In today’s era, everything online must be short and sweet! How can you imitate these characteristics in your online training, for your sales representatives? The answer is short and simple – microlearning that facilitates training quickly. What makes microlearning so effective for sales training is that it aims to address one learning point at a time, leading to long term retention.
As an instructor, is your focus only on finishing the classroom training session? As an instructional designer, are you engrossed in the presentation of your course? Where do learners fit in your training activities? If you don’t consider learners’ needs and challenges, your efforts may not bear much fruit and yield the expected results. In a learner-centric training approach, trainees/learners assume an active role in learning. They bring their own methods and strategies of learning into the training system. Learner-centric training is less formal and more customized to meet the learning needs of individuals. It also promotes problem-solving and kinesthetic learning.
Diversity training helps create a proactive work environment by educating employees on how to respect and include people of diverse backgrounds. You can promote teamwork and prevent potential civil rights violations in your organization, with proper diversity training. However, a Harvard study showed that diversity training has no positive effects on the average workforce, due to various reasons. So, how can you bring that energy back to your diversity training?
The core job of instructional designers is setting learning objectives that identify the content and activities of a course. Instructional designers have for long fallen back on the celebrated Bloom’s classification system, created for traditional classroom training, to define their learning objectives and create courses that meet the needs of learners.
Harry is the product sales manager of a large insurance company. Recently, his organization had developed an online course on its new annuity policy, which was highly interactive and engaging. Harry expected the course to be a resounding success. But, to his dismay, the course was a big failure. A distraught Harry began analyzing the causes for failure and soon found the culprit – poor alignment of the course with its learning objectives.
Why is quality check important in e-learning? For this rather seemingly simple question, we can say, BECAUSE “quality matters”. It’s high time the E-learning industry accepts that ensuring the quality of e-learning products is important to deliver courses that are engaging, which in turn ensure client satisfaction. The quality of the course reflects the professional competence and subject matter proficiency of the institution.
In my previous post, Elements of Web-based Learning Design – Part 1, we saw how to conduct a good analysis of online learners’ needs. Today, we will look at another vital aspect of e-learning design – formulation of a visual design (VD) strategy.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then imagine how many words a motion picture is worth. Videos are crisp, engaging, and hold the attention of learners, unlike any other medium. Training videos make it possible to explore the great potential of digital spaces as well as promote user-centric learning. Videos can be easily incorporated in your existing e-learning program to greatly increase the impact of your course. One of the biggest advantages of using videos for training purposes is that they have the potential to make boring topics fun and also provide exposure to topics that can’t be taught in a classroom like, for e.g., operating complex machinery.
We discussed how style guides are significant in developing a course that is consistent and polished, and helps retain learners’ interest and deliver effective e-learning, in our past blogs. Style guides, as we discussed, save development time, make communication smoother, and help in creating products with consistent code and design. In my previous blog “Creating a Style Guide for Effective E-Learning Experience”, grammar, formatting, and miscellaneous elements were listed as the three key focus areas in style guides. Today, let’s discuss the basic components of what can be classified as the ‘grammatical components’ of a style guide.
Forrester researcher, Dr. James McQuivery estimates that one minute of video is equal to 1.8 million words. According to Forbes, 59% of senior executives will rather watch a video than read text, if both are available on the same topic, on the same page.
Videos in e-learning improve motivation and the engagement level of learners. They meet various learning needs and transfer knowledge effectively.