Virtual Training

Changing Careers? Retrain Online

Whether you’ve outgrown your current job, or are ready to scale back for retirement, career changes are inevitable. At some point, we want or need more from our jobs or simply want a change. Indeed, over the course of the career cycle, most people  change careers for professional, financial and circumstantial reasons several times and in the 21st century, there are signs that people are changing careers more than ever before. In fact, a 2015 LinkedIn study found that people change job for growth, nearly as much as they change for compensation reasons, and often change for more esoteric reasons (e.g., because they want to work for a small rather than large organization). Whatever the reason for the move, however, career changes nearly always entail retraining, and this is where eLearning can make a huge difference.

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Small Businesses See Big Gains from Investing in an LMS

Learning management systems (LMSs) have now been widely adopted in large enterprises, but many small companies, including family-owned business, continue to overlook their value. Two assumptions appear to be at the root of the problem. Many small companies don’t think they need to engage in formal training, and  others worry that the cost of adopting an LMS is simply too high. In fact, both assumptions are incorrect. Even family farms and other small operations need training (e.g., to be in compliance with safety standards), and if you adopt an LMS with scalable billing, the cost will barely impact your overhead.  Continue reading

Google Glass 2 Supports Augmented Reality Training

Google Glass 2 Targets Workers

Over the past two years, eLeaP has published several posts on how augmented reality (AR) will soon transform workplace training. As most of these posts have also noted, however, we have yet to find the equipment needed to truly usher in an era of AR-based training. This week, Google announced that despite abandoning Google Glass in 2015, it was rolling out a new version of Glass and this time, it was targeting workers, specifically workers who need to be hands-free on the job. Today’s post examines how AR-based learning will get a huge boost with Google Glass 2 now on the market.  Continue reading

Training Solutions for Summer Downtown

It might be July, but that’s no reason to put your training efforts on hold. Indeed, in some sectors, summer is an ideal time to scale up training efforts and keep employees learning and growing on the job. Rather than have your employees sit idle as business slows, make the most of any extra time by asking them to complete refresher courses on key skills or courses designed to help them cross-train.  The bottom line is that summer training initiatives can keep employees engaged and strengthen your team to help tackles challenges over the year ahead. Continue reading

Avoid Big Fails on the Training Front

Organizations spend millions of dollars every year on training. Unfortunately, many of these training initiatives fail. While Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook may embrace the motto “move fast and break things,” failing isn’t always good for business. Indeed, failed training programs can lead to lost revenue and talent. While it is difficult to determine the total value of these losses, a 2016 article in the Harvard Business Review reported, “American companies spend enormous amounts of money on employee training and education—$160 billion in the United States and close to $356 billion globally in 2015 alone—but they are not getting a good return on their investment. For the most part, the learning doesn’t lead to better organizational performance, because people soon revert to their old ways of doing things.” Today’s post outlines just some of the  most common reasons workplace training programs fail and explores how to avoid big fails and big losses Continue reading

The Promise of Virtual Reality Learning in Corporations

There is a certain amount of frustration people might feel concerning various technologies. It seems like the driverless car technologies have been in the news for a long time now and yet we’re still waiting to see it become a widespread reality that makes a real difference in people’s day-to-day lives. I think there’s a similar frustration when it comes to virtual reality, and especially as it applies to corporate eLearning and training efforts. Will virtual reality learning have a role to play in companies looking to boost their learning programs? Continue reading