Technology for training is something you can’t ignore, because more and more companies are now eager to provide training with a quick turnaround time for their employees. More than 50% of training that is imparted in mid-size and large companies is technology based. [Source: trainingmag.com]
Of the learning technologies, the most often used include:
- 73% use Learning Management System (LMS).
- 70% use virtual classroom/webcasting/video broadcasting. Among them about 50% use it for 10 to 49% of their training programs.
- 56% of those surveyed use the rapid eLearning tool for delivering training programs.
It is a known fact that the new generation is net savvy and spend considerable time online. According to a report by the Pew Research Center, about 81% of people belonging to the age group 18 to 24 years have their own social networking profile, compared with 66% of those in the age group 25 to 29. Similarly, 58% of young millennial social networking users visit the site they use most often, at least daily, compared with 48% of older millennials.
In another report by Johnson’s controls, “Generation Y and the workplace annual report 2010″ they surveyed 18-25 year olds across the world. Here are some of their findings:
- 56% prefer to work flexibly
- 79% prefer to be mobile rather than static workers
- 41% of the Generation Y prefers to have access to a team space
- 32% prefers breakout spaces for meetings rather than a conventional meeting room
These statistics suggest that technology based learning is gaining importance over classroom training. Its gaining importance and acceptance can be attributed to the following advantages:
- When you provide online access, you can reach out to the whole world.
- It gives your learners the freedom to access the courses anywhere, anytime, which means more convenience for the learners and more enrollments.
- A great advantage of online courses is that the course content becomes standardized ensuring that irrespective of the number of times the course is delivered, it conveys a consistent and standardized message, and this leads to standardized learning. Standardized online content can be delivered in multiple formats such as audio, video, images and text.
- For technology, its easy to certify successful learners online. Learners can themselves print their unique certificates after they pass the final assessment or test.
- You can track the progress of your learners online and provide them with individual support and guidance for a predetermined period if required.
- Lastly, there are no travel costs. You not only save money but also time and effort, which can be channelized to improvise your existing courses or develop new ones.
But whatever said, eLearning cannot replace classroom training completely. It is only a wonderful compliment to it. Actually, a blend of both or what is popularly called “the blended learning” is pedagogically more effective than a single mode of training.
Subscribe to Our eLearning Design Blogs
Get CommLab's latest eLearning articles straight to your inbox. Enter your email address below:
The ultimate goal of an instructional designer is to make learner-centric eLearning courses. One way to capture the learner’s interest is to start with a “big bang”. Instead of beginning the course with an explanation of the learning objectives, you can make your elearning course interesting right from the beginning using the 6 tips mentioned below.
Gen-Y people or Millennials are the people who are born between 1976 and 1998. Gen-Y people have grown-up with technology and the Internet. Gen-Y people are tech-savvy and their learning styles are different when compared to baby boomers. They learn through screens rather than books. They have the very less attention spans and usually get bored quickly.
One of the most challenging tasks of an instructional designer to engage the learner in the self- paced learning environment. Unlike a classroom training session, where an instructor engages the trainee, an eLearning course is devoid of human interaction.
Welcome to today’s post. Having recently purchased a smart watch, I sat down to see if this wearable device can be used to facilitate a learning experience. I’ve heard people complain that mobile devices are too small to be used as a complete learning solutions. If that’s the case, how does one expect to learn using the mini displays of these smart watches that hardly provide any readability? Are these devices designed only to display notifications on your wrist and measure the calories that you’ve burnt in a day? The answer is NO. Today, I’ll share some of my ideas on how these devices can be used as quick learning tools.
We see a lot of movies, TV soaps and dramas. But, how many of us know what it takes to create an entertaining program? It is a long process with several steps involving many people. Similarly, to produce a top-notch online course, we need to follow a well-defined process. In this blog, we will look at the 3 stages in which an eLearning course is made.
We often hear phrases such as learner centric courses, learner focused courses and so on. But, what exactly is a learner-centric course?
Audio plays a key role in enhancing the effectiveness of eLearning courses. It reduces the cognitive load on the learner and ensures better learning. But, how can you make sure that the audio you use in your eLearning course is first-rate? Well, efficient editing goes a long way in producing excellent audio.
E-learning designers use diferent tools and techniques to make online courses engaging. But, how can you ensure success with your eLearning courses? The answer is to use a learner-centric approach. We tend to focus a lot on making the content meaningful, adding interactivities, creating scenarios, etc. But, do we really think how relevant these techniques are to our learners?
Training plays a key role in enhancing productivity levels in an organization and also results in enhancing the efficiency of the organization, which in turn fuels its growth. An effective training needs analysis helps you identify the right training program that will benefit your employees to build up their skills and competencies. But, what does it take to provide training of the highest quality to your employees? How important are these skills and competencies to your workforce? How does one create effective workforce training materials? The first step towards developing an effective training program is to have an appropriate plan. But, where do we start from?
Mankind learns best by example and observation. This is demonstrated in babies who learn every second by observing and imitating the environment and people around them. This fact holds good for adults too. Adults also learn by experimenting on their own and through trial and error. Think of the caveman who discovered fire by accidentally striking two stones together out of sheer boredom.