Mobile devices have had a huge impact on our personal as well as professional lives. Take the case of the ubiquitous mobile phone. It was first introduced to enable people to talk, even while on-the-go. Who would have thought that one day mobile phones would be used as tools to facilitate learning? But, in today’s technologically advanced world, mobile is the new normal, and hence mobile learning solutions are increasingly popular in corporate training.
Life as a training manager is not very easy. While you plan, develop, and implement training programs, you also have the responsibility of ensuring that the training objectives are in line with your organization’s goals. No matter what industry you are in, you need to get the most out of people, thereby contributing to the company’s growth. You also need to have the capability of turning any kind of training challenge into a positive experience.
Adobe Flash is the standard software for designing rich content, and animations. The death knell for Flash was sounded when Apple decided to do away with Flash on the iPhone platform. Android that supported Flash realized that Flash pages and videos are slow to load, and it was a big drain on battery life.
Learning at the speed of business is essential if employees have to stay up-to-date with market trends and help build a profitable business. This makes a training manager’s role critical to an organization. As training managers, you are constantly on your toes, trying to look at quick and innovative methods of training. You are often in situations where you need to deliver a training that might be required in future, today. In short, if your organization’s business needs to move fast, you need to move faster.
Do you remember your first month at the new workplace? After the initial formal training was complete, you had to get started on the job. If you recollect, you probably learned more by observing others, asking the person in the next cubicle, by trial and error, or by simply working with people who knew the job.
Training managers have the responsibility of ensuring that all employees have the skills, and knowledge, to perform their job roles effectively. Many training managers are under time and budget constraints, but yet have to come up with innovative training programs that can be scaled rapidly. With the extensive use of rapid authoring tools, rapid eLearning development has been successful in addressing these challenges faced by training managers.
PowerPoint presentations have been an integral part of classroom training programs. But, what happens when organizations decide to take the leap toward rapid eLearning development? Do training managers let all those presentations that are invaluable sources of information lie unused, or do they spend a huge part of their training budget trying to convert these presentations into online courses?
Some of the ‘best companies to work’ invest in great management, leadership, and training to offer employees an all-round professional growth. Why do organizations focus on boosting employee retention with training? Poor training leads to employees leaving their jobs within their first year.
It was sometime last week that I bumped into an old friend, a training manager with a multinational firm. While on the subject of eLearning, I asked him, “Is the eLearning course you just rolled out in your organization learner-friendly?”. “What an absurd question to ask”, he replied.
It’s hard to imagine the world of eLearning without a Learning Management System (LMS). Also known as a course management platform, the LMS is a software that is used to implement, facilitate, assess, and track online learning.
According to a Brandon Hall Survey in 2016, 44% of organizations expected to replace their current course management platform, as compared to 38% in 2015. The number clearly indicates that an increasing number of organizations understand the importance of investing in the right LMS. With hundreds of LMS options available in the market, trying not to get caught up on what’s cool and trending is a tough task.