In a rapidly changing business environment, Instructor-led Training (ILT) and e-learning should go hand-in-hand, to achieve the set business goals. Having either of it may not be enough to meet the intricate training needs of your employees. To improve business performance by increasing revenues, reducing costs, and maximize learning it would be sensible to integrate ILT training with e-learning programs.
As learning and training head toward mobile devices, Lectora Inspire has set her direction and transformed fast as a rapid authoring software that can create mobile-friendly courses. In the latest version of Lectora17, developing multi-device compatible courses is easier with the most sought after feature Responsive Course Design (RCD) and HTML5 output. Along with these popular and new features, Lectora enhanced many of its features that can be added as feathers in her cap. This post is an attempt to look at them and how they add value to the online course rapid development.
Fortune 500 companies get their 40% revenues from international markets. According to a Harvard Business Review, more than half of Google’s revenue (57%) now comes from outside the United States. Apple has a similar split, with 60% of its 2014 fourth-quarter revenue accounted for by international markets.
Life’s approach towards learning is altogether different. It brings forth tests, difficulties, struggles, and various experiences to teach us the most important lessons. Life won’t make you sit in the classroom or in a training session and provide learning material to equip you for a test. It’s always a reverse process. Scenario-Based Learning (SBL) follows the same principle, that’s why it looks more realistic in a sense and is the most effective. Some training managers assume that SBL is only applicable for certain situations and a few training programs, but it has its place in each corporate training program. Let’s look at ways to utilize this approach, for the benefit of your employees, to expand their knowledge base, skills, and decision-making abilities.
Engaging employees at the workplace through online learning is a constant challenge for training managers. Using animations instead of static graphics fills the gap and plays a vital role in getting the attention of learners. E-learning can be made effective with animations. Learners can understand complex concepts or subjects easily with the use of animations, providing an enriching learning experience. According to Educational Psychologist, Richard Lowe, animations in learning are used for affective and cognitive purposes. Here are some benefits of Animations:
Games and learning have been intermingled since old. Gamification is using a game-based approach to increase participation in non-gaming environments that include learning and training. This improves users’ motivation and engagement in the given activity. Given the benefits, the e-learning community has adopted gamification for corporate training. Now, you can’t say online learning is just a slide-turning and quiz-taking activity. As a training manager, you can bring the gravely needed liveliness to your online learning, through gamification.
What’s the use of a learning management system (LMS), when your employees are not opening the portal at all? When your LMS is just a dumping yard for courses, how will your employees be motivated to access and utilize it? Leaving courses aside for a while, you need to set right your LMS first to bring back the missing excitement. You can do that by including gamification elements in your LMS. Learners are better engaged with game mechanics and this will make your LMS more learner-centric.
Good product training provides comprehensive knowledge of a company’s products to help sales teams sell more and increase revenues. It will help your sales force match the benefits of a product and its features with customers’ problems, to close sales deals.
As an instructor, is your focus only on finishing the classroom training session? As an instructional designer, are you engrossed in the presentation of your course? Where do learners fit in your training activities? If you don’t consider learners’ needs and challenges, your efforts may not bear much fruit and yield the expected results. In a learner-centric training approach, trainees/learners assume an active role in learning. They bring their own methods and strategies of learning into the training system. Learner-centric training is less formal and more customized to meet the learning needs of individuals. It also promotes problem-solving and kinesthetic learning.
The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.
Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web
Accessibility is all about designing products and services that can be used by all, irrespective of their physical limitations. Nowadays, parking lots, vehicles, hospitals, and more are being designed to accommodate people with disabilities. So why not learning and training? Shouldn’t they be accessible to people with disabilities as well?