How times are a changin’…there are five different generations in the workforce today. That’s more than ever before (read this for more). While exciting and interesting, it can pose some conflict and difficulties when meeting their learning and training needs. After all, how do you teach the same content in multiple ways for multiple people? Good question. And no, I don’t have the silver bullet.
The Traditional and Baby Boomer generations have to share their knowledge, but many of them may be more reticent to use technology to do so. Gen Y people though expect to gain knowledge via technology. This could lead to conflict or ineffective training methods and information sharing. So, how are you doing it? Share your techniques…The viaLearning generation is always willing to learn more, by any method.
This is a common analogy used when deciding which e-learning approach to take in course development. Do you want something quick and relatively simple to prepare? Or do you want something to savor, that needs longer to prepare, but may satisfy you more? There is no right or wrong answer; the answer is different for everyone.
In this analogy, hamburger is rapid e-learning development and steak is custom e-learning development. Rapid e-learning is generally quicker, easier and cheaper to develop. But it still solves the business need: addressing a training issue. Custom e-learning development requires more preparation and creative treatment, may take a little longer to complete and costs more, but also solves the business need: addressing a training issue.
Like I said there is no one right or wrong way to do e-learning development. The approach depends on what the ultimate goal is. So how do you decide? Answer these questions:
- When do I need the course
- What is the purpose of the course?
- What’s the budget?
By answering these questions, you can narrow down whether hamburger or steak is the best order for this meal. How? Tune in next week and I’ll help you narrow down the menu options.
Happy Ordering, Keep Learning!
There are quite a few mobile Software Development Kits (SDK) and Application Programming Interfaces (API) currently available. There are many approaches to take when it comes to mobile development, each with its own advantages and shortcomings. The mobile industry is dramatically evolving as devices like Kindle and iPad make their way onto the scene. The down side to all these changes and the increase in device diversity is the difficulty in finding a one-size-fits-all solution.
There are two approaches to developing applications for mobile devices: developing standalone applications and/or developing applications that capitalize on the device’s built-in web browsers. Browser applications possess a greater ability to target a wider spectrum of devices, but less of an ability to tap in to the native hardware and software features of a user’s device such as the GPS or accelerometer functionality.
Check back early next week to see Tips and Best Practices for e-Learning Mobile Design – Part 1.
Welcome to Global e-Learning, the official blog of viaLearning. viaLearning is an e-Learning company that creates effective and highly creative training programs for a worldwide audience.
The world continues to shrink as our telecommunications and technology improve. It is important that companies are able to communicate across cultures within their own companies and when communicating with customers if they are to succeed in this new landscape.
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