Webinar: Dr.Shridhar Shukla on Challenges in Corporate Learning #MakeLearningHappen

Corporate Learning Challenges

In this #makelearninghappen webinar, Dr.Shridhar Shukla, co-founder of kPoint Technologies and Ajay Javdekar, co-founder of Vowel Learning Solutions, discuss how businesses can address some of the corporate training challenges.  With vast experience in leadership positions and hands-on product development experience in the field of learning technology, Dr.Shridhar talks about the various challenges he saw, approaches he introduced and how pull learning is more effective than push learning. He also talks about how he as a leader learns and emphasizes the need for creating a conducive environment for learning. 

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6 Ways to bring down costs of content acquisition in learning

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How high is the cost of an unproductive employee? 

What do you think?

If an employee in your office is unproductive for 3 months, it can cost you a lot, including their lost work hours, loss of efficiency due to the burden put on other employees and loss of brand value & customer satisfaction which an untrained employee can cause. While this cost varies for different companies, the amount is still almost always more than or equal to the average salary of the employee.

No organization wishes to have unproductive employees. To upskill your existing employees, you need quality training material, which also costs money. Thus, to help you develop content in a cost-effective manner, we have explained some amazing tips below. Dive in and understand the methods which can help you upskill your workforce.

DIY - Curate rather than create

You don’t always have to go and seek help from the traditional methods of content creation which are both, time-consuming & costly. While this is something we recommend for training specific to the organisation, you can optimise this investment for more generic topics.

Today the problem for training material on general topics is not that there is not enough content. In-fact there is too much of it. The internet is a vast ocean with multiple free content resources. Utilize it, gather content bits, make a repository of important content, and share it with your employees. Youtube, TedTalks, Wikipedia, Slideshare are just some of the open sources that have great content. 

Curate content from open sources to create a relevant content repository for employees. It’s that simple. If you do not have an LMS yet, you could start with compiling these resources in a Document & sharing it or put up the content links on your Intranet. In the long run, getting an LMS that helps you curate, deliver and track usage is the way to go. 

While this approach may not be suitable for every training need, it can be very effective for generic topics for which relevant content is available online. 

Quizzes as training material

One of the cost-effective methods of post-training engagement is quizzes. If you have an LMS already, creating small Multiple Choice quizzes where you give feedback on right & wrong answers is a great way to educate & assess at the same time. If you do not have an LMS yet, you can also use google forms and online survey tools to drive this till you get a proper platform. 

The internet is full of blogs & discussions on sites like Quora which is a good source for finding questions on generic topics. Of course, do validate this content before you use it.  Users will take these quizzes, evaluate the results, and even revisit the content to fill gaps in their learning or to re-evaluate an answer. 

Repurpose Existing Material

Every time, you start preparing content for a new training course, always look back on the courses you have already delivered. If you have books or assignments related to the topics, check if you can repurpose it to create new content. You can also look at utilising content already used for Classroom training like Powerpoints and PDF handouts as trackable learning material in an LMS. Most of the times, it is possible to repurpose the old content and put it in LMS for online access or eLearning. This can help you save a lot on your learning and development budget. 

Discussions & Social Learning

Always try to calibrate your training and discussions. Once you make the content live for your employees, fix a time to discuss the same. In this case, your employees are naturally expected to read or understand the training material before the discussion. In the follow-up discussion, you can improve productivity and understanding of the training material. If your LMS supports Social learning features, these discussions can take place online in the LMS itself and can happen asynchronously. 

User-Generated Content

Empower the Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in your existing team to generate learning content. An LMS can let you provide limited authoring access to select users. This can be a great way to create content inhouse. Not only can this be cost-effective, but it is also very effective as learning material as the training is designed by peers of users who will consume it. 

Create content using everyday tools like Google Docs, MS Office in formats like Word Files, PDFs or Powerpoints. While these lack interactivity, they are a great start to getting good content together. SMS's can generate this content without any learning curve. An LMS can also provide drag and drop tools to assist this. 

Learning Management System as a tool for cost optimisation

Learning management system is the best method for reducing costs of content development. Why?

An LMS provides an easy route to manage content and has in-built content authoring tools to create content. You can not only improve the accessibility of the training content through LMS but also enhance the way your employees interact with the training material. 

Better experience = enhanced learning.

Further, an LMS is the perfect platform to organize every training content of the organization in one place. Your employees can easily discover it without much hassle. Additionally, managing the content through LMS is easier because you can update old content and make it more relevant to your audience. All this reduces the cost of training content management. 

Ineffective Content is even more expensive than No Content 

Don't cut costs for the sake of it. Remember when you create training content & ask your employees to view it, you are committing expensive employee time. So whether you are creating engaging custom-built content, using high tech like AR/VR or curating or creating in house, never compromise on effectiveness. 

Conclusion 

One of the most important things in all these methods is to always aim for user engagement or employee engagement. If you are focused on engagement, you can easily utilize the above tips to create effective and quality content. Most importantly at the end of the day, ask yourself the most important question. Are you making Learning happen? If not, introspect, improve & repeat!

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Vowel Featured at SEAP’s PuneConnect 2019 Event

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Vowel was selected from 75+ startups to present its product as part of the ‘Startup Alley’ at the PuneConnect 2019 event on Saturday, 14th December 2019. 

PuneConnect is an annual flagship event of SEAP and is attended by hundreds of people every year and offers a great opportunity for startups to showcase their products. The event is a great opportunity for participants to learn about new technology trends and strategies to adopt as well as helps them get exposure and business networking opportunities with investors, VCs, and eco-system players in Pune. 

Over the last 8 years, the event has seen over 700 applications from startups, and of those 250+ have got a chance to showcase their products at the event. This year, SEAP got 75+ applications for its showcase & shortlisted 15 to showcase their products at the Startup Alley. Vowel was one of the products to get this opportunity. 

PuneConnect 2019 - 'Future in the Connected World' was a day-long conference aimed at helping professionals and organizations understand the recipe of success in rapidly transforming and a connected world. The pre-lunch session was a common track with the keynote on  “Building digital foundations for India’s next growth story” by Dr.Omkar Rai, Director General at STPI. This was followed by the Book launch of “The Tech Whisperer” by Mr. Jaspreet Bindra who later gave a keynote on “Demystifying Digital Transformation”. 

The post-lunch session was divided into three tracks Technology NXT, Research NXT & Workforce NXT. These sessions covered some of the important trends likely to impact businesses. Business leaders, entrepreneurs, researchers, academicians and leadership experts shared their vision and experiences on how technology is impacting the lives of people or research is shaping the future of technology and discuss the future of workforce, inclusivity and leadership in the digital age. 

The Vowel booth at the event garnered a lot of interest from the audience. Stakeholders from Industry as well as Academia graced the booth & got insights on how Vowel is tackling the challenge of learning in organisations. The features to make any content trackable & the ability to centrally manage all organisation learning were well appreciated. Attendees showed a lot of interest in Vowel’s multi-pronged approach & the learning catalyst program to ‘Make Learning Happen’ in organisations. Industry leaders like Mr Shridhar Shuka from KPoint, Mr.Krishna Gopal from Tech Mahindra, Mr.Maninder Singh & Mr.Gurpreet Luthra Tavisca gave valuable insights on how Vowel can make an even greater impact. 

About SEAP & PuneConnect

SEAP was formed as an association of Software Exporters of Pune in 1998. The initial focus was to interact with various government agencies and provide member software companies with the needed support for establishing efficient operations.

PuneConnect is an annual flagship event of SEAP and is attended by hundreds of people every year.  Started in 2011, it has completed 7 successful editions with a growing impact each year. over the years, the event has gained great recognition as a flagship event that brings enterprises, start-up and research eco-systems together on a common platform.  More information about the event can be found here http://puneconnect.com/ 

About Vowel 

Vowel was formed with the core purpose of ‘making learning happen’ to create an impact on individuals and organisations. Through its Software as a service platform Vowel attempts to remove typical hurdles that organisations face in implementing effective learning programs like Learner Motivation, Content Aquisition, Platform Adoption as well as Impact measurement & tracking.  

Vowel looks to solve the challenge of Learner motivation by providing strong Social Learning, Gamification, Certification & Need Establishment features that help create a pull-based learning culture while features like HRMS and PMS integrations ensure a push where required.  Content Acquisition is made cheaper & easier by allowing & tracking open content from YouTube & web links as well as readily available content from MS Word, PPTs & PDFs in addition to standard formats like SCORM. Plus it has its own mobile-first content authoring tool and also offers a premium content library to source ready content from. 

A clean learner first user interface available on multiple delivery channels and devices coupled with deep enterprise integrations via SSO & APIs means the platform is available easily to the learners whether it’s on their mobile or laptop or via an AI Chatbot.  Tracking any content, self-certification tools & a powerful assessment engine and a feedback system help track and measure the impact of training.   

Vowel has successfully helped SME’s as well as large corporates like Star TV, JM Financials & SMC implement learning programs using its SAAS Product. You can find out more about Vowel at http://vowellms.com/

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What's New in Vowel 1.3

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We are happy to announce that a major upgrade - the 1.3 series shall soon be making its way to your Vowel LMS instance

In each major release, our goal is to try and bring in a mix of innovation and solutions driven by customer feedback. This allows us to bring powerful features that matter while avoiding bloat. The 1.3 release of Vowel Learning Management system is no different. 

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Learning & Training - Making it happen !

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When you are building a cloud product customer interaction and feedback play a vital role. In order to ensure that a product implementation be a success for our customers you need to invest a lot of time in understanding the customers challenges.

Plus if you are building a SAAS application, selling the product is just the start. Once on boarded you and the customer are partners in making sure it works. Or you can forget about renewals ! And frankly if the product doesn't solve the customers challenges, where is the fun ? Where is the satisfaction?

At Vowel challenges excite us. They drive us to innovate, think creatively and work with our customers to strive towards helping them adopt a learning culture and make learning effective.A lot of these challenges are common across industries and some are specific to some verticals. We are looking at sharing some of these challenges and some ideas on how they can be tackled in a series of blogs. Watch this space for it !

What are the biggest challenges you have faces as a HR / L&D professional in 'making learning happen' in your organisation ? Do share in the comments section !

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