The Millennials make up the majority of the workers and they have unique traits that are not found in the generations preceding them nor in the one that is only now entering adulthood. The fact that they are constantly on their gadgets does not make them less qualified or less productive so it is important to figure out their unique behavioral code in order to keep them happy and engaged with your organization.
Storytelling is a very powerful tool, one that can be used in organizations everywhere. The ways in which storytelling can help smooth integrations, transitions and changes within an organisation are unlimited. Storytelling is all about moving people emotionally whether it is so that they remember an important piece of information, adhere to an organisational value or behave in a certain desirable way.
Traditional teams are made up of people who spend a lot of time together and as a result develop a certain group dynamics. Globalization and the rapid technological advancements have led to a new type of team – one in which members may never meet face to face. With the right technology and proper management, global virtual teams will ensure a bright, successful future for organizations everywhere.
In a time when life has more or less moved online and people are depending on technology to make everything easier and less time consuming, it makes perfect sense for organizations to depend on intricate LMSs when it comes to developing their employees. The steps to be taken for a successful LMS implementation are: planning, configuration, communication and testing, with a huge accent on communication.
There are two more days until the MATRIX Blog turns three! Three years can go by in the blink of an eye, yet so many things have happened! During the past 12 months we published exactly 100 blog posts (101 if you want to count this one as well), the number of the contributing authors grew to — coincidence or not — 12, and everyone’s work made the MATRIX Blog advance into the first 5% of all e-learning blogs!
Self-directed learning (SDL) comes with great flexibility as learners enjoy the freedom of structuring their learning. With this in mind, instructional designers ought to focus on providing experiential learning situations that can be easily translated from the screen into real life. Investing in the right technology and promoting SDL as an organizational value can only lead to positive results.
SMEs are not that easy to come by. In a time when information is so easily accessed, everybody can find out the basics of any topic – since most of them also have a ‘for dummies’ version targeted at those who really don’t have the first clue about a subject. Those who take the time and put in the effort to know more, to understand intricate workings and gather an extensive experience in a certain field are very valuable and should be treated as such.
There may be several causes that lead to low interest in all the e-learning material that is available but the most common one is the design. So much effort goes into making sure the LMS has all the features that the L&D, HR and Financial departments want that not enough attention is given to the most important party at the table: the end user. They are the center around which it should all be evolving and not the other way around.
The digital revolution has ushered in a new era of connectivity and productivity, but it has also placed a new emphasis on learning and personal development. Cultural change is a long process, but it can start today. Little by little, you’ll start to see employees buy into this learning culture, helping it become a defining characteristic of your company and also a significant competitive edge.
I have been a corporate trainer for over a decade and in my personal experience, teaching adults is more science than anything else. Same goes for e-learning. I suppose that as long as there is ‘the art of living”, “the art of baking the perfect muffin” and even “the art of electronics’, there is room on the bookshelf for “the art of training”. As long as inside you find the hard cold facts of how to do it.