I recently came across DarfurisDying.com. No its not just another advocacy website. This website uses gaming to introduce visitors to the simulations of living and surviving in a refugee camp in Darfur. Needless to say, I ended up loosing all members of my camp. But the experience, virtual though it was, was truly surreal.

This brings me to this post. How can organizations use simulations or games to engage employees or staff to discuss and strategize various scenarios.

Have you used immersive learning simulations or games in your training or e-learning programs. How can training software systems be leveraged to produce high powered trainings such as saving a refugee camp? I can see virtual “apprentice” simulations.

In many ways the military has used simulations in training for foreign deployment. These games have no doubt saved many lives and enhanced many outcomes.

Let us know how you use immersive learning simulations or games in your e-learning or corporate training programs. Does your learning management system enable you load games or simulations? If not tell us what your experiences have been.



According to a report by Global Industry Analysts Inc., “eLearning: A Global Strategic Business Report,” e-learning is on the rise, and demand for it is expected to
exceed $52.6 billion by 2010 worldwide.Additionally, the study said e-learning solutions are being incorporated in a large variety of informational and training applications at many corporations.E-learning is now the method companies use second-most often to deploy learning and development, according to the study.

More and more products are available from various content, service
and technology providers, but interoperability has been a challenge —
the study said a lack of interoperable standards has the potential to
stunt the growth, which might have started already.

The study also found the U.S. e-learning market is the world’s
largest, as its 2007 revenues are expected to exceed $17.5 billion.
Further, the U.S. corporate e-learning market share is more than 60
percent. Read more …



Toyota’s corporate culture has transformed it from a small manufacturer
into a market-gobbling giant famous for quality circles and giving
workers control over production lines. For years, aspiring factory
leaders have come here to attend Toyota’s select technical high school,
the Toyota Technical Skills Academy in Toyota City.

Toyota’s culture, she said, is still grounded in a Japanese-oriented
brand of group-think. But in some cases, Toyota has also adapted it to
fit American culture, she said, dropping group calisthenics at American
factories, for example, although that is still common at Japanese

She said she understood the Toyota Way better after
learning from people who had lived it their entire professional lives.
She now uses the wall chart as a critical motivating tool for managing
her employees.

“When I saw folks in high ranks, like Mr.
Watanabe, and how consistent and dedicated they were, I knew they were
true believers” in the Toyota Way, Ms. Newton said. “Now, I’m a true
believer, too.”

Read the full story of how Totoya is leveraging training and corporate workforce development to integrate its vast and growing work force at the NYT.

You might not be a Toyota but you need to consider how structured training and e-learning programs can help your organization stay cohesive, dedicated and productive. Consider investing in an online training platform today.



Any IT training challenge, from Microsoft Outlook to complicated
document management, requires analysis to assess training needs,
methodology that ensures high retention and post-training support to
guarantee ongoing skill enhancement.

Read the rest of the article on IT training



Data from e-skills UK indicates that employers are realizing greater advantages from e-learning compared to conventional training techniques. The main reasons for using technology-based courses to train include accessibility, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness, said eight out of 10 employers. These courses usually comprise training programs delivered via computers, either through the Internet or dedicated training software. Podcasting is also increasingly being used for training, with teachers transmitting audio files to students or chartrooms so students and teachers can discuss the subject matter.

Learn more about e-learning at silicon.com

To see how you can get started in e-learning, visit www.eleap.us for an easy step by step guide.



Better listening skills. Open communication. Mutual respect. Those are
the sorts of characteristics that nearly every supervisor would like to
see in the workplace. Learn more at by visiting the Business First.



When it comes to motivating employees of members of your staff .. how do you rank? Are you the proverbial “Dilbert-type” manager? According Harvard Business Publishing … you don’t need to worry about how motivated your employees are … they are pretty much self-motivated when they join your staff….

The question is .. what do you do to them in like 6 months to 1 year…? Do they still have the twinkle in their eyes? Do they still answer the phones with the cheery “thanks for calling bla bla… how can I help ..?” or do they bark “..what?”

Maybe you have seriously demotivated them and you need to work on that .. How you ask? Well I could give you all kinds of reasons but why don’t you click to read the HBSP article….

And by the way … not having the skills to do their jobs can be a real downer …. try e-learning and more training. I know I know .. it can be expensive .. Not if you have eLeaP e-Learning Systems (www.eleapsoftware.com)

Stay positive!



“Learning to invest in the stock market,” “The Holocaust” and “CNN gods: Power of modern media,” may sound like challenging college courses, but they’re actually being offered at Bellingham High School through the Virtual High School program. Learn more..

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