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LMS vs. LCMS

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As businesses grow, many companies understand that new hires need to be trained to better suit the company’s environment and business processes, and existing employees have to be trained and evaluated to keep on their career path. “Ok, we need a learning system” could say a manager of a newly created Training Department. But the reality is not so simple. There are hundreds of learning systems vendors out there and none of them can fully satisfy your requirements. So what can you do?

First of all, you have to be aware of the terminology existing in the learning market. What you are looking for is probably called as Learning Management System or LMS. This may confuse many evaluators and purchasers of learning systems by the wide variety of solutions offered as LMS. What is usually called an LMS includes classroom and E-Learning management, content authoring and publishing, communication and collaboration, assessment and evaluation, competency and performance management, reporting, analytics and integration with HRIS/financial systems. Whereas the basic set of LMS features are: administration, learning management, reporting and measurement, security, HR-related features, content management, content integration, and e-commerce. Analytics is an advanced feature and not all vendors include it into a basic LMS package. Analytics includes: effectiveness, efficiency, and compliance measures. As well as a performance management that is a new trend in the LMS market.

Second, LMS vendors identify three types of market: mid-size that is comprised of companies with 1,000-10,000 learners that may be small and medium size companies, enterprises that have more than 10,000 learners, and global enterprise with a world-wide location of offices. So identify your niche and narrow the list of the vendors.

Third, there is one important criteria to think about – your company has to have a Human Resource system already installed and implemented which keeps records of all employees in your company’s head office and branches in one place. LMS is only an extension for such systems and feeds from HRIS (and sometimes from financial systems). The data goes back and forth but should be kept in one place for consistency.

However, a typical LMS product does not address the critical need to create, manage and maintain learning system content. If the answer to your question about how to import your existing courses from different media is “You cannot unless they are SCORM compliant!”, and you have no idea what that it means, then you probably have to create all your courses from scratch. Packages like MS PowerPoint and MS Word, i.e. all those that training departments are usually using to create learning materials do not support any existing learning standard. So you need a course creation tool. This new class of learning products is called Learning Content Management System and it is purchased in conjunction with LMS. LMS and LCMS are not the same. Let me explain. Learners enter a Web-portal for example. That portal links the learner to pages generated by LMS where learners can select a course. That course is created by LCMS but delivered by LMS. So, if you have no LCMS you either have to buy courses from vendors or … or you have no courses. That is why you have to be sure that LCMS is really a part of your purchasing LMS and not a separate product. Content management that was mentioned as a part of basic LMS is not the same as LCMS because the latter deals with creating, storing and delivering personalized learning content. Content management in contrast deals with storing and indexing the content for search.

As a conclusion, the evaluator is well-advised to keep up understanding of LMS/LCMS products.

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Vital Factors to Consider When Choosing a Colocation Service Provider

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The process of server colocation is gaining popularity with each passing day. This is due to the many benefits that the service offers to the clients. Out of the increased popularity, many service providers have come up to meet the high demand. As a result of this, competitive prices and services have come up hence making the decision easier. However, it is important to understand that not all the service providers render what they claim. Some are out to make money at the expense of the clients hence the need to consider a few factors before committing oneself to any given provider.

The first and the most important factor that ought to be considered is the cost of the service. In colocation, one hires the equipment to get the servers up and have them well managed. This is a type of rental service. Different fee structures are incurred from different service providers. This is especially because of the high competition that exists and minor policies by the service provider. Generally, the fee is usually based on the size of the servers and the bandwidth that one will receives. Comparing can help one in getting the most competitive prices. Affordable costs enable one to enjoy all the features without any strains. However, it is important for one not to compromise the quality of the services for cost.

The next thing that one has to consider in a colocation firm is the size of bandwidth that one will get. This is the factor that determines the reliability of the connection that one will get to the servers. A poor or slow connection leads to the slow down of the business activities and the subsequent pushing away of the potential clients. It is highly advised to choose a service provider with the highest possible bandwidth. This will ease the access and hence enable better performance.

The security of the services rendered matters a lot. The company’s servers contain vital information which if poorly handled can lead to the nose dive of the business. The service provider should therefore be having the most reliable security to the servers. This is both through remote access, manual alteration by the unauthorized as well as physical damages. It is important that one check on the security measures employed by the firm and gauge whether they are reliable or not.

The services offered by the colocation company have also to be considered. The data center should be able to offer all the necessary technical support with great reliability to ensure that the server performance is ensured round the clock. It is highly recommended that one look at the professionalism of the technical support staff and how fast they are at responding to malfunctions. This will ensure reliability at all times.

It is important for one to discuss the features of the service provider with an experienced person in the field. This will help determine any loopholes and the strong points.

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The Dilemma of Edith Hope

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Edith Hope is the unassuming lonesome writer in Hotel Du lac who faces the dilemma of living a life with or without a marital status. Edith, about forty, is unmarried and lonely. Though Edith is successful as a writer, her life is plaintive and uneventful.

Demure, docile and reticent, Edith Hope is easily approachable. She has been somewhat taken for granted by her friends and acquaintances. “I sign anything that is put in front of me; I never telephone my publisher; and I make no claims for my particular sort of writing.”

Therefore, when the steadily aging and yet unmarried Edith is approached by a Geoffrey Long, who provides a most ‘excellent guarantee… of a safe and sensible future’, she is expected to accept the proposal gratefully. Edith cancels the wedding at the eleventh hour. Her well wishers are astounded at ‘her moral turpitude’ ‘for the outrage she had committed’.

Edith seems to have canceled her wedding with Geoffrey because of her refusal to marry for social convenience. While she longs for marital bliss- the peace of domesticity, Edith is unwilling to settle down with a man unless she loves him.

Love seems to elude Edith perpetually. David- her secret boyfriend with a wife, does not reciprocate Edith’s amorous feelings. He seems to be using Edith as a kind of occasional diversion from regular family life. Edith sees no future with him.

Edith receives a second chance to settle down into ‘domestic peace’. ‘I doubt if I have anything more to look forward to’ says Edith out of desperation to repair her loneliness. Neville offers to Edith yet another alliance of mutual convenience. He does not make any claims of emotional attachment with Edith but sees in her a perfect candidate to ‘fit perfectly into’ his empty and rich house. Neville offers Edith social security, independence, and companionship. ‘As my wife, you will do very well. Unmarried, I’m afraid you will soon look a bit of a fool.’

Edith receives, as if, a second chance from Neville. Edith meets Neville at Hotel Du Lac, her exile where Edith is supposed to ‘forget the unfortunate lapse’ of refusing to marry Geoffrey. Edith is expected to return home ‘older, wiser, and properly apologetic.’

Neville gives Edith the chance to repair the damage caused by her previous decision. While at home, the bleak indifference of David, whom she loves dearly, awaits her. Neville promises to her a life of prosperity and social standing. Both offers are equally loveless.

The only difference between returning home and marrying Neville is ‘dignity’. Home would be forlorn but at Neville’s house, Edith would be reduced to being a ‘part of his collections’. Edith chooses to return home.

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Korean Series: An Escape to Fantasy

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Breakthrough of Korean Series:

Korean Series, also known as Korean Dramas or K-dramas, are television series in the Korean language based in South Korea. K-dramas became popular worldwide in the early 2000s due to its Korean pop culture, also known as Hallyu/Korean Wave, and far-fetched plot twists. However, the Korean entertainment industry started booming when “Gangnam Style” by PSY hit YouTube like a tsunami. Also, Oscar-winning Korean movies like “Parasite” have spiked the growth of K-dramas all over the world. Korean dramas can go from being extremely emotional to incredibly heart-breaking to “OMG, what was that?” in a heartbeat. This is exactly what keeps the viewers coming back for more. Like any other television series, K-dramas also have many different genres such as rom-coms, historical dramas that promote Korean culture, office politics, family dramas, school life, and even horror comedies.

Korean Series: A Mental Break during the Pandemic:

Fans worldwide go head over heels for K-dramas since they help them go into the “la-la land” of romance. While K-dramas are fictional and may never happen in real life, they are still something you can believe has a possibility of happening. In other words, it’s a fantasy escape for K-fans of all age groups. During the ongoing pandemic, K-dramas seem to have had their biggest breakthroughs in India because more people found extra time and an inclination to explore contents that help them escape from the anxiety of what’s going on around them. For many youngsters, it is not only a favorite time during this pandemic but is also something that motivates them to learn the language.

The widespread craze for K-dramas led to their availability via streaming services along with subtitles in multiple languages across all over the world. Rakuten Viki, a U.S.-based Korean drama-dominated streaming platform, has witnessed an escalation in the number of K-drama viewers. OTT platforms like Netflix have also adapted this Hallyu trend and have picked up dramas like” It’s Okay To Not Be Okay,” “Start-up,” “Vincenzo,” “Crash Landing On You,” etc. Gone are those days when K-dramas were criticized for commonly used themes of love triangle/affairs or a working-class woman and a rich man being romantic. The industry is set to take unusual to the next level, blending traditional values with Western individualism and materialism. Korean dramas today mostly illustrate a meaningful message to tackle issues of Korean society such as school bullying, mental illness, corruption, classism, racism, etc.

Soundtrack and Cinematography:

The best part about K-dramas is that they emphasize high visuals and aesthetics. Also, the background soundtrack acts as a cherry on top. Being an outsider, it’s difficult to understand the language, but the melody surely hits the right chord. Even if the character isn’t speaking a word in a scene, the location, soundtrack, and background add sense to the scene so beautifully that the viewer anticipates being there.

The Influence of K-Dramas:

The craze for K-dramas has also played a pivotal role in promoting the Korean language, culture, and food. The influence of Korean culture has escalated beyond the entertainment industry. At present, a shift away from the Western-style makeup trends to K-beauty led to the growth of Korean-based commercial brands such as “Innisfree”. Interestingly, there’s also been a spike in the number of active learners of the Korean language-“hanguk.”

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