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by Carolyn McIntyre - Thursday, 12 October 2017, 5:17 PM
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Learn to Protect your Business from Cyber Attacks


According to Interpol, Cybercrime is increasing at a rapid rate, which is why Cybersecurity should be a top priority for any business. Cyber attacks can come in many forms, such as computer viruses, phishing, password attacks, rogue software and many more, but not all companies will have a Cybersecurity professional at hand.

Here at E-Learninglab, we specialise in curating the best available online courses across multiple providers to help businesses transform their employees into experts. The courses we work with are provided by top universities and can be accessed free of charge. A small fee applies only if you wish to certify your learning.

The following courses will arm your IT people with the necessary skills to protect your business from the dangers of Cybercrime:

Understanding the General Data Protection Regulation

Get to grips with the General Data Protection Regulation and take the first steps to ensuring that your organisation is compliant.

Nº Courses: 1 | Length: 4 weeks | Effort: 3 hours/week | Institution: University of Groningen | Platform: Futurelearn


Cyber Security for Small and Medium Enterprises: Identifying Threats and Preventing Attacks

Discover what common cyber threats and attacks face small and medium enterprises, and what you can do to prevent them.

Nº Courses: 1 | Length: 2  weeks | Effort: 3 hours/week | Institution: Deakin University | Platform: Futurelearn


Cybersecurity Specialization

Cybersecurity Fundamentals. Construction of Secure Systems

Nº Courses: 5 | Length:  32 weeks | Effort: 3-8 hours/week | Institution: The University of Maryland | Platform: Coursera


Cybersecurity for Business Specialization

Discover the practical side of computer security. Identify what threatens your business and master how to practically defend against those threats.

Nº Courses: 4 | Length:  20 weeks | Effort: 2-4 hours/week | Institution: The University of Colorado | Platform: Coursera


Computer Forensics

Learn the process, techniques and tools for performing a digital forensics investigation to obtain data related to computer crimes.

Nº Courses: 1 | Length: 8 weeks | Effort: 10-12 hours/week | Institution: Rochester Institute of Technology | Platform: edX

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by Carolyn McIntyre - Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 4:25 PM
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How many of the following skills and traits do you have?

  1. You're a good leader - you know how to lead your team effectively, inspire and build good relationships
  2. You're a good planner - ‘To fail to plan is to plan to fail’. You have good planning principles and execution methodologies which allow you to run projects effectively and efficiently and achieve your goals
  3. You're good at motivating your team - You know how to get the most from your employees by creating the conditions for their success
  4. You're a good communicator - You connect well with your team and communicate transparently and authentically using the appropriate methods
  5. You're a good listener -  You understand both verbal and nonverbal cues and behaviours and you take the time to actively listen to your team members
  6. You're a good team builder - You effectively inspire a sense of shared purpose in a team, recognise what motivates your team and are able to offer the most suitable reward packages
  7. You're good at dealing with conflict - You know how to constructively address conflicts between individuals  within your organisation
  8. You're a good at making decisions - You recognise the need to gather evidence and data in order to make effective decisions
  9. You're good at solving problems - You  address individual and organisational problems effectively by assessing them accurately, evaluating alternative solutions, and anticipating likely risks
  10. You're good at managing employee performance - You know how to develop the full potential of your employees, helping them to attain personal and organisational goals
It is unlikely that any manager could claim to have ALL the above. Luckily these skills can be learnt and developed.

E-Learninglab has selected a list of top online courses which can help you build on your skill set. All the courses listed below are provided by top universities and can be audited free of charge. Learn at your own pace, at any time and from wherever you are.


 
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Soft skills could give you the edge over other job candidates


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Research has shown recently that job seekers often lack the essential soft skills that employers are looking for. Soft skills include the ability to work well and collaborate with others, communicate well both verbally and in writing, manage conflict, be creative and solve problems. According to a study by Wonderlic in 2016, 93% of employers considered soft skills to be either "essential" or "very important" when making hiring decisions. But it seems that it is not always easy to find people who have these skillls as a survey by LinkedIn found in 2015: 59% of U.S. hiring managers believe it’s difficult to find candidates with soft skills. Being able to demonstrate that you have these desirable skills could well give you the edge over other job candidates.

We have selected a list of courses on Coursera which will equip you with these vital soft skills and give you a comfortable lead over others.

Communication in the 21st Century Workplace
By The University of California, Irvine
The focus of this course is to heighten students’ awareness of workplace communication, and add new interpersonal skills, with the end result of becoming a more competent communicator overall.

The Art of Negotiation
By The University of California, Irvine
The art of negotiation comes into play daily in the life of employees at all levels and in every position. Participants explore how current approaches to negotiation strategy and tactics are used, what negotiation entails, types of negotiation relationships that exist from hard bargain to win-win, to fully partnered relationships and personal ones.

Conflict Resolution Skills

By The University of California, Irvine
Examine listening skills, appropriate and strategic verbal and non-verbal communication skills, and how to assemble a conflict management plan likely to yield positive resolutions.

Improving Communication Skills
By The University of Pennsylvania
Learn how to communicate more effectively at work and achieve your goals.

Business English Communication Skills Specialization
By The University of Washington
This Specialization is designed to teach you to communicate effectively in English in professional contexts.

Effective Communication: Writing, Design, and Presentation Specialization
By The University of Colorado Boulder

By taking the individual courses, Business Writing, Graphic Design, and Successful Presentation, you’ll hone your written, visual, and verbal business presentation skills.

Effective Communication in the Globalised Workplace Specialization
By The National University of Singapore
In this Specialization aimed for those who are preparing to enter the workplace, we will share with you some key cultural and linguistic features characterizing effective communication in this increasingly diverse and internationalised workplace.

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Time Management for Personal & Professional Productivity
By The University of California, Irvine

You will be able to gain and apply your knowledge and understanding of personal and professional awareness, organization and commitment, and use the tools, methods and techniques that you have learned in goal setting, prioritization, scheduling, and delegation to overcome time management challenges and enhance productivity.

Creative Problem Solving
By The University of Minnesota
This course deals directly with your ability for creativity which is a critical skill in any field. It focuses on divergent thinking, the ability to develop multiple ideas and concepts to solve problems.

Solving Complex Problems Specialization
By Macquarie University 
SOLVING COMPLEX PROBLEMS will teach you revolutionary new problem-solving skills. Involving lectures from over 50 experts from all faculties at Macquarie University, we look at solving complex problems in a way that has never been done before.

Design Thinking for Innovation
By The University of Virginia
In this course, we provide an overview of design thinking and work with a model containing four key questions and several tools to help you understand design thinking as a problem solving approach. We also look at several stories from different organizations that used design thinking to uncover compelling solutions.

Getting Started: Agile Meets Design Thinking
By The University of Virginia
Despite everyone's good intentions, hard work and solid ideas, too many projects end up creating unneeded, unusable, and unsellable products. But it doesn't have to be this way. Agile and design thinking offer a different--and effective--approach to product development, one that results in valuable solutions to meaningful problems.

Inspiring and Motivating Individuals
By The University of Michigan
In this course, you will learn how to create a shared vision for your team and effectively communicate it to your teammates. You will also learn how to set effective goals and expectations in a way that best enables your team to attain the shared vision. Finally, you will understand the most important needs and drivers of performance across cultures, and will learn to align rewards with desired behaviors so that your teammates are motivated to attain the team’s objectives.

Introduction to Project Management Principles and Practices Specialization
By The University of California, Irvine

This specialization is a precursor to the Applied Project Management Certificate. Project management has been proven to be the most effective method of delivering products within cost, schedule, and resource constraints. This intensive and hands-on series of courses gives you the skills to ensure your projects are completed on time and on budget while giving the user the product they expect.

Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence
Case Western Reserve University
Emotional intelligence, hope, mindfulness, and compassion help a person reverse the damage of chronic stress and build great leadership relationships. The Positive and Negative Emotional Attractors inspire sustained, desired change and learning at many levels.

Coaching Skills for Managers Specialization
By The University of California, Davis
In this Specialization, you will learn the essential skills to coach people for improved performance. You will learn from Executive Coach and UC Davis Instructor Kris Plachy, who has created and transformed dozens of teams through coaching. She will share best practices, research, tools and models for coaching effectively. You will learn how effective managers use coaching to establish clear expectations and accountability, how to assess performance, and how to conduct coaching conversations that build awareness and get results.
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Specializations were first introduced by MOOC Platform, Coursera, in January 2014 aiming to allow students to develop "mastery in a specific subject" through a series of related courses that often end with a capstone project. With only a handful of such learning programs available at the start, Coursera now offers over 160 Specializations in a variety of subject areas, but primarily focused on Computer Science, Data Science, and Business.

Let's take a look at 5 of Coursera's Top Specializations*

Deep Learning
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By deeplearning.ai
Starts September 12th

There was a lot of excitement following the announcement of this new course being the work of Coursera's co-founder, Andrew Ng whose initial course Machine Learning was instrumental in the making of Coursera back in 2011. 

The new Deep Learning Specialization was developed by deeplearning.ai, Andrew Ng's new venture which "strives for providing comprehensive AI education beyond borders". The Specialization is made up of five courses covering Neural Networks, Structuring Machine Learning Projects, Convolutional Neural Networks & Sequence Models.

Using Python and TensorFlow (which are taught), learners work on case studies from healthcare, autonomous driving, sign language reading, music generation, and natural language processing, mastering not only the theory, but also its application in industry. In addition, students gain from input from many top leaders in Deep Learning who also provide career advice.

According to Andrew Ng, Deep Learning is one of the most highly sought after skills in tech, and this course will help you break into AI. Learn more ...


Digital Marketing
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By the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Starts September 20th

The Digital Marketing Certificate was the top coveted certificate on Coursera in 2015 based on the rates of course completers posting their Certificates to LinkedIn. The same year, INC Magazine rated the first course, Marketing in a Digital World, as one of "The 10 Hottest Online Classes for Professionals in 2015." In addition, this course was ranked in the top five courses across multiple MOOC providers by MOOC directory, ClassCentral. And to top it all off the Digital Marketing Specialization made it to the top 10 specializations in terms of enrollments in 2016.

Created by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, this Specialization covers topics such as digital marketing analytics, search engine optimization, social media marketing, and 3D Printing, giving learners a richer understanding of the foundations of the new digital marketing landscape. In addition, students gain a set of stories, concepts, and tools giving them the skills to digitally create, distribute, promote and price products and services. Learn more ...


Financial Reporting
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By the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Starts September 25th

The Financial Reporting Specialization focuses on the role of financial accounting principles and processes in creating and reporting an organization’s financial statements. Learners who complete this specialization will be able to (1) use financial accounting principles to create and/or process an organization’s financial statements and (2) analyze financial statements to assess an organization’s financial position.

The 5-course program includes multiple projects and practice activities, including analyses of statements and cases, which will be peer-reviewed. In addition, the specialization includes one capstone course, which is comprised of a full case analysis of an actual company’s financial statements. Learn more ...


Python for Everybody
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By The University of Michigan
Started August 28th

Python for Everybody is one of Coursera's most popular Specializations covering the latest version of Python (3). The first course of the 5-course series, Programming for Everybody (Getting Started with Python), featured in ClassCentral's Top 50 MOOCs of All Time based on user reviews.

This Specialization introduces fundamental programming concepts including data structures, networked application program interfaces, and databases, using the Python programming language. The program culminates in a Capstone Project where learners use the technologies learned throughout the Specialization to design and create their own applications for data retrieval, processing, and visualization. Learn more ...


Full Stack Web and Multiplatform Mobile App Development
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By The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Started September 4th

This newly updated Specialization teaches front-end and hybrid mobile development, with server-side support, for implementing a multi-platform solution. Through 5 courses, students learn to master front-end frameworks (Bootstrap 4 and Angular) and also learn to create hybrid mobile applications, using the Ionic framework, Cordova and NativeScript. On the server side, you’ll learn to implement NoSQL databases using MongoDB, work within a Node.jsenvironment and Express framework, and communicate to the client side through a RESTful API. Learners enrolling in this Specialization are expected to have prior working knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

The Specialization offers hands-on exercises, culminating in development of a full-fledged application at the end of each course. Each course also includes a mini-Capstone Project as part of the Honors Track where you’ll apply your skills to build a fully functional project. Learn more ...


*Based on information obtained from Coursera | Online Courses From Top Universities. Join for Free

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Over the past five years the number of MOOCs has increased and so has the number of learners enrolling on these online courses. Based on an analysis conducted by MOOC directory ClassCentral in December 2016, the total number of courses on offer reached close to 7,000 with 2,600+ new courses being announced in 2016 (vs. 1800 the previous year). In addition, an estimated 58 million students signed up for at least one MOOC of which 23 million registered for a MOOC for the first time.

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Coursera and edX, the two major MOOC providers, give their students the option to gain a “verified certificate” on successful completion of a course or program. The process of verification involves ensuring the authenticity of the credential through identity checking and providing proof that the certificate holder (and not someone else) completed the course.

How valuable are MOOC certificates in the eyes of employers?


Holding an ID verified certificate for an online course is particularly attractive to those who are studying MOOCs for career advancement or job prospecting. But just how valuable are MOOC certificates in the eyes of employers? By delving deeper into this crucial question, the results are quite encouraging.

Although there is no public data on the overall role of MOOCs in recruitment, a Coursera survey of 52,000 MOOC students featured in the Harvard Business Review, Who’s Benefiting from MOOCs, and Why? , revealed that 72% of respondents had benefitted professionally from MOOCs, and of those actively seeking to build their careers, 87% reported a positive outcome with 26% claiming that MOOCs had helped them find a new job and 9% had started their own business.


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These career achievements from MOOC-based learning are often featured on both Coursera and edX “Learner Stories” where students share their success stories about getting their dream jobs or making career changes. You can learn, for example, how edX courses helped Akshay Kulkarni get a job at Microsoft, Harleen begin a new career in data science, or Nooree get a job as a supply chain planner. Equally Coursera courses have helped Russel land his first industry job, which eventually grew into a leadership role with a major company, and Kemberli land a competitive internship and a full-time job at a top company.

MOOC credentials are gaining ground with employers


There are also encouraging signs that MOOCs are gaining recognition from leading corporates. Coursera for Businessclaim some big corporate customers such as AirFrance, L’Oréal or PayPal and we have recently seen AXA and Coursera join forces to enrich the training curriculum for all AXA employees in 64 countries. The insurance giant will be giving their employees access to over 300 courses in fields such as data science, project management, digital marketing and language learning.

This corporate interest in MOOCs is also evident in the edX MicroMasters Programs which highlight the public endorsements of leading corporate names such as IBM, Walmart, pwc and others. It is clear from these endorsements that the courses are recognised by industry leaders as providing the levels of skill required to take up jobs within the respective companies.

In addition to corporate recognition of MOOC-based credentials, Governments have shown an interest, too, where they pay for courses on behalf of users to upskill both the general population and their own employees. Coursera announced in January 2017 partnering with government agencies across seven countries including the USA, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore and others.

It is clear that MOOC credentials are gaining ground within business, and that now, much more so than before, having MOOC-based learning on your CV can benefit your career. But for an employer to take notice, it is important to keep your MOOC portfolio as focused as possible and highlight only the credentials obtained from reputable providers.


This article was originally published on MoocLab.club

 
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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have come a long way since they first emerged back in 2012. The number of courses as well as the number of learners enrolling in them continues to grow, but more importantly, MOOC credentials are also gaining ground and employers are starting to take notice. Understandably, therefore, it is becoming more commonplace to see MOOCs listed on résumés. But showcasing these online courses needs some careful thought and planning to ensure it works to your advantage.

I've spent some time reading around* on the subject, and based on what I've read, here are some tips on how best to include MOOCs on your résumé:

Keep MOOCs separate

Showcasing your online courses can strengthen your case, but keep them separate from your main academic achievements. Create another section for "Professional Development" where you can list all the continued education you have completed, which includes MOOCs. Adding professional development courses demonstrates that you want to develop in your field and keep your skills current.

Only list MOOCs that are relevant

Just like in other sections of your résumé, it's important to only showcase the skills that are relevant to the job you are applying for. Even if you're a MOOC addict and have completed a large number of courses, your prospective employer will only be interested in the ones that actually add value to your candidate profile. This also means that there is no point listing an introductory level course if you're applying for a more senior role (even if the course subject matter is relevant).

It's what you can do that counts

Employers are far more interested in what you can actually do than what certificates you might have, so there is little point listing a MOOC if you can't demonstrate the skills you have gained from taking the course. You can do this by including a list of the actual skills you gained from the course and real examples of work or projects you have carried out that demonstrate how you applied these skills.

Include the name of the institution

With the growing number of educational institutions offering MOOCs, employers need to know the legitimacy and standing of the course provider. Be sure to include this information with your list of courses, and don't list a MOOC if you yourself didn't find it of high quality.

Only include MOOCs you have completed

It's a well known fact that completion rates in MOOCs are very low, and employers may be sceptical for this reason. If you take a MOOC to improve your chances of getting a job, it is probably worth opting to pay for a Certificate of Completion. This will demonstrate your commitment and drive and avoid any tricky questions if you reach the interview stage.

Create an online portfolio of your learning

The best way to provide your potential employer with evidence of your continued education is to include a link to a digital portfolio which showcases all your certificates and badge in one place. There are a number of sites that offer this service, or you can add your certificates to your LinkedIn profile.


*Sources

How to List Online Courses on Your Resume the Right Way (Because Yes, There Is a Wrong Way)

7 Tips for Listing MOOCs on Your Résumé -- Campus Technology



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Patrick King, Head of Learning Insights at LinkedIn Learning recently spoke on Using Data to Drive Learning & Development Decisions at the Learning Technologies Exhibition in London on 1st February.

In his talk, Patrick highlighted some of the challenges faced by organisations, clearly demonstrating the need for integrating Learning and Development (L&D) in business strategy:


85% of executives are not confident in their leadership pipeline

By 2024 there will be an estimated 16% leadership shortage

92% of business leaders believe there is a skills gap

Only 15% of employees feel they are getting the training they need

The 2 top reasons for employees leaving a company is the lack of opportunity of advancement and dissatisfaction with the leadership skills of their managers.

17% of employees are disengaged at the average company


A case for E-learning solutions to create long-term success


85% of executives are not confident in their leadership pipeline

By 2024 there will be an estimated 16% leadership shortage

Dissatisfaction with leadership is one of the main reasons employees leave a company


A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” —Douglas MacArthur


Although a solid understanding of business practices is of course very important, it is the soft skills that make a good leader. These would include creative problem-solving and strategic decision making skills as well as good collaboration and communication skills. Some individuals are born leaders, but others have to develop the skills needed to successfully make their mark as a leader. Numerous studies have shown that organizations that invest in leadership development perform better than those that do not. Good leadership trickles down through an entire organisation, keeping morale high, retaining employees, and invariably leads to sustainable long-term success.

An online environment actually lends itself very well to developing these skills. E-learning has come a long way from the rather stale disc-driven courses of the 80s and 90s. Online learning, notably in MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) is now social and encourages interaction and collaboration among peers. These environments not only allow participants to connect with industry leaders, but provide access to up-to-date knowledge and resources needed to build a strong leadership skillset.

And of course the flexibility on time and place that online learning offers is unquestionably suited to the busy schedules of individuals in managerial positions with courses being accessible on-demand in bite-sized chunks from anywhere using any device.


Development opportunities are more important to workers than employers probably realise


92% of business leaders believe there is a skills gap

Only 15% of employees feel they are getting the training they need

The #1 reason for employees leaving a company is the lack of opportunity of advancement 

17% of employees are disengaged at the average company


It is quite clear that a perceived opportunity to gain skills and progress professionally within a company are key to making happy, engaged employees. And happy, engaged employees who stay are key to the long-term success of any organisation. But professional development is an all too often overlooked part of employee investment, and it’s more important to workers than employers probably realise.

Budgetary constraints tend to be the main reason for not investing more in training and development. Small-business owners cannot afford the kinds of sophisticated development programs that are offered by large corporations, but E-learning provides a way for SMEs to offer the same standard of training at a fraction of the cost.

With the continued growth of online platforms offering a vast array of high quality low-cost professional development courses, SMEs are now able to tap into these opportunities in order to stay competitive in their market without sacrificing their margins.


Impact is King


One of the key words that was trending in the Learning Technologies Exhibition Seminars was Impact: The need for L&D professionals to link more directly to overall business strategy and outcomes is a key theme for the future of employee development. Simply measuring the satisfaction of those who take part in L&D initiatives is not enough to assess the wider impact of these initiatives on the business.

With the emergence of powerful and effective Learning Management Systems (LMS) to deliver online and blended training, organisations can now have access to quality analytical data to drive Learning & Development decisions. It allows businesses to understand which L&D strategies are most effective and deliver people development that adds the most value to individuals and the overall business alike.


Taking L&D online can clearly benefit businesses from empowering employees to carry out day-to-day tasks confidently and more effectively, to developing true leaders to steer the business to long-term success, to using analytical data to engineer training initiatives that actively support the overall business strategy. If you are looking to improve your business' performance, E-learninglab can connect you to high quality online professional development courses that match your specific requirements. Find out more or Contact us now to discuss your requirements.



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Whatever size your business' training budget is, your primary goal will be to minimise your training investment while maximising results. MOOCs offer an effective way of doing this and are becoming an increasingly popular option for corporate training.

Massive Open Online Courses, otherwise known as MOOCs, are free educational courses delivered online and are open to anyone wishing to enrol without any restrictions. Built by top educational institutions and organisations, these courses provide the perfect opportunity for professionals to develop skills and knowledge, and for businesses to improve their productivity and profits.

Here are some of the benefits of using MOOCs for corporate training:


24/7 access to courses

Being delivered online, MOOCs are available to access 24/7 giving your employees the flexibility to learn at a time that suits them without interfering with their work schedule.


High ROI

The majority of MOOCs offer access to course content free of charge without compromising on quality. Even if you wish to offer your employees the option to gain a credential, course certificates can be purchased at a fraction of the cost usually incurred in traditional training. In addition,  training can be delivered to an unlimited number of employees, at no extra cost, and/or can be tailored to suit each individual's training needs.


Keep skills & knowledge up-to-date

With courses being available on tap, MOOCs allow your business to stay ahead of competitors by keeping your employees up-to-date with the latest technologies and ideas as and when they evolve.


Improve employee retention

Employees who feel empowered by knowledge and feel confident in their role are more likely to feel happy in their job and remain with the organisation for longer. MOOCs give your employees the opportunity to grow professionally and gain confidence in their daily work duties.


Track & monitor employee progress and motivation

Giving your employees access to MOOCs via a Learning Management System (LMS) allows you to track and measure their participation and progress in a course so you can identify which employees are driven and motivated as well as who has desired skill sets.


Thanks to their versatility, MOOCs provide an opportunity for you to develop your employees professionally with high quality content in a broad range of topics  while minimising costs. If you are looking to improve your business' performance, E-learninglab can connect you to high quality MOOCs that match your specific requirements. Find out more >>>




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One of the hardest jobs for a line manager is keeping their people engaged and satisfied. Many employees feel that their immediate managers do not have the skills to manage them properly. Line managers are often criticized for not giving clear goals, not providing constructive feedback or for not recognizing their employee's contribution.

Often, managers have worked their way up the ranks through hard work and great results. But that doesn't necessarily make them born leaders! And without effective leadership, staff performance and engagement suffers.

Luckily, leadership skills and confidence can be developed. By empowering and developing line managers to lead their teams more effectively, organizations can increase managers’ confidence, and thereby improve overall staff performance.

But providing professional development opportunities can be both costly and time-consuming for businesses which can't afford to spare up any time to develop their managers' leadership skills. However, it doesn't HAVE to be.


Here are 4 ways E-Learning offers an effective solution:


Cost-effective

E-Learning can reduce professional development costs by over 50% by removing the need for travel, room rentals, accommodation, instructor and equipment costs.

Time-effective

Line Managers are busy people who simply don't have the time to dedicate to courses. E-Learning takes up 40% to 60% less time than traditional professional development courses as it eliminates the need to travel to and from the course location. The course content is also delivered in short bite-sized chunks making it far more suitable for busy schedules.

Accessibility

In-person training requires that those who participate fit their schedules around the training calendar.  E-Learning eliminates this because the course can be accessed at any time and from any location. Line managers can therefore access their courses at a time that suits them, while travelling or during their free time for example. Being accessible 24/7 also means that participants can revisit course content when needed.

Customisation

Not every line manager's needs are the same. With E-Learning, training can be customised to match the specific requirements of each individual making it far more effective than the one-size-fits-all approach.



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You probably already know that ongoing training can improve business performance, profit and staff morale.

If you want to attract and retain top talent, you have to invest in employee development.


Here are 8 reasons why:


Keep up with industry changes

Industries are constantly changing and so it is important for a business to develop to avoid being left behind.

Be in touch with all the latest technology developments

New technology is being developed all the time making regular training necessary to ensure that staff are using all the latest technology comfortably and to its full potential. 

Stay ahead of competitors

Ensuring your staff are constantly advancing, you will continue to move forward are remain competitive within the marketplace.

It helps you save and earn money

Staff that know more can bring more to the table, and your business will reap the rewards.

It keeps employees engaged at work

With training provided as part of a longer development pathway, employees will have much more incentive to learn and put their new skills into practice.

Increase job satisfaction levels

With continued professional development opportunities, staff can have a much higher sense of job satisfaction, improving motivation and productivity as well as reducing employee turnover.

Provide internal promotion opportunities

Employing new staff involves high recruitment costs and hiring fees. However, with ongoing training, your existing staff can become more eligible for internal promotions, removing the cost of new recruitment.

Attract new talent

Proving continued professional development gives the business a good image and is a key feature many people look for within their job search.


What you may not know is that the provision of online professional development opportunities is growing at an exorbitant rate, and employee development no longer has to be a big investment.

E-learninglab specialises in connecting businesses to high quality online courses provided by top universities and organisations and made freely available over the internet.

Based on the specific training requirements of your workforce, we curate these courses to build tailor-made professional development programs and deliver them via our Training Management Platform which allows you to track and measure your employees’ performance and progress.

By using our unique approach to professional development, you can provide training to your staff at a fraction of the cost of more traditional training without compromising on training quality.

Find out more...

If you are looking to attract and retain top talent by providing your staff with development opportunities, then get in touch today.




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