Good Tech Guide

A relatively new site for consumer and B2B technology, having only started in 2017, Good Tech Guide covers a wide range of well-established and emerging technology trends.

Adaptive Learning

Adaptive learning is the term for e-learning which adapts to its user’s needs. The idea is that learning becomes personalised, so that what you are taught and how you are taught it is relevant to you.
Rather than having a rigid course in which every learner is taught the same thing with the aim of reaching a specific learning goal, the needs of each learner are picked up by the system and the content of the course is adapted appropriately for each learner to reach that goal.

Sales Training steps up a level

Have you ever searched for Sales training? I don’t mean training that explains the principles of selling, the 7 steps to a sale etc.  I mean real sales training that not only tells you how to do it but tasks you with the practical steps of actually achieving those sales. When it comes down to the nitty gritty for most Sales people if they don’t hit their sales targets they are not going to have a job for very much longer. Sales people, account managers, business development managers call them what you will, they are all in a job because they can identify a sale and close a deal. Are Sales people born or are they grown within your business. That is a question I’m afraid will never be truly answered. Sales people possibly have to have certain traits within their genetic make-up to enable them to flourish in a Sales environment, being resilient comes to mind, but innovative training that allows learners to practice their skills is key to developing an effective salesperson. The old methodologies of selling tend to remain pretty much the same but how they are applied to be effective is the challenge. Learning Light has partnered with Virtual Coach to provide their online Sales courses through the Learning Light Course Store sales-target-assurance-planning / Introduction to Negotiation / Advanced Negotiation Techniques  These courses take sales training and actually make it happen, identifying where business will come from and what practically needs to be done to ensure sales targets are...

e-LCET

e-LCET The Learning Light e-Learning Content Evaluation Tool has been developed to provide an objective means of evaluating an e-learning course. The team at Learning Light was often asked by clients “How do I know if an e-learning course is any good?” Indeed Learning Light undertook several commissions from clients to evaluate e-learning courses, and this led to the development of firstly a methodology and now the e-LCET tool to objectively evaluate e-learning courses. The initial inspiration was based around a design methodology by e-learning guru Michael Allen….his Objectives X Treatment matrix. This simple matrix looks at the learning objectives and the e-learning treatments or interactions that could be applied to create engaging and effective e-learning…….the Learning Light mission statement on behalf of learners and organizations. The e-LCET tool does not focus on the technical side of the content such as the SCORM compliance of a course, but very firmly on the learner experience. e-LCET is now a very capable programmed tool that does much much more than our spreadsheet driven process it replaces, but still requires humans to evaluate the e-learning content. We cannot claim e-LCET to be an automated or expert system. Instead it is a very objective and configurable tool that with training learning professionals could use to evaluate e-learning content objectively. e-LCET is configurable to allow the evaluation of all genres of e-learning materials, videos, games, animations, and recognizes accessibility issues as well. It is also smart and flexible enough to allow the materials to be rated against realistic standards to reflect real world budgets. Learning Light has applied its e-LCET approach to the e-learning content...

Raptivity

Product review: New version of Raptivity Harbinger Group’s Raptivity is among the most well-known of the wizard-led interactivity building software tools for the professional learning designer/ developer. It comes with a library of pre-built templates, including over 190 interactions such as games, simulations, brainteasers, interactive diagrams and virtual worlds – and can be used to create a stand-alone piece of learning content or import that file into another tool, such as Captivate, Articulate or Lectora. The latest version of this tool boasts a number of major advances in online learning development, via a ‘re-energised user interface (UI)’ which, according to Harbinger Group, is the result of its continual commitment to collaborate with customers and take their feedback and wish lists into account. As a result, Raptivity’s latest manifestation includes a redesigned screen layout which – in-keeping with every new version of every piece of software – is intended to be more intuitive for users and enables them to reduce the number of mouse clicks needed to get to where they want to go. Raptivity now keeps track of how users have used the tool – enabling users to return quickly to where they left off working, via the ‘Frequently Used Interactions’ button. In addition, the ‘Select Interaction Model’ screen opens from the stage where the user closed it. Furthermore, the tool’s new, dynamic ‘move and resize feature’ in the customization panel gives users more control over how they see and use the program and interactions. The tool’s ‘welcome’ screen now provides access to all Raptivity updates – including help videos, community discussions, blogs and Evolve updates – and users...

Learning Light

Learning Light are experts in e-learning. We provide consultancy, research and high quality curated e-learning courses. Established in 2005 we have helped many organisations across the world succeed in delivering engaging effective e-learning. We provide you with our best advice how to procure Learning Technologies, develop e-learning strategies, build e-learning materials and select engaging effective e-learning content. Our expertise is built on research and experience. Our e-learning content evaluation tool evaluates e-learning courses at 129 data points.   We offer you over 120 curated and evaluated e-learning courses from carefully selected vendors suitable for Businesses and organisations large and small, Vocational Education, Career Readiness and Personal Development. You may be interested in the Workshops Learning Light provides, where we share our...

How we evaluate e-learning courses

There are many thousands of elearning courses and elearning videos available on the internet for you to select from, however, not all of them meet our high standards, and in this video you can learn a little of how we do this.     To meet our standards they must be both engaging and effective e-learning. So here at Learning Light (the operators of this site and www. e-learningcentre.co.uk) we only choose to list courses that meet our high standard and here is how we do it….. We began by using a design methodology based on the work of Michael Allen called “Objectives X Treatment Matrix”. From this methodology we have developed an objective way of assessing how good an e-learning course or e-learning video really is. We call our tool e-LCET that stands for e-learning Content Evaluation Tool, and on a course we evaluate we will measure up to 128 data points to really see if the materials meet our standards. This approach begins with us understanding the Objectives of the course and the e-learning context used in the course and then looking closely at the e-learning activity designed into the course. This takes us some time, but we know it helps us select only the best e-learning courses on the market. If the objectives are clear, the context appropriate and the activity well designed we know that the course will meet your learning requirements as it will be engaging effective e-learning! We have evaluated e-learning courses on behalf of clients, if you wish to learn more, contact us....

David Kelly

I am passionate about progressive education and performance support in the workplace. Technologies such as social media have advanced to the point that they can now support social learning, instead of being a barrier to it. I believe in leveraging this technology to bring learning and development programs into the workflows of the job in ways that better address performance issues, and are less intrusive to work environments. I look forward to helping organizations embrace this opportunity to break through the traditions of what learning and performance has been, and leverage technology to open the doors to what is possible. Check out David Kelly’s...

What role should employers play in skills and education? And what role will e-learning possibly play?

As we have noted in the previous blog post, the UK government is giving increasing prominence to employer led training with now two rounds of “Employer Owned Pilots” – meaning large employers or groups of employers are developing courses to skill up their workforce. The work is being piloted with employers by UK CES and we are seeing an impressive raft of projects emerge, you can see the range of projects here Some of the highlights are offered in summary, but it is a change from a Push model of training to a Pull model of training. A Policy synopsis of sorts! In short employers directly are taking responsibility for delivering training with funding being directly allocated to them, and not to colleges or training providers. Government thinking is quite straightforward, employers have complained for too long that newly recruited workers (students and others) are ill equipped when entering the workplace and the courses pushed at them by colleges and other funded training providers do not meet their specific needs. Consequently the government’s attitude is to turn the problem round on the employer in a very direct way, bypassing Colleges and Sector Skills from the “Push” factor of courses and curriculum. In effect saying OK employer…..you decide; you put the “Pull” on the provider.  These are still pilots but likely to develop beyond the second round it appears. Joint funding The employer is also responsible for funding a significant proportion of the training costs, giving additional incentive to ensure alignment of the training provision to their operational needs. This is designed to move beyond qualification collection to actual impact...

UNESCO Policy guidelines for mobile learning…..what they may mean for the development industry.

The UNESCO paper, entitled Policy Guidelines for Mobile Learning has been recently published, and provides some enthralling examples and ideas as to how Mobile Learning can be used globally for education. With a series of short vignette’s giving examples of innovative use of Mobile Learning, and other ideas of how and when Mobile Learning should be used. Ideas and examples put forward range from the very obvious such as providing immediate feedback, to minimizing educational disruption in conflict or disaster areas. These ideas are both enthralling and often up-lifting. The policy paper highlights the growing availability of mobile devices due, principally to the rapid decline in prices for mobile phone packages. Indeed it is becoming very clear that much of the developing world is bypassing costly fixed infrastructure internet connectivity, and is exhibiting a much lower dependency upon the PC, as mobile becomes the defacto device for digital living and learning. While few would argue with the trends highlighted, what is most interesting in this paper is the policies being advocated by UNESCO for educators globally, and the impact they will have on education service and content providers. UNESCO recommended policies are hugely in favour of the utilisation of Mobile Learning. The paper produces a series of policy recommendations, beginning with three very simple recommendations to policy makers and educationalists: Examine the unique educational potentials and challenges offered by mobile technology and, when appropriate, incorporate these understandings into broader ICT in education policies. Avoid blanket prohibitions of mobile devices. Universal bans, unless implemented for well-considered reasons, are blunt instruments that usually obstruct educational opportunities and inhibit innovation in teaching...