Mentoring has tremendous value for organizations especially in succession planning where a senior manager grooms his mentee to take up his position when he needs to move on or take up higher responsibilities. With the available learning management solutions, mentoring takes up a new dimension in today’s world where organizations are spread across various geographical regions. Organizations are spread across different continents and communication primarily takes place through internet (be it through email, video conferencing or social media). Most employees are now comfortable using various online communication tools. Therefore, e-mentoring, also called cyber mentoring, tele-mentoring, or virtual mentoring, can be considered as a viable mode of knowledge transfer.
Employee benefits: Employees are benefited with an e-mentoring program as it is an excellent alternative to face-to-face mentoring, which may not always be possible due to logistical reasons. Mentees can get the benefit of in-depth, useful and mutually-beneficial interactions that can reflect on his productivity within the organization. Since the interaction takes places virtually, it is more flexible and can be easily rescheduled without causing major inconveniences.
Organizational benefits: Organizations can benefit from e-mentoring because it is very cost effective. Mentor and mentee need not be present in the same location. This gives organizations a larger pool of capable mentors, who can coach employees. If an employee has a problem, he can have a mentor to turn to for guidance. Easy access to the solution is bound to improve his performance. This in turn ultimately helps in improving the performance of the organization as a whole.
Technology for e-mentoring: There are a multitude of technologies that can be used for e-mentoring based on the existing set-up of the organizations. Learning Management Systems, Web 2.0 tools, Skype, web conferences or email are some of the methods that organizations can choose from, for their e-mentoring program.
E-mentoring can facilitate transfer of knowledge from an expert to a mentee, even if they are located at different locations. It provides a platform where the mentee and the mentor can login to a secure portal to communicate with each other, with respect to the job and related responsibilities. It is particularly relevant in instances where technology, practices or procedures are being replicated at another location and the manager needs constant guidance.
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In my previous blog, Checklist for content standardization in eLearning- Part 1, I have discussed the grammatical rules that every instructional designer (ID) should follow while developing a storyboard. In this blog, I would like to share some guidelines on sentence structuring, style and important elements of an online course.
Gen-Y people or millennials are those who are born between 1976 and 1998. They have grown up with technology, and their attention span is 2 minutes or less. They prefer learning through digital media to books.
One of the adult learning principles states that adult learners don’t like to be directed, but wish to explore and acquire knowledge themselves. In an eLearning course, the main purpose of the Graphical User Interface (GUI) is to enable learners to navigate seamlessly and tell them ‘where they are’ in the course, how many slides they have completed, how many more do they need to complete and so on. The GUI of a typical online training course contains buttons such as Play, Pause, Replay, Previous, and Next. It also has the progress bar and a menu which contains options to turn the audio on/off, seek help online, access the glossary and resources and exit the eLearning course. Depending upon our requirements, we can skip or add some of the elements described above.
People expect to be bored by eLearning – let’s show them it doesn’t have to be like that!”
– Cammy Bean
The ultimate challenge that every eLearning course designer faces is engaging the adult learner in the online learning environment. To overcome this challenge, they need to have a clear idea of the strategy they are going to use.
Effective audio narration goes a long way in enhancing the efficacy of an eLearning course by reducing the cognitive load. The modality principle states that the learner can learn better from animations and narration than just animations and on-screen text.
Designing the prototype of an eLearning course and getting it approved before developing the course plays a key role in the smooth execution of the online course development project. Having a prototype allows the client and the developer to be on the same page, and this helps reduce rework in the later stages of the project.
Numerous classroom training sessions over the years would have resulted in you accumulating a vast knowledge bank on various topics in your organization. The material could be in the form of PowerPoint presentations, MS-Word documents, or PDF files – all reviewed, finalized and signed off by your Subject-matter Experts (SMEs).
Welcome to today’s blog post. Aviation industry is one of the first industries to adapt eLearning and define clear standards for the development of CBTs (AICC). Having worked on several projects for the industry, I have understood the significance of these standards. Developing an eLearning program for the aviation industry is different from any other industry and requires great attention to details. Today, we will look at the three parameters that will help ensure the safe landing of your aviation CBTs.
The online training medium is used extensively to train the workforce in the healthcare sector. According to a report from Ambient Insight, the revenue of the U.S. corporate market for eLearning products and services is expected to reach $7.1 billion by 2015, out of which, the growth rate of the healthcare vertical will be a staggering 45.1%.
What we learn with pleasure we never forget. – Alfred Mercier
It is common knowledge that a good online course makes the learner stay focused throughout the course. To impart first-rate training, as an instructional designer, you can add humor to your eLearning course. Proper use of fun elements goes a long way in making your eLearning course engaging. Characters, cartoons, avatars, photographs, animated pictures, case-studies, animations and scenarios can be used to make courses fun-filled. In this blog, I would like to share some tips to use humor very effectively in your online training course without compromising on the course objectives.