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ReBoot 2018 – To Be Fearless and Inspire Bold Learning Approaches

On November 8, 2018, ellicom hosted the Canadian learning event of the year—the ReBoot Learning Lab. This isn’t the first time we’ve been involved in hosting a conference. In fact, it was the sixth edition of our annual conference. In previous years, ellicom hosted the Bootcamp on Training Strategies in collaboration with partners, but this year it was time for a reset. This time, we aspired to put on an event that was an extension of our values. Out of this idea, ReBoot was born.

Our goal? To be fearless.

Our strategy? To show that cutting edge approaches to learning are not only desirable, but are, in fact, possible.

Fearless Learning Approaches

There is a pressing need for innovation in the training sector. Training solutions always start with a problem and a fix for that problem. To find the solution, it is common to go with familiar learning approaches. Rarely do we look outside the box. This is because there is a tendency to limit ourselves through our constraints. What we need to do is ask whether our constraints are necessarily limitations.

At ReBoot, we wanted to show that some constraints aren’t really constraints at all—they are opportunities. Need to update a large and cumbersome training programme for your organization? Why update it when you can shift to modular microlearning? Are you looking to familiarize your employees with critical situations within a physical environment but don’t have the time or logistical capability to do it? Why not develop a 360-degree video training that is fully trackable in your LMS? We did! Do you want your target learners to become invested in the content? Try harnessing the power of storytelling to transform a run-of-the-mill training course into compelling content.

The speakers and booths at ReBoot were forward-looking while remaining firmly rooted in the present. We wanted to show that new solutions to old problems are ready and waiting, you just need to be fearless in your approach. (more…)

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Quality Assurance in the Context of Virtual Reality – The challenges

By Christina Jurges, Ph.D., in collaboration with Sophie Callies, Ph.D.

With new media and technologies come new challenges. Knowing and addressing these is key when it comes to successfully handling VR projects.

 

Preventing simulator sickness

Simulator sickness is “a combination of symptoms clustered around eyestrain, disorientation, and nausea” (https://developer.oculus.com). Simulator sickness can be avoided by using VR development best practices. Although “VR as a popular medium is still too young to have established conventions that address every aspect of the experience,” respecting specific elements during the development phase can help create a pleasant learning experience for the user. Some elements include a teleport button, respecting the ideal amount of light, images or text blocks. Oculus has come up with quite a comprehensive list of best practices that can be consulted here:

https://developer.oculus.com/design/latest/concepts/bp_intro/. (more…)

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ellicom, powered by R&D

Research and development is deeply embedded in ellicom’s DNA. It is for this reason that employee training takes on a new twist for us: every employee at ellicom is given the opportunity to lead or participate in a personal R&D project aligned with our strategic initiatives in the areas of new products, services, and process improvement. Our employees have stepped up to this challenge, and this year, they are working on projects ranging from immersive videos in onboarding, to artificial intelligence as a way to drive coaching. Driven by our innovation group (the Dream Factory), each project is conducted using rigorous methodology, hypotheses, and a whole lot of fun! (more…)

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Instructional designers at the cusp of new technologies

By Himja Nanavati, Instructional Designer at ellicom

The learning landscape is changing at a fast rate. Our learners no longer learn the same way as they did five years ago; anything you want to learn is available online somewhere and these channels are transforming the way people access information and learn a new skill. What would you do if you were to learn how to operate, let’s say, your new blender? YouTube, right? You would probably search for up a tutorial video on your way home. For most types of information, our learners no longer depend on information that is disseminated via traditional learning mediums like instructor-led or even elearning courses. (more…)

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Online Instructor Presence: How much is enough?

By Natalia Matusevscaia, Learning Strategist at ellicom

I am currently enrolled in an online program on the fundamentals of graphic design, which consists of five courses. All the courses look similar because they are designed and developed by the same university, are structured the same way, and have the same type of assignments and peer review assessments. (more…)

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Your piece of the learning pie

The Learning Pie

Picture a pie.

Make it your favorite flavour (it is starting to be cooler here, so I am picturing a pumpkin pie with whipped cream).

Got the image in your head?

Ok, now imagine you cut a piece of pie and eat it at a table with your family; its pie, right?

Now, you take some of the leftovers to the office to eat as a desert; still pie. (more…)

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SkillCatch wins gold at the Brandon Hall Excellence Awards

Ellicom is proud to announce that its long-time partner e-doceo recently won a gold award for its new application SkillCatch in the “Best Advance in Mobile Learning Technology” category. E-doceo was granted this honour at the Brandon Hall Excellence Awards, the most prestigious awards program in the training industry. This award, which acknowledges the best mobile tool for pedagogical efficiency and innovation, confirms e-doceo’s position as leader in the e-learning industry and its commitment to remaining an influential player on the social and mobile learning market. The Brandon Hall Excellence Awards recognizes the world’s best organizations for creating exceptional programs, modules, processes, or systems that are distinctive and contribute to the advancement of learning methods.

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New Arrivals at the Ellicom Boutique!

At work, on the bus, or at home… learning English has never been easier!

SPEEXX, our European partner specializing in online language training, recently launched its new mobile version.

Now, you can start learning a new language on your personal desktop computer at work, and continue on your tablet (IOS or Android) when you get home. It’s never been easier to perfect your grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and oral and written comprehension.

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