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Soft costs vs hard costs: Teasing out the ROI of Virtual Learning

Last time we talked about how eLearning can benefit your bottom line. Today, we'll be going in a little deeper. Money, they say, talks. The BS walks. So it is with eLearning. You can fulfil the most basic regulatory requirements and go cheap but you’ll get what you pay for: low engagement, poor knowledge retention and no measurable productivity gains. But they’re soft costs, right? They don’t hurt the bottom line so it’s all good,… [ read full ]

Let the money do the talking for you

Nothing gets approved in the enterprise world unless there’s a solid business case attached to it and it’s no different when it comes to evangelizing Interactive Learning programs. It’s not like the business cases don’t exist. According to Forbes.com, some 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies use eLearning for professional development and more than 72 percent of U.S. companies think online learning gives them a competitive advantage. Businesswire reports that the eLearning market space will… [ read full ]

Ensuring successful virtual learning outcomes through engagement (Part 2)

What kind of virtual learning environment drives the most engagement? The answer is as plain as the nose on your face – literally. It’s obvious that eye contact and presence are key factors in engagement. If you think your level of participation is being monitored and you might be called out if your head drops and you start doodling sketches of that Harley Davidson motorcycle you’re dreaming about, then you’re more likely to remain tuned… [ read full ]

Ensuring successful virtual learning outcomes through engagement (Part 1)

Dodging the missiles by engaging with the class Back in the day of the dinosaurs, I had a teacher who would whip a piece of chalk at you like he was picking off a runner leading off at second base if he thought your attention was drifting during class. He could have been a Baseball Hall of Famer such was his speed of release, velocity and accuracy. Trust me. I still have those white chalk marks.… [ read full ]

Eye of the Tiger: The Redemption of the Virtual Classroom

I learned a lot during my first year. I learned not to procrastinate – that this was no longer in high school and leaving assignments and studying until the night before isn’t a good thing to do, in the real or virtual classroom (link). Oh.. on that note, I also set out to avoid online classes at all costs. My driver was time, how and when to maximize it. In the summer before 2nd year,… [ read full ]

The Truth of Virtual Learning | Why I swore off online-classes as a student

It's hard to believe that we’re already in the middle of August and students all over will soon be returning to school to start the fall semester. Looking back, my memories are filled with challenging assignments, full course loads, late nights of studying, and the Virtual Classroom Best Practices guides that I would have to read before my online courses. Even so, I liked my time at University, but if I’m being honest, there are… [ read full ]

Engagement By Design

I had some ‘fun’, or should I say, ‘engaging’ responses to my post last week about engagement. There were some interesting views about how to elevate participation and to increase engagement as a means of enhancing the learning experience for all, and to impact the outcomes for those making the investments.  As you might suspect, virtually all of the feedback was from ‘industry professionals’ and almost none was from the subjects of our work; the… [ read full ]

Hands Up For Engagement

Since the dawn of time, the most effective means of learning has been through storytelling, stories engage the imagination, and create a state where we are more able to take in the narrative and the meaning.  An engaging tale creates intimacy required to convey non-verbal elements of communication to deliver true learning.  And while we seem to be more “connected” than ever, getting the type of intimacy required to have meaningful engagement is more of… [ read full ]