Does your company need to implement a virtual training program?
If this is the case, you've probably done a lot of research on the subject, including providers, tools, and methods. By now you’ve probably discovered there are so many different forms of virtual training available, from eLearning, mobile learning, to blended learning courses. Each method has its own benefits and its best use cases.
If you’re wondering which modality is more effective; there is no easy answer for that. Making a decision comes down to the individual needs of the company, as well as the expected organizational outcomes.
So, before resuming your research, ask yourself this question: What are your company’s training needs?
We hear a lot about Millennials but who are they statistically? This generation was born between the beginning of the 1980’s and the early 2000’s as defined by Generations: The History of America’s Future, 1584 to 2069. At over 80 million high, this generation makes up a quarter of the U.S. population and much of the current and near future workforce. If those numbers made you sit up and take notice then you are well on your way to understanding why it’s important to formulate training to motivate and teach this generation.
Social Leadership describes a type of authority that applies in communities, outside of formal hierarchy, and based upon our reputation, earned over time. It’s not an alternative to formal leadership, it’s complimentary to it: but it’s reach extends where formal power cannot go. It’s important because, in the Social Age, so much of our sense making and performance is rooted around co-created knowledge, around socially moderated learning, around storytelling and sharing. Today, as i prepare to launch the 2nd Edition of the ‘Social Leadership Handbook’, i want to expand on the notion of ‘curation’, which is the foundation of Social Leadership.
As eLearning has evolved, in recent years there’s been a move toward microlearning. Organizations are embracing shorter and more abbreviated learning, in a move toward greater efficiency. Not only are shorter eLearning courses less time consuming, but what organizations are finding is that they’re also more effective.'
Today’s learner has less time and a shorter attention span, making it unrealistic to assume employees can sit for an hour or more to complete an eLearning course without interruption. This is what’s driving the shift toward just-in-time, bite-sized learning.
The thought is that it’s better to engage a learner for 10 minutes of truly productive learning time where information is absorbed and retained, as opposed to presenting them with an hour-long course that has no impact.
¿Qué es la interactividad? Se ha puesto a pensar en eso realmente, ¿qué es? Creemos que sabemos, pero es difícil precisar una definición real.
Desde el punto de vista académico es: "una acción recíproca entre un alumno, el sistema de aprendizaje y el material". Innumerables estudios han demostrado que la interactividad tiene un efecto positivo sobre el aprendizaje. Uno de los más completos es el realizado por Bosco (1986), quien concluyó que los medios interactivos ayudan a las personas a aprender más rápido y proporcionan una mejor actitud hacia el aprendizaje.
¡Estupendo! Por lo tanto usted estará pensando que entre más interactividad es mejor, ¿verdad? Bueno, en realidad no.
13 JUN WHAT TO DO WITH MILLENNIALS The workplace dynamic and culture is rapidly changing. For the first time ever, four generations of employees are working side by side and organizations must now learn how to manage and train these distinctively different workers.
At Inno-Versity, we believe it is essential to develop customized training so that all age groups are represented. We understand each generation has their own unique learning style. Good training considers the variety of learners, encourages the development of desirable behaviors and clearly conveys expectations in order to motivate all employees.
As Baby Boomers begin to reach the twilight of their career and Generation X and Y are moving into upper management, Millennials are struggling to understand where they fit within the corporate structure.
A recent report found that consumers are engaging more with B2B brands through Instagram thank through the business-focused LinkedIn. So, does this mean brands should abandon one for the other? Not necessarily, says one expert.
Social Learning is not a new concept that has just come out of the factory—cloaked in layers of jargons and giving off the appearance of something that is impossible to wrap your wits around. We have been learning socially since ages and doing great at it; we just didn’t know it till Albert Bandura’s Social Learning Theory started to gain prominence in recent times.
According to this theory, we learn best when we observe another person and imitate his behavior and actions. When we see our “role models” better their lives and that of others with their actions, we are inspired to learn more.
You follow your favorite blogs to learn new ways of writing and how the masters play with the language. You follow art and photography sites to pick up Photoshop tricks and learn DSLR hacks. At work, you observe your peers and seniors to learn the tricks of the trade. We read self-development write-ups to learn how the achievers in our society begin their day, keep away distractions at work, and remain consistently productive. We are learning “socially” almost always.
As I’ve discussed before, microlearning is an approach to training that delivers content to learners in small, targeted bursts. The learners choose their path and pace through the content. When a learning organization begins to incorporate a microlearning strategy into its overall training curriculum, it’s safe to start with five-minute Storyline modules or brief videos. They’re just the beginning, though; you can choose from many more micro options:
Cientos de artículos, libros y blogs de diseño nunca dejan de recordarnos lo importante que es ser consistente cuando se crea cualquier pieza gráfica, ya sea una pieza publicitaria o un curso eLearning. No lo discutimos. Pero como diseñador instruccional, usted sabe lo difícil que es pasar de las palabras a los hechos cuando se trata de mantener un look-and-feel consistente a lo largo del curso. Después de todo, somos gente creativa y artistas en el corazón. Nuestros cerebros se cansan y gritan por un poco de chispa en el momento en que diseñamos un par de diapositivas.
Product designer William Newton wrote a compelling article some time ago on the tiers of good design and the pyramid they form. But this idea can be applied to more than physical product design; it can be used to create better eLearning courses, as well.
Find the original article here: The Design Process: A Pyramid
Using this same structure, we explore just how the pyramid can help you improve your eLearning design workflow.
You should create eLearning courses keeping in mind that your learners will take them on all kinds of devices, from the desktop computer with its chunky monitor to the mobile device with its palm-sized screen. Get ready to deliver.
In this post, we will tell you how reading on the mobile screen feels different than reading from a larger laptop computer screen. We will also provide tons of tips to help you create a distraction-free mobile viewing experience that aids learning.
Our innate tendency to focus on using familiar tools—regardless of whether they're the best fit for the project—is known as the “Law of the Instrument.” Maslow famously summarized the effect as follows:
“I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is the hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.”
In my experience, this statement applies just as well to the world of training, a world often saddled with finite resources and limited tools for reaching learners—most typically instructor-led training, job aids, or e-learning courses. And when tool options are restricted and every project needs to be delivered “yesterday,” it’s understandable how folks end up framing them all as e-learning courses. Today’s authoring tools make e-learning course creation so much faster and easier, why not just import that content, publish it as a course, and call it done?
A good-looking course is not a guarantee of its instructional effectiveness. Think of all those magazines with glossy covers that you flip over expectantly only to find that the pages are filled with trash. Unfortunately, many course developers have no clue of how visual design can increase (or decrease) learnability of the material.
Think back to your own learning experiences to understand cognitive load. There was always some subject in school that was, by nature, difficult to comprehend—a topic with a high intrinsic cognitive load. Sometimes text books, with sketchy or roundabout explanations and unrelated analogies, made it difficult for you to make sense of the content. These books increased the extraneous cognitive load and were ineffective.
But almost all of us have been taught by some great teachers who simplified challenging learning matter with diagrams, charts, and demonstrations. They helped us learn and master the subject by reducing the extraneous cognitive load.
Así como no es necesario poner sus manos al fuego para saber que el fuego es caliente, tampoco es tan relevante que a uno le digan que es importante apagar un cigarrillo, pero sí lo sería que a uno le cuenten una historia de cómo un cigarrillo quemó una casa entera para que uno recuerde y tome precaución.
Las personas aprenden mejor cuando saben las consecuencias reales y no sólo las consecuencias potenciales. Nos motiva conocer lo que otros han pasado y saber acerca de la casa quemada y cómo afectó a las personas que vivían allí. El ejemplo es un maestro mucho más poderoso que un grupo de estadísticas presentadas al azar sobre los incendios domésticos que no involucran personas reales.
Por lo tanto, los capacitadores y diseñadores eLearning deben tener presente que los ejemplos son más eficaces que un gigantesco bloque de texto y pueden ayudarle a hacer más con menos esfuerzo. Darles ejemplos a sus colaboradores es como darles una brújula para que realmente puedan encontrar su camino.
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