Directory Experiments and Social Content Creation

Toronto Track DaysWe covered the launch of www.torontoelearning.com in a previous post and just completed some updates for April. Since stabilizing the platform, we decided to test it with a completely different market—regional track events. The new website, www.torontotrackdays.com, has already seen huge interest from the local racing community (250+ organic likes on Facebook within 6 weeks of launch!) and has become the most complete source of track event information for the Toronto area. So far, we’re very pleased with the results and its positioning for the upcoming track season.

Toronto Track Days also gave us an interesting opportunity to test some new technical ideas that we can apply back to future elearning projects. (We’ve had a number of complex platform requests recently, so it helps to know how far we can push our sites with available tools.) The event calendar we used for torontoelearning.com wasn’t robust enough for the large number of events we required, nor the complexity filtering and sorting that users would need, so we developed a Gravity Forms solution. Now users and businesses can enter events, see them immediately and make changes as needed; all without our intervention. With so many early users it’s been a great experiment in user-generated content and organizing contributions so they add value to visitors.  We can apply many of the lessons to elearning and social sharing, like how to better engage users and encourage active participation.

If you have any questions about technical considerations or other lessons learned from our Toronto Track Days experiment, post in the comments and we’ll be happy to provide feedback!

Toronto eLearning Hub Updates

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Looking for the latest Toronto elearning events and job postings? Toronto’s elearning hub has had its first monthly refresh, so all of the new listings are now available online! If you notice anything missing, please submit them and we’ll make sure they’re included on the site.

Torontoelearning.com has now been up for a month and we’d love to get your feedback. Is it helping? How can we make it better?

Looking for Compliance Training?

compliance-trainingUncanny Owl can help! Compliance training is one of the highest-growth areas of workplace training and it increasingly needs to be about more than just checking off boxes. With a recent survey finding that the frequency of compliance communications increased by 51%, and PwC reporting more scrutiny by regulators and auditors of program effectiveness, compliance training is on every company’s radar.

Our new overview of compliance training outlines some of the reasons that elearning solutions by Uncanny Owl are a great way to deliver elearning programs that reduce risk, costs and instances of non-compliance. More than just an easier way to track compliance training completion, our elearning programs let companies track performance trends and behaviours changes. They’re also fun and interactive!

To find out more about how we can help with your compliance training, tell us about your project.

Introducing torontoelearning.com

torontoelearning.comWe’ve decided to try our hand at connecting Toronto’s elearning community and local businesses. We’re not the first, but we are the first that isn’t either national, behind a paywall or out of date.

Torontoelearning.com is a community site where anyone interested in elearning can  share and connect. On the business side, there’s a vendor directory and boards for elearning jobs and projects. On the social side, there’s a calendar with Toronto’s latest elearning events and a news feed that captures everything Toronto’s elearning pros are saying in one location. Everything is completely free and there are no ads. We created the site as a networking experiment, not a source of income.

If you’re an elearning provider, we hope you’ll drop by and submit (or claim) your business profile. While you’re there, check out the postings and submit your social news URLs to info@torontoelearning.com. We’ll make sure they’re included in our consolidated Toronto elearning feed!

If you’re a business, check out Toronto’s rich selection of elearning providers. Post your jobs and projects to connect with the region’s experts!

If you’re a student, check out the discussion to learn more about the industry and what’s happening in Toronto. And if you want a professional-looking email address that shows your industry affiliation, claim your free @torontoelearning.com email address!

We really hope the Toronto elearning community finds the site useful. It’s still new, so there may be some issues, and we would love to get your feedback on what we’re doing. Let us know how we can improve and help you better connect with Toronto’s elearning community!

Click here to visit torontoelearning.com

Introducing Grade Hacks

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Uncanny Owl’s first product, Grade Hacks, went live this morning. Our experience suggested that schools focused too much on teaching information rather than teaching students how to learn and succeed, so we created Grade Hacks to address this learning gap. Using interactive e-learning lessons, videos, downloadable tools, calculators, progress tracking and much more, we’ve created an engaging learning platform to help high school, college and university students reach their academic potential.

We’re offering Grade Hacks at a special introductory price of only $25 until December 31, 2013. Check out the free trial to see what Uncanny Owl can do with e-learning. Everything – from platform integration to content development and tool programming – were performed in-house by Uncanny Owl.