The workforce is a cross-generational affair, mixing Gen Xers, Millennials and Baby Boomers. The use of gamification in training holds the power to engage the greatest part of the demographics. If properly designed, it reaches wide categories of staff and can turn even the dullest topic or task into something enjoyable and worthwhile.
When designing training for new software users, a question that will inevitably arise is: Should you go for simulations or for the training environment? The knowledge achieved by a learner who can test the software will always trump that of a simulation training experience, but simulations provide a highly cost-effective means to create scalable, repeatable training.
Many industries use VR technology for training and many more consider using it in the future. Besides the wow-factor, the affordable-ish price and the fact that it can be measured, here are another 4 benefits of using VR in training: it increases learner engagement and retention rates, helps learners gain mastery faster and improves employee performance.
Decision trees are useful, but real-life scenarios may be better when trying to take the right decision at the right time. The purpose of real-life scenario-based learning is to teach people how to make the right decision, rather than what decision to take in a given situation.
The right office furniture impacts the well-being of employees and can hinder their ability to be top performers in a subtle but powerful way. When physical pain gets in the mix with new complex things that need to be learned or thorny work-related issues that need to be solved, employees tend to be less attentive, lose focus and count the minutes until they can get up and go home.
Maybe it’s the perfect duration of the speech, maybe it’s the great subjects, maybe it’s a combination of these — but TED Talks sure has a way to keep watchers mesmerized. Here are 7 TED talks spreading ideas about how people learn, what motivation means, the role of the workplace, and other topics learning and development professionals could find interesting.
Here are 4 reasons to use video for business training: creating videos is not necessarily an expensive activity, instructional designers can use the same video in more than one course, video positively influence the engagement and retention rates of employees, and they can be interactive and give more power to learners.
The MATRIX team attended the Learning Technologies 2017 conference and met many amazing people there. We thank everyone who responded to our calls and social media posts and who booked a meeting with either of us. It’s always a pleasure to connect face to face and to shake hands with strangers that become valuable partners or clients.
Considering the growing numbers of job-hopping employees, what can companies do to fight low employee retention rates? Well, the gamification of work might be a solution, by allowing employees to try out different jobs in different departments, within the same company, for a set period of time.
Since employees have to actually perform their jobs besides workplace learning, they are not always in the best mental state to pay attention to what happens during training courses. Therefore, instructional designers who include some memory tricks in their training programs improve the chances of employees to better remember what they learn.