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If your job description includes “building a modern workforce,” you’ve come to the right place. Here, you’ll find articles, case studies, white papers, and webinars designed to help you stay up on the latest trends in corporate training and e-learning. (Because e-learning by osmosis isn’t a thing.)

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E-training in the Finance Setting

Regulatory compliance, privacy, and control are familiar to all who work in the financial industry. Regulations in this industry change rapidly and can often be difficult to keep up with. Keeping up with these changes requires constantly re-training staff. E-learning can provide a significant advantage over older training methods in achieving this level of continuous training.
Benefits of using e-training in the finance setting
Privacy and control: Financial institutions have important internal procedures and confidential materials that need to stay within the company. A learning management system (LMS), which can host company training content all in one place, helps keep these materials safe with access given only to certain employees. Management can supervise employee enrollment, and designate which courses are delivered to specific workers. IT departments will easily be able to manage training materials and keep everything secure, while management can audit compliance and security.
Keeping up to date: As one of the most dynamic industries, the finance sector provides unique challenges when it comes to training your employees. Not only do regulations change regularly, but rule and law changes can be dense, and difficult to implement, let alone ensure adequate employee comprehension. These changes in standards mean you will need to quickly update company training materials. Web-based e-learning and simplified course authoring allow managers to keep up with the rate of industry development. Specialized instructors and printed learning materials don’t have the flexibility or low costs that e-learning offers.
Tips for e-training for a compliance culture
• Focus on employees’ career path: Professionals join respected institutions to learn and grow, and value a culture that embraces continuing education. By helping employees see how each e-training course will benefit their careers, companies can build a motivated and loyal workforce.
• Make it easy to follow: The learner’s perception shapes his or her e-training experience. Training programs are successful when they are easy to follow, interactive and relevant. Keep training segments short when possible, and allow learners to split up the training process to better fit individual users’ schedules.
• Quiz employees to keep them sharp: Keep employees focused and ready for compliance tests by utilizing interactive quizzes. With real-time reports to show management how well employees are doing, it’s easy to track progress and give extra support where needed.
A high-powered LMS makes e-training in the finance industry easier and more accessible than ever. Bridge offers important tools, like content creator, multimedia importer, easy assessment builders, and third-party content integration, all right at your fingertips. Maximize the benefits of online training and keep employees engaged, happy, and knowledgeable.
 

M-learning: Taking E-learning Mobile

It wasn't too long ago that workplace training involved primarily face-to-face, classroom-based learning. A lot has changed since those days, however. Today, with rapid advances in technology, e-learning has quickly become the new norm. E-learning was developed to adapt to our growing online presence. But as that online presence itself starts to shift to mobile, online learning is keeping up – in the form of what’s being called m-learning.
Like e-learning, m-learning materials can be accessed online through various electronic devices. Mobile training, however, is designed specifically for users who are on the go and not tied to a single personal computer. As mobile devices become the dominant way in which we access the web, m-learning will start to play a more important role in the online learning sphere. M-learning isn't necessarily going to replace e-learning, as some material may be too complex for a mobile platform. Instead, it is likely to supplement e-learning. By making online training available on different platforms, you can appeal to a wider variety of learning styles and techniques. This helps ensure learners are getting the full training experience. With the right learning management system (LMS), it’s easy to offer training on phones, tablets, laptops, Macs and PCs, through any web browser, all using the same system.
If you are already using an LMS that enables mobile e-learning, then the material you offer can be accessed by learners any time and on any device. An LMS that is not designed for phone or tablet use, however, limits how and where a user can learn (and ultimately, its effectiveness). Using a flexible, versatile, and adaptive LMS opens the user up to a world of learning opportunities.
Bridge is that LMS. Bridge courses can be accessed on smartphones, computers, or tablets, and it ensures a smooth experience on any device. Take your e-learning mobile by requesting an LMS demo of Bridge today. A simple LMS designed to meet your current needs helps you maximize training efforts and develop an exceptional team.
 

What Is an LMS? (The Answer Means Business)

A learning management system, or LMS, is a collaborative platform used to manage online learning (or “e-learning”) courses. Online learning management systems are typically used in the business and education sectors, and in the business world, you might also think of a learning management system as a training management system.
An LMS simplifies things for both learners and trainers by making it easy to create, deliver, and consume course content and to track and report on online training courses, as well as employee performance and engagement. Powerful software combines with a user-friendly interface in an online setting, providing organizations with the infrastructure and tools they need to streamline e-learning and training.
What Can an LMS Do for Companies?
In a corporate environment, an online learning management system is used to deliver employee-training materials and courses, maintain and organize records, and provide a centralized location for all of your company’s learning and training content. Corporate learning management systems will also often include the ability to integrate human resource software. This helps management and HR keep track of employees' progress and performance goals. A full-featured LMS will allow profiles for all employees so that managers can quickly assign new course content to the right teams whenever new training requirements come up.
The Advantages of Using an LMS in Business
Learning and training management systems are all about turning a previously cluttered process into a lean, efficient, and organized training experience. Once you create an online course, you can easily adapt and update it, reusing relevant material and retiring outdated information.
With multiple options for delivering, designing, and evaluating online curricula, a corporate LMS gives organizations the flexibility to develop company-specific employee training programs.
Companies can expedite employee development and increase retention by using an online learning management system for their training and evaluation initiatives. Employees appreciate the value of the self-improvement tools an LMS provides and embrace the opportunities to advance themselves professionally. Learners also enjoy the flexibility that only online training can offer. The modern LMS allows users to access content day or night, from virtually any device, from anywhere with an internet connection. An innovative LMS like Bridge features a responsive design to guarantee a consistent, user-friendly experience when a learner begins their training at a desktop and then continues on a smartphone or tablet.
Learning Management System Software: Security and Roles
An online learning management system can be built on a variety of different platforms, and can be open source or commercial. It can be hosted on site, in the cloud, or in a hybrid of both architectures. Individual users have personal login credentials, and can sign in to register for and complete courses securely and privately. A high-quality LMS allows for easy course enrollment, even with large and diverse sets of learners potentially segmented into different learning groups. An LMS also allows for different access levels depending on job title and responsibilities. Managers and administrators can receive higher-level login access to securely approve materials and monitor participation. In many systems, management can also perform real-time micro-assessments to keep up to date with how well a course is delivering its information and how individual users are performing.
The Future of Learning Management Systems in Corporate Settings
Like any technology, learning management system software continues to evolve. New opportunities arise, styles change, and the technology world keeps pushing new developments. Partnerships with popular software and messaging platforms are making LMSs in the corporate setting more and more common. The best learning management systems collaborate with talent management software, making them increasingly relevant in the human resources sphere and a key asset in meeting business objectives. Most learning management systems already allow for easy integration with third-party tools. And as more companies use open APIs, the possibilities for advancements and opportunities in online learning and employee training appear to be endless.
 

Strategies for a Successful E-learning Storyboard

Creating a new e-learning course can have its challenges. While you may have several ideas swirling around in your head, it can be difficult to find a way to get all of that necessary information into your course in a structured and organized way. One method that works well with planning ahead is storyboarding.
Storyboards are the blueprints for your online course. They show the big picture plan and make it clear how various elements of the course fit together. Just having a visual outline to work with can help you early on with figuring out what sections need more work, or may need to be changed entirely. It also helps identify missing or redundant content.
To design a successful storyboard, keep these six strategies in mind.
1. Start with a needs assessment
Before you even begin the storyboard process, work with your team to discuss who the users are for your course. What are their skill levels and preferences when it comes to working on a computer? Do they prefer pictures to text? Are they used to interacting on social media? Knowing the answers to these questions ahead of time – including background experience working with e-learning courses – will ensure you create a course designed to provide users with the best experience possible.
2. Create your storyboard on an easy-to-use template
If you have a team working together on the storyboard, it will be more efficient to use a program that everyone is familiar with, such as Microsoft Word or PowerPoint. Have each page or slide in these programs represent a screen in the actual course.
Whether you are working with a team, or building the course by yourself, using a template is a great way to get started. Just as building a storyboard is a good place to start with your e-learning course, storyboarding templates are the first step toward building that outline. There are a number of free templates available online, in many different formats. eLearningIndustry.com has put together a great list of free templates, which you can view here.
3. Be as descriptive as possible
The more descriptive your storyboard is, the better your course will be. A storyboard for e-learning courses should include text, visuals, audio, and navigation — or at least placeholders that detail where these elements will go in the final course design. For graphics and media, you can describe with words what the users will be seeing. However, it is better to include actual visuals, even if they are just thumbnails.
Include ideas for navigation and interaction in your storyboard. For example, you can describe how users get from one page to the next (“place ‘next page’ button at bottom of page”), and how they interact with various elements such as quizzes (“multiple-choice quiz here”). Use if-then statements, such as "If user clicks on the right answer (answer C), then they will be directed to the next screen." It’s also fine to write informally in your storyboard, including using abbreviations and other shorthand. That said, make sure that if the storyboard is a team effort, that everybody is on the same page and understands all of the terminology that is used.
4. Label each screen
Labeling each page or slide makes it easy and efficient for your team to discuss a specific screen. However, labeling with just numbers isn't enough. You'll be creating many courses down the road; unique labels can help you identify which course or lesson a screen belongs to. Again, if there are multiple people working on the same course and storyboard, properly labeling everything will ensure that the right issues are addressed if changes need to be made.
5. Write the course objective on top of each page or slide
The learning objective is the goal for the course. It should be specific, telling you exactly who the users are and what they should learn from the training session. Having the objective written at the top of each screen can serve as a reminder throughout the process, in order to make sure that the text, visuals, and quizzes in the course will help you reach that goal in the end.
6. Get feedback from everyone, for every screen
Creating a storyboard is a team effort. Some members of the storyboard team might find flaws that others miss. To increase your chance of success, it is essential that everyone involved in this process has the chance to give feedback on each screen before the course actually starts to be developed.
E-learning affects employee engagement and performance, so it’s important to be prepared. Design a course that promotes learning and increases engagement by creating a detailed, thorough storyboard first.
 
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