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Shika in Marathi means 'to learn'. Like with many ideas, this idea started out of frustration of the lack of good LMS systems for Joomla. Sure there are a few but we saw a dire need of something different with a fresh approach.
Shika is a Learning Management System (LMS) for Joomla. Its been in development now for more than a year & is in production use at some of our clients. We are now beginning the process to generalize the development as a plug & play product for Joomla based eLearning.
I know I am blogging pretty late ! Frankly just didn't get the time to do it till now :)
With this labs post, we hope to give you an outline of what Shika will be as a product when its released in a few months from now. We hope to get some early feedback from you & help us be more Agile in our development process while you get a product that's much closer to your every day needs !
Lets take a look at what features we have lined up for you !
As a teacher teaching students, you don't want to be limited in any way. The world is your canvas . Nice line but we are just getting there ;)
On a more serious note, we aim at building a system that will give you the flexbility to use any kind of content to aid your teaching process. On this, our motto is do anything & everything to make sure learning happens !
A Picture is worth a thousand words & a video much more !
Keep it Simple & use HTML pages with WYSIWYG for content creation. Simplest & fast this allows you to create rich content & embed images, videos & whatever else !
Already have a nice PPT you made that you would like to use as course content ? No problem we support quite a few document formats you can use !
Needed for the more serious eLearning system users, we provide support for SCORM 1.2 as well as SCORM 2002.
For those who are new to this, SCORM is a standard established so that E Learning course authors ( & authoring programs) can adhere to it such that these courses work in all LMS that support it.
A much more modernized standard, TINCAN does a great job
Traditionally LMS's have been bulky, drab looking & extremely complex to navigate & use with their own verbiage which would take a dictionary to make sense out of ! We are changing all that & making a 'LMS for Humans' to copy from Mark Shuttleworth !
Put your content into easy to understand Modules & organize modules into a course. Drop in a Quiz or two & your done !
Get support of native Joomla categorization as well as tags
Present your course in an awesome responsive pin layout with Search & filters to help your users find things quick
Just teaching isnt enough you need to check if its working. Are your students learning it right ? Time to test them ! Shika will have its own full fledged Quizzing system which will include an Intuitive Quiz Builder with the ability to ask Multiple Choice as well as Subjective questions. Plus we have cool features like Automatic Assessment etc.
Learning is not done in isolation. It should be a social experience where networking enhances learning & takes it to a new level ! Plus learning is not simple .. its hard.. Rewards & peer engagement can go a long way in encouraging your users to learn more & perform better,
We integrate with CB, JomSocial & EasySocial on multiple levels to help socialize learning.
Choose to use profiles & avatars from your Social network of choice & make learning more personalized
Nothing like tight activity stream integration to take learning viral. Push important activities & achievements to the user's activity stream & help them get moral support from their peers.
Grant your users points on various activities & achievements through the learning process & keep them motivated. Also give out automated certificates for successful students..
Tight integration with group systems to increase collaboration & peer learning. Groups associated with courses serve as a place to share, collaborate & grow together.
Friends integration lets the user know which of his/her friends have enrolled for the course, which increases the chances of their enrollment.
Users can chat with fellow group members in a single chat group which will help them get some tips from their peers.
You have an awesome site up now with lots of great learning content. But how do you monetize it ?
Create plans to let users buy access to courses.
Give a lesson or 2 free in a course to get users excited & let them try things out.
Extensive reporting with awesome graphing to let you get a top view of what's happening
All course creators can have their content at one stop and reach out to maximum crowd which would help them promote and make money. On other hand the users can excel by enrolling to any course of their choice. We are trying to make this happen in the first release. But it might just go on to the next.
Now we want you to get all fired up & comment away with your questions & comments. Show us you want this ;) And also tell us what all you want. We'll do our best to make it happen. Also watch out in the coming few weeks for our super discounted early adopter announcement if you want to get more involved in this release.