eLearning Basics: Can You Make Your Own eLearning Courses?

In our ongoing “eLearning Basics” series of articles, we’re going to address the question of where you can get elearning courses from. And, in particular, we’re going to explain that you CAN make your own elearning courses and explain how.

Let us know if you’ve got other questions you’d like us to answer in future “eLearning Basics” articles, feel free to download our Blended Learning Strategies guide at the  bottom of this article, and contact us if we can help you with off-the-shelf or custom-made elearning courses for workforce training.

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“Live Online Learning:” Webinars and Virtual Classrooms

Live online learning–meaning stuff including webinars and virtual classrooms–has been part of the workplace learning & performance improvement quiver for quite some time.

But, there’s a lot of additional interest in it as of late due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with lots of workers working from home and with some reasonable concerns about holding face-to-face and/or classroom-style, instructor-led training.

Not that long ago, in our series of articles about getting training online quickly because of COVID-19, we profiled an interview that Shannon Tipton and Jo Clark had with Michelle Ockers, talking about this very same thing (full disclosure: we loved that “Disruption Series” of interviews Michelle Ockers had; we applaud Michelle and all the participants; it really helped kick-start us into learning more on this topic; and we encourage you all to check it out).

But with live online learning, including webinars and virtual classrooms being so important, we figured it would be great if we could get Shannon Tipton to talk to us about this stuff as well, and we’re happy she agreed to. So that interview is below–we hope you enjoy it. Thanks to Shannon for sharing her time and expertise.

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eLearning Basics: Flash is Going Away–Have You Checked Your eLearning Courses?

News flash for you (pun INTENDED!): Adobe is going to discontinue the Flash Media Player at the end of this year (2020).

Why should you care? For one reason, because some of your elearning courses at work may still use Flash video. You want to start planning and acting now to avoid a problem at the end of the year.

We tell you more in the article below so you can make it through this transition without major problems.

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LMS Bascis: Can You Assign and Track a Webinar for Training in an LMS?

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Webinars and virtual classrooms (sometimes referred to together as “live online learning“) have always been a viable part of an organization’s training delivery options. But with COVID-19, the need for social distancing, and a lot of workers working and receiving training from home, webinars and virtual classrooms are being used more and more for workforce training.

That’s led some organizations to wonder about how webinars can work with learning management systems (LMS) and, in particular, whether you can use an LMS to assign webinars, grant credit to workers for completing webinars, and store records for those employee completion records after webinars have been conducted.

Short answer: yes. We’ll explain more in the article below.

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Adding Online Maintenance Training During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Companies have been using online training more and more in recent years. But this COVID-19 pandemic, which really became an issue in the United States in early 2020, is making all sorts of companies think even more about using different forms of online training to help transfer knowledge to their employees while assisting employees in the continued development of skills.

Just like any other department, maintenance departments are thinking the same thing, thinking of safe ways to deliver training to maintenance techs while observing social distancing and trying to prevent passing a dangerous viral infection from worker to worker.

In this article, we’ll discuss a few different types of online training in this article and give you some tips for getting some online training to your maintenance techs instead of using instructor-led training.

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8 Ways a Learning Management System (LMS) Serves as a Risk Management Tool

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Risk management is an important tool in many different fields: finance, safety, and more.

Risk management is also central to your workplace learning and development efforts, even if you don’t think of workforce learning in that way. But stop and think of all the different risks you’d face if it wasn’t for your workforce learning programs. You might not be able to recruit as many good new employees without one and you might not keep the ones you do recruit as long. New employees would struggle to understand their jobs and it would be harder to teach them new job roles and skills in their career path. You might quickly run afoul of compliance challenges, and without an emphasis on learning, your company might drift into inefficiency, irrelevance, and ultimately out of existence.

One tool your learning program can use to reduce these risks is a learning management system, or LMS. We’ll discuss a few of the ways an LMS can help your organization reduce risk exposure in this article.

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Best Practices for Moving Instructor-Led Training to Webinars and Virtual Classrooms (Live Online Learning)

Because of COVID-19, lots of companies are rushing to get at least some of their instructor-led training materials into an online format.

Our friend Michelle Ockers has called in an impressive team of learning experts to discuss issues like this in her Learning Uncut Disruption series of podcasts. We enjoyed the series so much, we’ve asked Michelle and the contributors if they’d mind if we include highlights and transcripts here to broaden the reach of the podcast series. And they all said yes, which we are grateful for. Thanks for that!

In an earlier blog post, we highlighted some of the key points from a discussion Michelle had with Connie Malamed about making elelarning courses quickly.

In this article, we’re focusing on a discussion Michelle had with Shannon Tipton, owner of Learning Rebels, and Jo Cook, owner of Lightbulb Moment, on live online training, which includes both webinars and virtual classrooms.

Here’s how Michelle introduces this conversation at her podcast webpage:

This episode is part of the Learning Uncut Disruption series.  This pop-up daily series aims to equip learning professionals with practical guidance and tips to get started or scale up with practices needed as part of their organisational response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Shannon Tipton and Jo Cook provide guidance on designing and facilitating live online sessions in lieu of face to face instruction led training.  Discussion covers:

    • How are live online sessions similar to and different from face to face?
    • Common traps for people new to designing and facilitating live online sessions – and what to do instead
    • Planning and communicating sessions
    • Technology – how to pick your platform
    • Techniques to make your live online sessions engaging
    • What to do after your session

We’ve included a link to the full podcast immediately below. Below that, we’ve summarized some of the high points and included the full transcript.

Listen to this episode of the podcast series here, 

Read on to learn more about live online learning.

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What Is “Online Learning” And How to Do It Quickly and Easily During the COVID-19 Pandemic

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing many people to work from home and reducing or entirely ending meetings for classroom-style, instructor-led training, there’s an understandable move to put instructor-led training online.

In this article, we’re going to give you some general guidelines for transitioning your instructor-led training (ILT) online, give you a better idea of what online training is, and also link you to some additional articles we’ve created that will help you develop the different types of online learning we’ll explain in this article.

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Training to Create Career Paths for Maintenance Technicians

A well-trained, productive, efficient, and proactive maintenance department is essential for success at many organizations. In recent articles, we’ve given real-life examples based on the experiences of real customers of how having a maintenance training program makes it easier for employers to hire new maintenance techs and how having a maintenance training program improves the retention of maintenance techs, especially those new hires.

In this article, we’re going to continue our focus on maintenance training by discussing the value of having training to help maintenance techs work their way through an well-developed career path.

So check out the story below and ask us if you have any questions about the facilities maintenance training at your organization. Plus, check out our recorded webinar on maintenance, maintainability, organizational learning, and continuous improvement.

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Free Guide to Selecting Online Manufacturing Training

So you’d like to add online training to your current manufacturing training program, but you want to take your time and make sure you’ll implement the solutions that are the best fit for your organizational training and learning needs? Are we right?

If so, we congratulate you, because there really is no single solution or implementation that is a perfect fit for every company, and even if there were, you’d still need to consider how you’d add online training to the rest of the L&D programs at your manufacturing facility.

To help you make the right choice, we’ve got a free GUIDE TO SELECTING ONLINE MANUFACTURING TRAINING for you  below.  It will help you consider big-picture things, like how online training fits into your L&D programs; what online training “mainly” means now and what it will probably include in the future; criteria for selecting online courses, learning management systems, and providers; and some tips for using online training wisely once you have implemented it.

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What to Look for in a Learning Management System (LMS) for Manufacturing Training

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A learning management system, or LMS, is web-based software application organizations can use to manage and administer their employee training programs–that includes training that occurs online, naturally, but also training that occurs face-to-face, such as instructor-led training, field-based training, and so on.

There are many different LMSs on the market. In many cases, they provide similar features and functionality, but of course, they’re all unique as well. Some are bigger and more powerful. Some and smaller with fewer features. Some are really part of even larger software management programs geared around an organization’s hire-to-fire, talent-management efforts. Others are specially designed to help organizations in specific industries or even departments in specific organizations.

There’s no one learning management system that’s the best fit for all organizations. In fact, two organizations that are similar in many ways may STILL find their best suited to different learning management systems.

In this article, we’re going to give you some features to consider if you’re a manufacturer and you’re looking for a learning management system for your workplace. Read this article, and if you find it interesting, you may also want to check out our articles on Selecting Online Manufacturing Training and Things to Look for in Online Manufacturing Training Courses.

You might also want to check out our free, recorded webinar titled Online Manufacturing Training that Works–How to Select Online Manufacturing Training for Your Organization

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