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Tips Tips Elearning! February / March 2015 43 Virtual Learning Today, 61 percent of training hours are conducted virtually or in a blended model. Vir- tual platforms have evolved over the year to become more engaging, collaborative and fun. But learning leaders want more. What is the next evolu- tion of virtual learning? More than 90 percent of learn- ing executives are using Web con- ferencing or virtual classrooms for training and development, according to the E-learning User Study conducted by Elearning! magazine. Eighty percent of virtual learning occurs in organi- zations with multiple locations. And 41 percent are multinational enterprises. Supporting dispersed teams is vital to organizations, and the more life-like and engag- ing the virtual experience, the better the outcome. Te most popular content for virtual learning is compliance training (56 percent), sof skills training (54 percent), sales and product training (47 percent) and on-boarding new employ- ees (36 percent), according to the study. Recruitment (4 per- cent) and job fairs (3 percent) rate lowest on the list. Te broad range of applications means that virtual tools need to support live demos, chat, forums and archives for attend- ees to access pre-post and on live days. THE NEXT VIRTUAL LEARNING PLATFORM Surprisingly, 44 percent of these respondents are actively sourcing new virtual platforms. What is driving this change? Te top business drivers for investment in new learning technology are: Improving Employee Engagements (68 per- cent), Increasing Collaboration for Learners (46 percent) and Increasing Collaboration across the Enterprise (44 percent), ac- cording to the study. Learning executives require more capabilities than the typical Web meeting. Te next virtual solution must have 24/7 access to the content, resource library of materials, access to on-demand sessions afer live sessions, and engage- ment indicators measuring learner involvement, accord- ing to the study. To fulfll these requirements, professionals look to more robust virtual learning envi- ronments. Intercall's Virtual Environment host all these ca- pabilities. Te platform ofers: >> a one-stop seamless home for multiple educational sessions, videos and re- source library, >> active engagements with live chat, blogs, forums and social integrations, >> customized environment to extend your branding, >> robust tracking and report- ing of learners activities, and >> multiple language support. Blue chip companies like IBM and CapGemini use the platform to host global supplier education sessions Corporate University curriculum and product training. —More info: www.intercall. com/fles/virtual-environments- data-sheet.pdf or telephone (800) 820-5855. The Evolution of Virtual Learning

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