Learning Management Systems (LMSs) are software applications that allow hosting, managing, and tracking training programs in an effective manner. An LMS, as we all know, can also be used to generate course-wise and user-wise reports and evaluate the progress of the learner and the efficacy of the course.
Alan is the compliance training manager of a large insurance company. Over the last several years, his organization has developed hundreds of classroom training presentations in PowerPoint. A few weeks ago, the company decided to adopt the self-paced, technology-enabled learning methodology, and Alan was put in-charge of converting the learning resources in the PPT format into engaging online courses.
Richard is a SAP expert, in a large software company. Recently, the company implemented the ERP system for one of its clients, and he was tasked with conducting classroom sessions to train the client’s super users. Richard had never trained learners before and was not confident of delivering the training effectively.
Video – a learning format that has taken the corporate training world by storm, more so because of the ease with which they can be produced today. Researches indicate that learners are more motivated to learn with video-based instruction and find the content more memorable (Choi, 2005). Therefore, it is not surprising that companies across the world are adopting video-based learning methods, to equip their staff with required knowledge and skills.
We all know that the desktop computer no longer monopolizes the online world. Today, people use a wide variety of devices such as smartphones and tablets, along with PCs, to access web-based content, and e-learning materials are no exception. The use of diverse devices to access technology-enabled learning resources is compelling companies to develop responsive online learning materials, which can be accessed seamlessly on any device.
For years, companies across the world trained their employees in an instructor-led environment. The classroom training methodology is very effective in helping learners acquire knowledge and skills. The presence of a trainer makes the learning process engaging and ensures learners take an active part in the learning process. However, the traditional method of training is highly inflexible. Learners have to follow fixed training schedules and cannot chart their own learning paths. To overcome this limitation of brick and mortar classrooms, several organizations are going for mixed-mode learning solutions, where employees attend trainer-led sessions and complete self-paced online learning modules, outside the classroom. In a mixed-mode learning program, some part of the time usually spent in an instructor-led session will be substituted or supplemented with online learning experiences. Technology-enabled learning and classroom training components will complement each other to provide rich, holistic learning experiences. Today, we will examine the training situations where a hybrid learning approach works best. We will also see how to formulate a successful blended learning strategy.
It is a well-known fact that products are the life blood of business organizations, and those in retail sector are no exception. Good training on products helps the staff of retail firms to provide customers products that are most-suited to their needs, thereby delivering the best value for their money. This, in turn, creates high levels of customer satisfaction, which results in loyal customers and increased revenues.
Patrick is the product training manager of a large consumer electronics company. His company is releasing a new television into the market at the end of next month. Patrick’s boss asked him to develop an online course about the product, for the service technicians of the company. The time window available for the development of the e-learning course is short, as the course must be rolled out “in sync” with the new product. Patrick is a worried man.
Adam is an L&D executive, in-charge of regulatory affairs training in a large stock broking corporation. Recently, his organization launched an online course on the guidelines prescribed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The content of the course was quite comprehensive, and Adam expected the course to be a grand success. However, to his dismay, the e-learning course received a poor response.
It’s common knowledge that a safe working environment goes a long way in ensuring the health and well-being of your employees. It helps improve performance levels and plays a key role in improving organizational productivity, as your staff members can work effectively without the fear of getting sick or injured.