Organizations are increasingly using eLearning solutions to meet their company’s critical training objectives. Sometimes, the task of building these solutions can seem daunting, especially for organizations that have no experience in this field. On the other hand, even if organizations do have in-house capability, other considerations such as lack of time, the need for faster rollout etc., can lead to them taking a decision to outsource the requirement to vendors.
The Question of the month at Learning Circuits is “How do we need to change in what we do in order to address learning/performance needs that are on-demand?”
Learning has always been on-demand. Except that the turnaround time for developing a learning solution is shrinking by the second. In the on-demand scenario, in the time it takes for us as learning practitioners to plan and design our learning solutions, learners have already charted their own learning paths by explorations through company intranets, tapping communities of practice, online searches, going through the company’s Wiki or engaging with SMEs. So how do we meet learner’s needs for on-demand learning more swiftly and provide opportunities for immediate access and self-directed learning?
An employee handbook or employee manual is a booklet that contains information on an organization’s policies and procedures. It is an excellent resource that presents all the information which employees need to know about their work and workplace. Thus, it facilitates the smooth functioning of a workplace.
When you think of e-learning, what comes to mind? I think everyone now uses e-learning in some form and most of us do so without realizing it. In the simplest possible terms, just hooking onto the Internet and reading how to use a piece of software you recently purchased is e-learning because you’re using an electronic means to learn something. Get it? Now, that’s not exactly what I’m talking about, but maybe you’re getting the idea of just how much you may be using e-learning unwittingly.
In a traditional e-learning setting, learners learn the content in a secluded, self-paced environment. Here, learners have little chance of meeting their fellow learners to share their learning experiences. On the other hand, collaborative learning encourages active learning where each learner has an opportunity to take an active part in learning activities.
The traditional development process of an e-learning course needs a team of professionals that comprise Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), Content Developers, Flash and Multimedia designers and programmers. In addition, it is a long process requiring around 10-15 weeks to complete. These professionals have their own roles to play with little scope for content authors to take up a designer’s or a programmer’s job. As a result, more investment and time goes into creating an e-learning course. However, with the advent of Rapid e-Learning, things have changed.
Last week, I had designed a course, titled Safety Program for Contractors, using Articulate. This course was developed for one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of plastic packaging products, plastic film products, specialty adhesives and coated products.
Story-telling methods, if used for training, can ensure a captive audience. It is a wonderful means to establish rapport with a group. Real-life experiences narrated in story form can help forge better relationships in a team and build credibility with the team members. Stories are an effective method to communicate important messages to people as they can be fun and interesting.
Stories can be used to teach ideas and impart complex concepts. Trainers who have successfully used story-telling techniques in their training sessions will vouch for their effectiveness as a teaching or training tool.
There are a lot of aspects of learning that are concrete or measurable, while others are abstract or those that cannot be measured, but only imagined and understood. Stories can be used to explain both concrete and abstract concepts. A story, when used as a study or learning technique, is a chain or thread that can be used to link different facts, whether related or unrelated.
The story doesn’t really have to make a lot of sense by itself as much as it needs to be the medium that links different facts that we know. This kind of linking is what makes it easy to study or remember and use it later. Stories can be used to introduce new ideas and reinforce old concepts. Existing stories can be modified and reused to accommodate newer ideas.
Story-telling techniques, when incorporated into training sessions, make the session effective and engaging. It also increases the listeners’ enjoyment quotient tremendously. Research has shown that the efficacy of stories is not due to the story itself, but more because, people generally relate the story to an incident they may have experienced at some time. Thus, they can actualize the message and internalize the essence of the story.
A calculated use of story-telling can include reflections of past experiences, understanding and conveying the meaning embedded in those instances and using them to channelize key messages in a host of contexts. These can be used to guide values and priorities, promote desired behaviors and share learning. Using one’s life experiences can be a sure-shot success strategy for your training session purely because you can convey its inherent integrity, credibility and passion first-hand. A story should ideally create a timeline, proceed to focus on a related task or event and end with a focus on the acquired learning. The stories used in the session can then be used to elaborate on the meaning it holds for you, the influence it has on your thinking or approach to work and the value it can provide that makes a difference to others.
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Recently we were working on an assignment where we have to share the Lectora courses from a file server that will be hosted by the course provider, and the courses will be accessible through the client’s LMS using the AICC files (AU files).
In this blog, you will learn how to add our own variable to the question in Lectora, a rapid elearning tool. If you want to customize the question functionality, you can do it using variables. In this example, you will check whether the learner has attempted the question or not.
First you need to create questions using the question tool of Lectora. Follow the steps mentioned below:
- Right Click on the Lectora page icon.
- Click on New from the list.
- Click on the Question from the menu.
- Follow all the steps to create the question.
After you create the questions, you need to create a new variable using the “New Variable” button present in “Action Properties” dialog box.
Click on the “New Variable” button to open “Add Variable” dialog box.
Enter the name of the variable “attempt” and enter the initial value as “0”. This variable should be updated after the learner has attempted the question. You need to add an action on the question submission button to modify the value of the variable.
You can enter the attempt variable value to 1 if learner attempted the question. You need to add below action to the submit button:
On : Mouse Click
Action : Modify Variable
Target : attempt
Value : 1
Modification Type : Enter Variable Content
Now as per your requirement, add extra functionality using the “attempts” variable value. For example, you can check the status of the question in the next page and recommend user to go back and complete the exercise first.
Similarly, you can create as many as variables and modify the values for all the questions. In the quiz summary page, you can show the complete status of the questions attempted and the questions not attempted. You can also display customized feedbacks pop-ups with messages.