In a live training environment, generally a real life trainer works with one or more trainees to educate them on the training material. One benefit of this is that the trainer has a good sense of a trainee's level of engagement. For instance, if a trainee were to fall asleep or be playing with their phone and not paying attention it would be quite obvious in a live training session. Conversely, trainees can show their positive engagement by asking or answering questions in a live training environment. In online training getting this feedback is much trickier.
Online training is growing in popularity for a variety of reasons. First, as organizations become more dispersed, classroom training becomes a larger challenge as employees work in offices (and at home) all over the world. Second, online training tools have become so easy to use that the effort it takes to produce online training has dropped dramatically.
Misha McPherson is director of worldwide sales enablement with a San Francisco-based provider of cloud-based digital marketing software. She is responsible for creating and managing the onboarding and ongoing sales training for 250 field sales personnel worldwide. Prior to this, McPherson was director of global learning and development at Yammer, and also held senior sales training management positions at Monster and Yahoo!. You can follow Misha on Twitter at: @MishaMcP
In any business that creates physical products, prototypes are used to show an early example of a product so people can visualize it. Inventors live by the prototype, producing early examples of inventions to test and to gather feedback. In product development, prototypes are critical so people can see what is being created. Why should eLearning be any different?
For anyone who wants to be as great as they can be in a chosen field, reading books on the subject is critical to one’s development. Whenever I see a blog or article listing important books, I read the article. And more often than not, I read one or more of the books from the list. It is a key part of how I stay current in my field.
The online training industry is flooded with articles and blog posts about future trends that focus on far fetched fantasies attainable only to those with discretionary budgets and/or niche needs. These trends generally include topics like gamification, the xAPI, and wearables to name a few. But for most of us, these are not practical trends we will implement any time soon.
Mindflash has recently started supporting SCORM content from Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate. SCORM is an often-requested feature, but as many of you know, getting it to work reliably on all players and devices is a challenge. With this information, we researched what the most popular SCORM creation tools were on the market. It became clear after talking to customers, and prospects that Articulate’s Storyline and Adobe’s Captivate products were the most popular creation tools. Both tools allow for interactive slides, branching scenarios, screen recording, and various questions types, making them some of the most versatile tools available. Mindflash then set off to figure out how we could support these standalone content packages alongside our other content options like PowerPoint, video and PDFs.
Jeff Fermin is cofounder of Officevibe, a Montréal-based company that develops cloud-based software for employee engagement. The company’s mission is ambitious: “to help people grow and gain motivation to succeed in the office, make healthy lifestyle choices, create an eco-friendly workplace, give back to philanthropic causes, and have them collaborate with their colleagues in and out of the office.” We spoke with Fermin, who heads up marketing and business development at Officevibe, about trends in office culture and eLearning.
You spend many hours putting together great courses. Have you wanted to sell your courses to your customers or partners? Selling your courses has never been easier! Now that Mindflash integrates with Shopify.com you can quickly set up a professional storefront for your courses and start selling courses today.
Jack Phillips is founder and CEO of the ROI Institute, Inc., a research, benchmarking and consulting organization. Phillips developed the ROI Methodology™, a critical tool he has used for measuring and evaluating programs such as training, human resources, technology and quality programs and initiatives. Follow Jack on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or YouTube.