Santa makes it seem so easy! We could all use a manufacturing system staffed by mysterious beings who happily create fantastic quantities of merchandise. Or a global distribution system that accurately sorts out packages according to location, desire and moral rectitude. Or how about an on-time, high-speed delivery vehicle with apparently unlimited capacity, powered by 8 flying creatures (led by an animal with a searchlight for a snout)? To this writer, the real fantasy lies in the fact that everyone already knows exactly what to do when the holiday rush kicks in and when to do it, with no mention of training.
We’re not being dramatic when we say there is a leadership crisis today. The crisis is real. So real, in fact, that the World Economic Forum lists it as the third most important issue on its agenda. And employees are less likely to trust their management when leadership skills are lacking.
In the world of online training or e-learning, there are basically two types of courses. There are training courses that rely on generic, off the shelf material and those that use custom content designed specifically for your company. They are really very different and they serve very different purposes.
Comprehensively defining eLearning can be a challenging and daunting prospect. But in his article, “Starting an eLearning Program – Here Are The Basics,” (2015) Ted Stoecker does just that. In addition, Stoecker makes the world of eLearning accessible to organization leaders and managers who are looking to increase the effectiveness of training. He also addresses other important aspects of eLearning programs, such as cost, user-friendliness, and some of the challenges faced by organizational decision-makers who are grappling with the dynamic arena of employee training.
I’ll bet you’re not surprised to hear that the answer is “it depends”. Let’s look at a possible scenario. We’ll use as an example a growing company with 500 employees that needs an eLearning module on regulatory compliance that all employees must complete. The three options they explore are to build it themselves, to purchase a generic library course at $20.00/learner or to have a custom content developer build a highly interactive course module just for them for the cost of $15,000. They reject the first option because they wisely recognize that they lack the skills and resources they need to do it well. So, for option two the math looks simple. 500 X $20= $10,000. Clearly less expensive than option three, right? Yes, for year one, but remember, we said that they are growing so let’s say they add 100 employees a year for the next 5 years. That’s an additional 500 and an additional $10,000. So now the total investment in the library course is $20,000 and growing each year. Meanwhile the custom content is still $15,000.
e-Learning Trends 2015 No.3 What do a 6-year-old and and a 26-year-old have in common? Ask them whether they want to learn or play a game and you will know. Why is that? Games are more fun. If games are more fun than learning, why don’t we turn learning into games? e-Learning makes it possible! Learning is everywhere. We learn at work, at school, at home, when traveling etc., it is part of life. Learning is important, we need it for qualifications, being able to work, using the microwave, playing a game or the guitar and talking to people in other countries and languages. Like we have seen in our blog post last week, learning is the no.2 reason for employee happiness. I personally can relate to this, because I am a learner, I am curious by nature, I was the kid that always asked “Why?” (still am), yet there is a problem, LEARNING CAN BE SO BORING! So, I think it is time to rethink learning, it needs to be fun.
e-Learning Trends – No.2 We are the generation of people that value our uniqueness and individuality. For this reason it is time to focus on personalized learning solutions that allow us to be flexible, yet are automated enough to save us time. Strange combination, isn’t it?! Flexible and personal, yet automated – let me explain: One of the most important trends for the e-learning industry is to develop custom e-learning solutions to meet the needs of a fast-pace, highly individualistic society flexible enough to meet various needs. So, we want it to be customized for our learners, yet time efficient for the administrators. Regardless of whether you are an employer seeking to improve the training of your employees, an educator wanting to change the way of teaching your students, or a sales person looking for better ways to reach your customers, how people receive your message is crucial for your success.
Want to make your employees happier? Did you know that 76% of employees said that “opportunities for growth were the top reason they stayed in an organization”  ? We all know what it means to not like your job, to feel fully stagnated. A constant concern of employers, HR departments and team-leaders is how to keep employees happy. The logic is happy employees are good for business. And it makes sense, the statistics prove it. Learning and growing is the number two reason for people to like or not like their jobs. So, if that is not a reason to look into it then I don’t know what is…
If you could have watched a fun and interactive video instead of having to read several chapters of a boring book written by some intellectual that has lost touch to the language of everyday-humans, would you not have chosen the video? It is fascinating to see what custom e-learning solutions can do. Generally e-learning itself is already an interesting topic, but all too often you still come across these nineties-looking videos that just sound way too much like they are reading that handbook for your microwave. I learned it does not have to be that way.