It is common knowledge that capable leaders have a profound impact on organizations. They effectively communicate with employees, motivate them and help the workforce deliver high performance.
Leadership, contrary to popular perception, is a skill that needs to be nurtured efficiently.
Training plays a key role in the development of able leaders. Well-trained leaders help companies grow efficiently in the world of business that is characterized by fierce competition.
What is the right format to deliver effective leadership training?
Leaders deal with people. Don’t they? The HUMAN ELEMENT OF TRAINING GOES A LONG WAY IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF EFFICIENT LEADERS and ILT sessions are perfectly suited for this task because they help deliver training with a human touch. HOWEVER, THE TRADITIONAL FORMAT IS RIGID AND EXPENSIVE AND BUSY EMPLOYEES DO NOT FIND TIME TO ATTEND SESSIONS CONDUCTED IN BRICK AND MORTAR CLASSROOMS.
So, how could companies impart effective leadership training? THE answer is blended learning.
Why is blended learning the perfect format?
This format provides the benefits of eLearning while retaining “humanness” in training. Organizations could improve their ROI on leadership training because the number of ILT sessions needed to effectually equip the personnel with leadership skills is substantially reduced. Blended learning helps leadership training perfectly fit into busy schedules of workers.
The advantages of classroom training when combined with the power of eLearning help deliver a very rich learning experience. Online courses containing scenarios could go a long way in improving the analytical capabilities of employees that help them make better decisions. The training of future leaders could be made highly interactive through incorporation of elements such as games, quizzes and so on.
Soft skills needed for efficient leadership could be effectively imparted through face-to-face interaction, while social learning helps acquire knowledge informally without any learning stress.
How could the right blend be formulated?
Introduction of blended learning program needs to be preceded by a thorough preparation by the organization and all stakeholders need to have a good idea of the program goals. Providing a participant guide highlighting the program details could be very helpful. The learning objectives need to be clearly defined by the company. This helps the organization identify the type of learning to be delivered to satisfy each objective.
It is also important to analyze the characteristics of the target audience. The learners’ level of comfort using computers and the need for interaction are important aspects to be kept in mind while developing the blended learning strategy. Training managers need to ensure that the time and cost constraints are addressed effectively before choosing the method of delivery.
The right learning blend helps firms develop efficient leaders who can guide the organization to success. How do you impart leadership training? We would love to learn from your experiences.
Subscribe to Our eLearning Design Blogs
Get CommLab's latest eLearning articles straight to your inbox. Enter your email address below:
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.
We all know the e-learning industry is full of acronyms. Even the word e-learning itself is the shorthand for electronic learning. As an e-learning professional, it is important to be familiar with various acronyms used in the field of e-learning. Here, I would like to share some acronyms that are commonly used in e-learning.
E-learning is increasingly used by organizations as online courses are effective, affordable and can be accessed anytime, anywhere. But, many organizations are not able to realize these benefits offered by the online training medium due to a serious problem – high dropout rates.
Day-by-day, the demand for rapid e-learning is increasing, and so, everyone is using rapid authoring tools to develop online courses. There are many authoring tools available in the market but a few became very popular. Most of our customers and prospects prefer Articulate Storyline to other rapid authoring tools such as Captivate and Lectora. Developing courses in Storyline is very easy, and the tool offers a lot of flexibility to customize the features or look and feel of the online course.
When it comes to mobile learning, HTML5 with responsive design is required to provide the best learning experience on mobiles, especially on smart-phones with small screens. Courses developed in Storyline and Lectora work fine on mobile devices such as iPads and other tablets, but it is difficult to view them in smart-phones. Captivate has a responsive design feature. So, we must choose it if we need to develop courses for all mobile devices. Captivate is not very intuitive and flexible to develop customized features. We can also build mobile- compatible courses using manual coding but it is time-consuming and expensive.
Recently, I read the E-learning Guild report “Authoring Tool for Mobile Design” and in it, I saw the great news for which I was waiting for a while. I thought I should share it with you all. The developers of Articulate Storyline, Lectora Inspire, Lectora Online and other authoring tools are in the process of adding responsive design feature by the end of 2015.
Here is some information from the E-learning Guild report “Authoring Tool for Mobile Design”.
|Scales to multiple screen sizes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Responsive design features||Coming by end of 2015||Yes||Coming by end of 2015|
2016 will be a watershed year for mobile learning as all courses may be made compatible to all mobile devices. Storyline may become the first choice to develop e-learning or m-learning courses because of its intuitiveness. This may force all learning management systems to be compatible with mobile devices. MOODLE is ahead in this regard, and it has a responsive design feature and works on all the mobile devices.
Hope you find this post useful. Do share your views.
Despite today’s technology and a connected world, classroom training is still an effective method to impart training to all employees. But, instructor-led teaching may not be appropriate for all training needs. Suppose there is a requirement for an organisation to train its employees spread across the globe, on a particular product, in a month’s time, classroom training will not serve the purpose. Here, e-learning serves as a good option to train employees, at comparatively lower costs, within a given schedule. Due to improvements in reliability and speed, converting classroom training materials into online courses has become a justified and cost-effective opportunity.
In my previous blogs, I have discussed about the importance of instructional design strategy and visual design strategy, the two main elements of e-learning in terms of design approach. In this blog, I will discuss about the significance of audio and audio strategy.
Every organization has to follow a set of laws which govern their sector in the country they operate. So, it needs to ensure that the employees are effectively trained on these rules to avoid compliance issues. Traditionally, this was done through face-to-face training in an engaging manner. But, with organizations expanding globally and the need for constant training, companies started using e-learning to quickly reach their global employees.
E-Learning is gradually replacing the classroom training format, worldwide. 41.7 % of fortune 500 companies are using e-learning tools for online training (E-learning Magazine 2013).
Online courses need to be engaging and interactive because they are self-paced i.e. an instructor is not present to deliver the courses.
Content comprehension is an important step in the e-learning development process. It broadly includes identification of relevant content and its separation from irrelevant content and arranging it in a proper manner. It enables instructional designers (IDs) to ensure that topics ‘flow’ in a logical sequence. It also helps IDs to find gaps in the content. If performed effectively, it will help you understand the subject-matter of the course better, and you will be able to present the content in an easily understandable manner.