April 26, 2013 | Leave a comment
Training one’s employees represents a cost. It also requires time and workforce mobilisation. Distance training, classroom-based training, or both? This implies making strategic choices according to available logistic and financial means. But what results can be expected? Are the benefits genuinely tangible?
Training, a patent springboard to success
Vocational training is a fantastic asset for the future of companies, even if they are not necessarily aware of it. Indeed, there is a relationship between increasing employee skills and company productivity.
As early as in 2009, it was estimated that “moderate training effort made within a company is associated with a productivity gain of circa 1% relative to a company that does not implement training. This moderate effort corresponds to 11 hours’ training per company employee. “*
Just a few hours of training for a 1% productivity gain! Even though the number of training hours dispensed is not proportional to the productivity gain, there is no need to be a keen economist to grasp the benefits of training.
Companies must back their employees, this precious value-creating force.
ROI measurement facilitated through digital learning
When a company makes an investment, for internal training in the present case, it is only legitimate for it to wish to measure the impact of this action. But how can it do so?
In digital learning (i.e. training using the computer as a performance vector), the LCMS and LMS platforms can provide precious indicators, facilitating the measurement of return on investment for training courses.
These must fit into a global context that includes other estimation factors.
Based on the principle that a company’s human resources are a key source of value creation and that there are ways of assessing training efficiency, the answer to the question “What is the point of training one’s employees?” becomes obvious: to support and ensure the company’s growth!
April 8, 2013 | Leave a comment
ASTD 2013 is the premier event for workplace learning and development professionals, with more than 9,000 attendees from over 80 countries. This event will occur on next May 19-22 in Dallas (United States). This is the largest conference in this field.
April 8, 2013 | Leave a comment
Training is one of the key elements of companies HR departments, nevertheless, it is not easy to find a comprehensive solution to manage all learning system (creation, management and delivery of distance and classroom training). That is why e-doceo Germany invite training specialists on April 2013 to discover a SaaS global solution to develop companies pedagogical asset.
March 1, 2013 | Leave a comment
The arrival of digital technology has overturned the codes of corporate training. Indeed, computers have take up their place in learning techniques, both in distance and classroom-based training, also contributing to the emergence of original education methods. How can we defined digital learning? What has been its impact on training techniques? Will digital learning take over from blended learning?
Digital learning, what is it?
Simply put, digital learning is THE fundamental trend currently shaking up the training world. What does it consist of? Over the past few years, the integration of computers into training trades has become common knowledge, leading to the democratisation of e-learning. Digital learning takes this integration further, now encompassing educational content for classroom-based training. This presence of digital technologies, both in e-learning and in classroom-based courses, is the essence of digital leaning: media digitisation and interactivity throughout all educational materials.
Visible progress conferred by digital learning
Digital learning, democratised in training, is not limited simply to e-learning. It is becoming established throughout the value chain focused on educational efficiency (creation, management and distribution of educational material). Some examples of the benefits of digital learning:
- Greater training interactivity;
- Use of digital media in classroom-based training;
- Implementation of remote collaboration within work teams;
- Training industrialisation;
- Enhanced computer security;
- Data backup to cloud computing solutions;
- Emergence of fast learning (very short duration training using online content), etc.
So what about blended learning in all that?
To head off any rumours: NO, digital learning is not a substitute for blended learning. Blended learning (combining e-learning and classroom-based learning) is a learning method, a “way of training” learners. Digital learning, on the other hand, is a technological upgrade that impact learning.
Care must be taken not to confuse the learning method, which is an educational use, and digitisation, corresponding to optimised technological processing.
Current training courses (e-learning, blended learning and classroom-based learning) are undergoing a digitisation phase, offering benefits for both training departments and companies.
January 7, 2013 | Leave a comment
Tracking is a crucial aspect of any trainer’s work. In distance learning, tracking is an integral part of the teaching approach, because it allows for online mentoring. Let’s review the concept of tracking and the educational role it plays in distance learning.
Tracking: what is it, and what purpose does it serve?
As described in our e-learning glossary,”Tracking is done via the LMS platform, to gather teaching information about learners’ progress through their e-learning course: time spent on distance training, number of log-ins, scores earned on online assessments, etc.”. This valuable intelligence, which is directly tied to a learner’s advancement through an e-learning module (or SCO, “Sharable Content Object”), will enable trainers to respond with rigorous, personalised online mentoring (following up with each learner, studying the recorded results, sending reminders, offering support, etc.).
So tracking is crucial - but not using just any distance learning tool!
Indeed, it is impossible to begin tracking with a simply average e-learning tool. In order to track a SCO on an LMS platform, the two must be compatible: this is called interoperability. Standards within the distance learning market, particularly the widely-used SCORM standard, guarantee interoperability between a SCO and an LMS. Following the SCORM standard ensures that the advanced feature of learner tracking will be available for distance learning content and LMS platforms. In short, where tracking is concerned, it’s best to use SCORM-compliant tools! The AICC standard also makes tracking possible, but it is less commonly used: a good e-learning solution will be compatible with both standards.
Tracking applied to the case of mobile learning
Although mobile learning is a developing trend in distance training, driven by growing demand from companies, few publishers of e-learning solutions offer suitable authoring tools compatible with the SCORM standard that can be used to produce m-learning modules. As such, you must carefully research the software solutions you intend to use. The inevitable distance between learner and trainer in m-learning, for example, absolutely must be compensated for with conscientious online follow-up. Failing this, distance learning will become less productive.