a visual example of the concepts that will be talked about.


LearnSmart is recognized by CompTIA as part of the CompTIA Authorized Partner Program (CAPP).

Our courses qualify as Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Network+ N10-006 Series Course Breakdown:


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Successful Usage: “Carrot & Stick”

Tips for Successful Usage: “Carrot & The Stick”

Increase Employment Training with an eLearning Incentive Program

How are you going to get your employees to take advantage of their eLearning? By utilizing a successful eLearning incentive program through the balance of “carrot” incentives and “stick” follow-up so that you can get your target users, your employees, to “buy-in”.

With more employment training and usage your ROI will automatically increase.

By understanding the way your employee works and thinks is key to provide the right balance of “carrot” incentives and “stick” motivators & follow through.