Project DISHA: The World’s First Chatbot-Powered eLearning Course

Project DISHA, designed and developed by Learnnovators, is the world's first chatbot-powered eLearning course in Articulate Storyline. This article will give a behind the scenes glimpse of what went into the making of Project DISHA. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

Free eBook: Transform Your L&D With Digital

Corporate eLearning is subject to rapid changes; this is why you have to keep your employees’ expectations in mind at all times, as they change too. Staying up-to-date is easier than one might think. After all, technological innovations are here to lend a helping hand, apart from speeding up the pace. This must-read will fill you with insight that will allow you to confidently empower your employees to be self-sufficient, thus gaining multiple professional benefits. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

The Digital Transformation Of Learning And Development: Part 3

The aim of this three-part article is to help you transform your L&D with digital by providing practical guidance. In its third and final part, we’ll explore why you should focus on data to ensure positive ROI and why you need to liberate yourself from the ‘course mindset’ once and for all. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

The Digital Transformation Of Learning And Development: Part 2

Today’s employees expect on-demand support and development comparable to their experience online, outside of the corporate infrastructure. Taking your L&D on a transformation journey is the obvious move, but how can you ensure a successful transformation? The answer lies in one word: Digital. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

The Digital Transformation Of Learning And Development: Part 1

In much the same way as the music and publishing industries have had to respond to the changing needs of consumers, L&D also needs to adapt in order to meet the changing demands of organisations and employees. In this three-part article, we’ll explore how to do just that. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

Making the most of Lynda.com

I’ve been using the institutional partnership Coventry University has with Linkedin/Lynda.com and have been taking a few short, video-heavy courses to further my understanding in a few area. In light of this I took the opportunity to attend a ‘making the most of Lynda.com‘ course too, presided over by a LinkedIn representative and someone from the DMLL (Disruptive Media Learning Lab) here at Coventry.

I had three goals I wanted for this one hour session: firstly to see if I ‘understood’ of Lynda.com or could get better at using it, for my own personal learning. Secondly I wanted to see what I could do with it in relation to my management responsibilities, and lastly I wanted to explore what LinkedIn (and Microsoft by relationship to company/organisational ownership).

Notes from the 1-hour course:

  • Access Lynda.com for free using your Coventry [institutional] access (select ‘use organisational sign in’ on the login page and enter username/password. This will be remembered the next time you visit.
  • Lynda.com will be rebranded as LinkedIn Learning (already accessible, but content behind a paywall on LinkedIn Learning) within 12 months. All data (login, courses, playlists, etc.) will move across.
  • Access to Lynda.com (and subsequent to LinkedIn Learning) is free when a staff or student of Coventry university.
  • Very keen to highlight benefits of using Lynda.com with students (and staff) as flexible learning, just-in-time learning, micro/macro learning, self-directed and mobile learning.
  • Develop new skills within the workplace according to immediate or anticipated skills, use courses or individual videos accordingly.
  • Certificates available on course completion, not credit or qualification bearing.
  • Courses categorised into
    • Education
    • Technology
    • Business, and
    • Creative
  • Currently staff use outweighs student use.
  • “What’s in it for me?”
    • CPD
    • Blended learning or supplementing existing learning opportunities
    • Tutorials
    • Best practice (depending on the course creator/SME)
  • ‘What’s in it for the student?’
    • Supporting campus-based CU learning
    • Study skills / professional skills
    • Time- and self-management
    • Career management
    • Interview skills
  • ‘What’s in it for managers?’
    • Recommended course based on algorithms and other institutional users
    • Watch & reflect
    • Engage & retain
    • (Productivity related CPD?)
    • Skills and competencies learning (measurable?)

Reflection:

The purpose of the course was mainly to highlight the possibility of using Lynda.com materials as part of an academic’s teaching and learning strategy. Each academic would need to evaluate each video and/or course before being certain it is of the right ‘message’ and tone to fit into their learning, but the presentation quality is extremely high. Individual course authors and presenters are invited to write and deliver the course, these are the ‘leaders’ in their field, but anyone can can apply and suggest course idea for LinkedIn consideration. Videos are created at one of two LinkedIn studios.

The LinkedIn representative was keen to try and get Lynda.com used as part of the student learning, but I think this has more potential as an on-going and informal opportunity to team members to keep skills up to date and learn new skills, just by nature of offering a free course (Lynda.com) as part of a purchased course. By installing an on-going objective in ClearReview (Coventry appraisal system) each team member could keep track of their own personal development, and act as a reflection on their own development. This can be shared, should the individual want to, with other team members who are doing the same or similar courses, the opportunity for team collaboration is here should individuals want it.

The search function on the website is extremely good, with the platform ‘learning’ about your preferences based on activity in courses and matching new courses with your history, and that of the wider Coventry University audience. Courses are split into functional areas of ‘speciality’ (as above), you can ‘save’ courses to playlists and share certificates on your LinkedIn account (or download as PDF).

Lynda.com courses are typically 50-70 minutes in length, 100% video based, and may have a pre- and post-quiz. I don’t know what happens if you fail either one, but the courses I’ve done you get a certificate for your effort. The quizzes are not typically very difficult or time consuming.

Demonstration courses that may be of use:

Image source: Zeev Barkan (CC BY-2.0)

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