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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Welcome to today’s post. Having recently purchased a smart watch, I sat down to see if this wearable device can be used to facilitate a learning experience. I’ve heard people complain that mobile devices are too small to be used as a complete learning solutions. If that’s the case, how does one expect to learn using the mini displays of these smart watches that hardly provide any readability? Are these devices designed only to display notifications on your wrist and measure the calories that you’ve burnt in a day? The answer is NO. Today, I’ll share some of my ideas on how these devices can be used as quick learning tools.
We see a lot of movies, TV soaps and dramas. But, how many of us know what it takes to create an entertaining program? It is a long process with several steps involving many people. Similarly, to produce a top-notch online course, we need to follow a well-defined process. In this blog, we will look at the 3 stages in which an eLearning course is made.
We often hear phrases such as learner centric courses, learner focused courses and so on. But, what exactly is a learner-centric course?
Audio plays a key role in enhancing the effectiveness of eLearning courses. It reduces the cognitive load on the learner and ensures better learning. But, how can you make sure that the audio you use in your eLearning course is first-rate? Well, efficient editing goes a long way in producing excellent audio.
E-learning designers use diferent tools and techniques to make online courses engaging. But, how can you ensure success with your eLearning courses? The answer is to use a learner-centric approach. We tend to focus a lot on making the content meaningful, adding interactivities, creating scenarios, etc. But, do we really think how relevant these techniques are to our learners?
Training plays a key role in enhancing productivity levels in an organization and also results in enhancing the efficiency of the organization, which in turn fuels its growth. An effective training needs analysis helps you identify the right training program that will benefit your employees to build up their skills and competencies. But, what does it take to provide training of the highest quality to your employees? How important are these skills and competencies to your workforce? How does one create effective workforce training materials? The first step towards developing an effective training program is to have an appropriate plan. But, where do we start from?
Mankind learns best by example and observation. This is demonstrated in babies who learn every second by observing and imitating the environment and people around them. This fact holds good for adults too. Adults also learn by experimenting on their own and through trial and error. Think of the caveman who discovered fire by accidentally striking two stones together out of sheer boredom.
Welcome to today’s post. Being a native of the country where we watch movies in the middle of advertisements on television, I started wondering how these ad film makers desperately try to hold the viewers from switching the channel. I’m amazed by the creativity levels in some of the advertisements that drive the interest of the viewer irrespective of the relevance of the product to him. There are many things in common between the development process of eLearning courses and film making which you can learn from this cool elearning development and ad-film makersinfographic.
Going green – this is much more than a slogan or a corporate policy. It is a necessity. Protecting our environment is vital to our very survival. As the menacing problem of pollution is increasing with each passing day, saving Mother Earth is humanity’s topmost priority.
It is common knowledge that organizations want the maximum ROI on training and prefer to conduct only those learning programs that equip their staff members with the needed knowledge and skills in a cost-effective manner. But, how do you measure the return on the money spent on an eLearning initiative? What are the aspects you need to consider to measure the effectiveness of an online training program?