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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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.
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.