Tag: elearning

15 Jan 2021
tools to be used by elearning companies

Which tools should be used by elearning companies?

Many organisations want to provide the best training solutions to their employees. Businesses have been dealing with remote teams this year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore, there was no training given by instructors in classrooms. The businesses had to focus on online training programs for this remote workforce.

Elearning companies have come to the aid of businesses for such remote training.

There are many kinds of elearning development tools but elearning companies have to focus on the right development tools as per the needs of their clients. 

Cloud-based tools 

Cloud-based tools are easy to access from anywhere. It’s easy to work on these tools from any location because they are cloud-based. Since so many team members can work on the course at the same point of time, it gets developed quickly. Although cloud-based tools are easy to work with, sometimes, they lack some special features offered by other tools. These tools can be used on any device, and don’t require special operating systems. For example, Vyond is one such tool. For example, you cant record simulations in Vyond. 

Use of Powerpoint 

It can also be used to develop custom elearning courses. You can content on to the slides such as quizzes and videos. Although PowerPoint does not have special features like character animation, it can be used to develop courses quite quickly. Since many professionals are aware of this tool, they can develop content quite easily with this tool. 

Local elearning tools 

There are many tools which can be downloaded on your PC and you can work on them. They have all the special features like character animation etc. However, it takes some time for someone to learn these tools. But since they are not cloud-based, multiple IDs can’t work on them at the same time. They are accessible by only a single ID at a single point of time. 

Special tools 

Many specialised tools are used for content development. Every organisation does require such kind of specialised tools. Some kind of training programs only requires one kind of content. Blended learning can be asynchronous and synchronous. In synchronous training, webinars are only there. However asynchronous tools can also make use of videos. Some such videos require tools like Flash that are appropriate for character-based animation of any kind. Then, the flash video is uploaded into the content created through Storyline. 

This is how elearning companies can use tools to develop elearning modules. 

 

11 Jan 2021
elearning

How to change from offline to online learning?

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic became reality employees have been working from home. By the time, this pandemic gets over, employees would be working for home for two years. Its because many companies plan to open their office in the latter half of 2021. Now, the companies have to check how the employees are performing in work from home. The companies have to help employees maintain their work-life balance.

Every company is focusing on having better elearning in the company. The companies are now moving away from instructor-led training. They are adapting virtual instructor-led training.

But elearning comes with its challenges which are as follows:

 
Importance of the design of learning: The design of the learning must not be ignored. The basis of training modules should be the audience and not the content. This is one of the most basic details of the elearning design. Only a good learning design can force the audiences to learn things properly.

Use technologies that you already have: Tools are readily available with you. There are many technologies that companies have. They can use such technologies to provide better learning solution to their clients. For example, there are platforms such as Teams and YouTube already available. They can be used to provide training to users. There is also software such as Camtasia which can allow you to create LMS based content. These tools must be used carefully by an organisation to succeed in the elearning domain.

Elearning gives a lot of freedom: Elearning makes sure that employees can learn at times when it’s convenient for them. The learners can make sure that they can reach out to the content anytime they like. Also, elearning can include many options such as video and gamification due to which such content is quite interesting for users.

More analytics: Elearning makes sure that you are can detect the user’s progress. You can take care of assessments and how the users are faring on them. You can also be sure to improve training methods if the learners are not able to perform as per expectations. You can track the effectiveness of your training methods by checking the performance of learners on assessments.

You have to move from traditional methods to virtual methods due to Covid-19. This will enable you to train those employees who are working from home. But it’s important to get the most output from such employees, so training them is essential.

 

 

28 Dec 2020
What can an elearning system do for you

What can elearning systems do?How to design them correctly?

Today, elearning systems are an important part of any organisation.

They are used for training employees. Skill enhancement is important for any company. The businesses have changed their way of working. Earlier the focus was on having a global workforce.These are the changes that have happened in the elearning systems.

Courses available in multiple languages
Now the focus on is on training the workforce as per the local language. Therefore, elearning systems are built in different languages. The employees can be trained in their language leading to higher retention of what they have learnt. This also saves the cost of taking in many trainers and helps employees in learning what has to be imparted.

Reduction of costs
Training online is the best way to save costs. The employees don’t have to travel to a single location to get the training although they might be working from a different location. Apart from employees visiting a location, there are also the costs of accomodating employees. Through elearning, employees can save such costs, when it’s asynchronous.

No need to delay tasks
There are many jobs in a company which are sensitive to time. It means there is a fixed time for them. But with asynchronous elearning, employees can take the training whenever they are free. The elearning training materials are so flexible that employees can access them even when they are about to make any kind of sales. They allow employees to learn at their rate without having to delay important tasks.
There is a high usage of this kind of training. In the US only, a large number of companies depend on eLearning for developing their employees. This is because this kind of training has a great business effect.
 
The following ways can make sure an elearning course is designed properly:

Research the content For elearning, there is no rule such that your content needs to be a certain way. Proper research needs to be done into the content before it is made available. The learners want proof of the content. There need to be sources in the content. With proof, you can say that the content contains the correct research.

Various learning styles
The elearning course should take various learning styles into account. It’s important that some learners like multimedia presentations, while others like the information in the form of text. So, SME’s can guide you on how the same information can be presented in different forms.

Enable contact
Since elearnpring courses are provided through learning management systems and hence provide chatting facilities, the teachers and students can talk to each other. However, the trainers can provide information about their availability to students, so that students can connect at the right time. There are discussion forums, chats, video conferencing as in synchronous elearning.

The LMS should be designed carefully
It’s very important to design the LMS carefully so that the learners are easily able to navigate through it. If students are not able to navigate through the LMS, they can just waste time figuring it out rather than learning something. Therefore, designing a user-intuitive LMS is important.

So, thats how companies can utilise the elearning systems for their benefits.

18 Dec 2020
multilingual elearning

Benefits of providing elearning content in different languages 

The elearning market will reach an amazing figure in the coming 5 years.

With multilingual elearning, you can make sure that our employees get the right kind of training. They don’t have to be adjusted for their limited skills. Due to lack of skills, sometimes employees might have to be moved between locations.
But training is a problem for organisations that have so many branches and need to provide training to all of them. Then the training material needs to be created in different languages.
There are various benefits of creating materials in different languages:

It’s not so easy to create content in another language. Creating content in another language is not about translating the content. There is also a need for understanding the content from a cultural perspective. So content in multiple languages is changing the content to suit the cultural needs of different speakers in the world.

The reason why content is created in multiple languages is to ensure that employees can modify their work behaviour so that they yield more results for the organisation. The company wants all its employees to attain good results, no matter what their branch is. Employees are more likely to understand what is passed to them if it is in their language.

Higher reach 
Your organisation will pose a competition to others who are unable to provide training content to employees in different languages. The employees will be able to make a significant contribution to the company if the content is provided in their own language.
You can also make sure that your products are purchased in different countries by advertising in different languages.

Better learning engagement
Many people in the world would like to learn new things. With multilingual content, you are providing them with opportunities for the same. When you deliver content in different languages, it ensures that the learning engagement around the world is high. When your content is only in English, you get the audience interested only in English speaking countries. However, by having content in different languages, you can connect with audiences in different parts of the world. Sometimes, the content has to be delivered to the audience for making them more informed about the product. In that case, content needs to be in the language of the user.

Compliance 
Sometimes, translation is also necessary as part of regulatory procedures. There are many places in the world where the translation is needed because of laws. For example, when your employees are working from a certain place, you have to create content in that language only.
The benefit of translation, in that case, is that you can reach out to your employees, and you are following laws of the place. For example, to connect with your audience in Wales, your elearning content has to exist in the Welsh language also for employees from Wales.

This is how preparing content in different languages is useful for you.

01 Dec 2020
elearning in focus

Why elearning is getting so much focus?

There has been a lot of focus on elearning.

 
But there are many reasons why elearning is so much used. Let us discuss them all:
Elearning is Personalized
Personalisation is one of the main benefits of elearning. The corporate learners can’t have the same learning solution for all because they can’t meet expectations. So, for corporate learners to improve they need to have a personalized learning solution to be delivered to them. When the elearning courses are personalized for them, corporate learners can benefit from online training and specific course maps. Personalised elearning starts with measuring where learners lack and then provide them with specific courses for their shortcomings.
 
Smaller resources
Corporate learning and development have specific requirements. Its because the corporates don’t have much time on their hands. Therefore, elearning provides them with smaller resources they can easily browse through. With such short duration resources, corporates easily get all the knowledge and can solve their problems. This also helps companies in improving their return on investment. So, elearning is a win-win solution for companies and their employees.
 
LMS analytics

An LMS solution must have the proper analytics tools so that the weaknesses and strengths of a learner can be identified on time. It is important to track the performance of a corporate learner in elearning in an LMS to able to make it better. Therefore, an LMS should be chosen which has the proper analytics tools. When the weaknesses of a learner are recognized, additional training solutions can also be provided apart from the personalized elearning course.
 
Accessible training courses
The LMS courses provide education at the convenience of the learner. Different employees have distinct training needs. They can only get trained when they have the time. For this, they have to create schedules and have target based goals. So, they need to access training resources whenever they want.
 
Gamification makes elearning interesting
The online training experience is pretty entertaining for the learners. Its because it consists of badges and points. Through games, corporate learners get the necessary initiative to use online learning tools. Games also give feedback to the corporate learner. For example, if he is unable to perform at a certain level, he knows that improvement is required. However, different kinds of games are needed for different kinds of learners.
 
Scalable designs
These days elearning designs are quite compatible with all the devices. So, you can use them on mobile phones, laptops and tablets. The LMS’s with which these courses are created, allow the users to view them on different devices. This is because the dimensions of the course are adjusted as per the device’s layout. Due to their flexibility with the layouts, they are easily accessible by all kinds of learners.
 
ELearning communities
There are elearning communities that are quite important for learners to exchange their views with each other. By cooperating, employees solve challenges of elearning tools. Since they can share their opinions on elearning communities, there is healthy interaction among all employees.

These are necessary attributes due to which elearning has become a popular learning tool.

27 Nov 2020
elearning is a better technology than traditional learning

Elearning provides a better learning environment

There has been a revolution in digital training. Elearning has been getting popular in the corporate sector. The companies are continuously using it.

Elearning has also become so famous because mobile phones have become popular since the early 2000s.

There was a change in the uses of mobile phones during that time. Mobile phones were no longer used to just make or take calls. They were used for video watching and reading ebooks.
Hence, there are many benefits of elearning:

  • New technologies in elearning
    New technologies exist like augmented reality and virtual reality which can be used to make elearning more entertaining. The augmented reality is a simulation of a real-world environment where the objects that are a part of such a world are supported by information generated by computers. It uses the present environment and adds objects to it to create an artificial environment. Through augmented reality applications, consumers can be made to know about the changes in their life when they buy a product. Augmented reality scenarios can be viewed through mobile phone apps etc.
    Virtual reality is when the user goes in a simulated computer-generated environment through the use of headsets for this purpose. Since virtual reality takes you to a different world, you can take users to simulated environments like the human body.
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  • One knowledge base
    Employees can log in to the LMS to know how much information they have accessed. They can recall all the important points by logging into the account with any device.
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  • Simple tracking of progress
    The trainer does not need to take tests on paper and then record the progress of a user on a paper. He can check the progress through tests of the reporting system and its analytics which include graphs. These analytics are a part of the LMS.
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  • Easy employee training
    Employees are trained easily with this system. When a new product is developed, knowledge can easily be imparted about it through an elearning course.
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  • Elearning can resolve the problem of teacher scarcity
    In the year 2019, the Economic Policy Institute shared a report in which it said that the paucity of teachers is large and getting worse. This has been the most strong issue which lies in front of policymakers.
    There is the advantage of elearning in solving the scarcity of teachers. Universities have a ratio of 16 students for every teacher. But an elearning course developed by a single teacher can be used to teach a large number of students. This number can be in thousands and millions.
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  • No requirement of textbooks
    There is no need for textbooks to be used in elearning. There is no requirement of expenditure on textbooks by students.Students take education loans to pay for textbooks which is eliminated by elearning.So, elearning proves to be cheaper for students.Moreover, student loans cause stress for students.
    The textbooks need to be redesigned again and the cost of printing is huge once a textbook becomes useless. This is not the case with elearning where change can be made easily in a module.
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  • Lesser time used in elearning
    Elearning is a lesser time-consuming alternative as compared to traditional learning. The time taken in elearning is 25-60% less than traditional learning. So, elearning is better for teachers and students who have to devote less time.

In the future, there will be further improvement in elearning whereby Elearning analytics will be combined with theory, hence including solid evidence with elearning theories. These analytics use algorithms on the usage of the module by the learners so that any changes in the performance of users can be reported. It’s a good tool for instructional designers who can easily make changes to the course using such data.

26 Nov 2020
elearning in healthcare

How elearning is of use in the healthcare sector?

Elearning is now getting used extensively across the globe especially in the corporate sector.

 
MNCs are using this form of learning to impart training to their employees. The employees also consider it as a time-saving form of training because they don’t need to attend seminars for it.
Elearning has a high retention rate because human beings can remember what is shown to them via videos. Therefore, various sectors are now willing to adopt elearning to help in their development as well as leading a nation to develop. These sectors are agriculture, services, education, medicine, government organizations and businesses.
 

Now elearning in healthcare popular because of the following reasons:

 

  • Not possible to attend classes: Healthcare professionals dont get the education sometimes because they work for the entire day. So, they don’t have time to be a part of the classes. Healthcare professionals also have erratic schedules. But with elearning in healthcare, they don’t need to take out special time. They can study whenever they are convenient to do so, be in the office or the metro. The accessibility of elearning is also great because it can be seen and used on all devices. You can also print the elearning material if you don’t want to study it on a tablet or a smartphone.
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  • Elearning can be interactive: Some of the critics have this opinion about elearning that it is not so effective because there is no scope for the human element. In a class, students discuss what has been taught in a lecture. This leads to higher retention. Students can also ask questions about the subject matter from a teacher after the session ends. So, a classroom session is quite productive. But it’s not so in elearning. However, a report was conducted by the World Health Organization which found that elearning in healthcare is as efficient in teaching as a classroom setting. Its because elearning has a lot of nice features such as worksheets, videos, text and audios. The audio might be in the form of a narration or a character talking. So, elearning also makes someone learn as much as a conventional classroom teaching model.
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  • Loss of productivity:The healthcare professionals must not devote time away from the hospital. Caring for patients is extremely important. With elearning, healthcare professionals don’t need to devote time on training. They can take out time whenever they want from their schedule to devote to elearning.
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  • A valuable database is created: Since elearning is in the form of videos or text, its quite useful for a healthcare professional when they are unable to recall something. They can go back to the elearning modules and look back at the same information. This is not possible with classroom training unless a lecture is recorded by a student.
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    Elearning systems also have search engines through which users can search for information. So the elearning systems have a method of letting the users know that they have gone through a topic. Hence, anyways users have complete control over what they have learned.
     

  • Elearning systems give news:Elearning systems also give news about the faculty on message boards. So, the users can post their views about such news.

This is how elearning systems can benefit healthcare professionals.

25 Nov 2020
elearning getting used rampantly

What has led to elearning getting used so rampantly?

The popularity of elearning has grown tremendously in the last 10 years.

It has benefits both for learners and companies. For companies, it’s an excellent method to make employees learn. Employees also get the advantage from an easy training method which involves learning from their own home. Elearning is not only used by companies to train their employees but also their customers so that there is more awareness about their products and hence heightened revenues. Hence, Elearning indeed facilitates the adoption of products by customers because they learn about how to use them. The market for elearning products will grow at a rapid rate and will be standing at 275 billion dollars in 2022.
 
Elearning is imparted through devices such as smartphones and tablets. It is the training given through digital means. This means its users can learn without any kind of boundaries. Whether it’s computer-based training when a CD is handed over to the user or web-based training, where they have to log onto a portal,elearning is all too easy.
 
It’s important to understand the history of elearning. Elliot Maisie came up with the term elearning in the year 1999 and its reputation has increased.
But what are the reasons behind the popularity of the elearning?

  • Coming up of internet:Before the internet, organizations made use of CD-ROMS and gave them to their employees. It was just one-way learning because organizations could not track who accessed the learning material, when and where. However, with the rise of the internet, the elearning was hosted on an LMS (Learning Management System), and companies could track who accessed the material when and where. Thus we can attribute the advent of the internet to rise of web-based training which requires learners to use the internet to access an LMS.
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  • Inclusion of multimedia: Inclusion of multimedia also ensured that elearning could be utilized to its fullest potential. This is because more and more materials could be included in elearning so that it was more interesting. These materials were graphics, sounds and videos which could be integrated thanks to authoring tools like Captivate, Storyline and Vyond.
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  • Cheap digital devices:This is also the reason why elearning is so popular. It’s quite true that the advent of mobile phones has been instrumental in increasing the use of elearning.
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  • Availability of LMS’s: Earlier LMS’s were installed on the cloud, then they began to be installed in companies. An LMS is a software which is used for monitoring elearning courses, tracking their usage and their delivery.

     
    There are many kinds of LMS’s which are available in the market such as those on the cloud and those that require installation on your local server. Cloud-based LMS’s easily allow you to develop a course and you can also, take care of your learners through an LMS team.

  • SCORM: It stands for Sharable content object reference model. These are technical specifications that your course must meet. Most of such courses are developed using an authoring tool and follow the same standards. It’s better to have an authoring tool that generates content in SCORM compliant mode for this purpose.

So, this is the story of elearning and the position it is in today.

24 Nov 2020
elearning methods

Different kinds of elearning: Synchronous and Asynchronous

These days, elearning has taken over the education sector.

Now, there are two kinds of elearning present for interaction between students and teachers. The elearning is also now getting used by organisations for offering training to employees.
We are going to learn about the various kinds of elearning solutions:
1.Synchronous
2.Asynchronous
Synchronous elearning means elearning where the learner and the teacher can see each other via video conferencing tools. They can also send messages to each other through chat messengers. The students can record the classes for their use.

Features of synchronous elearning

  • Since the student is in front of the teacher via a webcam, he/she gets to know what the former is doing. So, answers can be sought from the student, and he can be corrected if he is wrong.
  • The teacher can also deliver the learning solutions as per the needs of each student.
    The main problem with synchronous learning is that training has to happen at a fixed time because both the teacher and the learner are present. Schools, today are delivering online learning in this form.
  • Another advantage of this kind of elearning is that the participants can also chat with each other and exchange issues.

Asynchronous elearning

Asynchronous learning is where the learners and teachers are not present at the same time. So, in this kind of training learners are introduced to web-based training. It contains modules which learners study in their spare time. This also includes computer-based training which is provided on CD Roms. Its main advantages are:

Technology for asynchronous elearning

The tools used for synchronous learning include multicast communication between the recipient and the sender where one sender is connected to many recipients. For this kind of communication to take place, the recipients have to download software on their computers.
Alternatively, the recipients might connect with the sender with software installed on the main server also. In this situation, the recipients just have to connect with the sender at a particular port on the web service.
Sometimes, the software for this kind of communication is installed on the physical location of the sender. In this situation, the meeting ports are installed at the local servers of the sender.

The main advantages of asynchronous elearning are:

  • Learners can access the learning material whenever they want.
  • A large number of employees can access this kind of data. It’s not limited to the number of meeting ports.
  • The content in such training is the same for every employee

Blended learning is also used nowadays. It is a mix of asynchronous and synchronous learning. It involves holding one or two virtual classes in the beginning and then handing out CDs to the learners to learn at their own pace.

How to choose which kind of elearning methodology is the best?

  • Asynchronous training is useful when a general topic has to be taught to the learners. It does not require any kind of guidance from the trainer.
  • Projects that involve simulations where the learner has to learn how to use a certain kind of software are also ideal for asynchronous learning. Its because these projects just require the learner to imbibe the steps of a certain software process.
  • When you have to teach the learner about the organisation as such, it can also be taught through asynchronous learning.

On the other hand, synchronous learning is useful in those cases where students need an understanding of concepts and hence teacher understanding is needed. So, these are the various kind of elearning and their uses.

18 Nov 2020
elearning in regional languages

How elearning is to be provided in regional languages?

Today elearning has become more focused on developing courses for various languages. Earlier when edtech(educational technology)came into the picture, the focus was more on teaching coding to the those aged between 7-12. Now, educational technology is faced with a new challenge, how to provide learning to Indians who speak 22 languages.

This is the basic challenge before elearning websites, is how to cater to this huge population.

The Indian population apart from these 22 languages also speaks 19,500 dialects. It’s important to make sure that there is enough content available in Indian languages. The user base which uses Indian languages to surf the internet is growing at a faster rate than those using English. The former is 18% while the latter is 3%. As per more of these statistics released by Google and KPMG, internet users using Hindi is growing to grow at a faster rate than using English. Even the Bengali and Marathi speaking users of the internet are growing at a fast rate. Therefore, the difficulty is to provide content for these regional users.

Elearning companies are trying to find a solution to this problem:

  • Lectures in local languages: For the benefit of those children who want to use the internet in Hindi or any other regional language, it’s better to have lectures or elearning videos recorded in local languages.
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  • Online classrooms: These are also a way for children to learn in any regional language. Virtual classrooms are the same as any other classroom except that the teacher and student are connected via teleconferencing tool.
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  • Modules which are translated: Modules can also be translated for children so that they can understand the content in their language.
    Tools of translation used in elearning modules: Some elearning tools have options for users to see the subtitles in their languages. If parents are helping children to study at home, then such translated subtitles can also be of use of them in understanding the video and explaining it to kids.
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  • Elearning courses can include regional language games: These games are quite useful for children in the times of the pandemic when they are missing hanging out with friends. When they play such games, they enjoy work spirit. But for developing these games in elearning courses, an elearning company needs regional languages specialists.
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  • Interaction with parents: It is also important to see that there is interaction with parents in the native language who don’t speak English very coherently. This will make sure that the onus is on the parents that the kid takes online learning seriously.

This way courses can be developed for kids in regional languages. The elearning courses providers in India are getting ample support from the government to develop content in the regional languages
The National Education Policy 2020 wants to convert the village-based education system into a digital mode. This will become possible with the Digital India framework which plans to provide internet access universally

 
The scope for education in regional language has also increased because the National Education Policy 2020 says that the kids till class 5th should be imparted education in regional language. Hence, this indicates new challenges for elearning courses providers.