Several unmistakable signs indicate it might be time to reevaluate your current learning management system (LMS). Migrating to a different LMS can ultimately lead to an increase in employee retention, worker satisfaction, and workforce productivity. Not Every Learning Management System is Created Equal Individual LMS providers build their products differently and no two systems are the same. While many think any LMS will effectively train employees, nothing could be further from the truth. Why? Because, not every LMS is created equal. Only certain learning management systems have the capabilities required to meet company training needs. Staying with an ineffective learning management system out of comfort or convenience is backwards and can set organizations back in the long run. If you … Continue Reading
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Last year, 75% of companies worldwide used a learning management system (LMS) for workplace learning and development1. When deciding on the right system for your business, receiving answers to key questions can help leaders narrow down the most effective LMS for their needs. Consequently, it reduces on-boarding time and cost once the decision has been made. In order for management to simplify the LMS selection process for their organizations, narrow down a list of three questions: What does my organization need from an LMS? Does this LMS provider charge hidden fees? What ROI will my company receive from this learning management system? 1. What does my organization need from an LMS? First and foremost, teams must assess what their organizational objectives … Continue Reading
Like many decision makers, you may be more than ready to improve the effectiveness of your company’s LMS training program. However, before moving forward with such a venture, it’s important that corporate leaders determine if they feel confident in their LMS (learning management system) program-building skills. Talent development is increasingly becoming a top business priority for organizations, with 69% of learning and development professionals noting it as their number one priority in the future (1). Finding the right LMS is only half the training battle. The other hurdle is getting students and employees to actually use the eLearning platform. This may seem like a tough feat, but an effective corporate training program streamlines the process. And, believe it or not, … Continue Reading
eLearning, also known as online learning, isn’t just good for a company’s bottom line; it is also excellent for the human brain. Researchers are daily discovering more about how online learning affects a person mentally, and the results are amazing. Any theory that learning primarily through a digital mode is unhealthy is being disproved as eLearning experts find that online learning nourishes the mind and results in much greater learning outcomes. This is Your Brain on eLearning/Online Learning A brain that regularly participates in online learning is a happy brain. Here’s why: Online learning happens over a period of time. This is good news for a brain because learning delivered over a period of weeks is more likely to be … Continue Reading
Did you know that 77 percent of companies in the U.S. offer corporate training via an online platform? There are several reasons for this, reduced costs of learning and increased convenience for learners being just two of them. Another reason why company leaders choose to offer their employees online learning is because online learning, or eLearning, is easy to engage with. It typically has a higher rate of learner engagement than traditional, classroom-style learning because it can include elements of gamification and is designed to be fed to learners bit by bit, in small units of training that are easy to digest and retain. Still, not every learner loves online learning. Can company leaders help employees fall in love … Continue Reading
Employee engagement is a riddle no company has solved yet. According to Daily Infographic, 70 percent of employees in the U.S. aren’t engaged at work. Additionally, 75 percent of employees quit their jobs because they dislike their managers. 89 percent of employers think employees leave because of money. 12 percent of employees leave their jobs to take higher paying jobs. 60 percent of employees don’t understand their employers’ goals and strategies. Highly engaged employees are 87 percent less likely to quit than their disengaged peers. In short, employees aren’t happy with their jobs (more accurately, employees aren’t happy with their supervisors), and companies’ bottom lines are suffering because of it. Companies with Highly Engaged Employees Make 2.5 Times the … Continue Reading
Mobile learning is a multi-beneficial delivery of learning that is utilized by nearly every mid- to large-size company. This is not the first time we’ve mentioned the benefits of mobile learning, and it probably won’t be the last since more and more of mLearning’s benefits are being discovered as it is further developed. We think the benefits of mobile learning are so rich and vital to any organization that they are worth revisiting on occasion. What is Mobile Learning? Mobile learning refers to the delivery of learning through a personal mobile device (tablet, smartphone, laptop, mp3 player, etc.) as opposed to a desktop computer. mLearning is on-the-go learning; learners can literally interact it anywhere they have Internet access and … Continue Reading
Sometimes it seems like the cure for low employee engagement doesn’t exist. Company leaders and L&D decision makers spend countless hours trying to find a solution to employee disengagement. While some companies have discovered the key to their employees’ hearts and minds, others are still wondering where to start. Is employee disengagement an issue your company struggles with? In reality, there is probably not a clear-cut, works-every-time-for-everyone solution to low employee engagement. However, there are many small things a company leader can do to improve rates of employee satisfaction and engagement. One of those things is leveraging webinars as a learning tool. What Is a Webinar, and Why Does it Engage Employees? A webinar, or a web-based seminar, is a … Continue Reading
So, you’ve read the learning management system (LMS) reviews, tried out a few LMS demos, decided online learning is the training model you want to implement in your company, and purchased a learning management system. Now what? It’s time to launch it so that your employees and company can start benefiting from the investment as soon as possible. LMS/online training program launch time is a critical time for companies. If the LMS and online learning program are launched the right way, success will ensue. If not, company leaders may not get the ROI they hope for. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to launch a corporate online training program delivered via LMS the right way (i.e., as effectively … Continue Reading
You may want to brace yourself for this fact: a mere 13 percent of employees feel engaged by their jobs. That’s right, thirteen percent. This means that 87 percent (i.e., almost all) employees are disengaged at work. This statistic should be a wake-up call to company leaders. It’s time to realize the importance of employee engagement and begin making efforts to engage workers before it’s too late. What is Employee Engagement? These days, there is plenty of talk about employee engagement. But, its definition remains fuzzy. Forbes contributor Susan Adams said that when employees are engaged at work, “they feel a sense of passion for their work, a deep connection to their employer, and they spend their days driving … Continue Reading
- “BYOD Statistics Provide Snapshot of Future.” BYOD Statistics Provide Snapshot of Future | Insight, www.insight.com/en_US/learn/content/2017/01182017-byod-statistics-provide-snapshot-of-future.html.
- Denny, Juliette. 8 Signs That You Need a New Learning Management System. https://elearningindustry.com/need-a-new-learning-management-system-8-signs. Published June 6, 2017.
- What does my organization need from an LMS?
- Does this LMS provider charge hidden fees?
- What ROI will my company receive from this learning management system?
1. What does my organization need from an LMS?First and foremost, teams must assess what their organizational objectives are from a learning management system. Without a clear set of goals, the search process can be lengthy and unsuccessful. Common organizational needs for an LMS include2:
- Deploying learning and training across the enterprise
- Automating training administrative processes
- Ensuring training programs are quickly deployed for rapid implementation
- Giving users the opportunity to pace their own learning experiences
- Integrating incompatible systems for learning management
2. Does this LMS provider charge hidden fees?Hidden fees, sometimes referred to as per-user fees are common throughout the eLearning industry. Service providers usually cap the amount of users an LMS may host and once that cap is exceeded, clients are charged an additional fee for each user. Thankfully, there are providers who provide upfront and transparent LMS pricing, so your company isn’t penalized for growth. Two of the most important financial questions to ask service providers during your LMS search is “do you charge per-user fees?” and “is this a flat-rate LMS?” If hidden fees are involved, you might want to consider investing in a flat-rate solution to provide the best ROI.
3. What ROI will my company receive from this learning management system?Measuring the ROI of an LMS is something that has even eLearning experts stumped. Usually, company leaders must launch an LMS before they can accurately assess ROI. Jack J. Phillips3, contributor to the Association for Talent Development and chairman of The ROI Institute, clarified the process:"First, showing the cost versus benefit of an e-learning approach is no different than any other delivery method. Second, it is often assumed that converting facilitator-led programs to e-learning platforms are more cost-effective and practical. To ensure true cost savings and utility, the ROI of the facilitator-led program should be compared with the ROI of the e-learning version to determine its value."Very often, companies find that a virtual training model is more cost-effective than one that is traditional/classroom style.
Related Reading: How to Get the Greatest ROI from eLearningAsking the right questions is key to moving the LMS implementation process forward, creating momentum within a company, and building a sense of anticipation in your workforce. What eLearning questions do you still need answers to?
- Zeiberg, Charlene. Lguide. Ten Steps to Successfully Selecting a Learning Management System. http://elearning.typepad.com/thelearnedman/LMSsolutions/selecting_LMS.pdf
- Phillips, Jack J. Association for Talent Development. Calculating the ROI of eLearning. https://www.td.org/Publications/Newsletters/Links/2010/12/Calculating-the-ROI-of-E-Learning. December 27, 2010.
3 Steps to Designing an Engaging LMS Training ProgramIf you don’t know how to design a corporate LMS training program, you are not alone. Most corporate leaders who aren’t instructional designers also struggle in this area. The good news is that the steps involved in this process are simple:
- Discover what skills your employees want and need
- Define your company’s training objectives
- Create or “shop for” eLearning content
1. Discover What Skills Your Employees Want and NeedBefore you start creating a training program, you must identify the need for training within your organization by asking what skills your employees need most. In How to Design Training, Blink staff encouraged content creators to “talk with the learner or with the learner's manager or supervisor to assess the learner's skills, knowledge, and experience.”(3) It’s imperative for management to assess employees’ goals for training and determine if there is an educational gap between what the student needs to be doing and what he or she is actually doing. Question to ask: “What skills do my employees need to possess in order to be successful?”
2. Define Your Company’s LMS Program ObjectivesIndividual companies have different objectives for training. Most organizational leaders first and foremost want their employees to gain and maintain the skills needed for job competency. Another good potential goal for a training program is to increase employee satisfaction and decrease turnover. Simply providing collaborative training that gives employees opportunities for peer-to-peer connection can go a long way in accomplishing this.In addition to maximizing employee skill sets and increasing worker satisfaction, a well-designed LMS-based training program can significantly lower a business’s bottom line. If “reduce costs” isn’t on your list of objectives for training, maybe it should be. In fact, you might find that totally phasing out live, instructor-led training is the right move for your company.
Related Reading: In our blog article 5 Reasons Why Online Learning is Valuable, we explain exactly how eLearning is more cost-effective than other types of training.Question to ask: “What does my company need this training to accomplish?”
3. Creating or “Shopping for” eLearning ContentCreating eLearning content might appear intimidating to the untrained, but it shouldn’t. Try your hand at crafting online learning content with eLearning authoring tools suggested by expert Christopher Pappas (4). If this idea doesn’t appeal to you, then “shop” for eLearning content. Some LMS providers offer an eLearning content library free of charge to their customers. After browsing, administrators can pull content relevant to their company training objectives and employee needs. Alternatively, company leaders can opt to hire an instructional designer to create eLearning training content.Question to ask: “Am I making full use of an eLearning content library?”
Bonus: Analyze the Program and Use Feedback to Improve ItOnce your team has a new, improved training program up and running, administrators should conduct polls and surveys to assess its effectiveness. The best way to ensure a corporate training program remains highly effective is to continuously ask for employee feedback and apply it.
Read more about why we love social learning, and you should too!Question to ask: “Am I getting sufficient feedback from my workforce? What changes do they want made to this training program?”
Is employee engagement with your company’s LMS low? Are your employees’ skill sets lacking? If so, consider giving your LMS corporate training program a makeover. It’s possible to see an increase in employee happiness, retention, and overall productivity result from taking this action.
- Thomson, Lindsay, and Deanna Pate. “2017 Workplace Learning Report: How Modern L&D Pros Are Tackling Top Challenges.” In Learning with Lynda.com Content.
- “What Motivates You to Actively Take Part in Workplace Learning and Development?” Statista, Towards Maturity, Oct. 2016, www.statista.com/statistics/671794/factors-which-motivate-employees-to-actively-learn-online/.
- Blink. How to Design Training. https://blink.ucsd.edu/HR/training/instructor/tools/training.html#3.-Define-training-objectives. March 28, 2017.
- Pappas, Christopher. Free Authoring Tools for eLearning. https://elearningindustry.com/free-authoring-tools-for-elearning. July 22, 2012.
This is Your Brain on eLearning/Online LearningA brain that regularly participates in online learning is a happy brain. Here’s why:
- Online learning happens over a period of time. This is good news for a brain because learning delivered over a period of weeks is more likely to be remembered and prevents a person from feeling overwhelmed. In fact, a staff member at The Guardian claimed that spaced repetition, which is precisely what happens in eLearning, is “a hack to make your brain store information.”
- Online learning heavily utilizes multimedia tools. This is a big deal when you consider that multimedia tools improve the brain’s ability to remember things. eLearning expert Christopher Pappas said, “It's been proven through multiple research studies and surveys that multimedia in eLearning, such as images and video, not only engage the learners but also help them to actually remember what they've learned. According to research, students who used ebooks that contained sound effects, music, audio narration, and images were able to retain and recite more information than those who were simply given traditional textbooks.” The more multimedia is used in corporate learning, the better for the brain.
- Online learning is often gamified, and games are key to a good educational experience. Why? Because they take us out of the realm of being taught theories and into the realm of experiential learning where we actually do what we are being taught about. PC Magazine stated, “Gamified e-learning solutions hew more towards the experiential learning model in which you learn by doing rather than by being trained in theory. Gamification supports the growth mindset by providing a guided experience or process for achieving goals. (In game-based learning), step by step, people are guided and motivated to reach their goals." Digital games make corporate training fun, which makes employees want to engage in it. Some company leaders are not fans of gaming in corporate learning, but the fact is that it helps people learn and therefore should be utilized.
Easy Ways to Get Started Offering Online Learning to EmployeesWould you like to offer online learning options to your employees? Here are some ideas to help you get started:
- Include video/audio in emails – An easy (and free) way to begin offering online learning to employee learners is by including video and audio in emails. Of course, the content of these videos should be educational and pertinent to the person’s job, and should drive home the point you are trying to make in your email. Attaching YouTube videos of Ted talks to work emails is a good idea. Also, don’t hesitate to let employees hear your voice via recording. Audio recordings humanize an email’s content, appeal to auditory learners, and can be accessed over and over for better knowledge retention. Making a voice recording can be easier than taking the time to type out a lengthy message, so consider attaching audio to more of your work-related emails. Speaking of audio/video, this YouTube video explains exactly how to attach voice messages to Gmail.
- Leverage social platforms for eLearning – Do you feel like social platforms like Facebook and Instagram are the bane of your existence as a manager? If so, you are not alone. Platforms like these can be distracting to workers because they cause the brain release feel-good chemicals. Employees are going to use these platforms, so why don’t you leverage them to promote online learning? One way to do this is to create a Facebook group for employees, or several groups if you have many employees. This will allow members to upload videos, audio, written communications, and other educational materials. A Facebook group dedicated to employees perfectly facilitates social/informal learning. Since most of what we learn, even in the workplace, is absorbed informally, Facebook may just be the perfect place to begin offering online learning to your employees.
- Launch an LMS demo – The most efficient way to make online learning the primary mode of training your company offers is to implement a learning management system (LMS). An LMS is a computer software program that has a number of built-in features that promote online learning. These features often include calendaring, online courses, eLearning content libraries, realtime chat, video conferencing, and Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI), a tool that seamlessly connects all of a company’s apps and systems. Some LMS providers provide a free demo. Get your employees started with online learning by requesting a free demo of the fully hosted LMS TOPYX. TOPYX is an award-winning, full-featured LMS used by organizations like Rotary International, Honeywell, and 3M. Find out more about TOPYX LMS here.
To Get Employees to Love Online Learning, Engage Their Positive EmotionsFor the most part, we love things and people who pull on our heartstrings. For example, think of your favorite movies. Do they not evoke a positive emotional response in you? Of course! Good feelings like these cause us to form an attachment with whatever inspired the pleasant emotions. Who’s to say employees/learners can’t have these warm, fuzzy feelings about training that is offered online? The idea may seem far-fetched, but it’s possible. Just think of the ramifications of having an entire workforce that truly enjoys employee training. This would impact your company’s learning culture, revenues, and growth.Many people say they hate school. Usually, these individuals’ early experiences with school were either traumatic or boring, but almost always negative. School engaged their negative emotions, and they grew to detest it as a result. Conversely, those who claim to have loved school had good experiences with their teachers and peers, and likely comprehended the content presented to them. This illustration further reminds us that emotions about learning can make or break someone’s attitude toward it and willingness to participate in it. The challenge for corporate leaders is presenting online training in a way that plays on people’s pleasant emotions.
How to Present Online Learning in a “Safe” WayIf you want to get your employees to love online learning, you must design and deliver it in a way that stirs up their positive feelings. One of the most powerful ways to do this is by presenting online learning content in a manner that makes the learner feel safe.It’s impossible to determine precisely how many people feel threatened by learning, whether it happens at school or work. Karla Gutierrez wrote a fascinating article about how individuals can interpret learning as either safe or threatening, and the impact this has on knowledge transfer. In her article The Role of Emotions in Learning, she wrote,“When the limbic system interprets a situation as being ‘safe’, it facilitates learning by releasing another set of chemicals that open the higher cognitive centers of the brain, namely, the cortical region. These chemicals aid the workings of these regions, so you are more receptive to external input, your imagination is fired, and creativity soars. Think of the confident student during an exam. Because his limbic system has interpreted the situation as being ‘safe,’ it has triggered the ‘fight’ response. The student feels he can handle what’s coming his way.”You want your employees to feel as though they can handle what’s coming their way when participating in online training. You can facilitate this by…
- Letting employees know that online quizzes and exams are more about helping you assess where they are so you can better train them than judging their intelligence.
- Using tools like VoiceThread, which allow you to have asynchronous voice and video conversations with learners. These types of tools humanize online learning, making it feel even safer to employee learners. Learning management systems (LMSs) associated with the IMS Learning Consortium have access to Voice Thread as well as other groundbreaking features that humanize eLearning.
Helping Employees Love Online Learning is a Win-win Situation for CompaniesOne of the best things about online learning is that it lends itself to positive emotional attachment. Employees’ emotions shouldn’t be manipulated, but there is nothing wrong with company leaders doing all they can to make learning and training a pleasant experience for workers. It just so happens that the result of this is better knowledge transfer and a greater willingness of employees to fully participate in training. This is a win-win situation if there ever was one. [post_title] => How to Help Your Employees L-O-V-E Online Learning [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => help-employees-l-o-v-e-online-learning [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-09-18 13:48:54 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-09-18 17:48:54 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://topyx.com/?p=21819 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 21722 [post_author] => 22 [post_date] => 2017-09-06 21:01:10 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-09-07 01:01:10 [post_content] => Employee engagement is a riddle no company has solved yet. According to Daily Infographic, 70 percent of employees in the U.S. aren’t engaged at work. Additionally,
- 75 percent of employees quit their jobs because they dislike their managers.
- 89 percent of employers think employees leave because of money.
- 12 percent of employees leave their jobs to take higher paying jobs.
- 60 percent of employees don’t understand their employers’ goals and strategies.
- Highly engaged employees are 87 percent less likely to quit than their disengaged peers.
Companies with Highly Engaged Employees Make 2.5 Times the Revenue of Other BusinessesCompany leaders will want to know that companies with highly engaged employees make 2.5 times the revenue that businesses with disinterested employee make. By simply focusing on increasing employee engagement, company decision makers can boost company revenue incredibly. However, while the will to increase employee engagement is there, the way often remains unclear. How in the world can companies engage their employees? There are many contributors to this problem and therefore many solutions. One is to boot out traditional, classroom style learning/training in favor of online learning.
Can Online Learning REALLY Increase Employee Engagement?You’ve seen the statistics about employee engagement. You know they’re dismal. Don’t get discouraged. Making over the way your company does L&D can get employees much more engaged. In fact, the infographic mentioned above stated, “70 percent of Forbes Global 2000 companies will use gamification to boost engagement, retention, and revenues.” These top-performing companies understand that online learning needs to be part of a business’s strategy to increase employee engagement.Online learning, commonly referred to as eLearning, can increase employee engagement. Asha Pandey, writer for eLearning Industry, said,“Adam Kingl, Director of Learning Solutions at the London Business School says that flexibility is ‘the number one reason’ why employees of today join a workplace. With exposure to modern day communication methods and having been accustomed to communicating with people anytime and from anywhere, flexibility at work is something that employees expect companies to provide them with, Kingl says. It is no longer a perk or a reward, he observes.”The point Pandey was making is online/mobile learning gives employees the flexibility they need. Most employees will not be happy if they don’t have flexibility. Thankfully, online learning can meet that need and help workers become and stay satisfied with their employers.Pandey isn’t the only eLearning expert who thinks online learning is key to employee engagement. Alex Terego, also a contributor to eLearning Industry, is on the same page. However, he thinks online learning should be approached in a fresh way. It’s not uncommon for employers to use a learning management system (LMS) to shove facts down their disengaged employees’ throats. Terego said that they should instead focus on using eLearning to make employees critical thinkers who care about what they are learning. In his article eLearning as a Way to Improve Employee Engagement, he gave company decision makers some ideas for increasing engagement with online learning. He said,“--Do not make eLearning all about transmission of facts and data.--Make the eLearning collaborative tools the pre-eminent aspect of all eLearning.--Use collaborative tools to model the way a team should work, and by that I mean
- Observe the rules of teamwork/collaboration.
- Think critically.
- Address problems.
- Clearly communicate an agreed upon solution.
To Engage Employees, Listen to What They Want to Get From TrainingIncreasing employee engagement via online learning will only work if you give employees the training they want. Not just any eLearning will do; give them eLearning that they are interested in. Ask for their feedback and listen to what it is they want to get from training. If the training your company offers them has nothing to do with their goals, they aren’t going to be interested in it no matter what format it is delivered in. Obviously, there are some types of training that will not line up with employee goals and still must be learned. However, try to add a personal touch to online learning as often as you can. Survey your employees to see what courses they would be most apt to participate in, and then react accordingly. Remember that many LMSs have ready-to-use eLearning content libraries that you can pull training from that is relevant to your learners/employees.Low employee engagement has always been a problem. Thankfully, we live in the age of technology, and it offers us tools like learning management systems that boost engagement, retention, and revenue. [post_title] => Is Online Learning the Solution to the Employee Engagement Problem? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => online-learning-solution-employee-engagement-problem [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-09-06 21:01:10 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-09-07 01:01:10 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://topyx.com/?p=21722 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 21699 [post_author] => 22 [post_date] => 2017-08-24 13:34:28 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-24 17:34:28 [post_content] => Mobile learning is a multi-beneficial delivery of learning that is utilized by nearly every mid- to large-size company. This is not the first time we’ve mentioned the benefits of mobile learning, and it probably won’t be the last since more and more of mLearning’s benefits are being discovered as it is further developed. We think the benefits of mobile learning are so rich and vital to any organization that they are worth revisiting on occasion.
What is Mobile Learning?Mobile learning refers to the delivery of learning through a personal mobile device (tablet, smartphone, laptop, mp3 player, etc.) as opposed to a desktop computer. mLearning is on-the-go learning; learners can literally interact it anywhere they have Internet access and a mobile device.Mobile learning is a wonderful thing. In fact, we don’t know where the corporate world would be without it. Here are a few of our favorite things about mobile learning:It inspired the “BYOD” Trend – Have you ever heard of the acronym “BYOD”? If not, it stands for ‘bring your own device.’ IBM stated, “Bring your own device (BYOD) is an IT policy where employees are allowed or encouraged to use their personal mobile devices—and, increasingly, notebook PCs—to access enterprise data and systems.” The BYOD trend has significantly cut down on costs for thousands of employers, preventing them from having to provide workers with company-owned devices and pay for training on new hardware. Search Mobile Computing wrote,“BYOD has the potential for big cost savings because organizations don't waste money on corporate phones. Plus, when an employee can work from and use a device of his own choosing, it's more enjoyable than being forced to use a corporate-issued device. That means happier and more productive users. Another advantage of BYOD is that it supports a mobile and cloud-focused IT strategy. From their personal mobile devices, employees can access their work in the cloud, further improving productivity.”BYOD is a trend as popular with employees as it is with employers, and for that reason it is most likely a trend that’s here to stay. There are risks associated with BYOD, such as employees abusing their mobile device privileges and company security being breached. However, if employers set up safeguards like mobile device management (MDM) apps, those risks can be controlled. In general, BYOD is a great policy for any company to implement.It is convenient – Mobile learning has a defining characteristic, and it is ‘convenient’. No other delivery of learning offers individuals the opportunity to access training materials 24/7, from any location and any device with a Web browser and Internet access. mLearning has completely revolutionized corporate learning, bringing it out of the boardroom and into learners’ living rooms (or anywhere else they prefer to learn). Because of this, employees/learners love mobile learning and understandably tend to prefer it to other types of training.It allows for quick knowledge sharing – A major benefit of mobile learning is that it makes lightening-fast knowledge sharing possible and promotes instant feedback from learners. This is not only engaging for learners, but also helpful to the overall learning process. Knowledge sharing via mobile device isn’t just handy; it is also critical to the development of corporate training. The International Journal of Education and Information Technologies claimed, “The knowledge sharing of technology innovation on mobile learning is the main developmental force in the 21st century knowledge-based economy.” Over the past couple of decades, the knowledge sharing of technology innovation on mobile learning has also been a huge developmental force in the realm of corporate learning and training. Mobile devices make massive amounts of knowledge sharing easy, encouraging the upward development of corporate learning.It is informal yet effective – Did you know that up to 90 percent of what humans learn is learned informally? In other words, we learn best by being shown what to do and then copying what we see, not merely being told what to do. Maybe this is why overly formal learning programs fail. There is certainly a place for formal learning in the corporate world. But, formal learning tends to be most effective when it is blended with a healthy amount of informal learning. With mobile learning, employees can instantly share information with their coworkers and fellow learners, and often are enabled to use social learning tools like realtime chat and video conferencing. The tools encourage informal learning and promote knowledge retention.
Demo an LMS with Mobile Learning CapabilitiesA learning management system (LMS) is a computer program that helps employers train learners/employees. “An LMS provides the tools employers need to write training content. It also makes it possible to distribute it and to track learners’ progress. This is all done online. It is as simple as that,” we wrote in What Is an LMS? An LMS has several features that streamline the training process -- mobile learning is one of them. To get a taste of what it’s like to implement an LMS that prioritizes mobile learning, request a free demo of the LMS TOPYX today.We think mobile learning is something worth celebrating. What are some of your favorite things about this delivery of learning? [post_title] => Our Favorite Things About Mobile Learning [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => favorite-things-mobile-learning [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-08-24 13:34:28 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-08-24 17:34:28 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://topyx.com/?p=21699 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 21683 [post_author] => 22 [post_date] => 2017-08-15 22:17:04 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-16 02:17:04 [post_content] => Sometimes it seems like the cure for low employee engagement doesn’t exist. Company leaders and L&D decision makers spend countless hours trying to find a solution to employee disengagement. While some companies have discovered the key to their employees’ hearts and minds, others are still wondering where to start.Is employee disengagement an issue your company struggles with?In reality, there is probably not a clear-cut, works-every-time-for-everyone solution to low employee engagement. However, there are many small things a company leader can do to improve rates of employee satisfaction and engagement. One of those things is leveraging webinars as a learning tool.
What Is a Webinar, and Why Does it Engage Employees?A webinar, or a web-based seminar, is a presentation, workshop, seminar, or lecture that takes place online through video conferencing software. A webinar allows participants to communicate with one another in real-time and share documents, audio, and applications. In many cases, a webinar experience includes live streaming.Webinars are an ideal tool for increasing employee engagement. The company Collaborative Exchange wrote, “Utilize webinar and webcasting services. These visual, interactive, web-based seminars offer features like polls, applications like gamification, and the element of real-time authenticity, all of which make it more enticing to attend and easier for the audience to connect.”Webinars are engaging for several reasons other than those listed above. For example…
- A webinar engages more than just one physical sense, and therefore appeals to individuals of different learning styles. Those who best learn visually will love seeing their peers on their device screen, not merely hearing them as they would in a conference call. They will also benefit from seeing documents and applications as opposed to simply being told about them. Also, many webinar software programs provide closed captioning for the hearing impaired. For people who are auditory learners, a webinar is an excellent learning and training tool. A webinar gives auditory learners access to audio recordings shared by instructors as well as peers. In many cases, webinars are recorded so attendees can access them at later times to take notes or catch up. This is a helpful feature for those who tend to be auditory learners. Last, webinars are often the learning tool of choice for hands-on learners, also known as kinesthetic learners. Why? Because, a webinar leader can enable screen sharing during a web-based seminar, which allows employees/attendees to practically apply/practice what they are being taught (for example, how to use a new app). Truly, a webinar is a learning tool that appeals to and engages a variety of types of learners.
- A webinar is both social/informal and formal. However, some people would agree that it leans a little more social than formal. This is significant because 70 percent of what humans learn is learned socially, not formally. This is not to say that a webinar is not a formal learning tool – it is. It is structured and delivers learning content in a deliberate way. But, it is also social. It connects people, enabling them to talk in real-time and share knowledge with one another. A webinar removes the coldness of classroom-style learning but maintains the intentionality and format of a more traditional learning experience. As a result, participants get the best of both the informal learning and the formal learning world.
- A webinar promotes learning retention. In a world full of distractions, retaining knowledge doesn’t happen easily. Webinars are perfect tools for promoting learning retention because they, as mentioned earlier, promote formal as well as informal learning. eLearning expert Christopher Pappas said that to boost learning retention, eLearning designers should integrate interactive elements and activities into corporate learning. He wrote, “If you want the learners to remember the information, make them feel like they are active participants.
- Interactive activities can give them the opportunity to become fully engaged by the content, which means that they will be more likely to retain the knowledge or skills that are being taught.” When audio, video, and screen sharing are combined, a webinar can be an interactive experience that helps employees remember what they learned for weeks, months, and even years after they participate in a web-based seminar.
Learning Management Systems (LMSs) Feature Webinar ToolsThere are many different software programs that enable webinars. One type of computer software program that is almost always equipped with linking to webinar capabilities is a learning management system (LMS).LMS providers understand that webinars engage employees – that’s why they usually ensure LMS software has the ability to link to webinar tools included in it. In addition to linking to webinar tools, like GoToMeeting and Webex, a fully hosted learning management system like TOPYX LMS includes features such as…Language localizationLearning Tools Interoperability (LTI)Social learning toolseLearning content libraryLearning management reportingMobile learningCollaborative learning toolseCommerceRequest your free demo of TOPYX LMS today to learn more about its webinar feature firsthand.Does your company use webinars to increase employee engagement and learning retention? If not, today might be the perfect day to start. [post_title] => Using Webinars to Increase Employee Engagement [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => using-webinars-increase-employee-engagement [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-08-15 22:18:57 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-08-16 02:18:57 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://topyx.com/?p=21683 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 21669 [post_author] => 22 [post_date] => 2017-08-10 09:30:17 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-10 13:30:17 [post_content] => So, you’ve read the learning management system (LMS) reviews, tried out a few LMS demos, decided online learning is the training model you want to implement in your company, and purchased a learning management system. Now what? It’s time to launch it so that your employees and company can start benefiting from the investment as soon as possible.LMS/online training program launch time is a critical time for companies. If the LMS and online learning program are launched the right way, success will ensue. If not, company leaders may not get the ROI they hope for. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to launch a corporate online training program delivered via LMS the right way (i.e., as effectively as possible).
Launch a Corporate Online Training Program the Right Way in 3 StepsThere are several steps to a successful online training program launch. These are the main three steps you’ll want to focus on to ensure an easy and effective implementation:1) Prepare employees – Before you fully launch an LMS that will deliver your online learning program, employees/users must be educated about how to use it. They need to know how the interface works and exactly how to interact with the platform. You can train them best by starting with a pilot. Make sure employees and users are taught how to sign onto the LMS, interact with the platform, access the content, take online quizzes, etc.2) Plan eLearning content and delivery – The second step in launching an LMS and online training program is planning out what content you want to deliver to users and deciding when you want to deliver it. Some LMS providers offer an eLearning content library. If yours does, by all means, take advantage of it. If not, create your own content. There are some helpful tips on how to do that here. It would be ideal to conduct a survey to gather information about what content and training employees are most interested in and then try to accommodate those requests to the best of your ability. Remember, it’s not about cramming a bunch of training down employees’ throats; it is about offering them engaging training that they will interact with on a regular basis and retain.3) Go live – Once you’ve trained employees in the usage of the LMS and planned content and delivery, you are ready to go live. As you launch your online learning program through an LMS, have a team ready to assist users with any problems that may crop up. This team might consist of only two or three administrators that completely understand the LMS and online learning content and can circulate the workplace during the first few days of live usage. Even if these individuals are only available two or three hours per day for, say, up to the first two weeks after the LMS launch, it will be immensely helpful to employees and users.
Find an LMS Provider That Will Ensure a Successful Online Training Program LaunchThe easiest way to ensure a successful online training program launch is to have an LMS provider implement and launch a learning management system for you. While that is only half the equation, it takes a lot off your plate so that you can focus on content and delivery, not the technical aspects of the LMS launch. Not every LMS provider offers this service, but TOPYX LMS does. Here are a few other benefits TOPYX LMS customers receive:Long-term customer service – If you choose to purchase TOPYX LMS, you will have access to customer support for the life of your usage of the LMS. TOPYX customer support professionals will always be available to answer questions and resolve issues so that you can be free to do your job.Provider maintenance (no IT team required) – Another benefit of opting for TOPYX LMS is that the LMS provider maintains the online learning platform. This means customers don’t have to rely on on-staff IT pros to maintain the LMS. This is great news to the many small companies that do not have an onsite IT team.One low, flat rate with no per-user fees – The best thing about TOPYX LMS is that it costs one low, flat rate. A number of LMS providers charge a flat rate until a certain number of individuals begin using the learning management system. Once the amount of users goes above the cap, customers are charged for each additional user. This can wage war on a company’s budget. TOPYX LMS customers don’t have to worry about this. With TOPYX, you pay one low, flat rate, and never have to think about per-user fees.With TOPYX LMS, seeing is believing. Request your FREE demo of TOPYX LMS today.Launching a corporate online training program can be a piece of cake when done right. Has your company ever launched (or attempted to launch) an online training program delivered via LMS? If so, how did it go? [post_title] => Launch a Corporate Online Training Program the Right Way in 3 Steps [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => launch-corporate-online-training [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-08-21 13:07:28 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-08-21 17:07:28 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://topyx.com/?p=21669 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 21640 [post_author] => 22 [post_date] => 2017-07-28 16:45:24 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-28 20:45:24 [post_content] => You may want to brace yourself for this fact: a mere 13 percent of employees feel engaged by their jobs. That’s right, thirteen percent. This means that 87 percent (i.e., almost all) employees are disengaged at work. This statistic should be a wake-up call to company leaders. It’s time to realize the importance of employee engagement and begin making efforts to engage workers before it’s too late.
What is Employee Engagement?These days, there is plenty of talk about employee engagement. But, its definition remains fuzzy. Forbes contributor Susan Adams said that when employees are engaged at work, “they feel a sense of passion for their work, a deep connection to their employer, and they spend their days driving innovation and moving their company forward.” Can you just image the results companies would enjoy if most employees were engaged with their jobs? It would be wonderful for companies as well as the economy and global workforce.
Symptoms of Low Employee Engagement“Employee engagement” is a buzzterm in today’s corporate culture. Most people understand that it’s important for companies to engage their employees, but they don’t necessarily know why. The Harvard Business Review published an article that said,“Employee engagement has become a top business priority for senior executives. In this rapid-cycle economy, business leaders know that having a high-performing workforce is essential for growth and survival. They recognize that a highly engaged workforce can increase innovation, productivity, and bottom-line performance while reducing costs related to hiring and retention in highly competitive talent markets.”The symptoms of low employee engagement can be devastating to a business or corporation. These symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Decreased productivity – A symptom of low employee engagement is decreased productivity. When employees are disengaged with their jobs, they are not nearly as innovative and energetic as they have the capacity to be. This contributes to a lowered bottom line by bringing productivity to a halt.
- Stunted company growth – How can a company grow without engaging employees? It can’t much. The employees will either leave or remain unproductive, and the company’s growth will be stunted.
- Increased turnover – Increased turnover is the most obvious and predictable symptom of negative employee engagement. It can also be the most budget-wrecking. It costs a lot to lose an employee. The Real Cost of Losing an Employee stated, “Some studies (such as SHRM) predict that every time a business replaces a salaried employee, it costs 6 to 9 months’ salary on average. For a manager making $40,000 a year, that's $20,000 to $30,000 in recruiting and training expenses.”
Online Learning is the Secret to Employee EngagementAre you a company decision maker searching for the secret to employee engagement? If so, your search is over. The secret to engaging employees is making online learning available to them.You may not know this, but there is a definite link between online learning and employee engagement. In fact, implementing online learning through a learning management system (LMS) can solve longstanding employee engagement problems.Online Learning Makes Corporate Training FunA major reason why employees are not engaged at work is because training is, quite frankly, boring. Since training is a huge part of the employment experience, it’s crucial that employees enjoy it. This will only happen if training is delivered in a format that captures a learner’s attention and engages him or her.Online learning is a well-known employee engagement-enhancer. In the Lynda.com article Online Learning Boosts Employee Engagment, Todd Dewett wrote,“Online learning has revolutionized employee development. It takes great content and then puts many of the consumption variables in the hands of the learner. They get to choose when they learn, the level at which they learn, the pace, how often they repeat the information, and so on. That’s why companies in the online learning space have seen such amazing growth. They can change to meet the needs of learners much faster than traditional education providers or corporate training programs, which are still fixated on classroom-only approaches.”eLearning Industry said that aspects of online learning like gamification, social features, discussion groups, and mobile learning tools make training fun. eLearning Industry Contributor Juliette Denny wrote, “The right learning platform can give businesses a one-stop-shop for delivering training, boosting performance, and generating a culture that empowers everyone.” In many cases, the right learning platform to deliver online training is an LMS.
Seeing is Believing: Request a Free Demo of TOPYX LMSSee what a difference online learning can make in employee engagement by requesting a free demo of the full-featured LMS TOPYX. An LMS (learning management system) is designed to deliver, manage, and track training online. It is the perfect tool to incorporate online learning into your company’s culture.Since only 13 percent of employees feel engaged at work, it’s safe to say that employee engagement is at an all-time low. Company leaders with an eye on the future are taking steps to engage employees, one of those steps being making online learning readily available. Has your company taken this step? [post_title] => Is Online Learning the Secret to Employee Engagement? [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => employee-engagement [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-08-01 20:22:07 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-08-02 00:22:07 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://topyx.com/?p=21640 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ))[post_count] => 10 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 21911 [post_author] => 31 [post_date] => 2017-10-20 16:27:12 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-10-20 20:27:12 [post_content] => Several unmistakable signs indicate it might be time to reevaluate your current learning management system (LMS). Migrating to a different LMS can ultimately lead to an increase in employee retention, worker satisfaction, and workforce productivity.
Not Every Learning Management System is Created EqualIndividual LMS providers build their products differently and no two systems are the same. While many think any LMS will effectively train employees, nothing could be further from the truth. Why? Because, not every LMS is created equal. Only certain learning management systems have the capabilities required to meet company training needs. Staying with an ineffective learning management system out of comfort or convenience is backwards and can set organizations back in the long run.If you are questioning whether your company should invest in a different LMS system, pay attention to the following signs:
1. Your current LMS rarely gets usedConduct a survey to determine how engaged your workers are with the company LMS. In order to receive honest feedback, communicate to employees that all responses will be confidential. If LMS engagement is low and you have taken adequate measures in the past to improve participation, your current LMS might not be functional to your workforce anymore.
2. Your current LMS isn’t compatible with mobile devicesThese days, convenience is king and people use their mobile devices for everything. To encourage mobile engagement, 36% of enterprises in the United States now allow employees to BYOD (bring your own device), a number that is expected to increase to about 50% of the market by the end of 2017. In addition, more than 67% of workers use their own devices throughout the day at work - a number that will also increase by 2018. 1
Related Reading: Our Favorite Things About Mobile LearningHaving access to personal smartphones, tablets, and laptops throughout the day creates an open and efficient environment that is beneficial to both parties. Without a doubt, the #1 way to discourage LMS engagement is to maintain an eLearning platform that isn’t compatible with mobile devices. If your organization’s LMS can’t be accessed via mobile device, a change is in order.
3. Your current LMS offers one-size-fits-all training experiencesThese days, most LMS creators design eLearning platforms to be customizable. They understand that different learning needs are necessary for various organizations. Can the learning experience your company LMS offers be individualized? If not, that’s a red flag. Juliette Denny, contributor to the eLearning Industry blog, noted,
“in the last few years, personalization has become an essential element in any learning initiative. If you shop around, you’ll find a whole world of amazing personalization features out there. Every learner can change their profile picture, update their details, or add an introductory blurb about themselves.”2A personalized and customizable system is the type of LMS employees will regularly interact with.
Find the Perfect LMS for Your CompanyIf you’ve recognized any of the above signs in your current LMS provider, it might be time to make a change. With all the learning management systems on the market, locating the perfect LMS for your organization might feel overwhelming. Take the guesswork out of the LMS selection process by requesting a free demo of TOPYX LMS, a fully hosted learning management system. TOPYX platform is packed with LMS features including:
- Social learning tools
- Language localization
- Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI)
- eLearning content
- Mobile learning
- “BYOD Statistics Provide Snapshot of Future.” BYOD Statistics Provide Snapshot of Future | Insight, www.insight.com/en_US/learn/content/2017/01182017-byod-statistics-provide-snapshot-of-future.html.
- Denny, Juliette. 8 Signs That You Need a New Learning Management System. https://elearningindustry.com/need-a-new-learning-management-system-8-signs. Published June 6, 2017.