Clarity Learning & Development Blog
Perspectives on the continuous evolution of workplace training, learning and leadership development.
Micro-Learning is an immensely powerful learning and development tool. If you aren’t already bringing it into your professional development programs, especially paired with mobile learning, summer is the perfect time to try it out. What micro-learning comes down to, is taking a complex skill or lesson and breaking it down into smaller, more consumable pieces. Think about how you can be challenging your team to learn new skills, while at the same time not overloading them with content that eats away at their valuable work time. Micro-learning is easier to create and consume, often with minimal cost involved. One of the most interesting formats of micro-learning is video. Here are a few ideas for you to try out this year.
TOPIC : Training Delivery
Starbucks is doing something right. In addition to brewing a good cup of java, the coffee chain has become an industry standard for excellent product knowledge and service, as well as employee satisfaction. How do they do it?
TOPIC : Training Delivery
Technological advancements have made it very easy to shift learning and development to online platforms. Companies and institutions of learning have taken eLearning to an entirely different plateau. Online instructors now have the flexibility to conduct orientation via eLearning modules and online facilitation. This helps companies save money by cutting travel and per diem costs that would have been a necessity if the instructor had to come on campus. There are promising statistics on eLearning, how it is evolving and projections for the future.
While there is no surefire formula for building a successful and popular learning app or platform, it can’t hurt to take a look at the successful competition and extract essential elements from their products. We decided to do just that, and found that five elements stood out from the crowd. While it isn’t possible for every platform to incorporate all five of these elements (and some may not want to), a quick look at the top ranked educational apps revealed a combination of at least five of them.
TOPIC : Workplace Issues
The recent announcement by Yahoo!’s CEO Marissa Mayer to curb teleworking has sparked a heated debate online about the pros and cons of telework. According to the TeleworkResearchNetwork.com, there were 3.1 million teleworkers in the U.S. in 2011, and by 2016, that number is expected to reach 4.9 million. Larger companies (Yahoo! notwithstanding) are more likely to allow telecommuting than smaller ones.
TOPIC : Organizational Development
Did you know that by 2015, more Americans will access the Internet through mobile devices than through desktop computers? This prediction by the International Data Corporation underscores the importance of getting content right for mobile devices.
TOPIC : Learning Effectiveness
Karen Sobel Lojeski is a professor in the Department of Technology and Society at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. She has written two books on the changes that technology has wrought in the way humans communicate in the workplace and in life. Her first book, Uniting the Virtual Workforce: Transforming Leadership and Innovation in the Globally Integrated Enterprise, detailed the phenomenon she calls “virtual distance.” Her second book, Leading the Virtual Workforce: How Great Leaders Transform Organizations in the 21st Century, was published by Wiley in November 2010. It unveils Lojeski’s virtual distance leadership model, including key competencies and actions.