Hire and Fire


In my earlier article, Employee Engagement – Essentials, I had pointed out the pitfalls of losing an employee because of lack of clear employee engagement roadmap with properly defined KPIs (key performance indicators) and competencies for the profile.  The loss of a resource can be calculated in terms of the investment that went in the hiring process, training, probation, and attrition, upsetting the balance sheet.  Add to this, the loss of experienced personnel with a knowledge of the internal functioning, the repeat of the hiring process, resulting in losing a couple of years, with no guarantees of finding the right resource for a long-term engagement.  The ROI should cover the loss in man-hours, or man years, before the appropriate resource finally becomes productive.

Today, I am mulling over the success of a hired resource in a new organization.  As already established, employee engagement by way of well-defined KPIs and…

View original post 535 more words

Flash or HTML5 – Future of eLearning



This topic has been discussed to death since 2010 or even earlier. The future appears to be leaning towards multi-devices and multi-access learning. The corporates are encouraging a BYOD (bring your own device) trend, with the staff accessing corporate applications on multiple devices. Mobility is in major demand and there is a demand to access knowledge when and where is needed and on the devices of their choice. This makes it imperative that learning becomes as dynamic. The buzzwords are BYOD, responsive designs, and augmented reality etc. What are the implications of these on learning design frameworks and tools? Does it mean that all our legacy eLearning content in Flash is dated and need to be moved to HTML5? Is HTML5 ready to take up the challenge? Let us explore.

What is HTML5

HTML5 is the latest version of HTML. However, when we say HTML5, we are referring to…

View original post 817 more words

Internet Scholars – The One Day Researchers


There I was reading an article posted on social media by a ‘friend’ and it made me aghast at the impudence of a man to write on something with little or no knowledge of it at all. His premise was the recent research that he has started doing on the Internet and the source was reading of a few articles, with no better foundation for his claim. The writer wrote in ‘Round Table India – For an Informed Ambedkar Age.’

There is a crop of Internet Scholars and writers getting their two-minutes of fame for their blog. Their claim to fame is not well-founded real research. It is a couple of days of browsing the Internet, culling out the portions that can catch a reader’s imagination by way of being so notorious and controversial, keeping their writings in circulation. It is a shame that there are people who actually find…

View original post 1,235 more words

Informal or Social Learning and xAPI



Informal learning has been around for forever and is a part of our daily lives.  The advent of social media in the current digital age has added a new dimension to informal learning, making it more effective.  Most of the informal learning is accidental and directionless. However, organizations and learning services providers are beginning to tap this unexploited and magnificent source of information and making this learning intentional, bringing in a paradigm shift in education.  Collaborative platforms like wikis, social networking tools, blogs, YouTube etc. form an integral part of informal or social learning.

Informal learning is like having a GPS, rather than a roadmap, used for finding your own route.  The premise is that without formalizing informal learning by pushing it, the learner should be given the freedom to pull the information as per the learning needs.  Pulling information gives more control to the learners who set their…

View original post 1,175 more words