SharePoint eLearning for the non tech savvy

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SharePoint eLearning for the non tech savvy

Many think that SharePoint is just a content management tool. While there is no doubt that it excels in this area, a host of other features are prime for SharePoint eLearning and it doesn’t require a tech savvy skill set to implement. We’ll discuss in this blog a few simple features that will help with your training needs all while utilizing your investment in SharePoint.

eLearning Features in SharePoint

What is elearning? Essentially, eLearning is learning utilizing electronic technologies to access educational curriculum outside of a traditional classroom – videos, quizzes, webinars, games etc. This allows learning from anywhere at any time and fosters a more collaborative environment.

Let’s talk first about an obvious tool available on SharePoint, content management. The first step in training is to get your course material in front of your students. One great way to do this in SharePoint is by setting up a team site. A team site offers specific kinds of tools that you can use to communicate with students, track projects, coordinate deadlines, and collaboratively create and edit documents.

Setting up a team site doesn’t take a rocket scientist. Learn how in 3 easy steps:

  • Step 1 – Go to SharePoint and click on “site contents” from the left hand column
  • Step 2 - Click 'new sub-site'
  • Step 3 - Add title, description, website address and choose 'team site' for the template section.

Once you’ve selected permissions, click on “create” and you’re finished. It’s that simple. A shared documents library is automatically created when you create a new site. Now you’re ready to upload any type of learning content from reading material to videos and slide presentations to the library section of the team site.

Another key feature of SharePoint for eLearning is the ability to conduct learner assessments. Now that you’ve gone to the trouble of uploading training content to your team site, it’s important to make sure your students understand the information and to collect their feedback on the training. SharePoint survey lists are simple and easy to create.

  • Step 1 – Go to the ‘site contents’ menu and from the menu select 'survey'
  • Step 2 – Follow the instructions and add questions to your survey. You can choose a variety of questions from multiple choice to fill in the blank.
  • Step 3 – From here, you can save the survey or choose to configure it by setting permissions and/or branching logic.

Download our free white paper on Using Surveys for Training in SharePoint to find out additional tips and tricks.

Social learning is the buzz word around town and elearning just got easier with SharePoint’s social features. Don’t worry, there is no HTML or JavaScript know-how needed either with this great feature of SharePoint. Community sites provide a forum experience to cultivate discussions for students.  Members can post an opinion or question to start a new discussion. Other members can reply to and like the post and more. You can even have a community site within a team site. Just go to “site contents” add a new sub-site and then click on “community.” Follow the simple instructions and you’re well on your way to creating a robust social elearning community.

There you have it…three SharePoint elearning features that are easily implemented in just three steps!

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