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Pervasive E-learning options are vital for business, Part II

Employees need their work and e-learning systems to integrate seamlessly.

The advantages of integrated e-learning platforms

Employees need their work and e-learning systems to integrate seamlessly. Young employees, especially, expect company systems to be as easy to use as Facebook and Twitter. Fortunately, breakthroughs in Internet/other IT technology now allow organizations to provide this kind of support. Company leaders, in turn, are driven to maximize employee development via e-learning system use and integration. Doing so attracts better talent, helps support employee development programs and provides significant long-term cost savings.

E-learning is comprehensive

E-learning platforms are complex and varied. They encompass multimedia learning, technology-based learning, computer-based and assisted learning, internet/web-based training, formal online education and virtual learning environments. Content may include text, audio, images, animation and streaming video in formats that include intranet/extranet, competency-based assessments and social media web-based modalities. Rapidly improving IT and Internet technology, including cloud computing, have made their integration not only possible, but necessary for organizations that want to stay competitive.

Rapidly improving IT and Internet technology, including cloud computing, have made their integration not only possible, but necessary for organizations that want to stay competitive.

Popular business e-learning platforms

Among the many popular business e-learning platforms currently available are Intelex, Grovo, Litmos, DigitalChalk, InquisikR3, Mindflash, Firmwater LMS, and Learnpoint. Each has its advantages relative to specific business needs. If you don’t already have e-learning/employee development systems, OWDT highly recommends that you learn more about these and other options to determine which among them would be the best fit.

The role of big data analytics in performance improvement

Much improved Big Data analytics have made e-learning platforms indispensable. The complex algorithms behind Big Data analysis tools are increasingly accurate, providing vital information with immediate applications for improving leadership quality, product/service productivity and quality. In addition, such tools help detect employee skills deficits to determine, on a case by case basis, the need for training/re-training and/or mentoring.

Some examples of the types of applications that can result from Educational data mining are–
  • Analysis and graphic visualization of data
  • Providing feedback for company management and training departments
  • Performance improvement recommendations for employees
  • Detecting dysfunctional employee behaviors
  • Social network analysis
  • Constructing courseware
  • Planning and scheduling

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