Online training company’s survey from the first quarter of 2014 shows Software as the top industry for eLearning use and spending, with Healthcare and Financial Services close behind.
California again took the spot among states for training, based on percentage of users (21.64%), followed by Massachusetts (11.12%) Illinois (9.49%) Georgia (6.79%) and Florida (6.7%). In Q4 of last year, the top states were California, Mississippi and Illinois respectively.
Software surpassed Healthcare to become the top industry for eLearning (based on percentage of companies) followed by Financial Services, IT Services and Marketing. Software was also the industry that spent the most on eLearning, followed by Healthcare, Financial Services, Health/Wellness and IT Services.
The report showed trends around course design and use, too. For instance, short courses are in favor. Most courses (nearly 60%) were 30 minutes or less in length. The number of slides included in the average course, however, was across the board: 25% had 10 slides or less, 33% had between 11 and 25 slides and 25% had between 26 and 50 slides. Finally, a large majority (75%) of courses included an assessment for learners.
“It’s encouraging to see that companies are focusing on shorter courses, a best practice we always recommend for eLearning,” says Randhir Vieira, vice president of product and marketing at Mindflash. “Clearly, trainers understand that employees are pressed for time and will respond better when they can focus on a topic in a short chunk of time between meetings or at the end of the day. Additionally, including testing in courses is a great way to assess whether the content is being absorbed.”
Mindflash provides the leading online platform for employee and customer training. Its cloud-based, simple yet powerful design allows businesses to more easily create and manage critical company training programs—saving them significant time and money. No engineering or IT support is required, as there is no software to install or maintain. Courses are created using the file types that businesses already use (PowerPoint, PDF, Word, video, audio). Trainers simply upload and organize files using an intuitive course dashboard, add quizzes and then publish to the web to create self-paced new hire training, sales training, customer certification courses, etc. As needed, the software scales to support thousands of simultaneous training sessions. Mindflash has over 1,000 customers including McDonalds, Microsoft, Lufthansa and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Founded in 1999, Mindflash is a privately held company and headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif. To learn more, please visit www.mindflash.com.
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