Whenever putting out a hiring ad, companies ask for innovative people who can think outside of the box. Creativity seems to have become the number one prerequisite for pretty much everything. The ‘box’, with its implication of rigidity and squareness, symbolizes constrained and unimaginative thinking. So how exactly can one think outside the box? And what can instructional designers do support this kind of thinking?
When it comes to creating training courses most clients tend to believe it is either one or the other, and if they do choose both they assume two independent development streams and budgets. But if we consider the amount of cost and effort to create both instructor-led courses and e-learning ones, the best option for maximizing the training budget is to go for both these possibilities.
Every company should consider offering training to all members of the extended enterprise, whether we’re talking about employees, suppliers, resellers, volunteers and even customers. This will help them save a lot of time and money, all while organically growing the business.
Micro learning is already established as the wonder child of the online education industry. A normal response to the spectacular growth of mobile learning and an antidote to lack of time and resources in the workplace, bite-sized learning can prove the perfect solution for employees. Providing real-time, relevant information, this type of training boosts employee efficiency, and as such improves company productivity.
The learning organization is an integral part of today’s workplace. The modern employee is acutely aware that in this fast moving world one needs to learn continuously to survive. That’s why L&D departments need to keep up with all technological advancements that allow employee to have more control over their learning process at work and support this new sharing culture.
Companies of all shapes and sizes complain about how hard it is to find great talent and they also face high employee turnover rates. What can they do overcome these recruitment and retainment crises? Well, if they humanize the recruitment process, offer work recognition, allow more flexibility, support continuous learning opportunities and put trust at the core of their organization, recruitment and retainment become easier.
The main purpose of wearable technology is to gather important data and give instant access to certain resources. Here are just a few wearable devices that can be used by companies to train their employees and increase productivity: wearable wrist displays, wireless headsets, fitness bands, VR headsets, AR glasses, clip-on cameras and smartwatches.
Company growth is based a lot on employee development, and this often means some sort of training. And if we’re talking about a diverse workforce in more than one location on the globe, cultural differences and language variety have the potential to become serious challenges. So company training programs need to be targeted to each group of employees, and their native language should be an important variable.
Everyone is talking about why it’s important to offer personalized learning experiences for trainees, and the only way to achieve this is through big data. And with the help of machine learning, that big data about learners is sorted, patterns are found, so instructional designers can make sense of everything and take the best decisions when creating training courses.
The relationship between education, learning and technology is a never-ending circle. The only way for companies and their employees to keep up with the fast-paces business environment is through constant learning and professional development. Micro-learning can be a sensible solution to this challenge.