Every year, the eLearning industry sees a rise in the number of organizations moving from traditional to online learning. The eLearning industry is without a doubt, growing and set to reach an approximate revenue of USD $31 billion, by the end of 2020. The benefits of an online training program far outweigh a traditional training program; but even we in the eLearning fraternity, would not recommend deploying online learning alone. The reason, in a nutshell, is this: Every learning environment – be it online or traditional, provides benefits that cannot be supplemented by another, but is also afflicted by limitations that can be overcome by another. We therefore recommend that organizations implement a blended learning format that makes use of multiple learning environments.
There are two ways to go about training a globally-dispersed workforce. The first way is to let respective regions take care of their own training (this leaves room for discrepancies and inconsistencies); the second way is to first create uniform, online training, and then make it accessible across the globe.
For quite some time now, the world has been harping on the impact of mobile devices on humanity.
Well, it has been established that we live in an age of mobile devices, that mobile devices rule our lives, and that most of us can’t get through the day without our mobile devices. What should this growing dependency on mobile devices mean to you, the training manager? It means that, unless you have catered for training that is accessible on mobile devices, you are at risk of losing your learners; invest in multi-device, responsive e-learning courses (created using rapid authoring tools), and you would have more than just their attention.
When creating an online course, we eLearning vendors request our clients to provide us with all the necessary content for the course, and then also talk about creating new content. The client often finds it hard to comprehend this request. “What is the difference between content curation and creation? Why do we need to make use of both, when creating online courses?”, they ask. These questions must be answered – so that we have the freedom to create a course that is complete and reliable, and they get a course, worthy of their investment.
You can’t learn how to drive a car without driving a car. Some of you are probably thinking, “well, you know what? I learnt driving by simply watching my dad drive”. I hear you; but what about maneuvering that car safely through traffic, avoiding accidents, reversing into a parking lot, or even parking straight?
Technology has done it yet again – made our lives simpler in yet another sphere. I’m referring to employee training on any of the numerous devices that we (once again, thanks to technological advancements), depend on. Course designers have kept pace with this requirement by creating training courses that can be accessed on any device – be it a tablet, smartphone, laptop, notebook, iPad… you get the drift. But for specialized course development tools, this process would be impossible. I’m going to tell you about two of these amazing tools that do away with the painstaking and time-consuming burden of creating a separate course for each OS and screen size.
For a training manager, the challenge lies in not just providing necessary training, but also ensuring that training is relevant, up-to-date, and most importantly, well used by employees. However, today’s employees are predominantly Millennials, who unlike their predecessors, expect more than training like they knew it to be – traditional. Today’s learners want:
Serious accidents, loss of lives, irreparable damage to both lives and property, expensive litigations, and loss of licenses are all consequences of employees viewing safety training as flippant, farcical, and unimportant. Unless your employees pay attention to safety training, your organization could face one or more of these consequences. To make safety training effective, it must tap into the soul of your employees – not only because it would resonate with them, but because this resonance will lead to retention of important information and the learning of skills, that could one day prevent a terrible incident at the workplace. Videos, unlike other forms of training, can do this successfully. Here are 3 reasons that prove it:
Whether you are installing a new electronic health record (EHR) system in your practice or upgrading an outdated system, you can’t skip training. EHR training is not a one-off event; rather, it involves planning, preparing, and conducting of well-timed, pretraining and post-training activities that contribute to the overall training experience and the success of the new system. Through this blog, I endeavor to give you a brief introduction to each activity and how to make them count in the training process.
In the pre-technology era, the written word was translated by mere mortals. These translations varied from a translation exactly mirroring the original, to some translators such as renowned author Jorge Luis Borges who added his own ideas to the translated text, to better them. He held that a translation can improve an original, that contradictory renderings of the same work can be equally valid, and that an original can be unfaithful to a translation. Then along came modern translation tools, and today we have Google Translate, a free service that instantly translates text into over 100 languages. Google Translate is a boon to the travelling salesman, or even to the international tourist; however, it can’t cut the mustard with training courses. Here’s why: