With the constraints of time, space, and availability that are a part of a dynamic work environment, many organizations are turning to a blended learning strategy to train their employees. A blended learning program, which is a mix of different delivery methods, provides a comprehensive training experience. Blended, hybrid, or mixed-mode learning, whatever you call it, is a mix of traditional classroom training and computer-based or online training to provide a better and flexible way of learning.
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.
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 online training programs to be truly successful in a global organization, they have to be translated into the native languages of the diverse workforce. Online training programs are effective when attention is paid to customizing content for the target audience. By choosing the right translation vendor, you can help your organization rollout successful online training programs, in diverse languages.
With the latest version ‘2017 release’, Adobe Captivate has also joined the bandwagon of responsive eLearning authoring tools. It has come up with promises such as conversion of legacy courses into fully responsive eLearning, beautiful fonts & style consistency across the devices, and a lot of scope for customization.
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.
The exponential growth in telecommunications resulted in mobile revolution and we ended up with several devices of various screen sizes. According to Gartner’s study, more than 50% people will use mobile devices first for their online activities by 2018. The trend of using more than one device at work and using personal mobile devices for work-related activities has prompted the training community to design and develop device-agnostic Learning.
We are well aware that mobile learning is becoming increasingly popular because it makes learning accessible anytime and anywhere to learners. But remember how you deliver training is as important as what you deliver.
At the workplace, we are constantly judged on our capabilities and benchmarked against co-workers. This means we need to make learning a continuous process. Not just that, we need to do away with obsolete knowledge and replace it with new knowledge. What this means, especially for L&D professionals is that the shelf life of knowledge is shrinking while the amount of knowledge required to perform jobs is growing.