Each Friday, RPS highlights five popular news stories from the world of training professionals. Visit our blog each week to see which stories were trending amongst your industry peers.
Incorporating Real-World Experiences in E-learning by Kerri Simmons
Performance improvement professionals are naturally curious about how individuals learned their profession. How were they trained? Did they shadow a senior coworker, listen to lectures, take e-learning courses or jump into role-play activities? How has their training shaped their performance? This is where the benefits of e-learning become relevant. E-learners can practice their skills in a safe environment without having an impact on their co-workers and customers. That being said, learning professionals who create training for those in high-risk professions have been at the forefront of developing realistic training simulations.
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Employees Want Better Communication and Collaboration by Sean O’Brien
The traditional idea of “teams” at work has been threatened by evolutions in workstyles and technologies. As increasing numbers of employees are flexible, mobile and globally dispersed, in-office team dynamics that are so crucial to morale and productivity must adapt or risk extinction. In our recent survey of over 1,200 American knowledge workers, my company, PGi, unearthed some interesting expectations and desires for the New Year. Among them are insights that all organizations should keep in mind when planning for 2015, such as technologies workers want—and need—to remain productive and connected in today’s distributed workplace.
Does E-Learning Really Save Money in EHR Implementations? by Linda Hianlen
There are a lot of articles and statistics touting how much money e-learning can save an organization. Does this hold true for electronic health record (EHR) implementations? I would like to say the answer is simple, but there are many factors to consider. There is an art to creating e-learning solutions that engage the mind and critical thinking skills, as well as increase retention. Unfortunately, a good majority of “e-learning” in the healthcare industry consists of automated PowerPoint slides that a participant can click through while multitasking. Clicking through a presentation typically does not really lead to “learning.” For instance, if you reduce seat time by keeping employees on the unit but they do not learn anything, have you saved money?
Millennial in Training by PJ Neal and Michael D. Watkins
Facebook Inc.’s Mark Zuckerberg is 30. Tech entrepreneur and investor Sean Parker is 35. With that in mind, how old is your next boss — or for that matter, your current boss? Baby boomers are retiring in droves, and Generation X isn’t far behind. Next up in the C-suite: the generation that gave us Zuckerberg and Parker. Millennials, the fresh wave of workers born between the early 1980s and early 2000s, will make up 75 percent of the workforce by 2025. And they’re already in leadership roles.
Changing Face Of Corporate Training by Staff Writer
Learning and development has emerged as one of the main differentiators in our knowledge economy where great people make the greatest difference in the success of a company. As more companies recognize this, more time, effort and investments are being made in the same. A host of new ideas, theories, tools and methodologies aiming to improve the L&D managers ROI, resource utilization and end results have emerged. The past year saw some budding concepts of 2013 grow in to major trends in learning departments across the country and this gave us a good insight in to what should be prioritized going ahead. The goals for L&D have not changed drastically, but rather the focus is on meeting the same/similar primary objectives in newer ways with smarter methods.