Monday, 13 March 2017

Benefits, Challenges And Future Of E-Learning In Healthcare

E-Learning is continuously rising in all the sectors, and healthcare has reaped the maximum benefit out of it. Some reasons behind the sophisticated investments in e-Learning for the healthcare industry are the varied positions in the sector such as doctors, nurses, superintendents, technician etc. inflexibilities faced by the employees regularly, high level of expertise required in the employees etc. Healthcare sector also requires its employees to be highly skilled and committed to help their patients recover from illness. So, the best way to make them learn without hampering their routine is through e-Learning.


Let us explore the benefits, challenges, and future of e-Learning in the healthcare.

Benefits:


Extended Reach:-
eLearning helps in training people with multiple skill sets and competencies. The healthcare industry involves people with different expertise and functions. E-Learning is the best way to reach all of them for effective training, according to their skill gaps and competencies.

Cost-effective and Time Saving:- In the healthcare industry, there are constant changes with new technologies, therapies, medical instruments. This requires frequent training. For continuous updates to the said changes, the organizations need to provide their staff with eLearning software that can regularly keep them updated and make the training cost-effective and time saving.

Challenges:


Ownership:-
It is difficult to give the responsibility of eLearning to some capable employee. Another challenge is to map the trainings required by different employees with different skill sets and then ensure that they complete the allotted training on time.

Compatibility:- Healthcare staff is reluctant in using IT based courses if they are non-PC users. Also, their busy schedules disable them from undertaking the entire training.

Non Scheduling:- Not opting the right eLearning course, not completing the course on time, and not engaging with the content are some of the major challenges which can be tackled if the managers are authorized to lead the eLearning courses and track the progress.

Future of E-Learning in Healthcare:


E-Learning courses are user-friendly to the new entrants — the recent college graduates who grow up with PCs, tablets ad smart phones — in the healthcare sector. The eLearning content is a speedy way to engage their interest, as they are already above the learning curve as contributors. It is easy to arrange e-Learning modalities for the healthcare professionals as there are educational funds available to provide them technologically advanced learning.

Nowadays, people adept with the e-Learning culture, and are exceptionally armed to provide structured, interactive training to enable all the facets of health reform that always requires   innovative thinking about medicine, and new ways to achieve quality in a cost-effective way.

Healthcare and pharmaceuticals industry is the major sector for the growth of eLearning in the coming future. With the increasing population, advancement in medical technologies, healthcare insurance reform demands, eMedical records, and training in healthcare sector is becoming mandatory.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Principals Of Game Based Learning


Game based learning has attained huge fame and success in the recent years, with games becoming the medium for formal and informal learning. Under this theory, the games are used to train the employees of companies. The proposal for gamified content is increasing and becoming varied with video games designed for nearly all the target audiences and sectors. Due to further development in video game technology, experts are forced to conduct an in-depth research on the design and effectiveness of game based learning. They look for the instructional designing approaches for designing advanced game based learning to make them prevalent and effective in the training industry.

Game Based Learning methodology is based on certain principals:

Motivating Approach: One of the fortes of game-based learning is its predictable capacity to capture the attention of the learners and ensure their full engagement. The motivating approach of learning games turns the learning process into something energetic and fascinating, whose appeal is retained as the learner’s headway to achieve objectives.

Constructivist Learning:
Game based learning involve learners to build their own procedures to solve a problem. This makes them participative and interact with the environment to solve the given situations.

Intellectual Learning:
Games enhance active learning by allowing the learners to think critically while experiencing the pleasure that makes them want to learn more.

Competition:
Competition is a key factor in games, therefore, it is an encouragement for many students to learn. Competition is perceived to make students have more engagement and learn from their defeat or success through reflection and critical thinking.

Interaction and Experience:
The pillars of Game Based learning are practice, experiential learning, and interaction. Learning through games permits students toexperiment in non-threatening scenarios and acquire knowledge through practice and social interaction both with the environment and their peers.

Personalized Learning:
Under this theory of game based learning, the students can control their learning. They easily assess their learning and find the areas for improvement. Serious games allow instant personalized feedback.

Creativity:
Game based learning provides platform for innovation, adaptation, and creativity. The learner is a producer and not a mere consumer. They have to solve their problems using their imagination, which enhances encouragement and motivation. There is more interactivity as there is an action to everything they do and again they act on what game has done.

A Game based learning platform implemented for corporate training is more likely to succeed than a typical e-learning program, be it the traditional or virtual learning. Knowledge retention is much higher through games, which warranties a real and energetic learning. Cost savings is another huge advantage due to its flexibility in time and space.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

5 Most Amazing eLearning Authoring Tools


Authoring tools are used enormously for the development and creation of eLearning courses as these tools facilitate the presentation of courses with animations, texts, video and audios. Let us take a look at some of the most amazing and popular eLearning authoring tools that we have come across in the year 2016.

Camtasia Studio 8- Camtasia studio 8 provides tools to record on-screen activity and convert them into clear and crisp professional videos which learners can watch at their convenient time. Edited and customized videos can be shared directly from app to You Tube, Google Drive etc. There are various tools in the program to which can be utilized to make the videos complete. These tools are multiple transition options, Voice Narration, Zoom, Pan Effect, Cursor Effects, Captions, and Quizzing etc. It also provides built-in tools for enhancing and improving audio quality of voice recording.

iSpring Suite 8-  iSpring Suite 8 is the most powerful tool for eLearning authoring in power point. It offers fantastic capabilities for creating interactive presentations, video lectures and screencasts. Few of the most amazing and powerful features include:

  • Conversion stimulator for creating interactive simulations.
  • Screen recording tool for creating eLearning content to training software.
  • Video lecture player for combining presentation slides and video todeliver them in modern devices.
  • Audio and video editor for editing facilities such as noise reduction, cut, fade out/fade in etc.
  • Quiz maker which makes assessment authoring quicker, more convenient and useful.

ELUCIDAT- Elucidat is powerful at creating responsive output and is compatible with HTML 5. It is very helpful with its cloud based content authoring tool that facilitates collaboration of remote eLearning teams. It has in built themes and library of images and objects for online content creation that can run on different browsers and devices. It also has HTML and CSS editor for more customization.  Elucidat’s rapid release feature syncs this eLearning authoring tool with your website and LMS so that you update content easily without re-uploading. Another time saving capability of Elucidat is that it can identify and change master elements across the courses.

Lectora Online- Lectora online is helpful when your course is vanished or ruined as it claims disaster recovery. It is easy to move the elements within the course through drag and drop interface. Online central repository makes it easy to upload and use media across courses. Lectora online supports collaborative work environment allowing learners to create notes and assignments for other team members. It also offers simple tools for course creation and customization of learner names, assessment scores etc. with inline variable replacement functionality.

Articulate Storyline- Articulate Storyline provides power point look and feel and can be used for creating interactive and engaging course content by using features such as triggers, variables, layers etc.

It also offers ability to import content, media and assessments from excel or text files.

One of the most evident benefits of using eLearning authoring tools for creating eLearning courses is the ease with which you are able to reutilize learning objects that create a lesson plan – from an existing course into a new one.


Monday, 26 December 2016

Creating E-Content Faster With Rapid E-Learning Development

Training and Learning is a continuous process in the corporate environment, considering the immense pressure to be at par with the latest developments across all industries. Most companies have adopted various developing tools for creating online learning courses. But, we have an excellent tool for creating e-courses that most of us are comfortable with, and can utilize for effective content creation – PowerPoint. PowerPoint is often utilized to create presentations with common elements, such as bullet points and stock graphics, yet it is much more helpful.
  • Subject Matter Experts, or SMEs, can themselves create e-courses, cutting the development time by considerable measures. In addition to converting the entire content with ease, rapid authoring tools also help build interactivity into courses. Attractive graphics, audio, and video can be added to the course to make it multimedia rich and hence, more impactful. And all this at a fraction of time, compared to traditional e-learning development cycle.
  • While creating online learning courses, do not focus on sharing information alone, instead focus on offering opportunities for exploration. Include stories, anecdotes and word problems instead of the text approach to allow employees to make decisions about their learning, such as what they will explore next.
  • Images and graphics can easily be added to Powerpoint and it is often a temptation to just take what is available. But it is a good idea to think beyond just ClipArt and incorporate image grabs that make more sense to the learners, even simple animations can increase the content appeal by large proportions.
  • External Links are a useful resource within a learning course and can provide a sense of exploration for the learners. Many people are unaware about this feature of PowerPoint, but it can function like a webpage and can provide links to the external resources. Developers can utilize this feature to create an environment for learning, offering both external resources and internally linking them. By providing links to other pages, you can also include links which allow them to read and download resources for further study or to refresh, whenever they feel the need.
  • Instead of linear navigation, include choices that offer user control when the learners engage with the learning content. This provides the feeling of self-led learning and many adult learners prefer it over the strictly structured learning. For many learners, it may also suit their learning styles better when they have a free access to the material and can refer to certain sections as per need. After a few main slides, the learner can be allowed to choose where to go next and then go back to the main page.
Most e-learning developers are pressed for time and PowerPoint provides a host of interesting options that can be utilized to create effective eLearning courses.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Creating Responsive Web Design For Mobile Learning Content

As training and learning is becoming more mobile-enabled, mlearning is also becoming more sophisticated. All modern learners now want a mobile version of the e-learning course, so that they can access it anywhere and anytime – as per need.


To take into account practical concerns, the mlearning design should be aligned with all major devices that the users use and be compatible with varying screen resolutions as well. In the field of Web design and development, creating a separate mobile version of every training is impossible keeping in mind with the endless new resolutions and devices. So what is the solution?

Responsive Web design is the approach that suggests that design and development should respond to the user’s behavior and environment based on screen size, platform and orientation. The practice consists of a mix of flexible grids and layouts, images and an intelligent use of CSS media queries. As the user switches devices, the e-learning content should automatically switch to accommodate for resolution, image size and scripting abilities. In other words, responsive learning is the technology that automatically responds to the user’s preferences and eliminates the need for a different design and development phase for varying user devices.

To create e-learning content with responsive web design, there are three key technical features to be considered:

  • Media queries and media query listeners: Media queries allow the web page to use different CSS style rules based on the characteristics of the device on which the site is being displayed, the width of the browser being the most common one.
  • A flexible grid-based layout: The fluid grid concept calls for page element sizing to be in relative units, such as percentages or ems, rather than absolute units, such as pixels or points.
  • Flexible images and media: Through dynamic resizing or CSS, flexible images are sized in relative units — up to 100% — to prevent them from being displayed outside their containing element. A full image is downloaded on the device of a user and then resized to fit the screen.

The advent and popularity of mobile devices has affected the e-Learning industry as well. Mobile learning was just a concept till a few years ago, but is now being embraced by all. For developers though, mobile learning has always posed the problem of creating mobile content that is compatible across all user devices. In addition to PCs, tablets and mobile phones, developers had to create different versions of the content for Windows, Android and the Apple systems!

With HTML, mobile content can be created and displayed across all devices, such as PCs, tablets and mobile phones, and is compatible with different OSs. HTML supports responsive design features to create e-content that can be accessed across multiple devices, with equal ease and effective visual impact.

Responsive web design is poised to the change that new-age learners want to see in mobile content. We are looking forward to employing the new technology and continue sharing our experiences!


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

E-Learning Is Most Reliable & High Quality Training Method for Software Trainings

When an organization gets new software, its productivity and efficiency would generate great results.  However, this happens if the staff is well-trained about the new software and they know its application. If they are not trained, the benefits of the money invested in the software cannot be earned. Therefore, the software systems training are very essential for the employees every time when new software is added, or new features are added to the existing software.


Organizations need to adopt best training methods to train the IT staff, so that the employees are up-to-date with the new workflow and new features, while working at their peak efficiency. Investing in e-Learning is the most beneficial way to make the software systems training effective.

Given below are the reasons for using e-Learning for IT staff trainings:

1) Increased Scalability: It is usual that employees resist using the new software, as they feel that working on it would be cumbersome and might not benefit their performance. So software is useless if it is not adopted by the employees. It demands huge investments when you take your employees for trainings and engage experts to conduct these training sessions. Thus, e-Learning is beneficial as it is self-paced and available for the employee right at their desks on demand anytime. It can also be delivered to any number of people without spending any additional cost. Organizations can conduct software systems training at quick pace and with efficiency, whenever required.

2) Easy updating: The latest versions of the software are released quite often; thus, the trainings need to be kept in pace with the evolving software to update the employees and ensure that they fully employ the benefits of the new versions. E-Learning course can be changed and updated very quickly, without spending much and can be rolled out again after adding the new features. The staff immediately gets the updated content.

3) Increased Consistency: Trainers are not always consistent. They have a different approach and direction towards the training sessions. They might get sick at some occasions, or make errors depending on the circumstances or some personal reasons. However, e-Learning delivers consistent, standardized, and reliable training all the time. The same e-Learning course can train an entire global company. All the learners can be reached with the same content, regardless of their locations. This makes training reliably high quality and consistent.

4) 
Increased ROI: Lot of money is invested on software purchases and trainings through e-Learning to ensure the best return on investments as employees area able to acquire the required knowledge completely for utilizing the software at its best.  E-learning helps in implementing new software with effectiveness and confirms that the right people get the right training at the right time.

E-Learning is the most effective way to deliver reliable and high quality training when it comes to IT staff training's on the new software systems, as it can engage the learners through videos, visuals, and etcetera; and can be delivered anytime and anywhere without any additional costs or hampering the daily work schedule of the employees.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Track Your Learning Experiences with Tin Can API


Tin-Can API is the next advancement of the clumpy and rigid SCORM that allows eLearning to use the current technologies in an interoperable way. Those functions that were not possible in SCORM are easy to do with Tin-Can API, such as launching the course outside the LMS, controlling the content delivery and user experience, enhanced security, accessing the course even when disconnected, and many more.


Large number of organizations and learners have adopted Tin-Can API in the recent years to ensure the effectiveness of their training endeavors. All the organizations expect greater ROI on their training investments, which is why it is important to track the training and learning experiences for any organization.

Tin-Can API is a powerful platform for measuring and tracking the learning endeavors that offer the following benefits:
  1. Tracking learning Scenarios: Tin-Can API is the modern version of SCORM and is great for tracking the learning activities, such as mobile learning, serious games, simulations, informal learning, and etcetera. It has a feature called Learning Record Store, or LRS, which records and tracks the learning efforts even when the learners are not logged into LMS. Tin-Can also allow the tracking of data collected from off-line learning, adaptive learning, blended learning, and team based learning.
  2. Recording any activity: The structure of statements used by Tin-Can API allows the tracking and recording of all the activity of a user. It records each and every click of the mouse, every answer to a test question, turning to homework, each book read, writing blog post, and others. There are tons of things that learners do every day and Tin-Can can track and record everything. It can form a complete picture of the learning experiences of a learner.
  3. Higher Portability due to free data: Since Tin-Can is able to function even when disconnected from the LMS, the data of the learner is stored within the Learning Record Store, allowing the learners to access the data anytime, and go mobile with eLearning. API allows both writing the data to and reading the data from Learning Record Store. Data can be shared with reporting tools, analytics tools, and with other LRSs as well. The most interesting thing is that it has the capability to store the personal information of the learner and their learning experience in a ‘personal data locker’ apart from tracking it for the employer.
  4. Correlating Job Performance with training: Tin-Can API has a special specification known as ‘Activity Streams’, which enables capturing the activities on social networks. Activity streams aggregated across an enterprise, or across an industry, can identify the training paths that lead to successful outcomes. This helps in determining the effectiveness of training endeavors and measuring ROI.
There is no doubt whatsoever that Tin-Can has opened up new possibilities in the eLearning, and has changed the way of learning experiences in a significant way. It has removed the constraints and drawbacks that the user experienced while using SCROM.