Are you getting the most out of E-Learning in your organisation?

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As L&D professionals we tend to be busy bees. Planning, implementing and tracking training and development initiatives takes time. Often though, this results in little opportunity to lift our heads from the day to day busy tasks to take stock of where we are in our overall strategy.

Ideally, what we should be doing is taking a leaf out of our own books and practice what we preach.

Next month we will provide busy Learning and Development Managers, Learning Consultants, Trainers and Facilitators the opportunity to attend a free morning of e-learning. Our free-to-attend, half day e-learning masterclasses will provide attendees with a better insight into what’s happening in e-learning and how it can help improve learning and development throughout their organisation.

Held in Edinburgh, Dublin and Belfast throughout October, these events will also deliver  a quality programme of content and real-world speakers from organisations in Ireland and the UK will also share their insights deploying e-learning, and how the team have embraced the new challenges and opportunities.

What’s more, our masterclass events will also offer an unrivalled opportunity for networking.

Like-minded attendees with a passion for E-Learning looking to get the most out of it and optimising its potential for the future have already signed up, meaning there are no shortage of chances to expand your professional network with the right contacts.

Whatever stage your online journey is on, you’ll also get practical tips and techniques on how to put a plan in place to make informed decisions on the best learning design, tools and technology for you and your organisation. It’s a morning of e-learning not to be missed.

So busy bee, what’s stopping you? Take a look at what you can learn at these free events.

Register for free and find out more.

Strategy formation is the topic of discussion at our Masterclass: E-Learning Journeys

The latest in our series of Masterclasses took place in Glasgow last week. Learning and development, training and HR professionals from over 30 Scottish organisations gathered to explore how to get the best out of learning technologies and blended classroom practice.

In this post, we give an overview of presentations from our keynote speakers, the topics discussed and useful tips from our recent Masterclass: E-Learning Journeys #ELJ13.

Masterclass: E-Learning Journeys Glasgow

The purpose of our Masterclasses is to provide an open forum for learning and development professionals to discuss how to make E-Learning as effective as possible.

The theme of our Masterclass was E-learning Journeys and topics discussed during the interactive session included:

  • Mobile learning
  • Tin Can API
  • E-Learning trends and insights 

Attendees also benefited from ‘real life’ case studies from The Gleneagles Hotel and Action for Children who shared their experiences and journey to date of E-Learning.

With attendees involved in E-Learning at varying levels, some new to it and others more accustomed, there was one prevalent topic at the Masterclass – strategy formation, knowing where to start an E-Learning journey and why it’s important to get the basics right. In the rush towards adoption of the latest trends, it is easy to lose sight of what the actual aims and objectives of implementing E-Learning are. Throughout the Masterclass, attendees heard why it is important to understand what the needs and challenges are within the organisation and ensure that the proper structures and technology are in place beforehand.

Mary Scott, Learning and Development Manager at The Gleneagles Hotel was first to present and discussed how the world-famous 5 Star Luxury resort is using E-Learning as part of a blended learning strategy to improve the delivery, flexibility and consistency of employee learning and training. Although The Gleneagles Hotel have just started on their E-Learning journey, this was an interesting insight and shows that using E-Learning can have a great impact no matter what type of industry you are in.

Next to share his E-Learning journey and highlight the great work carried out by one of the UK’s leading children’s charities was Learning and Development Consultant, Andy Napier from Action for Children. Throughout his presentation, Andy shared some great insights with the room and showed how far the leading children’s charity has come in a short period of time.  Andy also shared the details of the charity’s E-Learning Journey, the challenges they faced and how they were able to overcome them. Like The Gleneagles Hotel before him, Alan was keen to emphasise the benefits of getting Aurion Learning on board to help guide them through their E-Learning challenges.

Andy Napier discussing how far Action for Children have come on their E-Learning journey

Andy Napier discussing how far Action for Children have come on their E-Learning journey in a short time.

E-Learning trends and insights were next on the agenda, with our very own E-Learning Strategist and Managing Director Dr. Maureen Murphy, discussing what impact digital technology will have on learning and development strategies in the future.

With discussions on content curation, increase in virtual classrooms, social learning and the need for further integrated talent management, Maureen also shared her fascinating vision and experience of how stories can be used for learning.

After a caffeine boost, attendees were able to mingle with like-minded professionals to discuss how they are using E-Learning within their organisations.

Mobile Learning and Technology was next on the agenda with Liam Butler, EMEA General Manager at NetDimensions, a global provider of performance, knowledge and learning management systems, sharing global industry insights and discussing the impact of mobile learning and advancing technologies.  With digital technology changing the world we live in on a daily basis and learners looking for information immediately and on the go, attendees were eagerly absorbing the nuggets of information from Liam who talked about mobile options that are available today and the type of content that works well on mobile.

What was interesting to discover is that 12 months from now, it is likely that mobile learning will look completely different. Whilst many organisations have been slow to adopt mobile learning on a large-scale; Liam discussed how mobile learning is starting to come into its own and shared the innovative ways that NetDimensions is delivering mobile learning solutions.  Of note, Liam noted that technology isn’t hanging around and that technology road maps have changed from 12 to six months.  As more people pursue to use personal devices to learn, it’s time to start considering the mobile learner and ensure their user experience is a good one.

Attendees then took part in one of three hands on E-Learning clinics:

  1. Building Internal Capacity     
  2. Managing Learning Beyond the Technology    
  3. Using Stories for Learning
Storytelling for learning clinic

One of the hands-on E-Learning clinics in action.

During the sessions, attendees were able to delve deeper into the barriers and challenges that they are currently facing in their organisation, discuss the strategies to overcome them and at the same time gain actionable tips and strategies to improve learning and development.  The morning was quickly drawing to a close when the panel discussion got underway and attendees asked the panel what were the most pressing issues in learning and development and how best to overcome them. Tips from the panel included:

  • Involve IT from the start of your e-learning journey – prepare key stakeholders within your organisation – help them structure your approach/get buy-in/use subject matter experts within your organisation.
  • Be aware that different e-learning models can be used for different/various stages within your organisation

There were plenty of questions at the end with many attendees extremely interested in finding out more about topics like Tin Can API, managing learning and simply finding out where the best place is to start.

Planning for our 2014 E-Learning events is already underway. If you have any suggestions for things you’d like to see, please do let us know.

Presentations and resources shared during the Masterclass are now available to view and download. Visit Aurion Learning’s website.

 

Practice what you Preach: Keep on Learning

Practice what you preach - keep on learning

As L&D and HR professionals, it is in our DNA to help others learn. However with an increase in organisational learning needs and squeeze on staff, budget and other resources, how can you ensure that you also stay on top of your learning game?

In this blog post, we look at the importance of practicing what you preach and consider the benefits of informal learning.

Keeping up with the Jones’

We are acutely aware that it’s simply not enough to be content with what you already know. However in the quest to operate effective training and HR departments, keep up with the demand of learning services, whilst doing more for less –status quo can easily suffice. That is of course, if it wasn’t against our learning DNA. 

In order to reach your maximum potential, you must endeavour to learn and increase your knowledge and avoid professional stagnation.

Whilst there are a varying degree of learning styles and although nothing new, informal learning opportunities can help to attend this must. For the past three years, Aurion Learning has hosted a series of Masterclass events throughout the UK and Ireland. Like many other informal workshops and seminars, these practical sessions have proven to be a popular forum to discuss L&D strategies, with hundreds of learning and HR professionals gaining inspiration about the best way to improve learning and development within their organisation.

What’s more, these informal learning settings allow learning devotees to take the time out of their busy schedules to pause, reflect and most importantly learn.

Next month, Aurion Learning will host another free-to-attend Masterclass: E-Learning Journeys on Thursday 10 October in Glasgow.  This half day event will provide an opportunity for learning professionals to come together, learn, share experiences and discuss their learning and development journeys so far.

As well as gaining actionable tips and inspiration, attendees will hear from a range of public, private and third sector organisations and learn how they have implemented online learning with blended classroom practice.

The benefits of taking part in informal learning:

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

Although keeping up with industry news and latest developments may seem to be just one more thing to add to your ever growing to-do list, there are several benefits to taking the time and energy and partaking in informal learning:

  • Collaboration

When engaged in collaborative learning, you are able to get the most out of each other resources and skills by sharing information, ideas, experiences and asking for feedback. During our informal learning session, Masterclass E-Learning Journeys, participants are provided with numerous opportunities to take part in collaborative learning through practical workshops and interactive panel discussions.

  • Learn from others:

If you are always on the look-out to improve learning and development in their organisation, there are a number of ways to seek out this need through mentoring and work-shadowing. This learning technique allows you to seeking advice from those whose techniques and skills that you wish to equal. By participating at sessions like the E-Learning Journeys Masterclass, participants can seek guidance and recommendations from like-minded professionals.

  • Update knowledge:

When you’re busy at work it’s easy to lose sight of what’s new. Whilst most organisations requiring a particular amount of professional development, as a learning professional you need to ensure that you are up-to –speed with what’s happening in your industry, whether it is a necessary requirement or not. Thankfully it is easier than ever to participate in learning.  During Masterclass: E-Learning Journeys, Aurion Learning will present the latest trends and insights in learning technologies as well as imparting actionable tips and strategies to improve learning and development.

  • Enjoyable and engaging

Having the freedom to spend days acquiring knowledge and new skills would simply be impractical. However, by dedicating some time in your diary periodically to take part in collaborative learning, you will reap the rewards, especially when you are learning about something you love as it then becomes fun and enjoyable rather than a chore.

Interested in getting involved in some informal learning?

You can register-for-free to attend Masterclass: E-Learning Journeys  – #ELJ13 here:

Eventbrite - Masterclass: E-Learning Journeys 2013 #ELJ13

https://elj13glasgow.eventbrite.co.uk

The event will be held on Thursday 10 October from 9am – 1pm at The Lighthouse, Glasgow.

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