Designing Blended Learning through LMS

LMS Learning Management System

LMS is a software application through which the diverse phases of E-learning processes such as delivering, recording, administering, tracking, and monitoring can be controlled effectively. During the initial time, Learning Management System was just intended to handle the basic training delivery and the tracking arrangements which many of the foremost organizations were looking for. That being said, it must be also pointed out that the elearning service platforms were also not fully developed as they are now during that particular period. The concept of LMS has changed over time and now, the same is utilized for a much broader section of e-learning activities. The present-day LMS is quite capable of delivering specialized training and monitoring the complete training programs such as doling out the elearning courses, managing the blended learning programs, classroom training, and the constructive reporting. LMS is also useful in gauging the practical progress of the E-learning participants, which in turn enables the course directors to provide them the proportionate future courses.

Design Your Blended Learning Approach Pragmatically

Blended Learning programs are adaptable, effective, inventive, and cost-effective, which means that practically the ROI (Return on Investment) will be great! To ensure the winning nature of your blended learning methodology, it is imperative that you must design it in an ingenious way. You should take into account the entailed aspects such as your related requirements, the mental capabilities of the group to whom the programs are planned, and also the resources that are on hand. In short, you should approach the task inventively and with a creative, as well as sensible vision. Likewise, you must make use of the available resources wisely; you should consult all the relevant departments which are involved in the process, so that overall consistency can be brought into the process of the blended learning course creation. You must also have practical awareness regarding the time needed to complete the course successfully and should break up the curriculum (ILT, Workshops, elearning, Virtual Training, etc.) effectively.

Careful Blending is Essential

Please note that the right type of ‘blend’ is crucial, and only through this way you can make sure of the success of the created blended learning methodology. Ensure to fix the elements of your blended learning courses in a prudent manner. You can include viable and effective modules such as ‘elearning’, ‘gamification’, ‘ILT’ (Information and Learning Technology) for classroom training, ‘virtual classroom’, and ‘mobile learning (Mlearning)’.

For elearning creation, you must use a useful ‘Learning Management System (LMS)’, through which you can easily deliver any form of contents such as ‘Tin Can’, ‘Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) objects’, ‘PPT’, ‘PDF’, ‘Word’, etc. Gamification is an excellent and feasible way to make the learners of the blended learning courses more engaged and allowing them to flow with the subject. Hence, due care should be given to this part of the program. ILT is practically effective and the participants will get the option to pick the practical classroom training programs in line with their work schedules. This is a good way to avoid extra expenses such as the charges for transporting, venue, trainers, etc. In the same way, ‘virtual classroom’ and ‘mLearning’ are appropriate in our time. Virtual Classrooms are practical necessities in our time, because the participants can shun travelling and can save time. Mlearning (mobile learning) has become imperative in the contemporary period, due to the influx and the high influence of mobile gadgets like smartphones and tabs. Hence you must incorporate them also in your blended learning programs.

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Is it Necessary to Implement Blended Learning?

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Corporate training programs have been implemented by most companies as a matter of investment. But, with technology advancing at such a rapid rate, it is not enough if you just leave all the training sessions in to just classroom training. It may not fulfil all the goals completely. Today, we see BYOD, next generation cloud computing, and all other pervasive technology. In order to enhance appeal, reach, and impact all in one, it is important to revamp the training program and move to a new strategy called Blended Learning.

Understanding the overall essence of the Blended Learning methodology is most important. A combination of several elements is contained in it. It includes teaching methods that are efficient and effective, powerful and rich content, and dissemination channels that are enabled using a Learning Management System that is efficient enough. You can sum it up by saying that blended learning solutions are much more than a simple classroom teaching methodology. You have all round techniques involved in it, like eLearning modules, face to face sessions by instructors that lead to games, and also learning programs employing the social media.

There are a number of things you need to keep in mind before implementing blended learning in to your organizations learning programs. Here are the most important questions you need to consider before making the big move:

  • Is your current learning program benefiting a geographically diverse workforce? Have you left enough room and space for flexibility? Have you implemented the concept of anywhere anytime learning?
  • Are your organization’s learning objectives effectively fulfilled using the current strategy and methodology?
  • Is optimal learning working out with your employees? Are they having a continuous learning process?
  • Have you made sure to set training touch points to appeal to the interests and requirements of the Generation C workforce? Are these methods interactive and modern? Do they align with the social media?

In case you find that at least one of these questions answers ‘no’, then you need to implement blended learning methodology in your learning program. This enables you to help your employees to excel in their roles and provide them the fuel to focus in their work and offer continuous learning programs to help them grow.

The concept of Blended Learning

The LMS enabled Blended Learning includes the core concepts of Mobile Learning, Online Learning, Social Media or Informal Learning, Games, and Classroom Training. If the Learning and Development function is able to regularly align the outcomes with the larger goals of the organization, then you can say that the learning is effective. Blended Learning is what is needed to improve the performance for the organization. You could create a vibrant learning environment with this. Using technology as the backbone and other channels to be able to disseminate the content, the employees will be able to experience flexibility and quality in all the learning processes.

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Apple’s ‘Bendgate’ – E-Learning is a better strategy to avoid product failures

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Oooooh it is bending, it is Iphone, it is Apple, Steve Jobs.

It happens with any designer, manufacturer, developer even it has happened with Steve Jobs too in 2010 with Iphone 4 the ‘Antenagate’. To the world at large Steve Jobs is known as a meticulous product manager but still Iphone 4 Antenagate is a reality. In general, people bother about product looks from outside; Steve Jobs was a person who also cares about inside looks. So it is not just about how meticulous you are, how skilled full developers and designers you have and what quality of material you use; it is also about how much you and your entire team is aware of possible product failures.

Case: Let’s discuss a case of an e-learning course to educate chemical and physical characteristics of raw materials used in the development of various products.

Course Requirements - Client asked to develop a course describing chemical and physical features of materials to be used in product development like plastic, silicon, metals etc. This helps new executive engineers to enhance and recall their knowledge on materials that company may use in present and future product developments. It is like training Java to new software developers who already learned it in their academics.

Course Purpose - To enable learners develop products with least possibility of hardware failures.

Learning Solution - Following are the key aspects of the course requirement:

    • Implementation of training every time new designers and engineers are recruited
    • Hiring expert trainers to provide quality training
    • Establishment of Infrastructure to conduct training programs
    • Allocating required Budget
    • Managing training programs at various locations around the globe

Considering above list of requirement, an e-learning course is proposed; following are the list of benefits:

    • The course was developed with the help of experienced instructional designer, visualizers, in-house contract based SMEs and client side engineers.
    • It is posted on company LMS from where it is implemented to learners distributed at various locations around the globe.
    • LMS helps to track and grade leaners as per their performances
    • Greater control on content and quality
    • Cost effective

Scope of the course: It was purely a technical course dealing two aspects of each raw material i.e. basic chemical and physical features and their performances as per the specified product design.

Example: Basic chemical and physical features of silicon are described with the help of appropriate images and simple plain content using interactive presentation strategies. In next stage, course explains best possible dimensions and strength configurations of the material to be maintained in products to be developed and achieve business objectives like cost, durability and performance.

Learning and Business Results - The e-learning course has helped learners to increase their understanding on materials and develop cheaper and better products. In result, hardware defects has been reduced significantly and helped to build brand as one of the best product makers.

Conclusion - It is very important to understand basic details of raw materials for all decision makers who are directly related with product development. E-learning is considered as the best strategic tool to educate or train resources and achieve better business results.

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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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