Isn’t it amazing how far eLearning has come since the early 1990s? The way e-learning has transformed the distribution of information is truly remarkable. From A-Z, the e-learning industry has a language all its own. The jargon can come in many shapes and forms. In this article, I am listing the various terms involved in successful e-learning.
Highly qualified and experienced professionals are often asked to conduct classroom training sessions to transfer the special skills and knowledge they possess to their employees. However, not all of these highly qualified and experienced professionals are qualified to conduct engaging and result-oriented training sessions for adults. For an experienced professional to become a sought-after and much-admired trainer, he needs expert guidance, and ‘Train the Trainer’ courses are becoming increasingly popular to cater to the needs of these professionals.
Ashley, a banking representative receives a credit card payment for processing; she decides to process the payment herself as suggested in an off-the-shelf online course assigned by the management. She is oblivious of the fact that all payments must be processed thorough flagship merchant services. This blunder eventually led to an enquiry on Ashley’s actions. Was Ashley really at fault? Or was the management callous about the way they delivered the training?
Imagine you’re eating a pizza all by yourself; you have the first slice, then the second, third, fourth and you’re full! You still have a few more slices left but your tummy is full. Well, this is how your employees feel when they take an hour long e-learning course. Wouldn’t it be easier to eat a slice of pizza rather than the whole and suffer from indigestion? Similarly, it is better to create microlearning courses rather than bombarding your employees with full length courses in the name of training. A whole pizza represents a full length course, and a slice signifies a microlearning course. So how can you make the perfect slice of microlearning course? With a perfect oven, in this case an authoring tool, and nothing says microlearning better than Articulate storyline!
Creating a 30 minute e-learning course is no child’s play; but not an impossible task either. It’s true that you need to be a jack of all trades working with SMEs, communicating with stakeholders, developing content, coming up with a sound instructional strategy that is meaningful and engages learners, designing and developing the training, and increasing the bottom-line. Sounds too much to do? Not really; designers today have access to various authoring tools that help create great e-learning courses in a short span of time, and the authoring tool winning this race is none other than Articulate Storyline!
Gone are the days when huge Read and Agree documents were passed on to employees. Even off-the-shelf e-learning courses are no longer a solution for imparting effective compliance training to your employees. Why? Off-the-shelf courses might not encompass the exact values of your organization, they might not address the needs of your employees, their job roles, and more importantly, they might not support the preferred method of delivery. Therefore, personalized courses are the way forward.
43 years ago, before OSHA was created, nearly 14,000 workers were killed or injured on the job every year. Now the number ranges between 12 and 38. Although this is a great achievement, there is a lot that needs to be done. To achieve this, organizations have to enhance their existing safety training programs. There are many learning technology tools that can help you take your safety training programs a step further by taking into consideration the rules OSHA mandates. Let us see how you can do this.
When rolling out new ERP software in an organization, one of the most important factors that needs to be addressed is training end-users. Yet, it might be one of the most underestimated and crudely executed tasks.
Can you imagine a day without the mobile device in your life? Obviously No, because mobiles have now become an integral part and parcel of our daily life. According to Mary Meeker, KPCB analyst, “we check our phones 150 times a day between apps, voice calls, texts, and utilities.” Most people check their Smartphones every one hour. We are truly addicted to checking our phones every minute.
In order to provide learners a memorable and captivating learning experience, it is important for us to stay up to date with the emerging e-learning trends. Recent advancements in technology such as mobile phones with their in-built ubiquity have totally revolutionized the training methodology. Employees in organisations are using hand-held devices for different purposes such as browsing the Internet, checking mails, online shopping, social networking, learning, etc., Research states that people operating hand-held devices are more in number (around 51%) compared to people working on the Internet (around 49%). As a result, all the organisations have realized the existence of a need to make e-learning content accessible through smartphones and tablets to enable just-in-time learning on the go.