5 Tips To Survive The Corporate Christmas Party

For some, the corporate Christmas party is a jovial opportunity to see work colleagues in a social setting. For others, it’s painful to partake in, like an annual aneurysm of awkward that’s simply unavoidable.

Whether your attendance is in excitement or apathy, the corporate Christmas party is a calendar necessity and your appearance is expected.

We’ve complied a survival guide to get you through the fears, follies and festivities of the corporate Christmas celebration.

1) Be Merry… In Moderation

It’s Christmas time, the spirt of the season is upon us! This party is an excuse to eat, drink and be merry! But even with the allure of endless (free) alcohol, it’s not a great idea to get so inaptly inebriated that you’re left not knowing if you’re celebrating the arrival of the jolly Saint Nick or the amazing Easter bunny.

A wise person once said, the best Christmas party is one you will remember! We recommend pacing your drinks and matching them with mouthfuls of food.

2) Beware the Buzz Kill

Christmas parties are a rare opportunity to learn a lot about your colleagues and get to know their alternative interests and activities. We’re not all corporate cardboard cutouts! Open your mouth, spit out some words and allow the flow of communication to create connections. Spill the beans about all the interesting things you do when you’re not crunching numbers or crafting copy. Save the work woes until Monday and avoid anti-social office chatting.

3) Dress to Impress

Smart casual is out and expressive is in for the festive season. Be yourself and be complimenting, let your sentiment and style shine! Dress for the occasion and be as commending and accepting with attire as you are with the open bar. You don’t work for the fashion police, so be complimenting not critical of your colleagues clothing choices.

4) Keep it Classy

Workplace romances are always a possibility, no matter where you work,  but the corporate Christmas party is not the place to express your inner … interests.

The best Christmas present you can give your boss is an incident free evening, so keep it classy and keep it all inside the attire! If this blossoming workplace romance is meant to be, it can wait for the weekend.

5) Stress Less and Enjoy Yourself

You’ve worked hard all year and so has everyone else in the office. Have fun and enjoy the ridiculous on offer! Relish in the reward because you’ve earned it. No one likes a Christmas Grinch, so pull your head out of your… pockets, cheer up and embrace the Christmas spirit.

On behalf of the entire team at etrainu, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe silly season.

How etrainu Embrace the User Experience

As we have discussed in our previous blogs, 3 Reasons eLearning & Alternative Technology is Shaping the Future of Education and Breaking Down the Barriers of eLearning, online training and the way in which we access and engage with information online has dramatically transformed, allowing for unlimited possibilities for us all to learn and grow.

But despite this enormous change in the online learning environment, we cannot ignore the fundamental needs that many people desire in their learning experiences. These are human interaction and connectedness. etrainu understands the perfect learning experience is a combination of being able to engage with content, whilst also feeling supported through the experience.

Our team of experienced developers, designers, writers and support staff embrace the user experience in the following ways:

1) By Understanding That We’re Dealing With Real People

Not only do our helpdesk team step into the shoes of learners, so do the development team who design, write and create the eLearning experience. We understand that we’re not dealing with robots but real living, breathing people who have wants and needs of their own.

Being able to empathise with learners by using techniques and interactive learning activities to keep them engaged and in control is the key to effective learning. It is equally as important to treat our participants, clients and individual learners like real people understanding okay to make mistakes and that help is available for anyone who needs support throughout the eLearning experience.

2) By Being Available Around the Clock

At etrainu, we endeavour to keep our learners connected through a variety of channels including online chat, email and telephone assistance from 8am – 5pm Monday to Friday. Whilst telephone and online chat is obviously instantaneous, our helpdesk team strive to respond our emails as quickly as possible and are the first thing checked when doors open and the last thing checked before doors close.

When learners feel they’re being appreciated, listened to and that their emotional needs are meet, they feel happier. Feelings of positivity and a pleasant experience help with memory retention and eliminate learning blockers such as stress and frustration.

3) By Taking Your Feedback Seriously

We really love hearing from you, whether it being positive or negative, because it presents an opportunity to see what is working and what is not. All the feedback we receive is well documented and presented to the development team so our eLearning courses can be more effective and connect with our audiences better. We’re always looking for ways to improve!

Gathering feedback from our learners is essential to our longevity (We also really love when people leave us a nice review on our Facebook page).

Even since its inception, etrainu have stood out above its competitors by really understanding learner’s wants and needs, not only considering them but also listening and adapting to feedback to create the best possible eLearning user experience.

 

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation

We’ve complied a list of the wisest words about eLearning to inspire, motivate and promote the significance of online education and advancing opportunities.

For the creative thinkers and long term learners, we hope these quotes spur inspiration and enthusiasm, and remind you of the amazing, innovative possibilities of continuous learning and education.

 

1. “Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.” – William Pollard

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2. “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

3. “The quickest way to become an old dog is to stop learning new tricks.” – John Rooney

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

4. “Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.” – Isaac Asimov

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

5. “Our future growth relies on competitiveness and innovation, skills and productivity. These in turn rely on the education of our people.” – Julia Gillard

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

6. “Change is the end result of all true learning.” – Leo Buscaglia

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

7. “In order to create an engaging learning experience, the role of instructor is optional, but the role of learner is essential.” – Bernard Bull

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

8. “One of the most important areas we can develop as professionals is competence in accessing and sharing knowledge.”- Connie Malamed

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

9. “To learn something new is a timeless pleasure and a valuable treasure.” – C. JoyBell C.

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

10. “Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it’s decoration.” – Jeffrey Zeldman

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

11. “The greatest enemy of learning is knowing.” – John Maxwell

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

12. “You can’t teach people everything they need to know. The best you can do is position them where they can find what they need to know when they need to know it.”- Seymour Papert

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

13. The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” – Alvin Toffler

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

14. “The more that you read, the more thing you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

15. “Man’s Mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

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16.  “Online learning is not the next big thing, it is the now big thing.”- Donna J. Abernathy

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

17. Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” – Albert Einstein

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

18. “Let go of certainty. The opposite isn’t uncertainty. It’s openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace paradox, rather than choose up sides. The ultimate challenge is to accept ourselves exactly as we are, but never stop trying to learn and grow.”  – Tony Schwartz

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19. “Learning experiences are like journeys. The journey starts where the learning is now, and ends when the learner is successful. The end of the journey isn’t knowing more, it’s doing more.” – Julie Dirksen

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

20. “If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

21. “Information is a source of learning. But unless it is organized, processed, and available to the right people in a format for decision-making, it is a burden, not a benefit.” – William Pollard

22 Motivational Quotes about eLearning and Innovation etrainu

22. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs

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etrainu Expert Advice – The Effectiveness of eLearning

 For five years, etrainu has worked with Nerang RSL & Memorial Club in providing online courses for new and existing staff in Responsible Service of Alcohol, Responsible Service of Gambling and Food Safety, in addition to a customised Compliance training induction and a Sales and Customer service eLearning course that features imagery of the club and a personalised introductory video with the club’s President.

The Human Resources Manager of Nerang RSL & Memorial Club, Georgina Seddon, spoke to etrainu about her experience in using eLearning to train staff and its effectiveness as a training tool.

 What made Nerang RSL & Memorial Club change to eLearning as a way of educating and inducting its employees

In the period just before we employed services of etrainu, Nerang RSL & Memorial Club was experiencing a high turnover rate and needed a solution. Using eLearning courses was the answer, as it was more effective, saved time and was a more affordable option for the club.

What aspects of eLearning do you believe are effective?

I personally think what makes eLearning effective is how it caters towards different learning styles. I’ve observed that some of our staff like to read and while others prefer to listen. It’s effective because it covers the learning styles of all individuals.

 How have the employees of Nerang RSL & Memorial Club responded to online training to date?

They’ve actually really enjoyed it and responded well. It’s actually a really useful tool for me too as I can monitor how engaged our staff are with their learning. For example, if they are distracted by their phones while completing an eLearning course, they’re not committed to the club or the position.

Do you think it’s important to have a variety of methods when it comes to teaching content? If so, does eLearning and online training help to achieve this?

Yes, I strongly believe it’s important and that eLearning addresses this.

 Would you recommend other businesses or organisations use online training as a way of educating employees and club members? Why/why not?

We certainly would! At Nerang RSL & Memorial Club, we’ve found etrainu’s courses are not only great as starter courses, they’re also great refreshers. Even though etrainu’s nationally accredited courses issue a Statement of Attainment upon completion, which keeps the certificates valid, we like our staff to redo the courses every 3 years to keep their knowledge sharp and up to date. For our non-accredited courses, such as Sales and Customer, participants are issued certificate which features Nerang RSL & Memorial Club’s very own logo.

We’ve also found online learning to be an effective discipline tool. Recently, we had in instance where one of the staff was acting in a way that was not in line with the culture and values of Nerang RSL & Memorial Club. This staff member was instructed to complete the Compliance training course and only after completing it was this member able to see the error of his ways and continue working as a valued member of the Nerang RSL & Memorial Club team.

 In your opinion, is there still a place for traditional teaching/text book education or is it a thing of the past because of eLearning?

In some ways, traditional text book learning is a thing of the past, especially for the younger generation but there will always be a place for face-to-face learning.

What do you think is biggest benefit from eLearning and using it to train staffing teams?

Compliance, it’s a necessity and brings everyone up to date.

 

Interested in a customised and cost-effective online training course for your business?

Contact Nathan on 07 3114 2958 or via email at [email protected].

Be sure to visit our website for more information and to view our online slider of previous client work and testimonials.

Cognitive Colouring for eLearning

One of the main advantages that eLearning has over traditional learning is its use of colour to enhance content.

When designing courses, eLearning developers use particular colours or colour combinations for different physiological and psychological effects. Studies have shown that the cerebral cortex responds to certain colours and visual cues in distinctively differently ways when learning. So how exactly can a colour enhance an individual’s learning experience?

 Colour Stimulates Mind

When using warm colours, content that is deemed dry or less engaging becomes stimulating, putting the learner in a state of alertness.

When red and orange are aligned to certain information for example, learners are more inclined to maintain interest and focus instead of the traditional classroom colours of black and white, which puts learners into a passive state.

eLearning developers also use certain colour pallets to add additional meaning to content. For instance, we often associate the colors of red, green and orange with traffic lights. Red can be used to highlight danger or an incorrect answer while use of green could be used to symbolise progress or growth.

 Colour Increases Memory Retention

In a study by Farely and Grant, results illustrated that the use of colour increases memory performance. Memory in particular is connected to active cognitive activity, with colour being the strongest stimulant for the brain.

For example, when information is connected to the colour yellow, a conscious signal is sent to the mind telling the learner that the content is of importance and must be remembered.

 Could Can Alter Moods

Did you know seeing certain colours can evoke different emotions? No, we’re not talking about mood rings here. eLearning developers often use colour to induce specific moods. For example soft colours such as blue, green and light brown can invoke feelings of relaxation and positivity.

If too many soft colours are used throughout an online course, learners can become bored and disinterested. But if too many stimulating colours are used, learners can feel anxious and fatigued. eLearning developers and designers take this into consideration when strategically using each colour.

 Colour Can Hold Focus

The use of colour can also direct a learner’s attention to a particular feature or increase the emphasis on certain content. Again, using the colour of red is most effective in this instance as it makes content stand out.

By using colours effectively, participants can engage with a kind of learning that keeps them engaged and focused, ultimately breaking the limitations of the traditional classroom. Therefore, colour is a HUGE consideration when designing and developing online courses!

References:
– Farley FH, Grant AP. Arousal and cognition: Memory for colour versus black and white multimedia presentation. J Psychol. 1976;94(1):147–150.

Breaking Down The Barriers of eLearning

Although eLearning is increasingly becoming the education/training option of choice, there are still a number of preconceived barriers that people associate with online learning.

Problems such as age, literacy ability, availability and finances are barriers that can prevent certain groups of people from undertaking eLearning, but there is simply NO reason for ANYONE to not engage in eLearning courses.

This blog will debunk the major myths and barriers of eLearning to remove any doubt you might have about enrolling in an online course.


1. It’s not that scary

Take the plunge! While eLearning employs different techniques to traditional classroom learning, it’s not any less effective. In fact, in many cases it’s actually proved to be much more effective! 
Just because eLearning is a new, innovative and advanced, does not mean it’s difficult or challenging. The interactive learning techniques are not something to be feared, but embraced! Once you complete your first online course, we guarantee you’ll never go back to traditional textbook teaching.

2. Age is not an issue

Whatever your age is, don’t let it be a barrier to stop you learning! However young or old you are, eLearning is equipped with methods of teaching that are specifically targeted to you!
One of the most common misconceptions about eLearning is that it caters to those who frequently use computers and smart phone technology, ruling out many more mature members of society, but again, that’s simply just not the case.
eLearning is EASIER and more effective that many examples of traditional teaching and can help users of all ages not only learn and understand the content, but also enjoy it.

3. Not being great with computers is not a great concern

People with limited or poor computer skills can find the thought of online learning very daunting. Surprisingly, eLearning is specifically tailored to be simple, easy catering particularly for those who have difficulty using computers and the Internet.

Studies have shown that those who complete online courses with little or no previous computer experience leave with the extra benefit of feeling more confident using technology and motivated to pursue lifelong learning.



4. It’s not as expensive as you might think

You’ll be happy to know online courses provide high-level training at a fraction of the cost of class attendance learning. There’s no tuition, no driving, no course textbooks, it’s just a once off free that cover all your course requirements.

Courses with etrainu start from as little as $35! Courses are developed by designer and completed by experts in the field so you know you’re getting the best knowledge possible.

eLearning does not skip out on the expertise, it’s just easier on your pocket because it’s in your own time, on our own computer.

With eLearning you can increase your knowledge, experience and training without emptying your pockets.

5. You’re not too illiterate, eLearning is for everyone across all levels of intellect

Whether you have the IQ of Einstein or Bart Simpson, there is no limit to your capabilities with eLearning.

Fortunately, eLearning can overcome language barriers by teaching content using a variety of techniques and activities, such as scenarios, movies and animations, images and interactive activities! It’s actually easier for people to learn than traditional methods of teaching.
There is absolutely nothing stopping you from gaining the knowledge and skills you want through eLearning!

No matter how old what you are or what your educational background is, eLearning can accommodate everyone.

EOFY – Make Your Budget Go The Mile!

July 1 is an anticipated date for many businesses and organisations as the end of financial year preparation sets in.

For many, next years budget money can potentially be lost as the end of financial year deadlines come to a close if budgets allocated are not spent, but when used wisely, your business can make the most of those remaining budget bucks.

So what’s a good investment that can use useful, effective and opportunistic for your businesses present and future spending? The answer of course is eLearning and online courses!

eLearning is a excellent option for organisations and businesses wanting to make the most of their end of year funds. Spending options can range from a wide variety of beautifully designed and developed courses, online compliance training for your staff and even custom-built client training programs to help improve quality work practise for your business.

 

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The good news is you don’t need to purchase and complete the training before the end of the financial year. With etrainu, you can purchase credits that can be redeemed for up to one year following the purchase date!

Studies have suggested that nearly a quarter of employees resign or leave their positions due to lack of training opportunities. Optimise your left over budget and keep your workers happy with our online accredited training courses.

Top up your training account this financial year and accrue training credits for up to 12 months with your choice of online courses with etrainu!

PLUS – get a free look and feel when you add more than $200 credit to your account. This means your staff will be able to log in and see the business’s branding.

Contact our help desk between 8am and 5pm Monday – Friday and we’ll sort your credit purchases out for you!

HELP DESK: (07) 3114 2958
EMAIL:  [email protected]

Why Scenario Based Learning Is Successful

Scenario based learning, also known as ‘problem based learning’ is an interactive teaching method employed regularly in eLearning courses.

The purpose of scenario-based learning is to prompt the learner to work their way through a chronological storyline, based around a simple or complex problem. They are required to solve the problem from the information they have retained throughout the eLearning course. This means the results and underlining success of scenario-based learning ensures the learner has 100% understood the content to a high enough degree that they can apply their knowledge to the scenario in order to progress further through the course.

Many eLearning courses incorporate scenario-based activities because it helps to encourage user performance and improve understanding of the content.

Scenario-based learning can be used to assist learners, employers and businesses in a huge variety of teaching areas. It’s strength and success as a teaching tool is highly effective when used to simulate ‘real world practice’.

 

Scenario-based learning is successful because it presents the user with the opportunities to:

  1. Retain and utilise the information they’ve just learnt

  2. Apply that information to a situation that is appropriate to a real life situation

  3. Make an advised decision to solve a problem

  4. Think critically about content and apply instructed knowledge

  5. Encourage and motivate course participation and interactivity

  6. Practise skills, necessary after the course is complete

  7. Understand the content to a higher degree

  8. Provide evidence and information for both simple and complex problem solving and decision making

  9. Challenge mental capacity and encourage achievement

According to Lave & Wenger, scenario-based learning is based on the principles of situated learning theory. This theory protests to the fact that the best, and most prolific learning takes place in the content of how and where it is going to be used. Therefore, applying a situational scenario appropriate to the workplace, interest, or relevant life situation of the learner, will ensure a successful learning outcome.

Sources:

Clark, R., (2009). Accelerating expertise with scenario based learning. Learning Blueprint. Merrifield, VA: American Society for Teaching and Development.

Kindley, R. W. (2002). Scenario-based e-learning: a step beyond traditional e-learning. ASTD Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.astd.org

Classrooms VS eLearning – The Educational Experience

Online learning goes beyond the limits of the classroom to make learning accessible to anyone and everyone. Offering unlimited possibilities for both students and workers to engage with and learn new information, eLearning has proven to be the efficient, cost effective teaching method of choice for both business teams and individuals.

Below we’ve outlined a few key strengths eLearning has over the classroom teaching. From our experience, it’s the online classroom that comes out on top!

1) Practical Learning Environment

Setting plays a crucial role in effective teaching, and learning and eLearning and the online environment is no different! Compared to the conventional classroom setting, online training always caters to the individual’s personal learning environment, even if it’s completed in a group. It’s also the most practical option as the participant can complete the course anytime, anywhere!

2) Accommodates Different Learning Styles

One of the disadvantages of classroom learning is that teaching is restricted to instructors and physical prescience of a teacher. With eLearning, there are unlimited possibilities for participants to engage with material and acquire knowledge by using interactive, engaging multimedia and activities. Video, audio, animation and graphics not only enhance content, but also add a ‘human touch’ and personal interaction to the method of learning to cater for the many different types of learner. For more information on the different learning styles, consult our blog .

3) Personalised Learning Experience

Depending on the time restrictions of both instructors and students, traditional classroom teaching normally involves instructors teaching a bulk amount of information within a short period of time. While it is economical to teach 16 hours worth of content over to two days, the amount of information can overload the learner!

This issue is completely avoided with online learning, because content is organised into smaller packages, so participants can retain information more easily and can access anytime, anywhere without feeling overwhelmed. Learners can also skim material if they feel they have already mastered a particular section and focus on the areas they feel needs improving.

4) Clearer, Concise Information  

Content presented in an online course is completely different to content projected in the classroom. When developing eLearning material, we are aware that learners like to scan pages quickly, so online courses present information in a way that is concise and quick with bullet points, strong headings and short paragraphs.

5) Greater Sense of Achievement and Responsibility

With online training, participants are motivated to take responsibility for their own learning. Upon completion, participants are left with a stronger self-knowledge and self-confidence in their own learning capabilities. They feel a sense of achievement that they have earned and completed the course for themselves without the guidance or pushing of a classroom teacher.

6) Fosters Social Interaction

Meeting with instructors can be difficult in a classroom setting as their time is restricted or a time has to be predetermined to meet with them. Even though eLearning is a solitary activity, it fosters more direct social interact between students and instructors as methods of communication are more practical.

Traditional classroom teaching will always have a place in society throughout various educational institutions, but with eLearning, the classroom can be in your living room, library or anywhere that is the best suited learning environment for the participant. While the traditional teaching method will always remain uniform, technologies constant improvements continuously push eLearning forward, meaning we can always expect new methods of improved, integrated and interactive learning in the future!

3 Reasons eLearning & Alternative Technology is Shaping The Future of Education

Technology, the Internet and the advances of the digital era have shaped the way we function in society. Digital technology has revolutionised the way we socialise, interact and work, but most importantly, it has changed the way we learn!

The ever-increasing possibilities and advances of eLearning has promoted a massive upgrade in the educational sector, making it more innovative, engaging and entertaining. This has resulted in a huge change within the learning environment.

No longer must a learner sit in a classroom and trawl through a library to source information from books. More and more students, employees and businesses are instead turning to eLearning to extend their skills and qualifications in the online, electronic environment.

Here’s why:

1. It’s Personalised Learning

eLearning courses and modules ensure the learner is capable of controlling their own learning experience! It’s their method, their pace and their personal understanding that is the focus.

Learners can make unique, individual decisions about the content, and draw their own conclusions as they engage directly with the course by physically interacting and engaging with the course content. Not only is the learner using their skills and imagination, but they’re also being guided with images, sounds, activities and instruction to create a whole new learning experience that is actually enjoyable!

2. You have Real Time Access to Courses

While we continue living in the ‘information now’ era, eLearning is definitely the fastest alternative to get qualified quickly! People are participating in courses online in their own time and they’re free to access the content and complete the training with absolute convenience. It’s any time, anywhere access to information, which is a HUGE advantage to anyone balancing a work and social life with educational requirements. No one wants to wait around and put off personal commitments for required learning and training. eLearning ensures participants are much more engaged and excited about the content because they are studying when they want to. They are not being forced to commit deadlines, or in person attendance.

3. Improved Information Retention, Engagement and User Experience

eLearning is fun! The combination of multimedia such as images, music and narration throughout online courses provides an effective alternative to traditional teaching. These new innovations are becoming preference, and more and more people are making the shift to eLearning for the fun and exciting user experience. Studies have proven that people are much more likely to actually retain and remember the information when they’re enjoying themselves.

The digital age and the evolving nature of technology dictates that eLearning is progressive and is being more and more welcomed by learners. As this generation of society continues to extend and develop, so too do the advances of eLearning.