Caveo Learning

Corporate Strategy and Learning Center

Barbara Opyt

Barbara Opyt is a learning solutions manager for Caveo Learning.

8 Questions When Converting Training to eLearning or Virtual ILT

Posted by Barbara Opyt on April 21, 2016

Taking instructor-led training online with virtual ILT or eLearning carries a host of potential benefits, both financial and practical. When making the transition from classroom training to an online or blended learning program, though, it may be better to scope the project as a new build of the training, rather than incorrectly scope it as a direct conversion of existing content.

There are many reasons why converting ILT to eLearning or VILT might be a good idea. Offering the content online grows the potential audience, while reducing time and travel costs. Today's workers are used to digital knowledge transfer formats, and they appreciate being able to set their own pace. And, in the case of eLearning anyway, it's available on demand any time.

But online training formats come with challenges that in-person learning programs don't have. When taking ILT online with VILT or eLearning, it's important to thoughtfully consider the qualities that make good ILT successful, like hands-on practice and interpersonal interaction. Instructional designers must not fail to account for intrinsic differences of the platforms when converting training to VILT or eLearning.

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Using eLearning Audio to Enhance Learner Retention

Posted by Barbara Opyt on March 10, 2016

Does the use of eLearning audio actually enhance learner retention? In many eLearning courses, it seems audio was deployed simply because the instructional designer worried that learners wouldn’t bother to read the on-screen text.

If the sole purpose of audio in your eLearning is to read the screen content to the learner, it may not be adding value. The L&D industry must develop better eLearning, and that includes using eLearning audio with purposeful intent.

When done thoughtfully, audio can add value to your eLearning course by engaging additional sensory inputs for the learner, increasing attention and enhancing comprehension. Certain types of learning all but require audio, and certain types of learners really appreciate listening to audio content and genuinely benefit from it.

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User-Generated Content: The Heart of Social Learning

Posted by Barbara Opyt on October 8, 2015

There are myriad ways that social media elements and tools can be incorporated into training initiatives, as we discussed in this article on social learning. Learning organizations are finding that social learning helps increase audience engagement, knowledge retention, and follow-up.

One of the more intriguing aspects of social learning is user-generated learning content. Through social feeds like the business-focused Yammer, collaborative wikis and microblogs, and learning management system features such as discussion forums, leading-edge organizations are beginning to embrace user-generated content within their social learning strategies.

However, there remains a general wariness in many organizations to the sharing of user-generated content in the enterprise. There are some very good reasons learning organizations should consider cultivating user-generated content, but the concept is not without its obstacles.

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