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Can eLearning Change Behaviour? (or eLearning made me a healthy person)

Posted on February 14th, 2018 by The Learning Factor

Confession – I have been going to naturopaths for 40 years, but I am terrible at taking tablets, potions and sprays. I start out Day 1 with the greatest of intentions but after Day 3, I am over taking something everyday but that all changed not so long ago.


Having been involved in Learning all my life and now running an eLearning company, (The Learning Factor), I’ve always wondered two things:

  • Can eLearning (on-line learning) actually change behaviour?
  • Can a 12-minute eLearning module have a lasting impact on daily life?


One of our clients is an Australian health supplements company. They engaged our company to build a global learning platform and work with their teams in developing numerous engaging and educational eLearning courses.


Having a passion for excellence and always want to make sure the eLearning quality we produce has the WOW factor, I began do my own review on some of the modules we developed for them. The modules were on things like Probiotics, B Vitamins, Brain Health, Heart Health, Fish Oil.


I was only doing the reviews of the modules for quality control but all of a sudden, my behaviour changed, I found myself asking my wife to buy these products and I started taking them religiously.


The eLearning modules had a major effect on my life, they had in fact changed my behaviour. Through the learning I saw the WHY and the WIFM. I think the vignettes and the animations really crystallised in my mind and emotions that these tablets were going to make me healthier and stronger as I continued through my life.


Now every morning I wake, shower, shave and swallow – 12 tablets to keep me healthy. It’s not that I have to do it, I want to do this and I’ve been doing it for over a year. I even took all my tablets on a recent cruise to Alaska in little bags, one for each day!  

Can eLearning change behaviour? For me it’s a big YES!


Chris Gaborit is managing director of The Learning Factor, an eLearning company who loves technology linked to learning. Follow him here on Linkedin, on Twitter @droneservicesAU and Instagram @idronefoto

 Having a passion for excellence and always want to make sure the eLearning quality we produce has the WOW factor, I began do my own review on some of the modules we developed for them.

Three reasons to move your induction online – Sarah Davie | The Learning Factor

Posted on November 24th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

More and more organisations are choosing to complement their face-to-face inductions online or move to an entirely online induction model.  Here are 3 reasons why…


“The Day 1” experience

Sometimes it’s the time it takes to set new starters up on your systems or finalise the paperwork, sometimes it’s not having enough people start around the same time to justify the cost and resource of running a face to face induction session.  Whatever the reason, it’s rare that new starters experience a consistent, formal induction on their first day.



Sure, there’s the office tour, the meet and greets, but how do they understand where your organisation is headed, the values that drive you, and what’s expected of them… from day one?  Or even before their start date?


An online induction means these all-important messages that set the scene and communicate who you are and what you do are delivered from the get-go. This can include video of your CEO or MD talking conversationally about what your organisation’s vision and values mean to them. From Day 1, your new starters can have the impression that senior leaders are approachable and accessible.


Streamlined content

Often the content that new starters need to be aware of is housed in multiple locations: your web page, your intranet, your shared drive, in old emails, in people’s heads.  A new starter needs a map.


An online induction corrals all that must-know, or must-know-where-to-find information in a cohesive way.  It signposts people to the places they can access the information now, and return to later as needed. And if they need to find it later… it’s the most up to date version, not a new starter manual that is out of date as it’s too hard to maintain.


Getting connected

There is so much opportunity to connect new starters to each other and encourage that sense of belonging to a ‘cohort’.  Consider allocating someone the responsibility of being your “Induction community manager” and taking advantage of the discussion groups on your LMS, or standalone social networks. 


This means you can dish out work-integrated challenges or activities for them to complete, and come back to post and share their insights amongst the group.  Moving your induction online means new starters can form connections with colleagues across geographical and departmental boundaries – at a fraction of the cost and potential time lags involved in achieving this face to face.


To read more about moving your induction process online click here. And see a vignette of one of our Inductions.


Learn more about how to move your induction online


Sarah Davie is the Global Design Lead for The Learning Factor. Sarah has a passion for Onboarding and Induction solutions. She is an experienced learning consultant with a demonstrated history of delivering for clients from large Corporate organisations, Government sectors, global Consulting Firms and boutique Learning Agencies. 

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More and more organisations are choosing to complement their face-to-face inductions online or move to an entirely online induction model.  Here are 3 reasons why…

7 Tips to Become a Lean Business Traveller

Posted on June 10th, 2014 by Chris Gaborit

Every day millions of people travel for business. In airports around the world, I see suits flying here and there, carrying laptops, reading briefings on planes, or preparing for their next presentation ‘extraordinaire’. We are all working hard to exceed expectations, meet deadlines, make money, surpass profits, and still be alive at the end.

Unfortunately, many of those travelling executives look like they have had less sleep than a Giraffe, who, according to the Smithsonian Institute, sleep for 5 minutes at a time about 6 times a day and even then have one eye open and both ears alert to predators.

Executives are running up and down airports dragging carry-ons, queuing in endless lines for coffee, checking in, checking out, while planes are constantly taking off and landing, which reminds me of a story; in fact, these are true stories from flight crews. Sorry—I run a training company. There always has to be a story or two.

An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight he had hammered his ship into the runway really hard. The airline had a policy which required the first officer to stand at the door while the passengers exited, smile, and give them a “Thanks for flying XYZ airline.” He said that in light of his bad landing, he had a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment. Finally, everyone had gotten off except for this little old lady, walking with a cane. She said, “Sonny, mind if I ask you a question?” “Why no Ma’am,” said the pilot, “what is it?” The little old lady said, “Did we land or were we shot down?”

After a real crusher of a landing in Phoenix, the flight attendant came on with, “ladies and gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Captain Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt up against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared, and the warning bells are silent, we’ll open the door, and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal.”

Part of a flight attendant’s arrival announcement: “We’d like to thank you folks for flying with us today. And, the next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we hope you’ll think of us here at US Airways.”

I must admit I have been on some of those landings. But seriously before you go blasting through the skies in a pressurised metal tube, what are the keys to travelling for work-related activities?

‘Lean’ means maximize value and minimize waste. It started in the manufacturing sector, but now, many of our clients in the financial, mining and pharmaceutical industries have also adopted ‘lean’. So, I was thinking, why shouldn’t we personally adopt ‘lean’, too? How can you become a lean business traveler?

If we think lean, can we improve the experience, lessen the stress and be able to live to tell the story to our grandkids?

For over 28 years I have been flying throughout Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Asia, USA and Canada. Here are my 7 Tips to Lean Business Travel:

1. Have a travel list in your phone

Airline pilots are travelling day in and day out; they fly non-stop, and many have flown thousands of times. They have a checklist to start the plane and a checklist to shut it down, and they ALWAYS follow that list. Write a list of what you need to take on a business trip, both business-related essentials as well as personal items, and check your list every time you are travelling. It will take the stress out of those horrible moments when you say, “Oh, my God, I have forgotten my wallet!”

 2. Only take carry-on

Carry one small carry-on bag and a handbag or man bag. I have lost so many bags while travelling; I have lost count. Now I don’t risk losing my suit anymore, and, be honest, how many times have you taken your running shoes and gym gear and never unpacked them?

I know a man who travels for business all the time. He wears a suit, white shirt, tie, and shoes on the plane. He packs one extra white shirt, pair of socks, underwear, and one casual shirt to wear with his suit pants. His shoes work for casual as well. He fits it all in a briefcase!

 3. Use Apps instead of paper

Make a decision to stop writing notes on paper and stop reading paper books, newspapers, and printed briefings. Buy a writing app for your iPad for note taking; I love Penultimate, which links to my Evernote. Buy an App for your books. I use Amazon’s Kindle App, which syncs my last read page across all my devices and has great magazines. And get an app for your favourite newspapers.

4. Arrive early and work from the airport

Be the first person there, the first one to check in. Get there two hours early if you can and then get a coffee, find a seat, and do some work. It takes the stress out of running late, rushing through security, and potentially missing your plane. Airports are great places to sit, work, think, and catch up on emails or prepare for presentations.

 5. Have your own WiFi

Don’t depend on hotels and airports alone for WiFi. Personal hotspot with your phone or tablet to save time, money, and pressure. You can often call your phone provider and get a data extension for a month if you think you’ll be on the road a lot that month and need more internet.

6. Never eat without an App

I never eat at a café or restaurant unless I’ve checked it out with TripAdvisor or similar App. I have had enough bad meals on the road. Now I want to minimize the risk, so I take a few moments to read the reviews and get a feel for the food and service before I commit.

 7. Don’t forget headphones

Whether its that annoying person sitting next to you on the plane or a child screaming at the hotel restaurant, you need your headphones. I am going to admit that I am a headphone-aholic. I love my headphones. I am always on the lookout for the newest, best, and trendiest. My favourite at the moment is Beats by Dr. Dre. Wireless. They are noise cancelling and amazing for travelling but they are a bit big to carry when I’m being lean, so I bought a set of the Dr. Dre Beats Tour. They are amazing for travel.

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