Category: e-Learning

15 Apr 2019
training

Are You a Progressive Organization?

In today’s business environment, the cut-throat competition is not easy to beat. Innovation in the products and services is vital. However, the success or failure of any organization is immensely dependent on its employees. The knowledge and skills of the human resources are an invincible competitive advantage.

To survive the performance pressure due to technological advancements and ever evolving needs of the consumer, progressive organizations are embracing the changes by making their work force ready for facing any business challenge. This is significantly implemented by modern day businesses through continuous training and development.

As rightly quoted by Richard Branson, “Clients do not come first, employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients”.

Consequently, effects of training are shown in an increasing consumer experience.

There are only 8-9 percent of executive leaders who believe in providing training for both business and employee growth. Contrarily, during any economic crisis, eliminating the training programs is the most preferred choice by rest of the leaders. Without realizing that, it can help the firm and employees for smooth sailing through a rough tide. The positive and assured outcomes of well-trained staff can be summed out in these points:<

  • Increase in adaptability and acceptability levels
  • Decline in the errors in processes and output
  • Higher motivational levels and less turnover rates
  • Increase in productivity and growth
  • Rising Customer Satisfaction

There is no doubt that there are costs incurred in arranging effective and frequent training programs. Although, it’s important to compare them with the costs raised by inadequacy or absence of trained employees.

The results driven from researches have mostly concluded that the cost is higher in the later case. Lack of training can lead to many risks in an organization like:

  • Obsolete skills and knowledge of employees
  • Lack of motivation and innovation
  • Higher employee turnover
  • Affected productivity
  • A rattling balance sheet
  • Poor Customer Service
  • Rise in customer dissatisfaction

Poor quality and mismanagement of training programs can also induce backlash, resulting in any of the consequences mentioned in the list above. The answer to all the risks and costs involved in training is eLearning solutions. The customization of these solutions in alignment to the goals of the firm can deliver tangible results. The emphasis should be on quality and consistency, as the costs of online training programs are considerably much less than the traditional method.

04 Apr 2019
LMS

Journey of LMS in Corporate Sector

Learning is the process of obtaining new or reconstructing existing, knowledge, behavior, skills, values, or preferences as defined on Wikipedia. When it is done through electronic media with the help of analytical principles and educational technology, it constitutes e-learning.

There is no single evolutionary tree or agreed definition of e-learning in the history of e-learning. Since the 1960s, e-learning has evolved in varied forms in business, training, education, and military forces.

At present, it is construed differently in contrasting sectors. In the education sector, ‘e-learning’ points out the use of both software-based and online learning, although, in business, higher education, training and armed forces, it is a range of online practices as per Campbell, 2004. Sharp and Molnar said the modern utilization of the word ‘e-learning’ has different definitions in different conditions (referred by Campbell). Business, training, and higher education learning are particularly associated with Internet-based pliable delivery of content and programs.

E-learning in business and training can be distinguished by the idea of better productivity and cost-cutting in a continuously globalized business atmosphere. The focus remains on online course management as well as content delivery. Before the progression of computer and the internet, education & training without an instructor was unavailable. Distance learning was the only alternative accessible to learners based in distant areas.

In the 20th century, the approach of e-learning began through multimedia for distant teaching. It used broadcasts, telephone, audiences, videotapes, and radio. This auditory teaching mode subsequently drifted to video communication. The first modifying teaching system was developed at this time for the companies by the name of SAKI.

After a lot of advancement in these teaching techniques and technology, the first-ever Learning Management System (LMS) was developed with the name EKKO by Norway’s NKI Distance Education Network in 1991.

Therefore, it can be appraised that the concept of distance learning brought about the hypothesis and actual application of LMS in the real world. The actualization of LMS gave a platform for teaching through the internet. In simple words, LMS refers to a software application to aid the gap between training and learning by the usage of reporting Measure whether your employees have become better through learning analytics and data analytics.

At the current time, LMSs are considerably centralized in the corporate sector. It is needed in the development, delivery, documentation, tracking, administration, and reporting of e-courses and training programs. It is the foundation of essentially all e-learning endeavors.

07 Jan 2016
lear

Grabbing The Learner’s Attention

If we have designed a visually appealing and compelling training program. Do you think such training program is enough to glue the learners to their seats? Let us accept the truth that, for a learner our training program is just another training program. He/she will do any or all of the following while taking the training –take calls, chat, check mail, talk to a colleague, wonder how long the training program is going to last, and so on. I am sure everybody has done all these in school/college. So, why should our learners be any different?

Learner’s real world is full of distractions. So, it is very important to grab the learner’s attention. The first event “Gain Attention” out of Gagne’s nine events still holds good in today’s learning environment.

I am a great fan of this “Gain attention” strategy. The first few seconds/minutes of a training program plays a crucial role in deciding its fate. The learner may just leave the training in the middle or click ‘Next’ continuously to complete it. If first impression is not positive, the great ID strategies may just fall on deaf ears.

Gain attention strategy plays an effective role in eLearning. It has the power to increase the motivational level of your learner.

Gain Attention:

  • Arouses the learner’s curiosity.
  • Sets an expectation in the learner’s mind: What’s in the training for me?/ What is the training all about.
  • Makes the learner think about a particular concept: Really?/ No way!/ So true?
  • Helps the learner grasp what is going to be covered in the training.

Basically, a gain attention strategy will build a curiosity in the learner’s mind to see what comes ahead. The learner is actually interested in taking the training program.

We have talked enough about the importance of “Gain Attention”. Now, the question arises “What qualifies as a gain attention strategy?”

The different types of ‘gain attention’ can include:

  1. Pretests: Holds good for learners who believe they know everything and there is nothing more to learn. The objective is to enable the learners to understand where they stand at the beginning of the training program.Example: Before staring the training, let us answer a few questions
  2. Challenge: This holds good for demotivated learners.
    Example: You are a technical assistant. You have several customers who require your assistance. How many customers can you serve in a day?
  3. Problem solution approach: Builds the curiosity in the learner to solve the problem.
    Example: You have been appointed a manager of a team whose performance has been very poor over the past few months. How will you motivate your team and ensure that each member gives his/her best.
  4. Did you know?: Share facts that will really inspire and surprise the learners.
  5. Comic strip: Use comic characters to talk about a particular topic/situation.
  6. Story/scenario: Make the learners understand with a scenario or through characters in the scenario.
    Example: There’s a city where lot of school going children have been missing over the last two months. You being a part of the investigation department, have been assigned this case. You need to go to the city and solve the mystery.

There are several other innovative ways to design grab attention screens. If you have come across any, please feel free to share them.

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He was a German psychologist who is known for discovering the forgetting curve. According to this curve, the biggest decline in memory happens within 20 minutes, and then 1 hour.