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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It is common knowledge that good assessments play a key role in the making of an effective online course. They not only help evaluate the learner’s comprehension of the subject-matter, but also reinforce the learning effectively.
We all know the e-learning industry is full of acronyms. Even the word e-learning itself is the shorthand for electronic learning. As an e-learning professional, it is important to be familiar with various acronyms used in the field of e-learning. Here, I would like to share some acronyms that are commonly used in e-learning.
E-learning is increasingly used by organizations as online courses are effective, affordable and can be accessed anytime, anywhere. But, many organizations are not able to realize these benefits offered by the online training medium due to a serious problem – high dropout rates.
Day-by-day, the demand for rapid e-learning is increasing, and so, everyone is using rapid authoring tools to develop online courses. There are many authoring tools available in the market but a few became very popular. Most of our customers and prospects prefer Articulate Storyline to other rapid authoring tools such as Captivate and Lectora. Developing courses in Storyline is very easy, and the tool offers a lot of flexibility to customize the features or look and feel of the online course.
When it comes to mobile learning, HTML5 with responsive design is required to provide the best learning experience on mobiles, especially on smart-phones with small screens. Courses developed in Storyline and Lectora work fine on mobile devices such as iPads and other tablets, but it is difficult to view them in smart-phones. Captivate has a responsive design feature. So, we must choose it if we need to develop courses for all mobile devices. Captivate is not very intuitive and flexible to develop customized features. We can also build mobile- compatible courses using manual coding but it is time-consuming and expensive.
Recently, I read the E-learning Guild report “Authoring Tool for Mobile Design” and in it, I saw the great news for which I was waiting for a while. I thought I should share it with you all. The developers of Articulate Storyline, Lectora Inspire, Lectora Online and other authoring tools are in the process of adding responsive design feature by the end of 2015.
Here is some information from the E-learning Guild report “Authoring Tool for Mobile Design”.
|Scales to multiple screen sizes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Responsive design features||Coming by end of 2015||Yes||Coming by end of 2015|
2016 will be a watershed year for mobile learning as all courses may be made compatible to all mobile devices. Storyline may become the first choice to develop e-learning or m-learning courses because of its intuitiveness. This may force all learning management systems to be compatible with mobile devices. MOODLE is ahead in this regard, and it has a responsive design feature and works on all the mobile devices.
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Despite today’s technology and a connected world, classroom training is still an effective method to impart training to all employees. But, instructor-led teaching may not be appropriate for all training needs. Suppose there is a requirement for an organisation to train its employees spread across the globe, on a particular product, in a month’s time, classroom training will not serve the purpose. Here, e-learning serves as a good option to train employees, at comparatively lower costs, within a given schedule. Due to improvements in reliability and speed, converting classroom training materials into online courses has become a justified and cost-effective opportunity.
In my previous blogs, I have discussed about the importance of instructional design strategy and visual design strategy, the two main elements of e-learning in terms of design approach. In this blog, I will discuss about the significance of audio and audio strategy.
Every organization has to follow a set of laws which govern their sector in the country they operate. So, it needs to ensure that the employees are effectively trained on these rules to avoid compliance issues. Traditionally, this was done through face-to-face training in an engaging manner. But, with organizations expanding globally and the need for constant training, companies started using e-learning to quickly reach their global employees.
E-Learning is gradually replacing the classroom training format, worldwide. 41.7 % of fortune 500 companies are using e-learning tools for online training (E-learning Magazine 2013).
Online courses need to be engaging and interactive because they are self-paced i.e. an instructor is not present to deliver the courses.
Content comprehension is an important step in the e-learning development process. It broadly includes identification of relevant content and its separation from irrelevant content and arranging it in a proper manner. It enables instructional designers (IDs) to ensure that topics ‘flow’ in a logical sequence. It also helps IDs to find gaps in the content. If performed effectively, it will help you understand the subject-matter of the course better, and you will be able to present the content in an easily understandable manner.
IPad – a device that has revolutionized the corporate world. According to the Mac Observer, 94% of Fortune 500 companies are either testing or using this device from Apple. The widespread usage of iPads has resulted in the opening of new vistas in online training. No longer were learners required to carry “heavy” laptops or remain confined to their desks. People could conveniently go through online courses on these devices. Indeed, these devices have truly made learning anytime, anywhere.