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Companies Using Drone Footage in eLearning

Posted on February 1st, 2018 by The Learning Factor

Drones have become standard tools in many markets today. Whether in sports, showing a home for sale, on the news or in a Hollywood movie, we see drone footage daily.

But did you know that companies are now using drone footage in training videos for their employees?

Chris Gaborit, Managing Director of The Learning Factor, went so far as to become a CASA (Australia’s FAA) Certified drone pilot and is finding more clients are using drone footage in eLearning modules.

Chris said, “Drone footage allows you to take your employees and customers on a ride tell them a story from a different perspective. We recently developed an ‘Induction for Ship Captains’ for one of the world’s largest Gas Companies for every ship that comes into port. From the air, the drone footage shows how the 4 tugs are going to turn the ship in the narrow channel; various views of the ship being docked and safety equipment.”

Here are 4 reasons drone footage is becoming more in demand in eLearning:

1.    Engagement is king. Millennials and Gen X have been brought up on HD quality, fast-moving movies, TV and video games. They expect their learning to reflect these same qualities. To keep them engaged.

2.    A fresh view. We can see things like never before, whether a ship being turned 180 degrees by four tugs so that a ship captain can see what to expect as he comes into port, or an employee viewing the company headquarters from 400 feet as they sit in another part of the world.

3.    Powerful openings. The first few minutes either make or break learning and nothing beats high-quality, cinematic flyover videos to capture the moment. Look above at this opening video and also click here to show some other recent drone work The Learning Factor has done. Companies are using the drone shot of their headquarters or over their people to capture attention and set the scene for great eLearning.

4.    Unlimited versatility. Drones can fly millimetres off the ground or hundreds of feet in the air. They fly fast, slow, circle, rise and hover. Even simple tasks, like recording a face-to-face interview, can easily be made more dynamic and engaging with a camera-equipped drone hovering nearby. One of The Learning Factor clients even wanted us to fly a drone up the stairs of their headquarters and into their reception!

5.    Price. A few years ago to get these shots one would have to hire a helicopter and that was hugely expensive but with you can not only get closer and videos, it comes at a fraction of the price and time.

You should consider using drone footage to showcase your company and build your brand awareness in your eLearning induction as well as other marketing and education you are developing. It enhances the visual look and engages the audience.

4 Lessons Learned from Oracle’s Harassment Court Case

Posted on July 24th, 2014 by Chris Gaborit

Just this week, a former employee at Oracle Australia was awarded $130,000 for the distress she experienced from being sexually harassed by a male colleague at the company.

You would think that a global organisation like Oracle, who has every resource at hand, would be at the top of their game in protecting their employees from any type of harassment.

What can we learn from this case?

1. The eLearning Training Course was not Compliant.

Justice Buchanan found that the online training program was inadequate because it did not meet the minimum standard set out in Sexual Harassment in the Workplace of Australia.

There has been a shift in organisations, which are trying to manage costs and time pressures, to deliver online eLearning programs for all types of training. Sure, there are benefits, but have we forgotten the very reason that the training is provided? Is it just to tick a box to say compliance obligations have been met or is there a need to inform and seek behavioural change in employees?

Workplace harassment and bullying can be subtle in its form. It can also be inextricably linked to organisational culture. So, are organisations realistic in thinking that a simple eLearning program can meet their obligations?

2. Face-To-Face Harassment Training is Required

Oracle has learnt it the hard way. The company has now introduced a new workplace diversity policy, which requires face-to-face harassment training.

We have run face-to-face sexual harassment and bullying programs for leading companies for over 17 years. We have always found that the greatest learning happens through the discussions in the classroom, the sharing of real life examples and the asking of questions.

3. Community Standards have Changed.

The Oracle manager who harassed the female manager was initially fined $18,000, but when he appealed ,the judge increased this to $130,000, stating that community standards demanded higher compensation in #sexual harassment cases

4. Future Cases of Sexual Harassment Could Award Higher Compensation

General Counsel Margaret Diamond, who was one of the team members at Harmers Workplace Lawyers that represented the female manager in the case, said that, from now on, “courts are likely to take a more respectful and realistic view of the impact of sexual harassment on complainants in making awards of general damages”.

I think that Human Resources in all companies should take stock. The tide has turned in these cases and we must be sure that we have the correct training in place for our employees and managers to both protect them from predators and also minimize risk to the company through lack of correct training.

5 Benefits of Training Outsourcing

Posted on June 30th, 2014 by Victoria Kossoff

1. Reduce Costs – The number one reason why companies outsource training is to save money. Our experience shows that organisations can save up to 30%.

2. Speed to Market – Planning on bringing a new product to market? Your success may be dependent on getting resellers trained on how to sell or service your product. With training outsourcing you can quickly get your product into your customers’ hands, without scaling up internal resources.

3. Geographic Reach – When Cisco needed to train local employees in China, they simply outsourced training to The Learning Factor. We have resources in China who already understand the Chinese culture. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

4. Access to Talent – The most strategic way to source the best training talent at the best possible price is to outsource. Instantly you have a pool of trainers and facilitators, who are industry experts in their field. This commercial experience brings training to life.

5. Improve Scalability of Resources – Running an internal training department takes a number of people with different skills and talents. Internal staff are a fixed resource. But training is a variable activity. When you work with a training outsource company, you are able to scale up or scale down the number of resources you need– just when you need them most!

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