It’s better to have brains than good looks, but why settle for half of what you can get? An LMS needs to do all the heavy work when it comes to creating courses, assignments, and tests, as well as gathering data for each learner and provide thorough reports. But it also needs to offer a great user experience for administrators, instructors, and learners alike. Visual learners prefer a variety of learning materials, eye-catching learning materials over text-only ones, and they simply love videos.
Millennials are set to take over the workplace. But what about the older employees? What about the graying workforce that greatly contributes to a company’s success? Shouldn’t business training programs seriously address the learning needs of senior employees as well? Companies that don’t plan for generational management shifts risk falling behind and losing out to their competitors.
Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience. Simply said, it’s learning by doing. We all learn better when we are directly involved in a learning experience rather than when we are simply recipients of ready-made content, like formal training courses. Experiential learning comes with interactivity and participation, and is much more effective than traditional learning approaches. But why is experiential learning so important in the workplace?
E-learning professionals have a reputation for being the teachers of the workforce, with knowledge in many interconnected fields. Their job has always been an important one. But what skills do they posses and how do these contribute to their success? Read on to find out.
Games come with an element of fun and inspire competition. What’s more, they offer a safe learning environment, where employees can test their knowledge without real-life risks. Storytelling makes the learner the main character of the game, which leads to even higher engagement rates. The centuries-old storytelling, along with the satisfaction of the top human needs of games will never get out of style.
Once upon a time, before Facebook was a thing, and people didn’t lose their minds over some change of an app logo, Learning and Development professionals were happy working with SCORM. But with the advancement of search engines, the know-it-all internet, and growing numbers of mobile devices in the workplace, soon, SCORM found itself in the need of a modern successor. The name is xAPI. Or Experience API. Or Tin Can API. Whatever you choose to call it, this API makes it easier to connect real performance with any learning experience and therefore deliver personalized learning.
No matter what your job is now, knowledge is key. You only get better by knowing more, and it’s a never-ending cycle. You just can’t stop learning. Companies know that their best shot at being successful in our over-competitive business world is to have knowledgeable employees. But nobody is born a know-it-all. That’s why Learning and Development departments will have such an important role in always improving employees’ productivity. Continuous learning at work targets everyone in a company, from new hires to top management, and L&D professionals themselves. There’s always room for improvement.
In the multi-device, multi-screen world of the workplace, the question is not whether or not to adopt a responsive design for any business website, but rather when to do that. With increasing numbers of mobile devices used by everyone, more and more business problems solved or eased by these devices in the workplace, and higher demands and expectations from the modern, mobile employees, it’s only a matter of time until responsive design will take over all the virtual world. Businesses need to adapt to this reality and make efforts to provide a total mobile user experience for their employees.
The use of games for business training purposes is still a technique that is met with a certain dose of skepticism. The fun and entertaining nature of games goes against the serious attitude of business. Add to this a faulty implementation of gaming principles and mechanics in a training program, and no wonder there are plenty of managers who consider gamification a joke. But gamification can lead to impressive outcomes, and the main reason for this is that it drives engagement.
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?