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The disruption of the education industry: tech giant diplomas and how to prepare your learners for a new economy

Google and Apple are entering the learning space but what does this mean for the education industry and students? Education and traditional academia have been some of the few industries that has never been disrupted, and their re-invention is more than due.

At ellicom/LCILX, we have been re-thinking the future of learning by questioning the status quo. In 2018 during ellicom/LCILX’s annual Reboot conference, we highlighted Canadian and American trends in educational development and innovation strategies with a keynote from Tony Bates. One of the key points discussed by Tony Bates were the major disruptions academia would face if Apple or Google decided to enter the higher education space.

Our post-pandemic economy and new normal have accelerated the need for skilling & reskilling as well as curricula with shorter degrees.

Traditional jobs are disappearing as we go digital and companies and organizations are undergoing rapid digital transformations.

At ellicom/LCILX we are focusing on preparing students and learners for this new economy and its unique challenges. Our virtual campus is offering accredited diplomas, degrees and certificates, tutor-led courses, and career development courses geared towards acquiring new skills and reskilling. Our custom program development studio is designing digital transformation solutions tailored to various industries, as well as program development, off-the-shelf courses, performance support and evaluation.

The truth is – Google’s and Apple’s initiative holds an important lesson for the education sector: we need to keep innovating strategically and create solutions tailored to the modern learner’s needs.

Watch our ReBoot keynote below for more insights on the topic:

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ellicom/LCILX wins Gold and Bronze 2020 Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards!

Congratulations to the ellicom/LCI LX team for bringing home not one but two Brandon Hall Group HCM Excellence Awards this year!

We could not be prouder to announce that we have won Gold for our BDC: Financial Fundamentals training and Bronze for our Canada Post Corporation: Delivery Status New Hire Training Program!

Having been evaluated by an international panel of independent industry experts, Brandon Hall Group senior analysts and their executive leadership team, we are honoured to be recognized for our engaging and immersive training solutions and to receive overwhelmingly positive feedback from our valued customers. Evaluations were based upon the following criteria: fit the need, design of the program, functionality, innovation and overall measurable benefits.

In our award-winning training solutions, we successfully applied gamification and multimodal microlearning approaches:

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Gamified and scenario-based learning solution

Gamification in e-learning takes elements of game design and applies them strategically to training courses to engage and motivate the learner. For BDC’s Financial Fundamentals course (we are counting over 2,500 registered learners to date), we decided to combine cutting-edge game mechanics with a scenario-based approach to create a learning solution that is effective but playful at the same time. Some key elements include:

  • Immersing the learner in a fictional environment that acts as an ecosystem and gateway to different gamified activities, such as interactive modules and practical exercises
  • Using fun, recognizable elements, such as a battery that must be recharged by completing different activities within the modules to continue the training
  • Placing the learners at the centre of the experience by making them an integral part of the storytelling
  • Making use of game mechanics, such as badges and missions, to illustrate the learner’s level of success

 

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Flexible multimodal microlearning

Microlearning is dynamic, allowing the learner to jump between modules and personalize the entire learning experience by independently and freely shaping their learning path. The setting can be described as “on the go”—the learner is exposed to various types of media that can be used in different ways, including independently from the learner’s current location. Flexibility and mobility are integral elements of microlearning courses, and can be found in the user path, the use of various media and the option to follow the course from different platforms (such as mobile devices and fixed computer stations).

With Canada Post Corporation’s Delivery Status New Hire Training Program, we created a dynamic and diversified user experience, using microlearning to increase learners’ engagement and knowledge retention. We added value by adding interactivity to the modules, making them mobile-ready on all platforms and including a variety of media elements. Key elements include:

  • Micromodules
  • Interactive elements
  • Animations
  • Short videos
  • Infographics
  • Knowledge checks and quizzes
  • Job aids and posters
  • Storytelling

At ellicom/LCI LX, we put our heart, passion and creativity into everything we do. And, as you know, we certainly add a twist of magic to our solutions to create learning experiences at the peak of innovation that make our customers stand out!

Organizations around the world highly value Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards—so much so that we received a record number of applications in the middle of a global pandemic. The awards provide valuable recognition and validation of best practices in all areas of HCM at a time when they have never been more important to both employers and employees.” — Rachel Cooke, Brandon Hall Group COO, and leader of the HCM Excellence Awards Program

The Excellence Awards serve the critical function of reinforcing the essential business benefit of creating great experiences for candidates and employees. All award winners must demonstrate that their HCM programs drive bottom-line business results. That’s what sets our awards program apart from all others.” — Mike Cooke, Brandon Hall Group CEO

 

https://www.brandonhall.com/excellenceawards/

 

Go team ellicom/LCI LX!

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Measuring the Effectiveness of Virtual Reality Solutions – ellicom/LCILX research study

In the wake of de-confinement in many sectors and industries comes a new set of particular challenges. A large number of offices and institutions are now reopening and many people are facing yet another set of rules, restrictions, uncertainties, on top of various “back to work” related stressors. Navigating the numerous organizational and operational changes and strict safety measures triggered by the pandemic can take a toll on employees’ health and well-being.

During the pandemic, the use of new technologies to mimic or even replace the physical experiences has skyrocketed. From virtual meetings, remote office work to online clinics, technology was and still is at the forefront of our new normal. In the education industry, the digital classroom and online learning have rapidly become the norm.

As part of our research and development initiatives, ellicom/LCILX is analyzing how can we strategically make use of new technologies such as Virtual Reality within our learning solutions to create engaging and immersive learning experiences that puts the learner in the center.

In order to measure the effects of VR solutions on humans, we have been working in close collaboration with the medical community to study and research their effectiveness. Therefore, we have put in motion an extensive research study in partnership with Northwell Health, New York’s largest healthcare provider and network, and OVA, a leader in the spatial computing, virtual, augmented, and mixed reality fields to study and measure the positive effect of immersive VR experiences on cognitive flexibility, mental capacity, motivation and well-being of health care workers exposed to stress and potential burnout.

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During the study, we measured and documented the physical and mental effects of mindful meditation on healthcare professionals’ mental well-being through a virtual reality mindful meditation tool that allows the participants to take short meditation breaks during their workday in a relaxing virtual environment.

Increased stress and anxiety in the workplace are widespread phenomena in many of today’s industries. If symptoms are ignored and untreated, the risk of developing burnout or symptoms of burnout increases. Therefore, more and more companies and organizations have been looking for ways to reduce their employees’ stress levels. Stress reduction has become increasingly and particularly important for the healthcare industry, especially considering that the current pandemic has pushed many healthcare workers to their limits. COVID-19 has put a magnifying glass on an issue that has become more crucial than ever and deserves our and the industry’s full attention: the reduction of stress and anxiety in the workplace to prevent burnout and allow employees to work in a more balanced and healthier way.

Download our research study below to access our findings:

 

Virtual reality mindful meditation as a tool for stress reduction in the healthcare environment

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The breakthrough of e-learning in times of pandemic

 

  • Virtual solutions are replacing their physical equivalents in a large number of industries.
  • The education industry is adapting by implementing e-learning programs.
  • From virtual classrooms to virtual reality training, e-learning best practices can help create effective and engaging solutions.

The importance of virtual solutions to replace their physical equivalents has become rapidly and increasingly obvious since the COVID-19 outbreak—whether it be online meetings and conferences, online shopping, or ordering take-out food on restaurant websites (the list goes on and on).

Many companies and organizations have been forced to rethink the way they operate in order to survive in the current economic circumstances. But there are also industries whose products are already adapted to our new normal. Among them is the e-learning industry. Virtual learning and training are not only used by schools, colleges and universities, but also by companies and organizations that wish to train their employees in order to foster their personal and professional development within their enterprises.

UNESCO reports that a staggering 1.38 billion learners have been impacted by national school closures worldwide. Needless to say, it is time to rethink the best practices of global education and training. Not surprisingly, this trend can already be seen in the financial market: according to Business Insider, “The investments made to learning technology companies in 2019 were the highest in the history of the learning technology industry by an extraordinary margin and blasted past the records set between 2015 and 2017 and far outpaced the historic high in 2018.” (https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/2019-global-edtech-investments-reach-a-staggering-18-66-billion-1028800669)

In all of this, the role of e-learning companies and professionals is to ensure that the new virtual training and education solutions are effective and pedagogically sound. Here are a few of our best practices for delivering effective e-learning programs:

  • Engage the learner: use interactive elements (for example in the form of quizzes), apply a storytelling approach and include gamification elements to take your training experience from passive to active.
  • Apply e-learning assets creatively: use a mix of on-screen text and multimedia elements such as videos, animations, narration and podcasts.
  • Optimize solutions for the mobile market: use authoring tools such as Articulate RISE to create courses that can be consulted on the go on any mobile device, including tablets and smartphones.
  • Respect accessibility standards: from a design perspective, ensure that your solution is inclusive, meaning it should follow accessibility guidelines (such as AODA) for learners with disabilities. On a functional level, make sure your e-course is optimized to be accessed in remote locations with limited bandwidth or internet.

When it comes to e-learning as an addition or alternative to traditional classroom learning, the numbers speak for themselves: “For those who do have access to the right technology, there is evidence that learning online can be more effective in a number of ways. Some research shows that on average, students retain 25–60% more material when learning online compared to only 8–10% in a classroom. (…) e-learning requires 40–60% less time to learn than in a traditional classroom setting because students can learn at their own pace, going back and re-reading, skipping, or accelerating through concepts as they choose.” (https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/coronavirus-education-global-covid19-online-digital-learning/)

As with every global industry development, it is important to understand the trends and what is in the pipeline. One of the biggest keywords of modern education is “immersive solutions”. The significant developments to follow in e-learning include immersive solutions that put the learners directly in the centre of the experience and allow them to virtually immerse themselves into the learning environment. “In the last four years, investors have aggressively shifted their interest away from legacy products like Self-paced eLearning to next-generation companies developing Cognitive Learning, AI-based Learning, Mixed Reality Learning (AR-based Learning and VR-based Learning), Mobile Learning, Location-based Learning (Location Intelligence), Game-based Learning, and even Educational Bots (both physical and virtual).”(https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/2019-global-edtech-investments-reach-a-staggering-18-66-billion-1028800669)

Whether your audience responds best to a virtual classroom set-up, a course based on a storytelling approach or a virtual reality e-learning environment, the key to creating great e-learning programs is to turn the act of learning into a dynamic and engaging experience.

For ideas and samples of engaging e-learning solutions, visit ellicom at www.ellicom.com or request access to our portfolio by emailing info@ellicom.com

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How Giving Back Can Be Fun, Easy and Rewarding in Every Way!

Asking people to donate to charity is never easy. Even when it’s for a good cause! Individuals and businesses are already swamped with requests to donate to charitable organizations. Well, there are a couple different ways to raise funds. You can either solicit and plead for generosity from others or you make it fun and exciting to donate.

At ellicom, we wanted to give back to our community in a way where people could feel comfortable contributing to a good cause, while making it exciting and fun to participate. What better way to raise money than by drawing prizes! And what better event to host a draw than ellicom’s Learning Event of the Year, the ReBoot Learning Lab! Donating is much more interesting when there are prizes to be won! And this definitely added to the excitement of the event. (more…)

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Join Ellicom at the 2016 HRPA Annual Conference and Trade Show

Thinking of attending Canada’s largest human resources conference? Come join the Ellicom team at booth 213 to discuss the latest in Learning Strategy and Technologies! If you have a current learning challenge in your organization, allow us to help you choose the right approach: whether it’s gamification, mobile learning, micro learning, rapid learning, blended learning, serious games, or commercial off the shelf learning courses, Ellicom can help. (more…)

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Come visit us at The Institute for Performance and Learning’s 2015 Conference and Trade Show in Toronto

Join us in Toronto, from November 18 to 20, for The Institute for Performance and Learning’s Conference and Trade Show, put on by the organization formally known as the Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD).

It is with great pleasure that the Ellicom team awaits your visit at booth 500 to inform you about our services in consultation and development of custom training programs. (more…)