Mobile devices are very useful for learning largely because of the mobility and flexibility they offer individuals. Learners can learn anytime and at any location making use of any unexpected free time such as in airport lounges or time between meetings. Learning can take place spontaneously without the learners having to worry about the access to a computer or the internet. This feature that is possible through mLearning, makes it particularly beneficial when assistance or knowledge sharing is essential in certain situations.
Process information: In organizations which follow elaborate processes, mLearning can be effectively used to train and remind staff about the mandatory requirements. For example, in sectors such as insurance or banking, there is a lot of mandatory paperwork that needs to be completed once a customer agrees to take an insurance policy or a customer has been sanctioned a loan. If the mandatory requirements are saved in the form of an mLearning module that can be accessed anytime, anywhere by the executives, it would be most beneficial for them in their jobs.
Product updates: Organizations update and launch new products frequently. Having this information deployed in the form of small byte-sized mLearning snippets for the sales and service staff would be most efficient in terms of reach and delivery time. Here, content that needs to be shared is brief but vital for the employees in the organization and mLearning would be the most suitable medium for sharing such information.
Product demonstrations: In certain industries such as specialized and high tech industries where it may not always be possible for the sales person to physically carry the product, having a demonstration of the product handy would be of immense help to generate the initial interest in the product. It could also be helpful for sales or service engineers who need to keep themselves updated about the way the products function.
Industry-specific information and statistics: Employees sometimes need to be informed about the developments in their industry and there is no better way to provide them such information than through their mobile devices. Relevant information, if provided directly to them could be beneficial in their jobs. They do not have to search for this information on their own which may be time consuming.
Content for mobile learning has to be more relevant catering to the needs of learners at any given point of time. What is unique is the ease with which learners can access the information more than once, in case they need to review what they have learnt. Such information is accessed for a specific purpose and would be used immediately. Therefore, content for mLearning should be geared towards providing just-in-time learning. It is best suitable for situations where knowledge needs to be applied instantly.
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In eLearning courses, two types of assessments are used – formative and summative. Formative assessments are conducted after completing each topic. On the other hand, a summative assessment is conducted at the end of the course. In formative assessments, feedback is given after each question is answered. The goal of a formative assessment is to reinforce the learning. Whereas, the goal of summative assessments is to evaluate the learner. A summative assessment is similar to a final exam where feedback is not provided and results are shown at the end of the course. This info-graphic shares some information about formative and summative assessments, used in eLearning courses.
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All eLearning professionals, when developing eLearning deliverables, must ensure that their training material achieves the most encouraging results. Therefore to achieve better training outcomes, we must always keep the following 3 things in mind.
Assessments in eLearning courses play a vital role. Assessments help the learner understand the level of knowledge he has gained from an eLearning course. At the same time, they help the trainer evaluate whether the learning objectives of the eLearning course have been met or not.
We all remember our school days. Don’t we? We still cherish the happy moments spent with our friends during those days. But, there were a few times where we faced difficulties with certain subjects. The formulae in mathematics, complicated equations in physics and chemistry and important dates and years in history was no less than a “haunting movie”. But, thanks to our teachers who would try out all possibilities to make these difficult subjects interesting, we could learn them effectively. The same is the case with instructional designers. They need to act as teachers and make eLearning interesting, so that learners are engaged effectively.
India ranks on the top of the outsourcing destinations for Information Technology, according to a study by the consulting firm AT Kearney. Six Indian cities, including Hyderabad, ranked in the top 6 of this list.
Preparing the audio script for an eLearning course is a very important task which must be done carefully, as a small mistake in it may lead to a lot of rework. If we take care of a few things before sending the script for recording, we can avoid mistakes.
How are eLearning courses made effective? The answer – through effective instructional and visual design. The most significant part of eLearning course development is the design phase.
Do you believe that you can get better results by including games in your online courses?
Companies across the world have following the trend of globalization for new market opportunities. This led to the expansion of their workforce exponentially. Now, a big question arises as to how quickly can you train this workforce, so as to make them ready for the job. In this regard, cost-efficient training methods like eLearning could help companies meet training challenges in the age of globalization. Let us see how eLearning can help reduce training costs.
A picture paints a thousand words and is very effective in communicating what often can’t be said through words. A picture can also break the monotony of words and present a breath of fresh air. Right from childhood, all of us are fascinated by pictures, their vivid hues and the depth of emotions they evoke.
What is content in the context of an eLearning course? It is the training material that is made available for developing an eLearning course. This is collected by instructional designers from various sources. Some of the content is provided by the subject matter experts, other materials may be shared by line managers or training managers. The content is usually developed by multiple authors and therefore lacks consistency in the way it is presented. After all, each author has his/her own style of writing and expressing thoughts.
It is common knowledge that an interactive eLearning course engages the learner very effectively. But, how can you make an excellent course that captures the imagination of your learners? Well, you can create wonderful learning experiences using videos.
It is well-known that the ultimate goal of an online learning course is to bring a measurable change in the performance or behavior of the learner. Therefore, as instructional designers, it is our job to make effective elearning courses that impart first-rate training.
There are many instructional design strategies which engage the learner in an online learning environment such as scenarios, case studies, interactivities, etc. Now-a-days most organizations want to gamify their courses to create better learning experiences.
There are many instructional principles and models that guide us in creating an effective learning process. One such model is Gagne’s instructional principles. These principles keep learners glued to eLearning courses. Here are a few of these principles.
Most of the eLearning experts concur that learning requires learner’s engagement. The aim of any instructional designer is to engage the learner in an online learning environment. How to create learner’s engagement in eLearning courses? In this blog I would like to share some ideas and approaches to engage learner in eLearning courses.
According to Edward Tufte, “Graphical excellence is that which gives to the viewer the greatest number of ideas in the shortest time, with the least ink, in the smallest space”.
According to The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Work Related Injury Survey, 58 out of every 1000 workers experienced illness or sustained an injury at the workplace in 2009–10. This resulted in workplace absenteeism and resulted in organizations paying huge amounts as compensation.
The Successive Approximation Model (SAM), which was first proposed by Michael Allen, has become the preferred design and development methodology for most eLearning companies. This iterative or agile model enables you to develop a quality product within the stipulated timeline and meet customer needs effectively.
As instructional designers, we need to create a few documents based on which the developers work and come out with an online learning course. We use applications such as MS-Word and MS-PowerPoint to create Design Documents, DCOs, Storyboards, Audioscripts, etc. In this post, we will look at WHAT these documents are and WHY they are important.
In eLearning, navigations are used to guide the learner through the course. If there are no proper navigations in an eLearning course, the learner may get confused and frustrated.
Creating eLearning courses is not easy. And, today the demand for eLearning has risen like never before. Most organizations have made eLearning their primary source of training. As a result, employees have become accustomed to the know-how of eLearning. Hence, churning out eLearning courses one after the other has given the training format a tag of boring or uninteresting.
The Business and Professional Women’s Foundation estimates that by 2025, 75% of the global workforce will be Gen Y.
Every organization has to follow a set of laws which govern their industry in the country they operate. Employees need have a basic understanding of the rules and procedures relevant to their company, so that they are clear about their legal obligations while discharging their duties.
Benjamin Franklin once remarked, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” People learn very effectively when they are engaged in the learning process. In classroom training sessions, the trainer interacts actively with learners to capture their attention and ensure they remain focused. But, how can this be accomplished with eLearning courses which are self-paced? Well, you can ensure that your online learners “stay on track” using interactivities. Here are 4 excellent blogs that help you make the best use of interactivities in your eLearning courses.