Now that this year is coming to an end, it’s time to work on your resolutions for the coming year. If one of these resolutions is going to be reading books, especially to improve your professional knowledge in e-learning, we suggest some informative, comprehensive books and e-books on e-learning that came out in 2017. Take a look at the list and decide on what you will read in the coming year. We hope this will help you in the journey to professional excellence.
E-learning is widely used by organizations worldwide to impart high quality training to their workforce. This online learning medium enables organizations to deliver training anytime, anywhere, in a convenient and affordable manner. E-learning evolves continuously to meet current business and learner demands.
Safety and well-being of people are critical components in the healthcare industry. Technologies related to patient care frequently innovate for the continuous betterment of everyone involved. Since the healthcare industry is an ever-evolving field, it requires high quality training to maintain a good standard of skills. Being highly proficient at healthcare jobs is extremely important as one mistake can severely affect the health of people. Hence, the development of an effective training program is key to healthcare employee retention and competency, along with balance of work and personal life.
When it comes to implementing training with e-learning, organizations are now looking for options beyond end-to-end e-learning, given today’s dynamic business requirements. This is because end-to-end e-learning is a lengthy process, involving several training challenges. Do you want to know what the challenges are?
Developing an e-learning course is a time-intensive task. Rapid authoring tools do make the entire process a lot faster, but even after that, it takes a considerable amount of time and effort. Each e-learning development project lifecycle involves going through the entire process of Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation (or ADDIE), or something equivalent to these stages. The most time consuming portions of the above process are the crucial design and development phases. They involve storyboarding, developing visual assets, content integration, course development using the selected authoring tool, and testing. This itself is approximately 50% of the efforts invested in the overall development life cycle.
When it comes to executing training with e-learning, organizations are forced to look beyond end-to-end e-learning. This is because the present work environment has thrown up several training challenges; end-to-end e-learning is not equipped to meet these challenges. End-to-end e-learning development is a lengthy process. It has a long development time of two to four months.
Before you can proceed to adapt custom e-learning you must know what it is. Custom e-learning courses are tailor-made to fulfill your organization’s learning objectives. It weaves the content around the needs of your employees and creates a user interface that reflects your brand values. Custom courses are poles apart from off-the-shelf courses. Off-the-shelf courses usually cover generic topics like team building, compliance training, change management, negotiation skills, effective customer handling, courses on Microsoft Office, etc. They are not designed with a specific brand or industry in mind. Off-the-shelf learning can be viewed as ready-to-eat foods, just heat and serve; but, what’s fast is not always nice.
There comes a time in every employee’s life when what was learned during training, is forgotten. It could be as simple as forgetting the fifth step in a 9-step process; it could be as urgent as having to pull out a policy in the presence of an angry customer, and not being able to remember which one it is that applies to that individual; or it could be as frustrating as getting stuck when installing an appliance, but having no access to a troubleshooting manual.
Over the last few years, the demand for eLearning solutions has grown by leaps and bounds. Various factors such as its cost-effectiveness and flexibility, are driving this growth. Companies that opt for eLearning solutions can either develop online courses, customized to their specific needs, or purchase “readymade”, off-the-shelf courses.
Employee training is essential for the continuous success of any organization. Digital learning programs have emerged as the founding pillars to achieve highly profitable business goals. An eLearning course specifically tailor-made, to suit the goals and objectives of any organization, is called custom eLearning. Customization can create impactful courses that perfectly fit into the business strategy of an organization and accurately deliver on the desired results.