Before you dismiss it as yet another made-up nonsense for the young generation, gamification does not mean turning serious academic material into games. Game mechanics, however, prove very useful when your goal is to create engaging content that facilitates information retention. There are at least four reasons why the use of games in online courses, as they help to satisfy four common learning needs.
Immersive learning environments mix the worlds of leisure and work or informal and formal learning and have the potential to function as a professional learning treat, making learning fun. As the available immersive technology improves, and high speed Internet is everywhere at a very small cost, immersive learning environments should begin to play more of a role as a supplement to or major component of professional learning.
Many organisations talk about innovation and want to find new and better solutions to old problems, but they fail to equip their teams with the means to achieve these outcomes. They want out-of-the-box ideas, but at the same time they try to keep employees in their boxes as much as possible. Why do they do that? What’s stopping companies from learning and innovating?
Organizations that manage to hire talented people and help them grow are the most likely to succeed in the long run. It takes skill to balance both new and existing human capital, but creating individual development plans for each employee will surely be worth the effort. As employees grow, so does the success of the organization because the most valuable assets are those who walk into the office or log on remotely each day.
Providing relevant learning opportunities and professional development for employees is certainly a significant investment from the part of companies. Couple this with a foggy ROI, and you can’t really blame managers for searching for options and consider all the ways to cut training costs. Opting for delivering online training is a cost-effective way of investing in employees while optimizing budgets.
The benefits of having online communities that work and support learning within the company are far greater than the effort so here are some tips for getting things rolling: group leaders are very important and it is paramount that they are accepted by most members; their knowing of the audience is a must; sub-communities may be better for ensuring a personalized learning experience for each member.
Building a learning culture, providing personalized learning experiences to each employee and preparing for unexpected disruptions that will inevitably arise in the ever-changing business environment are three things that will become more and more important in determining companies’ success in the future and L&D professionals will certainly have a role to play in this.
Corporate trainers should not worry about going extinct any time soon. E-learning has the capacity to make their lives and jobs significantly easier. A lot of subjects that used to be a bore can now be delivered in e-learning form. Since classroom trainers do a lot more than simply deliver content in front of an audience, e-learning is actually there to make their job easier and more interesting rather than obsolete.
There are plenty of factors that influence a person’s ability to absorb, retain and recall new information, but training instructors have little to no control over them. But they do control the way learning materials are delivered, and applying spaced repetition in training materials is the magic sauce for learners to get improved retention rates and contribute to the success of the training program.
Whether it’s classroom or e-learning, training is costly in terms of money and time. So it is only natural for businesses to want be able to quantify the value that training sessions bring to the organization. Of course learning itself is never really over but a training cycle is deemed complete once its effectiveness has been evaluated and plans for the next steps on the learning path have been drawn.