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ENCQOR 5G Awards Grant to ellicom, OVA, and LaSalle College to Design and Deploy Novel Virtual Classroom Experiences using 5G

Montreal, Quebec (April 1st,2020) ellicom president Soula Chronopoulos is proud to announce collaboration with ENCQOR 5G (https://www.encqor.ca/), OVA, and LaSalle College (LCI). This strategic partnership will leverage new digital opportunities creating transformational learning and workplace training technologies for customers, students and academics.

 

ENCQOR 5G (Evolution of Networked Services through a Corridor in Québec and Ontario for Research and Innovation) is a transformational Canada-Québec-Ontario partnership focused on research and innovation in the field of 5G disruptive technologies, on adoption initiatives and system uses. ENCQOR 5G is building the first-ever precommercial 5G corridor from Ontario to Québec, which will maximize wireless speed and increase access to digital products for learning and training by over 100 times. This exciting collaboration will result in an innovative model to deliver state-of-the-art virtual classes in an academic and commercial setting.

 

ellicom, OVA, and LCI are already at the cutting edge of training development, bringing innovative technology to the classroom through VR and new e-learning strategies. With the new 5G corridor, these organizations will bring their expertise to further expand their current training portfolio. Through this grant from ENCQOR, ellicom, OVA, and LCI will transform the nature of digital learning and e-commerce nationally and internationally.

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5 Training Trends to Watch for…

Employee development and training is an important aspect every company needs if it wants to stay ahead of the competition. According to business experts on Chron, employee training results in more efficient problem-solving, and an overall improved office productivity. Learning and development (L&D) programs play a key role in retention too, since it’s an opportunity for employees to learn new skills and help them advance in their careers.

To ensure that you are developing effective training modules, here are a couple of trends to look out for.

Data Analytics

To deliver the best kind of employee training possible, you must determine several factors, such as: who you’re training, what kind of training they need, and which learning methods are best. For this reason, data proves extremely useful, as it provides you with tangible insights that can be measured.

An article by Roy Dekel discusses how analytics has been revealing new information about employees like never before—from how their work hours are best spent to which teams are most productive together. This is further supported by findings from Maryville University, which highlight the importance of data analytics in forecasting and predictive modelling. Based on the patterns derived, managers and L&D professionals can then use the data to make more informed decisions and avoid strategies that are ineffective and wasteful for resources.

Accessibility

With so much to do in the office, it seems unnecessary to allot an entire day or week to gather all your trainees (and trainers!) into one room to conduct your session. Instead, it’s more efficient to give them access to all the resources online so that they can review and learn at their own pace. Not only does this save everyone’s time, but it also allows employees to revisit certain lessons when they feel the need for a refresher.

Learning Preference-Based Approach

Everybody learns differently. In fact, former Harvard Professor Howard Gardner reveals how there are eight types of learning styles, which you’ll definitely observe among your team members. For instance, this is why auditory or kinesthetic learners struggle with visual presentations, while visual learners may have a harder time with numbers. As such, a non-standardized approach to training may be more prudent. Instead of giving everybody the same material, try creating multiple training modules, and have your employees choose their preferred courses. It may take more effort, but they’ll absorb the material much better.

Gamification

If you prefer conducting your training in person, that’s fine too. After all, there are benefits to learning in a more personal environment. Plus, attendees have the opportunity to ask the facilitator questions directly after the presentation. However, the challenge now lies in maintaining this seminar-type formula before people start getting bored.

One way to keep things interesting is by gamifying your presentation. For instance, you can split your module into “levels” or have a leaderboard for whenever someone successfully answers a question. Studies from the University of Toronto have found that bringing in-game characteristics such as competition, challenges, and terminology, is a proven strategy to boost learners’ motivation.

Mixed Reality (Immersion)
Mixed reality—or technology that blends virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR)—is nothing new. However, its impact on L&D is just beginning. For one, here at ellicom and OVA we decided to make corporate training more interesting by introducing mixed reality into programs. The platform, called StellarX, is a VR/AR-powered space that can simulate real-world scenarios to help trainees put their knowledge to the test. Whether it’s office scenarios, emergency situations, customer service, or other unique circumstances, experiencing the “real” thing via mixed reality is bound to make training programs more engaging.
When it comes to training, digital is the only way forward. L&D professionals have to stay on top of the latest tech trends to optimize the learning experience, develop new strategies, and ensure that they’re delivering the best training possible.

 

Exclusively written for ellicom.com

By Jemme Blem

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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. (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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