Supporting Older Workers with eLearning

There is ample evidence to support the conclusion that older workers have much to contribute to any workforce. Their experience, wisdom, communication and interpersonal skills are readily needed. The challenge is that today many older workers are being asked to do their job in an entirely new context with entirely new tools. Since technology is often seen as an obstacle—the very thing that is preventing older workers from excelling—eLearning and mLearning are often overlooked as a solution. In fact, there’s growing evidence that using eLearning and mLearning to support older workers is an effective way to ensure they have the skills needed to stay in the workforce and keep up with their industrials changing technologies. Continue reading

3 Ways to Engage and Train Interns

Over the past decade, internships have continued to gain popularity. The National Association of College of Universities 2015 survey reported that over 60% of students now complete at least one internship while completing their degrees. While students often consider internships a great way to gain job skills while still in school, for employers, interns can pose notable challenges and even risks. Continue reading

eLearning and Foreign Language Training

We now live in a world where multilingualism is not only common but also essential in business. In some nations, including the Netherlands, Switzerland and Canada, it is commonplace for employees to be well prepared to operate in at least two languages. In parts of the United States, including Texas and Southern California, the ability to operate in English and Spanish is also common. The bottom line is that when you can do business in more than one language, you can tap into wider markets. Continue reading

The Ongoing Growth of eLearning

A new survey suggests that by 2020, the global corporate eLearning market will be worth more than 31 billion. The trend, notably, is not confined to the United States. eLearning in education, at all levels, and the training sector is a global phenomenon that continues to gain momentum. In some circles, there is a strong sense that in the future, education and training will by default involve some form of eLearning. Simply put, moving forward, eLearning will be taken for granted as part of any learning experience rather than seen as an add on. 

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How Training Can Help Crack the Glass Ceiling

Every year, more women crash through the glass ceiling. Of course, women at the top are still far from the majority. In most companies, women represent only a fraction of executives. For example, women hold only 4.2% of CEO positions in the 500 largest U.S. companies. This raises the obvious question: What continues to prevent women from crashing through the glass ceiling? Continue reading

Train Your Volunteers with eLearning

It’s that time of year–the time of year when people’s charitable spirit spikes. Indeed, for most nonprofits, the Thanksgiving to New Years stretch is critical. It is when most donations (money and good) come in and when one is most likely to find people eager to pitch in to help too. But there’s a problem. While anyone running a food bank, women’s shelter, or soup kitchen needs all hands on deck, volunteers can also be a liability. In essence, it’s like bringing dozens and even hundreds of entirely untrained employees on board. Continue reading

Using Fitbit-like Devices in Workplace Training

Wearable technology is becoming increasingly prevalent in our everyday lives and in 2017, there is good reason to believe that this trend will continue. Among the most ubiquitous wearable technologies is the Fitbit. Easy enough for a child or 90-year-old technophobe to use, the device not only motivates people to move more all day long but also helps people keep track of their health vitals. From heart rate to sleep patterns to daily steps, the Fitbit knows exactly what you’re up to. Now imagine if it could be used as a way to deliver educational and training materials too? Continue reading

“Show, Don’t Tell,” with Articulate Storyline 2

If you’ve ever taken a writing class, you’ll already know, the number one rule of good writing is “show, don’t tell.” Indeed, most great writers and experienced professors of writing will tell you that when you show your readers something, you are more likely to captivate them than when you tell your readers something. Why? Because when you show something to readers, they are more likely to enter the scene with you. In short, they are likely to be able to see and feel the experience you seek to convey. Not surprisingly, the “show, don’t tell” rule also holds true when it comes to creating compelling online training courses. Continue reading

Mobile Apps Transform Medical Training

Fact: An estimated 500 million smartphone users worldwide now rely on health care applications, and by 2018, an estimated 50% smartphone and tablet users will be using health care applications.

Anatomy instruction is a major part of medical training, but the field is currently also in flux. In the past, anatomy was primarily taught with the aid of workbooks and through dissections. Today, dwindling resources combined with increased pressure from the animal rights movement are changing how anatomy is taught. In short, more medical schools are moving from lab to screen to tighten their budgets and respond to critiques from animal rights activists.

As a result, anatomy instruction is also increasingly moving from the classroom to various forms of elearning. After all, if you eliminate the lab and replace textbooks with elearning modules, why hold traditional in-person classes at all? By and large, evidence suggest that while some courses may still be best taught in person, many others can be effectively or more effectively delivered online and even via mobile apps; anatomy instruction appears to fall into the latter category. A study on one of the newest innovations in anatomy education, the 4natomy mobile app, demonstrates why this is the case.

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Online Education-The Next Generation

As observed in an article published earlier this week in The Chronicle of Education, “Back when colleges first started experimenting with teaching online, pundits mused that competition for college students would one day be global. A student would be able to sit down at a computer and take a course literally from anywhere.” While this once seemed crazy, we’re now living in that era. Global competition for higher education has arrived. Of course, the globalization of training has already been here for some time, since of course, companies large and small now oversee the training of workers around the globe. But what are the implications of living in a world where education and training are no longer local but global? Continue reading