As we review the employee training and development scenario for 2012, we notice that organizations are increasingly trying to keep pace with the technological changes, to include new methods of training deployment. Technology based methods, for training in organizations, have seen a steady increase in the past year, with personal learning environments and mobile learning technologies being explored as a strong option.
In the recently released “State of Industry Report 2012″ by ASTD, about 50% of formal learning hours are being delivered via technology-based methods by the 30 BEST Award Winning Organizations. It would not be long before other organizations also, increasingly blend their existing training methods, with technology to offer blended training solutions.
Here are links to some of the popular blogs that reflect the trends and talking points, in the domain of learning and development, for 2012.
As for any product, quality is the key, for an eLearning course as well.Quality, refers to meeting mutually defined and agreed upon expectations, by customers and vendors. How can one ensure quality, when developing eLearning courses?
Sales of tablet PCs and smartphones have outnumbered desktop PC sales this year. What does this mean, to a learning and training professional developing online courses? People are taking newer technologies and using them to seek information on the go. Creating this option, in the formal learning context, is but a development that organizations cannot afford to ignore.
Course development in rapid eLearning, is no different from the regular learning design. However, since it is developed quickly, some actions might have to be done simultaneously. Here are some guidelines, which serve as reminders, while developing rapid eLearning.
Experienced learners have different expectations, when it comes to an instructional program. A passive lecture method may not be a good idea, as this method does not take into account their individual experience and knowledge. On the other hand, an interactive and collaborative environment is best suited for them.
There are many reasons for fall in employee performance. It is important that the real causes are identified, before seeking solutions. Check out some of the factors that could be responsible for dwindling productivity of employees.
Many organizations outsource their training/eLearning development to external vendors. It provides better cost-quality proposition for them. How do you ensure you get what you expect, from your training provider or eLearning developer?
One of the factors distinguishing eLearning,froma regular training program, is the use of graphic elements and interactivities. The absence of a physical instructor is made up with graphical elements and user-friendly GUI.Here are some handy tips that one can keep in mind, while getting their eLearning courses developed.
Colors form an integral part of GUI design, in an eLearning course.On what basis do graphic designers or visual designers choose colors? Check out how colors impact eLearning design and learning in this blog.
In order to make eLearning courses effective, it is a good idea to include a combination of learning objects that involve visual, auditory, kinesthetic and aural elements.
5 Action Points to Make the Best of Your LMS
LMS is not a mere repository of courses. When effectively used, a learning management system can help in evaluating and improving training programs.How can this be done? Here is a blog that talks of 5 measures that could help you make the best of your LMS.
HTML 5 helps in creating a uniform web content and is compatible with mobile applications and browsers.As a result, many eLearning authoring tool developers have tried to make their software HTML 5 compatible. Lectora had the initial edge, but other tools such as Articulate and Captivate, are fast catching up to deliver HTML 5 outputs.Here are some of HTML 5 tags that are useful for eLearning developers.
What are the basics that you need to keep in mind when choosing an LMS?What you should consider and what you should not?Investing in an LMS is a big decision that cannot be taken in a hurry. Check out this blog which gives some insights on do’s and don’ts of selecting an LMS for your organization.
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Information security problems are on the rise affecting all organizations. Organizations are losing millions of dollars every year. According to a survey conducted by PwC on data-security breaches, 450k to 850k pounds is the average cost to a large organization of its worst security breach of the year.
But why do you think this is happening? Ponemon Institute, a research firm, in 2013, pointed out that 35% of data breaches have occurred due to human factors, such as employees not handling sensitive information appropriately and lack of awareness.
So, what should be done? Well, the employees need to be trained. There are various areas on which your employees need to be trained, such as:
- Degree of security needed for a particular type of information/data
- Responsibility of users in protecting their organization’s information/data
- Construction of strong passwords
- Consequences of information leakage
- Identification of information to be shared on social media
- Differentiation of confidential and non-sensitive information
For more information on the topics, you can take a look at this presentation.
It is very important to have proper policies in place and conduct awareness training programs, so that employees don’t make costly errors. But the question here is – how to effectively train them?
Well, the online medium is the simplest and most economical and convenient means to complement your other training mediums. The content can be presented using visual aids, scenarios, case studies and videos that can help in reinforcing messages. The courses can be made learner-centric, and they can be presented very effectively using interactivities like click on tabs, rollovers etc. Also, quizzes can be used to assess learners on what they have learnt and help them identify the areas in which they need to improve. Moreover, it is easy to update online training content.
However, designing an online course on information security is not so simple; you need to make sure it is effective enough to bring about a change in the behavior of your employees. Let us see how to build a successful information security training program.
Decide on the Content of the Course: The first thing to do is decide on the content to be included in the online training program. It should cover the security procedures and rules and regulations which must be strictly followed. The main goal of the training program is to provide comprehensive knowledge of your firm’s security practices to your employees.
Ensure the Online Training Material Is Easy to Use: The eLearning material should be easy to understand, so that your employees can analyze and grasp concepts easily. It can be made more interesting by using small quizzes and puzzles and scenarios based on real life situations.
Create Awareness: Your employees should understand the importance of taking up the training. Implement a information-security awareness program with the support of the management. Once the employees are aware of the importance and need for information-security training, they are more likely to attend the training with an open mind and will be receptive to the suggestions shared during the training program.
Acquire Awareness Materials: Collecting additional data from information-security training organizations is a good idea, as these firms are more experienced and can help with the right training content that can be added to the materials that are developed by in-house subject-matter experts.
Track and Report: You need to track the employees’ performance and see that the training is utilized effectively. This can be done using a Learning Management System (LMS). Open-source LMSs like Moodle can be customized in a cost-effective manner as per your requirements.
Proper training goes a long way in securing sensitive information and prevents data leakages which could result in considerable financial loss and the reputation of your organization taking a beating. Hope you find this post informative. Do share your views.
The eLearning industry is stepping into the next level with the help of advanced technologies and fluctuating trends. Moreover,now-a-days curriculumis getting more interactive and the learners are shifting in large numbers to mobile devices. As a consequence, the process of eLearning designing is changing. To suit these trends and changes, HTML5 is being used for the development of online courses.
When designing an eLearning course, we think of different strategies to make the course interesting and engaging. Even after putting all efforts, we get to know that the instructional strategy used is not appropriate, and all our hard work would go in vain.
It is an accepted truth that employees are the valued resources of any organization. Organizational success depends entirely on the performance of the employees. In order to face their competitors, organizations have to ensure efficient employees who are capable of updating themselves in the continuously changing business environment. Now, companies spend lots of money to train and educate their employees. The importance of training and developing the employees’ skills is rapidly growing.
According to a report published by Docebo, eLearning revenues from Europe are likely to touch $ 8.1 billion by 2016.
Small and mid-sized businesses are finding it easy to provide technology-enabled learning to their employees at affordable prices. Moreover, online courses can be taken anywhere, anytime, and this useful feature helps overcome barriers such as availability of time and space.
Instructional design is the most significant aspect of a good eLearning course. Being an instructional designer or a learning technology professional, you need to design the course in such a way that it should assist the learner in applying what he has learnt to his work.
As we know, every organization follows a set of rules and regulations. Employees need to be trained on those rules and regulations to have a basic knowledge of their standards toward the organization and customers. And, they have a clear understanding of what they can do and what they cannot. So, organizations may not be at risk when their employees know about their legal duties.
E-learning is a cost-effective and an easy way to train employees, when compared to the traditional methods of teaching. So, most of the organizationsare using eLearning to fulfill their training needs. The healthcare industry makes extensive use of the online training medium.
Training managers put a lot of effort while rolling out an eLearning project, as it involves many complex tasks.
As an eLearning professional, I often work with many training managers and admire their managerial skills. It involves a lot of work like training needs analysis, collecting content, dealing with Subject-matter Experts (SMEs) and developing the course for the stakeholders and learners.
Every organization needs to use their resources well to meet business goals and enhance productivity. As we know, the pharmaceutical sector is highly regulated and non-compliance to applicable laws and regulatory norms could be costly. So, you have to train your employees about rules, regulations, standards and recommended guidelines to avoid mistakes.