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Break free: Go beyond the traditional learning (Part 6)

Social Learning via Instant Messaging

by Anita Vinod & Teena Thimothy  on 27 May ’15

Recap:

  • What services does SLIM offer?
  • Impact of services on Business and learner

Gone are the days learning was confined to a classroom or a desktop. Social learning or mobile learning is ideal for providing content to learners at the time of need and in the context best suited for that specific environment.

Communication channels in their many forms are literally everywhere! As learning practices and technology tools change, mobile learning itself will continue to evolve.

Micro learning, as we know it today, may further be broken down in the years to come. Byte sized learning may become “Nibble” sized, for all we know!! But what will remain a constant is the tendency of the learner to want to learn more with lesser and lesser efforts. Today, we talk about bringing “learning to the learners” as a revolution in the leaning domain. Tomorrow that will be the norm. No learner would want to spend hours confined to a classroom or even login to e-learning courses to complete sessions.

The mega revolution in “wearable” devices will provide even more flexibility, choice and accessibility to the learner on when, what and how to learn. SLIM (Social Learning via Instant Messaging) will evolve, and it will be an organic growth keeping abreast with the trending technologies.

The basis of SLIM lies in the following beliefs:

  1. Provide flexible learning opportunities
  2. Cater to diminishing attention spans
  3. Make use of existing technology without any overhead investment
  4. Service the business and learners in a consistent, efficient and effective manner

SLIM as a learning delivery methodology is technology agnostic and can mold itself to suit the technology of choice gives it a huge edge over other packaged services. And the matter of fact is that instant messaging will evolve and one can enable much better learning proliferation via SLIM.

The challenge in implementation of SLIM is not in the complexity of the services, but in the scalability. Neeyamo as a pioneer and focused service provider will be able to provide highly evolved, innovative and exciting modes of learning to the learners of tomorrow.

Interested in adopting SLIM, the new age learning delivery system for your employees. Set up a time our LPO experts can assist you.

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Break free: Go beyond the traditional learning (Part 4)

Social Learning via Instant Messaging

by Anita Vinod & Teena Thimothy  on 19 May ’15

Recap:

  • Instant messaging technologies available in the market today
  • Fundamental understanding of the pros and cons in implementing learning through instant messaging

While instant messaging has taken the world by storm, there always lurk few questions regarding its viability as an effective platform for learning.

The foremost question being is Data Confidentiality. Information that is transmitted through Instant Messenger pass through servers and networks that may or may not be secure, so there is no guarantee that the information you send is 100% secure. Further, Instant Messaging services often contain file sharing programs which can leave confidential information on the server even after you terminate the session.

How can we conduct effective learning if we are constantly worried about losing proprietary information to cyber miscreants?

Keeping in mind that the concern is inherent with most instant messaging apps, there are a few workarounds. The situation may change fairly rapidly since most apps are undergoing updates at very regular frequencies.

  1. Keep It Simple: Let’s not have proprietary information in instant messaging apps. Simple? Yes! Doable? Oh yes! We recommend looking within your learning portfolio. There are a large number of courses which are generic and have no proprietary information whatsoever. But the organizations spend hours trying to conduct those courses using traditional methods. Why not switch to SLIM?
  2. Switch to the Unconventional: Making a statement that instant messaging apps do not offer data security may be misrepresenting the facts. There are quite a few apps out there which do offer a fairly high degree of data security. They are not as popular, but the features have been tuned to a point where, basis the organizations appetite for data confidentiality they can pick and choose the preferred app. However, the learners need to be guided and encouraged to use an unfamiliar app.
  3. If you don’t have it; Build it: It’s the day and age when creating an app to suit the customer’s specific needs is not the stuff of dreams. So go ahead, build a secure app and learn away!!
  4. Attack the Hardware: More often than not, the concern stems from the fact that the shared content is downloadable and shareable. Hit the root cause of the issue. Limit the smart phones capability to share the information depending on the level of confidentiality of the content in question.

Stay tuned to learn more about SLIM as a service and how it will benefit your employees…


 

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Will gamification of HR be a paradox or will it better the working environment for the Gen Y and obtain efficient results?

HR Gamificationby Teena Thimothy  on 29 Jan ’14

Who does not enjoy gaming?  The millennial generation is a bunch who has taken the need and pleasures of gaming to a completely new dimension. Gone are the days when gaming was considered a mere child’s play or yet another pass-time activity. With the advancement of technology, the gaming industry has evolved to dizzying heights.

Every innovation has in its life cycle the early adopters, the majority users and the laggards. Gamification is one such innovation that calls to its use the attributes of a game, to drive a game-like player behavior, all in a non-game context.

Why gaming? Playing games help widen our thinking horizon. Be it a baby, a toddler, a teenager or adult (young and old), tend to explore for newer possibility to help them gain better insight to achieving goals by adoption of newer possibilities. Games of every stream induce into the human mind a new perspective to facilitate efficient decision-making.  Gaming enhances creative and innovative thought process.

In the Human Resource industry, leveraging gamification to understand, educate and facilitate the generation y workforce is becoming the new fad. Most HR functions  benefit by bringing gamification into the picture, be it Talent Acquisition and Management (recruitment) , Onboarding, Learning & Development, Employee Engagement, Succession Planning, Career Planning and so much more.

Let us understand how gamification could be put to use in varying areas of HR,

In Talent Acquisition and Management, when dealing with recruitment of candidates one could put them to work on a virtual environment and see how well they are able to perform, this would be like holding an audition for them, rather than just carrying out an interview.

In Learning & Development, following up sessions online, performing activity and tasks on a simulation system, peer-study activity, etc. By providing points and such one can encourage learning and help employees to personalize and prioritize them to completion based on their own willingness.

In Employee Engagement, we could even turn menial or laborious tasks like daily status reports, audits, employee referrals and the likes into fun filled activities that rewards employees with points, honor table, etc.

In Career Planning, the mentor or manager can help device mission based model to level the playing field and facilitate better and more efficient work culture.

Adoption of an innovative methodology when handling employees today will instill in them a sense of resolve, and ownership, which is far more different from the traditional meaning we associate when we speak of terms like employee loyalty, performance. Gamification is much more than just technology advancement, it constitutes a perspective and attitude oriented trend. It would contribute in reducing attrition rate, keep employees interested, bring into play-teamwork, competitiveness, and influence innovative thinking.

Gamification teams up so many persuasive attributes of gaming, and provides quality ROI for the Human Resource team, as they attract, onboard, train, engage and retain the best personnel of your millennial workforce.

Neeyamo urges you to live and leveraging such advanced technologies of this century to engage your employees and leave out the transactional HR activities to us.

Interested to know more, have our HR Consulting expert get in touch with you.