Monday, April 17, 2017

Upcoming Webinar - Employee Training and Its Impact on Productivity, Retention and Revenue

Research states that one-third of new hires quit their job after about six months and disengagement costs billions (US$343 billion annually). Well, most employees want to do a good job and feel satisfied when their efforts make a difference to their workplace. But more often than not, employees need to be trained continually to feel engaged, to keep learning, to keep performing well, and to keep growing. Training can have a significant impact on employee engagement and retention. For every 1% increase in employee engagement, you can expect to see an additional 0.6% growth in sales for an organization.

Ironically, many organizations feel that if there is no point spending money and time to train and develop employees. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that companies with fewer than 100 employees gave only 12 minutes of manager training every six months. Think large companies with 100 to 500 employees do better? No. they provided just 6 minutes per half year.

The fact is that a well-designed training program can play a critical part in boosting employees’ self-worth, development opportunities and make them feel good about their job. Performing well becomes second nature for well-trained employees. The improvement is bound to have a positive impact on the business in terms of increased productivity and revenue, and lesser attrition and supervision.

Join two experts - Susan Wines, eLearning Specialist, Thomson Reuters (Tax & Accounting) Inc., and Cynthia Alderman, Senior Technical Editor and Instructional Designer, Thomson Reuters (Tax & Accounting) Inc., on April 26, 10 AM PST for an insightful webinar on Training and Retention. They will talk about the importance of employee training and its impact on business.

Key takeaways from this session will help you:
• Determine and Evaluate Turnover Issues
• Identify Skill-Gap Challenges
• Present a Case for Investing in Training for Employee Engagement
Register here.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Enabling Instructional Designers - Using Raptivity for Content Visualization

Effective content visualization is one of the key elements of instructional design. It plays a key role in engaging learners. On the development side, it lets instructional designers (IDs) present complex topics in formats that are appealing to the eye, and helpful enough to retain knowledge. IDs have various options to present content - diagrams, charts, graphs, illustrations, drawings, photographs, etc, but deciding on what to use and how exactly to use it, can be tricky. Raptivity can serve as a great aid at such times. It can help IDs visualize content and decide on the graphic treatment during storyboarding. Let me explain it using two scenarios:

Scenario 1
Raptivity interactions are classified into various categories such as scenario based learning, games, presentation aids, quizzes, etc. Now, if while storyboarding, an ID wants to design/present a particular content chunk as a diagram, s/he can refer to the interactions under ‘Interactive Diagrams’ category of Raptivity to see different types of diagrams. Depending on the requirement, the ID can choose which diagram type works the best and accordingly the graphic/multi-media treatment for the content in the storyboard can be decided. The same concept can be used to look for design options in various other categories too.

Scenario 2
Raptivity has a unique search functionality, where you can type in any search word in the search box and related interactions are displayed. For instance, an instructional designer can type the word “classification and all interactions that present classification exercises in different ways are displayed. The instructional designer can look at all options and accordingly then choose and describe the graphic for the exercise in the storyboard.

Thus, Raptivity can help instructional designers to visualize content and decide on the graphic treatment, irrespective of whether it will be actually used to develop the course or not. Interesting! Isn’t it?

Have you ever used Raptivity in this way? Share your comments below.