Blogs can be a great resource for industry research and best practice tips. By providing short, concise summaries about a particular topic, blog research can be an efficient way to stay up to date on your industry’s latest trends.

To help you sift through the enormous blogosphere, we’ve compiled a list of five blogs to follow to learn about the latest in the online orientation and training industry.


1. Capterra Training Technology Blog

Best for: Choosing software for your organization

Capterra, is a free online service that offers advice and comparisons on software solutions. Capterra’s Training Technology Blog offers guides and resources on eLearning, online training, and LMS options for your organization. Visit this blog to stay up-to-date on the latest online training trends and software.


2. Rapid E-Learning Blog—Articulate

Best for: Building orientation or training content

The Rapid E-Learning blog includes tips and resources geared for e-learning, including visual & graphic design tips, course design, PowerPoints, and audio & video. It’s a great resource when it comes to designing customized content for your orientation or corporate training. The blog even offers sample safety trainings, like a “Fighting Ebola” online training.


 3. EmergingEdTech

Best for: Advice and expertise on teaching with technology

When creating an online orientation or training course, the creator should think of his or her self as a teacher, trying to optimize retention and understanding of the information provided. EmergingEdTech gives advice on how to use emerging technology in a classroom setting—whether that is online or in-class—while engaging students. The blog includes three minute “teaching with tech” videos that are great examples of how technology can be used to teach important information.


4. SmarterServices

Best for:  New trends in online courses, exams, and proctoring.

SmarterServices is a leading provider of eLearning services, ranging from online proctoring to a learning readiness indicator. The SmarterServices blog offers articles on topics like blending learning, technology integration, case studies, and free resources. Its infographic section is a great way to quickly view stats and trends on the eLearning industry.


5. VolunteerHub

Best for: Trends and resources for online training and orientation programs

VolunteerHub is the leading volunteer software for nonprofits and other organizations. The VolunteerHub blog provides relevant tips and resources for volunteer management, including recruitment, engagement and social media campaign advice.