Thursday, 11 May 2017

Leveraging Micro Learning For Improved Business Performance

Microlearning has become one of the biggest buzz within the organizations who are looking for continuous professional development and performance improvement. 


Micro learning essentially involves conveying short content, in very short spurts of time, to interconnect a single and precise idea. When executed properly, micro learning is a highly effective way to emphasize preliminary training concepts throughout the learning cycle.

There are numerous ways in which micro learning can fit into the workplace which includes short learning courses, one page pdf, quick videos etc. Mirolearning can also be implemented in person: during employee meetings or a get together.

Most of the companies create library of learning assets which is not very helpful when it comes to workplace learning because people do not find information but it needs to be sent to the employees. It is important to find out creative ways of sending information to learners. Microlearning is best when just-in-time learning is required. When challenged with a situation that needs to be addressed apart from planned training, a bite-sized section of learning can be the impeccable solution. It’s designed to be swift, on-the-spot training when there is no time to cover all the detailed information.

Microlearning brings in more effectiveness if it is used appropriately; there are few of most common mistakes to evade. Be sure to concentrate on a specific topic and keep it restricted to a single thought. Some organizations have a trend to communicate a lot and want to share as much data into their bite sized segment as possible. More content sounds good, but it often rebounds. Keeping the efforts absorbed on a particular knowledge at a time will make them more effective.

Microlearning holds a good place within the learning gamut and is best for strengthening and sustainability. However it is suggested not to give it a place of core learning. This method of training is significant where your learners learn and recognize organization’s expectations from them, why it matters, and how they, their associates and organization as a whole are going to be benefitted. Short learning nuggets rejuvenate and reinforces core learning.

Corporate microlearning does not essentially require impressive and new technology. Most of the organizations already have access to the most common tools such as a video camera, screen seizure software, YouTube account, video hosting providers, and social tools like Twitter or a Listserv to allocate links and making collaboration. Need for moving beyond these common and basic tools depends on the level of control which is required during microlearning experiences and what needs to be tracked. For relatively higher and significant control, LMS (Learning Management System) is required.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Most Effective Online Learning Strategies

For the past few years, corporates prefer online learning for their organizational training's. What could be the reason behind this rising popularity?

              

There are plentiful reasons but the prime one is the fact that online learning courses give flexibility to learners to study and learn on “my time”. Though this flexibility might result in the aberration of learners from the learning process leading to poor performance, a key factor to the student success is the “self-direction”.

By employing a few important strategies, any employee can learn not only to succeed, but to flourish in the online learning environment.

Since no two courses are the same, there are some definite things you can anticipate from the online learning experience. There are specific key practices that make online courses effective for learners. These learners are motivated, great at making connections, and, of course, have access to online materials.
Let’s look at some of the most effective online learning strategies:
  1. Active participation in learning process- Learners proactively read materials, course content and conduct additional research, reaching out to other learners and instructors. This helps them acquire regular feedback and apply the same in future coursework for performance improvement.
  2. Building Network- Positive online leaners know the significance of making connections. They build up connections through collaborative activities, asking questions, and keeping in touch with their mates. By the virtue of active participation, learners can build relations with one another. One of the greatest thing is geographical limitations vanish and learners build personal and professional relations across cities and the globe.
  3. Being open-minded- Some people are introvert and do not speak during classroom training's. These learners are more comfortable conveying their thoughts and opinion online. E-Learning can abolish some visual and live hurdles that might obstruct learners from being communicative. This facilitates a community of openness.
  4. Have a fixed study time- Online learning becomes more effective if we set aside our study time so that social media or busy schedules do not hamper the learning process. It is always great to have consistent work place and time, turning of interruptions such as social media, avoiding internet surfing etc.
  5. Planning is the key- You must have a predictable schedule to allocate time for your online learning course. Pace yourself so that you do not procrastinate. Plan a study time for each week allotting fixed number of hours.
Organizations have an equal influence in making online learningeffective for their learners. Instructors should clearly state expectations for learners from an online learning course. This enables creating a sense of accountability and learners will be able to perform better. Instructors should react to student’s queries punctually. This will inspire them to ask more and more questions and make them understand the course work properly. There may be cases when learners do not know how to be self-directed. Give them understanding on the resources that support self-direction.

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!