The MATRIX team will be in Atlanta very soon, attending the largest event for talent development professionals worldwide: The ATD International Conference and Exposition 2017. Drop by our Booth #2015 in any day of the event to meet the team, chat about the latest trends in the professional learning industry and see what we’ve been up to lately. We have prizes and surprises awaiting you!
If you’re involved in getting a new LMS for your company, read on to learn about some of the most common hidden costs that usually — but not always — creep into the acquisition process. Some of them could easily go to the turn-off category. But in the end, it all depends. What matters most is transparency and the meaning behind each fee. Sometimes, it’s better to pay a fee and forget about the issue, than to try to deal with it yourself, only to get into bigger trouble.
Blended learning is such an efficient and easy solution for professional development that it is bound to become the norm for corporate training. It’s a wonderfully balanced combination that also lowers training costs and improves information retention. It’s just bound to become the special on the corporate training menu.
Besides the subject matter knowledge and technical skills, a training course creator also need to put on the hat of a neuroscientist when designing. So if you at least be clear about the benefits of going through a certain course, put some thought into how you deliver new information, allow trainees to sleep on new concepts and master spaced repetition, you’ll meet some of the needs of the learning brain.
It may seem that digital natives do everything differently than the previous generations of employees but give them the time, the choice and the right technology and they will prove that different is in this case better. In order to design programs that will be both friendly and effective for them there are a few things to be taken into account. Check them out!
Employees tend to perform better when they feel empowered, have a say in their work and understand the added value of the tasks they are asked to perform. That’s why organizations everywhere should encourage and foster self-directed learning (SDL) and give employees more control over their professional learning process.
Immersive technologies are perfect for training people who perform risky jobs because it can simulate dangerous or risky situations within a safe, controlled environment. These can also be used for recruitment, on-boarding new employees, or helping team members develop interpersonal skills at work. 360° photos, 360° videos, 3D simulations, VR and MR are just 5 examples of immersive technology for training.
These days there is a subscription for anything, from daily pics of cute cats to new o scientific breakthroughs and every sale both online and offline. So it only makes sense to use enrollment as a learning tool. Subscription learning can be an effective way for companies to make use of the modern appetite of people for internet and repeatability.
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.