It is that time of the year when we look back and review the milestones and achievements of the entire year. We have done a quick review of the blogs that we posted in 2011 and based on the responses received we have compiled a list of the popular ones. We hope that you find it useful having them compiled at one place.
Our world has become computerized and technologically advanced, so it only stands to reason that education methods follow suit. There isn’t necessarily a need to see someone stand in front of a class to deliver the information when the same can be done much more economically and efficiently via e-learning. How else eLearning is beneficial when compared to traditional classroom instruction?
Having a checklist helps ID to ensure the learning objectives and goals of the eLearning program are aligned while designing an eLearning courseware. What are the parameters that need to be followed and implemented by instructional designers to develop an effective eLearning courseware?
There could be a lot of resistance from the employees when eLearning is first introduced in an organization. What are the top-most reasons for employee resistance to eLearning and how can they be addressed?
SME’s are a wealth of information and can provide valuable inputs for creating a comprehensive learning solution. How can you tap into the SME knowledge when working with him/ her for inputs for your training solution?
What do you do when you have an eLearning course that contains a bunch of facts: numbers, trends, statistics, rates, and so on? How do you make your graphs, maps, charts, and tables visually engaging? More importantly, how do you help your learners remember some of this information?
Selling is not an easy job and it involves a lot of skills. You need to have a good knowledge about the domain, the products and the profile of the prospects. What are the other qualities that are essential for an effective sales person?
An employee handbook or employee manual is a booklet given to employees by the employer and it contains information on an organization’s policies and procedures. How important is the employee handbook?
Self-directed teams comprise groups of employees who handle their day-to-day work with minimal direct supervision. How can you build self-directed teams in your organization?
Performance appraisals are indispensible for both employees and managers. However, they sometimes create tension among employees and make the environment hostile. What is the best way to go through the process of performance review?
Employee retention involves bringing about a lot of measures to convince employees to remain in the organization on a long term basis. Motivating and retaining employees is not an easy task. What is the best way to go about it?
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As instructional designers, we always aim to design courses that reach the target audience effectively. We would never want to hear our learners say that the course was boring. We put all our efforts to make the course interesting and engaging.
But, it is essential that these efforts are put in a right way. Engaging the learner doesn’t mean just including interactivities. It is much more than having a few clicks of interactivities.
In my last blog, 20 Must Know Acronyms of E-learning – Part 1, we have seen some acronyms that are used in the world of e-learning. In this blog, we will look at some more acronyms.
11. JIT (Just-in-Time): Just-in-time learning systems enable learners to access online learning resources at the point of need. Today, what will you do to find directions to a place or find out the movie that is playing in the theatre close to your home? You just go online for information. To employees, m-learning provides a similar facility to access information pertaining to their jobs at the click of a button.
Training enhances skills and abilities of employees to be aligned to changing business needs. It is well understood that assessments are vital components of e-learning courses. They are a medium to measure training outcomes. Assessments not only strengthen learning but also help evaluate the learner’s comprehension of a course.
It is well-known that assessments are a vital component of an e-learning course. Good assessments play an important role in enhancing the efficacy of the online course by helping evaluate the knowledge gained by the learner and reinforce the learning.
According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases. In order to adhere to food safety regulations, one of our clients came up with a requirement for an e-learning course.
E-learning and m-learning are powerful learning methods; both are dynamic and effective ways to teach people. So then, what are the differences between and e-learning and m-learning methods?
E-learning involves a series of modules with in-depth subject-matter while m-learning involves smaller chunks of information which can be accessed anywhere, anytime. Modules are designed differently, depending on the kind of format used to learn. M-learning breaks the barriers of time and place and provides easy access to courses. E-learning also enables learners to access information anytime, anywhere through a laptop, and a stable environment is needed for the learner to take training.
As a college student, I had an opportunity to read Wings of Fire, the autobiography of the former Indian president, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. The story of the “missile man” who rose to great heights from humble beginnings is truly inspiring.
The sudden demise of this eminent scientist is a great loss to the country and has saddened millions. The life of Dr. Kalam is a testimony to the fact that determination and hard work can overcome the shackles of financial and other constraints.
There were a few letters marked “Never sent. Never signed” that were discovered in Abraham Lincoln’s desk after his death. When he was upset with someone he would write a letter expressing his anger but would refrain from sending it to the intended person. This practice allowed him to vent his anger, yet not allow needless or unpleasant consequences. One of the famous unsent letters was to Gen. George G Meade, who was blamed for letting Robert E Lee escape after Gettysburg. Unfortunately, in today’s age of social media, people have “lost the art of the unsent angry letter” – an expression used in a NY times article by Maria Konnikova.
It is common knowledge that good assessments play a key role in the making of an effective online course. They not only help evaluate the learner’s comprehension of the subject-matter, but also reinforce the learning effectively.