How To Use Responsive eLearning Design For Better Learner Engagement

mLearning provides multi-device support and is undergoing a shift from a fixed layout to a dynamic or responsive eLearning design. In this article, I answer 5 questions on how you can use responsive eLearning design to create better learner engagement.

Ways Responsive eLearning Design Can Create Better Learner Engagement

What is responsive eLearning design? 

Responsive eLearning design draws its inspiration from responsive web design concept that allows the website to be viewed on devices.

Responsive eLearning design is an eLearning format that responds to the screen size of the device on which it is being viewed.

Here’s an example of how responsive eLearning design will look on multiple devices:

Responsive eLearning Design

1. What Are The Important Characteristics Of Responsive eLearning Design?

  • The most significant characteristic of responsive eLearning design is that it enables the content to respond to your device’s viewable area. It offers the best possible layout on your device (smartphone or tablet) that helps you get the right User Experience and the expected learning experience.
  • To ensure that the content is presented in the most user-friendly manner on all target devices, the content needs to be restructured and laid out differently on the screen. Given the fact that responsive eLearning designs are multi-device (they run seamlessly on desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones), they must be optimized keeping note of the availability of real estate on each device. For example,
    • The content in a smartphone may focus on significant aspects first and the related information may be layered (to be revealed on further exploration).
    • Similarly, the interactions must be adapted suitably. Hence, interactions that require manual dexterity just wouldn’t work effectively on smartphones and must be remapped to suit smartphone based interaction to provide the right User Experience.

2. Why Does Responsive Design Matter In eLearning?

Look at the all-pervasive usage of mobile devices in our daily life and it only stands to reason that they should be used for providing access to learning. We have seen the push for eLearning come from learners and the organizations have responded by integrating the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy to provide flexibility to users to learn on the device of their choice.

Today, most of the corporate training needs can be offered on mobile devices with the flexibility to learners to take up part of training on desktops/laptops and balance on the go (on tablets/smartphones).

Supporting this is the transformation in authoring tools where earlier adaptive tools are now giving way to fully responsive tools that create significantly better User Experience leading to higher learner engagement.

3. What Tools Can You Use To Design Responsive eLearning Courses?

As I have mentioned, there has been a steady evolution of the authoring tools and currently, there are 3 tracks:

Responsive Design Tools

These offer layouts that are optimized across devices.

  • Tools that offer rapid development to design.
    Adapt Learning, Articulate Rise, CrossKnowledge Mohive, dominKnow Flow, Elucidat, and Gomo are the leading options in this category.
  • Tools that use multi-device layouts based approach to design.
    Adobe Captivate and Trivantis Lectora.

Adaptive design tools.

These too offer multi-device support but the content will shrink to fit smartphones. The popular options here are dominKnow Claro, iSpring, and Articulate Storyline.

4. What Are Some Tips You Can Use To Create Effective Responsive eLearning Design?

Here is a list of tips that you can use to create effective responsive eLearning design:

  1. Responsive eLearning design must factor for feasibility for the smallest real estate (smartphones-including how it would work in the portrait mode) first, and then move up to tablets, desktops/laptops. This is crucial in ensuring that required User Experience can be provided on each device.
  2. In spite of pre-planning and following the right approach, it is very difficult to predict if the User Experience across all devices will meet the required mandate. The litmus test is validation with users, and this must be factored in the development cycle.
  3. As highlighted earlier, you need to factor for eLearning content customization to do justice to different real estates and the way information appears across different devices.
    • For smartphones, focus on absolute essentials in the first pass and provide related information in a layered manner (available for exploration).
    • It goes without saying that the User Experience on mobile devices is hampered if the content takes an inordinate time to load. Optimize the file sizes, even look at alternate imagery that is light and smartphone friendly.
  4. Navigation should be simple to factor for the smaller real estate for the smartphones. You can opt for different formats across devices so that they offer the best User Experience in each device.
  5. Interactions need special attention. You need to stay away from interactions that need manual dexterity and may come in the way of big thumbs.
  6. Across the designs, ensure that the buttons and any other clickable asset is large enough. Otherwise, the required impact will not be created.

5. How Can You Use Responsive eLearning Design For Maximum Impact?

So far, we have noted how you can use responsive eLearning design to create an optimal User Experience on each device. Another interesting and highly significant aspect is to use the device (given its main characteristics) to be used for a specific type of learning. For instance,

  • It is unlikely that you will take a 60-min course on a smartphone but you will certainly take the course of similar length if it were offered as shorter microlearning nuggets of 3-7 each.
  • Similarly, once you provide the option to users to learn across devices, they may choose the formal training on desktops/laptops but would prefer informal learning on a smartphone/tablet. You can achieve this by offering a combination of formal training with Performance Support Tools (PSTs) or learning aids that are designed to help learners apply their knowledge on the job.
  • Additionally, you can use the mobile devices to push sessions for practice, reinforcement, and remediation.
  • You can also push challenges (assessments) that keep the learners on their toes and encourage them to review the formal training assets till they gain the required level of mastery.

I hope this article showcases possibilities that responsive eLearning design offers and how you can use it for high impact training and better learner engagement. You can go beyond its capability to lay down the eLearning content to the device’s size and dimensions. Instead, you can use each device to play a significant part in the learning journey. Do contact me at apandey@eidesign.net, if you have any queries.

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eLearning Trends And Predictions For 2018

What Are The eLearning Trends And Predictions For 2018?

We are going through a phase of significant and rapid “learning transformation“. This has led to an adoption of new, immersive approaches to creating impactful learning that can lead to the required performance gain. This is not all. We also see that L&D teams are on the look-out for measures to evaluate the effectiveness of learning.

As a Chief Learning Strategist, I have been part of many such opportunities across the world. The pointers shared by me here reflect my insights from this close interaction and collaboration.

For ease of applicability, I have banded various trends and predictions in 2018 into 3 tracks:

  1. What will continue to offer value
  2. Coming of age – An increase in adoption
  3. Emerging or maturing – Watch out for

Section 1 – What Will Continue To Offer Value

mLearning Or Mobile Learning

Usage of mLearning or Mobile learning adoption in corporate training saw a significant increase in 2017 and this trend will continue. With the maturing of authoring tools that are completely responsive, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) flexibility in training policy will see an even more effective use of mLearning or mobile learning in 2018.

What I see changing in 2018, would be its wider application across all corporate training needs as well as its increased use to support informal learning and digitization of Instructor Led Training (ILT).

I also envision increased usage of formats that learners use in their daily life (notably, Apps and videos) to offer both formal and informal learning and more significantly reinforcements (through assessments supported by practice exercises leading to skill acquisition and mastery).

Digitization Of ILT (To Blended Or Fully Online)

In my assessment, the digitization of ILT (particularly to blended rather than fully online) will see further acceleration.

For instance,

  • I see training programs like induction and onboarding adopting a blended approach.
  • Others like application simulation training programs will opt for the fully online model (supported by practice sessions on the actual tool).
  • Similarly, I see soft skills training moving to largely online (for knowledge acquisition), but being supported by coaching and mentoring on one hand (to retain the human touch) and leverage on platforms for social learning and curation.
  • I see training programs for professional skills opting for predominantly online delivery supported by Performance Support Tools over learning paths.

I envision a higher usage of microlearning for pre-workshop and post-workshop collateral to support predominantly ILT programs.

Microlearning

The usage of microlearning began as nuggets to support traditional eLearning courses a few years ago. 2017 saw an acceleration in its adoption across most corporate training programs.

In 2018, I continue to see this momentum grow with more training programs using the power of microlearning for primary (formal training) and as just-in-time performance support (learning aids or job aids).

I also see an increase in the richness of the formats to offer microlearning. More significantly, I see leveraging on “learning paths” to not only offer a clear learning journey to the learners but also continuing the connection through the year (through a variety of nuggets).

Performance Support Tools (PSTs)

Offering Performance Support Tools on smartphones, so that these learning aids are within the learner’s work-flow and available to them exactly at the moment of their learning need, will see an acceleration in 2018.

Leveraging on the popularity of microlearning, in 2018 too, PSTs will be used extensively to support primary formal training enabling organizations to see the application of the learning.

They will continue to support ILT training as well.

Gamification

Till 5 years ago, gamification in corporate training was viewed with skepticism. From this perception to today’s reality, gamification (full or partial) has increasingly become a part of the organization’s learning strategy.

I see an increase in gamification for serious learning to continue and extend to the programs that have traditionally not used it or used it rather sparingly (for instance compliance and application simulation-based training).

Social Learning

Although learning from others and with others is intrinsic to human beings, we have seen a recognition for using social learning as an important part of corporate training only in last few years.

With options for platforms or portals, I see an increase in usage of social learning to foster a spirit of collaborative learning in organizations.

Mobile Apps Or Apps For Learning

The total number of app downloads across the world in 2017 was a staggering 197 billion. Given the fact, that we use apps several times during our day, its usage for learning is a logical extension.

I see an increase in the usage of mobile apps for learning, and this will become a significant part of corporate training in 2018. They, too, will leverage on microlearning (including learning paths) as well as on gamification. The flexibility of personalization and connect with learners through notifications (on updates) continues to establish their value.

Video-Based Learning (Videos And Interactive Videos)

I don’t even need to highlight the role of videos in learning. If you were to poll the learners, this would definitely be in their top 3 formats for learning. The only challenge with classic video-based learning is the passivity and most of us forget what we learned after 60 seconds.

In 2018, I see more investment in videos that offer interactivities (similar to traditional eLearning), interim knowledge checks, branching based on the choices learners make as well as the end of program assessments.

Furthermore, you will see an integration of videos from YouTube to create a specific learning path (similar to topics in other online courses) and track learners’ progress and performance.

Next Gen-LMS/LCMS

In 2017 eLearning Trends and Predictions, I had highlighted how LMS/LCMS platforms need to align to the way the learners want to learn. I see the trend continuing in 2018, and a shift from corporate LMS platforms that “push” training programs to personalized learning paths that learners can “pull”. Flexibility to learn offline and sync back with the LMS once you are online are no more desirable but essential features.

Rapid And Completely Responsive eLearning Tools

The next year will see further enhancements in ease of development (rapid and fully responsive designs) to keep pace with microlearning needs as well as flexibility to incorporate trending learning strategies and high impact formats.

Informal Learning

Organizations are realizing that the budget spent on only formal and structured training (that is only one of the many ways we learn) is not enough. Providing learners with more channels to learn from, having access to precise information they need when they have a challenge and foster collaborative learning are some key aspects that will see increased focus in 2018.

The usage of Performance Support Tools (PSTs) needs to be an integral part of the training to provide just-in-time learning aids to the learners and I see this trend certainly picking up momentum in 2018.

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Section 2 – Coming Of Age – An Increase In Adoption

Learning Portals

Learning portals were initially conceptualized for certain key programs that needed a different degree of engagement from the learners (in contrast to traditional LMS platforms). Today, they can be designed as stand-alone platforms or co-exist with the LMS.

They are learner-centric and provide a higher degree of control to the learners. The reason for their popularity is a niche and a definitive need they are often designed for. They typically feature a learning path (featuring resources in different formats) and some collaboration features (extending to curation). Most of them offer a highly personalized path to the learners. More significantly, they capture learner analytics at levels that a traditional LMS cannot or does not capture.

In 2018, I see an increased adoption of learning portals as many of the legacy LMS platforms do not provide this capability. It would be interesting to see with similar features being available in next-gen LMSs, how learning portals do evolve in 2019.

Personalization

“One size does not fit all” and learning is no exception. Personalized learning will see an increase in 2018.

Using assessments (pre-test) or surveys (to determine learner’s interest and their assessment of proficiency) will help organizations create personalized learning paths for the learners. Interim check-points (with formative feedback) can be used to redirect learners to other aspects of the training that may not have been the recommended path but which would be useful. Looking at the way learners engage with various assets can lead to other, new recommendations to be made.

I believe this is one trend that is worth a closer look in 2018.

Curation

Thanks to the internet, today we have tremendous knowledge at our fingertips. However, sifting through various options to determine relevancy is often a time-consuming process. This is precisely where content curation fits in. The curator (an expert) sifts through the data and creates a learning path that meets defined objectives.

Learners are provided with learning paths, and they have the flexibility to re-configure them if required. They can also share and recommend assets from the portal. The process can be made more inclusive by having learners contribute and enrich the repository.

I believe that 2018 will certainly see an increase in content curation solutions.

Section 3 – Emerging Or Maturing – Watch Out For

Artificial Intelligence (AI) In Learning

Do I see a world where AI can replace the tasks L&D teams do in terms of defining what courses learners should take and what additional resources they have access to? Not quite!

However, using cues from learning analytics (notably, xAPI) AI can add tremendous value in recommending assets that can help the learners reach the desired goal (skill enhancement or behavioral change).

As we begin understanding learner motivation, behavior and the dynamics in the current learning path (how they navigate, what they browse, where they spend time, and so on), we can potentially use AI to direct them to areas they may not have explored.

It would be interesting to see which of the current LMS providers turns out to be the first mover in offering this capability in 2018.

AR/VR For Immersive Learning

Without any doubt, AR/VR provides one of the most immersive learning experiences. Although this has seen a considerable traction in 2017 and shows promise in 2018, it does come with a hefty price tag (and longer lead time to develop).

With early adoption in training intended for hazardous workspaces (Health and Safety training) or complex simulations, we are already seeing the beginning of usage of mobile apps that embed AR features.

Now, it is anticipated that this will eventually substitute scenarios including branching scenarios as well as video-based learning for behavioral change. This will open doors to its application in soft skills and to a wider application for corporate training.

Big Data-Reporting And Analytics And Its Usage In The Determination Of ROI

Big Data refers to voluminous data that is aggregated from various sources (typically, LMS, LCMS, learning portals, and surveys/polling or assessments in the context of eLearning). Given its large volume, complexity and the fact that it is dynamic, there is no tool that can manage and analyze it.

Big Data reporting and analytics encompass the approaches through which this data can be presented in formats that are relevant for analysis, decision making, and action. When processed right, this can give us tremendous insights on how learners learn, the impact of training on skills or behavioral change and the impact on business. It can then help in the determination of ROI on training spend.

I see an increase in Big Data reporting and analytics in 2018 leading to the further optimization of the training delivery.

This analysis can be used to understand the learner’s behavior, and the way they want to learn, the learning paths that are chosen by the learners and update the existing training delivery. These cues can be further used to create personalized and more effective learning paths that enable learners to learn, practice, obtain feedback and remediation, and so on.

Learner Analytics To Enhance Learning Experiences

Although learner analytics is an integral part of the overall Big Data that is being collated through multiple, I am highlighting this as a separate aspect. In 2017, we have seen an increased focus on understanding the learners’ behavior and what can be done to improve the motivation, engagement, and application of on-the-job learning.

Usage of Tin Can API can give a very detailed view of how learners are interacting with the eLearning courses and validate it against the assumptions and revise the learning designs/learning paths, if necessary. I see this trend seeing further traction in 2018 resulting in learning designs that appeal to learners and create the required value that businesses seek.

Over the next 2-3 years, I see an extensive use of AI (Artificial Intelligence) in using this analytics and creating recommended and highly personalized cues for the learners.

I hope you find these pointers as part of my eLearning Trends and Predictions for 2018 useful and I also wish you are now able to use them in your organization. If you have any queries, do contact me at apandey@eidesign.net

Top 10 features of Adobe Captivate 2017 for Responsive eLearning development

adobe captivate

Adobe Captivate 2017 offers powerful capabilities to create fully responsive eLearning courses. What is notable is that there is no trade-off on visual punch or the learning experience.

In this blog, I summarise my pick of the top 10 key features of Adobe Captivate 2017. Additionally, I outline EI Design’s capability in pushing the envelope further on creating responsive eLearning courses through customisation on the tool. With these approaches we create a higher learner engagement and higher learnability.

Traditionally, the previous releases of Adobe Captivate were deemed suitable primarily for designing courses on Application Simulation.

Not anymore!

  • Besides fully responsive design capability, the wide range of authoring capabilities in Adobe Captivate 2017 enable you to handle all types of content to meet your diverse corporate training needs.
  • Not only this, it also enables you to make an effective migration of your legacy Captivate courses from non-mobile to mobile learning.
  • It also includes Adobe Captivate Draft, a tool for rapid storyboarding in PowerPoint, for a quick conversion to fully responsive mobile courses. This is a powerful feature that enables rapid development and create high impact mobile courses in relatively shorter time.

Top 10 features of Adobe Captivate 2017

Adobe Captivate 2017 is a power packed release that enables you to create fully responsive eLearning courses through its unique concept of “Fluid Boxes”. Let us explore this in particular, as I pick its Top 10 features.

For an easy reference, I have banded these features into two groups:

  1. Rapid development of completely responsive eLearning courses
  2. Value adds

Rapid development of completely responsive eLearning courses

1. Completely responsive design that is easy to develop

Adobe Captivate 2017 features the usage of “Fluid Box” concept. You can use the standard containers or draw your own variant. Once you place objects into the Fluid Box, they get aligned to offer a completely responsive design. This then works seamlessly across devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops or desktops) and across different browsers.

2. Responsive text

This is another time-saving development feature in Adobe Captivate 2017, particularly for the eLearning courses that are content heavy. It automatically aligns long paragraphs to a couple of lines and provides the flexibility for learners to click and read the balance.

3. Multidevice responsive eLearning authoring 

Yet another great feature in Adobe Captivate 2017, that enables a preview to see how the content will appear across devices. A tremendous time saver, it enables you to validate the learning experience as you build it.

Value adds

4. Screen capture for Applications simulations or Software simulations

Captivate tool has been noted for its strength in capturing Application simulations (App Sims or Software simulations). Captivate 2017 builds on this major strength to offer the flexibility of completely responsive designs through a single screen capture.

5. Automatic text to speech conversion

A significant feature of Adobe Captivate 2017 is the automatic functionality to convert text to speechThis feature enables you to change the text (inevitable during reviews) and get the updated audio at the click of a button.

6. Adobe Typekit integration

With this feature, you can create a custom cloud-based kit of the font families that you are using. This ensures that the users will be able to view the content exactly as designed across devices and browsers.

7. Adobe StockFree eLearning assets

Through this feature of Adobe Captivate 2017, you can pick ideas and assets from Adobe Stock and library that consists of 75,000+ free eLearning assets. These include the typical building blocks that you may need (including images, interactivities, scenarios and games). The access to these assets can reduce your development time significantly.

8. Rapid Storyboarding through Adobe Captivate Draft (currently available only for iPad)

As an Instructional Designer, you will love this feature as it allows you:

  • Rapid storyboarding
  • Collaborative review
  • Real-time preview

This is not all, with Adobe Captivate 2017, you have the flexibility to handle and manipulate content, questions and even aspects like branching in a rapid development mode.

9. PowerPoint and Adobe Captivate projects sync

On a related note, you can also import content from the existing PowerPoint decks and as you update; you can retain the sync with the eLearning project.

10. Automigrate from nonmobile to mobile

Another useful feature is to bring in legacy non-mobile Adobe Captivate projects and convert them into mobile courses with ease.

What more can be done with Adobe Captivate 2017?

At EI Design, our core expertise is in creative innovative learning solution design. Over the last 16 years, we have pushed the envelope on an authoring tool’s core capability and achieved magic through customisation.

These customisations have helped us create:

  • Sticky learning experiences
  • Higher learner engagement
  • Higher learnability

Here are 5 features for Adobe Captivate 2017 that have been customised by us (these are not available by default):

  1. Role Selection and Avatar SelectionCaptivate - Role Selection
  2. Custom Visual Menu
    Captivate - Visual Menu
  3. Gamification elements like Badges and Trophies
    Captivate - Gamification
  4. Gamified assessment
    Captivate - Gamified Assessment
  5. Custom JavaScript enabled template (to enhance the impact and learner engagement of standard templates)

This screen featuring Drag and Drop interaction is a variant on the default template available with Adobe Captivate. We have:

  • Used custom JavaScript to form four quadrants and smooth animation as learners drop the option on quadrants.
  • Added a timer functionality to engage the learner.

Captivate - Custom Screen

Summary

I hope this blog helps you understand the power of the key features of Adobe Captivate 2017 and how it can help you create eLearning courses more efficiently.

At EI Design, we have a deep expertise on the tool and you can reach out to us to see what more can be achieved through customisation. If you have any specific queries, do contact me.

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5 Approaches to Use Video Based Learning in Corporate Training

Usage of video based learning has been used fairly extensively in eLearning. Video based learning continues to be in the top 3 preferred formats for learning.

What is interesting to note is the significant position it is gaining as an effective tool for both formal and informal learning. It is also being used to support Instructor Lead Training (ILT) or Virtual Instructor Lead Training (VILT).

In this blog, I show you 5 different approaches to integrate Video Based Learning for corporate training. These approaches will help you achieve higher learner engagement and see the desired performance gain.

Background

The following statement summarises the value Video based learning brings in very effectively:

In addition to enhancing learning, video can also reduce training time. It’s easier and takes less time to watch a well-made video than it does to read through pages of dense text or complicated diagrams to grasp a concept.

– Andy Cole

Are there any challenges associated with Video based learning?

Videos are universally acknowledged as an effective medium for training. The Video based learning predominantly uses the Scenario Based Learning (SBL). These range from simple scenarios to highly complex decision making, branching scenarios.

However, there are certain challenges associated with Video based learning:

  • Passivity of videos makes it difficult to integrate measures to retain the learning (and more significantly validate the learning)
  • Expensive to produce and have a longer associated development cycle

How can the challenges associated with Video based learning be offset?

Offsetting challenge 1: The first challenges can be easily offset through Interactive Videos that offer 10X impact over traditional Video based learning. Similar to degree of interaction that is possible in a typical eLearning or mLearning based course, you can have:

  1. Interactions (Hot spots, click to reveal, explore and learn and so on)
  2. Interim knowledge checks
  3. Branching based on learner’s selections
  4. End of program assessments
  5. Tracking (SCORM based)

All of these measures help you create Video based training that is:

  1. High impact
  2. Multi-device (runs across devices ranging from desktops or laptops to tablets and smartphones)
  3. Engaging
  4. Will create sticky learning experience
  5. Will help you reach the desired mandate (skill enhancement or performance gain)
  6. Can be tracked to assess learner’s engagement and performance

You can use also Interactive videos to support ILT/VILT training. This can be done in two ways:

  1. Instructor recording can be converted into an interactive Video based learning
  2. Performance Support Tools (PSTs or learning aids): To support pre-workshop or engagement post workshop

Offsetting challenge 2: You can use Videos based learning beyond the classic format (where you had to shoot through a cast of characters) to other interesting formats that are particularly useful for informal learning.

Some of the key formats that you can use to easily leverage on Video based learning are:

      1. Explainer videos: They can be used to summarise the formal training and can be used highly effectively to reinforce learning (post the completion of formal training).
      2. Whiteboard animations based videos: They can be used to support formal training (pre or post formal training). They can also be used as part of a traditional eLearning or mLearning course to outline certain key concepts).
      3. Kinetic text animations based videos: This approach can be used as a very effective Performance Support Tool (PST or job-aids) that can be provided within the learner’s workflow. They can be simple cheat sheets, Ready reckoners, Checklists and so on.

I hope this blog provides you the required pointers to integrate Video based learning more expensively in your corporate training. If you have any queries, do contact me at apandey@eidesign.net.

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5 Questions Answered – Why you should opt for Mobile learning for corporate training

Today, most of us cannot think of managing our day without smartphones. Using them for learning is a natural extension. In this blog, I will answer 5 basic questions that may be in your mind as you look at adopting mLearning for the first time or look at expanding its capability for your corporate training.

Q1. What is mLearning?

mLearning or Mobile learning for corporate training is essentially learning on the go or online training that is available to the learners on tablets and smartphones. The training is designed for “multi-device” support wherein it is also available on desktops and laptops giving learner to opt for the device of their choice to learn.

Q2. Why is mLearning adoption gaining momentum?

Take a look at your typical day and see how mobile technology is an integral part of our life. Using mobile devices for learning is an extension to this. With this, the L&D teams can offer the flexibility to the learners to learning on the go and on the device of their choice.

The adoption of mLearning or mobile learning for corporate training is gaining momentum on account of the following:

  • Mobile learning offers flexibility to both learners and business.
  • Mobile learning is the way learners prefer as it supports learning on the go.
  • Mobile learning appeals to a wider spectrum of learners (particularly, millennials in the workforce).
  • Mobile learning provides training in formats that learners normally view and can easily relate to (for instance, Videos based learning). This increases learner engagement and facilitates retention.
  • Mobile learning leverages the current trends in Microlearning and Gamification that makes the training fun, easy to internalise and apply.

Q3. What are the key benefits of mLearning or Mobile Learning?

In contrast to traditional eLearning, the learning offers several significant advantages to both learners as well as business:

  1. Provides flexibility to learners.
  2. Offers higher learner engagement.
  3. Demonstrates better completion rates and higher retention.
  4. Facilitates collaborative learning.
  5. Offers multi-device support.
  6. Adapts to formal training as well as Performance Support (just-in-time learning or job aids).
  7. Facilitates “learning as a continuum”.

Q4. In spite of the flexibility that mLearning or Mobile Learning offers, can it be applied to all corporate training needs?

mLearning can be applied to support all your corporate training needs ranging from:

  1. Formal training.
  2. Performance support.

It can be applied as effectively for:

  1. Collaborative or Social Learning.
  2. Supplementing Instructor Led Training (ILT).

At EI Design, we have created mLearning solutions for the entire spectrum of training needs including:

  1. Induction and onboarding.
  2. Compliance.
  3. Soft skills.
  4. Behavioural change.
  5. Change management.
  6. Product training.
  7. Application simulations.

Q5. What other approaches can you adopt to increase the impact of your mLearning or Mobile Learning strategy?

To multiply the impact, you can:

  1. Provide a learning path based approach to the learners.
  2. Offer personalised learning (include feedback along with reinforcement or supplement options).
  3. Leverage on the combination of Microlearning and Gamification.
  4. Offer training in varied high impact formats.

I hope this blog addresses the key questions on mLearning or Mobile learning for corporate training. If you have any specific queries, do contact me.

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4 Killer Examples Of Learning Portals For Corporate Training

Learning Portals For Corporate Training: What Are Their Key Characteristics?

Learning portals are knowledge repositories featuring learning paths, and they are designed to meet specific initiatives. They can be independent of an LMS or can be designed to co-exist with one.

Key Characteristics Of Learning Portals For Corporate Training

  • Unlike traditional learning where the training is “pushed”, the learning portals for corporate training are designed to be learner-centric, giving them the control on how they want to “pull” the information and learn.
  • As an extension to the learner-centric focus, learning portals also feature collaborative or social learning.
  • In contrast to discrete bursts of intense training (a characteristic of formal training), the learning portals provide the “learning as a continuum”. This is through the learning paths that feature assets for both formal and informal learning.
  • They can offer personalized learning to the learners (based on their interest or their proficiency gauged by pre-assessment).
  • They can be used as an effective mechanism to create a “learning ecosystem” where learners can contribute and continue to enrich the repository.
  • They are designed to be available in multi-device format, thereby offering the flexibility for learners to choose the device they wish to access it on (ranging from desktops/laptops to tablets/smartphones).
  • Given their intrinsic modularity (to offer multiple assets within a given learning path), they can meet the needs of diverse learner profiles. Additionally, they can offer assets to meet the needs of different learning styles.
  • They can be designed to motivate learners and encourage competition through a range of gamified approaches like rewards and recognition that can be viewed on leaderboards.
  • The assets in the repository can be used to offer formal training (fully online or support ILT sessions) as well as Performance Support (informal learning).
  • The assets design typically includes currently trending approaches like microlearning, gamification and typically feature wide-ranging assets that learners can:
    • View (videos and interactive videos)
    • Read (eBooks, Flipbooks, PDFs, and Interactive PDFs)
    • Learn (both formal training and informal learning assets in mLearning format)

Why Do L&D Teams Adopt Learning Portals For Corporate Training To Gain Employee Engagement?

Organizational Perspective

The learning portals for corporate training can supplement the existing training delivery (particularly for key formal training initiatives) or create islands to facilitate social learning, create communities of practice.

Rather than limiting the interaction of L&D teams only for discrete formal training sessions, learning portals for corporate training offer a connect with the learners through the learning journey. This can now include both formal pieces of training as well as Performance Support Tools (just-in-time learning aids the specific learning exactly at the moment of their needs).

As a result, there is demonstrable higher learner engagement. This approach facilitates both knowledge acquisition as well as its application on the job.

Learners’ Perspective

I have already highlighted that learning portals are designed to be learner-centric and since they provide the control to the learners, you will see higher engagement and interaction.

To summarize, the learning portals for corporate training meet the business needs as well as the learner’s needs and expectations. This is why it makes business sense to adopt them as a significant part of your learning strategy.

In the process, you will see following gains:

  • Improvement in learner engagement.
  • Sticky learning (through steady reinforcement).
  • Increased application of the acquired learning.
  • Increase in learner interaction.
  • Higher completion cycles.

How Can Learning Portals Fit In As Part Of An Organization’s Training Delivery?

Learning portals for corporate training map directly to the 70:20:10 learning model and find a great fit for both formal training and Performance Support Tools.

To give you a sense of what a typical learning portal offers, here’s a quick summary of the features designed by us at EI Design:

  1. Personalization
  2. Curation
  3. Learning path/learning journey
  4. Completely responsive design
  5. Gamification
  6. Awards and leaderboards
  7. Social learning
  8. Microlearning nuggets in various formats
  9. Flexible design: Can be independent of an LMS or co-exist with an LMS
  10. Extensive admin controls

Examples

We, at EI Design, have crafted learning portals for following diverse corporate training needs:

  1. Induction and onboarding
  2. HR benefits
  3. Employee engagement
  4. Social learning
  5. Content curation
  6. Personalization (for professional skills training)
  7. Best practices (corporate quality mandate)
  8. Sales and marketing resource center

Out of these, I pick our top 4 to showcase you the possibilities.

1. Induction And Onboarding

This example showcases the most significant usage of learning portals. Induction and onboarding is a great case in point on addressing a niche but a crucial training.

It features:

  1. Personalization
  2. Microlearning
  3. Gamification (including scores and leaderboards)
  4. Social learning

EI Design - Induction and Onboarding Portal Example

2. HR Benefits

This example highlights the usage of a learning portal to create awareness of the HR benefits.

It features:

  1. Narrative approach: Features story and scenarios.
  2. Learning path maps to various levels.
  3. Gamification (including scores and leaderboards).

EI Design HR Benefits Portal Example

3. Content Curation

This example highlights the usage of a learning portal based approach to create communities of practice and promote continuous learning.

It features:

  1. Curated content
  2. Recommended learning paths
  3. Learning paths that can be created by learners
  4. Social learning

EI Design Content Curation Portal Example

4. Employee Engagement

This example highlights the usage of a learning portal for an employee engagement. While it uses a “fitness” based theme, its core objective is team building.

It features:

  1. Learning path
  2. Gamification
  3. Social learning

EI Design Employee Engagement Portal example

Take a look at this video that showcases these 4 examples in an engaging format.

 

I hope the examples in this article showcase how you can use learning portals for corporate training to address various training needs to increase your employee engagement and foster collaborative learning. In case you need any specific assistance, do contact me at apandey@eidesign.net.

Source:  https://www.eidesign.net/4-killer-examples-learning-portals-corporate-training/

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