Simulations – A way of Elearning

“If you tell me, I will listen. If you show me, I will see. But if you let me experience, I will learn.”

The market for E-learning is ever growing and there are clear indications that it would continue to grow tremendously in the future. The concept of E-learning has revolutionized the whole system of education and training. With ever increasing demand of innovation in the field of content development and authoring tools to make the learning more interactive, effective and productive. The integration of simulation in E-learning has taken a major leap. When we talk about simulation in E-learning content development, we emphasize on the content and training modules with engagement and interactive approach towards the whole process of E-learning. Where the learners are given ample opportunities to participate at all the diverse levels of learning with more participation and freedom to experience the training on a wider and effective level. The major challenge faced by the content developers is to devise and design the E-learning content to have maximum possibilities for hands on experimentation, where the learners get chance to maximize their learning by practically doing things and deriving conclusions.

The most critical contribution in the process of learning is offered through our senses. And the four critical stages forming the learning web are watching, thinking, feeling and doing.  Among these senses the most important is learning while doing things on our own and that adds subtlety to the whole process of learning. In earlier E-learning course development the idea of interactivity was not given ample importance or sometimes this crucial aspect has been completely ignored but now with changing scenario and latest technological advancement the need for more extensive and exhaustive authoring tools are in demand. Putting up challenges to content experts or developers to have more intensive and interactive courseware. The simulations in E-learning bring the learners close to the real life situations. Where they relate to their past experiences and that helps them get the final outcome or the conclusion. Thus simulation in E-learning opens a horizon of doing and learning, in turn the training where the students are involved directly with their learning, keeps them motivated and involved as they play a decisive role in learning itself, instead of just being guided.

Simulations can be categorized depending on the level of complexity offered through instructions (Source: William Horton, 2000), they are as follows:

1.One shot Simulations: As the name says it all, these simulations are utilized for the courses offered for one time learning. The software and process training utilizes this type of simulation for the execution of courseware or training. The learners are given ample opportunity to learn while doing. And they are also provided with option of correcting mistakes and then moving forward through the ladder of learning and experimenting. This gives the learners ample space to do and redo in case of mistakes and the freedom and the ownership plays critical role in the process of training.

2.Simulations through examples: Under this category the simulations are provided in terms of situations. In turn creating enthusiasm to intervene and to determine and conclude the following relevant steps to take up the course to the next level. Every little step is crucial and critical for the final outcome. And the learners get the option of trying many times to get the required outcome. Which keeps them motivated and involved throughout the learning process. This type of simulation gives the learners an opportunity to think logically and derive conclusion cognitively.

  •  In this scenario learners listen, read or view about a situation, often describing the conflict between individuals.
  •   At every level the learners are offered with some choices to give them clue as to how to proceed.
  •   All the different choices pave the way for different outcomes and results.
  •   The outcomes would not be categorized into right and wrong but clear cut guidelines are offered to the learners to decide which route they want to follow and how they need to reach the conclusion. The real life examples help them to reach the conclusion in a more decisive way.

3. Microworlds: In this scenario the learners are offered a virtual representation of the real environment.

In this form of Simulation which is known as Microwords, the learners get an opportunity to physically interact with all the elements and learn from their experience.

The other striking discipline emerging is the Gamification, which uses game thinking. The software integrated with social psychology helps to develop programs that eventually enhance business prospects throughout the organization and almost all the industries. Simulations or business war games are used as powerful tools to aid decision making, improved strategic planning and foster enhanced team building and collaboration. These tools can be utilised over a wider range of fields  such as strategic development, education,psychology and academic areas.

We at swift Elearning are at par with the current trends in the field of E-learning content development integrated with simulations. We have a team of highly skilled experts to develop E-learning content with simulations and Gamification.

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Articulate Storyline, an incredible tool for e-Learning courses

Articulate Storyline

One of the greatest authoring tools in the field of E-learning appears to be in the form of Articulate storyline. Articulate storyline is the extension of Articulate ’09 suite with advanced and robust features and technological advancement. Articulate has been an integral part of the E-learning industry for a long time for its Articulate ’09 suite edition. The E-learning authoring tools include Articulate presenter, Articulate Quiz maker, Articulate engage and Articulate suite as well. Then a Stage came when it was realized to have robust and technologically more comprehensive tools.

E-learning authoring tools have seen the advent of a revolution with the merge of Articulate with storyline. The E-learning content development through Articulate storyline has made the e-learning authoring tools more innovative and interactive; the course developed through Articulate storyline is relatively comprehensive and strongly visual, Which makes it a rapid authoring tool for E-learning content development.

Many of the articulate tools were considered to be user friendly, But apart from being user friendly articulate was lagging behind in terms of vigorous advanced features to make the E-learning course development more comprehensive, ground-breaking and interactive. In turn the need for a robust and powerful tool has facilitated the contraption of storyline, insertion of story line with articulate has brought about fabulous growth, adequacy among all the genre of learners and E-learning developers. The articulate storyline is extremely compatible with mobile devices and that makes it more versatile, handy and effective. The E-learning content development is easy and convenient and caters to the needs of varied level of learners and platform as well. Publishing the E-learning content on multiple devices and formats make it interactive on all the devices as iPads, desktops, laptops and more.

Articulate storyline publishes to Flash, which in turn is compatible on almost all the personal devices and to the Articulate mobile Player, A native iOS application that maximizes the utility of the authoring tool on iPads. The Articulate storyline is used for the development of the content on HTML5, which offers an extensively popular option for E-learning development, with the richness of multimedia and immense scope of interactive learning.

The Articulate storyline offers wide ranging options in terms of innovative and interactive content development. The following are some of the remarkable features related to Articulate storyline;
  1. The interface and customer delight- At a time when applications are invented and introduced on daily basis, it’s important that the users have an exceptional experience in the first go. So it has to be robust, interactive and dependable precisely. Articulate storyline offers excellent user experience.
  2. Simplicity of the Articulate storyline- The authoring tools are hassle free and simple as to give ample support to the content development experts who are not familiar with power point. Instructions and directions are clear that even a naïve can work efficiently on content development.
  3. One stop availability of images and resources- Its extremely critical to have suitable images to create life like scenario and robust visuals. Articulate storyline offers in built options for images depending upon the requirement and suitability. Apart from free images and visual effects, it offers specialized images to buy as well.
  4. Screen recording- It’s an exemplary feature, Articulate storyline takes up an incredible approach altogether. When we record the screen, we end up in a high revolution video, which can be shown or shared with the learners with the help zoom and pan features.
  5. Compatibility of Articulate storyline with HTML5, Flash and mobile learning. The content developed through articulate storyline is compatible with HTML5, which helps the learners to utilize the course on their iPads with ease and comfort.

Swift Elearning services provide E-learning course development through Articulate storyline, Specializing on requirement and background of the learners. We are equipped with latest technology and E-learning course-ware development experts to cater to the needs of our clients universally.

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Importance of Elearning Portals

E-Learning portal

ELearning portal offers a reservoir for the online training. It offers materials and links for the resources in terms of training and learning.

In today’s scenario of inestimable options and accessibility in terms of online training and Elearning , it becomes imperative to have a lumber room for all the information and updates accessible and amicable to learners. So in other words we can say the Elearning portals are the treasure houses of online or Elearning training resources and courses. Elearning portals will deliver the long sought after vision of bringing all the information available on one site. It makes the learning process silky and nuisance free to access all the courses in diverse, meaningful and user friendly manner to facilitate the learning process. Elearning portals bring all training modules and links under one roof for varied learning requirements of professionals, students and employers.

The Elearning reservoirs provide all-embracing and meticulous information and relevant links for varied types of online training modules, which makes the search more convenient and trouble free. The home page of the eLearning portal is also named as dashboard, which provides a list of recommended courses, upcoming events and links to resource libraries. In some portals we come across search functionality within the portal, features offered for ratings and social networking features as well.

How advantageous it would be for organizational needs of incessant growth and development?

The varied and wide-ranging updates are obtainable in terms of indiscriminate learning modules and custom or tailor made Elearning programs to make the portal suitable for different addressees. The custom made plans are appropriately designed to the need of individual learner, taking into prudence the level, role and need of those individuals in the organization. In today’s state of affairs when training and learning is considered to be a continuous process throughout the professional life. Elearning portals bring respite from the horrendous task of finding the training in different places. The Elearning portals will make the job of organization very convenient by offering extensive details on online training under one roof to benefit the organizational training needs for individuals and new hires. So the Elearning portal plays a central role of an access point for different courses, training, applications and varied services offered to the customers, employers and different partners. In turn providing accessible, user friendly, didactic Elearning options to all the stakeholders.

The other benefits at the organizational level include recruitment of fresh talent, retention of staff, being able to provide on job training and hence facilitating the career growth, helping to identify exceptional performers and facilitating the learning process for the employees depending on the areas they outshine.

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Effective E-learning for IT Professionals

IT is the fastest growing sector everywhere throughout the globe. To keep them at par with the latest developments, IT professionals have to keep them updated with new technologies and upgrade their skills. Elearning has come up as the solution to continuing education in a convenient way. There are many effective e learning courses and training available which helps the professionals to continue their learning.

Information Technology professionals constitute a major portion of adult learners and with the increase in the size of industry; there is tremendous increase in the number of potential learners every day entering into the industry. After completing the four year of undergraduate course where concepts and theories are made clear, which forms the base of the learner, there is always the need of a specialized course to enhance the skill to cater the job market.

Apart from new entrants, the professionals who are already into the industry also need to enhance their skill from time to time. The eLearning has proven to be very effective and has various advantages over the traditional way of learning.

Elearning has various different methods to deliver learning. It can be Online or Offline. There is no need for the learner to attend the class at a particular time in physical as elearning provides the flexibility to take the classes as per the convenience and at individual pace. It is often considered that classroom training is more effective than the elearning but according to the sources it’s not truth. Reports say that elearning has found to be 11% more effective than the classroom training and there is a valid reason behind it. During classroom training the trainer is equipped with his/her knowledge and some graphics and pictures to show to the learner. But when we talk about elearning, it is not simply the classroom lectures imported on PowerPoint slides with audio but it encourages active participation by the learner through different methods.

For example: Webinars, simulation, interactivity inside the course and even the use of games to speed up the process of learning.

Sources also say that elearning and classroom training if done for the two different groups of learners then same outcome can be achieved in 70% of time with elearning. So, it shows that not only it is convenient but it requires less time to devote to learn the same concept as it has been taught in the class.

There is one myth associated with the elearning that it is for newer generation and not for older generation. But according to the research it was found out that it is not true. Elearning is equally effective with older generation as well as with the newer generation. So, for any IT professional, whatever is the age, one can take the course at any stage without compromising on time and convenience.

IT professionals earlier found it very difficult to upgrade themselves as it required taking leave from job and attending the class and it was very expensive also. But with the introduction of Elearning, training courses, the scenario has taken a leap and now more and more professionals are looking forward to do different courses to upgrade themselves in terms of skills and current requirement and proving them to be more promising in the job market.

This virtual system of learning has crossed all the limitations and boundaries and made it possible to be available for anyone, at anyplace and anytime. To cater the need of IT professionals, we are proud to say that Swift Elearning Services Pvt. Ltd., is doing a great job. It develops E learning training materials with the use of latest technologies and authoring tools to keep the standard always ahead with the best possible interactive and engaging content.

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6 key Skills of a Project Manager

The success or failure of any project entirely depends upon the way it has been managed by the Project Manager. A Project Manager can shine the project or ruin the project. It is the set of skills of a Project Manager on which the project depends. The most important 6 key skills of a project manager which can change the game are as follows:

Budgeting: The next very important skill is to budget your project. In spite of your organization having whole set of skilled accounts people whose duty is to monitor the budget of your project, it is very important for a Project Manager to keep the record of everything in terms of the budget of the project. It helps to know the expenses and cost at every level and controls the budget within the limit and also helps in the future projects.

Analysis: Has it ever happened with you that at the time of delivery or in the mid of project, client happens to say that he required something else and you are working in a different direction altogether? I hope your answer should be ‘NO’ but it is not always no. There are times when such things happen and spoil your overall effort. But if we go back and think why this has happened then we will immediately get the answer that we have not understood the client’s requirement or we have not done the proper research. Analysis can be described as the process of understanding and specifying the objectives, discovering about the overall need and importance of project, listing the requirements, preparation for critical situations which cause unnecessary delay and its recovery system and finally the time of completion of project and its delivery. Proper analysis can definitely lead the project to achieve success.

Communication: Communication is a key to success whether it is a professional communication or a personal communication. If you are good in communicating your views or opinion to your team in an effective manner then you have already cleared your first important phase towards the success of any project. Communicating effectively with the team members’ help in various ways to balance the group dynamics. There are many advantages of good communication for a project manager working with a team.

Following are the important characteristics of a good communicator:

  • The project manager should be very clear about what to say and whom to say. It will help to avoid any misconception or confusion between team members and the project manager.
  • Project manager should be very confident about his words as the whole team depends upon him.
  • Being approachable is very important for a project manager as there can be different views and idea of the team members which will not be able to flow in the team and to the manager effectively if he is conservative towards taking others ideas.
  • He should have the skill of coming to conclusion and agreement with his effective communication skill.

Team Work: As a project manager it is very important to bind the team as a whole in order to make them work together to achieve the desired goals. Any project is accomplished with the combined effort of all the participating members in the team. Team work has many advantages which help a project to sail through and make it a successful journey and this journey requires a leader that is the project manager to keep the team members motivated to complete their tasks.

Calmness:  It is very old sayings that how much difficult the situation is, don’t lose your patience and calm. It is very easy to say than done but believe me it works a lot. It is the very important skill for a Project Manager to be calm during the stressful period and encourage the other team members to overcome the hard time and come out as the winner.

Time Management: Whatever you do and how effectively it is done but if not delivered in time then it loses its importance and purpose. Time management is very important for a Project Manager. It is the whole sole responsibility of the Project Manager to keep the track of all the work done by the team so that it can be delivered in the required time frame. There are few important practices which can help a Project Manager to utilize his time effectively to get the best output.

All the above mentioned skills behave as the backbone of the Project Manager and if he adheres to all these skills and able to maintain the basic standard, there is almost no chance that the objectives will not meet.

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Online Training Courses for Employee Training

There is a buzz everywhere in the corporate world about this new trend. More and more people want to take advantage of online training. But many questions arise like;

- What is online training?

- Is it really helpful?

- How is it different from the traditional ways of training?

And many more similar questions.

In the today’s competitive world, everyone wants to be different and ahead of others. And for this, one needs to have certain qualities and skills which can differentiate him/her from others. Each and every professional has to be updated with the new things happening around. Entrepreneurs want their staff on the cutting edge with all the possible training and learning to get the maximum output.

Earlier all this was done by the one-to-one manual training. But this process was very time consuming and expensive as company had to bear the cost of training either by sending the employees to the trainer or conducting the seminars or training in the company itself.

But with the emerging option of online training of the employees, this whole process has become very easy, simple and reasonable also.

Online training is basically a training process through online training courses which are designed based on the guidelines given by the employer in order to provide training to the employees. Online courses provide the flexibility of taking the training at any time throughout the day 24×7 with the option of learning at its own pace. Different learning tools are used like videos, webinar, apps and games to make the training very interactive and engaging. 

Why online training?

There are many reasons to opt for online training rather than the traditional training processes.

  • Specific: As the case with traditional face to face training, one does not have to attend the whole seminar if the requirement is very specific. Through online training, time is saved as there is an option to take the training in the specific field required.
  • Go mobile: With the increasing use of mobile devices like i-pad, i-phone, IOS devices, one can take the course at home, or at office and even when he/she is travelling just by carrying the smartphone.
  •  Time saving: In the today’s busy world, one does not have time to listen or read the full long story. So, these e-learning courses are designed in small modules, quizzes, podcasts or small videos which are easy to learn and retain and saves time also.

To provide the learners with more and more options for e-learning on mobile platform, there is a need to develop these courses on mobile compatible platform for these iOS devices. To cater the needs of our aspirant e-learners, Swift E-learning Services Pvt. Ltd., provides the best e-learning courses with all the latest authoring tools like Articulate Storyline, HTML5, Captivate etc., with the dedicated team of best of the instructional designers and developers  who understand the needs of their e-learners.

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Development of Product Training courses using e-Learning

E-learning has changed the overall scenario of the learning all over the globe. It has revolutionized the overall process. Now the learning and information are available on the finger tips; just click few buttons and you are connected with the ocean of information. E-learning is a world of unlimited possibilities. It is the turning point in the leaning era.

Product training is one of the very important parts of any business as this helps in getting information about the product keeps updated and well informed. Without the correct knowledge it is very difficult to convince the client and end user of your products. But the process of training through traditional method is very time consuming and very expensive also.

To overcome this problem, product training through e-learning has proved to be a very effective solution. Now the training can be imparted just in time as and when required to as many number of employees. The biggest advantage is that you are always connected through mobile devices and can be updated with any new information at any instant be it day or night.

Banking and finance sector has to go through lot many changes in the policies and depends a lot on the market trend and so its employees have to be well informed all the time. E-learning has come out to be the solution to the problem of product training.

There are lot many reasons, why e-learning has become so popular:

  • It is just the matter of click of few buttons: With the use of any mobile devices like iPad or iPhone or Tablets, one can start learning just in time. 
  • Time and cost effective: One can start learning as and when he/she is ready or free to learn. There is no specific time or place to learn. Learning can be done at home, at office or even while travelling. 
  • Module learning: The courses are designed in the small modules so that it can be learnt in lesser time by learning small unit or portions at a time by reading, or by going through images and graphs, through videos etc.
  • Specific Learning: One does not have to sit for the whole seminar as  happens in the traditional seminars, but one can choose the topics of individual interest  and save time. 
  • Very effective for small business: Conducting training for the employees is very important but is also very expensive in the traditional way. But with the introduction of e-learning, the employees can be trained through online courses thus by saving time and money.

There are various types of training programs which are designed for the e-learning platform.

  • Traditional e-learning
  • Rapid e-learning

- Asynchronous- student directed or self paced
- Synchronous- Fixed time or online classroom sessions

There are different types of courses available according to the need of the client. Swift E-learning is providing the best possible courses as per the latest market trends and the client’s needs using the latest authoring tools. We are proud to have a team of the dedicated and innovative instructional designers and content developers who work hard to keep our services at par in the market as per the latest trends.

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Impact of Story based Learning

Story based Learning

Story based Learning

All of us would definitely have a vivid memory of any bedtime stories or fables heard from our parents or teachers at school. The best part of these stories is the moral that they impart. Since time immemorial stories have been a strong basis for human communication and learning.

The day-to-day advertisement that we come across are also built around the story concept. There are times when we remember the story or the scenario but lose memory on its learning. In such situations the story fails if its meaning is not conveyed. Same is the situation with an e-learning course. Before developing a story based e-learning the learning design experts must understand:

  • How stories help us to face challenges and find solutions.
  • Capability of stories in transforming the facts into real-life experience.
  • Importance of stories in supplementing the experience gap with imaginary stories.

With spurt in story based learning, instructional designers would present themselves as storytellers, setting the theme, conflict and building the climax. This approach works best when needed to deliver concepts that are:

  • Abstract based (to teach soft skills such as leadership)
  • Dull or uninspiring (ex: compliance-related courses as Code of Conduct, Rule 10b5-1 etc.

Whether information is basic or complex, it can be related to practical situations by weaving a storyline around it to engage learners and provide a learning context.

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How stories help us to face challenges and find solutions.
Capability of stories in transforming the facts into real-life experience.
Importance of stories in supplementing the experience gap with imaginary stories.
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