5 Online Engagement Strategies

Employee EngagementAn engaged online campaigns is a strategic business asset that enables business to inspire, motivate and mobilize its employees to achieve defined business goals. This is the idea I am going to discuss in this post, that how engaged employees can be motivated to succeed, take pride in their company and committed to the business’s success. My previous posts have also talked about this idea somehow. This is important, since businesses having engaged workforce reach their corporate objectives very fast, face lower customer attrition rates, experience higher stock prices and elevated performance to achieve higher productivity per employee. Since training and development is shifting to online modes like MOOCs, e-learning and webinars, you cannot engage learners the same way you used to do while training them in a traditional offline environment. This post has some connections with all these; however, I am talking here in context of online business campaigns, and online engagement strategies.  Obviously, the virtual networks have their Continue reading

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Importance of corporate training for employees and organization

Notepad with Training on office wooden table.With the advent of high end technology in corporate organizations, complicated things have become much easier to manage. A large number of private as well as public organizations are implementing full-fledged corporate trainings especially in the Human resource department. With the help of maximized resource utilization Human resource managers can manage the employees more easily. The records are concentrated on a single server which makes it easier for access and alteration.

The corporate trainings and orientations implemented and executed by human resource departments have changed drastically in the last few decades in order to synchronize with organization goals. The human resource department of any organization or business also plays a pivotal role in decision making. A large number of human resource managers opt for dedicated corporate trainings to ensure that employees have a better understanding of their work and are able to achieve their professional goals more effectively. Continue reading

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Fears about Technology Enabled Learning

fear button on computer pc keyboard keyAlthough we see a strong push for incorporation of technology in educational and training settings, and availability in the hands of students and teachers, many fears regarding its implementation are still evident. On one side, technology enabled learning is seen as a way to promote high level of learners’ engagement in a classroom setting and employees’ intellectual growth, while on the other hand, fear of being unable to use it because of lack of technical expertise required for using technology, expensive accessibility, high dependency on technology for learning etc, are some of the fears which are the gist of this article. Although I mainly talk about the significance of technology enabled learning and the way it has become wide spread tool in most of the advanced educational setting; 74 percent of educators support technology enabled learning in United States, as per the survey published by PBS, there are still some unavoidable fears we would need to encounter in future so as to stop any obstacle in its promotion, even in developing countries in the world. Continue reading

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Fixed Training Costs vs. Variable Training Costs

On this sitefixed-vs-variable, I have mainly discussed about the online training and learning, in order to provide my readers with valuable information in this regard. Though, I always mentioned that online modes for training and learning are becoming the norms of the day, yet, many stakeholders involved in the training process, either online or offline; do hold concerns about the training cost. Not just their concerns are the gist of this article, but current economic scenario also bring some additional concerns in terms of training funds availability, in particular, when additional funds are required.

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What Are The Components of a Good LMS?

Learning Management System (LMS) word cloud business conceptLMSs have many features, and we have already looked at the features you should look for when choosing a LMS. We have also looked at how you should choose a LMS. However, now we need to know what parts usually make up a good LMS.  It doesn’t do any good to jump into the market blind, with no idea as to what you’re looking for.  With that in mind, we are now going to look at what the main components of a LMS are -or should be-.

There is no set rule as to what components should form a LMS, but there are a few that, if they were not present, would render the LMS useless.  In the same vein of thought, these components -or lack thereof- might make an argument as to whether the system was a LMS or not. Continue reading

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Learning Vs. Training & Development

Hand drawn Training vector concept for presentations and reportsI have talked about a lot regarding training and development, in my previous blog posts, both in educational and professional context. Many of people’s responses made me encounter a question that is there any difference between learning and training. In the light of my experiences and the research I have been sharing with you since long, the answer is “yes”. However, the very same training experience might be training for someone and learning for the others. Training is done to someone, who is put through training. Learning is something that learner desires, sees and needs an immediate application for. The basis is ownership. If it is just owned by the business or company, it is just a pure training. But if it is owned by the employees, the motivation is internal rather external. Eventually, this becomes a question of motivation, and the duty to frame this motivational question is on the business or an organization. Continue reading

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Huge MOOCs savings

Growing  stepsThough Silicon Valley has vigorously promoted MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), however, some universities and organizations are still reluctant to consider it appropriate to include it in their learning and training structure. Most of the value addition or benefits that were generated in favor of MOOCs, have been in terms of cost saving. It has been revealed by many experts that a 5 day MOOC, consisting of 500 people, can result in saving of up to 65 percent, as compared to instructor-led training, where 65 percent of this saving is actually the cost of instruction alone.

The cost saving up to this extent is significant. However, in spite of such incredible cost saving potential, MOOCs are still not widely seen and many businesses tend not to include Continue reading

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Using a MOOC for HiPo Training

High PotentialIn this blog post, I am just going to be learner oriented, especially those having superior training needs and targets. Though corporate training has become an integral part of most of the organizations, in view of its importance to make employees more productive and efficient, the training needs for HiPos (High Potential employees) are most crucial for organization’s success. Let me tell you why. First of all, HiPos are two times more productive and valuable than others, having strong leadership skills and can deliver higher profit growth. It’s an irony of fate that only few organizations realize the fact of having HiPos training programs that are different from usual learning and development activities conducted for all the employees. Continue reading

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What Are Your Training Metrics Actually Measuring?

ruler-150936_640Is your training working? That is the question. We can talk about MOOCs and gamification and whether self-paced courses are better than scheduled courses until we’re blue in the face, but the reality is that only one question really matters — what works?

Much has been written on the subject and many experts have weighed in on what they consider to be the most crucial training metrics (here are my top 10). However, it remains that for individual courses and at individual companies, the effectiveness of training is ridiculously hard to measure.

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MOOCs and Brain-Based Learning: The Perfect Combination?

shutterstock_227580421For too long, corporate training has focused on teaching, rather than on learning. This is the fundamental reason why so much corporate training fails: the way it is presented simply doesn’t have anything to do with the way people learn.

But as demands for training increase — not just training that satisfies butt-in-seat compliance requirements, but real training that leads to real results — learning is finally being acknowledged as the real goal. Over the past few years, there has also been a huge amount of new research into the brain basis of learning, which has lead to a host of new and more effective teaching strategies. Continue reading

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