Many organizations are considering implementing e-learning projects, but there are always stakeholders who are tough to convince. They have certain objections to e-learning, which makes trainers' jobs more difficult. You know e-learning is the way to go, but how to do you persuade these stakeholders that it needs to happen? Here are some tactics to consider that I've used with success:
Despite ample evidence supporting the bottom-line value of training and professional development, training budgets are almost always the first place business leaders target for cost-cutting. If you haven't had a chance to read Bill Cushard's recent post on smarter ways to demonstrate the value of training to the C-suite, I highly recommend it. His ideas for demonstrating value speak directly to this topic and provide a great framework for strategic training evaluation.
Cartoonist Mark Anderson shares the personal anecdote behind today's cartoon:
I'm not much of a reality TV fan but the one show I go out of my way to watch is Top Chef on Bravo. It's fascinating to watch the creative process in action as chefs are challenged to turn basic or bizarre ingredients into haute cuisine under intense circumstances. I'm always amazed to see how people who all started with the same ingredients achieve such different and innovative results.
Do you think anyone in the accounting office sits around wondering how they should measure the effectiveness of their work? What about the HR folks? The bean counters don't work overtime at the end of the year creating a report that shows how many books were balanced or how many invoices were paid in an attempt to demonstrate their worth to the organization.
In recent years the Web has spawned a vast new platform for learning -- a wealth of new tools that organizations can use better train, engage, and share knowledge with (and among) employees. Businesses of all shapes and sizes are embracing the new methods -- and the growth of adoption is expected to continue for years to come. This graphic reveals the evolution of "e-learning" and what it means for managers, employees, and others.
4 tools to help make your PowerPoint slideshows amazing
Continuing the recent trend of PowerPoint in the news, I stumbled upon an article in USA Today that provided some tips and advice for designing more engaging presentations. While the advice was good, for me, more dos and don'ts aren't really helpful. Having moved beyond the basics, I'm looking for cool techniques and new tools to augment my PowerPoint designs and help me take them from good to great. Ideally these tools are easy to use and help me to create better-looking, highly effective content more quickly - and free is always good, too.
Some food for thought: Is your training path full of traffic lights?
News flash: The organizations that training professionals serve are moving faster than ever to respond to customer needs. Big shock, right? What will be a huge shock is that training directors, trainers, and instructional designers must develop new skills in order to stay relevant in 21st century business.
When was the last time you asked your training audience where they get more of their training from? Do they learn more about their job from formal training (classroom, online, etc.) or do they learn more informally (from peers, managers, etc.)?