“A mind without culture can never produce good fruit, just like soil, which however rich it may be, cannot be productive without cultivation” – Seneca.
No doubt, production and profits are very important for the survival of an organization; but culture is the main essence, its very soul, which has all the power to bring success and goodwill.
What is Organizational Culture?
Organizational culture could be defined as the inculcation of positive values and behavior in people who work in an organization. In order to bring out a positive and inspiring culture, employees are to be treated and regarded as an essential part of the organization.
Employees need to be told clearly about their own roles and responsibilities as well as goals and values of the organization. But most of the time, people experience difficulty in understanding their roles and relating themselves with the organization’s goals. Poor organizational culture could have adverse effects on an organization.
eLearning and Organizational Culture
Because of globalization and increased developments in the fields of Internet and electronic media, worldwide linking of geographically dispersed businesses has become possible; this trend has widely increased in the present modern economy.
To stay in the competition, and to secure a favorable market position, organizations are mainly emphasizing on the unification of culture and values across their multiple locations.
But how can corporates bring this unification across their diverse operations? Can any training methodology serve the purpose?
But training geographically dispersed employees in a consistent manner through traditional teaching systems could be very difficult, or if correctly said, almost impossible.
Various organizations worldwide have used eLearning to impart knowledge on organizational culture and values in employees. Let us discover how eLearning could address the issue of unified organizational culture.
An eLearning training course could brilliantly introduce the organization to the new hires. The training could help in establishing a strong relation between the organization and its employees. Let us see how videos, webinars and seminars could be used for better induction training.
When employees view and listen to the CEO sharing the vision, mission, and culture of the organization, they can instantly feel connected because the perspectives of a CEO reflect organizational culture. Also, as videos quickly grab peoples’ attention, they could convey the organizational message to employees in a better way.
A webinar could be any online seminar. It could also be a workshop, conference, real training event, meeting and presentation that is delivered over the Internet. The webinars could be useful for employees to understand the culture, goals and focus areas of an organization.
What could be better than a scenario to make employees desirous to take part in organizational activities! These scenarios could be any critical real-life situation, event, plot, play or a task, in which, people need to participate and act accordingly to their defined roles and responsibilities. Scenarios like these, suiting the nature and capabilities of employees could be developed to help them understand their role and act accordingly to the situations in a scenario.
A great organizational culture goes beyond mere work. It is not about employees and organizations meeting their expectations; it is about employees and organizations exceeding their expectations. Because, when there is nurturing organizational culture, then mere surviving and earning profit in marketplace become secondary, and winning and achieving excellence become primary. If you have any views in this regard, please do share your thoughts with us.
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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.
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.