Ways to Ensure That Everyone Develops Their Skills Gradually Within Your Company

Feb 21, 2018

It is important to hire operation specialists according to the needs of your company to ensure business processes are well handled. New hires take time to adapt to their new workspace and expectations. As a hiring manager, or team lead, you will have to monitor their performance and results while the employees are acclimating themselves to their daily workload. This adjustment period, depending upon the complexity of the job, can vary from one month to six or even nine months and beyond.

Once the employee has settled in with their daily workload and expectations, making sure the employee can perform and execute their daily activities in accordance with the project timeline is next necessary step. But what happens when your employees are not constantly being challenged enough, their critical thinking abilities decrease, and the monotony of repetitive tasks prevail? How do you keep the interest of your employees in their current position?  How do you keep the investment you have made in their development? The answer always lies in the learning process.

Provide your employees with tools and encouragement to learn new skills. This will not only continue to push your employees to grow and develop, but it will increase the scope and capability of your entire team. Let them see that they are part of something bigger than what is needed to be accomplished today. Allow them to see that what they need to accomplish today is part of a bigger picture, not just to check off a box on a project plan, but how it impacts the end result. Employees need to be encouraged to not only think outside the box, but learn outside of it too.

With courses based on digital marketing, sales, personal finance, and other courses based on specific job profiles - you, as a manager, can strengthen the company loyalty enormously. All you need to do is select a course and assign it. From there, you may think of creating a mentoring program for your young employees, so they learn from the experience and sound advice of various professionals within your organization. Employee training programs are another direct investment in your company and serve as a proof that you value your people and want them to grow. They will get the notion that this is not just another six-month job improve resume, but a work-based university of personal and professional development.

Today you have the chance to break the work-for-salary mentality and give your employees a meaningful experience while doing their job. All it takes is to start paying attention to what their learning needs are and help them grow. You start doing that by providing them with knowledge via the right tool – a Learning Distribution System.

Ayris - the 2017 in review and what's to come in 2018

Jan 22, 2018

It was a grand year for Ayris! Our application matured with another amazing year of development and enhancements across several areas. In 2017, we improved many of Ayris’ components thanks to suggestions and “wishes” from our clients. Below we will highlight some of these components:

Company branding – Now with your first login, you can transform Ayris to look as your own custom made tool. Incorporate your company logo, background color, and menu colors right from your company branding Ayris page. Changes are implemented immediately and can be constantly updated by your team to keep up with ever changing corporate branding.

Enhanced programs functionalities – Create a learning program that Ayris will automatically assign throughout the lifecycle of the campaign. Create 30, 60 or 90-day events for your onboarding process of your new hires! Customize the timeline to fit your needs by adding multiple events in a smooth and easy way that allows you to attach and customize notifications, courses, and reports to each event on the go!

Additional content storage for your learning materials – Load any type of document into Ayris and easily share the downloadable link with colleagues. You can even take it a step further and add these documents as reportable courses to assign to your end users! Ayris Content Storage allows you to build folder structure and set privacy settings on documents you load. Keep all of your content and source files in one program.

Import course completions – Whether you want to quickly add completion of a course or you wish to upload mass completions to transfer learning history from a previous LMS – this simplified process is possible in just a few easy steps with Ayris.

An improved tool – We also improved the functionalities of our video player, the reporting features, and many more features to improve the quality of the program.

As we enter into 2018, we are already excited about what is to come! 2018 will see a complete restructure of the reporting within Ayris, and we are looking for your input to make it elite!

Our current clients have been amazing with this approach, and we couldn’t thank you enough for your input! As you can see from above, we are not shy with enhancing our tool to improve our clients’ process.

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Five ways to expand your course reach and grow your learning audience with Ayris

Jan 8, 2018

Many learning organizations own and offer valuable content but often fail to present it in an attractive way.  As a result, organizations are unable to reach a wider audience and achieve the goals they are trying to reach. What are the tricks to increase your course engagement? Based upon the OutCons team’s years of experience, here are some suggestions below:

1. Browse trending headlines to select topics

Keep up to date with the most recent developments in your industry and always try to be one step ahead of your audience and the rest of the eLearning industry. People want to learn about what is new in their business niche. For instance, if they want to start trading Bitcoins, provide them with all of the relevant information about it – what they should know before they start, what to watch for, how to mitigate their risks, etc. You can always improve your existing course list. Just try to be in line with the ongoing trends and tailor it to your audience.

2. Customize your content by interest groups

While you are adding value to your course materials, why not study your selected audience a little closer too. Group your contacts by interest and create different groups for each one of your topics. Look for branches within your learning organization, areas of professional development, or self-improvement topics. This way you can differentiate your types of audience and create custom content grouping. Pick the suitable courses for each group so you can satisfy personalized learning needs. In cases where the content is required, make sure you make it as short and as effective as possible to it peaks and holds the interest of the required group.

3. Create original content and ensure it is visually appealing

Make your content attractive and visually pleasing. This is probably the most important thing in online education today. According to The Telegraph, people have shorter attention spans (because of massive usage of the smartphone), which only lasts for eight seconds. Yes, if you don’t catch the attention of your audience within this timeframe, you probably won’t catch it at all. Be creative and entertaining, improve and upgrade your learning materials constantly.

4. Work your groups

Managing your learning group is a process, not a one-time, set-up case. You need to be active and engaged with all participants. Start an industry related community and post information, start chats, update statuses about the nature of your learning content and create a community of learning.

5. Ask industry influencers for quotes

Quote people who have taken your courses in the past, especially if they are recognized as leaders in your industry or organization. You can get creative and use tools like Canva to improve the visual representation of the quote itself. Individuals like to be associated with famous and influential people, so if you know someone appropriate, don’t forget to contact that person for a quote.

Always keep in mind that you are not promoting just a course. You are promoting your services, your company and your brand. Make sure that you present your courses well and get closer to and work with your audience groups. Do not get in a passive mode. If you do your homework and create courses of interest to your audience, your audience will grow.


How do you get your learners to focus on your content?

Dec 12, 2017

With so many distractions, staying focused on anything is a real challenge. At OutCons, we aim to change that and enable quality learning. Too many people get carried away by social media and their smart phone apps, which turn out to be a burden for lifelong learning and successful career development. One research suggests that the average person unlocks their phone 110 times a day! If we assume that a person’s day is 16 hours long, that accounts for roughly one smart phone pick-up every 15 minutes! And if all other activities the average working person has are added, it makes it very difficult for an educator to help someone learn, stay focused, and remember the learning material in order to implement it later.

How can you help your learners focus on the content?

1. Organize!

The key factor is the organization of the learning process. Make sure you establish an easy to understand schedule and course length. In our experience, breaking up learning into smaller chunks (5-10 minutes max) will help your learners focus and then get the break they are looking for.  A good distribution system (like Ayris) can help you distribute multiple chunks of learning, let your learners step away and then promt them to return through notifications and events. Within the calendar in the Programs menu of Ayris, you can schedule events for the upcoming weeks, months or even years. All you need to do is plan and organize the events, and Ayris will do the rest for you.

2. Set Goals/Gates

Set goals after each step of the education process. Setting an exam or questionnaire survey to supplement each course will allow you to keep track of learners’ performance and knowledge obtained. Engage all users by setting personal goals too. This will challenge the learners and they will be more willing to commit to the task and complete it.

3. Communicate the Schedule

Make learners aware of the time they need to accomplish the course.  If they are behind schedule, you have the option to send them a customized notification to proceed with the assignment when they can, by utilizing distribution tools like Ayris. All you need to do is be realistic about these time estimates and give students ample time to accomplish the course at their own pace. In this way, you will also have an indication of how committed the student is to learn and develop.

Many organizations we have worked with have giant libraries of content. One client we worked with had almost a one learning course per employee!  This client continued to post new courses in an effort freshen up their available courses, but failed to retire out dated content. This made it difficult for users to find new and releveant training. Distributions system make it so only the courses that are assigned to users are available to view.

Once your learners have gone through their program, allow for time to apply the learning and relax to prepare for the next challenge!

Mass Upload of Course Completions is Now Available on Ayris

Oct 6, 2017

Good news for everyone working with course completions! Batch course completion is now available on Ayris and this means two things for all of our users - smooth course completion process and peace of mind. If you have used another learning management solution in the past or you currently need to upload course completions for existing courses, our neat new feature will help you bring all of those learning history records on Ayris in no time.

You can access this feature on the "Learning" tab and then navigate to the "Manage Course Completions" menu. From there you will be able to select the courses for which you wish to submit course completions, for as many users as you like.

The other great add-on to this menu and probably the most important feature for learning managers is the mass upload of course completions from file. The "Import from CSV" button is created to help you upload learning completions quickly and easy. Once you press the button, a pop-up window opens allowing you to download a template which shows how course completions must be entered to successfully import them on Ayris. On the same window, you can also find brief instructions to support your successful submission of course completions on Ayris. Enjoy!

Learning Content Distribution with Ayris in the World of Online Education

Sep 11, 2017

Learning management systems serve great purposes today. They are a powerful tool in the hands of the companies who decided to constantly develop and widen the horizon for their employees and management staff. Companies with an LMS in their possession are constantly building learning materials related to the area of business and shaping it into online courses, surveys, and exams, etc. Most of the time getting this learning content accessible by their employees results in months of complicated content integration. But let’s skip this part and try to observe a common fact that happens next – people are not willing to go to LMS’s unless they are going for company mandated content. Courses like workplace safety, fire safety, company culture and trainings are among the best examples. Why is that?

Employees typically try to get closer to the state in which they are comfortable in doing their job and at the same time the manager is satisfied with the results. This makes them willing to cover whatever job related course is assigned to them.  But going out on their own, registering for classes, searching for courses to improve their job, and taking classroom courses to do so, is a rare occurrence unless they are specifically tied to new job title. What we did with our learning distribution system is cut short that distance between learning content and learner for the learning professionals. Months of content integration with complicated LMS now can be used by learning managers to better understand their employees’ needs. Lost hours on low content quality can be used to develop better structured and more engaging content so people can learn with ease, at their own pace. Most importantly, from a user’s perspective, is they do not even have to register for the system – you get what is distributed to you by your manager, team lead to you in your email and launch right from your inbox, regardless of device. Really, as simple as that and managers can still track completions.

Learning today is not just having content. It is about making it accessible and easy to reach. People lose interest really quick and shorting the distance between learner and the learning material is key. It’s like creating a market place, matching supply and demand for knowledge. Ayris serves this exact purpose but better – making it easy and fast for everyone involved.

Provide Online Education as a Sport Exercise with Ayris

Aug 9, 2017

The way each one of us see things in life is different. Also the way we all do things in life is different as well and thank God, because every day this creates awesome achievements made by great personalities. We often want to learn more about how these people accomplish these things in order to apply it to our own work. We quickly start to use their technique but soon find out that we come up with mixed results and we struggle to reach our desired goal. The template we chose to follow is somehow not right. So how do great athletes do this? How can their techniques be applied to online learning to enhance learners’ education?

Athletes most often surround themselves with the best equipment they can afford. Educational organizations tend to do the same in order to create great online learning content.  However, if the equipment, or learning solution can only get you so far. At some point it is on the learning organization to properly utilize the new solution. Even the best baseball bat there is and the most expensive football shoes can’t make someone a great baseball or football player. The same it is with learning – even the best LMS or the best tool for creating online courses out there doesn’t ensure improved skills and qualities in employees once it is completed. It will however provide the users, or athletes the means to reach their goals.

Athletes and learners must absorb the specific exercises and the assigned learning content until it is second nature for them. Work ethics and consistency creates the difference in education the same way it does it with sports.  The greatest athletes are magically gifted with talent, but what sets them apart is their willingness to perfect their craft. Whether it be studying film, physical drills to improve their given talent, the best are always improving. If you’re an athlete that is going into a slump, you are going to step back and make some adjustments. That starts with re-evaluating your approach, define possible causes of the issues, try not to repeat it and do the process again and again. How is that related to online education? Great athletes and great employees are bred, their qualities are constantly improving day after day to reach perfection. They simply have to follow their methodology consistently.

Therefore we have to distribute learning content as a sports exercise. Every fitness instructor will tell you “You can’t stay in shape if you do not maintain your body every day”. It is one thing to reach a fit body, the hard part is to maintain it.  The same it is with the mind – you must keep it in shape in order to provide you with added value. As the great Dale Carnegie says “Only knowledge that is used sticks in your mind”.

Ayris, the learning distribution system that we created focuses on this – providing the fastest and easiest way for both teachers (learning professionals, content creators) and learners (students, employees) to exchange knowledge. Providing the environment and facilitating the process between the two parties by providing the supply (learning content from the learning professionals) and the demand (from the students and employees) is existential to improve both. It helps companies in their desire to reach their staff easily and distribute the learning content they need on every day basis to become better employees inside and outside of the office. It does the same for all occupations and professions, it can be used by students, yoga groups, sports coaches, teachers, learning managers and many more to distribute their learning content among their peers. The sky is the limit when it comes to different purposes that Ayris can be used for. Simply create great learning content, let Ayris distribute it, and make sure it is used as a sport exercise for the mind – you will be surprised by the results.

Sharing Knowledge And Building A Corporate Learning Culture With Ayris

Jul 10, 2017

We have come to an age where we share everything. It's been part of the human nature for centuries. We help others in order to create a more sustainable environment but a term like "sharing economy" has never been more important in any point in time than now. Sharing knowledge has pioneered the sharing economy, followed by sharing transportation, houses, or home improvement tools. We now have numerous free courses and platforms providing free education, but when we come to closed environments like working groups or companies, we face another challenge - we need to dig deep into our pockets and allocate budgets for having a trusted LMS (Learning Management System).

The question here is how do we retain our employees via improvements and continuous development, in order to strengthen our productivity and reduce unnecessary costs. We can make people go and watch a video on an external platform like YouTube, but how do we track their attendance, views, or actual accomplishments of the assigned job? How do we track progress, how do we extract surveys and follow up on tasks associated with the learning content? How do we offer access to such a service so that it is affordable to every individual or legal entity? Those are the questions that the developers from OutCons asked themselves when they created Ayris.

With Ayris you are in possession of your own content and you are provided with the means to create, distribute and track it as you wish. Every company has such content, this content can range from an internal procedure document or price sheet, to online articles and videos. However, for items that don't go into your LMS, yet you share with employees, it is hard to track and report on actual consumption of the content and knowledge. The worst case scenario is an internal procedures breach which we all try to avoid. To better track all of this, you need to create the necessary learning material which is especially easy with an external link or a storage link (for content uploaded on the platform), and assign it to your target audience. You can associate different types of follow ups on this material like tasks, surveys, and exams to test how well the assigned content has been comprehended by your colleagues, peers, and associates, as well as get detailed reports on this. Going through those steps consistently will enable you to get a comprehensive view of how people are developing and help them succeed and navigate employees in doing so. 

Ayris is perfect for content creators to gain more information on the views on their learning content. We do not ask you to sign contractual obligations to publish materials with us and you are the content owner of everything you create or already own. Ayris is the means for you to distribute. You can even assign a direct link to your own LMS course. Ayris is the right tool serving the purpose of delivering content to the doorstep of your targeted audience. Simple as it should be, no boundaries, no complicated integrations, just easy learning accessible for everyone.

What is Ayris?

Jun 14, 2017

Ayris is a cloud-based Learning Distribution System (LDS). It provides an online mobile friendly tool for trainers and teachers to help them perform their training activities and facilitate the learning process via enhanced

Learning Content Delivery

What makes Ayris different from the regular Learning Management System (LMS) is the focus on the learning content delivery. There are a lot of arguments around the push and pull learning methodologies and their effectiveness. And Ayris tries to give the answer by allowing learning leaders to select the most appropriate way of providing learning materials to different kinds of audiences, in different environments with the aim to increase the learning effect. More information about the LDS model can be found here.
Ayris emphasizes on the simplicity of the learning distribution by leaving the learning source issues behind. Ayris can offer various types of learning content from different kinds of content sources keeping this hidden from the learner to ensure smooth and transparent learning process.

The learner is free to select his own learning place. It could be just his mailbox or the Ayris' user interface, or even set of generated Ayris links distributed via text messages, spreadsheets or documents.

Learn without a learning system? What? Is this possible?

Yes, it is! Learners are able to go through the full learning plan without even touching the system directly. Isn't this nice?

Ayris can be used as a standalone learning environment as well as a supplementary layer on top of existing training systems and sources to build a single point of learning experience. Ayris may help shorten the path from the learner to the learning content by unifying blended or not well structured learning environments. It can deliver strongly focused content to the right audience, execute highly flexible training programs and provide the necessary learning achievement measurements.