March: Favorite Docebo Update

Docebo routinely releases platform improvements. This month sees the introduction of the ‘My Profile’ widget into the mobile app. This allows the mobile experience to be closer to the desktop experience. Users are now able to view and update their profile, as well as change their password, all within the mobile app. This allows flexibility and freedom for users to update their profile on the go rather than having to wait until they reach a desktop. To add this new widget, make sure you go to the desired page and click the plus icon at the bottom.

This will display the widget selection menu, widgets available on both mobile and desktop will display the appropriate icon, depending on their availability.

After selecting the ‘My Profile’ widget and clicking next, you will be presented with a list of options and additional fields that can help you decide what the widget will display.

Finally, click add widget, which will then add it to your custom page. Any pages that have previously been made may need updating to include the ‘My Profile’ widget if they haven’t done so automatically. An example of how this widget display on mobile can be seen below!

 

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Tailoring your learning content to your audience

"Being involved in every step of the process allows me to help tailor the content to its audience and create a well-rounded learning experience for the user",- says Cathy Turner, GuyKat's eLearning developer and designer. In this report, she helps us to understand the importance of tailoring your eLearning content to your audience.

Why is it important to tailor your training to different audiences?

Different audiences require different approaches. Just as TV shows and movies are made to target certain demographics, we need to do the same with our eLearning to ensure the information is transferred to the user in the most effective way. One of the most important questions we ask our clients before we begin development is 'Who is this training for?'. We need to know who we are aiming the content at; the age range of the learners, their pre-existing knowledge of the topic in question, if they have taken a course like this before and so on. Knowing this information can drastically change how we design and develop our content and affects everything from the look and feel of the course to how long it takes to complete. If a user already has a basic understanding of the topic being covered, then a more in-depth look will be more beneficial to them than trying to teach them what they already know. On the other hand, for someone new to the subject, a high level of detail could be intimidating and an introduction to the basics may initially be required.

How do you know what will be most effective for your audience?

Asking the client for information on their users is a great start but try to also look at existing training and find out what works well and why. If you can, keep track of user results and metrics, such as how long they spent taking the course, if they paused it and at what point, if a particular question received a low average score and so on. This could clarify issues with the training and help you pinpoint where users may have lost interest or struggled. Post-course surveys can also be a good way to gauge how well users responded to a course and if they felt it was effective. Understanding the behaviours and interests of an audience is something you learn the more you continue to work with them, and you may find patterns start to emerge among certain demographics. At university, I focused on young audience eLearning, whereas here at GuyKat we create mainly corporate training for businesses, so I’ve had to learn how andragogy (adult-focused teaching) differs from pedagogy (child-focused teaching).

 

Having made the transition from developing for children to developing for adult professionals, what are the main differences between those two groups?

At surface level, the look and feel are often very different. Younger audiences tend to respond more positively to bright colours and a cartoon-like style, with fun, cute characters that can act as a teacher or guide for the child throughout the learning experience. Whilst you may find corporate training that utilises characters or colourful graphics, it tends to be less common, and only if it fits the branding guidelines of the business.

Children also tend to have shorter attention spans than adults, so it is especially important when creating eLearning for a young audience to keep the content varied, fun and interesting! Drawn-out exercises and long paragraphs of text should be avoided or broken up by games and interactions that increase the involvement of the user. With adults, it is possible to spend more time on a single task, and they are more likely to read through the content. This doesn't mean you shouldn't try to add in games to a module aimed at adults! But it does allow you to go into more detail for a longer period of time whilst maintaining the attention of the user.

Also, the content in young audience eLearning tends to be simplified and is often a subject taught globally. If it is part of a school curriculum then the module is likely to have a longer lifespan than training for the corporate sector, as the information is less likely to change. Corporate training may need updating more frequently as practices improve or new technology is introduced to a workplace, and it is more likely to go into more detail on a specific subject.

Having made the transition from developing for children to developing for adult professionals, what are the main similarities between those two groups?

Both adults and children love games! The younger the audience the more necessary they become, but having an interaction that requires the user to engage and respond in a fun way is beneficial to the learning experience no matter the age group.

They also share many of the same benefits. In a time where employees are increasingly beginning to work from home, eLearning allows employers to train recruits no matter their location, and student can learn on the go or access resources from home. It also reduces the large costs of the classroom and in-person teaching, making it more accessible and providing opportunities to greater numbers of people.

Also, both aim to innovate and use new technology to teach in different ways. We are seeing a rise in the popularity of responsive eLearning and mobile-friendly content, both in corporate and young audience eLearning, and ways to harness technology like AR and VR have been implemented in schools and businesses alike, enhancing the experience of learners of all ages.

What should you consider when creating an eLearning module for children?

As I mentioned previously, young learners can get bored and distracted easily, so try to keep them busy with a variety of interactions. Short videos, games, quizzes and animations are easy to add into your eLearning and make a big difference to the user experience. Even resources they can take away with them, like a printable worksheet or instructions for an activity they can do once the course is over, can help make sure the learning continues even after they have completed the module.

What should you consider when creating corporate eLearning?

It may be hard to believe but adults often tend to be more nervous to learn something new than children! The fear of failure may cause them to feel anxious or take an apprehensive approach to activities, so encouragement and positive reinforcement could be required in order to motivate them to continue. Adult learning should be steadily built upon and supported to avoid losing focus.

Adults are also usually more goal-oriented than children. They are either taking a course as a requirement of their job, in which case their goal is to complete it and receive a qualification, or because they have chosen to broaden their skillset. Either way, make the goals of the training clear upfront and ensure they are achieved by the end of the training. You could implement a function that allows the user to tick off objectives as they are completed to help them feel a sense of progress.

Whoever you are creating eLearning for, it is important to remember that people of any age are learning most effectively when they are motivated, challenged, involved and having fun!

Feel free to reach out to us via the contact button or directly at info@guykat.com for more information and we’ll be happy to discuss your needs and answer all your questions!


Measure and Evaluate your Learning Impact

LMS Consultant, Joanne Payne, answered a few questions regarding the forMetris integration with Docebo.

What do forMetris do?

forMetris provide evaluation and coaching tools that allow organisations to measure and prove learning impact. Whereas many organisations may have excellent feedback and motivated learners after training has taken place, there is typically no follow up or measurement to understand if the learnings have been actually applied in the workplace.

This is where forMetris are able to assist. They provide a robust learning evaluation platform with tailored questionnaires  proven to receive a high response rate from learners. These feed into a unique benchmarking database allowing L&D professionals to identify strengths, weaknesses and inconsistencies between departments, and trainers locations internally.  They also provide insights as to how learning outcomes compare to other organisations in their industry (below average, average, above etc).

Why did GuyKat decide to partner with forMetris?

How to measure the impact of learning is a topic that repeatedly crops up in conversations with customers and at L&D events we attend. Some of our clients require a more detailed level of reporting on learning impact than the standard “happy-sheet” evaluations provide. This is a gap that partnering with forMetris helps us to close. The magic ingredient is forMetris benchmarking database. This  is something we hadn’t seen before within the industry and is a benefit that I could see our customers really responding to. 

What is the idea behind the Docebo & forMetris integration?

It’s a simple and convenient way for Docebo customers use the forMetris evaluation tools and reporting within Docebo rather than having to navigate between different systems. From the user’s perspective it feels like a single platform which is always a positive thing!

How would this work and benefit organisations? 

If you’re a Docebo customer that works with us, send us an email to set-up a demo to see how it works. If you’re interested in purchasing it, we can discuss payment options and have it enabled on your platform.

Once enabled, there’ll be an additional section available in the Advanced Settings of a course for “Learning Impact” and every time a learner completes a course they’ll receive a communication and their user will be created in forMetris.

The following day they will receive the initial satisfaction questionnaire, with an additional one sent out a few months later.

From the admin perspective there’ll be a new Learning Impact report which pulls data from the forMetris platform and displays a course summary including percentages of responses e.g response to satisfaction, content and so on.

 

Feel free to reach out to us via the contact button or directly at joanne.payne@guykat.com for more information and we'll be happy to set up a demo!


February: Favorite Docebo Monthly Update

Docebo routinely releases platform improvements. The latest update introduces 'User Impersonation'. This was one of the most requested features on the ‘Docebo Ideas Portal’ (a customer feedback site available to enterprise customers). It got GuyKat’s vote! Docebo responded to these customer requests and developed the feature!

What is User Impersonation?

If you have worked on a Learning Management System as an administrator then it's likely you needed to support a specific user.  The problem has been that an Administrator’s view of the platform is different from what the end-user sees. GuyKat offers admin support to Docebo clients worldwide and often need to see exactly what the end-user sees to better understand their issue.  This means you often have to schedule a webinar/screen share or have them email screenshots which is an inefficient use of time for everyone.

This new feature allows the Superadmin (Docebo's top-level admin) to access the platform and actually login with a learner's credentials (by the click of a button). 

A notification is automatically sent to the user to let them know that the Superadmin has logged in. They can now sit back, relax and await the diagnosis and resolution of the query. Time saved, stress relieved!

This is a very powerful feature tucked away in one of the February weekly updates and GuyKat wanted to call it out to centre-stage. We will certainly be using it to aid our customers and hope Docebo admins will benefit from it globally. 

If you are interested in partnering with GuyKat for services on your Docebo platform, please get in touch. Click on the contact button below to request a discovery call and describe your requirements.


Building a Custom Docebo Landing Page Enhances Your UX

A landing page is the first page a visitor sees. It is core to the user journey through a website and arguably the most important page. In an LMS environment, it determines how easy it is for learners to engage with your learning content. Landing pages should set the standard for the website ‘look and feel’ and be targeted to the audience with information and content specific to them.  Done well, it can establish a unique individual user experience.

Up until two or three years ago, it was difficult to customise landing pages on Docebo. The platform had a ‘dashboard’ feature, but there were significant limitations on what could be included. The launch of the ‘pages’ feature in Docebo 7.0 was the game-changer. This opened up new levels of customisation constrained only by the imagination and skill of the developer rather than technical limitations. A killer feature is that you can have different tailored landing pages for different groups of users. 

Ideally, a landing page should aim to be simple. The use of images that link to other parts of the site is effective. A good landing page allows users to easily find an area of the site they need; this is especially important in an LMS. A landing page should also make effective use of your branding in its overall design and layout and can be a powerful tool for conveying a particular message to the user.

At GuyKat we know Docebo inside and out. Clients regularly contact us to help enhance their Docebo UI. Our expertise with the pages functionality is a great enabler in transforming end-use perception of the platform. We tailor our landing pages on a client by client basis. Usually, the landing page’s content and structure are dictated by the way their Docebo instance is configured. Before making live changes we send over wireframes for review by the client, the look and feel of the page is then mocked up internally and then built following final sign-off by the client.

Typical features landing pages are:

  • A navigation bar
  • A carousel of linked images to advertise courses etc
  • Footer links to social media/other external pages
  • Images linking top essential parts of the site
  • A cohesive design that keeps the user engaged

If you engage with GuyKat we have a well-defined process to take you from an initial discovery call where we find the key objectives for your platform and review your current set-up. Then there is a phase of wire-frame designs and review. Following approval, we implement the design using our custom coding.  To date, GuyKat has supported clients in building hundreds of landing pages for Docebo customers all over the world.

 

If custom page design and implementation is something you're interested in please use the contact button to arrange a call with one of our experts.


Megan's Digital Media Internship at GuyKat

Birmingham has some of the best universities in the UK.  They're full of bright people with ambition to join innovative organisations.  One of those bright people is Megan, our current intern in the eLearning team. Today she is sharing her experience of her three month long internship. For her, it's a part-time paid job while juggling university work!

1. How did you find out about the internship at GuyKat?

I’m on the Impact Internship. This internship is available exclusively to final year students and recent University of Birmingham graduates. Impact Internships are partnered with start-ups and small or medium-sized enterprises; giving their successful applicants the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a growing, innovative business. Since I am a UoB student, I found this job when it popped up in my academic emails.

2. What attracted you to the role at GuyKat?

I am currently studying for a BSc Computer Science degree. My favourite aspects of the course are those that include UX and front end development. My enjoyment in using creative technology, such as Adobe programs and markup languages, has made me want to explore a creative career. Needless to say, when I saw the job title “Digital Media Designer/eLearning Developer” I knew that this role would give me the creative satisfaction I was looking for.

When I first saw the job advert, I didn’t fully understand what was meant by the term “eLearning” but I already had developed an interest in learning technologies. A few years ago I made a Japanese character learning aid in Java and was planning to make a system for teaching HTML/CSS as my dissertation topic. I also enjoyed teaching children how to code at CodeCamp. I was attracted to this role because it perfectly balances everything I am interested in: learning, technology, creativity and design!

3. What were the main tasks you were given?

Initially, I had to become efficient in using Storyline since it is one of the most important tools utilised by the eLearning team. I then recreated some of the existing features and special effects and took on a client project - I found this extremely fun, it was rewarding being able to reach the company standards of branding. Since then, I have had great opportunities to work on several projects by making pdfs, website designs, illustrations and more.

4. What were your highlights during the internship?

One of my highlights so far is learning how to use Adobe Illustrator since I’ve always wanted to teach myself how to use it. When I was told I would need to learn how to use this software, I asked if I could have access to the software over Christmas so that I could get a head start. I am now beginning to understand how powerful this tool is, especially since it has unique capabilities that can be used to make graphics.

A further highlight would have to be visiting one of our clients in their London office. This was a kick-off meeting with a medical device company’s L&D managers to outline a few months of work worth delivery on various projects. This was a highly valuable experience and I loved getting to know our clients in person.

5. What do you enjoy about working with GuyKat?

The thing I enjoy most about working at GuyKat (other than getting to be creative every day, obviously) is the atmosphere in the office. Everyone at GuyKat is super lovely and they all make the office an incredibly pleasant place to be! We also have a hotdesking system, this is brilliant because I sit next to someone different every day. This system helps to keep my mind fresh and increases my productivity. I always look forward to coming in to work and I feel incredibly lucky to have found an occupation that I love!

6. Any advice or tips for students or graduates looking for a career in Digital Media?

I would have to say, make sure that when you write your applications you sound as enthusiastic as you feel about the job you’re applying for. My cover letter for GuyKat was the first cover letter that I was eager to write! I was so thrilled about the prospect of the job, and the opportunities that it would bring, that it was no problem expressing my excitement when applying.

 

If you think you'd be a good addition to our team whether being an apprentice, intern or a full-time employee, give us a shout at info@guykat.com. 


eLearning Designer's takeaway from last year

Now that everyone’s back after the holidays, eLearning Designer, Emma Powney sits down to discuss her biggest takeaway from 2019.

 

 

What’s been exciting you throughout 2019 in the world of eLearning?

We did a lot of work for SkinCeuticals that I loved being a part of. One project stood out, the GuyKat team was challenged to refresh existing eLearning modules. Design was a large focus in this project and that’s a huge passion of mine, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

The objective of these modules is to educate key field staff about their most successful products and help them choose the right product for their end consumer.

One of the things I love about my job is to be able to work with large brands like SkinCeuticals.  I’m one of their consumers myself, and I love being educated about the science behind their products. 

Tell us about the relationship GuyKat has with SkinCeuticals

The relationship started early last year.  We worked virtually but still close with the Associate Vice President of Global Education, Becky Watkins who is based in New York. As a result of the module redesigns, we had the pleasure of meeting Becky last month when she flew out to visit us in our new Birmingham HeadQuarters. This gave us a chance to review our ways-of-working and discuss future eLearning projects for 2020, which we are all very excited about!  It was lovely to hear such great feedback.

How did the day look with a client on-site?

Our main aim for Becky’s visit was to discuss the collaboration with GuyKat on the upcoming eLearning projects. We always want to be seen as a partner rather than just a supplier.  This type of meeting helps us build on that. Together, we reviewed Becky’s existing content and shared ideas to come up with the best learning solution for each module. As a result, we are at the beginning stages of developing two large projects which we are eager to roll out in the next couple of months.

Elaborate on why it is important to schedule face-to-face meetings with the clients on sizeable projects like this.

One of the benefits of meeting our clients face-to-face is that we’re able to be so much more creative. We both have ideas that we can share to make the modules as interactive and engaging as possible for the end-user. We can also get to understand their passion for the company they work for, which in turn, gets us excited about the project. This is an invaluable time to learn the right ‘voice’ from our clients which we just wouldn’t receive over email.  Again, our best work is done when we work as a partner, rather than when we just build to a brief. Client’s know their content, but we know how to make ideas and key points come together online. When we mix our clients knowledge with our skills, the output can be truly world-class.

We also love hearing feedback on our ways of working with clients, so the visit from Becky was a perfect opportunity to start the meeting with what worked well on our first project and what we could improve on in our future working relationship.

What are your expectations for 2020?

This year we have a lot of exciting projects coming up, with SkinCeuticals being one I want to continue to drive forward. We want to build on our ongoing relationship and continue to deliver engaging content. 

 

"GuyKat is an essential partner for the LMS programme for SkinCeuticals. An awesome agency that can do everything under one roof - from LMS landing pages to content development." - Becky Watkins, SkinCeuticals

 

If you’d like to set up a meeting with any of our team members from Professional Services or/and eLearning side please contact rugile@guykat.com


GuyKat in Vegas: DevLearn 2019

DevLearn 2019 saw 4,000 attendees in Las Vegas, Nevada explore the future of Learning and Development.

As a Marketing professional that works in the L&D industry, it's a joy to be with so many peers who are just as passionate about improving corporate training.  

One theme that came up repeatedly was the rise of the  LXP (Learning Experience Platform). This has been a big area of focus for GuyKat over the last year. We no longer think of Docebo as 'just' an LMS. Over the last few years, as more features have been added to the system, we've watched Docebo become an LXP. This has opened up loads of new possibilities for our clients. Many of the sessions in the conference reinforced to me that a lot of the work we are doing is very much at the cutting edge of helping people realise the benefits of moving from an LMS to LXP mindset.

Another key theme was the importance of marketing in L&D. I've been passionate about this idea for some time. It isn't about 'marketing' in the sense of engaging external customers or stakeholders, but using the same techniques to engage internal learners. When I talk about this with our team in the UK, I now have some great case studies to reinforce my point!  

Overall, DevLearn was brilliant. I got to meet some amazing people, re-connect with some dear friends from Docebo and meet the only non-human citizen in the entire world - Sophia the Robot. Already looking forward to going back next year!


Hannah Quinton to judge Silicon Canal Awards

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Today I met GuyKat's Head of eLearning, Hannah Quinton, to discuss the upcoming Silicon Canal Awards.

Hannah leads the creative team at GuyKat and has worked with us for 8 years. Hannah was named Developer of the Year in the 2017 awards, and GuyKat were named Small Company of the Year in 2018.  This year she has been invited to join the judging panel.

What does technology mean to you?

Having been in an integral part of a tech company for a number of years, I use technology on an everyday basis. We create and build engaging training to communicate with people across the globe. This could not be done without the vast array of authoring tools, technologies, and applications we use to deliver projects. What is great about our industry is that it's still really in its infancy. eLearning in the past has not had a very good reputation, often being associated with poorly designed and long-winded modules that are a chore to complete. With a great creative team and the right technology, we are changing that. We never stop learning new technologies or exploring new ways to enhance our modules.  That means my relationship with technology continues to evolve and grow. I still find it humbling that I have been responsible for thousands of eLearning modules being implemented in over 50 countries and 12 different languages.

How were you introduced to Silicon Canal awards?

When I first joined GuyKat 8 years ago, I was encouraged to go to networking events in order to meet like-minded people in the tech community. As with most people early in their career this was a slightly daunting idea, however, Silicon Canal was promoted as a more relaxed setting and they were not wrong! I've been going ever since. In 2018 GuyKat won the Silicon Canal Small Company of the Year award and it was such a positive team experience. Everyone in the team is passionate about what we do and to be recognized for it was the sprinkles on top of the cake.

What encouraged you to take place on the judging panel?

Over the last few years I have grown in my career and confidence in the tech scene and I attribute some of that growth to the support community I found in Silicon Canal. In 2017, I was nominated as the Silicon Canal Developer of the Year and subsequently won. This was a huge achievement for me as I had never considered myself as a contender.  I was overwhelmed with the support I received in the aftermath. As a result, I became an ambassador of Silicon Canal, involving myself in the Women in Tech events and making some very close friends as a result. So, when I was asked to judge this year's awards, I was really excited to be involved. There is a lot of emerging talent in Birmingham, I cannot wait to promote the great achievements happening in this city.

Which award category announcement are you most excited about?

For me, Small Company of the Year is something I'm personally excited to see the category entries. I have an understanding of the journey a small company goes on in order to be successful and I will be looking out for their stories in particular.

 

For more information on all the great Silicon Canal events going on over the next few months, please check out their website: https://siliconcanal.co.uk.

To see further information on the awards, nominate or book your tickets go to https://awards.siliconcanal.co.uk I wish everyone who is nominated the best of luck in this year's awards and I can't wait to see you on November 28th.

 

 


Jack's hopes for DoceboInspire

GuyKat are proud Platinum Sponsor of this year's DoceboInspire Conference. The event will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. 16-18 Sep.

This Q&A session with our eLearning Support Analyst Jack Rixon outlines the expectations and hopes he has prior attending the show.

What part of DoceboInspire excites you the most?

As this is my first time attending the event, I am looking forward to attending DoceboUniversity. Although I have been working with Docebo daily now for 2 years, there is always new things to learn to enhance knowledge. Learning from each other is really encouraged here at GuyKat that's why DoceboU is a perfect opportunity to utilise that.
I could name a bunch of things I'm interested but I'm most intrigued in looking further into automation of the platform as it is clear to be a feature of the future making everyone's life easier!

Any speaker you're looking forward to the most?

There are so many interesting people talking about all things that matter over the two conference days! However, I'm most excited to hear the Key Note Speaker Jason Silva who's a well known thought-leader. Apparently, our CEO Guy McEvoy will also be announcing one of the Keynote Speakers and will give a short speech. I definitely don't want to miss that.

Where can you find GuyKat at DoceboInspire?

As a Platinum Sponsor we're going have a stand that you won't be able to miss. We'll be at the Outlook East and West conference room at level 14!

Many of our team members will be attending conference talks and workshops so if you spot any of us don't be shy and say hello! We'll be happy to talk about Docebo, Professional Services or eLearning content!

What are you expecting to take away from this event?

It's all about the experience for me. It will be nice to put some of the faces to the names I have been emailing & speaking on the calls online for the last couple of years. It's really much about building a connection and relationship with clients/partners when communicating face to face! But outside of that, I want to be able to expand my general knowledge on Docebo and to see some of the new tools used in action!

What can customers expect to see and take away from this event?

Clients attending DoceboU will be able to learn all kind of admin tricks about the product. Even though I use the system day-in, day-out I'm hoping that I myself can learn a few neat new features or cool how-to's or workarounds.

Folks attending only the main DoceboInspire days will have an opportunity to listen to the success stories of other users and maybe generate ideas how to accelerate their platform using available services. I know that my team mates who've been to the last couple of years have found it a brilliant event. It's good to feel a part of the Docebo community. Obviously, I'm also hoping that Docebo clients are able to find out a bit more about what GuyKat do, and how we can help them push their platform to the next level.

If you'd like to set up a meeting with any of our team members from Professional Services or/and eLearning side please contact rugile@guykat.com.


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