While e-learning portals have been around for a while now, the last decade has witnessed continuous innovation in the e-learning portals space. More and more organizations are looking for specific solutions to address their unique business and organizational challenges through focused e-learning portals. These changing needs are in part also due to the advent of mobile devices, social media, WhatsApp, etc. that has changed the way people interact in their lives. It is but natural that they also expect similar change in the delivery of the training as it is no longer an exercise done in a silo, but one that needs to provide a similar kind of collaborative and interactive experience for it to be truly effective.
Within learning portals, personalized learning environments, competency based portals, and learner/user-centric portals have emerged as areas of interest. Portals like My Personal Learning Environment (PLE) are an exciting, integrated learning platform that enables a dynamic and customizable learning experience for the learners based on how they want to learn, irrespective of where they may be and which device they may be using. Personalized learning environment provides an ecosystem in which learners can explore the world of formal, informal and social learning and is completely aligned with 70-20-10 learning model.
Competency-based portals on the other hand are where all types of gaps and all types of remediation are at one place. The portal becomes the central place where an individual can view his gaps and an organization can simultaneously assess the cumulative competency gap, thereby aligning the training and development interventions to meet the needs of both.
A user centric portal allows the learners to consume content based on their current job requirements, aspirations, and goals. While it enables expanding the learning context from one organization to the entire industry, it presents an opportunity to develop solutions to establish their ROI. This is done through incorporating outcome driven features and functionalities thereby making analytics and reporting key aspects of the overall solution.
At Tata Interactive Systems (TIS), we have kept pace with the evolving needs of the organizations. TIS’ Portals center-of-excellence (COE) leverages its technology expertise along with the strong instructional design capabilities to provide a rich user experience and a robust information architecture. Our design methodology and processes not only provide a value add, but also validate the objectives and end outcomes at a very early stage.