Collaborative technologies provide various tools such as video or web conferencing, instant messaging, wikis, blogs, internet protocol telephony and so on which have changed the way companies do business. It also helped them to become more efficient and consequently more productive. These new technologies have also began to influence the way people learn in organizations as they are now spoilt for choice with a deluge of new and convenient methods of seeking information, sharing ideas and exchanging notes.
Thanks to these collaborative technologies, it is now possible for someone sitting in Milwaukee, US to seek help or exchange ideas with someone who is physically located in, say Baltimore without having to travel out of his office. Similarly, if the person in Milwaukee would like to consult another colleague across the globe in Tokyo, Japan regarding a project , all he has to do, perhaps, is have video conferencing set up, or have a meeting set up virtually through internet telephony or through web conferencing. The colleagues then can collaborate and co-create the project without having to leave their individual offices. The manner in which information is accessed and managed today has led to a new learning paradigm.
Effort initiated by learners:
Learning is initiated by the learners and is largely influenced by their own likes and dislikes, individual preferences and priorities. They seek information based on their need and the value it provides to their work. It means that learning is an on-going process and not just a one-time effort that becomes active with a requirement. If I have a problem, I go online to seek a solution – this has become a natural and instinctive reflex action for the learner.
Platform for social computing:
Learning takes place through a network of like-minded individuals driven by a common objective or background. If you have purchased a software program and need help in using the same, you can join an online forum set up for the users of the software. You can get guidance and tips on using the software and troubleshoot when you run into a problem. Yet another example is an online community of translators who work collectively towards building a directory of terminologies in the languages of their choices.
Learning as a collaborative effort:
Collaborative technologies have enabled learning to become a collaborative effort. Social network sites such as Wikis, blogs, podcasts and videos have enabled individuals to share their achievements or efforts online which in turn are beneficial to others who are looking at such information. Just the other day, I wanted to find out how to create a drop down menu in forms using Microsoft word and I got the necessary information with all the required screen shots posted on YouTube. It took me all of 10 mins to get the information which would have been unthinkable in the pre-Google days. Earlier, a learner was merely a receiver of information – taking what was given to him. But now he is an active seeker of information with the ability to co-create, evaluate, modify or add value to the information.
Collaborative learning has changed the way we learn. It has shifted the focus from information providers to the information seekers – learners. It gives learners, control over the information they seek, how they seek and also provides them with options of sharing the same with their peers.
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Setting off the fire with eLearning – Ideas for Fire-safety training at your workplace
Welcome to today’s blog post. Since the enactment of OSH Act of 1970, workplace safety has moved up the agenda of every company. As a part of this initiative, employees are being made aware of the recognized hazards at their workplaces and the safety measures to be followed during an emergency situation. One such training program that is very important for employees is the fire safety training. To be honest, I do not have a clue about where the emergency exit is or where we can find the fire extinguishing equipment in our office. In this post, I will try to discuss a few ideas to implement fire-safety training through eLearning at your workplace.
E-learning courses are used extensively by companies to equip their staff members with the needed knowledge and skills. According to Ambient Insight, global self-paced eLearning market reached the $49.9 billion mark in 2015, registering a compound annual growth rate of approximately 9.2% over a five year period.
Audio is an essential component that makes your eLearning course complete. Effective use of audio in eLearning makes courses engaging and helps the learner retain information for a long time. When we develop an eLearning course, we spend a lot of time deciding on the visual elements and tend to ignore the audio.
In this blog, I’ll discuss a few tips for effective audio narration in an eLearning course.
There comes a time when even the greatest instructional designer has a creative block. Although we have our various learning design principles to help us come up with good ideas, there are times when you are required to go beyond the conventional clicks and interactivities and come up with out-of-the-box ideas that will blow your learner’s mind.
Forget training and eLearning. Did you ever think what you really mean by a good design? Try to think about the term ‘good design’ comprehensively. For this, imagine and think about something that has been well-designed and approved by everyone. Else, hold this elegant design and consider the following things to define a ‘good design’.
Every Instructional designer needs to have good knowledge of standard instructional design models like ADDIE or Gagne’s nine events. These models facilitate the development of learner centric eLearning courses. But, it is not easy to remember all these concepts and apply them at the right instant of time to develop a successful eLearning course.
First impressions are usually the last impressions. This saying holds good for the description you give for your eLearning course. Typically, a course description is shown on the launch page of your eLearning course. The main aim of your course description is to provide your learners with an overview of the course; what it is all about, and what to expect from the eLearning course?
Welcome to today’s blog post. Every day, learning professionals try to find new ways to engage learners and make trainings more interesting to them. In this process, the current generation of learners stands as the most challenging target audiences. I’ve tried to understand the needs and tastes of these learners and had come out with an idea that can take our training programs a step closer to them. I had enquired quite a number of people about their likes and dislikes on current learning trends. Many of them expressed a common point that these courses lack personalization. I didn’t immediately understand what they meant. But, after going through some more details, here I am writing this post about how to add a personalization element to your course and make them believe that the course has been tailored specifically to suit their taste.
The multiple choice question (MCQ) is the most commonly used question type in eLearning. An instructional designer prefers MCQs over other question types as they can be scored rapidly and feedback can be given easily. It is an effective way to test a large number of learners, quickly and effectively.
Do you know on an average 3000 people get killed due to Fire accidents in the US every year? The NFPA estimates that 65,880 firefighter injuries have occurred in the line of duty in 2013, out of which 12,535 accidents took place at non-fire emergency incidents.