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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A Subject Matter Expert (SME) is an expert in an organization on a particular area or topic. To create good e-learning courses, inputs from SMEs are vital. To get the best out of your SME, you need to first understand him and know his role. The SME’s role is to help instructional designers (ID) understand the content. An SME is a knowledge hub looking for the best ways to transfer it, and we IDs are the people who lay the path for it. We generally face many challenges while dealing with SMEs such as variation in timelines (the major challenge), lots of changes in the content and few in the GUI, huge variations in visualization, etc., once the course gets developed. In order to overcome all these issues, and to get the best out of your SMEs, you need to follow a few steps. Let us see what they are.
Medical representatives face many problems while promoting their companies’ products to doctors. It’s a well-known fact that doctors are more knowledgeable about medicines than the pharmaceutical sales representatives. So, how can a representative gain as much knowledge as the doctor about the medicine? Well, e-learning is the best solution for this problem because it helps to impart highly effective training.
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.