Instructional designers are like sailors navigating through rough waters and they need to overcome all challenges that the three major currents – technology advances, business needs, and learner demands throw at them. Only the best survive and reach their destination of successful training. And when they do, they set sail to the next journey. After all, a calm sea never makes great sailors. Let’s take them one by one and see what can instructional designers do to be on top of them every time?
Velfies and bite-sized learning: bite-sized learning is cheap, offers just-in-time support, can be accessed on mobile devices, and keeps employees engaged during the learning process; videos are the most engaging type of learning materials. What happens when you combine bite-sized learning, videos, and the familiarity and comfort of selfies? The answer is training velfies.
The mobile worker is among us. Are you aware?
It happened smoothly, one day after another, one technological advancement after another. It crept like a bug in every office space and in every workplace setting. We can no longer consider him or her to belong to a science-fiction, tech-reliant future. The mobile employee is HERE, NOW!
Even though both social learning and social media witness a lot of human interaction, social media plays a very small role in social learning in the workplace. Instructional designers need, besides real face-to-face collaboration during the learning process, a digital watercooler around which employees gather, have high quality conversations and discuss about possible solutions to business problems.
Personalized learning in the workplace means that a training program must connect the right employees, with the right learning resources, at the right time. A cloud-based LMS can help you implement a successful customized training program, but you mustn’t rely just on technology for this. Only your team has the power to give a human touch to workplace learning.
As I always keep my promises, this post continues addressing the topic of how our senses influence the learning process. Hearing, touch, smell and taste, besides sight, can all be included in a an online learning experience. Read on to find out more.
When it comes to sensorial learning, traditional face-to-face courses have the upper hand over online courses. Instructors can tap on all five senses when teaching in a physical setting. However, it’s not impossible to make online learners “feel” the course.
This first part will deal only with sight, as it’s the most important sense in learning and deserves a blog entry on it’s own.
Flash vs. HTML5 is like a virtual war between apples and oranges. They are both fruits, but they are different and cater to different needs. Flash and HTML5 come with advantages and disadvantages each, so instructional designers need to pay special attention when choosing the right format for their needs.
Perhaps there are things that money cannot buy, but there are plenty of things that can be bought, and some things are better to be bought. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’d rather pay for a decent product or service than get it for free or for a lower value and be disappointed with it in the end. But at the same time, there’s something magic about getting something for free or for a bargain price. Until a future of massively efficient — and still free — MOOCs, companies in need of training solutions will have to seriously consider the present vendors that demand payment.
If we go with the saying “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”, the best business training strategy is to adopt a mixture of learning solutions if L&D professionals want to increase ROI and cost efficiency. The future of blended learning in business training is about combining the best of online and face-to-face teaching. Virtual solutions can bring people together to solve various business problems.