Friday, October 25, 2013

eLearning To-Do for Banking & Financial Institutions In India

Banking and Financial Institutions in India, comes on top when we talk about the industries who have realized the true benefits of e-Learning, in recent times. 

This industry is seriously investing their time and budgets into it and I am very sure they have also realized the ROI as well. 

I think now is the time we can talk about level next, where we can get deeper into it and further optimize the efforts by fulfilling the gaps, which we left unknowingly. 

Learning Technologies:
 - Learning Management Systems 
 - Assessment Engines
 - Tablet Learning Enablement 

Learning Content
 - Instructionally Treated Content 
 - Compliance Trainings 
 - Learning Games
 - Scenario Based Learning
 - Flash or HTML5
 - Rapid Authoring tools, when and why?
 - Off-the-Shelf or Custom eLearning  

Learning Enhancements 
 - Social Learning 
 - Mobile Learning 
 - Enterprise Knowledge Retention

[I'll be covering all of these points quickly within this blog post one by one]



eLearning Industry have produced a list of ‘top 10′ must-read blogs for you – Top 10 Must Read eLearning Blogs - and yours truly has made it to the bottom of the highly respectable list along with friends Ryan Tracey, Jane Hart, Jane Bozarth, Cathy Moore, etc.
If you haven’t already checked out the list and the other entries, then please take a few moments now … !

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Where’s the Learning in Online Training?
We have a definition problem. Not everything we call “elearning” is about learning. We buy an “elearning” application to build our “courses” so we end up calling everything an elearning course. But the reality is that the elearning applications let us build interactive multimedia content that may or may not have the objective of learning.


  • There has been a surge in enrolment in nursing courses. More than 600 schools have launched “R.N. to B.S.N.” programs.
  • The serious shortage of faculty in nursing and allied health education.
  • Technology has led to significant changes in higher education, especially in how learners access learning.
  •  There is a widening gap between the availability of allied health workers and the demand for their services in the US.
  • Time to market is critical.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Dear Pharmaceutical, Please Take your Tablet on Time!

Pharma & Healthcare Industry has always been identified among the top adopters of innovative & meaningful learning technologies and similar trend is now being observed for the 'Tablet / iPAD based Learning' too. 

I am really impressed to see some of the business use case, these people come up with and always ready to invest their time & money in it with all faith on the positiveness of the outcome. 

As 'Tablets' are considered to be the life savers and so as in L&D function too, Tablet / iPad devices have solved many deadlock issues for the Pharmaceutical & Healthcare industry.

Reaching to a wider audience & keeping them enageged with your most recent update is the thing on which this industry spends whooping almost 1/3rd of their sales revenues!! 

So to optimize or increase the ROI of this spend was a key challenge for the leading players, however recently some of the serious organizations have leveraged Tablet devices very efficiently for their sales reps, medical reps and medical practitioners. They have been successfully found the way working for them finally. 

From L&D perspective, if I really keep it short and tell you, what they have done is nothing but the below 3 things: 
1. eBook out of PDFs/PPTs/DOCs etc 
2. Explored Tablet based App Potentials - specially for live updates 
3. Adoption of Platform Agnostic Format / HTML5       

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

True eLearning Device - Tablet 7" - 10"

With the lot of research on finding out the ideal device to adopt to deliver the elearning content to various types of learning audience for all types of training types, we could arrive to a point where we can see Tablets solving the problem. 

You may go ahead with any specific vendor from here onwards...say Apple-iPAD, Samsung-Galaxy or MS-Windows or anything else exists in this world; it would not really matter much. 

A. Learning Audience: they can come from kindergarden, senior secondary, Colleges, Universities, Corporate Universities, VET, Professional Ed, On-Job trainings, etc. 

B. Training Areas: Content can be of any nature softskills, technical, Compliance, Inductions, Product Trainings, Process Trainings, and what not.

C. Module types: it can simple courses, learning games, scenarios based learning modules, Simulations, 2D/ 3D Animations, Virtual Tours, Virtual Classrooms, Video based elearning content, Knowledge checks, Assessments, and anything remains.     

Considering ABCs of learning domain, Tablet based learning is coming up as an impact. 

Adoption of these devices are fastest in the history of any technology devices. 

On top of all these favorable points about tablets, one has a choice to deliever the content in multiple formats, say web based modules, native app based applications or as a hybrid app.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Actually, Mobile learning is not...

Mobile learning is not about designing and developing the learning content as per the mobile devices or ipad or tablets... 
I have been observing this for quite sometime now, people are getting misguided by some impatient immature.

I was talking to one of my prospective clients, who reached out to me in response to my campaign I sent out last week on mobile learning enablement; I was understanding the scenario n their elearning plans for the year. N was stuck when she (prospective clients) said 'they want us to create content for ipad as they want to do mlearning too'. I realized and we spent next 15 minutes on a discussion which led to this statement.. 'I want to create content for my users who are mobile, possibly they will access the learning on ipad or their own smart phone.'
Point is in having a clarity on what we really want to achieve when we wish to grow with technology.
If you proceed with the first objective statement i.e., designing elearning for ipad... You are yourself giving a birth to a new problem... Are you really sure that nothing gonna come after ipad as a device? Apple is very much open to come with say something like i****..which can be another revolutionary device or platform and highly useful for elearning... Then what.. Are you going to again redo and design the ipad course as per new technology available....? Seems training budgets are not assigned to the LnD division but to the elearning vendor revenue account.
Imagine now, if objective statement is second one i.e., designing elearning for learners who are mobile... That means forever these learners would be able to learn what your are delivering irrespective of what Apple, Google or Microsoft or anyone else are launching tomorrow.
Elearning industry is preparing itself for future proof content, at least for next 5 years your content should be insured.