OCCU-TEC brings e-learning into the 21st Century

[tweetmeme]If you were an employee of a large corporation in the 90’s, e-learning essentially meant opening a PowerPoint presentation and scanning through pages and pages of fairly dry material. This was often referred to as CBT (Computer Based Training), and employees could answer questions by ticking a box to indicate they had absorbed the text.  But it didn’t signify that they necessarily understood it!

In order to ensure that employees received training that they actually understood; companies had little choice but to gather up the employees and pay an instructor to come their site to conduct training or send their personnel to a remote location in order to provide them with essential training.  This not only cost a lot of money, but wastes valuable company time.  Today with modern learning management systems (LMS) offering fully functional e-learning systems that are highly cost effective, learners need only log into the LMS using a web browser, select courses and launch them.

Learning Management Systems

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And the timing couldn’t be better; more than 14% of the American workforce is working remotely or virtually – outside the traditional office – according to an article by Douglas Gantenbein, featured on Microsoft.com.  In fact, a recent survey by OfficeTeam indicates that 69% of polled executives said it was common for their companies’ employees to work off-site.  What is perhaps more telling is that 82% of these managers said they expect the number of employees who work remotely to increase in the next five years.  

With ever-increasing technology and communication tools, and the rising costs of travel, working remotely is becoming a fast-growing trend in companies around the world.  With more employees geographically dispersed and working from home, we need to ensure that our organizations are providing quality training and development for organizational growth in today’s non-traditional work environment.

Here are three elements OCCU-TEC uses for providing a high-quality and engaging distance learning experience.

e-Learning
e-Learning is a rather broad, umbrella term encompassing many different virtual learning experiences. With the right content, e-learning can be a highly engaging and enriching experience for learners. e-Learning is certainly a natural fit for the self-paced, self-motivated remote employee.  With e-learning, discussion threads and chat groups assist facilitators and managers with maintaining the team element that often evades e-learning activities.  With e-learning management software, remote employees can easily access their training curriculums, and it can be easily managed by managers and administrators – no matter where they’re located.

Streaming Video
Streaming video allows remote employees to access entertaining, engaging course content via the Internet.  This type of content used to only be available in either an instructor-led classroom setting, or with timely delays and costs due to shipping and the administrative tracking of videos sent to multiple office locations.  With streaming video, remote employees can immediately access training and development videos – and employees dispersed geographically can have the exact same learning experience.  This is great for dispersed work teams!

Virtual Classroom
With virtual classrooms, the moderator or facilitator and learners are geographically dispersed, and come together virtually, or online, to participate in learning activities.  There are a number of course management and multimedia web-based applications available in which you can deploy, manage and report on your training and development activities … virtually!  We’ve recently integrated Adobe Connect Pro with our virtual learning systems to create an outlet for our clients’ training needs.  

Most virtual classroom experiences utilize word-processing documents, such as PowerPoint templates, so that learners logging in to the course can follow the learning and talking points with a visual guide.  Our virtual interfaces also allow learners the ability to download classroom materials and interact with the class via web-conferencing.  What’s great about the virtual classroom is its interactivity.  It mimics the traditional classroom experience, with immediate instructor feedback.

Contact me at learningsolutions@occutec.com to learn more.

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