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.
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Medical representatives face many problems while promoting their companies’ products to doctors. It’s a well-known fact that doctors are more knowledgeable about medicines than the pharmaceutical sales representatives. So, how can a representative gain as much knowledge as the doctor about the medicine? Well, e-learning is the best solution for this problem because it helps to impart highly effective training.
As instructional designers, we always aim to design courses that reach the target audience effectively. We would never want to hear our learners say that the course was boring. We put all our efforts to make the course interesting and engaging.
But, it is essential that these efforts are put in a right way. Engaging the learner doesn’t mean just including interactivities. It is much more than having a few clicks of interactivities.
In my last blog, 20 Must Know Acronyms of E-learning – Part 1, we have seen some acronyms that are used in the world of e-learning. In this blog, we will look at some more acronyms.
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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.