In the context of the information overload that we all face in today’s markets, it is essential that we provide sales people with learning that is “just-in-time” or on-demand. Let’s have a look at some of the top companies that are going for this form of training.
Apple Computers created what it calls ARPLE or Apple Reference Performance and Learning Ex-pert. The latest information about their new products was distributed on CDs as frequently as every two weeks for its field force so that they are always up-to-date. Subsequently, Apple integrated the use of ARPLE into its training programs and developed a knowledge management process to ensure that information was always accurate and distributed in a timely fashion. Over the years, ARPLE transformed from a CD-based system to a client-server system and finally to the Web.
Although the next example is not in the realm of sales training, the principle is the same. Sprint Corp. Which is into wireless communications services found its employees’ usual reaction to compliance training to be a resounding groan. The company designed i-Comply, a training compliance practice that provides just-in-time access to information. It developed a knowledge management portal on the corporate intranet that consolidated the content of 15 training courses, 10 Websites, and two manuals. Employees access compliance education by simply typing “icomply” into their intranet browser.
If employees get to use the knowledge that they receive through training immediately, chances are that they retain the knowledge longer. Thus, there should be a mechanism where employees can take the training just when they need it. That way, they not only are more enthusiastic about the training program but also get to apply the knowledge gained to the job – which is the ultimate aim of training anyway!
Therefore, training needs to be systematically planned for employees in such a way that it can be accessed by them just-in-time, in the format most convenient to the mat any given point of time. An individual should be able to access the course in multiple formats – that is through Smartphones, iPods, tablet PCs or simple PDFs.
If such an option existed, it would be easier for employees to take a courses anytime, anywhere such as time between meetings, or as he is waiting to board an aircraft or even on his way to work if it is made available in the form of podcast! Chances are that the courses receive higher participation if made available on-demand. What is your take on this?
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Setting off the fire with eLearning – Ideas for Fire-safety training at your workplace
Welcome to today’s blog post. Since the enactment of OSH Act of 1970, workplace safety has moved up the agenda of every company. As a part of this initiative, employees are being made aware of the recognized hazards at their workplaces and the safety measures to be followed during an emergency situation. One such training program that is very important for employees is the fire safety training. To be honest, I do not have a clue about where the emergency exit is or where we can find the fire extinguishing equipment in our office. In this post, I will try to discuss a few ideas to implement fire-safety training through eLearning at your workplace.
E-learning courses are used extensively by companies to equip their staff members with the needed knowledge and skills. According to Ambient Insight, global self-paced eLearning market reached the $49.9 billion mark in 2015, registering a compound annual growth rate of approximately 9.2% over a five year period.
Audio is an essential component that makes your eLearning course complete. Effective use of audio in eLearning makes courses engaging and helps the learner retain information for a long time. When we develop an eLearning course, we spend a lot of time deciding on the visual elements and tend to ignore the audio.
In this blog, I’ll discuss a few tips for effective audio narration in an eLearning course.
There comes a time when even the greatest instructional designer has a creative block. Although we have our various learning design principles to help us come up with good ideas, there are times when you are required to go beyond the conventional clicks and interactivities and come up with out-of-the-box ideas that will blow your learner’s mind.
Forget training and eLearning. Did you ever think what you really mean by a good design? Try to think about the term ‘good design’ comprehensively. For this, imagine and think about something that has been well-designed and approved by everyone. Else, hold this elegant design and consider the following things to define a ‘good design’.
Every Instructional designer needs to have good knowledge of standard instructional design models like ADDIE or Gagne’s nine events. These models facilitate the development of learner centric eLearning courses. But, it is not easy to remember all these concepts and apply them at the right instant of time to develop a successful eLearning course.
First impressions are usually the last impressions. This saying holds good for the description you give for your eLearning course. Typically, a course description is shown on the launch page of your eLearning course. The main aim of your course description is to provide your learners with an overview of the course; what it is all about, and what to expect from the eLearning course?
Welcome to today’s blog post. Every day, learning professionals try to find new ways to engage learners and make trainings more interesting to them. In this process, the current generation of learners stands as the most challenging target audiences. I’ve tried to understand the needs and tastes of these learners and had come out with an idea that can take our training programs a step closer to them. I had enquired quite a number of people about their likes and dislikes on current learning trends. Many of them expressed a common point that these courses lack personalization. I didn’t immediately understand what they meant. But, after going through some more details, here I am writing this post about how to add a personalization element to your course and make them believe that the course has been tailored specifically to suit their taste.
The multiple choice question (MCQ) is the most commonly used question type in eLearning. An instructional designer prefers MCQs over other question types as they can be scored rapidly and feedback can be given easily. It is an effective way to test a large number of learners, quickly and effectively.
Do you know on an average 3000 people get killed due to Fire accidents in the US every year? The NFPA estimates that 65,880 firefighter injuries have occurred in the line of duty in 2013, out of which 12,535 accidents took place at non-fire emergency incidents.