New year, new training budget! And a new class to help you figure out what to do with it. Managing a budget has always been weirdly enjoyable for me – sort of like playing a jigsaw puzzle with money. You add and subtract until you have the right number of resources to accomplish each goal, and where you don’t have cash flow, you hold things together with duct tape and creativity.
Join us on Wednesday, February 13 at 9AM Pacific. Register with Training Magazine Network for free. The description is below. See you soon!
More Courses, Less Cost: How to Provide More Content on a Limited Budget
How is your 2019 training budget treating you? It’s early in the year, and many L&D managers and directors are figuring out how to best apply their budget to their annual goals. Many of us have limited funds, so we start asking ourselves questions like the following:
- Should I develop this course or learning program in house, or purchase existing content from a vendor?
- What kinds of content are out there, and how do I select content that will best serve my learners?
- How can I use course content catalogs to augment our existing curriculum?
- How do I develop more custom content without investing more of my budget?
- Can I save money by presenting some instructor-led classes in a virtual format?
In this session, Katrina Marie Baker, Senior Learning Evangelist of Adobe, will facilitate a discussion of these questions. You will have an opportunity to share your ideas and hear what fellow attendees are doing with their training programs. Katrina will also share real-life examples and practical tips for prioritizing, planning, and budgeting against your organization’s L&D priorities.
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I’m not just a speaker at the upcoming Adobe eLearning Conference in Washington DC on March 13th, 2019, but I’m also an attendee. For those who are unsure if this event is worth your time or the effort to convince your boss, consider the following.
During the previous years events, I met a bunch of people like myself who design eLearning for their living. It’s really great sharing similar experiences with one another, and knowing we are not alone in the challenges we face. More importantly, though, I got to hear other ideas and solutions as to how to solve elearning challenges. As a freelancer, I just don’t get that in my home office. My two office companions are great for other reasons but they don’t offer any suggestions for improving my eLearning designs.
Each Adobe live event offers a glimpse of what eLearning at Adobe will look like in the future. I first learned about virtual reality, fluid box responsive design, and interactive video at past Adobe live events and I’m looking forward to learning about new features this spring.
As I said up front, I’m also an attendee. When I’m not speaking or sitting in on the general sessions, I will be attending my fellow speaker’s sessions. Thanks to them, the effort I put into preparing material to speak about is returned to me tenfold. The creative solutions I’ve learned from my fellow speakers has allowed me to offer a wider range of eLearning solutions to my clients. I’m very thankful for the knowledge my fellow speakers have given me.
A new feature of the last few Adobe live events has been the Adobe Captivate Specialist training. The Adobe Captivate specialist training is a separate registration and requires a fee of $499. A short time before the conference you will get you access to pre-session training material. The pre-session training material is over seven hours of tutorials from Dr. Pooja Jaisingh. If you don’t know Pooja, she is the leading expert in Adobe Captivate and works as a Senior Evangelist for Adobe eLearning.
On the day of the Specialist training, you will register and be assigned to one of several classes. Breakfast is included and then you will begin your Captivate training until it’s time to break for lunch (also included). Later in the afternoon once all the training is concluded you will begin your assessment. You’ll know right away if you are successful and then you’re free to break until the conference the next day, where you will also get your certificate and a digital badge that you can add to your LinkedIn profile that is verifiable by potential employers.
Probably the most important aspect of this conference is the value. The conference itself is completely free, and if you elect to get your Adobe Captivate Specialist designation it’s only going to cost you or your organization the $499. Breakfast and lunch are included for the conference. Sure you have to pay for your transportation and accommodation but that would be true of any conference you decide to attend in 2019. Most eLearning conferences without any certifications are a thousand or more dollars just to register. If you use Adobe Captivate, are switching to Adobe Captivate, or are considering Adobe Captivate this is the conference for you.
I hope to see you in Washington DC on either March 12th, March 13th, or on both days.
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The usage of videos for learning is well established, but the trend you should watch out for and adopt is the interactive video. In this article, I show you 5 interactive video strategies that you can use to create high-impact online training.
Interactive Video Strategies To Enhance Your Training
The fact that videos continue to be a popular choice for learning is well known. Just take a look at the following stats that re-affirm why investment in video based learning makes sense.
- There are 22 billion daily video views: Snapchat (10 billion), Facebook (8 billion), and YouTube (4 billion).
- By the end of 2018, 75% of workers at large organizations will interact with various kinds of video more than three times daily (Gartner Research).
- 59% of senior executives agree that if both text and video are available on the same topic on the same page, they prefer to watch the video (Digital Information World).
- Viewers retain 95% of a message when they watch it in a video, compared to 10% when reading it in the text (WireBuzz).
What Is Driving The Wider Usage Of Video Based Learning Strategies?
Video based learning is seeing a wider adoption on account of the acceleration of a couple of other trends.
- Increased adoption of mobile learning
Till a few years ago, the usage of mobile learning – providing anytime, anywhere access and, particularly, learning on the go – was deemed as a “good-to-have” component of the overall training delivery. Today, most organizations see this as a “must-have” component. The change from traditional eLearning to mobile training is also undergoing another significant change. Mobile learning solutions are now being designed to be primarily consumed on smartphones (mobile-first training solutions). As an extension, many of the formats that are commonly used on smartphones are also part of the learning strategy. Videos for learning and apps for learning are on the top of this list.
- Increased adoption of microlearning
With the maturing of microlearning based techniques, they are being used to offer both formal structured training as well as informal training. They are a great fit to promote social or collaborative learning. The combination of microlearning and videos leading to microlearning videos that are bite-sized had seen an increase. Learners love consuming these short videos on the go. These videos can be used to complement or supplement formal training, and with equal ease, as job aids or Performance Support Tools.
What Are The Key Differences Between An Interactive Video Based Strategy Versus A Classic Video?
Videos, or the classic videos, are a great option for learning, as they offer a high-impact and engaging format. However, they do not provide any control to the learner beyond the play/pause/stop.
This is certainly not a challenge when you have short videos, but it can impede the learning impact when:
- The videos are longer (running into a few minutes of run length).
- Organizations want to track the learner’s progress on the LMS.
- Organizations want to check-point (through assessments) to ensure that the learner is on track.
The interactive video based strategies bring in precisely this control to provide interactivity in videos, and this is similar to the interactions available in eLearning courses. What’s more significant is that they can be tracked on the LMS.
The value-adds through interactive videos are many.
- Now, you can have longer run length videos so that you are able to meet the specific learning outcome. Yet, you can continue to engage the learner through interactions.
- You can integrate quizzes and assessments to validate the learner’s progress.
- You can provide branching options. Depending on the choices that the learner makes at specified decision-making points, he or she will see a different learning path.
- You can track the learner progress as the output is SCORM compatible.
What Are The Key Gains You Will See As You Integrate Interactive Video Strategies In Your Training Delivery?
Research shows that the impact of an interactive video is 10 times that of a classic video. Furthermore, there are ways in which the adoption of interactive video based strategies will improve the learning experience and the training impact.
- It appeals to all learner profiles.
- It offers higher learner engagement quotient.
- It provides better recall and retention.
- It enables you to track the learner.
- It enables you to check-point and assess learning.
- It can be used in combination with other techniques to amplify the impact.
How Can Interactive Video Based Strategies Be Used For Various Corporate Training Needs?
Interactive video based strategies can be easily integrated into your training delivery to offer formal, informal, and on-the-job training. They can be used to support Intructor-Led Training or, in short, ILT.
I share my recommendations of 5 interactive video strategies:
- Use them as microlearning nuggets and offer them as a learning path.
- Design them to offer formal training, as well as for Performance Support (job aids).
- Integrate other interesting components like gamification.
- Offer personalization options (from a repository of assets).
- Curation (from YouTube).
5 Examples Featuring Interactive Video Based Strategies
Now, I pick 5 examples from our vast repository that feature varied interactive video based strategies.
1. Microlearning-Based Interactive Video For Conceptual Learning
This approach combines interactions (corresponding to the learning interactions of the eLearning courses) to create high-impact learning experiences.
2. Interactive Videos Featuring Experts
Interactive videos can be perfect for building explainer videos. Learners are enthusiastic about expert advice and guidance. By using infographics and typography based animations to support the expert’s dialogues, it creates an immersive virtual classroom experience. Additionally, interactions of various types at specific junctures make learning effective.
3. Virtual Classroom Delivered Using Interactive Video Format
The ease and flexibility of accessing them on the go make webcasts/podcasts ideal for Performance Support. They come with the added advantage of being brief and entertaining, much to the liking of present-day learners.
4. Skill Development Training Using Interactive Videos
While the impact of video based training is immense, they are tough to use when you have longer run-lengths. The challenge of passivity can become a showstopper. You can flip this by opting for interactive video based learning that provides a range of user interactions (including assessments and branching based on the learner’s response).
5. Scenario-Based, Decision-Making Training Using Interactive Videos (YouTube Videos)
It offers an interactive video framework with several features that make it an extremely useful tool for organizations to offer effective video based learning. The solution is built using our interactive video framework to integrate YouTube videos into a SCORM-based eLearning framework. We can add interactivities by pausing videos at specific cue points and bring in interactions like click to reveal content, questions in various formats, hotspots etc.
I hope this article provides compelling reasons why you should integrate interactive video based strategies into your training delivery.
I am sure the featured examples give you the required insight on how you can use interactive video based strategies in your organization (for formal training, informal training, and to support Instructor-Led Training).
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In this article, I share a guide that you can use as you embark on the conversion of Instructor-Led Training (ILT) to blended learning solutions. These pointers will help you create high-impact blended learning programs and a positive ROI.
All About Blended Learning Solutions
Before I outline the step-by-step guide that you can use to convert your ILT programs to effective blended learning solutions, let me touch upon a few essentials.
What Are Blended Learning Solutions?
Blended learning solutions offer the optimal combination of a classic form of training (ILT) and self-paced online training (eLearning or mobile learning).
- The degree of the blend is primarily decided by looking at the nature of the content and how learners respond to the mixed mode.
- Additionally, you need to look at the readiness of technology and deployment.
- Finally, you need to have adequate support measures to support the learners as well as the trainers through the transition of the facilitated mode to blended learning solutions.
What Is Triggering A Wider Adoption Of Blended Learning Solutions Over Instructor-Led Training Or ILT?
From an organizational perspective, we see the following triggers:
- Cost reduction
- Need to reach a wider audience in a shorter time with a consistent message
- Ability to update and redeploy training in a short time
From the learners’ perspective, the primary trigger is the flexibility that blended learning solutions offer (to take the training at their own pace, and when they want it).
What Are The Key Benefits That Learners And Organizations Gain If They Adopt A Blended Learning Solution Over A Traditional ILT?
Here is a summary of the key benefits:
Benefits For The Learners
- Blended learning solutions are learner-centric, and the online component provides control to the learners to set and manage their pace of learning.
- Learners have now access to online resources that they can refer to easily after the facilitated program is over.
- Research shows that learners show higher retention levels with blended learning solutions as compared to a fully facilitated session. This goes a long way in positively impacting ROI.
- The blended learning solutions are designed to offer continued interaction with trainers as well as peers, thereby keeping learning to be continuous.
Benefits For The Organizations
- Cost reduction and lesser seat time, compared to a fully facilitated training.
- Ability to reach a wider audience in a shorter time with a consistent message.
- Organizations can tap into more immersive online learning strategies (including mobile learning, microlearning, gamification, video-based learning, and social learning to name a few) that resonate well with learners and create a more sticky learning experience.
- Ability to update and redeploy training in a short time.
- Trainers can ascertain the progress quickly through online assessments and, if required, plan for tweaks or further interventions.
Are There Any Challenges That You Should Watch Out For As You Opt For A Blended Learning Solution?
While blended learning solutions offer several benefits as outlines, in our experience, the transition process throws up the following challenges:
- Not quite sure where to begin
- No buy-in from senior stakeholders
- Lack of adequate resources to manage the transition
- Trainers may have reservations on updating the curriculum from a fully facilitated mode to a blended learning mode
- Lack of complete understanding on the right degree of the blend to create an optimal blended learning solution
How Can Our Guide Assist You In Managing The Transformation From ILT To Creating Highly Effective Blended Learning Solutions?
At EI Design, our practice of blended training delivery is a mature one. We recognize that arriving at the solution that would work for a given program is both art and science. I share our practical, step-by-step guide that you can use when adopting blended training, particularly for the first time.
Step 1: Determine Why Blending Is Required
- What are the triggers that prompt the need to transform the training format?
- Are there any challenges in the existing delivery that must be offset in the new format?
- What are the expected gains from the new format?
Step 2: Validate The Impact Of The New Approach (To Arrive At The Degree Of Blending)
- Would learners align to the new delivery format?
- Would learners get an enhanced value?
- Would the program mandate be met?
Step 3: Identify The Required Support
- Evaluate the options for delivery including:
– The platform to offer VILT and LMS to offer online training
– The instructor and learner support
Step 4: Identify The Support Required To Handle Change Management Effectively
Step 5: Review The Existing Content To Determine Its Suitability To Adapt To A Blended Delivery
- You need to do an effective mapping of classroom-based activities and exercises to an online format.
- You also need to assess the current assessment strategy and determine how it should be adapted to a blended delivery.
Step 6: Once These Aspects Are Covered, You Are Ready To Go
- Create the blended training program design.
- Create an approach plan to implement it as follows:
– Plan for a pilot
– Take feedback
- Feedback and further improvement: After a suitable time, poll the learners and business units to determine its impact. Based on this feedback, determine if you need to re-calibrate the previous blend.
I hope this article provides practical pointers that you can use as you move from a fully facilitated, ILT program to a blended learning solution.
If you have any specific queries, leave a comment below.