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Online learning – The new age mantra! Online learning is not the next big thing; it is the now big thing. -

Donna J. Abernathy, past editor of Training + Development Magazine

The last two decades have witnessed the evolution and sophistication in online learning or electronic learning

or e-learning, as it is popularly known. According to a study “Are the functions of teachers in e-learning and face-to-face learning environments really different”, by Alonso Díaz and BlázquezEntonado of department of Education Sciences, University of Extremadura, developments in Information Communication Technology (ICT) has enabled learners to complete their education without attending the classes personally.


E-learning is a kind of interactive learning with the usage of computers, iPads, iPhones, smartphones and internet allow e-learning. In most online courses, students receive automatic feedback for their course-related activities.Students can extensively use multimedia activities, internet videos, CD-ROMs to read and understand. The main goal of this learning is to create a learning environment where people can learn from the comfort of their homes and with minimal cost. Several educational institutes are incorporating web based learning as part of their curriculum. The future of education lies in online learning as more and more people are opting for it. Online education is widely used in the college and University levels. A study, ‘Strategies for e-learning in Universities’, conducted by Chris Curran of Dublin City University goes on to prove this. According to a survey of US based Texas A&M University, more growth is taking place in education through ‘online learning’ methodology. Incidentally, this number is growing steeply because of the increased usage of internet. E-learners have unlimited access to the course material, lectures, forums and so on. In most online courses, due care is taken in providing ample and relevant study material. This is supported by various discussions, explanations by SME and comments by knowledgeable participants. As opposed to the traditional learning methodology where student has to sit through the lectures whether or not he is willing to listen, online learning gives him freedom to attend the lecture at his will. Often, these online classes are based on real time scenarios apart from theoretical concepts. Extensive knowledge of instructors helps the people to clarify their doubts easily. Most online learning sites have a live chat facility where users can interact with instructors and fellow trainees. Almost all online courses are designed keeping in mind the requirements of students of different levels. As companies have understood the efficiency of people who have completed online degrees, they are evincing keen interest in hiring them. According to a study of Vault financial group, 46% of technology based industries, 44% of high tech industries, 29% of marketing / media industries are accepting online certifications for employment. Online educational programs curricula are updated regularly and e-learners get a chance to learn what’s latest in their respective fields. Professional courses such as in IT, hardware and networking can be learnt in the best possible way as there are regular developments in these fields. People staying in remote areas and those who can’t afford regular studies can make best use of these online training courses. There are both advantages and disadvantages of traditional and online learning. Pros of ‘learn online’ The first and foremost advantage of online learning is the flexibility of learning from anywhere and in anytime. • People can get a foreign degree, without traveling to anywhere. • Online learning programs cost less when compared to the traditional programs. Thereby, you can save lot of extra amount. • People of any age group can enroll for any kind of courses, based on their interest. • Learning online facilitates the sharing of resources through social media network such as face book, twitter etc.


• You will get a chance to interact with people across the globe and share your ideas. Cons of ‘learn online’ • Online education has limited faculty instruction. Therefore, people who lack self-motivation may find it difficult to understand the concepts. • Knowledge of basic computers and also search engines, emailing newsgroups and FTP procedures is mandatory. • User friendly and reliable technology is needed for online learning. But, due to technical issues, problems may erupt while in the learning process. Given the fact that both conventional and electronic learning have their share of demerits, anew way of learning called ‘blended learning’ is evolving. This learning has both the features of traditional and online learning, thus getting the best of both the worlds. Let’s keep ourselves open to this brand new method of learning and embrace it. Because learning is what will keep us going. More about blended learning and myths and facts of online learning in our next post. Till then, click your way away to knowledge. Photo courtesy : Google Images

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Advertising trainings – the ‘how’, ‘where’ and ‘dos and don’ts’ of it

Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you are doing, but nobody else does. - Stuart Henderson That sentence pretty much sums up the need for advertising your products and services – online training courses, in this case. Advertising your training can be a challenge if you take into account the costs incurred and risks involved in it. But if you have a methodical approach, know about the ‘right way’ to advertise and follow the same, you’ll certainly reap the benefits of your investment in advertising. This article will help you understand the ‘how’, ‘where’ and ‘dos and don’ts’ of advertising training courses. How and Where First step is to ‘know your target market’. When you know your destination, it’s easier for you to plan your journey. Similarly, when you are familiar with your target audience, it is easier for you to find the best places to advertise your product. Let’s say, you know your typical customer’s profile. You also are aware of the possible websites they visit. Make a list of such websites. Because your training is online, it only makes sense to advertise online. Create ads that are informative yet catchy. Most popular ads are the ones that convey more in the least possible number of words. Clearly, in the advertising world, less is more. Tell your reader what your training is all about, how it could benefit him and why he should choose your organization for it. If you think this is too much of info to be put in a single ad, choose the points that can draw the attention of your readers. Of late, there is a trend seen among the trainings; software trainings, language related trainings, soft skills trainings, etc. are gaining popularity. If your training is among the popular ones, you might want to include the keywords that could direct the readers to your training. If it is an unusual kind of training, look for the kind of key words that your prospective clients would use while searching for the training. There are certain online training sites where you could advertise your courses. The benefit of posting your ads on such training sites is that you get maximum returns on your investments. That is because the target


market of such sites and your trainings are mostly the same. You don’t have to go hunting for your target audience. Additionally, make your presence felt in appropriate online discussion forums, groups, communities on social networking sites. We are in an era where a ‘click of the mouse’ is as good as ‘word of the mouth’. Apart from the electronic media, you can also try the regular media based on your company’s budget and branding. Hoardings in and around the vicinity of colleges/schools and other educational institutions can be beneficial. Pamphlets, brochures, flyers and other promotional material bearing the information related to the courses you offer can be circulated among the prospective clientele. If you are up to it, you could devise your own unique ways of advertising your product rather than rely on the already existing publicity channels. But there a few things you need to bear in mind while advertising your training courses. Here are some dos and don’ts: Dos: Keep your ad short and crisp. Include a powerful call for action. Use catchy and high quality images. Advertise in diverse methods. There are more ways to advertise than there are to skin a cat. Seek experienced and knowledgeable person’s help. This will help you to convert your traffic in a better way. • Advertise in popular websites for better viewing and customer response • • • • •

Don’ts: • Don’t ever forget your budget. It is easy to burn your hands by spending more. So, have a control on it. • Don’t have unrealistic and high expectations. Have better understanding of the product/service you are offering. • Don’t resort to copyright infringement or include false information, because it will ruin the brand name of your organization. • Don’t let your competitors outrun you. Keep your R&D proactive and ambitious. • Don’t overlook the needs of your clients. Image courtesy – Google Images

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Are online degrees accepted by Brick and mortar companies? – A survey of Indian market acceptance of online degrees This will surprise most of you – you can make over $100,000 a year with an online degree. Shocked? You have reason to be. Despite the present advances in technology and communication we are not comfortable letting electronic education take over its conventional counterpart. We still like the feel of a traditional degree in our hands and the prospect of making a career with it. Same can be said about the companies that recruit their employees. Agreed that online college degrees and advanced training are value additions to your resume and also that they are gaining popularity by the day. But employers might not give as much value on an online degree as much on traditional degrees from physical campus colleges. Most corporate giants hire candidates with regular degrees. The belief among such companies is that employees with traditional degrees are more knowledgeable and skillful than those with online degrees. Don’t have time for regular course? Can’t afford that expensive MBA from a foreign university? GMAT, TOEFL, and IELTS – all these seem to be such a bother? Not to worry. Online degrees from some of the best institutes in the world, such as Oxford, Stanford, Cambridge, Yale, etc. are now at your disposal. These degrees and diplomas are as comprehensive as their traditional counterparts. That means more knowledge, less expenditure, less spending. But the question that every online degree or diploma holder has in mind – is my online degree good enough to fetch me a job? It’s true that many working professionals find online education both convenient and advantageous. They get to improve their academic and profession related qualifications without having to leave their jobs. That means they get the best of both the worlds – a salary from the job and a degree that could fetch a better salary. Employers consider several factors before considering a person with an online degree.These include the achievements of the person in the profession, his knowledge and skills. Online degrees of popular Universities which have credibility are being accepted widely. And therefore, not many companies are finding much difference between a regular degree and an online degree. With the advent of distance education offered by various universities, online degrees are becoming more popular. In-fact, online degrees of accredited and recognized Universities by the US Department of Education have high reputation in the job market. The truth is employers are not so keen in hiring top level and mid-level professionals with mere online degrees. For now, only entry level job applicants are being considered with an online degree.In professions such as teaching, medical, nursing and practical oriented jobs, acceptance of online degrees is still not so encouraging. However, not all the companies are interested in traditional degree holders. This gives rise to several questions and doubts. Whether to choose for a regular degree or an online degree? Professions which don’t need practical training are gaining more acceptances. According to Bureau of Labor statistics, it’s possible to make more than $100,000 a year with the help of the online degrees. Some of the popular jobs that you can get through an online degree include marketing manager, Computer and


Information Systems Manager, Air Traffic Controller, Computer and Information Scientist, Financial Manager etc. According to 90 % of HR professionals, most employers are accepting online degrees while hiring the employees. Although, it takes more time to consider the online degrees on par with regular degrees, the society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)is positive about more number of employers evincing interest in people with such degrees. Let’s hope that this number increases in due course of time! While the debate continues on the validity of online degrees, it is heartening to see several people bettering their lives with their help.Distance education programs have increased the acceptability of the online degrees. And also with the paradigm shift of the employers who are giving more importance to skills than mere degree, online degrees are becoming increasingly acceptable. Therefore, the number of companies hiring online degree certificate holders is growing steadily. So what are you thinking about? Get enrolled in an online degree and see how your career jump starts!

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To Stay Relevant in a Career, Workers Train Nonstop

Are you lagging behind in your career prospects? Are you regularly facing problems in performing your job more efficiently? Is this affecting your promotion chances and other benefits? Then, it’s time for you to think about honing your skills and performing better in your profession. Gone are the days when people used to complete their education and settle down in their jobs. Most of the jobs were routine, and hence did not call for up-gradation of their knowledge or skills.Due to continuous changes in the way a job is done and due to challenging working environment, keeping abreast of latest developments has become imperative today. Developments in various aspects of technology such as electronics, communication, Information Technology and several other areas, have brought drastic changes in the way a professional works. Unless and until you learn the ropes of the modern developments in your field, you will not survive in the rat race for better prospects. Besides, global economic slowdown demands that you constantly better your productivity. The jobs themselves have become more competitive and demanding due to various reasons. Hallock, 29, is an app development entrepreneur who has hired subject matter experts to impart technological developments to his employees. This has given them abetter idea of the applications and helps them work well. The need for up-gradation of knowledge has not been restricted to IT professionals. Other professions such as medical, engineering, mechanical, media and fashion too are gearing up to hone their skills. Several medical professionals have expressed satisfaction that after attending seminars and improving their knowledge, their business has increased manifold. Sensing the need of keeping their employees thoroughly equipped with the latest knowledge, several organizations are pumping huge amounts in training them, even in the present economic down slide. Often, most organizations are using social media network as a kind of platform to train their employees. Although, it’s always not possible for the employees to attend class room training, they can always attend online training classes.


According to an article published in the New York Times on September 22 / 09/ 12, several people are struggling in their jobs due to outdated skills. Their academic education isn’t of much use today and attending training programs has become mandatory. This honing of skills has given way to new way of learning such as online training, virtual classroom and so on. Also, bite-size instructional videos, virtual college courses and peer-to-peer forums are being widely used to polish their skills. According to the professor, Lynda Gratton of London School of Business,‘serial mastery’ is the need of the hour for employees to stay in their jobs. Furthermore, mastering a subject may not always assure them that they are in demand. Therefore, people should opt for those fields which cannot be automated or outsourced. Another important thing that should be remembered is that companies are looking for people who are continuous learners. This aspect has gained significance in the present world, as the needs and demands of the customers are changing rapidly. Unless the employees are willing to learn and meet the customer requirements, it’s difficult to grow in your career. It’s time to shed your inhibitions and fears and, to rethink about your career and future. This will keep you ahead of your peers and to compete with them. Training is one such aspect which will make you stand tall from others. After-all, you’re living in a cut throat competitive world, where work matters! 30 days ago Short URL 5 Comments Uncategorized 21 Sep

Software training – Why we need it? In today’s competitive world, one needs to be ‘better than most’ in order to get a decent job and to survive the same. Like a popular cola brand’s ad says, this generation needs more. Are you a graduate? Not enough. We need the post graduates. So you are a first class student? Not enough. We need those with distinction. You get the picture. In such a scenario, if recruitment firms and corporate biggies ask for more than just a degree, it’s quite understandable. This leads to a more pertinent issue – the need for software training for students after the completion of their college education. Every year thousands of students graduate from colleges. With the degree in their hand and negligible handson experience of the field, are they ready to face the job market? Don’t think so. They need more knowledge, more practical know-how to compete in the employment race. Software training is one such value addition to their profile that can give them an edge over other candidates. Today we see numerous computer institutes coaxing the young crowd to enroll for the software courses they offer. And the students are making a beeline to such institutes. This reflects the popularity and demand for software training amongst students who have completed their graduation. Software training enables the students to hone their skills, get more competent and work with little or no supervision. In the IT field, for an employee to be able to work independently without much of hand-holding means a lot.


It is safe to deduce that students who have undergone software training are open to learning and new ideas. This willingness to learn and adapt works in favor of such employees. Not just that, trained students save the companies a lot of money and time because they already have the required knowledge and skills. Additionally, software training boosts the confidence levels in the student and enables him perform with efficiency. As known to the readers, software domain is an extremely dynamic one where new languages and soft wares keep evolving almost every year. It becomes essential for the students to keep abreast with the latest developments lest they be left behind in the competition. If you know three languages but are unaware of the latest one, it might not fetch you that six figure salary package. It’s not enough to be just an engineer; you have to be a well-trained engineer. Do you know what it could mean to be a well-trained genius engineer? Try this.

Apparently, Facebook bought FriendFeed for nearly $48 million. FriendFeed is a start-up that “enables you to discover and discuss the interesting stuff your friends find on the web”. So what did Facebook do with the start-up? Nothing. They just hired the 12 engineers from the start-up. That works out to $4 million per engineer. Interesting, huh? What’s more – Google and Facebook apparently shell out extra $500K-$1M ‘just to retain a good software engineer’. Need we say more?

Additional reading The Secret to Getting a Job After College The Need for Education vs. Training in Software Development

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