What is the cloud (and why is it so important)?

by Mike Alcock

Years ago, you would probably have had to buy, download and install expensive software packages if your organization wanted to begin creating elearning content for a wide range of people. The cloud, though, has changed the game by providing information and remote hosting through a browser or app. But what is the cloud? Here are a few ways in which it can help you achieve training success.

A photo of a group of elearning professionals pondering what is the cloud and how can it help their organization?

What is the cloud?

Despite its ethereal-sounding title, the cloud actually refers to a network of servers providing software and services which can be accessed on any device with an Internet connection.

In gomo’s case, the cloud server is Amazon’s Web Services, a hugely fast and highly durable storage infrastructure designed for mission-critical and primary data storage.

Among its many advantages, this cloud server includes full data security and recovery facilities, regular data integrity checks and automatic “self-healing”, rather than the lengthy manual repair work sometimes required on traditional systems.

Cloud-based applications make life easier for people every day. Search engines, social media and email providers are some of the most prominent and popular examples, hosted remotely and navigable on almost any device.

The cloud drives collaboration

Alongside the rise of mobile phones, more and more people are doing most of their work away from their employer’s location, and an increasing proportion of the workforce is made up of temporary, contract or freelance staff.

Against this backdrop of disseminated learners and contributors, cloud-based services such as the gomo authoring and hosting tool are designed to link people and help them to achieve team-based elearning content development within a collaborative environment.

With gomo, you build your content live and enjoy a full range of collaboration capabilities, so everyone can work on the same course simultaneously without the risk of two people updating the same content at the same time.

Cloud-based tools allow groups to simultaneously work on one development project, sharing elements such as themes, designs and resources.

The cloud offers easy and instantaneous publication

With a powerful authoring tool like gomo, L&D teams and their learners enjoy all of the benefits of a cloud-based system. One click is all it takes to publish content through gomo, and, because it’s already in the cloud, it can be made available instantly to learners – no more ftp and huge SCORM uploads.

That means you can deliver content to users, websites, LMS’s, social media sites and more with a single click. Update the course in gomo and the whole world instantly sees the new version.

A photo of an elearning professional looking at cloud storage vs on premise serves

Refining content is a breeze

A cloud-based architecture means you can work on your projects in real time. No matter where you’re based, everyone involved can review content within minutes of finishing it, which is invaluable when deadlines are tight.

Thanks to the cloud, slow file transfers and lengthy update delays are a thing of the past.

The cloud reduces the strain on resources

By dramatically reducing reliance on local servers and the risk of data being lost, cloud-based learning cuts the chances of technical problems.

You can skip the maintenance demands of traditional desktop authoring tools and spend more of your time and resources concentrating on producing great content for your learners. The courses you create are automatically backed up to the cloud, with admin control and password protection ensuring everything is safe.

You can use it offline

Today’s employees work from lots of locations and tend to structure their work in non-traditional ways to suit their lifestyles. Reaching these people and developing them efficiently is a challenge because it’s hard to tell what they have in terms of broadband connections and hardware.

The gomo central app, introduced by gomo in 2016, provides a complete solution to this. Learners who are likely to be consuming content offline, for whatever reason, don’t have to worry about data being lost – they can access the content they’ve downloaded while they’re offline, with their progress stored on their device and uploaded once a connection has been re-established. L&D departments can fully track progress once the results have been submitted.

As a cloud-based elearning authoring tool, gomo makes your learning hassle-free, enjoyable, timely and cost-effective. Sound good? Try gomo for yourself by signing up for a free 21-day trial today.