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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Avatars enhance the quality of learner engagement by grabbing and retaining his attention. They go a long way in motivating your people in the online learning environment. However, if we want to use avatars/ characters effectively in our eLearning courses, we must understand what avatars are, why they are useful and how they can be used in eLearning.
Learning affects all aspects of our existence, every day. The process of learning new things or refreshing existing knowledge keeps our minds up to date and also improves the quality of our life. So, it is very important to retain what we have learned as it helps us to be effective in yielding desired outcomes. Generally, most of us have the tendency to forget most of the things.
Instructional designers usually come from different educational backgrounds, and most of them do not have a degree in instructional design. So, what does it take to become a good instructional designer and design effective eLearning courses?
All instructional designers wish to create excellent eLearning courses that capture the imagination of their learners. But, what does it take to design a top-notch online course? How can you make a course that leaves learners spellbound? Well, you need to focus on 4 critical aspects to create a first-rate eLearning course. Let us see what they are.
The effectiveness of classroom training and eLearning is often debated. It is common knowledge that classroom training and eLearning are used extensively to deliver training. But, which of these media is more effective? Well, training in a classroom enables real-time interaction with the instructor. On the hand, the online training medium is highly flexible and learners can access courses anytime, anywhere. Which of the two is more effective?
In his article, Facing Down The Biggest Challenges In Manufacturing Today, Tom Bonine, President, National Metal Fabricators lists down the following as the most important problems dogging the American manufacturing Industry.
In eLearning courses, two types of assessments are used – formative and summative. Formative assessments are conducted after completing each topic. On the other hand, a summative assessment is conducted at the end of the course. In formative assessments, feedback is given after each question is answered. The goal of a formative assessment is to reinforce the learning. Whereas, the goal of summative assessments is to evaluate the learner. A summative assessment is similar to a final exam where feedback is not provided and results are shown at the end of the course. This info-graphic shares some information about formative and summative assessments, used in eLearning courses.
All eLearning professionals, when developing eLearning deliverables, must ensure that their training material achieves the most encouraging results. Therefore to achieve better training outcomes, we must always keep the following 3 things in mind.
Assessments in eLearning courses play a vital role. Assessments help the learner understand the level of knowledge he has gained from an eLearning course. At the same time, they help the trainer evaluate whether the learning objectives of the eLearning course have been met or not.
We all remember our school days. Don’t we? We still cherish the happy moments spent with our friends during those days. But, there were a few times where we faced difficulties with certain subjects. The formulae in mathematics, complicated equations in physics and chemistry and important dates and years in history was no less than a “haunting movie”. But, thanks to our teachers who would try out all possibilities to make these difficult subjects interesting, we could learn them effectively. The same is the case with instructional designers. They need to act as teachers and make eLearning interesting, so that learners are engaged effectively.
India ranks on the top of the outsourcing destinations for Information Technology, according to a study by the consulting firm AT Kearney. Six Indian cities, including Hyderabad, ranked in the top 6 of this list.
Preparing the audio script for an eLearning course is a very important task which must be done carefully, as a small mistake in it may lead to a lot of rework. If we take care of a few things before sending the script for recording, we can avoid mistakes.
How are eLearning courses made effective? The answer – through effective instructional and visual design. The most significant part of eLearning course development is the design phase.
Do you believe that you can get better results by including games in your online courses?
Companies across the world have following the trend of globalization for new market opportunities. This led to the expansion of their workforce exponentially. Now, a big question arises as to how quickly can you train this workforce, so as to make them ready for the job. In this regard, cost-efficient training methods like eLearning could help companies meet training challenges in the age of globalization. Let us see how eLearning can help reduce training costs.
A picture paints a thousand words and is very effective in communicating what often can’t be said through words. A picture can also break the monotony of words and present a breath of fresh air. Right from childhood, all of us are fascinated by pictures, their vivid hues and the depth of emotions they evoke.
What is content in the context of an eLearning course? It is the training material that is made available for developing an eLearning course. This is collected by instructional designers from various sources. Some of the content is provided by the subject matter experts, other materials may be shared by line managers or training managers. The content is usually developed by multiple authors and therefore lacks consistency in the way it is presented. After all, each author has his/her own style of writing and expressing thoughts.
It is common knowledge that an interactive eLearning course engages the learner very effectively. But, how can you make an excellent course that captures the imagination of your learners? Well, you can create wonderful learning experiences using videos.
It is well-known that the ultimate goal of an online learning course is to bring a measurable change in the performance or behavior of the learner. Therefore, as instructional designers, it is our job to make effective elearning courses that impart first-rate training.
There are many instructional design strategies which engage the learner in an online learning environment such as scenarios, case studies, interactivities, etc. Now-a-days most organizations want to gamify their courses to create better learning experiences.
There are many instructional principles and models that guide us in creating an effective learning process. One such model is Gagne’s instructional principles. These principles keep learners glued to eLearning courses. Here are a few of these principles.
Most of the eLearning experts concur that learning requires learner’s engagement. The aim of any instructional designer is to engage the learner in an online learning environment. How to create learner’s engagement in eLearning courses? In this blog I would like to share some ideas and approaches to engage learner in eLearning courses.
According to Edward Tufte, “Graphical excellence is that which gives to the viewer the greatest number of ideas in the shortest time, with the least ink, in the smallest space”.
According to The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Work Related Injury Survey, 58 out of every 1000 workers experienced illness or sustained an injury at the workplace in 2009–10. This resulted in workplace absenteeism and resulted in organizations paying huge amounts as compensation.
The Successive Approximation Model (SAM), which was first proposed by Michael Allen, has become the preferred design and development methodology for most eLearning companies. This iterative or agile model enables you to develop a quality product within the stipulated timeline and meet customer needs effectively.