Wednesday, 12 October 2011

‘Banking’ on e-learning to improve organizational growth

Excelsoft provides backbone for an integrated learning practice in the BFSI sector

ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company is a joint venture between ICICI Bank – one of India’s foremost financial service companies and Prudential Plc- a leading international financial services group headquartered in the United Kingdom. Total capital infusion stands at Rs. 47.80 billion, with ICICI bank holding a stake of 74% and Prudential Plc holding 26%. It began operations in December 2000 after receiving approval from Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA). Today, its nation-wide reach includes over 1,900 branches (inclusive of 1,074 micro-offices), over 210,000 advisors; and 7 bancassurance partners.

95% of the workforce of the company is into sales through different channels such as agency channels (independent agent all over the country), proprietary sales force (employee of ICICI Prudential), BANCA (non-banking brokerage house). The company is always in need of educating and training its workforce in order to make them knowledgeable about insurance products that the company offers.

The Requirement

The core problem faced by the company was an inability to attract employees to its existing LMS and lack of active support and service from the existing software provider on issues being faced with the platform. Employee interest was routinely turned off from using the LMS due to the unattractive course page. There was also lack of some important and significant features course status display and performance comparison which was hindering the success of learning programmes.

The Solution

ICICI Prudential deployed Excelsoft’s course management module which is a part of Saras Corporate Solution. The solution contained architecture, features and a user interface which was vastly improved and dynamic capturing the interest of employees. Significant value was also added with incorporation of flash animation as well as facility to check course status, performance and rank. A bulk enrolment facility made it easier for the administrators to allocate courses to employees as well as automatically chart a roadmap for new recruits through the induction and training process.


·         Significantly improved employee participation in training programmes encouraging course completion as well as enhancing learning retention
·         Equipped the sales teams with product knowledge in a flexible manner reducing time-to-market and boosting the sales effort
·         Provided easy administrative features reducing complexity saving valuable time and effort of the HR team

Monday, 10 October 2011

Providing the learning construct in the infrastructure sector

SARAS for training employees of the engineering construction industry in UK
The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) was created by Act of Parliament in July 1991 in recognition of the vital role the industry plays in the UK economy. The engineering construction industry designs, constructs and maintains process plants for the oil, gas, water, environmental, food, power generation, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. The UK engineering construction industry is the largest in the EU. Around 80,000 people are employed in this industry.

ECITB is the centre of excellence for advice, information and skills development for the engineering construction industry. The board holds funds on behalf of the industry and manages training programmes, distributes grants for training and develops qualifications for people across the industry. It focuses on improving site-based craft and supervisory skills, together with office-based skills of design and project management.

The Requirement

ECITB wanted to implement an e-learning solution to enable the employees located offshore, in the oil rigs, to access training
materials on Offshore Supervisory and Management topics. A system for asynchronous collaboration between the trainees and the experts located in the mainland was also required.

The Solution

Based on the study of the requirement a solution for management and delivery of learning with a strong emphasis on collaboration was identified. SARAS managed learning environment comprising of Learning Management System, tightly integrated with a lite version of the SARAS Assessment Management System has been implemented.


·         Effective training and remote asynchronous tutoring of learners was implemented leading to increased effectiveness in retention of learning
·         The entire project yielded a high Return on Investment (ROI) with the entire learning need fulfilled at remote locations saving transit costs of learners and trainers

·         Remote tracking of trainee activities was possible ensuring the reach and implementation of the training

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Universities and modern education systems: a case study from the middle east

SARAS - the local language compatible delivery platform of a virtual university

The Syrian Virtual University is a public institution, fully accredited and endorsed by the Ministry of Higher Education in Syria. It aims at providing its students in the region and all over the world with International standards of Higher Education within an integrated pedagogical environment based on the latest technological

Traditional universities are restricted by nature in capacity absorption; limitation in curricula creation, time and money, lack of qualified faculty to teach.

The University delivers numerous online degrees, certification programs (about 400) in Arabic and English SARAS managed learning environment comprising of Learning
Management System, tightly integrated with a lite version of the Assessment Management System has been implemented.

The suite facilitates all essential remote learning activities such as online tutoring, assessment, monitoring and feedback with the tutors and students in different countries.

The Requirement

The university needed a robust, scalable e-learning platform that facilitates remote
learning, activity tracking, collaboration tools to support its distance learning courses offered online.

The Solution

SARAS e-learning suite comprising of Learning Management System and Assessment
Management System with the ability to deliver content in Arabic language.


·         A cost-effective solution with modular features that was easy-to-use and manage for teachers and administrators reducing complexity
·         A scalable e-learning platform to handle multiple concurrent users as the size of the
·         Student & tutor community grows gradually helping enhance scale
·         Content porting, packaging, integration with other tools like WebDemo & WebInteractive to help tailor learning modules to teaching
·         Remote tutoring for e-tutoring using collaboration tools for enhance reach
·         Online tests and examinations which enhanced the security of the entire process