Category: eLearning

16 Jun 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic & Business

2020 has become a worldwide crisis because of COVID-19 that has been evolving at an unprecedented speed and scale. None of the industries has left immune from this pandemic. Both the manufacturing and supply chain operations of industrial companies are being disrupted due to the immediate impact of COVID-19 and their customers’ own operations are facing similar challenges. This is having an exponential effect down the whole supplier network, hitting Industrial companies with a lag, but at full force, nonetheless.

To keep the financial wheels turning for many businesses during the lockdown period, has become challenging due to less revenue churn and the general uncertainty within the global financial environment. This comes at a time when companies were already facing severe economic headwinds with clear signs of a recession in their main markets around the globe. The global economy was cooling down and Industrial production in most global markets has strongly decelerated. Another vast layer of complexity is being added by the COVID-19 crisis to an already hugely challenging environment.

The industry is critical to the world’s economy with over US$3 trillion in revenues it represents about 25% of the manufacturing GDP with a significant workforce, up to 30% of all manufacturing employees across the globe.

To preserve the integrity of the operations and protect their people, Industrial manufacturers must take actions and prepare the ramping back up of their operations and the future post-COVID-19. Some companies have already started responding to the immediate crisis by taking steps to protect their workforce, supply chains and operations. However, fewer have started to face the equally important challenge of planning for the new ways of working which will emerge as COVID-19 infection cases start to decrease significantly, and we come to grips with new norms such as social distancing and Self-isolation. The focus in this pandemic is the business continuity and prioritization. Most of the industrial companies will have to deal with the impact of this pandemic on their supply chains that is why companies must ensure the most resilient supply chain possible whilst protecting their workforce.

This requires them to:

  • Establish a command center and begin rapid response deployment,
  • Rapidly adjust operations and continue the response cycle,
  • Establish an on-going operating capability.

Specific focus and prioritization should be on the customers’ core needs and client-centricity continues to be of the essence. the virtual work must be enabled by the companies whenever possible and required to protect their people that can also ensure continuous productivity. The potential of an extended lockdown is looming and based on current cash reserves, Companies can only afford a full lock-down of business for a maximum of 2-3 months. This requires companies to reprioritize investments and put on hold all non-essential investment programs, and launch cost reduction initiatives across the enterprise with both immediate and longer-term impacts.

Survival Strategies for Businesses During COVID-19 Lockdown

Unfortunately, the impact on start-ups or small businesses can be way more brutal as they have scarcer cash reserves and a smaller margin for managing sudden slumps. The shutdown will give a ripple impact on India’s economy. All business sectors have already been affected and resulting in low revenue generation due to an eventual halt/slump on the sale of products and/or services. It is expected that India’s growth rate in FY20-21 will be down to 2% from a range of 4.7%5.2% as was predicted earlier by the rating agency Investment Information and Credit Rating Agency (ICRA) of India Ltd. So, during such testing times, start-up entrepreneurs will have to adapt to a new set of rules and be mindful of the following aspects to alleviate risks and to survive the slowdown caused by the impact of COVID-19.

The companies should follow the following steps:

  • Tracking expenses against the Revenue Status
  • Checking the feasibility of the business mode
  • Plan policies for next 3 months/ 9 months/ 18 months
  • Be patient in securing investments

However, we might witness a dip in VC/HNI funding in the short run. Investors will be more vigilant and may take longer than usual to make funding decisions after following stringent diligence procedures. But there is nothing to worry about because if we look at the previous economic downfalls, we can notice the market eventually bounce back after the end of an epidemic crisis. To extend the runway, businesses can even approach existing investors for additional funding. Since they are already invested and have their skin in the game; they are more likely to help during this time.

Small businesses should be on the look-out for borrower-friendly loans rolled out by government authorities. The US govt. has rolled out a US$350bn fund for direct business loans under the Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of its larger US$2trillion COVID-19 Stimulus Package. These are interest & tax-free loans with a deferred repayment period, to adjust to the business owners’ needs. Moreover, businesses already having sizeable loan commitments can request lenders for moratoriums on repayments owing to halted operations& dried-up cashflows.

This is the time when understanding the gravity of the situation and turning it favorable for the business is all that matters to let it sail smoothly in these difficult times. Here are a few tips to stay connected and afloat during the shutdown:

  1. Communicate transparently with your customers
  2. Maintaining a healthy relationship with contracted parties
  3. Managing employees & related optimization
  4. Keep Service Team Engaged
  5. Communication to stakeholders

In these difficult times, it is important to stand united and help one another in whatever way we can. Stay safe and stay healthy. Please remember that some of the best initiatives are built-in trying times. Like all difficult situations, this too shall pass.

10 Jun 2020

Blood Bank App in Storyline 360

“What is the Most Important Thing that You Did Today?”

 

Maybe you took care of your family, gave your best at work, or helped a friend.

“Can any of you say that you helped save a life today? And that it took only about half an hour of your time?”

Donating blood is one of the easiest ways to truly help a person in need.

Around 38,000 people need blood for their treatment every day. Although science and medical management are advancing, there is NO substitute for blood. The only way to obtain blood that is vital in saving people’s lives, is from donations.

We have created a mock-up application on blood bank in Storyline.

Through this app you can:

  • Gather some basic knowledge about blood and blood groups.
  • Get the information regarding the compatibility of your blood to other blood groups as a Donor/Receiver.
  • Access a database of donors for your specific blood group requirements.

Apart from the above, the app uses a brand new way of navigating to the next and previous slides.

 

Demo YouTube Video:

Mobile Compatible HTML5 Output:
A better and improved version:
03 May 2019

IoT: Revolution in eLearning

The term IoT is “Internet of things” coined by Kevin Ashton in 1999. In simplest words IoT includes all the things other than phones and computers which are connected by power of internet. These are smart things which can send or receive information or can do both. This does not signify they are mini computers or smart phones. They connect various businesses and people to each other through devices, processes and environments. There are three kinds of IoT’s and each category has its own uses:

  1. Gathering and sending information
  2. Receiving and Acting on the information
  3. Both of the above

 
As per Bain and Company IoT market will increase to a whopping $520 billion by 2021. These different types of objects can have sensors, electronics, connectivity or software for transferring data. They broadcast machine to machine and are supported by cloud computing. The Internet of Things & Big data analytics together are bringing major changes in everything, and eLearning is not an exclusion. The knowledge given by IoT guides the eLearning designers to deliver a highly engaging and customized course material.

Internet of things have opened astounding opportunities in eLearning. It is changing the whole learning experience for the learners by building up knowledge, information distribution and energizing personalized growth. The virtual big data derived from IoT in eLearning is processed on a platform of big data analytics management, supportive tools and software. The smart objects generated data comes from IoT sensors through the network. Henceforth eLearning is impacted by IoT in many ways like:

  • The content delivery will shift from text to video to make it IoT compatible and more effective. It will be mostly in the form of videos for the reasons- quick feedback, easy to share and cost effectiveness.
  • Flexibility in eLearning course material will be able to grasp more information in terms of making a good quality and appropriately aligned course as per the learner’s needs.
  • Testing and tracking through internet of things will give more insights about the performance of the learner. It will also help in choosing best delivery method for effective learning experience.

 
Henceforth, IoT will bring about a different level of customization in eLearning courses and major reduction in failures of the learning and training programs. It will level up the eLearning strategies and global job competency.

15 Apr 2019

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 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 its important to compare them with the costs raised by inadequacy or absence of trained employees. The results driven from researches had 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. 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.

06 Nov 2018

2 Player Jeopardy Game in SL360 #209

Hello Everyone,

Created a Jeopardy game for this weeks eLearning heroes challenge #209.

Just like any normal game—this game also has 2 modes:

  1. Single Player Mode: that allows a single player to accumulate the maximum $ amount by answering random questions correctly.
  2. Multi Player Mode: that allows two players to compete with each other and the player with maximum $ amount wins.

Once the player selects the game mode, he will be asked to enter the player(s) name(s) and “Start the Game” button will appear (as shown above).

Based on the mode selection, clicking “Start the Game” button will take the player to the next slide that contains Jeopardy board(s) with various $ amounts.

On selecting any $ amount, a layer pops up with 6 categories, out of which only two (General Knowledge and Inventors and their Inventions) are functional in this sample game.

Both the above categories are linked to their own separate question banks. Each question bank contain 30 questions which are being fetched randomly. These questions are storyline’s default multiple choice graded questions.

In order to increase the difficulty level, added a 15 second timer to each question. The player has to answer within the stipulated time.

In case of multi player mode, the players get a chance to select the $ amount and answer the questions turn by turn.

If the player answers the question correctly, a thumbs up sign pops up and later a tick mark appears on top right of the selected $ amount else a thumbs down sign pops up and later a cross mark appears.

NOTE: Everything in this sample game is developed in storyline itself using Shapes, Variables and Triggers, except the first page, it contains 2 web objects:

  • Jeopardy – Title animation
  • Progress bar.

 

Before you give it a try, check out the below video demo:

Link to Mobile Compatible (Html5) Output: http://bit.ly/2J9Pbrx

02 Nov 2018

Instructional design basics- What, Why and How?

E-learning has revolutionized the approach of learning which has made the process of learning easier. It has simplified and made the learning interesting at the same time. If you are new to eLearning, there is a huge bundle of knowledge that can be grabbed. The course creation and delivery has come a long way in the past decades. Now, the learning styles are blended by using all the possible avenues ranging from brick-mortar classrooms to the digital tutorials. The instructional design plays a crucial role in development of the course in eLearning.

The instructional design is a systematic approach to develop the learning courses and design them accordingly. You can find enough information on the internet about theories, models and approaches towards eLearning. A newcomer has to figure out the useful information from this ocean of the information available.

Starting from the basics of instructional designing, the first step is to make the course effective and engaging by keeping the learner’s perspective in the mind. Here are the basics of instructional design, which can help you to get an idea for developing an effective eLearning course; that can help your learner to understand the lesson clearly.

  • Analyze the audience:
    The instructional designing needs lots of studies and analysis before developing the course. Your primary focus should be the learner, who are going to learn the lesson. Try to understand the needs of the audience and figure out if the need satisfies the development of the course. There are many check-points in the audience analysis such as; if your audience/learner is tech savvy, what experience they holds, age-groups or so on. Knowing and understanding the background of your audience helps the instructional designer in developing the content that meets the expectation of learner.

 

  • Follow the basic structure while creating the module:
    Everyone can develop the eLearning course but the best course can be developed by designing the basic structure of the module. The module should not be designed only for the sake of educating the learner. To ensure that learning process goes smoothly, one should run systematically. It is always a best idea to start with a welcome note followed by instructions on navigation of the course. Don’t forget to mention the goals, objectives for the learners. Avoid complexity of the content as it can confuse the learner and they can quit the course in between. The interactivity add plus points in the course. Add games, assessments, quizzes as it will give a better experience to the learner. Add the instructions on how to go to next lesson and exit the module.

 

  • Gain recognition of the learner:
    To make sure that your module turns out to be successful, add all the interesting elements that will keep the learner engaged till the end. It is a great idea to start a lesson with a short introductory video narrating; what the learner will get from the course.
    Takeaway

 

As the eLearning is totally an online platform, so making your learner comfortable should be the first priority. With the eLearning it should be assured that learner gets the best experience by omitting the complexity of the module. If the module is developed without taking care of the learner, it might be a blunder that an Instructional Designer can commit.

 

Post by: Aman Preet Kaur

19 Jun 2018

Latest e-Learning Trends

The eLearning industry is always changing with the emerging trends and technologies. One can easily notice the thriving change in the learning and it is of no surprise that an eLearning has shifted towards much better ways and is no longer needs to be done 100% in person. Now the question arises is that, what’s next that leads to the rapid transformation in the process of learning. Read out to find some of the latest trends in eLearning.

 

  1. Microlearning: It is learning in small steps. The micro learning is also called as bit-sized learning, which is generally 3 to 5 minutes in length. This can be developed as videos, quizzes or the interactive info-graphics. This type of learning helps to provide necessary information and delivers the specific goals to the learner. So, for the distracted learners, the micro-learning is highly beneficial.
  2. Social learning: As the name suggests, this type of learning helps the learner to share the knowledge with others. The social learning happens via social media platforms or during conferences. In this, learner continues to learner during the discussions. It works as a collaborative work rather than a competitive one.
  3. Personalized learning: In this type of learning, learners are given pre- test and based on its result, they are assigned specific modules, questions and study materials. Each learner gets a specific time and space to go-throw the study material.
  4. Mobile learning: It is also called m-learning. In this, the users learn through smartphones, tablets or the wireless gaming. The best part of mobile learning is that, it can be done anytime and at anyplace.
  5. Gamification: Most of the people gets often confuse gamification with games. But in actual, it is a concept of applying game theory and mechanics in the context. Gamification uses different element such as principles, theories, characters and the player journey. The main goal is to keep the learner engaging solve the challenges.

These were some of the emerging and latest trends in eLearning. Pick up your favorite enjoy the best way of learning.

02 Nov 2016

Find Kick Buttowski- Shuffle Game in SL2

Hello everyone, here’s an example of gamification in e-Learning. The main aim of this game is to improve user’s concentration skills along with providing him information about skateboarding.

Here cute and notorious Kick Buttowski jumps into one of the 3 available boxes randomly and the boxes start shuffling on click of “Start the Game” button. 

The user needs to focus and keep track of the box in which Kick Buttowski is and click it to get him out,

but beware..if the user chooses the wrong box, there is a punishment, yes you guessed it right, the user will have to answer a random question about skateboarding, fetched from a question bank.

The game play is divided into 3 main slides based on the shuffle speed (Normal, Moderate and Insane).

1) Normal – In normal speed mode, the users will have 3 chances to find the correct box and for each correct find they will be awarded 20 points. Just in case a user fails to find the correct box in which Kick Buttowski is, he will be redirected to a random question about skateboarding.

  • On correctly identifying the box in which Kick is: POINTS AWARDED 20
  • On correctly answering the question: POINTS AWARDED 10
  • On incorrect answer : NO POINTS AWARDED.
 
 

2) Moderate – In moderate speed mode, again the users will have 3 chances to find the correct boxes and for each correct find they will be awarded 20 points. In this case the shuffle speed is higher than the normal speed mode and a separate question bank that contains questions of slightly higher difficulty level is used.

  • On correctly identifying the box in which Kick is: POINTS AWARDED 20
  • On correctly answering the question: POINTS AWARDED 10
  • On incorrect answer : NO POINTS AWARDED.

3) Insane– In Insane mode, the users will have 4 chances to find the correct boxes and for each correct find they will be awarded 20 points. Here the users will have to give it their all as the shuffle speed is twice the moderate speed and the question bank contains really difficult questions.

  • On correctly identifying the box in which Kick is: POINTS AWARDED 20
  • On correctly answering the question: POINTS AWARDED 10
  • On incorrect answer : NO POINTS AWARDED.

The maximum score that a user can attain is 200. On completing all levels, the following slide will be displayed:

—————————————–Whats under the hood?——————————————-

  • Used a web object that allows me to shuffle the boxes seamlessly and created variables in JavaScript to bridge the gap between SL2 and JS. 
  • As shown below, I have created 3 Different slides for different speed levels (Normal/ Moderate/ Insane)

  • The blank slides that you see below are used for redirecting to the appropriate speed level.
  • I have created 3 different question banks, 1 for each speed level. All of them have 9 Questions each.
  • Question bank 1 has easy questions for normal speed level.
  • Question bank 2 has slightly difficult questions for moderate speed level.
  • Question bank 3 has very difficult questions for Insane speed level.
  • Every time a wrong box is clicked, a random value is fetched (any value from 1 to 5) and according to that random value corresponding slide with question comes up.

Here’s the demo link: https://goo.gl/iDMrDF

This Example is Inspired by “Find Candies” shuffle game,created by Avinash Sharma.