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The New Generation of Learning and Why to Take It Online

The New Generation of Learning and Why to Take It Online

By Tom Bunzel | GoToTraining Advertorial

January 05, 2009

For a long time “training” was in the province of a Human Resources department or considered an extra cost element of customer service.

Today, however, knowing how to use a product or service has become critical not only for internal members of an organization, but a much wider audience, particularly online. The advent of social media in particular has created a generation of active learners who want to develop new skills and reach their full potential in areas from personal growth to using technology.

This has really blurred the distinction between marketing and training – because providing training has expanded from merely learning technical skills to empowering customers, clients, associates and even vendors on a wide spectrum of knowledge.

More important perhaps, the availability of broadband Internet has made it possible to take training anywhere and everywhere, so that the “classroom” can be in your home office, easy chair, couch or coffee shop.

Besides the obvious feature of being able to extend a training session to remote learners online, the use of a good remote training tool can provide several additional significant benefits for organizations, individuals or entrepreneurs with educational content of value to an audience:

• Provide an interactive platform where users can experience your product or service.
• Provide a central repository for content to be used and reused with minimal redevelopment.
• Provide reporting and follow-up capabilities that let you evaluate and stay connected to an audience.
• Provide an archived recording of the training that can be viewed on a hosted site and in social media campaigns.
• Provide a database of contacts and feedback through a registration process that tracks attendees and connects them to content through social media sites like Facebook events or email campaigns.
• Develop and maintain a library of materials that can be accessed by learners and potentially monetized.

The barriers to entry into the remote learning space are getting lower all the time, and a wide variety of tools exist from podcasts to enterprise programs – but significant benefits can be achieved with tools that offer the foregoing features at a relatively low cost, especially in terms of reaching an audience and (re)developing content. And with the implementation of a complementary social media strategy, value can be provided across an array of platforms to a scalable audience, with accountability and interactivity through blogs, social networks and the features of the actual remote training tool itself.

GoToTraining online training software from Citrix Online lets you hold interactive training sessions with up to 200 people – right from your desk. Save time and travel costs by moving your training program online. Sign up for a free 30-day trial at www.gototraining.com.

Citrix Online provides secure, easy-to-use online solutions that enable people to work from anywhere with anyone: GoToAssist® for remote support, GoToManage™ for IT management, GoToMeeting® for online meetings, GoToMyPC® for remote access, GoToTraining® for interactive online training and GoToWebinar® for larger web events. A division of Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS), the company is based in Santa Barbara, California.

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