Common Yet Serious Challenges For eLearning Courses
Every eLearning course is designed with the primary objective of engaging the learner for better understanding, and implementation of the skills in achieving their eLearning objectives and business goals.
To create a detailed and effective eLearning course, the course creator digs deeper into the subject to explain and elaborate on the topic in detail. Such scenarios are bound to bring along some of the common yet serious challenges for your eLearning course.
By identifying and understanding these challenges, it becomes possible and easier to mitigate them or eliminate them completely. Let us understand some of the common yet serious challenges that are mentioned below.
- Undefined Deadlines
Deeper you dwell on the eLearning topic, the longer the eLearning module/chapter becomes. This also becomes a challenge for the creator to curate the eLearning course within the defined timeline. Thus, it is important to involve all the stakeholder’s inputs and consider practical timelines at the planning stage itself so that it becomes possible to adhere to the decided timelines.
While considering and deciding on the timelines, one must keep in consideration the fixed resources you have in hand. Keeping some buffer time in planning will help in ensuring that the quality is not compromised and the end result is as desired not only by you but also does not fall short of the client’s expectations. Wherever possible, it is best to keep the client involved at every step of course creation.
- Learning Content
Irrelevant/generalized eLearning courses are non-engaging for a very obvious reason. The eLearning content should be created keeping the learning objective and practical knowledge that the learner can apply in their day-to-day work scenario.
Off-the-shelf courses are only taken up by the corporate learners to tick mark the compliance requirements. It is a good practice to give choice to the learner. The work-relevant topics or topics of individual interest keep the online learners engaged, thus increasing the success ratio of the online course. Hence, providing multiple options to choose the course of learner’s interest and choice is more meaningful.
- Learner’s Engagement
With the shift from classroom learning to hybrid learning to self-learning with the help of an effective LMS software, the most common yet the biggest challenge is and has always been keeping the online learners engaged. While the engagement largely depends on the interactivity of the learning management software, the course content plays an equally important part.
One must ensure to keep the content short, crisp, informative, and clutter-free. While navigating through, the learner must feel the ease of using the eLearning content with minimal navigation. With technological advancements, an effective LMS provides multiple options for keeping the learners engaged in the form of FAQs, quizzes, games, polls, etc. One does not need to be technologically skilled to manage an eLearning platform.
- Right eLearning Tool
With a plethora of options available, it becomes the toughest job to choose the perfect eLearning tool, especially when the word “perfect” means differently in different scenarios. Based on the eLearning course, one must segregate the features into different categories like “must-have”, and “good to have”.
Based on a few trials on the demo logins, check all the features and functions that the LMS provides you with. Perform a thorough comparison of these features, especially the ones that you intend to use. Shortlist the best-suited features for the eLearning course design.
Comparison based on support, pricing, and relevant features will also ease your job of choosing the right eLearning tools for your online course. With this kind of research and analysis, you are sure to find the most interactive features. A combination of the right eLearning tools and great eLearning content will lead to better engagement of the learner making your eLearning course a sure success.
- eLearning Course Structure
Once you have decided on the learning objectives and have created an outline of the course content that is well-aligned with business goals, it is important to ensure that the information is shared in a practical way with proper navigation.
Balancing the textual content with infographics, videos, games, etc in the right order will lead to continuity of the learning. However, overloading information in a cluttered manner will disengage the learner even if the course content has all the required information.
Similarly, the navigation should be simple and intuitive. Online learners spending too much time figuring out how to move to the next module will make him leave the course incomplete.
To create an impactful and engaging eLearning program, the basic required resources are people, budget, and time. Unfortunately, every course is expected to complete with limited resources, time, and budget. Thus, planning the eLearning project carefully and accurately is very important. Compromising with limited resources may leave in a purge.
You may start the project with full enthusiasm and rigor keeping the team motivated. But by the time you reach the middle of the project, the team realizes that it is nearly impossible to complete the project with the given resources. Getting additional resources or a budget in the middle of the project becomes almost impossible.
Create a detailed budget at the beginning of the project keeping every aspect and associated budget into consideration. With limited resources and budget, the best option is to choose a flexible development tool that can help you create the eLearning project with minimum possible resources and budget. With the use of in-built features, you can save on time as well.
There are challenges in anything we do, and creating a successful and engaging eLearning course is no different. These challenges are very common and are faced every time you create a new eLearning course. To overcome these challenges, it is important, firstly, to be cognizant of the common challenges. Secondly, taking a common approach for the basics of the eLearning course creation methodology and tweaking it based on the learning objectives and business goals makes it different, successful, and engaging from other similar courses.
Rwanda receives $100million from World Bank to boost private sector
The World Bank has approved an additional credit of $100 million in IDA financing to support Rwanda in increasing access to finance and supporting businesses’ recovery and resilience in the post-pandemic period.
The additional finance will scale up investments under the Access to Finance for Recovery and Resilience project by providing financial relief, risk-sharing instruments, and long-term sources of funding to businesses.
The additional financing will support an innovative Sustainability-Linked Bond instrument to be issued by the Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) in local currency – a first for a World Bank operation, facilitating the mobilization of private capital in an IDA country.
This type of transaction is also a first for a development bank globally and provides a model that could be scaled up in Rwanda and elsewhere in the region.
The bond issuance will be part of a programmatic SLB issuance program to support the Development Bank of Rwanda’s institutional strengthening through diversifying its funding sources via capital markets while nourishing its role and commitments to achieving Key Performance Indicators aligned with Rwanda’s sustainable economic development.
“The additional financing will further expand the project’s pool of innovative blended finance which had already brought together World Bank financing with funding from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and a grant from the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery,” said Rolande Pryce, World Bank Country Manager for Rwanda.
“This innovative operation goes a step beyond by enabling private capital mobilization, representing yet another great example of the fruitful collaboration with the Government of Rwanda to build solid foundations for Rwanda’s socioeconomic transformation.”
The BRD Sustainability Linked Bond program is expected to align closely with BRD’s broader strategic objectives of promoting sustainable economic development.
The program will rely on a sound sustainability-linked financing framework, including specific measurable Key Performance Indicators, which will enable the program to receive the ‘sustainability-linked’ label.
The identified indicators will be relevant, core, and material in relation to BRD’s activities and the Government of Rwanda’s sustainable development objectives; measurable; externally verifiable; and bench-markable.
With this operation, the Government of Rwanda will play an enabling role in BRD’s foray into long-term institutional sustainability and sustainability-linked financing.
The issuance is expected to act as an important signal for the wider use of debt markets, promote this form of financing among other potential issuers, contribute to domestic capital market development, and position Rwanda as a leader in sustainable finance regionally.
The proposed transaction is also expected to position Rwanda favorably internationally and support broader private-sector capital flows to strategic sectors. In addition, the proposed issuance could provide a template for broader sustainability development in the financial sector.
Important Skills for Business Owners to Have
Most business owners want to do everything they can to create a successful business. This can mean seeking qualified and high-performing employees and providing high-quality products and services for their customers.
However, a business’s success can often come down to the skills of the owner and their ability to make sound business decisions. If you want to put your business in a solid position to succeed, here are some essential skills you might need.
Read any online business magazine, and you’ll likely see mention of how crucial communication in business can be. A lack of communication from management can lead to high turnover rates and even contribute to general staff dissatisfaction and poor customer service. As a result, communication skills can be vital for you to have as a business owner.
When you communicate with your employees, vendors, and clients, you’re setting an expectation for everyone around you to follow suit. A communicative business owner can create communicative managers and employees who know how to ask for what they want and need.
Whether you’re happy with a small business or want to turn your fledgling company into an international brand, you must be financially literate to achieve your goals. Without a basic understanding of your business’s finances, you risk not reaching your full profit potential.
The best business owners know how to maximize their cash flow, price products and services for profit, and ask for help from expert accountants when they can’t manage their financial obligations like taxes on their own.
Digital Marketing Skills
If you’re in the startup phase of your business, you likely don’t have a large enough marketing budget to hire an employee to take care of this important task for you. Not having a large budget for marketing doesn’t mean you should neglect it altogether.
Marketing can be crucial for growing your business, obtaining market share, and building brand recognition. As a result, business owners should take the time to learn the marketing fundamentals so they’re able to advertise their business in the right places.
Being a good leader involves being empathetic, a good listener, setting clear expectations, and embracing change. You might believe you’re good at being ‘the boss’ in your business, but you can be a boss without having valuable leadership skills. Prioritize leadership skills and potentially enjoy a range of benefits like increased staff happiness levels and high retention rates.
As a new business owner, your grand plan might be to hire employees to sell your products and services for you. However, having basic sales skills can still be important. With a fundamental understanding of how business sales work, you can ‘sell’ your business to potential new employees, onboard new clients successfully, and potentially win new customers.
Fortunately, learning new sales skills is generally straightforward. You can attend sales training, find a mentor in the sales world, and read helpful business articles online. Every small amount of new knowledge gained might be more valuable than you think.
The average business owner might have the dedication and tenacity to start a new business, but it doesn’t mean they have all the necessary skills to ensure their business succeeds. Fine-tune some of these skills above, and you might stand a better chance of enjoying business success.
BRICS vs the US ‘rules-based order’
The inability of NATO-backed Ukraine to defeat the Kremlin’s forces and the commercial and economic dependency that Western countries have fallen into vis-à-vis China confirm bitter apprehensions about a rapid decline of the US-led Western bloc, writes Côme Carpentier de Gourdon, a member of the Editorial Board of the World Affairs Journal.
The next BRICS summit scheduled in South Africa in August is likely to announce various momentous decisions, such as the admission of new member-states, including Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Argentina, and Egypt and set a timetable for the introduction of a new joint currency to replace the US Dollar in international trade between them.
The likelihood that this rival to the Greenback may come into being in the short or medium term has set alarm bells ringing in the financial citadels of the Western world and especially in the United States, already shaken by the parlous state of their economy and the declining status of a rapidly devaluing Dollar (in terms of purchasing power).
The economic threat posed by this future monetary vehicle combines with the challenge posed to American supremacy by Russia and China and incites Washington DC to use all its political, diplomatic, military and judicial arsenal in order to derail this process.
One cannot but view in that context Russian President Putin’s inculpation by the International Criminal Court, by a Prosecutor who appears to have been highly susceptible to pressure. In line with this ‘pull all the stops’ strategy, the American government and its allies are now applying the greatest pressure on South Africa to arrest the Russian head of State if and when he comes to participate in the August BRICS summit. Clearly, the intent is to prevent the gathering from fulfilling its agenda by embroiling its members in a legal controversy about the primacy of international law over the diplomatic immunity of heads of state in foreign countries. The sabotage tactic can be effective if South Africa, the host state, faces damaging economic and diplomatic sanctions that might topple its fragile political edifice, given its ethnically divided society and an economy still under heavy ‘Western’ influence.
The South African spokesman has indeed recalled that, though foreign heads of state have diplomatic immunity, the latter does not supersede arrest warrants from a supra-national judicial authority although the ICC (to which Pretoria is a signatory) cannot compel a sovereign state to comply with its demands.
Similar pressure tactics and threats are being implemented by the G-7 Clan towards the G20 and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation – both chaired by India this year – which the United States and its subalterns are holding hostage to the Ukrainian question. There is a realisation in Western circles that Ukraine cannot win this war on the battlefield so that only a major geopolitical upset can turn the table on Russia. Humanitarian and other moral concerns are mere fig leaves over the naked resolve to maintain hegemony through the ‘rules-based order’ system.
It is enough to recall that a rapidly growing percentage of the world’s population is now under some kind of sanctions, most unilaterally decreed by the United States with the support of its allies, to realise that mankind is split between the Club of the sanctioning powers and the rest of the world, which can fall victims to these sanctions at the will of the US Congress and the White House. India has had that experience in the last decades and faces it once again, in connection to its energy trade with Russia
India is being courted by the US while being harshly criticized in the globalist ‘legacy media’ on various grounds but in reality for professing constructive multi-alignment.
The recent offer from the US Congress of NATO-Plus status to New Delhi is predicated on India’s acceptance of the broader US agenda, against a promise of technology transfer and business incentives but it will necessarily entail the loss of strategic autonomy and independent decision-making. It should be kept in mind that any country or personality, legal or physical, can always fall under the sway of US sanctions if it ceases to comply with the prescribed ‘rules-based code of behaviour’, all the more so if it contributes to any initiative regarded as an existential threat to the Superpower’s status.
And the BRICS, at last potentially, matches that one-sided, self-serving definition of what goes against the global order.
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