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Athens, Greece based Aiginiteio University Hospital get their own, branded version of the TheLMSapp for iPad. Aiginiteio University Hospital provides telepsychogeriatics (telemedicine) services from their HQ in Athens to remote islands of the Aegean.
Doctors and patients can access elearning courses from Aiginiteio Hospital’s native application using their iPad devices while they can also communicate in real time using video conference.

Visit the telepsychogeriatrics websitedownload the application from the App Store.

A flipped classroom is a form of blended learning in which students learn new content online by watching video lectures, usually at home, and what used to be homework (assigned problems) is now done in class with teachers offering more personalized guidance and interaction with students, instead of lecturing. This is also known as backwards classroom’, flipped classroom, reverse teaching.”

Traditional vs flipped teaching

The traditional pattern of teaching has been to assign students to read textbooks and work on problem sets outside school, while listening to lectures and taking tests in class.

In flip teaching, the students first study the topic by themselves, typically using video lessons prepared by the teacher or third parties. In class students apply the knowledge by solving problems and doing practical work. The teacher tutors the students when they become stuck, rather than imparting the initial lesson in person. Complementary techniques include differentiated instruction and project-based learning.

Flipping also changes the allocation of teacher time. Traditionally, the teacher engages with the students who ask questions — but those who don’t ask tend to need the most attention. “We refer to ‘silent failers,’ ” said one teacher, claiming that flipping allows her to target those who need the most help rather than the most confident. Flipping changes teachers from “sage on the stage” to “guide on the side”, allowing them to work with individuals or groups of students throughout the session.

Flipped Classroom model in Corporate Training

In corporate training you first try to make the training sessions more engaging and less tedious. The social activity aspect will encourage team work, diversification and a social mindset which a business needs in order to grow and succeed.
Along with these, it also builds experience through realistic exercises, building more on the “learn by doing and experience” concept which has proven far more proficient.

Along with these, this sort of model is more flexible as well, which works more with busy professionals in a corporate training environment. If physical interaction is unneeded, educational technologies, cooperative data systems and communications technologies can be coordinated together to set up this model over the internet, where location means far less.

Coupled with the ease of implementing gamification, the flipped classroom model is a good stopgap for bringing the corporate training concept into a new age, and will serve to help wear away at old roles and preconceptions about how education should work. There are far bigger changes on the horizon, but this model is a good way of easing into giving up a lot of old ways of thinking that this will require.

sources: wikipedia, training stationelearning infographics

While TheLMSapp can manage all asynchronous training in tablet devices you may need to extend your elearning program with synchronous activities as well. There are a number of options for teleconference platforms that work on iPad devices, in this post we give you a quick guide about how to integrate with WizIQ:

The WizIQ Platform includes everything you need to take your teaching online, from a virtual classroom, to functionality to create and deliver courses with assessment tools and content sharing feature. WizIQ provides exclusive features that save time and enhance collaboration between students and teachers. WizIQ also integrates with other Learning Management Systems and websites through well-documented API, allowing anyone, whether a middle school teacher, a private tutor, a test prep company, a university, or anything in between to start teaching online.

WizIQ provides a moodle plugin allowing you to integrate it with your moodle installation and manage virtual classrooms within your moodle LMS. You can find additional information and installation instructions here.

How TheLMSapp users can gain access

With WizIQ you can insert links for joining a teleconference within your moodle LMS while users will also need to install the standalone WizIQ iPad app. Once a teleconference link is tapped within your TheLMSapp enabled moodle the user will be automatically redirected to the standalone WizIQ app to begin the WizIQ teleconference session. The selected class will automatically load in WizIQ app and the user will be in the class without any manual steps.

Have a look at the screens below for an overview of the process.

Schools are working hard to provide their students with technology-enhanced learning, but at the moment they’re falling short. CDW•G’s 2011 21st Century Classroom Report found that 86 percent of students use technology more outside of school than they do in class. A major reason is access. Although many schools provide notebook carts and computer labs, students often have to leave the classroom and go to another part of the school to use a computer or share time with other students.

A “bring your own device” (BYOD) initiative overcomes this access hurdle, much as one-to-one computing programs do, but without the capital costs associated with purchasing the technology or the need to refresh, support and train users. With BYOD, students are responsible for figuring out and fixing their own devices.

Schools that have embraced BYOD are enjoying other benefits as well:

Schools meet students’ “digital expectations.” The current generation of students has grown up with technology and want to use it in every aspect of their daily lives — including school. They have an expectation that the same technology they use at home will be available at school.

Schools invested heavily in classroom and mobile learning technologies recognize this demand and are trying to meet it. Unfortunately, it’s not happening everywhere, as the 21st Century Classroom Report reveals: Just 39 percent of high school students said that their school is currently meeting their technology expectations.

Student participation increases. Students like using their personal devices, so they become engaged in whatever it is that they’re doing with them — including classwork, which becomes even more interactive when everyone has access to technology. Unlike a school-provided device, the personal device (and the desire to continue using it) goes home with the student. In this way, BYOD enables and fosters 24×7 learning.

Student collaboration and communication increases. According to the21st Century Classroom Report, 59 percent of students use technology to communicate with other students and 14 percent use it to communicate with teachers — but just 23 percent leverage its potential for collaboration.

A BYOD initiative, paired with the development of web-based learning management systems, class-specific social networking spaces and academic applications, can provide students with far greater opportunities to interact virtually with teachers, study with online tutors and work with other students on assignments, projects and content creation.

The digital divide is reduced. Instead of spending dollars to buy redundant learning devices for students who already own such tools, school IT departments can invest that money in devices for students who lack their own.

Source: ED Tech

TheLMSapp is to exhibit within Apps World North America’s start-up village at the San Francisco show from February 5-6, in a unique opportunity offered by the show’s organisers who are supporting start-ups with complimentary exhibition space designed to encourage innovation and new businesses.

To celebrate our participation in App World we have a great offer! If you sign up in February 5, 6 or 7 you get the Basic package of TheLMSapp at only $12 per month for a period of 12 months (regular price $99/month). This means that you save more than $1.000 per year!

TheLMSapp Basic package
Make your Moodle LMS tablet accessible with an annual subscription to TheLMSapp service. Give your students/trainees the ability to access your courses from their tablet devices. Features: Use of TheLMSapp native iPad application, your logo on TheLMSapp, simple interface, plugin for moodle LMS, application updates, unlimited number of users, accessible from TheLMSapp for iPad.

When you have a functional installation of TheLMSapp you will want to let the students know how they can access your content through TheLMSapp application.

Minimum requirements

Any generation iPad running iOS >4

TheLMSapp iPad app installation

Students should have a basic knowledge of installing an application using the App Store app. There are many ways to download an app from the App Store:

1) Open the App Store app and search using thelmsapp as keyword

2) Direct your students to www.appstore.com/thelmsapp to download the app.

First use of TheLMSapp

When a user opens TheLMSapp for the first time he/she will be asked to which LMS installation they want to connect to. Instruct students to begin typing the name of your company or organization as this was sent using the registration form. When the name of your company or organization is revealed on the list you can select it and click on the next button to continue. Users know they have selected the correct LMS from the list as they will see your logo on the application’s main screen.

Set of instructions that you can send to your students or trainees in order to access elearning content in TheLMSapp:

  • Open the Safari application in your iPad.
  • Type appstore.com/thelmsapp
  • Tap on the FREE button to begin the download
  • You may need to enter your Apple ID’s password in order to complete the download.
  • After the download is completed tap on OPEN to start the application.
  • In the first menu begin typing your company’s or organization name and you should see a corresponding list item.
  • Tap on this item in the list and then tap the black check icon on the right.
  • After a couple of seconds you should see the main screen of the application with your company or organization logo on the left and the username/password field on the right.
  • Insert your username and your password in the corresponding fields and tap Go on your keyboard to login.
All necessary instructions can also be found in this slideshare presentation

Learning management systems are used by academic institutions and companies to manage, track, and deliver courses and training programs. One of the fastest growing software sectors over the last decade, it is now a billion dollar plus industry with hundreds of competing offerings. Below is a look the most popular options as measured by a combination of their total number of customers, active users, and online presence.

Moodle is the most popular LMS worldwide. Moodle has become very popular among educators around the world as a tool for creating online dynamic web sites for their students. To work, it needs to be installed on a web server somewhere, either on one of your own computers or one at a web hosting company. Moodle is supported by TheLMSapp.

Source: LMS top 20 list at capterra.com

TheLMSapp team is very happy to announce that it has been selected for the Apps World North America 2014 Startup Zone. The conference and exhibition will take place in Moscone Center on February 5&6 2014. You can register for free to get a pass for the exhibition or you can see more info and make a meeting request through TheLMSapp’s exhibitor profile at the App World’s website.

About Apps World North America 2014

Developer conference & exhibition: Apps World will be returning to North America in 2014 for two days of engagement and high level insight and discussion around one of the largest growing industries – mobile apps. Apps World North America will be taking place in the tech capital of the world San Francisco on February 5th-6th February at the Moscone Center. With over 8000 developers, mobile marketers, mobile operators, device manufacturers, platform owners and industry professionals expected for 11 different targeted workshop tracks, speed meeting, 1-1 meetings, parties, tackling a spectrum of issues across the app ecosystem. The event will also include 5 free to attend developer workshop tracks and a free exhibition with over 250 exhibitors.
Startup ZoneAt this year’s Apps World North America as well as the general Start-up Zone there is a number of different Start-up Zones focusing on key niche industry areas.

About TheLMSapp

TheLMSapp helps companies worldwide make their learning management systems (LMS) available from tablet devices through a native application. Students or trainees no longer need to open a desktop or a laptop computer to access elearning courses and LMS administrators administer their LMS same way they did before. TheLMSapp puts an entire LMS at your fingertips. Currently Moodle LMS and iPad are supported.

Two years ago, most top-tier VCs would not have touched an education technology company with a 10-foot pole. That’s all about to change – in fact, it’s already changing.

Take a look at some of the recent bets placed by big-name firms on exciting education companies over the past 12 months: Accel with Lynda, NEA with Desire2Learn and Edmodo, Emergence with Top Hat, a16z with Udacity, Benchmark with Minerva and the list goes on.

Companies that are focused on the education space right now have arguable advantages over their consumer and enterprise technology peers:

Advantage #1: Ability to attract high-caliber talent

With consumer web falling out of favor, top talent is beginning to look elsewhere for career opportunities.

Horizontal SaaS companies may be lucrative in the short-term, but those companies always run the risk of being commoditized by lower-cost providers or outsold by more focused vertical players. More importantly, horizontal SaaS providers can have trouble articulating a compelling vision, which is what the most passionate talent needs to perform their best and why consumer web companies often have an advantage attracting high-profile talent.

Passionate employees can see themselves working for a company out to “make the world more open and connected” than one trying to “transform how businesses operate so they can achieve their business vision”.

Vertical SaaS companies, on the other hand, can present a vision for a particular industry that resonates deeply with those who care about that space. There are fewer industries that draw a more passionate response from a broader swath of the population than education. Almost everybody has a view and almost everybody would jump at the opportunity to have a significant positive impact on the space.

Historically, executives have thought about “getting involved” in education through board affiliations or philanthropy in the twilight of their careers. That perspective is changing as more talented individuals earlier in their careers are realizing that they can build successful, highly lucrative careers while impacting a space they care deeply about (vs. say, hawking daily deals).

Advantage #2: Public interest

Education stories are mainstream. The challenges surrounding student debt, international competitiveness, unemployment and equality are problems that affect everyone, not just those in the education space. If you’re building a company to address these problems in an innovative way, the world wants to know about it and you will get noticed. Outside of Silicon Valley (maybe even inside), I’m willing to bet that more people have heard of Salman Khan than Peter Thiel.

This is a huge advantage ed-tech companies have over every other kind of tech startup.

Like it or not, access to capital, talent, customers and partners is directly affected by the public perception of you and your company in the media. Those who know how to tell their stories appropriately have access to an unlimited amount of public interest coverage and a passionate audience who can’t get enough.

Advantage #3: Market timing

The education system is under attack from all angles. Education outcomes aren’t keeping pace with the requirements of today’s job market. Budgets are continually slashed. Higher education institutions are struggling to remain relevant and justify rising tuition fees in the face of open, free educational resources. The last industry that experienced these kinds of pressures was traditional media, when technology companies who were on the winning side of the disruption turned into billion-dollar businesses seemingly overnight.

If those within the established institutions are smart (and we would hope they are), they will embrace technology as the catalyst for much-needed change. If they ignore the disruption, they’ll face a similar fate to newspapers and radio. Either way, it’s a good sign for those starting companies in the space.

Advantage #4: Word of mouth spread through the industry

Unlike vertical SaaS providers, EdTech companies’ customers don’t compete with each other. Universities are certainly rivals in athletics and are always looking to improve their brand among prospective students, but for the most part, education institutions are collaborative and cooperative. This is even more true in K-12.

If an instructor or an institution discovers a product that improves learning outcomes, they want to spread the word to their colleagues and peer institutions. At the most, they’ll want to be identified as the forward-thinking school which “pioneered” this technology, but overall they’re happy to share their knowledge with others. This is a unique dynamic which exists in education that other enterprise tech companies can’t really benefit from.

Advantage #5: Competitive advantage of outside perspective

Right now, education technology is much less competitive than consumer or enterprise tech. The bar to build better products, execute better and displace incumbents is relatively low.

Historically, many EdTech companies have been started by passionate educators, but haven’t always had business or technical leaders on the founding teams. Their competitive advantages were institutional lock-in and long-term contracts. These structural barriers are disappearing in education, in the same way that the cloud and consumerization of enterprise technology shook the foundation of enterprise software incumbents.

These startups need perspectives from outside the education industry if they’re going to be truly disruptive. Many of the VCs who made great returns on “old world” education companies are too focused on pattern recognition, and they end up chasing after (or worse, forcing their newer companies to adopt) broken business models. Companies rely on their board for outside perspective.

Rather than looking in the rear view mirror to see what worked in education in the past, they should be checking their blind spots to see what tactics worked in other industries which may work for us. Having Gordon Ritter from Emergence on our board has allowed us to learn from what worked at Salesforce, Yammer, Box, and Veeva as they scaled their businesses, and that gives us a competitive advantage over education incumbents who are steeped in their ways.

The investors who get significant exposure to this space in the coming years will see some big wins, while those who continue to shy away will miss one of the biggest opportunities of the decade.

By Andrew D’Souza is COO of Top Hat MonocleSource: VentureBeat

Greece based Attica Bank becomes the first organization to get their own, branded version of a TheLMSapp powered application. Attica Bank provides elearning courses to their employees all around Greece through their LMS. Now people can access courses from Attica Bank’s native application using their iPad devices as well.

Visit Attica Bank website, download the application from the App Store.