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5 Reasons Why Online Learning is Valuable

Online learning is valuable – this statement is practically inarguable. Over the past couple of decades, online learning has slowly but surely crept into nearly every type of company, organization, educational institution, nonprofit, multinational, association, and healthcare establishment. Why? The answer is simple: online learning, or eLearning, is both incredibly convenient and highly effective for adult learners. Because of this, it has become a go-to delivery system for corporate training. It is becoming common knowledge that online learning is crucial to the welfare of any organization. Still, every once in a while we all need a few reminders of why this is the case. These reminders help us help others understand why eLearning is relevant and how it can positively … Continue Reading »

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The Case for eLearning in the Workplace

  The corporate world has seen many training/learning and development trends in its lifetime. eLearning is one that’s here to stay. Over the years, eLearning has become one of the most popular styles of learning in the workplace. The reasons for this are straightforward. eLearning helps adult learners keep and later use crucial training information. It also lowers training costs, and promotes a quick adoption of products. The Relationship Between eLearning, Microlearning, and Information Retention There is something that links self-paced eLearning with information retention. We call this microlearning. Microlearning happens when a learner mentally ingests a small nugget of information. This may look like watching a 5-minute instructional video on YouTube. Or, reading a 400-word blog post on a … Continue Reading »

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Want to Get Your Employees Participating in Online Learning? Here’s How.

To say that eLearning is important to the corporate world is a massive understatement. It would be more accurate to say eLearning, or online learning, is indispensable. This is true for all kinds of companies and organizations. There are countless reasons for this. The primary reason, as research is showing us, is that eLearning saves money. “e-Learning saves businesses at least 50%. Especially when they replace traditional instructor-based training with e-Learning,” wrote Christopher Pappas in Top 10 eLearning Statistics for 2014 You Need to Know. He also claimed that online learning reduced instruction time by up to 60 percent. This means that a 60-minute training session delivered in a traditional classroom setting can be conveyed in a mere 24 minutes. This can make an enormous difference in … Continue Reading »

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Why an LMS Needs Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) Functionality

  There is no company leader that would not like his or her employees, volunteers, and members to have better online learning experiences. After spending considerable money and effort launching a learning management system (LMS) or other eLearning platform, organizational leaders want users to be delighted with their eLearning experiences. They want them to want to have these same encounters time and time again. Thankfully, a type of technology called Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) was designed to ensure superior online learning. What Is Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI)? Is this the first time you are hearing about Learning Tools Interoperability? If so, let’s refer directly to LTI’s designer, IMS Global Learning Consortium, to find this technology’s exact definition: “Learning Tools Interoperability® … Continue Reading »

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3 Practical Ways to Lower the Cost of Employee Training

              No company can be successful without an effective, ongoing employee training program in place. Since leadership and development expenses can increase an organization’s bottom line, many corporate leaders want to lower the cost of employee training for their companies. There are simple, practical ways to do this. The High Cost of Cutting Out Employee Training  Do you recall when the recession first hit? It was shocking, sobering, and frightening, especially for corporate leaders who were wracking their brains, trying to figure out how to stay in business. Employee training/leadership and development programs were cut from many companies’ budgets in order to preserve funds. What business owners and managers found, though, was that their … Continue Reading »

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3 Reasons Why Every LMS Needs Tin Can API Functionality

  Every social learning management system (LMS) needs Tin Can API functionality. The trouble is, most people don’t know what Tin Can API is or understand why it’s crucial to successful implementation of an LMS, also referred to as an eLearning system. What exactly is this strange-sounding thing called Tin Can API? Let’s find out. What Is Tin Can API? According to the article What Is Tin Can API?, Tin Can API “is a brand new specification for learning technology that makes it possible to collect data about the wide range of experiences a person has (online and offline). This API captures data in a consistent format about a person or group’s activities from many technologies.” With Tin Can API, … Continue Reading »

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4 Ways an LMS Facilitates Competency-Based Employee Training

    Employee competency is beyond valuable in today’s global workforce. Apart from a capable, competent workforce, a corporation has no hope of growth or long-term success. Now, more than ever, it is crucial that companies have standards of competency and ensure that those standards be met by each and every employee. A company’s existence and legacy depends on this. According to Training Magazine, employee competency can be defined as “A cluster of related knowledge, skills, and attitudes that affects a major part of one’s job (a role or responsibility), that correlates with performance on the job, that can be measured against well-accepted standards, and that can be improved via training and development.” In the article The Importance of Employee … Continue Reading »

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Why Online Learning Is Important In the Workplace  

  To say that online learning is important in the workplace is an understatement. It’s more accurate to exclaim that online learning, or eLearning, is indispensible in the corporate world. Company decision makers that have implemented eLearning, especially via a quality social learning management system (LMS), are reaping the rewards of a bolstered bottom line and exponential growth. They understand the importance of online learning, and know that they can’t afford not to invest in it. Employed individuals, both those who are eLearning experts and those who are barely familiar with this type of learning, occasionally need to be reminded of why online learning is a boon to any business, organization, company, corporation, multinational, or non-profit. Could you use a … Continue Reading »

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Easy Ways to Engage Employees in Online Training via LMS

  It is the rare workplace that doesn’t utilize online learning to some degree. Many companies rely 100 percent on online learning, also referred to as eLearning, to deliver training to their employees. Others use a blended learning model, one that includes online and in-person training. A high percentage of companies that utilize some type of eLearning do so through a social learning management system (LMS). Easy Ways to Engage Employees in Online Training via LMS Company leaders who have implemented online learning for training purposes are constantly looking for ways to upgrade their employees’ eLearning experiences. Here are a few easy ways to engage employees in online training through an LMS… Make eLearning as social as possible Humans crave … Continue Reading »

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4 Reasons Why eLearning Is a Low-Risk Corporate Training Tool

    Training is vital in the workforce today. Zig Ziglar made a great point when he said, “What’s worse than training your workers and losing them? Not training them and keeping them.” Employees who receive training have obvious advantages over those who don’t. Not only do they have better hard skills (job-specific competencies); they also have more advanced soft skills (communication, problem solving, leadership, etc.). Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, training an employee is an effective way to engage him or her. Dale Carnegie Training’s article Why Training Is Important to Employee Engagement states that employee disengagement causes companies to lose roughly $350 billion per year. Obviously, it is crucial that employers give their workers the training they need … Continue Reading »

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