Timing Tempo Technology

Time is moneyIn my previous posts, the aspect of technology in training and education has radically been highlighted. Many of you might be unaware of the next two factors this technology comes along. These I call timing and tempo. In this post, I would highlight how technology enabled learning experiences are enhanced through these two elements as well. When I talk about timing, it means learning the right concepts at the right time, in the most effective ways and in least possible time. May be, timing can be adjusted as per the learners; however, tempo is the one that leads to the training goal eventually. Tempo is the rate or consistency with which the learners clear their concepts, refine skills and develop an eager to learn more.

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Startups that Changed Our Education

Composition with hardcover booksRecent developments in technology and the overwhelming popularity of the Internet have significantly revolutionized the educational system. From simple researching of topics to obtaining an MBA, everything can now be done online. With more and more people and professionals relying on the Internet to acquire information and skills, there are also now a lot of education based sites that are finding success. People from different countries all over the world are showing interest with the current innovation in the kind of education system that uses technologically advanced methods and learning tools.

The list below includes the top 5 successful education based startups that have been receiving worldwide recognition: Continue reading

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5 Online Tools To Make Your Job Easier

Tools Icon ConceptMost of us would love to develop our skills to make us even better at our jobs and progress further in our careers. Brushing up on your knowledge and training up on new skills may be a common New Year’s resolution but in reality those good intentions soon go out the window when the workload starts to pile up again.

If you want to learn new skills and develop yourself then you need to make time for it and to do that you need to work smarter and more efficiently. Here are 5 online resources that are helping employees to improve their performance levels and develop their knowledge on a daily basis. Continue reading

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Technology Enabled Learning: Complimentary Training Patterns

Most of the time, I have talked about some big learning platforms like MOOCs, online short courses, distance learning, online corporate training, webinars and so on. Do you know all these platforms or training tools are unique designs in themselves? Can we think of enhancing their value through some training patterns, which compliment them in various aspects? You might be thinking why I came up with this idea. As e-learning keeps to grow, increasing number of people in organizations find themselves playing a role of e-learning designer with no experience to solve specific design problems; one of the findings of my research. How can those be helped to the field for quickly delivering some effective and reliable learning solutions? In search of this question, I found some complimentary training patterns that go hand in hand in e-learning design. The only difference is that, though being slightly minor, they greatly compliment the session or a program through enhancing the quality of the end learning outcome.

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The Art of Business Writing

Person writing on a documentWhat is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of business writing? It’s probably not “art.” But maybe it should be. Business used to be done face to face. Clients sought out the business they wanted using either the phone book or through word of mouth, and they showed up at the door. This is not the case anymore. Increasingly, business is done online. On a daily basis, you might text a client, write an advertisement, or write an online post for your website or blog. And that’s not even taking into account all the emails you’ll send in a day.

When you’re writing, choosing the right words, message, and tone can be difficult. Just think of the last time you sent an email only to have it misinterpreted. There is a certain art to composing the right words on paper (or your computer). These tips will help you refine your writing style and convey the proper message with your words. After all, without conveying the message you wish to impart, what’s the point of writing in the first place? Continue reading

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Assessment Overkill

AssessmentUp till now we have seen the ways massive open online courses (MOOCs) have made the trainers and educators rethink, and redefine the ways content is delivered to the learners and the role of social media after incorporating it into classroom. In this article, I would focus the topic that has been quite debatable historically around the neck of training and development, i.e. assessment.

Assessment in the world of corporate training has become complicated because of certain factors. Firstly, there is quite widespread misconception that getting exposed to information is equal to learning. The outcome has been an overabundance of objective testing techniques that evaluate information recall but so little else. Continue reading

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Digital Participation

Businessman presses button online training on virtual screens. BThe huge wave of internet in last few decades has led to the evolution of online based user experience, whether it’s about searching, marketing, shopping and learning. Much discussed topics in few of my previous articles have been MOOCs, video learning and other online modes that are extensively being used all over the world. All point towards the same finding i.e. increasing digital participation. This digital participation, digital literacy and the faster rate with which businesses and academic institutions are becoming a part of it, would be my focus in this article. Meanwhile, we would also explore the meanings and significance behind these terms.

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The Value of Video Learning

Video cameraMost of my previous articles have explicitly established the importance of online learning, online teaching, MOOCs and so on. In this article, I would be focused around one of its most important elements that contributes significantly towards its success, and that is the video learning. Though online learning modes are increasing in popularity (online enrolment in the United States currently is 33 percent, showing a sharp increase since last few years[1]) , yet unluckily, it is taken as a broad technology and thus its elements on individual level, are often neglected, resulting in unsatisfied learners and instructors. The video learning is one of the graphical elements of online learning experience, which not only enhances the understanding level of material, as indicated by latest MIT research[2], but can also be improved to an amazingly appealing level, Continue reading

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How To Develop New Skills & Progress In Your Career

Skills ConceptThere is no doubt that the modern workplace is very different than it was a few years ago. In the not too distant past you could realistically leave high school or college and find yourself a career for life with one company. However this is rarely the case these days as economic uncertainty still looms over many businesses.

The internet has also played a big role in the more uncertain fate for modern employees as it much easier for businesses to outsource which enables them to get the best value for their money. All this means that it’s no longer enough to just arrive on time every day and do your duties, you need to be constantly improving your skills to keep up with the ever-increasing demands of the modern employee.

So let’s take a look at what you can do to stay one step ahead of the crowd and progress in Continue reading

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Goldman Sachs Fired Analysts for Cheating on Training Tests

Cheating on a TestPerhaps, one of the most surprising news last week was about the dismissal of 20 Goldman Sachs analysts, a leading banking organizations, on account of cheating, clearly reveals that how easy it is for the test administrators to monitor and track the offenders. This is indeed an alarm for potential cheaters, letting them know that they should be aware of the fact that unsophisticated search tricks can easily be traced. Goldman Sachs had warned the analysts before, on a recurrent course, that there is no margin of tolerance for the cheating on the tests. This statement has come from the people familiar with this matter and they also said that the bank had elevated its test policies.

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