Virtual Training on Human Resources

Looking for Virtual Training on Human Resources?

Working with people can be challenging. Knowing when to hire, when to keep and how to retain a good employee is a key metric for success.

Curious Mondo now provides virtual training to corporations.

Just in the human resources department we have over 12 in-depth courses.

Virtual training is a fantastic option for your team to learn on their own terms and a very affordable option.

Check our available training and get our free e-book on how to unleash productivity here.

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The age of experience

We live in the age of experience!

We need to feel in order to “get it”

That is why we need to re-shape the way we teach, we need to re-shape education.

Things have changed exponentially over the years in every field but with education the opposite has happened.

If you were to place a 200 year old doctor in today’s operation room he/she would not be able to even recognize most of the tools. On the other hand, if you did the same thing, get a 200 year old teacher and place in today’s classroom, this person would feel comfortable in that environment.

Pushing information, memorizing and fitting tests standards is not how people learn anymore.

Education now needs to bring experiences, emotions and stories which are like food to our brain. You connect experience with content.

Why do you think games are so popular and by 2020 it is said that our lives will be 80% gamified?

Because they provide experience, story line, emotions and when we learn a process we move into another phase where that process will be modified and then you evolve again to a new level.

Just look at the Pokemon Go craze and see why it is appealing to people of all ages. Virtual little cute creatures can populate a virtual reality environment. You go and discover these creatures like in a treasure hunt, then you help them evolve into other beings. You fight to train them and you join a team which makes you belong. Take into account that this game does not even provide instructions on how to be played. Making mystery part of its lure.

This experience is fulfilling and makes people learn all about the game and its creatures.

Education today needs to be exciting, allowing participation and morph into something else with this participation. It needs to create content around stories and experiences. This is how it is going. This is exciting.

It also need to reach people when they want, how they want and where they want. so the formats cannot be put in a box. They need to blend. In person, virtual, exchanging points of views. Not one expert telling what needs to be done but experts facilitating a process that provides a new experience.

This is true to kids as well with adults seeking to improve their skills.

That is our quest at Curious Mondo. Bring a new type of education while at the same time allowing people everywhere to get access to this exciting way of learning and allowing them access to the expert and access to help guide each course.

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Is Corporate eLearning Worth The Investment?

Companies of all sizes are now beginning to see the advantages of moving their corporate training online.

Corporations now report that eLearning is the second most valuable training method that they use. This is no surprise, given that eLearning saves businesses at least 50% when they replace traditional instructor-based training with e-Learning. Not to mention that eLearning cuts down instruction time by up to 60%.

Reduced training costs
One of the most significant advantages of online corporate training is that it actually reduces training costs. There will no longer be a need for printed training materials or even on-site facilitators, given that all of the information an employee will need can be found within the online training platform.

Rapid deployment of content
Online training can be delivered quickly and conveniently, so that employees are able to acquire new information or skill sets almost immediately.

Offers employees the opportunity to access information when they need it most
Online training also gives employees the chance to access important information or reference materials whenever and wherever they need it.

Gives employees the opportunity to learn at their own pace
Employees who have access to asynchronous online training gain the ability to go at their own pace. They don’t have to rush through the content that is being presented in a corporate classroom setting or move at the pace of their co-workers. They are given the opportunity to acquire and fully absorb what is being taught before they move on within the online training course.

Eliminates the need for on-site instructors
Undoubtedly, one of the most notable benefits of online corporate training is that there is no longer a need for an on-site instructor. That means that you will no longer have to pay for travel and/or accommodations for the instructor(s) neither you will have to allocate valuable working hours for corporate class instruction.

Boosts employee productivity
If you’re wondering whether your online corporate training investment is worthwhile, then just consider how much it can boost your employee productivity.

Reduced employee turnover rates
Happy and well-informed employees are employees who are more likely to remain loyal to your organization. By giving them access to round-the-clock online training and self-paced learning modules, they can further their professional goals and feel motivated to improve their on-the-job performance.

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Virtual Learning Can Be Tricky

We live in a moment where adults know they need to sharpen their skills constantly if they want to remain competitive and with a sharp brain. They might seek further education  because their profession requires continuing education, might be because they want to be better prepared to execute their job or because they have an entrepreneurial desire to build a business, or make an existing business grow. Is virtual training the way to go?

When they look for further education it is natural that they will look for online options. After all, if they find the right course they can self-pace their education, get relevant knowledge and apply it fast.

This big need we have as a society has opened the doors for many companies to provide e-learning. They may call it in different ways: Virtual training, continuing education, further learning, self-paced courses.

It seems like a simple formula: Put some videos there with some content and sell them. The shorter the better since it looks like there is a lot of content and quality behind it and you can even hide that under the term micro-learning that seems the way to go for young adults seeking self-directed learning. It also can be quite cheap. You can get a membership for $0.90. Paradise right?

The reality is quite different.

Overall E-learning has a dissatisfaction rate of 83%. Really high. This means people go through the course and are not happy at the end. The reasons behind it are mainly no access to the expert or instructor for questions and the quality of the content.

What is really happening is an overflow of companies selling videos packaged as courses. Quality is usually really low as well as not often relevant or updated content. Re-purposed content now packaged as online courses. Because they are sold at very low prices, expert crank videos like crazy in order to make some money.

Never the term “You get what you pay for” was so true.

Since many companies have many investors and a lot of money to spend on social networks, it looks like they are the way to go.

I suggest that before you spend your hard earned money in one of these companies, you check customer satisfaction rate, number of refunds, consumer reviews. It is going to be eye opening!

So what is the solution?

We deeply believe Curious Mondo has created a different format that is extremely transparent.

Our courses go through a process in order to be approved. We create the course with the instructor following a structure.

We control the quality of the classes since they are all produced in our studios.

We only use instructors that have real -life experience in the topic.

When the courses are created, we use livestreaming. During  livestreaming, classes are open and free to anyone.

Here are some of the benefits of this model: Anyone, anywhere in the World has access to continuing education for free. The classes are interactive and fun to watch- not just an expert in front of a camera, people can ask questions and leave comments, the host will pass them to the instructor and the instructor answers and address concerns right away. The courses become even better than when they were planned because the audience participates.

We provide 30 days access to the instructor if you invest in the course while it is been live streamed.

Full transparency and confidence in the quality of the content.

Our courses are not short, because they go in depth. Some are over 10 hours long (real continuing education), but when they go on-demand, the videos are broken into 20 min each. So it is easier to go through the content. Since we provide unlimited access, you can watch then as often as you choose.

Of course we also provide support material like charts, spreadsheets, extra content in different formats.

All of our training programs are  Available on iOS and Android. You can get training from any device you want.
You also get a Certificate of Completion.

We make learning fun, easy, interactive and aligned with your needs.

Our job is not to provide thousands of courses, our job is to empower people to become all they can become.

As always, it is your choice!

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Crafts is a healthy industry

Want to know why at Curious Mondo we always bring online courses related to arts and crafts? Because it is a growing industry and can offer people a great side business, offers stay-at-home moms a way to bring home some extra cash or create a healthy business for her family

Here are a few facts:

According to the Craft Yarn Council, which estimates that $1 billion is spent on yarn in the United States alone each year. That amount is expected to grow along with the do-it-yourself Renaissance that has folks brewing, beekeeping, canning, spinning, gardening and knitting with vigor.

People are also seeking in unprecedented numbers to make a livelihood from their crafting passions, experts say. Last year, 1.6 million people sold $2.39 billion in goods on Etsy.

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How we learn

Let’s take a look how our brain processes information and how we learn:

  1. Our brains do not have the capacity to multitask. For years, multitasking has been considered an all-important skill.
    However, research has found that our brains don’t actually have the power to multitask.
    According to a 2009 study that was conducted in Paris, the participants’ brains actually worked at half capacity when they were asked to multitask.
    In essence, one hemisphere concentrated on one task, while the other focused on completing the secondary task.
    As such, it typically takes the brain twice as long to complete an assignment or task, and your error rate goes up by about 50%. This is because we aren’t “multitasking” at all, but “context switching”.
  2. Multimedia tools improve our brain’s memory power.
    It’s been proven through multiple research studies and surveys that multimedia in eLearning, such as images and video, not only engage the learners but also help them to actually remember what they’ve learned.
    Research cited in a report by Michelle Chau cites a number of examples of how interactive learning tools, such as ebooks, lead to improved knowledge retention. According to research, students who used ebooks that contained sound effects, music, audio narration, and images were able to retain and recite more information than those who were simply given traditional textbooks.
    Utilizing these ebooks also led to group collaboration and peer interaction, as the students did not have to sit quietly on their own and privately read the text.
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  3. Our brains work best at certain times of the day.
    Giving learners the ability to learn anytime, anywhere with eLearning courses has its own unique set of advantages. One of the most significant advantages is the opportunity to tap into the power of our brains at times of peak efficiency, such as just after taking a nap or when first waking up in the morning.
    A study conducted by German researchers found that quick naps could allow a learner’s brain to acquire and retain information more effectively.
    During the study two groups of participants memorized cards that contained illustrations. Then, they asked the first group to take a nap, and the second to remain awake during a 40 minute break.After the 40 minutes had passed, they had the participants memorize another set of illustrated cards. Those who took a nap during the break remembered roughly 85% of the images and patterns, while those who stayed awake only recalled 60%. It is believed that napping allows information to be moved to the brain’s long-term memory storage centers, leading to improved data retention.
  4. Game play helps to exercise (and motivate) our mental muscles.
    Believe it or not, playing games is actually good for your brain. Not only does it help to engage learners in the eLearning process itself, but it also serves to remedy the boredom that so often leads to unsuccessful learning experiences. A report that was released by Leicha Bragg of Deakin University details a study that was conducted in three different schools, which involved 240 students.
    According to the research, students were more motivated to learn mathematics when the information was presented in a gaming format. Even their attitude toward the subject changed, as did their confidence regarding the various concepts involved. The students were also more motivated to learn the information, which improved their overall success and alleviated the boredom that is often associated with repetition (especially relating to problem solving).
  5. Our brain prefers images over text.
    Adding visual elements to eLearning courses enhances knowledge retention. According to neuroscience research that is referenced in John Medina’s book “Brain Rules”, participants in studies only remember about 10% of information presented orally when they are tested 72 hours after instruction. However, that number jumps by about 65% when an image is added to the learning process. The basis of this idea lies in the “Pictorial Superiority Effect”, which suggests that visual input is more likely to be recognized and remembered.

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Source: Elearningindustry.com

How adults learn

As adults we need to keep learning, sharpening our saw. Not only to stay competitive, in the market but also for health reasons.

Here is an infographics giving some insights on how adults learn.

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Now, do I need to tell you Curious Mondo offers the best e-learning platform for adults?
Don’t forget to check our upcoming classes that you can watch for free and our on-demand courses.

Online Videos Bring More Business

Is online video consumption really growing?

Do people really have time to watch videos online?

Should I use videos to market my business?

Here are a few points brought by Robert Kyncl, the Chief Business Officer at YouTube at CES 2016:

Right now, watching video—whether on TV or online—is the single most important media activity for people.

75 percent of all video will come over the internet by 2020.

More than five hours a day are spent watching video, and those hours fuel a $200 Billion economy, with the majority of that money coming from Pay TV subscriptions.

Only 2 other things people spend more time than watching videos: Sleeping and working.

New research conducted with Nielsen shows that the time 18 to 34 year old spent on TV fell nine percent last year. Meanwhile, this same audience spent 48% more time on YouTube, with mobile viewing making up the largest source of growth.

And on YouTube, the average time people spend watching video on their mobile device is forty minutes, a gain of 50 percent year-on-year.

This is just a tiny slice of what is happening out there related to videos. There is also streaming videos from the couch. Consumers spent 42.5 billion hours streaming on Netflix during 2015, up from 29.1 billion hours in 2014. They spent 12 billion hours streaming in the last quarter alone, up from 8 billion a year ago.

Roku, a streaming solution for content creators and info marketers has now 8% of the market in the US and it is present in several countries.

Video is by far one of the best opportunities for business owners, content creators and info-marketers.

By creating a simple video and adding it to your home page 3 things will happen:

1. Conversion on your website tends to increase by 35%.

2. The video will show on YouTube when people are searching for a solution to a problem.

3. The same video will most likely also appear on Google in higher places than your website, generating leads and traffic. The same video… one effort, multiple results.

Consider that this video will also inform and educate your prospects and buyers.

Creating a video can be as simple as getting your cel phone out of your pocket, you just need to make sure that the video will bring results.

Why are we talking about videos? To bring home the fact that learning with videos and live streaming is the way to go.

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Millennials Don’t Watch Live TV

When behavior changes the only option for the market and business owners is to adapt. There is no coming back. Our behavior in the way we consumer information, media and knowledge is changing despite our age.

Millennials are driving this change and here are some facts:

Advertisers looking to target Millennials – and that includes just about everyone these days – take note: Live TV is not the place to find them.

Anecdotally, this has long appeared to be true. Ratings for the adults 18-34 demo have been on the decline for some time, and a quick look around a college campus tells you that young people these days are glued to their mobile screens.

A new report confirms this digital tipping point. Millennials spend more time with digital now than they do watching live TV, according to a cross-platform study by comScore.

But what’s perhaps just as interesting is that not only have Millennials transitioned fully to digital, but the older Generation X is poised to join them.

“There’s a clear trend showing that as demographic segments get younger, those consumers are more likely to spend time on their mobile device and less likely to spend time watching live TV,” notes the report.

“It’s possible that digital share of time spent among 35-54 year-olds might also soon surpass live TV.”

The study finds that among total digital and TV time, Millennials devote 40 percent of their time to mobile and 14 percent to desktop web usage.

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That leaves just under 50 percent for live TV, and it’s a number comScore anticipates will fall quickly, based on its crossplatform measurement for fourth quarter of last year.

Interestingly, 35-54s weren’t too far behind in digital usage. Though they tend more toward desktop (21 percent) than Millennials, they total 43 percent of time with digital and 57 percent with live TV.

That’s in contrast to Boomers over 55, who spend 70 percent of time with live TV.

Overall, the generations do share one thing in common – an increasing dependence on smartphones. Usage is up 78 percent since 2013.

We at Curious Mondo pay a lot of attention to this type of information. That is why our courses can be watched from any platform.

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Training Millenials

A study conducted by Price water house Coopers revealed that by 2020, millennials will form 50% of the world’s manpower. They behave in a different way than Baby boomers for example and want to learn in a different way as well.

Being able to interact, learn anywhere, have extremely updated information and find mentors rather than teachers are a few points important to them.

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Of course, here at Curious Mondo they find all that!!!!!

Learning A New Skill Works Best To Keep Your Brain Sharp

Learning A New Skill Works Best To Keep Your Brain Sharp

Brain training is big business, with computerized brain games touted as a way to help prevent memory loss. But new research shows you might be better off picking up a challenging new hobby.

To test this theory, Dr. Denise Park, a neuroscientist at the University of Texas at Dallas, randomly assigned 200 older people to different activities. Some learned digital photography. Another group took up quilting.

Quilting, which requires measuring and calculating, also helped improve participants’ memory.i
Quilting, which requires measuring and calculating, also helped improve participants’ memory.
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“Quilting may not seem like a mentally challenging task,” Park says. “But if you’re a novice and you’re cutting out all these abstract shapes, it’s a very demanding and complex task.”

The groups spent 15 hours a week for three months learning their new skills. They were then given memory tests and compared with several control groups.

“Rather than just comparing them to people who did nothing, we compared them to a group of people who had fun but weren’t mentally challenged as much,” Park says.

That “social group” did things like watch movies or reminisce about past vacations. Another control group worked quietly at home, listening to the radio or classical music or playing easy games and puzzles.

Park’s research, which was published in the journal Psychological Science, showed that not all activities are created equal. Only people who learned a new skill had significant gains.

“We found quite an improvement in memory, and we found that when we tested our participants a year later, that was maintained,” Park says.

Study participants were trained in practical reasoning skills like managing medications.
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The greatest improvement was for the people who learned digital photography and Photoshop — perhaps, Park says, because it was the most difficult.

Jimmy Wilson, 82, agreed to learn to use a computer, a camera and Photoshop for the trial. “That was really quite a challenge for me when I got into the photo class,” Wilson says, “because it involved a computer and I had never even touched a computer.”

Wilson is motivated to fight dementia, in part because he saw what the disease did to his wife toward the end of her life.

“When my wife died,” he says, “it would have been real easy to just become a total recluse.” Instead, Wilson embraced being socially and mentally active. He’s a member of the choir at his church, and when he’s not reading current events and books on his Kindle, he gets together with family for Mexican food.

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A photo taken by a participant in the UT Dallas trial.
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Since Wilson participated in the trial, he says, he has noticed improvement in his memory, although he says it still isn’t perfect. He admits it can be frustrating learning to use new technology, but he knows it’s good for his brain.

So how does learning a new skill help ward off dementia? By strengthening the connections between parts of your brain, says cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman. While brain games improve a limited aspect of short-term memory, Kaufman says, challenging activities strengthen entire networks in the brain.

“It really is strengthening the connectivity between these team players of these large-scale brain networks,” he says.

Denise Park likens it to an orchestra.

“Players come in and players go out,” she says. “Sometimes when something is really demanding, the whole orchestra is playing, but they’re not playing harmoniously.”

The goal is to keep each individual player in best form, and make sure there’s coordination. And improving your own coordination, through quilting or learning to play bridge, may be a way to maintain your memory, and have a bit of fun, too.

“We hope that by maintaining a very active brain, you could defer cognitive aging by a couple of years,” Park says.

There’s one more important thing you can do to ward off memory loss: exercise. Art Kramer, a neuroscientist at the University of Illinois, studies the impact of exercise on the brain.

In one study, he found that just 45 minutes of exercise three days a week actually increased the volume of the brain. Even for people who have been very sedentary, Kramer says, exercise “improves cognition and helps people perform better on things like planning, scheduling, multitasking and working memory.”

So if you’re looking to boost memory, there’s reason to challenge both your body and your mind.

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How Millennials like to learn

Take a look at the infographic below on how millennials like to learn.

You will see that Elearning plays a big role in this aspect.

According to some predictions, by 2020 half of all classes will be taken online. When compared to today’s statistics that say that at least one class is taken virtually, these predictions are astonishing. Obviously, we are rapidly turning to virtual classrooms. With the rapid advent of communication technology, time, space, and money, no longer pose obstacles for improvement. This is why electronic forms of learning provide just about the perfect framework for lifelong learning.

Firstly, eLearning engages students into personally relevant experiences. Moreover, it encourages development of essential skills for the 21st century: creativity, critical thinking, meaningful collaboration. Finally, it enables simulation. In other words, eLearning creates authentic atmosphere and deepens the understanding of real-world issues by fully engaging students. The ultimate goal of eLearning is to instill a high value of learning and foster lifelong learning. In other words, there is something far beyond academic achievement, that is, the learners’ ability of active contribution to the learning process.

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