Battle Between Asynchronous and Synchronous e-Learning

E-Learning today can be broken down into two separate learning methods: Asynchronous and Synchronous. Some organizations have a preferred learning method while others combine elements of both methods to increase engagement and promote a strong learning culture. Take a look at the differences between each e-Learning method as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each to help you implement an effective e-Learning system for your organization.

In order to create an engaging learning experience, the role of instructor is optional, but the role of learner is essential.” – Bernard Bull

Synchronous e-Learning

“Synchronous” refers to training where both the participant and the instructor are meeting in real-time. This can either be in an online chat, a virtual classroom or video conferencing.

Advantages

1.) Receive real-time responses

Participants can ask questions and receive immediate feedback from instructors. Not only is this incredibly important for the participant, but the instructor is alerted of any difficult material in a specific training course, allowing them to make changes and improve the course for future participants.

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#fail: 4 Common Reasons Why Implementations Fail (And How To Make Sure Yours Isn’t One of Them)

For most organizations, it is a significant hurdle to build a business case and get funding to support a talent management technology initiative. Once you get that far, high expectations for the impact of the software have already been set. Make sure that you position yourself for success by avoiding these common pitfalls that often impede the initial deployment and organizational acceptance of new technologies.

1.) Setting an arbitrary go live date.

There is nothing more frustrating than having a go live date set before an implementation project has been properly scoped. Without knowing what requirements must be met, what resources are available, and what task dependencies will affect your timeline, it is impossible to accurately select a production date. And yet, many teams are faced with just that—a go live date has been pre-selected and promised as an organizational objective or individual goal, and you must work to that date whether or not it is realistic. Obviously, if you are in a leadership position or have authority over the project the answer is simple: don’t announce a date until you have the necessary information to provide an accurate target. If this is not the case and you’re faced with an immovable date, manage it another way: identify the critical items that must be met by that date, and provide a roadmap showing what will be met in the initial phase and future phases. This approach will allow you to define a project that will be successful rather than aiming for a date you are likely to miss.

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4 tips to help you prepare for Saba Insight 2017

Saba Insight 2017 is just a few weeks away, and we’re excited to meet new and friendly faces at the conference this year. To help you prepare for the event, we reached out to our staff here at The Educe Group and asked them to share their advice to help you make the most of your time at the event.

Here are their top 4 tips:

Prioritize mingling with other customers during the breaks as much as the sessions.

Some of the most valuable insights can be gained by hearing how your peers in other organizations approach similar business issues. Make it a point to grab coffee/breakfast with a different group of people each day – you’ll meet like-minded learning professionals and get a chance to expand your frame of reference regarding what Saba can do to grow your learning organizations.

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Continuous feedback, key driver for performance or ‘flash in the pan’ trend?

Continuous feedback

Let’s take a moment to level-set. When you read the term continuous feedback, what do you think of? Conduct a web search on the term and about 70% of the articles that return address topics including managers scheduling continuous touchpoints with direct reports, capitalizing on teachable moments, coaching, etc. All components of continuous feedback. But what’s missing? DATA. For continuous feedback to be truly effective, the process must include a data gathering method to identify employee performance trends.

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Revolutionize Release Management – Pull your LMS out of the past

Release management

As companies move to cloud-based talent management suites and look to capitalize on the new tools and functionalities offered by these suites, it is becoming increasingly important to develop a formal release management process. Often during an implementation, advanced functionalities get pushed aside as organizations work to get live and maintain their critical business processes. However, there are a lot of existing and new features that customers can use to improve and streamline their businesses. It is important to analyze and incorporate these features while ensuring that existing processes are not disrupted by a new release.

There are several key components of a successful release management process:

1.) Comprehensive understanding of your environment and business processes

Understanding how your organization has structured its system and – more importantly – the business process requirements underlying that structure will allow you to identify and test relevant features effectively.

If the team involved in the initial system implementation is still available, this provides an advantage as they will already have deep knowledge of the deployment.

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5 tips for a successful onboarding experience

Onboarding your employees

The onboarding process is your employee’s first glimpse into what it will be like working at your organization, so it is no wonder that as companies look at ways to improve employee engagement and retention rates onboarding has become a hot topic. As you look to evolve your onboarding strategy, here are five tips to success:

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Surviving Cornerstone Convergence: Tips from our Educe Group experts

We’re counting down the days until Cornerstone Convergence 2017 and we hope to see you there!

With dozens of presentations and sessions (and who can forget networking events) we understand that it may be overwhelming.

That’s where we come in. We reached out to our staff here at The Educe Group and asked them for their top tips to help you make the most of your time at Cornerstone Convergence.

Here’s what they had to say…

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