Changing Times Require Changing The Ways We Learn

The majority of educational, vocational, and organizational learning has been done using physical textbooks, paperwork, and in-person instruction. With the rise of the internet, the World Wide Web, and devices of all types to access information, instructional learning has made the slow migration to online learning. This has not been at a uniform pace. In terms of educational instruction, the decentralization of education curricula in the United States has all but guaranteed there will be a large variation of online instruction by region, district, and institution. The same goes for institutions that are in the business of teaching individuals a career vocation.  Government and private organizations have been quicker to increase the ability to train and present informational instruction online because of the changing nature of rules and regulations.

Beginning in February of this year, the Covid-19 virus spread around the world and caused a shut down of most public life including businesses, educational institutions, and government and non-profit organizations. Millions became jobless and those that were lucky enough to maintain their employment did so by working from home over their computers. Students, individuals training and learning vocations, and current employees needing certification or training in policies were thrown into a state of confusion. Slowly, these organizations and institutions are meeting the needs of these groups through online instruction.

For decades studies have shown that learning information, be it in terms of academic education, vocational knowledge, or organizational training, is not only benefitted through, but is significantly enhanced by multimedia features within a learning program.  Reading text alone can only provide so much when it comes to comprehending, internalizing, and retaining knowledge necessary for one’s educational, vocational, or professional career. Thus, the more easily and quickly existing content can be integrated with multimedia elements like video, animation, and audio, the sooner institutions and organizations can meet the growing needs of students and employees.

The purpose of multimedia instruction is to present information containing both text and images, where the text is presented in both audio and/or printed layouts with images that can be in a fixed format like illustrations, charts, graphs or photographs, or an active format like animations and video. There are several ways that this multimedia information can be offered as well; for example, there is in on-screen text, slideshow presentations, or through e-learning on computers via the World Wide Web (Mayer 2019). Last year, Richard Mayer wrote in the Journal of the Chartered College of Teaching, that when it comes to multimedia learning, it’s not that video, animations, and graphics are used to replace text, but rather work in tandem with that text to form an instructional lesson that results in greater comprehension.

There is now a growing sense of urgency to increase instruction online especially in the educational institutions at the primary, secondary, and higher educational levels. Government and private organizations are also seeing the increasing need to move online. What is needed is a company that can provide multimedia services quickly, efficiently, at a low cost, with unparalleled customization and customer service. S4Carlisle utilizes top multimedia developers who are able to create interactive programs using a variety of interactive techniques. Multimedia elements are designed using software or hardware programs for various purposes. We combine both computer and artistic skills, as well as have the ability to collaborate with other media and marketing specialists. 

Our next blog post will focus on the different components of online multimedia learning and how different organizations can use them to their advantage.

The Great Online Migration

Since the beginning of 2020, even before the COVID-19 Pandemic started, there have been major changes in the publishing industry in terms of production and distribution of content. Depending on the audience of that content, innovative ways must be developed to deliver what is needed to as large an audience as possible. One area where that has been most affected is education. While online courses and learning have been a part of K-12 and higher education, and professional training for over 20 years — in one form or another — there has been an increased urgency for content and material that can be delivered to students and employees at a low cost and in an efficient manner. 

Covid-19 has changed the educational and training landscape as more educational institutions and companies move their teaching and training needs online. Suddenly many teachers and trainers are being thrust into unfamiliar territory because they have little experience delivering and teaching materials online. Many companies and institutions are ill-equipped in terms of infrastructure, content, and delivery systems to meet the sudden and large demand that has arisen because of the pandemic. Even now, six months after the virus’ appearance and the subsequent shutdowns because of it, delivery systems are still slowly being implemented, and creating and transferring content to these systems is proving difficult.

As online solutions have become a more attractive avenue to learning, there is a real possibility of creating a low-cost way of integrating user content into a current Learning Management System (LMS). While there may be educational publishers that are well established in terms of proprietary content, online applications, supplements, etc., we here at S4Carlisle can provide services that they may not. Many institutions, organizations, and trainers, and instructors may already have their own content and are in need of services that will present this content in an online format. Through learning management systems of the client’s choice, S4Carlisle can create content by offering multimedia components like video, animation, audio, ancillaries, real-time accessibility services, as well as translation services.

Aside from covering K-12 and higher education, S4Carlisle can be a benefit to vocational colleges as well as aid those training in human resources departments in private companies as well as non-profits and governmental agencies. The amount of hardcopy and electronic training and occupational manuals is enormous with demand rising every year as new rules and regulations are implemented. Professional and educational associations have various training requirements for their members every year as well as exams that must be taken for certification.

The world is changing, moving services that have been traditionally done in person to an online environment is becoming of utmost importance, and it must be done quickly. The United States was slow to react to current events and thus may continue to hold classes and training online well into 2021. Many employees and students, as well as their instructors, may feel more comfortable learning at home for the foreseeable future. We can make it easier for them to get the information out they need quickly and easily.

S4Carlisle provides the same services mentioned above (multimedia components, ancillaries,  accessibility, and translation) to any area where an organization needs to get content delivered to their specifications. Because of our years of experience doing this, we have the ability to do it faster, cheaper, all while offering customizability and quality customer service. 

In our next blog post, we will be looking at multimedia learning in higher education, vocational learning, and government and organizational training. S4Carlisle is able to meet the needs of the increased demand to move content online because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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202o has shaken not only the publishing industry, but also the field of education, vocational and corporate training, as well as private companies, non-profits, and government agencies. The demands of a contactless society as we weather COVID-19 have created new challenges in both instructor-student and employee and employer interaction.

S4Carlisle is meeting these challenges head-on with our always excellent outsourcing services as well as electronic and online services to meet the needs of educational, governmental, and private institutions.

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