As the final weeks of the year draw closer, and you can start to see the holidays on the horizon, it is easy to forget about the journey that brought you this far.
We believe that the holidays are a time to recharge and rejuvenate, but also a time of reflection. When we look back on a year of elearning in the workplace, it reminds us of what we’ve accomplished, and all the things we are looking forward to in 2016.
Here’s a look back at some of our favourite blogs from this year.
Getting started can be a little overwhelming, so we put together this handy guide to help you get started. It’s just 6 things you need to do when starting your e-learning project.
As the Internet and computers have grown in prominence, we’ve increasingly found ourselves moving our learning online, but there are still a lot of companies who insist on putting all of their training into the physical space.
A recent review published by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and carried out by Imperial College London (ICL) has declared that e-learning could help millions of additional students around the world to access healthcare education.
I’ve recently been reading the New York Times Bestseller from Google, ‘How Google Works’. The purpose of the book is to give the business world a real insight into how Google operates. Amongst the different chapters within the book, from planning to culture and innovation, I was particularly interested in Google’s approach to talent.
The largest driver for purchasing elearning in the corporate training environment is still getting employees fully compliant. For many organisations, this is the only cause for procuring elearning. As a result, elearning remains in a vicious circle which doesn’t necessarily lead to good design that motivates the workforce.
Many corporations are now exploring the ‘Extended Learning Enterprise’. Typically, companies with a high-tech product or software vendors are in this space. Instead of hiring a large sales force, they are looking at Value Added Resellers (VARs) to sell their product for them. This, not only reduces costs, but also allows them to focus on product development.
The learning and development industry is experiencing a paradigm shift. In the same way as HR professionals have had to embrace new approaches to employee participation, and concepts such as high commitment HRM, talent management and succession planning, so today the role of the learning and development department has evolved.
Two current trends in technology-enhanced learning systems that are now starting to gain exposure and adoption are Learning Analytics and the SCORM upgrade/replacement, TinCan, also known as xAPI.
Autumn is a busy time for elearning across the Globe, with trade shows such as World of Learning (UK), DevLearn (USA) and Learning@work (Australia) all happening in September and October 2015.
We have seen how the Massive Open Online Learning concept has already disrupted corporate education, and, also further education. According to Edsurge, in 2012, the number of MOOC courses offered was 100, and by 2013, this had grown to 700. This rapid growth is not surprising given the amount of investment in the MOOC world.
Implementing a strong training strategy for charities can be a challenge. Although it is important for them to develop their staff and make sure they have the management and interpersonal skills required to do their job, charities rely mostly on donations, and therefore must use their funds carefully and constructively. It is important for them to find cost effective solutions.
Inefficiency is the ever-looming bogeyman of the NHS, acting as a terrifying threat that will destroy the organisation (although some would even question if it’s there at all). “We must be more efficient!” cry the politicians, as they slash budgets in a an attempt to starve the fever of NHS excess. The truth is, however, that a bloated budget only does so much to create wasteful or unnecessary process. The true creator of bureaucracy and bloat is a much less tangible metric: innovation.
2016? – Who knows but we’ll be there for the ride