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Key Steps to Training your Extended Enterprise

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No company works alone. Businesses today are not made up of just their employees, but also their business partners, suppliers and even customers – a group known as the “extended enterprise”.

Many forward-thinking companies have long reaped the benefits of providing information to, building knowledge centres around, or educating their extended enterprise. The benefits of which usually focus around the themes of increasing revenue or reducing costs. If you need a bit more convincing to its merit, you can check out: How Training Customers Leads to New Revenue and How Channel Learning Strengthens Partnerships, Improves Customer Satisfaction and Earns you more Revenue.

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5 Questions To Get Started with Online Learning for Education Industry

In our last post, we shared our thoughts on how it might be beneficial to the retail industry to develop online learning courses or knowledge sharing platforms in order to increase productivity for the employees, and help them cope with ever changing market demands and trends.

In this second installation of a  3-part blog series, we will be analyzing how the education industry can get started with online learning.

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What is Education Industry?

The education industry comprises of both the public sector like schools, colleges, institution and universities as well as the private sector where entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations which complement and supplement the public education. These include after school tutoring providers, school improvement and management services, special education services, professional development for teachers and educational content providers and suppliers.

Question 1: Why?

The first question to address before getting started with online learning is why. Why is it essential, or beneficial to spend money and resources on online learning or knowledge sharing platforms for the education industry? What problems will online learning help you address? What learning objectives will it help you meet?

As we know, the new generation of children, teenagers or learners in general are native users of technology. They grew up watching Youtube videos and playing games on their smartphones and mobile devices. In order to reach out and engage the learners, it is essential to provide them with learning content in a medium which they are most familiar with. Mobile online learning or mobile knowledge sharing platforms will definitely be one of the most effective ways to engage these learners, since they are already experts at it!

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Question 2: Who?

The second question to ask is who. Who is your intended audience? In this case, the question of who might have to be more specific like the age group of your learners, or what type of learners they are. Are your learners visual learners, audio learners or kinesthetic learners? Knowing who and what type of learners they are, will help you determine the length, content and forms on online learning.

Question 3: Can you afford to do it (or not do it?)

The next question to ask is the cost of starting online learning or knowledge sharing platform. Do you have the budget to develop and support the platform? Most government schools in Singapore have a certain amount of budget which is catered for the Information Communications Technology department. Will you be able to tap on that fund to develop your online learning? If you are an educator in the private sector, will providing the online learning or knowledge sharing platform boost your business and give you an edge over similar competitors? What are the opportunity costs of not having it?

At the end of the day, the most important target we want to achieve is for the learners to meet the learning objectives. Will developing the online learning or knowledge sharing platform help you to achieve that target more easily?

Question 4: How “ready” are you for e-learning?

It’s important to find out how “ready” your school or organization is to support an e-learning program. Can your current network support multiple users streaming videos and going into the platform at one go? Do your learners have the necessary mobile devices for the mobile learning or does your school have sufficient equipment to provide for all students? An overloaded and slow network and/or a lack of access to well-functioning equipment will definitely frustrate your learners.

Question 5: Do you have a technology plan or an e-learning strategy?

A well thought out technology plan or e-learning strategy is crucial in determining success for online learning or knowledge sharing platforms. It can help align your schools’ or organizations’ or business’ goals and vision. A good technology plan or strategy identify critical gaps in the learners’ learning, develop steps for improvement and facilitate your teaching process.

In the education industry where it is important to ensure learning takes place for all types of learners, it is crucial to identify how your learners learn best and to facilitate the learning with the most appropriate tools. Hence, with online learning and knowledge sharing platforms, you will be able to engage the different types of learners using a variety of multimedia tools.
In our last post, we will be exploring online learning in the hospitality industry. Meanwhile, do leave your comments below and share your thoughts with us!

 

If you missed our previous post, here it is!

Part 1 : 5 Questions to Get Started With Online Learning For Retail Industry

Customised Professional Development

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Tech Thursday is a blog series where we feature industry people, corporate learners and trainers on their e-learning habits. It covers everything from the e-learning they do in their company to the one tech device they can’t live without. This thursday, we feature Jean, who used to teach in a primary school and was Information Communications Technology (ICT) Level Head for her school. She shares with us the training programmes for the teachers, and how in the school environment, teaching and learning takes place not just for the students, but for teachers as well.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where do you work at and what is your designation?

I am Jean, I was a teacher for 5 years and have recently left the service. I graduated with a honours degree in Bachelor of Arts, specialising in Chinese Language and Literature  from the Nanyang Technology University. Before I left the service, I was the Information Communications Technology (ICT) Level Head for my school, and was championing programs to facilitate learning emphasizing on 21st century competency skills like self directed learning and collaborative learning.

What kind of training do you do in your school?

Firstly, we normally call it professional development rather than training. As most teachers would have already went through either a diploma or bachelor’s programme with National Institute of Education (NIE), we will just have a short induction program for new staff when they first join the school. Secondly, we also have workshops, professional sharing sessions and e-learning sessions where we will cover mainly pedagogical content,skills or techniques. Last but not least, we have tons of on-the-job training, via the mentoring by seniors and supervising officers.

How do you usually go through training?

For new teachers, there are a couple of compulsory courses which they have to attend, either in the forms of workshops or e- learning sessions. Subsequently, for teachers’ own professional learning development, teachers can choose the type of courses they would like to attend in a year, ranging from pedagogical content to classroom management strategies to children’s cognitive development.

I appreciate the fact that there is a certain amount of flexibility for us to choose the type of courses we would like to attend instead of being dictated by our supervisors. In this way the learning is more customised and I’m more motivated to learn and be trained in what I feel is lacking in myself or simply something I’m more interested in.

For e-learning sessions, they are normally done  on an interactive learning platform where there will be case studies and continual assessments along the way. At the end, there will be a final quiz assessing the learning.

On-the-job training is essentially where most of our professional development takes place. Personally, I benefit most from going to other teachers’ classrooms to observe their lessons as well as when we have professional learning teams. Usually the teachers teaching the same level will come together to identify a gap in the children’s learning and design a lesson package or come up with various strategies to bridge that gap. There is a mentoring program in my school where teachers of varying teaching experiences are allocated  “mentoring” periods to observe each others’ classes. A more senior teacher may be observing a younger teacher in terms of how he/she  integrates various web 2.0 mobile platforms in our curriculum and a younger officer may be learning from the senior teacher in terms of pedagogical content and teaching strategies.

What do you like about the different forms of training that you have?

I appreciate the fact that there are various modes of professional development for teachers. Teacher led workshops normally share very realistic examples and knowledge as “only a teacher will understand another teacher”. Conferences where experts from different countries or different fields come together are very rich in knowledge and content. E-learning on interactive platforms suits the nature of our job, allowing us to go through the learning at our preferred time and pace.

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Other than the training provided by your school, do you actively seek out other ways to improve how you do your job? If yes, how do you do so?

I try to read newspapers daily to keep abreast of what’s happening locally and internationally. I’m quite active on social media and follow education, technology and psychology related articles,journals and accounts closely. I attend theatre and drama plays, visit the museums, and sign up for external courses which I feel will help me improve on my job.

What kind of tech devices do you use?

I own a laptop, an Ipad and an Iphone.

What is one device you can’t live without, and why?

I definitely cannot do without my Iphone. These days I rely on Google Maps to navigate around, access work and personal emails, jot down whatever ideas I have for work while I’m on the go, check my social media accounts like Twitter, Instagram, Swarm and Facebook for timely updates and of course communicate with co workers, friends and family on What’s app.

What is the one technology tool that has helped you a lot in learning? Why?

Definitely Mr Google. I have lost track of the number of times I found myself stuck at work or faced with a challenge and my immediate action would be to google for solutions or answers. Although it is important to be able to sieve through the large amount of information for accurate information, Mr Google has definitely been my “go-to-person” whenever I’m in need.

The Future of Learning is Mobile

Over the month, we’ve been working on EDLE, our mobile learning solution for organisations. Passion, for our team, goes way over the radar when it comes to discussing about how mLearning can make such a difference in business optimisation in organisation. So we decided to come up with an infographic to help explain why!

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If you like what we created, feel free to post it up on your own blog or share it! Remember to credit us at http://epiphanyedu.com. Do also share with us your thoughts and comments on mobile learning!

How We Use Evernote to be a Better Learning Organisation

I am sure most of you have read about how we first started using Evernote, and some great uses that we have discovered since using Evernote. I think the past 3 months have made some of us fan boys/girls of Evernote. With the help of our team, I’ve put together a short video of how Evernote has helped us become a better learning organisation!

If you use Evernote, do share with us how it has helped you in your workflow!