Post by: Brad Loiselle
The last few months have been busy for us at iPal. Personally, I have been spending a great deal of time meeting with industry leaders, networking at Trade Shows, talking with competitors, presenting to prospective clients and discussing new business deals with our partners. One of the first things I ask people when I meet with them is “what is eLearning to you?” I am quickly coming to realize that there are two very different types of people in our industry – those who get what eLearning is and those who don’t, but simply go with the flow. For example, when I recently asked a competitor to describe what eLearning was to him, his reply was “putting learning materials online”. That was it. To me, this competitor was one of the latter types of people in our industry.
As eLearning continues to gain momentum in today’s virtual world, I am surprised to see the number of companies who consider glorified PowerPoint presentations quality eLearning. Most of you have probably at some point in your career experienced PowerPoint training materials and while these presentations do contain the content organizations are hoping to communicate, they are missing one great component – engaging and interactive delivery!
With ever-changing technologies, increasing consumer expectations, and more advanced learning methods in schools, companies need to address the fact that their training and development material must adapt with the rest of the world. A simple PowerPoint presentation won’t cut it anymore. On November 19th I will be speaking at the Canadian Society of Training and Development (www.CSTD.ca) Conference about this exact topic and rest assured, I will not be using PowerPoint!
To leave you with some food for thought – one of my favourite videos out there today is called “Life After Death by PowerPoint”. The video uses comedy to explore common blunders made by people when creating presentations. Check it out below.
eLearning is not simply learning online – it is so much more than that. In today’s technologically advanced society people need to touch, see, interact and engage with the content. At iPal, customers are always impressed when we show them what we are capable of because we ensure our eLearning solutions are attractive, interactive and engaging. In today’s world, learning involves understanding and understanding involves so much more.
Keep moving forward.