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eLearning vs classroom

The great battle of the training format – which side do you support? Whose colours do you wear? Which team gets your cheers?

The pendulum of training fads has swung in each direction with compelling arguments from both parties (albeit often financially based). Cut down the cost of travel expense, fast track your training, learn on the job, increase the numbers of courses you can attend etc. The list, from classroom (in days of shared PC’s), via self paced books, to gargantuan CBT libraries, back to the classroom for immersive certified training, hopping over to 24/7 access (CISCO training at 1AM anyone?) has been endless.

Let’s leave the L&D department for a moment though, let’s take a stroll in the country, the suns out after all. How many times has this rural bliss been shattered as you climbed over a fence and ended with splinters in your backside? If like me – never. Splinters are a rare occurrence all round, so why is the position of taking a balanced view, looking at the merits of both parties given such derision? Fences are very handy afterall; more often than not meeting the need of parties on both sides. Not everything has to be an either or decision, IT as we all know is binary based, but our decisions don’t have to be.

The choice of eLearning or classroom based training is a myth. Travelling by car, doesn’t mean you can’t have a walk once you get there. I can hear the observant reader muttering, about to heckle; and yes they’re correct – that fad pendulum did go through a blended learning stage at one point. However, at the time I’d suggest that it moved on, as despite many of our learning providers being able to talk a blended game their core business streams were really focused on either digital or classroom formats.

Where are we now? Firstly (picture that rural bliss again – sun out, open view etc…) we’re in a good place. Learning and Development professionals are experienced in both formats, many users are IT natives, and technology is available to all providers – a blended offering is a reality for clients and providers alike. Next stop (after my stroll) is to look at how this can be best managed. Or, to continue the analogy – when is it best to take a stroll through some interesting city streets and when would we benefit from some country air.


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Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Uncategorized


Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and why eLearning technology is essential with it

No matter how many employees your organisation counts. Let’s take and Oracle Financial Applications roll out for instance. You can see how complex it is.

i-Receivables, i-Expenses, i-Procurement, i-Supplier

What do all these modules have in common? If you answered “they are all prefixed with i-“ the alarm buzzer is going off QI style for the obvious answer. The actual answer is that each of the modules requires large numbers of users to be able to access and use the functionality. i-Expenses – requires all employees who enter expense claims to be able to enter them online.i-Receivables- requires all customers who want to see their accounts on line to be able access them allocate receipts and request credit notes.i-Procurement- anyone in the organisation who wants to buy something must be able enter a requisition.i-Supplier- If a supplier wishes to raise a purchase order (PO) or enter an invoice they will have learn to use the portal and turn the POs into invoices.

Can you imagine the logistics of the above training? These users are likely to be in many different locations. Various locations implicate high training cost due to travel. The large number of users creates a need for several classroom based training sessions. Imagine gathering of all your employees in a classroom to enter expense claims or requisitions; even worse all your suppliers to enter POs; even, even worse all your customers having to learn how to manage their accounts!!! Think of how many biscuits and teas and coffees you would get through!!

The solution that is often offered up is “We plan to train the super users so they can cascade the training”.

Well that may be suitable for some training but certainly not all of it!

Lets think about the following: not all Super Users are Super Trainers there is still the logistical nightmare of managing the trainingthe initial training may evolve and materials need to be updatedsuper Users still have day jobsdelegates still have day jobs and cannot afford to be away from their desksdelegates need to be appraisedbusiness processes may change and new training materials need to be developed

THE COST becomes unbearable

So what is the solution?

Well eLearning platform looks like a good bet to me!

Good eLearning technology will provide you with a course development tool. Online content can be developed by professional trainers, tested, signed off and constantly updated.

Delegates can be assessed and retrain if necessary, a LMS (Learning Management System) is ideally suited to this.

No classroom is required and geography becomes a moot point when all you need is a internet connection. (Shame about losing out on the expense account hotels and beers though).

Avoiding all that dead time travelling must be a bonus and the length of time away from the desk should be significantly reduced.

Reassuming: in that hole in the project plan I would be writing eLearning platform , confident that the costs and logistics would not scare anyone and that I would now be able to sleep at night.



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Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Uncategorized


eLearning trends…Learning Technologies 2014

1) Education is changing…everywhere. No matter if it is corporate learning or the education sector, the changes are inevitable and for good!

2) Mobile Learning (mLearning) is not the new eLearning. Mobile applications will complement your online or inclass courses.

Your learners cannot realistically sit a course on their mobile phone, however a mobile application might be helpful if you would like to read a course overview on your way in to work, as an example.

3) In the era of TEDtalks and Youtube text becomes less and less appealing. That is why content developers focus on videos, images and voice in the form of mLearning bitesize videos and engaging animations.

4) Social learning is another buzz word of 2014. Learners love connecting online, asking questions on forums and ideally receiving video replies…Connecting with your learning community in this way accompanies other concepts like the “flipped classroom”and blended learning.

5) Gamification means implementation of game-like elements into eLearning. We all love to be rewarded…even if it is only a badge or a virtual medal, when you complete a chapter of your eLearning.

6) 70:20:10 is a learning model which has been worked on since the 1960’s..! If you run an organisation which focuses on their employees development, you should know that they learn 70% on the job, 20% from interaction and 10% from formal learning.



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Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Uncategorized


Why eLearning On Tablets?

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Mobile is the future of workplace learning. That is far beyond a mere statement, mobile learning is transforming our societies, professional curriculums – even the education system.

It is the intersection of mobile device consumption and eLearningthat incorporates anytime, anywhere resources to deliver meaningful performance support for effective learning and performance improvement.

Tablets are no longer limited to entertainment – such as watching videos or playing games; they are an integral part of organizational L&Dactivities across businesses of all sizes and industries. Tablets are the fastest growing segment in the mobile device category and are predicted to soon eclipse PC sales as well.

Tablet-based Learning provides a unique combination of ‘serious work’ and ‘mobility’ in a single device. What has and continues to evolve is compelling – merging learning with work.

Upside Learning is passionate about mobile and tablet learning. We have been at…

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Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Uncategorized


Evident Shift Towards eLearning Acceptance In Africa

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We’ve been serving South Africa region for more than a year now. It’s a key market for us and has been growing consistently. We visited this region a couple of weeks back and observed a growing momentum towards custom elearning development services.

During our visit, we had an opportunity to meet with some leading eLearning companies and a few major corporate clients. As the urge for custom elearning services amplifies within corporate and education world, we see a growing interest in outsourcing their elearning projects to offshore companies to meet their exponentially growing needs within their budgets.

Revenue Forecast

Self-paced eLearning revenues in Africa reached USD250.9 million in 2011 and will more than double to USD512.7 million by 2016.

Over the last couple of years, quite a few eLearning development companies have surfaced in the Johannesburg & Cape Town region to cope up with the growth of elearning market. The…

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There has been a shift in the way the world at large sees Africa when it comes to development and the realization that for real change to occur, it needs to be completely sustainable.

Great strides have been made in recent years in terms of breaking down the barriers to physical accessibility to computing resources, as well as access to knowledge. There has been significant investment into providing ICT education to educators themselves so that they can not only pass the knowledge on, but understand how to maximise the benefit of the various technologies in the classroom.

In coming years, a higher availability of bandwidth across the Continent will create the opportunity for eLearning in the truest sense of the word, but there will still be considerable challenges to overcome in order to make this a reality for all African children.

New Technologies that look to reduce the total cost…

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Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Uncategorized