Most companies today recognize the value of online training: reduced delivery costs, reduced employee training costs, rapid and simultaneous delivery across regions and staff, consistent and verifiable training and other many other quantifiable factors. However, companies still struggle with whether they should use catalog or off-the-shelf solutions. There are 5 critical questions to consider when evaluating whether your training needs can be addressed by a general, off-the-shelf eLearning course or if you really need a custom solution, developed especially for your organization.
Many companies recognize the value of moving classroom training to online training delivery methods . Online training, computer –based training, eLearning or whatever you wish to name it has many advantages. It provides simultaneous delivery across business units and regions. It allows for consistent training that can be easily updated. It reduces cost and productivity down time. However, it also presents some challenges for corporate cultures steeped in traditional classroom training. Where do you start? Here are 7 simple steps to beginning the process:
Traditionally, sales organizations launched new products at massive sales events. Expensive, onsite events. Lots of travel, time out of the field and lots of easily forgettable brouhaha about new products. This format, while exciting at the time, left many holes in training effectiveness: products change rapidly, new products are formed more than once a year, a single training event does not produce long-term effects. Fortunately, multimodal learning has replaced the single event. While many companies may still have a large annual sales event, the actual learning may be delivered in many ways, continuously over time. All good changes that contribute to better retention, faster time to market and true just-in-time access.
Your company has just endured yet another security breach. One of your employees left an open iPad on a table with friends at Starbucks. One of the friends jokingly sent an email to the employee’s entire department. The contents of that email were, shall we say, colorful. Can Custom Training Truly Make a Difference?
“We have about 30% of our workforce retiring in the next five years!” my client said with panic in her voice. Her panic is well-grounded. In fact, it’s a cry that reflects a disturbing statistic: 10,000 people are retiring every day, and will continue to do so until 2019. And they’re taking their knowledge with them.
With more ways to access knowledge than ever before, anybody with an internet connection can now be a student in practically any chosen field. And custom content eLearning is one of the most powerful tools in disseminating information to your organization’s communities and audiences.
Large multi-page LMS RFPs (Request For Proposal) and RFIs (Request For Information) flood vendors’ emails. Clients spend countless hours putting together what they feel are cogent, precise specifications to select the best Learning Management System or the best eLearning content developer. Vendors spend countless hours trying to decipher exactly what the client wants and needs. Isn’t there a better way? Too often clients do not properly research the potential vendor base. They submit LMS RFPs to anyone who pops up in a web search for elearning, LMS platforms, online training systems, custom content development, web training, online learning et al. Not all vendors are created equally.
Well, once again this week, I have been reading e-Learning discussion boards and on several the topic is whether e-Learning is “good”, “successful”, “better or worse than classroom”? How long will we continue to have these discussions? Yes, I work for a custom e-Learning content developer who also has one of the best learning management systems (LMS) around. But long before I became involved in the industry of online education platforms and web based training, I was a learner. Still am.
So you finally have a training budget for education and development. As part of the learning program, you want to incorporate custom online training and you have no idea where to turn for a qualified online training provider. The learning program will encompass a variety of topics and content areas from HR standards like onboarding to highly technical subjects such as computer compliance training and sales skills training. Just how do you go about finding the best vendor partner who will stay within your training budget? Oh, and it would be nice to find someone who can provide a SCORM or Tin Can (xAPI) compliant hosted learning management system as well!
Recently, I have been reading many e-learning content development discussion boards and there seems to be a consistent interest in ” compelling e-learning”, a consistent belief that it is difficult to find and a consistent premise that what “it” is varies for everyone.What is compelling e-Learning?