eLearning Live - Higher Impact from Interaction
by Logan Smith
We all know the benefits of well constructed and accurately targeted training. It’s what all Learning Management Systems are designed to do. How well the competing LMS accomplish that goal is a discussion for another time.
Today I want to look at stretching beyond the traditional reach of learning management systems, beyond the provision of online lessons and downloadable material, to the immediate impact of live learning – or indeed live interaction for any number of purposes.
Digicast is an add-on for the Simplydigi Learning Management System and it gives the opportunity for that instant responsiveness that defines live interpersonal communication.
As a method of tutoring it allows not just the presentation of material in the same manner as would be achieved in a face-to-face class, but the chance for students to interact with the tutor. As we know, true question and answer sessions are of tremendous help not only to the people involved but to all those around them.
Digicast can bring the advantages of the classroom atmosphere to participants in many different locations at the same time. All that’s needed is a computer, an internet connection and a phone line (for audio conferencing). It can be delivered to a presentation screen in conference environment or to a laptop on a train. It can use audio, video and multi-media and what’s more sessions can be archived for future reference.
Teaching is an obvious role, but there are many others. In fact it’s a system that’s extremely useful whoever you want to reach.
Groups can come together for problem-solving sessions. Sales teams can be given the latest product updates and actually watch new features being demonstrated. Widely dispersed personnel can be brought together in an organization’s decision making processes. Students can share a live chat room. A business could implement a help desk with personnel that customers can actually see.
Anywhere there’s a requirement for provision of information and/or response to that information, Digicast offers an efficient solution.
It can make the learning experience more involving, which tends to lead to higher retention rates. It can help develop relationships because people can actually speak to one another. It can reduce the misunderstandings that occur when people communicate via email.
There can also be considerable financial incentive for employing such a system. People can be brought together from around the world – without actually needing to travel. Those same people can make decisions faster, meaning cost-saving or productivity-increasing measures are put into action more quickly. Indeed anything that clarifies or accelerates understanding is generally beneficial to those involved.
But there’s a price to pay, yes? You can’t expect to get all these advantages and all these possibilities without a hefty bill.
Well while we’re not giving them away, as an add-on to the Simplydigi Learning Management System we think you’ll find it a surprisingly affordable component. Once again we would rather talk investment than cost, because it’s something that we suspect you’ll find increasingly numerous and important uses for.