A company’s Learning and Development (L&D) function is only as good as the outcomes that it consistently delivers. Are your employees working to their potential? Are there skill gaps that have not been addressed? Is L&D listening to what employees think they need more of? All these questions, and more, need to be answered to help an organization learn and grow. The success of any company depends on the success of its employees. In order to be motivated and productive, employees must feel that they have achieved professional growth as individuals within the organization. A training strategy involving MOOCs creates an environment that allows people and organizations to learn and grow, not only as individual entities, but also within the sphere of the industry that they belong to.
When you host MOOCs across your organization, you ensure that everybody is trained to perform role-based activities in a similar fashion. MOOCs enable a uniform content delivery platform, thus standardizing processes across geographies, to the extent possible. In case of process deviations in certain locations, participants from other offices can choose to learn about the reasons for these deviations and increase their awareness of the company’s operations. This environment of “one way” of doing things allows a company to measure and monitor its offices’ performances more accurately.
By Bryant Nielson, Managing Director On May 8, 2013 NO COMMENTS
The extremely fast paced growth of Massive Online Open Courses, or MOOCs , means that many companies are now evaluating how they can benefit from this training methodology. In order to perform this evaluation correctly, one key question must be asked – do you view a MOOC as a product or a service?
MOOC – product or service?
Before digging deeper into this question, it is important to understand the difference between a product and a service. By standard definitions, a product is a tangible object manufactured, developed or assembled, while a service is an intangible benefit or value addition. However, in the world of MOOCs, this line is very blurred. Do MOOCs provide content that is developed for the consumers, thus making it a product? Or does it provide a platform for content, thus making it a service?
MOOCs can be sliced into two distinct segments.
The first segment comprises of:
- Creating course syllabus and structure;
- Developing content by using information collated from various sources such as books, the internet, professors and professionals;
By Bryant Nielson, Managing Director On February 27, 2013 NO COMMENTS
Markets are moving and the need for training is ever present for firms wanting to survive.
The disruption that is ‘already here’ is changing everything we know and do.
The question everyone has is… what are we going to do knowing that this disruption has occurred.
In the past, training required that you book flights, transportation, hotels, take care of meals and entertainment… all to get people together for training. We have for decades thought the best method for training was flying hundreds of people from all points, to a central place for training. The costs have always been HUGE.
Then ADDING the cost of the venue AND the training.
By Bryant Nielson, Managing Director On February 20, 2013 NO COMMENTS
Many industries have Continuing and Professional Development or CPD requirements. Those in finance, accounting, legal all have mandatory training requirements that demand anywhere from 20-40 hours annually to be completed. These CPD requirements are in addition to many product or specific product programs that many firms offer.
A quick Google search for ‘CPD requirements’ provides almost 7 million results. CPD’s are serious business, yet many firms struggle with coordinating and delivering these programs to their staff. The standard litney of reasons for why this is difficult is common to many. Things like,
- Time away from the office
- Travel time to an event
- Sometimes the cost of airfare and hotel accommodations contribute to the costs
- Relevance of the training to the participant.
To me, there is a solution out there waiting to be discovered. Something that is easy to participate in, easy to access, manageable from a time perspective and yet fully reportable and accountable for firms, regulatory bodies and associations.
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Bryant Nielson – Managing Director of CapitalWave Inc.– offers 25+ years of training and talent management for executives, business owners, and top performing sales executives in taking the leap from the ordinary to extraordinary. Bryant is a entrepreneur, trainer, and strategic training adviser for many organizations. Bryant’s business career has been based on his results-oriented style of empowering the individual.
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