The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is a law, aimed at transparency in international transactions, especially between business organizations and government. The interesting aspect about this law is for those firms who are operating in the US, is that if they violate this law in any foreign country, they have to face charges in US. Another aspect is that it makes the organization liable even for the actions committed by its third party agents. Let us see the following cases for more clarity.
- An allegation was made by the United States Security Exchange Commission (SEC), on an American global manufacturing company that its subsidiary in Russia used “marketing agreements” to pay millions of dollars to government officials through offshore companies. Inspite of being aware of such FCPA violations, the Organization did not respond. As a result, it had to pay 28 million dollars to settle the charges for violating the FCPA law to SEC.
- In another case reported by Guardian, a famous UK based pharmaceutical company had to pay 3 billion US dollars to US authorities, for influencing the doctors to prescribe their drugs. US attorney Carmin Ortiz stated that the sales force was involved in bribing physicians to prescribe their products.
- In yet another case reported by New York Times, a German engineering company was fined by US and European authorities for violating the FCPA laws, to secure the contracts in other nations like Bangladesh, Venezuela and Argentina. Here the company is not an American company, but operating in US, and had to face charges for its actions, even though these were committed abroad.
It is clear from the above cases that any firm operating in the U.S, has to be vigilant about their activities, not only in the U.S, but also in other countries. If the rules are violated at any part of the world, by any employee or third party firm, the company has to face financial charges and other repercussions in the U.S. The company may also lose its reputation among its stakeholders worldwide.
It has therefore, become very important to the firms to train their employees from the level of board members to sales associates to third party firms and it became necessary for them to implement the training program globally.
In implementing such global training programs, the companies face several challenges as shown below:
- Training the work group in each and every location they operate, is difficult and involves a lot of travel.
- Delivering the standardized content, uniformly throughout the globe, may not be possible, as all the trainers may have different levels of competence.
- Producing the proof or records regarding the completion of such training, to the regulatory authorities is mandatory. For this the company has to maintain adequate records regarding training sessions including attendance, logs, assessments and materials distributed, which requires a complex set of activities and proves to be a costly affair.
In my opinion, eLearning would address most of these challenges. The uniform delivery of standardized content is possible. Once designed, it can be translated into respective languages and deployed multiple times. This addresses the recurrent and globalized training needs also. Training can also be rolled out quickly, to the globally dispersed workforce. Any changes and updates in the laws, can be updated and conveyed quickly.
Moreover, when these courses are rolled out through LMS, the tracking of the learners will be easy and the reports generated by the LMS are accepted by most of the regulatory authorities.
So, if you are contemplating FCPA training then eLearning is a good choice.
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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.
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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).
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When it comes to training, most organizations have a need for product training. Be it manufacturing, pharmaceutical, electronics or finance, product training needs to be imparted by companies in all industries. So, how does one cater to a single form of training for such different segments? In this post, we will look at a few effective e-learning design strategies that are best suited for product training across various industries.
Curriculum-based courses are very much in demand today. Organizations prefer curriculum-based courses to stand-alone courses. Curriculum courses cater to a long running training program that usually runs for a period of two to three months. It is a course that has several modules which instruct on a particular subject in-depth. From the learner’s perspective, these modules would be easy to grasp and understand. They can be bite-sized modules that are easily accessible by the learners, anywhere, anytime, as per their convenience. Since all the modules of a curriculum are inter-related to each other, it is a tough task to develop such modules effectively.