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Global education, distant classes, and eLearning: the future is here!

“I know that I know nothing,” said Socrate once upon the Antique times. Could he know back then that the knowledge will be available in two clicks? Could he imagine that to communicate with some sages you don’t necessarily have to see them? Could he assume that the knowledge will be so spread that the problem will be not about how to attain it, but how to choose the information that is not fake?

In the 21st century, learning has become not just a must-have if you want to get a job. It has become a way of living. It has become a way of representing your identity. Just as you choose clothes that would show your personality best, you choose courses that will help you to become more of yourself. There’s always something you know, but there’s more you don’t know. When we hire people to work in SapientPro, the most important criterion is the motivation to learn — a new technology, a language, a communication strategy, or simply how to use a blender! That’s why eLearning has always had a special place in our minds and that’s why we pay special attention to it as one of the industries we work on. In 2020 we’ve witnessed how it’s important to have plan B of how to bring offline processes into the online world. Here eLearning has become a lifeboat of worldwide education. Right now there are so many eLearning solutions, and we want you to get to know some of them. Perhaps, the features they’ve implemented will become a source of inspiration for your platform. If you’ll want to build one, contact SapientPro and we’ll add something valuable to the education of the future together!

Amboss

Amboss targets medicine and provides future doctors with a powerful platform to structure their knowledge and take into consideration all details that may matter while making a diagnosis. It consists of such elements as Library, QBank sessions, and Statistics. In the Library, you can find all relevant information about the topic of your study. Amboss provides you with various infographics, photos, x-rays, videos, and roadmaps devoted to different pathologies and organs. After learning the info, you can have a QBank session that will check if you’ve understood everything correctly, There are different types of tasks, however, they are more elaborate than the usual multiple-choice-like. With the highlight icon, you can see the keywords in the task text that are especially important for making a diagnosis. There is also an attending physician tool, providing you additional relevant information, without giving out the answer. Whatever you choose – the correct or incorrect option – there always will be an explanation or why it is right or wrong.

What makes Amboss special, is that it provides only the most recent data and research findings. The thing is that many general practitioners and surgeons worldwide make amends and add additional info to the materials, tasks, and explanations. After you finish, the results of your QBank sessions go to the Statistics section. There you will be able to see your strengths and weaknesses. The system will offer the steps to take if you want to improve the results. 

Duolingo

Learning how to speak a foreign language, you find an alternative way of viewing the world. In fact, they say you possess different characteristics when speaking in different languages. You may feel highly confident in English and charismatic in Spanish and so on. Duolingo is exactly the eLearning app that can help you to immerse yourself in the new culture. It has such popular languages as Spanish, Arabic, and Japanese, as well as the rare ones like Welsh. What makes Duolingo special among other apps is that they even offer such artificially constructed language as Esperanto as well as languages from popular movies and books – High Valyrian and Klingon. 

Before coming to learning, Duolingo asks you “Why are you here?” For traveling or school? Or maybe you need it for your job? Or perhaps you just want to train your brain a little. This choice will influence the vocabulary stack in the future. Then you choose the daily goal: CASUAL (5 min/day), REGULAR (10 min/day), SERIOUS (15 min/day), and INTENSE (20 min/day). Duolingo creates a logical learning path, beginning with the easiest topics and ending with the hardest. Basically, you study by answering the questions and completing tasks. During the first attempts, you have hints and are allowed to make as many mistakes as you need. During the last attempt, you can make 3 mistakes only. Duolingo allows you to have a PLACING TEST indicating your level of language acquisition. If you just want to improve the existing skills, there will be no need to begin with “Hello, my name is…” The system will automatically direct you to more difficult topics. Overall, the app teaches you languages with the ways of gamification, giving rewards, and allowing to customize your avatar. 

Magoosh

This is a platform for learners who need to pass the international language tests or entrance exams into English-speaking countries. Magoosh helps with such tests:

  • GRE (Graduate Record Examinations);
  • GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test);
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language);
  • SAT Reasoning Test (Scholastic Aptitude Test);
  • ACT (American College Testing);
  • Praxis;
  • LSAT (Law School Admission Test);
  • MCAT (Medical College Admission Test);
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

One of the major advantages of Magoosh is that you get an authentic test experience in terms of tasks, difficulty, and timing. You may be proficient in English and have an acquisition of Law. However, if you don’t prepare yourself for strenuous exam conditions, it may be vain. Unfortunately, to go through the test you need not only to learn the subject. You need to actually train how to pass the test. 

The lessons are available on both webs and as a mobile application. Among the features, enhancing the learning process are:

  • timed practice questions that help to come closer to the conditions of the exam;
  • video lessons;
  • statistics of your progress to help you see what is to be improved;
  • support chat;
  • vocabulary flashcards;
  • math and verbal practice;
  • a game for two people to compete in the depth of knowledge;
  • points for completing each topic;
  • plug-and-play study schedules.  

Mindflash

You don’t always hire professionals. More often you raise professionals like you would your kids, only it’s a corporate edition. It’s okay to have one-to-one trainee lessons if your company is small. However, when we talk about enterprises, we also consider large numbers of recruits. The greatest contribution to enterprises’ well-being is that Mindflash reduces corporate training costs by automatizing the processes. It also measures the overall expenditure the company spends on internships. Basically, using Mindflash you bring online every aspect of training you’ve had under your office’s roof and speed it up twice. 

This platform allows companies to create courses, lessons, and programs from scratch. However, they also can bring their already existing resources into the system. Mindflash supports the traditional means of sharing digital info – docs, power points, MP3, and so on. All these files will be a theoretical part of your course. To add a practical one, Mindflash has questions, quizzes, and surveys of different kinds that you can customize according to your course. After that, your job’s done and the system will take care of everything: grading, notification trainees, and measuring their progress. Mindflash also categorizes participants according to their type of training and the results of it. 

Easygenerator

This is at the same time unique and universal ed-tech startup for course creating. Unique because it’s so simple to use as though you just create a social media profile. Universal because it’s suitable not only for enterprises and schools – but for everyone who wants to teach something. The drag-and-drop way of forming the course speeds up the setup because it’s easy and intuitive. What’s a really great idea that Easygenerator has implemented is the customization of the design. You can select colors, fonts, and sizes yourself, or you can send Easygenerator your company’s design concept and they will help you to integrate brand connectivity. 

To create your learning solution on Easygenerator choose from 11 question types, add videos and audios explaining the materials and choose a design for each content block. Then include knowledge checkups with your company’s expert. Or perhaps this expert is you? Nevermind, whoever it is – you will be able to give different people admin rights. Easygenerator is a great example of the eLearning platform, as it also has numerous standard compliances: SCORM, xAPI, and LTI. 

DM me your home assignment, or why eLearning is the future of education

For many of us, it is still a bit challenging to bring all lessons into the online world. What about eye contact and non-verbal cues? What about face-to-face interaction and empathy? You are perfectly right to feel concerned about the lack of it because it’s harder to convey all these things just through the screen. However, you do communicate with your friends in messengers? You do DM them to share something new about your day and the funny meme you’ve recently seen? So, what would be wrong with DMing your homework to the teacher?

These concerns are there, and they have the right to be there. However, when creating a pro-con list, cons are so far behind the pros that you don’t really think about non-verbal cues and eye contacts any more. You only think about how to create a new feature that would replace or compensate for it. In no way can the online world entirely replace an offline one. Pursue it as an additional feature that makes learners’ lives easier, and that’s what we’ve found important on this topic.

1) Access to global knowledge — submitted. The world is full of geniuses who live in different parts of the planet. With the Internet, you get access to the best teachers from all the continents. Each of them will have a unique perspective on their subject. That’s some kind of global dispute in which you find your truth.

2) What is truth, and what is false? Unsupported facts, pseudo-science, and biased way of looking at the information — to avoid it, it’s necessary to always consider an alternative source of learning. With global education, you get an enormous variety of choices.

3) Communicate with native speakers. Global world = the need to communicate with foreigners to build a business, to find out the info, to share the experience. Although the English language has become international, it’s always a good idea to learn one more. Immersing into the language is better with a native speaker who may live in the other part of the world. Here’s to the Internet who made this problem solvable.

4) Tik-tok on the clock. It’s better to waste spare money than waste your time because you will earn more dollars doing your job. You will not earn more time, even if you are the youngest businessman on Earth. That’s what applies to the learners, as well. To attend classes in their city, they have to commute and waste time getting ready. With online lessons, they can study laying on their beds. 

5) Availability 24/7. And no, it’s not about teachers, instructors, or students. It’s about the availability of the info. With online courses, you can watch and re-watch everything 3 times if needed. You can study after work, or when you get better (if you’re ill). That’s exactly the mundane obstacles learners have from time to time. That’s exactly what eLearning solves. 

Knowledge and experience are the best assets now. Let’s share it with the world together. Contact SapientPro to build your platform for sharing knowledge with all billions of potential learners. 

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You have already got acquainted with the aspects of first and foremost importance related to forming a successful development team. Let’s proceed with our journey and dwell upon the matter of adequate maintenance of the enhancement team on a certain level. Which characteristics and skills should remain firm with the flow of time for your web development process to be successful?

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SAPIENTPROHow to build a successful development team? (Part 1)

When you begin to work on a new (especially large-scale) project, organizational moments themselves look quite intimidating. Despite all the possible challenges, take a deep breath, count 1,2,3 and think carefully about the particular task the team is supposed to solve and what’s the team role within the project frames? Clear targeting and coming up with first juicy ideas will set you a decent start on the way to forming a successful development team.

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DEVELOPMENTChoosing Technology Stack for custom eCommerce Development: a guide for the non-tech entrepreneurs.

If only there were an analogy of Hogwarts’ sorting hat for software development… Imagine: you enter your idea of the product, how much budget you have, and get the list of the technology stack and contacts of the development team that would work ideally with your niche! In the real software development world, choosing a technology stack requires planning, discussions, and analysis. Some technologies will work better with your project, and our task is to detect which ones. However, you also need to understand that the tech stack is not something fixed. As your product grows, there comes the need for new and better tools. This way, software development requires flexibility. Thus, prepare that your initial technology stack may not stay with you forever. You may need to scale your project or implement new features and store more information. There may be better versions of some tools available. Prepare to be flexible. Prepare to change and alter things when the upgrades require it. That’s what will make you competitive from a technological standpoint of leading an E-Commerce business. In this article, we will tell you about the most popular technologies that power E-Commerce products. Next time you communicate with your development team, you will know all the essential information and, most importantly, you will ask the right questions.

Kate

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SAPIENTPROCommunication in the software development workplace

IT office jungles are filled with computer forests, cable lianas, and rivers of coffee. The temperature varies between 24 and 27, depending on who keeps the conditioner remote control. The sunlight mainly comes from computer screens and lightbulbs. Developers are working like bees: they take the pollen of code and create honeycombs of apps. It is a beautiful environment filled with the magical power of innovation, creativity, and agility. However, this ecosystem only works if there is one more component. This component is communication.

Kate

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DEVELOPMENT10 reasons to update your website

The day has come. Your once successful and well-performing website wears off. And you know what? It is okay. It happens to the best of us. Even while you are reading this article, we are revising our website to improve your experience with it. So let us explain how the updating process works, and not just because we are a software development company but because we understand. Right now, our designer is creating a fresh way of delivering cases, and our backend developer is engaged in the improvement of the admin panel.

Kate

7 min read

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DEVELOPMENTECOMMERCE REPLATFORMING GUIDE: SWITCH FROM ONE CMS TO ANOTHER

Outdated CMS may be among the reasons why your business hit a plateau.Developing and launching a website is not where the work stops. Besides, you have to maintain it constantly and implement profound changes. As for the latter, sometimes you may need to do something more than a simple redesign, and that may be a switch from one CMS to another. If your e-commerce business is continuously evolving and growing, it brings along more work to do. New technologies are always here to make your life easier. When it comes to CMS, there is also a great variety of opportunities you can use. In this article, we will walk you through the reasons, things to consider, and steps of CMS replatforming.

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DEVELOPMENTGUIDE TO BUILDING SEO FRIENDLY E-COMMERCE WEBSITE IN 2020

Let us be clear, the absence of SEO may result in the absence of website visibility.What people usually do when they need to find some information? Of course, they google it. The same goes for online shopping. When someone wants to buy or just compare prices for a certain product, Internet users simply open their devices to find necessary items online. Although you can now hardly find a person, who doesn’t have a computer or a laptop, people still use mobile devices more often. Thus, 93% of all internet activity starts with a search query. This number is for you if you doubt the importance of search engine optimization (SEO) for your website.

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DEVELOPMENTHOW TO BUILD & IMPLEMENT DYNAMIC PRICING FOR E-COMMERCE

Bear in mind, the whole purpose of dynamic pricing isn’t all about making sales.Price is among the key priorities when the consumers make their final decision whether to buy a product or not. Too expensive or too cheap offers can easily avert the buyers from your store. What if other stores have smaller prices? Or similar products of cheaper brands attract visitors more? The solution for not losing the client base is keeping track and controlling the costs on your website with the help of dynamic price strategies.

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DEVELOPMENTCOSTS OF E-COMMERCE PROJECT REDESIGN

The rise of sales, increased traffic and positive reviews are just a couple of benefits you may get from a website redesign.If you want your e-commerce business to grow and develop (we believe you do), you need to keep track of events in the online retail industry and, of course, implement on-time updates. Sometimes, small changes are not enough, then significant renovations should take place. Those may include changing the offers you provide and product lines, updating the website and finally redesigning. The question of redesign should be taken up seriously, as the first impression is what most people rely on when it comes to the Internet and its tough competition. Be ready to invest enough effort and budget to the renovation that will increase your business’s value. To know how to determine your budget. It’s important to consider at first the features, reasons, and type of changes, necessary for your website in the process of redesign.

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DEVELOPMENTADDING AN ONLINE STORE TO YOUR WEBSITE: DETAILED GUIDE

Adding an online store to your website will cost you less than developing it from the ground up.Selling online is never a bad idea, especially nowadays, when people wish to buy everything they need right from their cozy homes.What if having a ready website a business owner decided to sell something? Good news! There is no need for you to start all over again. There is a solution – adding an online store to the existing website. The opportunities of eCommerce are growing as fast as the customers’ demands.

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DEVELOPMENTHOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BUILD AN E-COMMERCE WEBSITE IN 2019-2020

The e-commerce development company you choose will certainly affect the money you have to pay.The e-commerce website can definitely enhance the profit you receive from your business. But how much does e-commerce website cost? The figures you will hear in an answer to that question can vary a lot. Even after development, you will have to invest money into maintenance, improvement and adding brand-new features that are constantly appearing on the market. That’s in case you want your e-store to be attractive and profitable, of course. It’s even difficult to tell the average cost of how much should I charge for an e-commerce website. The numbers will vary due to different factors. In this article, we’re going to discuss them all in detail to help you grasp some idea about the money you need to pay for the e-store. First of all, you need to decide what you want your e-commerce to offer the customers. It may be anything from small business e-store up to a large website with a big amount of integrated (useful or just good-looking) features. It is also a good idea not to wait until everything becomes outdated. We strongly recommend to update all the features continuously and save money for more innovations.

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DEVELOPMENTGUIDE TO PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING FOR E-COMMERCE

To avoid the negative consequences, start with determining what you intend to achieve.The popularity of e-commerce is growing at a blistering pace. Many companies around the globe regard the internet as a powerhouse with high commercial capacity and opportunities to boost their business and attract more customers. Those companies are completely right – more and more people prefer clicking the mouse over walking for hours when they need to buy something. Online stores nowadays provide their customers with more possibilities for less effort. But how to make people buy on your website, not any other? The answer is in thorough planning and management of e-commerce.

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DEVELOPMENTWEB DEVELOPMENT TEAM STRUCTURE AT SAPIENTPRO

We don’t say there isn’t enough knowledge, because our specialists are always broadening their abilities, delivering first-rate products and making the customers satisfied.Being a client of a Web Development company doesn’t mean you have to know all the ins and outs of the development process. However, what may be interesting for you is the stages and main characters of the project delivery. You cannot address front-end developer directly if you need to add a new payment method. Even this, as you may think, simple task involves a well-thought teamwork. So, here is a brief insight into the mechanism of SapientPro Clockwork.

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DEVELOPMENTHOW IT OUTSOURCING MAKES UKRAINE ATTRACTIVE FOR BUSINESSES AROUND THE WORLD

If a customer wants to find a development company they can work comfortably with, the staff becomes a really important point to encounter for making a choice.Without any doubt, while visiting some websites, buying goods online or even using a digital map to reach your destination you don’t think of the fact that Ukrainian IT specialists might have taken part in the development of these apps. A great number of companies around the world choose to outsource web development to Ukraine and they do have strong reasons for that. So, let’s give a detailed look at the biggest of them:

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DEVELOPMENTMAIN FACTORS THAT AFFECT THE COST OF THE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

As software development is a many-stage process, every its element contributes to what you have to pay for an application.Before starting something new, people usually ask: “How much will it cost me to do this?” If you expect to hear the exact sum once you come to the software development company, here is something you need to know. The factors to be considered for the cost estimation are numerous and most of them depend on how you want your website or app to look like.As software development is a many-stage process, every its element contributes to what you have to pay for an application. Let’s have a closer look at three most important factors that affect the client’s budget.

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