Posts Tagged "online learning"

Train your team without blowing your budget with Virtual Training

Posted on February 4th, 2014 by Victoria Kossoff

There’s no getting away from it. Providing regular training to your employees is expensive and can be a logistical nightmare. And then there’s all the travel costs associated with getting everybody together. So things had to change, right?  The good news is change has arrived. No more hiring of training venues, no more printing of course materials, no more huge travel costs.

Bare Brilliance (which is a division of The Learning Factor) has disrupted the way organisations deliver training to their employees, partners and channel.  We have leveraged the huge improvements in the Internet to deliver training sessions directly to your people, all with a live facilitator – in their home or office. No more time wasting, no more frustrating hold-ups in airports, no more empty office chairs.

We are gurus in virtual training and know all the secrets to make online training engaging and interactive. Don’t let the old obstacles stand in your way.

Virtual training is now providing businesses with a more effective and efficient way to train, educate, motivate and assist their people at a lower cost. Watch our short video to learn more.

Did you just hear that millions is wasted on ineffective training?

Posted on May 14th, 2013 by Victoria Kossoff

In the past fortnight, CIPD released their Learning and Talent dev2elopment Survey 2013. The survey results show that 74% of organisations in the UK currently use eLearning, but only 15% report that it is one of the most effective training methods available to them. I suspect the numbers are similar around the globe.

So how much of an organisation’s training budget is spent on the dev2elopment of eLearning? Recent IBIS research shows that $26 billion is spent globally on eLearning or 13% of all training expenditure. Why are so many organisations continuing to invest in eLearning modules if it is not the most effective way to train their people? The same CIPD study also found that only 31% of organisations reported that most employees completed an eLearning course. Immediately the true cost of that “cost-effective” eLearning module exploded. How can the ROI be justified to any CEO or CFO?

Before I continue, I want to articulate my definition of eLearning. Over the years, I have found this word to mean many things to different people. My definition is:

eLearning is electronic learning, in which the learner uses a computer to learn a task, skill, or process.

eLearning is asynchronous – this means the training occurs remotely, where learners partake in a course according to their own time frame or schedule as it fits into their work commitments. An example of this method would be self-study, self-paced classes, conducted and studied online or with the use of a computer-based training CD or DVD.”

eLearning has been available for about 20 years. During this time organisations found eLearning offered several benefits including reduced overall cost in comparison to face-to-face training, proof of learner completion/certification and consistent delivery. Organisations immediately saw eLearning as a great way to meet their corporate compliance obligations.

However the last measure of success of an eLearning module must be in the uptake or the engagement of the module by the workforce and more importantly its effectiveness at improving performance. With only 31% of organisations reporting that employees completed an eLearning course, the numbers tell us engagement with this type of training is low.

In terms of effectiveness, let’s look further at the numbers. Traditionally eLearning has ranked highly for compliance training. As an example, companies saw a quick eLearning module as the silver bullet to reduce workplace issues related to bullying and harassment. With the passing of time and with so many employees completing their mandatory eLearning module, we would then expect the claims related to bullying and harassment to decline, correct? Interestingly around the globe, claims have sky rocketed! In Australia, claims of bullying and harassment have blown out dramatically. In the UK, bullying in the public sector has increased, with 6 out of 10 public sector workers being bullied. Do you hear more warning bells ringing??

As educators, we know people learn in different ways. We know that active learners tend to retain and understand information best by doing something active with it – discussing or applying it or explaining it to others. Reflective learners prefer to think about it quietly first.

If face-to-face training is expensive and time-consuming and eLearning is not showing to be effective at the behavioural level, there has to be a better way. It is now time to see how improvements in technology and Web 2.0 can be capitalised upon.

Enter the New World of Virtual Training

Improvements in technology and the Internet have opened up new ways for organisations to reap huge benefits.

We can all now access the new world of online, synchronous* training where specially designed training programs are delivered over the web by a live trainer. This new method is called Virtual Training.

Bersin by Deloitte defines the virtual classroom as “a tool for delivering live online learning. It is often called “synchronous learning.” The interface mimics the face-to-face classroom in many ways with a roster, hand-raising icon and an instructor leading the group. The primary difference between the face-to-face classroom training and virtual classroom training is that the latter is used to deliver content live, over the Internet to people who are geographically dispersed.”

Imagine your teams, partners or channel simply logging into a training session from the comfort of their home or office. They can meet online with others in a group, are asked questions, broken up into virtual rooms to prepare presentations or case studies, answer quizzes and watch videos all whilst being guided by a live trainer.

Virtual training sessions are designed by experts in virtual instructional design so everybody’s learning style can be catered for. Instantly feedback can be captured and an assessment can be made on the efficacy of the session. Immediately your ROI has improved.

Responding to a Culture of Speed

Senior leadership teams are now constantly focusing on the need for speed in new market entry, time-to-market, cycle-time reduction, and competitive advantage.

With virtual training you can deliver effective training live without spending a dollar on travel, venue hire, printing or catering.

The possibilities are endless. Here are a few:

  • Drive product adoption by offering your customers easy access to web-based training
  • Educate your channel partners and field reps regularly, so they always have current information
  • Train global employees to advance their skills, or push revenue-generating initiatives to market faster

Imagine the revenue opportunities that you could capitalise on by embracing virtual training. Improve the skills of your people with live, online training delivered without the high costs associated with face-to-face training.

Get ready to smash your competition. Start now!

* Synchronous training comprises the traditional method of a number of learners grouped together, learning the content material at the same time, or in synch with each other.

PRESS RELEASE: April 10, 2013

Posted on April 11th, 2013 by The Learning Factor

New Division Guaranteed to Disrupt Global Executive Education

The Learning Factor, Asia Pacific’s leader in executive training, today announced the launch of its new division, Bare Brilliance. They guarantee this will disrupt executive education by breaking the boundaries of classroom training.

Many companies don’t have the time to send people off-site for days of training; nor do they have the budget to pay for airfares, accommodation and expensive training rooms. Training today needs to be short, sharp and succinct. The average Bare Brilliance session is only 90 minutes long.

Bare Brilliance improves the performance of businesses by deploying a global, next generation training solution. It delivers 40 of the world’s leading training courses right into the office and home. There are no physical classrooms but instead virtual classrooms. Bare Brilliance combines chunks of training content that is delivered with a live facilitator over the web.

“We have incorporated global research on how people learn best into each of our Bare Brilliance programs,” says Vicki Kossoff, Director and Co-Founder of The Learning Factor.

“Before smartphones, people went online roughly five times a day, in long chunks, but today with smartphones it’s 27 times per day, in much shorter bursts. Armed with this research on how today’s professionals learn best, our instructional designers have dev2eloped 40 programs to  drive participation for busy, distracted 21st century learners.”

In a Bare Brilliance training session, participants have a live, online facilitator. They interact by joining in polling, exercises, whiteboard, live discussion and review of key points using annotation tools such as the pointer or highlighter. Participants can also type their questions in the chat or embedded Q&A panels and receive immediate feedback from the facilitator or subject matter expert.

Bare Brilliance offers:

  • The ability to attend live programs from the comfort of your office or home
  • Interactive sessions including videos, chat, and multimedia tools which makes the training fun and engaging
  • Programs that are available as public virtual courses or private customised sessions for companies
  • Affordability, flexibility and cost savings

Learn more at Bare Brilliance.

About The Learning Factor

The Learning Factor is Asia Pacific’s leader in training outsourcing. For more than 15 years they have been working with Fortune 500 and ASX 100 companies throughout the region. The Learning Factor have won 5 global awards for providing high quality outsourcing services, innovative service offering, ability to provide services on a global basis, and their unique and proven approach to Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Solutions.