How is interaction possible in online learning without the presence of an instructor? How can you involve your learners actively in the online learning activity? If you are a training manager, all these questions are familiar to you by now. However, these questions recurring in different ways.
Jim is the training manager of a large pharmaceutical company. The drug maker recently developed a 60-minute online course, on its new antibiotic, for its medical representatives. The course contained stunning animations and was highly interactive. Jim expected the course to be a major success. However, it proved to be a dismal failure, recording very low completion rates. Many learners complained that the course was too long and they felt overwhelmed.
Are you a training manager who wants to convert PowerPoint presentations into online courses? With many authoring tools available in the market, are you confused over making the right selection to convert your PPT into online courses?
The promises of rapid eLearning are certainly compelling: reduced costs, less development time, great control over updates and maintenance. All these benefits are definitely tempting. But, like any solution, rapid eLearning development has its own place. How do you know which projects are well-suited for rapid eLearning? How do you determine whether your content is right for a rapid eLearning treatment? Let’s try to reach a consensus by answering a few questions.
Learner engagement in online courses is always a challenge for training managers. Though online courses are the combination of text, images, and static graphics, learners may often lose their focus for a number of reasons. However, you can get the attention of learners using animations, instead of boring static graphics.
Smartphones and tablets have established their stronghold in the everyday life of almost everyone. They are making an unparalleled impact on our lives. Naturally, they have also impacted the way we learn.
A built-in quiz engine is one of the basic features of any learning management system (LMS). You should consider the quiz/assessment development feature as an important criterion, while selecting a new LMS. Each organization may have unique assessment requirements, even though their overall objective is to assess learners. Pre-assessments can be used to check employee skillsets before the actual training, so that, based on the score, appropriate training can be assigned. Post-assessments are used to assess learners’ skills and training effectiveness.
Learning at the speed of business is essential if employees have to stay up-to-date with market trends and help build a profitable business. This makes a training manager’s role critical to an organization. As training managers, you are constantly on your toes, trying to look at quick and innovative methods of training. You are often in situations where you need to deliver a training that might be required in future, today. In short, if your organization’s business needs to move fast, you need to move faster.
In our previous blog, we had discussed how mobile learning helps organizations improve their training reach. Employees take to mobile learning quickly because of the convenience and ease of access it offers. Let us look at some of the advantages mobile learning offers, which are urging organizations to make it part of their online training.
With the explosion of mobile devices in the early 2000s, designers faced a major challenge of creating websites for an array of different screen sizes. Designers were forced to create versions of the site that were copies of the original site, but designed specifically for users browsing on different mobile devices. Creating multiple sites manually was both time consuming and costly for meeting the growing demands for mobile-ready content. As the number of devices kept on increasing, it became apparent that this device-specific approach simply couldn’t accommodate every new device.