Why you should be sold on e-Learning.

My guest bloggers and I might sound a like broken record, when we talk about the importance of lifelong learning. It is the one thing that gives us the competitive edge that we need. The advent of Massive Online Open Courses has made authentic learning not only easily available but also viable for professional and personal development. If you’re still not convinced about elearning, my guest blogger today, Ashley Chiasson, will ensure you’re sold on the idea of online learning.

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Ashley Chiasson is an Instructional Designer and e-learning developer aboutphotowith nearly a decade of experience developing high-quality e-learning solutions for various clients. In addition to being a small business owner, Ashley works for Mount Saint Vincent University as a part-time faculty member and resident Instructional Developer.  As a self-proclaimed ambassador of the Articulate software, Ashley truly believes that the only thing standing between you and your ability to create engaging and interactive e-learning projects is your imagination.

Read on, to understand how e-learning could be the right fit for you.

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With the current landscape of the job market, lifelong learning is a necessity. Our population is also aging, and with retirements, there will be more instances of organizations conducting on-the-job training for current employees who will be replacing retirees. iStock_45928986_XLARGE.jpgUsing e-learning to facilitate these training experiences only makes sense – it’s efficient, and if designed well, extremely effective! Instead of using additional resources (e.g. a face-to-face trainer), e-learning can become an affordable training solution to fill workplace knowledge gaps Continue reading “Why you should be sold on e-Learning.”

Why storytelling is important in (e)learning.

Storytelling is crucial for training oneself or others. While I intend to talk about informal learning that we indulge in, online, I don’t disregard formal eLearning or training here. We’ve been a part of stories of others, shared our own stories, whether verbally or virtually (now especially through Facebook we sort of have it in our faces) and somewhere we do love listening to, or reading or watching stories. Fact of the matter, who doesn’t love a good story and better, one which translates to an excellent learning experience?

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One of my favorite stories of all times is Breakfast At Tiffany’s and there is an important scene in the book/movie, of which I often speak of, whether in my ID meetings or Continue reading “Why storytelling is important in (e)learning.”

Let’s keep learning actively, informally.

Couple of weeks back I was asked to submit an assignment for my doctoral program regarding informal learning. It was the hardest thing I’d have ever done. I had to think  really hard what my most significant learning had been and where did it actually occur. I call myself a life long learner but I realized the true meaning of it, only once I reflected upon my informal learnings. Couple of weeks back, l wrote an article on thinking process, emotions and productivity. The anecdote I had shared there, links perfectly here because it talks about my informal learning process, within a medium.


We all learn experientially throughout our lives. Information is thrown at us through every corner but informal learning is the unofficial, Continue reading “Let’s keep learning actively, informally.”

Art of Feedback: Subtle Reactions We Seek Everyday!

I have been pondering over what “feedback” does to us, for quite a while now. The thought regarding feedback – both seeking and giving – came to me in one of the training discussions, where we were exploring the concept of ‘learning through the lifespan of adulthood.’ One of my peers spoke about her feelings on feedback, as she said, ‘she stopped seeking feedback from her parents, since it didn’t add value to her growth!’ What she was truly referring to was the societal perception, provided to another person, so that one conforms to the situation. Now, this could be good or bad, however, let me ask you the following questions:Feedback_PCUInc

How many times have you asked your friends?  – Am I looking fat? Is my make-up OK? Am I dressed well for this meeting? Do I need to carry the presentation with me? – Of course these are simple questions for which we need simple responses and that is feedback provided to us, when we need it. When we seek feedback in the most subtle forms Continue reading “Art of Feedback: Subtle Reactions We Seek Everyday!”

Bad/Good Customer Service: Checked your Social Media?

Just last year, I was exploring an opportunity for my grad-school project – in needs assessment and analysis for training and development – and I was looking to work with a prospective client (a local bank) that I had on my mind. I’d worked with them before so, I knew them well. I wanted to check out the bank’s website, social media profiles and any other results that drew up on search engines. I found something really weird happening on social media. A lot of people were talking about the bank’s bad customer service on twitter, Facebook and online forums. (I was surprised)customer-experience-customer-loyaltyI thought this wasn’t right, something is amiss – and turns out it was! This is a reputable bank of UAE and the middle east as well, I figured that it wasn’t Continue reading “Bad/Good Customer Service: Checked your Social Media?”

Creating a social community of learning.

Social media training has its good, back and ugly phases, let’s explore how each one can be tackled, while you are creating your social learning community.

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All the tools, under each category can be used as a tool for creating a community of learners. It is the most important aspect. This implies that the organizational culture becomes the learning culture and thereby, ensures that employees are in tune with the company’s expectations and are delivering results. If you work in a traditional or virtual Continue reading “Creating a social community of learning.”

The tools and methodologies for social media led training.

There are plenty of tools available these days to satiate the growing demand in training. Here are some useful categorical tools for training purposes.

Social Media tools are plenty but choosing the right tool for the correct audience and the right end objective in mind is most important. Before we begin, think of the ways you plan a training session, the strategies you use and the methodology you adopt for training. How many times do you actually run out of ideas to train employees innovatively?

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Largely the tools we are talking about here are free to use. Most social tools are about communications social sharing and even information based. So how do you distinguish them and Continue reading “The tools and methodologies for social media led training.”

How social media can help in ‘corporate training’?

It’s time to rest your apprehensions on social media and just start using the awesome social media tools in your training

Whether you are a traditional classroom trainer, or an expert in eLearning or virtual training, an understanding of social media can help you immensely.

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It is important to understand the different uses of social media, recall the different types of useable social media that exist, understand the ways to social learning community

We are living in a connected world where individuals spend nearly Continue reading “How social media can help in ‘corporate training’?”