The pharmaceutical industry introduces new products and upgrades existing products on a regular basis. At the same time, human attention span is decreasing, making it increasingly difficult for pharma sales reps to retain all the information they need – despite intense training.
In my previous blog, we have seen how to convert your PowerPoint presentations to e-learning courses using the rapid authoring tool, Lectora Inspire. In this post, we will see how to do the same, using another widely used rapid authoring tool – Articulate Storyline. This tool has a PowerPoint-like user interface which makes it quite user-friendly compared to the previous tools we have discussed. Learning experts and SMEs familiar with PowerPoint can use it very easily. This feature of Storyline makes it a widely used tool for converting PowerPoint presentations into engaging and interactive e-learning courses.
Given the short attention spans of learners today and the need to access information at the point of need, organizations are using microlearning to offer training nuggets accessible across multiple devices. Microlearning is not always in the form of a traditional e-learning course. It can be in multiple formats – videos, podcasts, infographics, blogs, games – not more than 5 minutes long. Of these, video is the most common format. Creating a microlearning video, however, is not like creating any other learning video. Here are 5 tips to create engaging microlearning videos:
To fight the shrinking attention spans of employees, deliver training that can fit into their tight schedules; to support learners on the job, training experts recommend microlearning – short, specific, online learning nuggets. But is this really a solution? Will information in small nuggets really help learners learn something worthwhile? You may not agree with a simple ‘YES’.
Are e-learning and mobile learning different? Yes, they are different. Aspects such as the purpose, accessibility, and learning duration of e-learning and m-learning courses differ and when such differences exist between the two delivery methods, the approach for their design and development should also differ. Designers generally look at m-learning through the eyes of e-learning, but designing courses for mobiles requires a totally different approach.
When converting your ILT material to e-learning, you consider various aspects such as the format of the training material (micro module or video), the platform on which it will be delivered, whether to build it in-house or outsource, the duration of the course, and the authoring tool to be used.
Employees of any organization must comply with certain guidelines – industry regulations, international or regional regulatory policies, and norms. To ensure employees comply with these guidelines, organizations invest thousands of dollars in online compliance training. However, most often than not, these online compliance training courses turn out to be boring as they contain too much legal information with complex jargon. Also, they are mostly page turners as shown in the cartoon with no interactivities.
After considering the various benefits such as its 24/7 learning accessibility, consistency in training, and wider reach, you might have considered implementing e-learning in your organization. Great! But, the transition from one training method to another is never easy. So, what next? Will you start from scratch? What about those countless PowerPoint presentations, PDFs, and MS-Word documents you have created over the years and been using to train your employees? I’m sure all those documents are not so useless that you discard them. They have been helpful so far, so don’t ditch them. You can effectively convert these documents into online courses.
Even a couple of decades after e-learning’s introduction to the corporate training world, it’s uncharted territory for several organizations. They still wonder how to take the first step toward implementing online training methodologies. Are you among them? Do you wish to go in for e-learning as your training solution, but unsure how to proceed? It’s simple – no rocket science. Start converting your existing PowerPoint presentations used in classroom training sessions to e-learning courses pepping them with animations, audio, interactivities, and assessments. Wondering how to do that? Keep reading.
Mobile devices have become an integral part of our daily lives – this is nothing new. Organizations today have recognized how comfortable people are with mobiles and are planning to shift training material to mobile devices because they want learners to access learning material anytime, anywhere. There is no denying it’s a huge benefit for learners, but employee benefit is not the only thing to be considered for such initiatives. The question here is, do organizations benefit from this training method?