Personalization is a big deal in eLearning. But do we really know the learning styles of our users? Depending on your theoretical reference, there are as many as 7 different learning styles. Your learning style not only determines how you learn, it is also very likely to be the most enjoyable and efficient path for you to acquire new knowledge.
I’ll bet that when you encounter the phrase ‘augmented learning’ you get a mental picture of a person, wearing a high tech set of goggles or a helmet, with an expression of opened-mouthed, rapt wonder on his/her face. Right? That’s augmented learning. Right? Well, I’m not sure that’s what augmented learning looks like today, and that’s what we’re exploring in this three part series.
A while ago I wrote an article on the importance of elearning to employee happiness. In that article I showed that learning is the second most important reason for people to enjoy their work. Learning and growth gives people the feeling of doing something worthwhile. It makes them feel like they are moving ahead personally and professionally. I pointed out how eLearning can be a great tool to fulfill this need.
A large American Telecom company learned this the hard way. They deployed an eLearning tutorial to train their employees on the use of a new internal collaboration application. This new tool is a file management and sharing system with a virtual social space intended for communication. The intention was to encourage employees to use it, and to maximize its effectiveness. It was a noble eLearning attempt: 64 vignettes with video clips featuring live amateur actors engaging in dialog. Each vignette began with exactly the same introduction (conceivably for the sake of continuity), and scenes were devised to train employees on the various aspects of usage. Well, the audience hated it. Scenes were poorly executed, and the dialog was forced and artificial. Employees were bored, and the attempt at encouraging and training employees to use the tool fell flat.
In all of employee training and especially in elearning the search for the elusive ROI (Return On Investment) is never ending. Actually the search is for proof. We all know in our guts that it works. We have plenty of anecdotes, lots of strong intuition and even the odd number now and then. But every once in a while some actual facts would be nice.
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.
e-Learning Trends – No.1 You run a company? You have customers? You have employees? You want them to learn about your work methods or products? You have custom e-learning development, right? Here is why you should…
Information security is the foundation of this 24/7 financial services provider’s business and the importance of training its’ employees is paramount. As part two of the training initiative (the first focuses on existing employees and managers) the challenge of this course is to cover a broad audience of diverse backgrounds, responsibilities and roles. The client wanted an experience engaging enough to make the material fun for all in their organization.
One year after our first award-winning Security Awareness training course this Financial Services organization was ready to roll-out a follow-up. The new material would include a partial revision to the original course in addition to a number of new topics. We were challenged with determining how to reconcile the new information with the previous course in an equally effective manner yet under tighter budget restrictions.
It’s no secret. Workplace training can sometimes be difficult material to get excited about. But because it’s so important, this global financial services provider tasked us with turning around this all too common perception. All company employees, regardless of seniority or status, are required to complete this workplace training. With such a wide scope of audience and potentially mundane subject, we welcomed the challenge of developing an engaging experience – one that anyone would find fun and exciting.