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How technology is fostering more learning engagement

Traditional corporate learning struggles against an old truth: When done poorly, it can be as dull as watching grass grow. Adding e-learning to the mix can help sometimes, but even this can be dry and difficult to follow. In these environments, employees simply try to get to the end of the content and hope to pass any assessments they are presented with.

With all of these factors working against corporate learning facilitators, how can organizations get employees fully immersed in learning without boring them to death? How can technology work with learners and not against an employer's best efforts?

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Source: HR Dive

Why do people succeed?

Now that’s an interesting question and I am sure more will say it is because they are good at their jobs. They do what needs to get done and at the end of the day the bottom line is what matters.

According to the Stanford Research Institute, Harvard University, and the Carnegie Foundation 15% of the reason why people succeed is based on technical skills – your ability to get a job, keep a job, and move ahead. The other 85% is based on your soft skills (people skills).

Sometimes we can get so focused on the task and how it must get done, that forget about our people skills (relationships) that are also necessary to get the job done. Dr. Robert A. Rohm states, “One of the most valuable concepts that I possess is the knowledge that relationships are more important than things; that people are more important than tasks; and that success, by a large margin, is found in our people skills, not in our technical skills or knowledge.”

At Alliance Learning we want to help you gain those soft skills that will help you succeed and get you to where you want to be. We recently released a wide variety of online courses that not only career-boosting but they are also convenient and affordable! Don’t let anything stand in your way of learning a new skill, check out our Leadership Academy today! 

Source: Personality Insights - Dr. Robert A. Rohm

Putting your digital tools to work

Digital skills is the ability to use information and communication technology. They are needed to understand and process information from digital sources, and use digital systems, technical tools, and applications.

We use this skill when we use a smartphone, operate cash registers, use word processing software, send emails or create/modify spreadsheets.

In the trades and technology professions, people use digital skills to input, access, analyze, organize, measure, manufacture and communicate information or ideas using digital tools and other digital devices.

Trade helpers and labourers such as roofers, welders and carpenters need to use computer applications. For example, surveyor helpers use electronic field notebooks to complete topographical surveys, specifying details of sites to create computer-generated diagrams.

Watch this video to learn more.
 

How we use this skill

  • operation of cash registers
  • using word processing software
  • sending e-mails
  • using a smartphone
  • creating and modifying spreadsheets

 

Source: Skills/Compétences Canada

How much stress can your brain handle before it shuts down?

Benefits of e-learning and ways to make it work for YOU

You are taking a class and something comes up that you aren’t too sure about and you REALLY want to raise your hand but you don’t because you fear sounding like an fool and the last thing you want is for your peers to think that about you. Your palms are sweaty, you can’t focus, oh no did he just say pop quiz, what is going on, I wasn’t listening!

Sound familiar?

We have all had at least one of these moments in our lives and the worst part is we forget absolutely everything we learned in class. Who loses out, we do and that’s not right! The older we get, the harder it becomes to take classes, not only due to time and money but to the simple fact that we don’t want to fail.

My assistant recently got her First Aid/CPR certification. The minute the course started the instructor said that there would be an exam at the end of the course. What was her initial thought? Panic! “What! An exam…I haven’t written one of those in years! What if I fail!” She felt anxious for the whole two-day course because of this. Don’t worry she passed, we are in good hands smiley

We want you to succeed!

The point is, how can we help professionals develop those career skills that they need to thrive within their industry and have them use what they learn on a daily basis? For starters let’s take away that stress of shame. Now let’s take away the pressure of ‘oh well you missed it, tough’.

This is the best part about e-learning – there is no classroom, there are no other peers, there is just you and the course. This helps to reduce stress and anxiety and lets the learner concentrate on the course material. If you need to go back and watch a lesson again, you can. If you don’t feel like you are ready to take the test, no problem, take the time you need. After all, is it about “evaluation” or is the true purpose of training actually “education”?

We have talked about the advantages of e-learning many times and how both, organizations and employees, can benefit. But how can we maximize our learning – especially now that we have removed the stress and shame from the picture, how can we make it work for you?

Here are some principals of brain learning for online training that will help you to get the most out it.

  1. The power of repetition

Once we learn something new, whether it be a new skill or technique, if we don’t put it to practice we will lose it. So, once you have completed an online course, try to incorporate what you have learned, at least once a day for six weeks – then see if it becomes natural!

  1. E-learning taps into as many senses as possible

When different senses are used during an online learning course, this helps to keep the learner’s attention, in turn the information is stored in the brain better. That is why you will notice a lot of our e-learning courses have lots of images and videos.

  1. Build on existing knowledge

Select courses that are right for you – that will help you gain new insight into a skill or technique that you have an interest in. If you don’t have a computer science background, you wouldn’t take a course in coding, would you? I mean you could, don’t get me wrong, but you wouldn’t be able to put it to daily use and you wouldn’t be building on existing knowledge, making it twice as hard to follow and risking the chance of losing everything you’ve learned.

  1. Short frequent exercises

Have you ever tried to read a book in front of the TV? Do you find yourself reading the same page over and over again? Our brain tends to focus more on moving images and even though you will go back to your book in a couple of minutes, you will notice your attention will wander again. Information is coded into our brains in chunks, which helps with retention. When you are learning at your own pace, if you notice your mind wandering, it is easy to stop and then go back when you are ready. You wont miss anything and this way you are more likely to retain what you are learning!

  1. Prevent stress and anxiety

How much stress can the brain handle? When things get tough a normal reaction for some people is to shut down. If you are in a learning environment where you often feel stress and/or anxiety, it makes you uncomfortable and most likely it will be all that you can think about. With e-learning you can get up and walk away from the course and revisit when you are ready.

 

Source: E-Learning Infographics 

Online Courses are Golden: Can an LMS Help Your Business Cash In?

Online learning used to be specific for universities/colleges and commercial training companies – that is no longer the case. Corporations, associations, public institutions, individuals looking to gain career development skills – its for everyone!

There is such an array of online topics from cooking classes, to digital marketing, to leadership, there is even online learning for toddlers! Content quality also runs the gamut, from basic page turners to deeply immersive virtual reality.  And of course, content costs range from free to ridiculously expensive, with learning experiences that are awesome, terrible or anywhere in between.  

So how do you select which Learning Management Systems (LMS) to use? Should you even bother with one?

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Source: Talented Learning