Telling Your Story: Scenario Based eLearning Once upon a time there was a big company who had offices all over the world. They also had lots of private information about their clients stored in many electronic ways. Most of their employees had access to at least some of this information. One day, some of that information was somehow shared with people outside the company. Well, as you can imagine, this wreaked havoc on the company, its employees and its customer s. Not to mention, it frightened many people not even affected. Interesting story, right? We all remember this story. It stays with us. We repeat it to others. We take its lessons to heart.
There continues to be an ongoing dialog about the effectiveness of classroom vs eLearning. Online training, eLearning, computer-based training, or whatever nomenclature serves you, is not so simple to build from existing classroom training. Most people say online learning will never be as good, as engaging, as successful. Inevitably the conversation evolves into a discussion of how custom content is developed. Most people continue to believe that many companies simply take their classroom training and convert it to “eLearning”. And, therefore, they are getting ineffective eLearning. I wish I could say that this is not true. However, in just the past 2 weeks I have spoken to at least 3 companies new to custom eLearning development and all three said they wanted to take existing classroom materials and use rapid eLearning tools to convert that content to eLearning. Even after extensive discussions around using instructional design methodology and appropriate technology to approach the content in a new, more effective way, they all held firm. No, they wanted the eLearning quickly. They did not want to spend time thinking creatively about the best use of eLearning technology and instructional design. And, they wanted the most cost effective authoring tools used. Let’s face it : they wanted it cheap and fast. They wanted to say they had an eLearning program. They wanted to click a box for completed.
Let’s imagine that you speak a magical, universal language that anyone, anywhere can understand. The dialect is a simple, straight-forward method of communicating to just about anyone, but limits your ability to communicate complex ideas. In other words, you can say “food,” “water,” and “cold.” What if you would like to say something a little more tangible like “hungry,” “thirsty,” and “blanket?” Your ubiquitous language has taken you pretty far, but not quite to the point of being able to speak completely to your needs.
By Any Other Name: KMi to Become KMI Learning FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Columbus, Ohio, February 14, 2014 –Joel Copeland, the spokesperson for KMi announced this week that the company will officially be changing its name to KMI Learning as of February 14, 2014.