Like most business professionals, L&D specialists face the constant challenge to stay on top of the rapid developments in their field. Employing the latest technology is a must and video has lately become the favorite medium for getting information. There are many great apps, tips and videos out there that can bring out the director in anybody, but before yelling “lights, camera, action!”, here are three things to be checked off the list.
Whether you’re new to e-learning or a seasoned veteran in the industry, there’s one thing you should never forget: online training is always changing. In order to get a step ahead of the competition, check out our very subjective list of people who know the ins and outs of e-learning for businesses. Following one or more of them — and what they have to say — might help your company thrive this year.
One of the biggest challenges faced by businesses these days is getting and retaining talented people. Employees stick with a certain organization if they are motivated to do so and recent studies about what drives people and what makes them effective show that essentially there are three very important aspects that lead to better performance and personal satisfaction: autonomy, mastery and purpose.
The key to a successful training program is making sure it is just what the company, the employees and the industry needs. That’s why L&D professionals need to conduct a training needs assessment, align learning with company objectives and also keep an eye on the future, all before starting to design an e-learning module. Making an effort to do all this will surely prove a lot more beneficial to all involved.
People no longer need to remember large quantities of information because the growing digitization of everything makes it a breeze to instantly find out just about anything. While being able to access information so easily and quickly has enormous benefits, it also means that our capacity to discern what is important to remember is negatively affected. The use of video games in training might be able to turn this tide.
A small designing mistake could result in the waste of all the efforts and negatively impact the efficiency of the training program. It is, therefore, important for e-learning designers to understand the needs of the target audience and stick to e-learning advanced principles. However, before you start creating the online courses, you need to know the mistakes that often designers make.
In a world that can’t stop learning even small businesses and one-person companies (OPCs) — or independent entrepreneurs — can’t afford to ignore the advantages that come along when using a learning management system (LMS). They can use an LMS as the powerful tool it is to seamlessly create online courses about what they know best, promote and sell those courses, and analyze course data for constant learning.
Videos have gained a lot of terrain lately, whether they are meant for learning or entertainment. Yet as great as videos are for information retention and skill development, there is one small addition that can greatly improve these areas: using captions. So here are some advantages that the use of captions in training videos brings to the table: they increase inclusivity, focus and help those that have a different native language.
There was a window of time in which audio material did fall behind the video version but these days it has gained back all the lost terrain. The spoken word can be very powerful and engaging and that is why learning and development specialists should seriously consider including podcasts in their training materials. These audio files may not replace other means of delivering training but they ought to be part of any effective learning team’s arsenal.
The major problem with corporate education programs is that they often disregard a very important and simple aspect: the natural way in which the human brain works while learning. One of the most important aspects that have lately been researched with spectacular results is observational learning. This natural tendency of learning from others holds great potential for corporate training and development and there are several ways of capitalizing on it.