Now that’s spooky!

Every so often something happens on my phone that makes me wonder just what is happening, who has access or who is listening and what ‘they’ do with that data.

In the past, I’ve had instances where I start seeing ads for something I’ve just been talking about. The ads appear in search results on social media, and I know I’ve never used my phone or any connected service to search for it. Spooky doesn’t cover it.

Today, I had another ‘woh!’ moment. Despite leaving Instagram a few years ago, I rejoined last year so I could share holiday pics with family. Since then I’ve been reasonably active and have kept my activity and friends list very small and close, and my activity is not connected to work/education/technology. Which is why, today, I had a real shock when I had the notice that ‘[user], who you might know, is on Instagram’.

I’ve checked. I’m not connected to this person on either Twitter or LinkedIn. We’ve never conversed or been in contact, personally or professionally on any platform or by email. We’re also not connected through other people either, not having any Instagram friends in common. In fact, the only time I’ve seen this person’s name is on an application to a role where I was on the interview panel.

So, how was the connection made? Which algorithm found that connection? Is it a coincidence, or something more sinister/spooky? Has there been some kind of deep mining of my data across various devices, networks (incl. when I use VPNs)?

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Top Authoring Tools to Convert Adobe Flash courses to HTML5

As the support to FLASH ended, Here are the top best authoring tools to convert flash to HTML5 eLearning and facilitates an effective conversion process.

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Acceptance

Here are my thoughts for 2021, the ‘year after covid’ – we won’t be back to ‘normal’, and we’ll finally stop hearing about a return to ‘normal’ or some form of ‘new normal’.

We’ll finally accept that covid has changed the way we live, shop, work, socialise, travel, exercise, etc. We will finally accept that what we had is gone and we can/must look ahead to working out what we need in this new world and aim towards that instead.

If we don’t, or can’t do that, then we miss the great opportunity to reset so much of our lives that are out of balance – either with each other or out of balance with our world. Accept where we are and how we got here, learn from what happened (the good and the bad), and plan for the future.

For me, 2021 needs to be different and better than we’ve had before. That doesn’t mean better than 2020, or even 2019, but better than we’ve planned or better than we’ve lived. 2021 needs to be to time we re-group, re-evaluate, re-start our lives, together. By realising our strengths and playing to them, and by accepting our weaknesses and learning from them, we can all do our bit to stop the rot, stop the bitterness, and stop the return to a ‘normal’ we didn’t much like to start with.

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Learning from the Pandemic: What Essential Features Any Educational App Should Have

The coronavirus pandemic has caused an unprecedented disruption in our education systems, affecting more than 1.5 billion learners, from pre-primary to higher education, in over 190 countries.

According to a UN study, the closure of learning spaces in the aftermath of the crisis impacted 94 percent of the global student population.

The school closures particularly exacerbated the education crisis in the underdeveloped and developing world, where according to UNESCO, 258 million children were already out of schools. As of June 2020, around 422 million secondary students were still unable to attend school in person.

It is believed that the closure of academic institutes will further magnify the existing inequalities in societies by widening the skills gap and threatening the career prospects for young students. The recent Save the Children reports claim that almost 10 million children could be deprived of their right to education permanently due to Covid-19.

The Rise of eLearning

The rise of e-learning platforms and educational apps has acted as a beacon of light in response to the crisis. Several countries, global regulatory bodies, and individuals have taken steps to explore new models of providing education via digital means to complement the physical classrooms.

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App developers around the world are also leveraging EdTech (educational technology) to deliver education amid school closures. The EdTech sector is estimated to triple in value and reach a whopping $350 billion by 2025. The rapid growth is likely to be driven by the proliferation of online learning solutions and mobile apps to address the education crisis.

The online learning solutions use IT tools with intuitive educational practices to facilitate learning and provide education access to learners in many parts of the world. The ongoing crisis has accelerated the creation and adoption of educational apps, which is one reason why the App Store and Google Play had their highest educational app downloads during the first quarter of 2020.

Essential Features of an Educational App

Since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, the ways of dispensing and acquiring knowledge went through a paradigm shift. Amid the rapid growth of mobile educational apps, the pandemic also provided us insights into the essential features that would make e-learning apps and the education system more resilient to crises like COVID-19. Below, we have put together a list of must-have features for building quality educational apps.

Offline Mode

Mobile educational apps play an important role in opening remote learning options for users around the world. With over 5 billion subscribers worldwide, mobile has the potential to contribute significantly to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of providing an inclusive and equitable education to all. More than 1.2 billion users currently utilize their phones to educate themselves or their kids, indicating an increase of 140 million subscribers since 2017.

Despite these encouraging stats, unequal access to fast speed internet and digital tools is a major factor inhibiting e-learning for many users. Not all users have access to broadband internet or Wi-Fi to utilize educational apps to advance their education. Slow and iffy internet connection or the increasing cost of mobile data in some parts of the world are causing many students to miss out on learning opportunities.

Therefore, app developers should make efforts to incorporate offline access feature in the apps so that users can access the course content even without an internet connection. Offline mode will not only maximize the reach of educational apps but also reduce the digital divide.

Interactive Content

You might already have heard the adage that ‘content is king,’ but it couldn’t be more accurate in the case of educational apps. When you offer valuable content that catches the users’ attention, the chances of your app being downloaded increases manifold.

If you aim to target school kids as your audience, make sure you include compelling content with eye-catching images and vibrant colors. Kids love colors and characters, so you can serve them well by adding cool cartoon characters as guides for each chapter in the app.

Moreover, use simple language so that every kid can grasp the topic and understand what it is trying to convey. Adding fun facts in-between topics will keep them interested and help them retain the content.

Live Tutorials and Sessions

The ongoing pandemic and the ensuing lockdown made us realize the human craving for live interaction and engagement. Live tutorials and interactive sessions should be, therefore, necessary features of any educational app. Live sessions allow students to participate in lectures and interact with their teachers in an environment similar to a physical classroom.

App developers should provide a virtual classroom experience in their apps where students can chat with each other and ask questions to clear their ambiguities. Developers should also add features that allow students to set up private teaching sessions with their teachers and address any doubts they have on any subject or topic. A mobile app that offers such a level of student-teacher engagement is bound to appeal to the users and see more downloads than its competitors.

Most educational apps on the app stores lack this important feature. Hence, you can implement them in your app and position yourself as an authority in the e-learning domain.

Personalized Experience

Most of us prefer an experience that is tailored to our needs. App users feel more comfortable with apps that they can customize according to their study habits and needs. Personalizing the user experience requires a significant amount of investment; however, the end results always justify the money and efforts that go into it. Customization may not improve your customer acquisition, but it will certainly skyrocket your customer retention rate.

Quizzes and Mock Tests

Educational apps should offer an alternative for the hardcopy tests and quizzes. A mini-quiz placed at the end of a lesson can be a valuable feature for students to track their progress and review key points before moving on to the next lesson. App developers should allow users to upload and download test papers and attempt answering them in a limited timed format.

E-quizzes can also be a self-assessment tool for students without feeling any fear of failure. There is room for every user to test their ideas and re-test them in case they prove wrong. Above all, tests and quizzes within educational apps drive engagement by making the users interact with the content. They make a user think and become an active participant.

Gamification

Gaming being the most popular category on App Store and Google Play is a testament to the fact that both kids and adults enjoy playing games. So, what could be better for a mobile educational app if it can teach users using games.

Several studies have found that kids can learn more effectively if taught through fun activities rather than the usual tasks from their course.

Therefore, app developers need to gamify the app’s experience to keep users hooked to the app. It will draw users more actively into a course and help them retain the lessons more effectively.

Social Media Integration

Parents usually refrain kids from using social media channels like Facebook and Twitter, but these platforms have proven extremely useful for rapid dissemination of educational content during the pandemic. Social media integration should be a must-have feature in educational apps, given how connected students are to these platforms.

Educational apps can leverage social media platforms to share announcements about new content, post updates, and host live lectures. Educational apps that work hand in hand with social media platforms will attract more users and make them stay active within the app. So, it is a win-win situation for students and educational app companies alike.

Summing Up

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our education system in an unprecedented way. The learning process is now entirely different than what it used to be in the pre-pandemic world. Educational app development is a leading trend across all the app stores, with hundreds of thousands of users relying on e-learning apps for their academic requirements.

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eLearning Trends To Watch Out For In 2021

With COVID-19 taking a grip over the world, organizations across the globe are forced to rethink how they conduct business, train, and equip their employees to meet the challenges posed by the disruption and business dynamics. How are organizations gearing up for the coming year in upskilling and reskilling their employees? We will look at some key trends that will reshape the learning landscape in the coming year and beyond.

The pandemic has created unprecedented challenges that have forced organizations to look for alternative forms of work such as work from home or remote working and bring virtual training to the fore. Earlier, virtual training was used only for the remote workforce or people spread across geographies.

Working from home is the new normal now. Several surveys have shown that working from home has helped people improve their productivity several notches. While the pandemic has forced this disruption, it is essential to understand that this will become a growing trend in the coming years. Organizations see the benefits of working remotely, and in some cases, businesses see work from home as the permanent solution and not a survival strategy.

For a more detailed look at the trends with tips on how to use them effectively in 2021, you can download our eBook on our website(do check the link in my profile).

Let us first look at technology trends to watch out for in 2021.

Technology Trends

1. Artificial Intelligence

Several surveys indicate that Artificial Intelligence (AI) continues to grow and will continue to be the number one trend in the technology space for years to come. No wonder, many big names are latching on to it as it will help people get access to content and assistance.

We firmly believe AI is an important trend. It is increasingly being used for automating several mundane or routine tasks that were done by humans just a few years ago, enabling humans to focus on tasks that require higher-order thinking skills. One of the biggest trends has been process-based automation.

In the digital learning space, Artificial Intelligence has a big role to play in 2021 and beyond. It will help personalize learning experiences, interpret the data or the reports generated for the courses taken, and make better recommendations.

2. Learning Analytics

Learning analytics is where Big Data meets traditional quantitative methods in education. Governments, universities, testing organizations, and Massive Open Online Course providers are collecting data about learners and how they learn. However, it has been mostly untapped until the advent of tools, methods, and algorithms that have helped in capturing the real intent of learners.

Learning analytics helps in measuring the key indicators of learner performance and helps learners understand their strengths and areas of improvement, which they can work on. Learning analytics is going to play a major role in 2021 as more learning happens through the digital medium.

3. Personalized Learning

Personalized learning in simple terms means providing learning content and activities based on learner choice as well as performance. To help learners take the learning modules of their choice, learning paths are used along with pre-assessments or recommended learning paths based on previous choices.

We believe personalized learning will continue to be a top trend in 2021 as well. We see it being used in conjunction with Artificial Intelligence, assessment engines, and other tools, becoming a must-have in the armory of L&D teams. It will continue to make waves in the coming years as an essential form of learning.

4. Adaptive Learning

In adaptive learning, personalization of learning happens using algorithms, confidence-based assessments, and competency mapping to the training.

With adaptive learning, employees can have flexible learning schedules. Learners can choose their learning path. Learners can learn from the content at their own pace. Thus, employees perceive this training as an opportunity and not as a task to be completed.

Adaptive learning will ensure that learners get the right knowledge provided in the right dosage and intervals. Adaptive learning will be a prime trend in the year 2021 and beyond.

5. Learning Experience Platforms

Learning experience platforms or LXPs are increasingly used by organizations to provide personalized interactive learning experiences to help employees scale up to the next level. The objective of LXP implementation is to provide learners with a platform where exchanging subject expertise is easy and open. LXPs are increasingly seen as a good alternative to the traditional LMSs that are administrator-driven rather than learner-driven.

LXPs are bound to grow further and add many more learner-friendly features in the years to come.

6. Microlearning Platforms

Microlearning platforms have grown in the last year and will continue to grow as a strong tool for learners to access impactful bite-sized learning. There are several microlearning platforms now that aim to help learners learn subjects quickly and effectively. While some use assessment as their core strategy, others use courses and gamification to make the learning stick. The emphasis has been on performance, and that is helping organizations reap rich rewards.

Tesseract Learning also launched a powerful Microlearning platform, KREDO. KREDO helps organizations create and publish microlearning courses in minutes, roll-out seamlessly, and track the performance of learners with built-in intuitive analytics. KREDO helps organizations utilize the continuous learning paradigm for all types of learning interventions, including pre and post formal virtual classroom or digital learning sessions.

Let’s next look at the learning content trends that will dominate 2021 and beyond.

Learning Content Trends

1. Virtual Classroom Training

Virtual training has been the defining trend of the year and will continue to be a strong trend in the foreseeable future. However, for many organizations going virtual was not an automatic step.

Many were apprehensive at first about its viability and were skeptical of its success. The pandemic induced disruption of working from home and remote working forced organizations to adopt virtual classroom training. However, what they found was that it was working quite well, contrary to their expectations.

There were few caveats though. Training via a virtual medium requires a different approach and skills. The sessions cannot be overly long. Technology needs to work effectively for people in remote locations. Many people are averse to using webcams as they work from home, creating another challenge to address. Virtual training is more flexible as compared to traditional classroom sessions with live interactions, ready-to-use features, polls, and more that give you real-time data. With virtual training, you can administer tests in real time, collect feedback immediately, and conduct sessions for teams spread across geographies.

Virtual classroom training is here to stay and will be one of the top trends for the year 2021 and beyond.

2. Microlearning

Microlearning has been a top trend in the last few years. It will continue to be a part of the learning strategy for every organization, big or small.

“Microlearning mainly focuses on a specific objective, cuts out all the fluff, and supports the primary training or learning journey. Thus, it helps in better understanding and therefore, better retention of the concepts learned.” Microlearning can be used as one of the primary modes of training delivery for some learning programs or just before an eLearning or VILT session, or a few days after the formal training as a reinforcement of key learnings to help the learners remember the concepts well.

“Another advantage of microlearning is that it can be created and administered in a variety of formats. The formats include videos, gamification, quizzes, podcasts, activities, and much more.” Microlearning will continue to be one of the top learning trends during 2021 and the years to come.

3. Gamification And Game-Based Learning

Gamification is an important strategy that will continue to hold the attention of L&D and experts to provide the right learning.

“Gamification features like unlockable achievements give employees instant feedback whenever they do something positive [2].” You can also assign badges to specific pieces of content, like assessments.  “Gamification gives a sense of advancement to the employees. Employees get to learn something new by feeling in charge of the whole training, resulting in executing the tasks effortlessly, and thereby performing the best at what they know [2].” Gamification will continue to help organizations create engaging, fun, immersive, and memorable learning experiences.

4. Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality has been a popular mode of implementing a variety of training. Whether it is assessing an insurance claim or working in a hazardous environment or learning a high-risk or high-cost skill such as flying an aircraft, Virtual Reality is the training mode to lean on.

Instead of conducting drills, companies can help employees gain exposure to concepts such as emergency response in a hazardous situation, like a fire or flood or a tornado alarm, through a VR based module. Virtual Reality need not be implemented using 3D only. It can be implemented and still be effective with 360-degree photographs or videos. Using an appropriate mix of photographs and/or videos and overlaying them with interactions, VR can be a fun, useful learning experience.

With highly sophisticated tools, the development of VR material is easier and cheaper. Today you can experience VR across platforms. Based on the increased adoption and good business cases, the use of VR will continue to grow in 2021,  and it will grow stronger in the coming years.

5. Catalog Courses

You might be wondering why catalog courses? How can it be a trend? Well, this year the catalog course industry has seen a massive revamp. With more organizations going digital, the demand for catalog courses has gone up. Many new players are vying for the catalog business pie. The primary advantage of catalog courses is that they are on varied subjects and ready to use or deploy without much effort.

This offering will continue to grow, and it gives an option to the learners to learn new skills faster as they are available readily.

6. Continuous Learning Journeys

The continuous learning journey is a relatively new concept wherein there is a tacit understanding that people need to learn continuously to retain the learning imparted during formal training sessions.

It is important to note that people tend to forget or lose the information that they have learned after a few days. Sometimes it may be a few days or a few weeks. This is known as the Forgetting Curve. The curve shows how quickly we forget information over time when there is no attempt to retain it.

For example, microlearning can be used as reinforcement in the continuous learning journey of a learner. A continuous learning journey can be implemented from the time a learner joins an organization to when a new product is launched, when employees need to be updated about changes happening across the organization or any new piece of training. Microlearning platforms, like KREDO, make implementing continuous learning journeys for employees very easy.

Continuous learning journeys are the need of the hour. We have seen an increase in its adoption, and it will continue to grow in the coming years.

7. Video-Based Learning

Video-based learning strategy continues to be one of the preferred methods to communicate crucial messages to employees. They work well in a variety of situations such as raising awareness of organization practices, or when making learners understand crucial aspects of their work.

Video-based learning nuggets can be both self-running and interactive. Increasingly, we are seeing the growth of interactive video-based learning to make a better impact on the learner.

Be it a product launch, or a newly designed process, change management, key messages from the management team, performance support in the moment of need, video-based learning can serve a variety of learning needs.

Video-based learning adoption will continue to rise, considering its continued popularity among learners.

8. Social And Collaborative Learning

Social learning has increasingly gained the attention of organizations as an important form of learning. Social learning as well as collaborative learning have more takers in organizations looking to leverage the strengths of these forms of learning.

Collaborative learning, as the name suggests, is about the collaboration between individuals in the workplace through various modes, such as forums, informal chat sessions, sharing sessions, and learning circles. The social and collaborative learning methods are cost-effective as compared to other forms of learning. Further, social training is effective and efficient thanks to a plethora of platforms and tools that are now enabling this form of learning. The learning is open or transparent and encourages learners to overcome their fears of seeking new knowledge.

Social and collaborative learning is here to stay and will grow by leaps and bounds.

9. Smarter Content Curation

Many organizations are aware that the internet as well as their knowledge bases have a massive repository of content and information. They also know that users would prefer content that is the most relevant to the subject that they want to learn. For this, organizations are adopting content curation. However, content curation must be done in an effective or rather, smart way. Smarter content curation helps find the right learning content for the learners.

Content curation will become more sophisticated and turn into one of the best ways to create high learner engagement.

Conclusion

These are the trends we foresee as preferred modes of learning in the coming year.

Whether they are learning technology trends or the learning content trends, the trends will continue to impact the way learners learn and organizations benefit from these modalities and interventions. While learners will be able to apply their learning to the job better and retain the learning, organizations will save several manhours in training if these tools and methodologies are implemented effectively. These must be utilized by the organizations to make progress in their quest for becoming more agile and adaptive learning organizations.

We would love to hear your thoughts on what other trends will contribute to enhancing the learning space during 2021. This will help us in making a more meaningful contribution to the learning space.

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Auch für die E-Learning-Branche wachsen die Bäume nicht in den Himmel

Das mmb-Institut hat wieder die Ergebnisse seines jährlichen Branchenmonitors veröffentlicht. Nachdem es letztes Jahr noch hieß „E-Learning-Branche erstmals seit Jahren wieder mit zweistelligem Wachstum“, kann dieses Mal nur von einem einstelligen Wachstum berichtet werden. Die Zahlen, auch das sei erwähnt, beziehen sich auf 2019.

Es haben dieses Jahr 40 Unternehmen am Branchenmonitor teilgenommen, wie immer freiwillig, und haben Einblick in ihre Zahlen gegeben. Neben der Umsatzentwicklung informiert der Monitor über die Umsatzanteile einzelner Geschäftsfelder sowie die Zahl der MitarbeiterInnen und ihre Tätigkeitsprofile.

Und wenn ich mich abschließend selbst zitieren darf: Der E-Learning-Markt ist ein offenes, dynamisches Feld, und der Branchenmonitor eine jährliche Gratwanderung. Die Teilnahme bzw. Nicht-Teilnahme eines einzigen Anbieters reicht manchmal aus, um einen Trend loszutreten. Dieses Jahr führen SAP Training & Adoption und ComCave Group die Liste der umsatzstärksten Anbieter an. Letztes Jahr waren es noch WBS Training (dieses Jahr nicht dabei …) und SAP Education (= SAP Training & Adoption? …).
mmb Institut, mmb-Branchenmonitor „E-Learning-Wirtschaft“ 2020, 10. Dezember 2020 (pdf)

How Big Is The eLearning Market and The Role of Mobile Apps?

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The growth of eLearning or electronic learning strategies, thanks to the internet, has helped us to expand the reach of education beyond the physical boundaries of the classroom.

As far as education is concerned, smartphone apps have begun to overtake books and libraries. The growing number of applicants has proven to be a blessing to those who are on the job. The growth in the introduction of smartphones into people’s lives has been evident to the extent that it is now commonplace.

Present developments in the eLearning industry

These days, smartphones have replaced laptops. Although it may not be easy to correctly reproduce all of the functionality of smartphone computers, smartphones have features that can meet the diverse needs of panache users.

In the history, handheld devices used to be cell phones with limited features. But after smartphones entered with smart functionality, the balance has changed absolutely. People no longer feel the need to use browsers on these devices because they have access to thousands of different categories of applications through apps. It also contains software for educational purposes.

Thus, the eLearning industry has undergone a dramatic transition over the last few years. Online courses already go hand and hand with eLearning. Upon entry, students will be given access to the different learning apps of the institutes. This development has also contributed to a growth in the use of smartphone applications for learning.

eLearning Industry Classification

Given the increasing success of eLearning as a digital version of learning, the truth remains that it is still an unexplored realm that promises infinite possibilities.  Due to the amount of education and financial development in the sector that relates to eLearning, it can be categorized under two headings: education and business.

How the task of mobile apps impacts the eLearning

The introduction of the idea of using apps for diverse learning and other tasks has refreshed the experience of users of mobile devices. It has come as a relief to those who either need to bear a pile of documents, books, or execute much of their activities on desktop computers. As far as the role of mobile apps in learning is concerned, the mechanism has strengthened by making it more appealing.

As a result, there have been improvements in the requirement and production graphics for smartphone apps. At the outset, there were only a few organizations interested in the production of software. However, with the advent of new competitors in the industry, things have changed.

Due to the increasing rivalry between various software development companies, app development companies now consider spending more money than ever before in developing app features and functionality.

For the past few years, the use of offline apps has been under the spotlight. This is because not all people would be able to access the internet on the go. Often most consumers of smartphone technology feel the need to use apps for educational reasons, even though they are not online. Offline apps fix the issue of lack of internet access and help smartphone app users accomplish their activities even though they are not connected. This functionality is now available with both free and premium applications.

If the figures are something to go by, there has been an increase in the amount of software downloads on smartphones as well as in the revenue generation of businesses responsible for the development of apps.

Top innovations to form the e-learning industry

Enhanced essence

Elevated essence Artificial Intelligence offers an immersive view of a real-time universe in which objects located in the real world are transformed or augmented with the aid of perceptual knowledge. Visual content created with the aid of virtual reality has effectively caught student interest and enhanced student participation. Students are able to see and experience what they are learning.

Virtual reality:

VR technology is a modern age computer-aided technology that uses VR headsets with various props or physical worlds to create near-real sounds, pictures, and experiences that build a physical presence in the virtual ecosystem. VR is an extremely common technology used in the E – learning application, especially in the field of medical training.

VR can seamlessly transport students to the deep corners of the universe in a jiffy. The learning model is so interesting that it helps retain student motivation to engage in a useful study session. Students no longer have to bear the boring methodologies of study involving a lot of rights and say. Experiential learning will be the key to aid eLearning mobile application developers to build future-ready apps with the different components of emerging techs.

Technology Learning 

Online learners and companies continue to spend their money in LMS sites because of their intrinsic advantages. ML provides more and more personalized eLearning tools focused on previous student success and learning goals. It also helps to leverage talent as online learners receives the requisite eLearning resources to address knowledge gaps and achieve their learning objectives.

Benefits of E-learning applications

At-Home Education

Thanks to e-learning, mobile app learning has reached a high level where you can’t look back. Through these apps, students can access learning resources from wherever they choose. People who have not been able to obtain a lot of formal education will get the most out of the e-learning platforms. They will screen lectures in video mode and research anytime they have time to do so.

Cost-Reduction in Learning

E-learning smartphone technology developers have developed futuristic digital transfer apps. Earlier education was deemed a legacy for wealthier classes, but with the availability of a dozen short credential courses students are able to receive e-learning smartphone app education at a cheaper pace, eliminating the expense of notebooks and stationery. What you need is a device, an internet connection that’s sturdy and a never-ending passion to learn knowledge.

Higher Interest in Students

Students are also able to learn using audio and video visuals to help them understand the idea. Approximately 99 per cent of students agree that mobile apps have improved their learning, and 100 per cent of students use mobile apps to further their studies. With E-learning smartphone applications running the roost, student interest has improved as they are able to understand concepts more and quicker. Advanced technology such as AR and VR also play an important part.

Conclusion

The growing role of mobile apps in eLearning has made all facets inseparable in that the development of the former contributes to the growth of the latter. The majority of business analysts have kept their fingers crossed for the success of smartphone applications and the eLearning market. Some people still claim that recent developments are just the beginning. They foresee more changes in the future. All you need is to find a best e-learning mobile app development company, which will make your life easier.

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Driving Employee Engagement using Digital Learning Methods

Employee engagement is essential for the overall development of an organization. Given the times we live in, digital learning has become more relevant than before in driving employee learning and engagement.

The Pandemic has taught every organization to be more agile and adaptive in its approach to training. As work from home or remote working has become a new normal for many employees, digital learning has taken center stage when it comes to training implementations.  Employee engagement continues to be a priority for organizations as they continue to reinvent themselves for post-pandemic times as well.

In this blog, I will explore digital learning methods that can be used to drive employee engagement.

ELearning

eLearning can support the learning needs of existing and new workforce and drive employee engagement in different and interesting ways. Organizations can provide personalized learning with the help of eLearning. They can develop courses that match learning goals with individual competencies, skills, and business priorities. With eLearning, employees will have the flexibility to learn at their own pace and time. Organizations can develop engaging eLearning content with the help of videos, interactive games, animations, webinars, podcasts, etc. It enables the L&D professionals to capture the attention of employees in new and exciting ways.

With eLearning, employees will have 24/7 access to training materials. L&D professionals and SMEs can add new content or revise materials when business needs or trends change. Employees can also contribute to the development of content based on their experiences and challenges. All this will ultimately result in continuous learning for the employees and empower the workforce for the organization.

Virtual Classes

A virtual class is an online teaching and learning environment where instructors and employees can present course materials and interact with each other. Participants can work in groups and participate in learning activities. Virtual classes provide live interaction between instructors and participants, encourage group learning, and engage in online forums within the organization for enhanced collaboration and for building relationships between employees.

Also, optimizing the virtual classes to access through mobile devices like smartphones and tablets offer more flexibility to the learners. Sometimes, it becomes difficult to get your employees to participate in virtual classes when they don’t know what they will get out of the training. Therefore, it is better to communicate the specific benefits of the virtual training session, in everyday tasks and future activities, making virtual classes a good option for driving employee engagement.

Mobile Learning

Most of the traditional eLearning strategies can be well adapted for mobile learning. However, you can see some added advantages to the mobile learning approach. Mobile devices are well suited to offer short chunks or segments of training content, a popular learning method that can increase employee engagement. Mobile learning supports self-paced learning. It allows employees to learn at their own individual pace. Another advantage of mobile learning is that it can be molded to suit different learning styles of employees.

By using gamification elements, such as badges, leaderboards, points, rewards, etc., you can make mobile learning more fun and engaging for your employees. You can motivate your employees by rewarding those who watch a full video, complete a quiz, listen to a podcast, or take an online course on their mobile devices. This will encourage the employees to continue participating in mobile learning, which will ultimately drive employee engagement.

Microlearning

Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets are suited to provide bite-sized learning content or short segments of training content that can increase employee engagement.

Microlearning can hold an employee’s attention more effectively and, they can apply the learning on their job right away. For example, sales teams can spend a few minutes to refer a short learning nugget on sales techniques, sales pitch, new product or conflict resolution before they meet a customer. When they meet the customer, they have better clarity and increased confidence. This ultimately results in increased employee engagement.

Employee Engagement During A Crisis

In the present crisis time, many employees are working remotely from different geographical locations. In such times, driving employee engagement becomes a challenge for organizations. You can drive employee engagement during a crisis by maintaining regular communication with employees, motivating them to perform better, recognizing their efforts, conducting fun activities online at the end of the week, etc.

Leaders need to build a well-rounded communication strategy to drive employee engagement. This strategy must include newer methods of communicating and engaging with employees, along with traditional methods, like emails and phone calls. You can also consider knowledge sharing activities, online real-time surveys, virtual team building activities, entertainment activities, virtual quizzes, etc.

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5 Ways To Provide Digital Learning in the New Way Of work

The spread of COVID-19 has brought unprecedented human challenges. The pandemic has forced the organizations worldwide towards adopting new ways of working. Many companies are acting swiftly to safeguard their employees and to migrate to new ways of working. The situation has also accelerated the need to upskill and retrain the individual employees. Companies can provide relevant and engaging digital learning courses and modules to their employees during the current crisis and beyond.

The modern business environment is bound to have rapid developments, changes, and innovations. Therefore, organizations need to upskill their employees to take advantage of these changes. Organizations and business houses need to use and deploy the latest techniques and methods in digital learning so that they can prepare their workforce for the future.

Digital learning is not just about using the latest smartphone or tablet to learn. It encompasses eLearning, continuous learning journeys, blended learning, and much more. Some examples of digital learning methods and techniques include eLearning, mobile learning, microlearning, gamified learning, just-in-time learning, and learning from MOOCs (massive open online courses).

Here are the five ways to provide digital learning to your remote workforce in the new way of work.

1. Provide Updated Learning Materials In Your Digital Learning

Social media channels and entertainment platforms often provide a variety of content with creativity and novelty by updating the old content and continuously adding new genres and content. In digital learning also, you can follow a similar approach and maintain quality in your digital learning by periodically updating your training material and continuously adding new content. This way your digital learning content can engage and intrigue your employees to take up the training.

2. Use Microlearning Solutions

Employees in the present times wish to have flexible training modules, courses, or plans that are not time-consuming. Remote workers in the present crisis may not wish to spend their time going through long hours of training. They want quick and on-the-go training courses or modules. More importantly, they will be happy if the courses are accessible through their mobile devices. To meet all these requirements, microlearning solutions and modules are a suitable way to support digital learning in the new way of work. In microlearning, you can provide digital content in short bite-sized modules in a variety of formats like videos, animations, and infographics. Microlearning courses can create an engaging experience for the learners. Another advantage is that microlearning courses are conducive to be delivered on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

3. Promote A Culture Of Lifelong Learning In Your Employees

You need to promote a culture of self-directed and lifelong learning in your employees. Most of us are aware that entertainment streaming platforms make recommendations based on user search using data analytics. Similarly, you can use data-driven algorithms and data analytics in your digital learning platforms to make recommendations on skillsets and topics that your employees might like based on their previous search, their role, or position. Such recommended content is more likely to motivate your employees to utilize the opportunity for continued learning. It can also increase learner engagement in digital learning.

4. Understand The Learning Needs Of Your Employees

Like classroom training, digital learning can also provide virtually endless opportunities to your employees. Learning needs are the gap between an employee’s current level of knowledge and skills and the level of knowledge and skills required to perform a task. Employees may have different learning needs. You need to understand their learning needs and provide digital content accordingly. This keeps the employees motivated and engaged in learning. Also, they work towards achieving their personal goals within the wider context of the company’s business goals.

5. Use The Data To Plan The Future Course Of Action

Digital learning can provide learning-related data at the individual, functional, and organizational level. This data can provide useful insights to plan the future course of action and learning agenda for your organization. Using the data, L&D professionals can create objective learning strategies for your employees and see the impact on your business. The curated learning paths and pre-designed assignments can make it easier for L&D professionals to design and administer digital learning courses as per the learning needs of your employees.

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