E-Learning: A Substitute or Supplement for Classroom Training?

July 30, 2018 | 166 views

With the growing popularity of e-learning, a much-debated topic is whether e-learning is a substitute or a supplement for classroom training. My answer to this question is, it can be both. Those who understand both media – classroom training and eLearning – may agree with me. E-learning can be used either as a substitute or a supplement; it depends on the situation.When the content is conducive for self-paced learning. E-learning or self-paced learning can take the place of classroom training if the content is conducive for self-paced learning. E-learning can be used for content which can be easily understood and sticks with the learner when delivered in the online format.

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Telelangue is a creator of learning technologies with a R & D team of 45 people, and a language school with 800 professors all over the world. Innovation has been at the heart of its strategy since its creation: we invented language courses by phone and are pioneers in Digital learning thanks to a 360 ° approach combining distance learning or face and face and multi-media platform (tablets, smartphone, computer). Since August 2011, Telelangue is a Berlitz group company, strengthening its reach in more than 70 countries.

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Online Schooling: What Is It and How Does It Work?

Article | August 8, 2022

In the past couple of years, online schooling has proved its advantages for students in a number of ways. Experts have already highlighted its prospects in the years to come. As India’s online education market is expected to grow to USD 1.96 billion at a CAGR of 52% (over the next five years), online schooling can extend better educational opportunities for all – students, teachers, and parents. Let’s understand the structure and functionality of this schooling choice to help you understand how it works! WHAT IS ONLINE SCHOOLING? An online schooling platform allows students to study through the internet. Students make use of home computers and access the study material through an online portal. Just like a traditional school, an online school must have a trained teaching staff, specialized in teaching online. These teachers conduct online classes and supervise the student’s performance. The digital schooling option is highly flexible and convenient for the students as it allows the handholding of educators through online classes (synchronous learning) while simultaneously allowing self-paced independent study duration (asynchronous learning).

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The Art and Science of Balancing Screen Time for Online Learners

Article | July 11, 2022

In 2021, Class, a virtual classroom app that combines with Zoom, neared unicorn status after receiving funding from SoftBank Vision Fund II. But, with just 10 months and a string of top edtech U.S. investors to back it up, the app’s spectacular rise only speaks to the boom in online education in the past two years. Online learning has changed. It went from centering around accessibility to becoming the primary delivery method almost overnight. So when it comes to screen time, this newest addition to our already screen-filled lives is uninvited. Especially for children, it only meant that screen time was highly monitored during lockdown. And that change came with struggles. Between configuring the technicalities of accessing online classrooms and figuring out how to engage students, teachers have faced an uphill battle all along. There is plenty of research to suggest that too much screen time has negative health implications, but education has to continue at all costs. 2021 was full of stories of students finding creative ways of avoiding classes or not attending them. One 8-year-old found a loophole in Zoom’s app last year that locked her out of her Zoom class. Even Zoom’s technical team failed to find the issue. It led to a goose chase into discovering that the child was locking herself out by inputting the wrong password over 20 times. Screen Time Vs Screen-Tied Screen time has five types: television, video games, social media, music, and reading. The key is not just to regulate screen time but also the content that is being consumed. Technology may have evolved, but our ability to use it for long durations and to conduct sensory tasks like learning over the internet hasn’t. Between education, video-games, social media and TV, distribution meant calibrating what type of content should be consumed in order to reduce the negative impact. Approximately 75% of all teenagers own a smartphone today. In addition, a majority of young adults report video games as their go-to activity in their free time. While research on the use of video games may be inconclusive, prolonged exposure is nevertheless known to rewire developing brains. There’s also a high risk to susceptible minds with regards to unfiltered and harmful messages from social media, which is a massive source of increased screen time for children and teenagers. All these issues call for a meaningful control of screen time. But in a sea of endless information and uninterrupted content, how do you identify the right balance? Culling Unnecessary Content For educators, the aim is clear: to balance screen time so precariously that children do not lose their will to learn or play. Parents and educational institutions must identify the following objectives through the content they are letting their families consume: Developing digital skills to prepare children for higher education and digital careers Raising digital citizens that use online mediums to contribute to their communities Exposing learners to new ideas and concepts in a safe context Acquiring creative skills, interpersonal expression, and etiquette for engagement online There is no dearth of educational content online, but it is important to achieve a balance between the educational and the entertainment consumption of learners. On occasion, both can be combined through interactive shows and programs that do not expose learners to addictive behaviors. Designating screen-free times, activities, and even locations like meals, traveling, or bedrooms can help learners build a habit of controlling their screen time. To Wrap It Up There is no doubt that the pandemic provided online learning with a much-needed shot in the arm. This also means that screen time has exponentially increased. Thanks to both virtual schools and a complete lockdown on going outside, young learners were left with no option but to turn to their screens. Whether to connect to their peers, attend classes, or spend their free time, learners are faced with a barrage of screen time that can affect their ability to navigate a post-pandemic world. Parents and educators must take it upon themselves to lay down the guidelines that drive the harmonious use of electronics without encouraging total dependence on them.

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3 Inclusive Classroom Strategies to Use for Higher Student Enrollment

Article | July 15, 2022

In 2021, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reported that student enrollments were at an all-time low. Community college enrollment dipped by 11% while post-secondary enrollment saw a dip of 4.2% year-on-year. The impact of the last two years’ events clearly demonstrates the strain faced by all levels of educational institutions. The shift to the virtual classroom setup also saw parents and students recognize the importance of teaching and learning online. The significance of a virtual classroom is emphasized more than ever. It has forced schools to improve their online teaching infrastructure so that they can keep growing. But this has also affected inclusivity. According to UNESCO, school closures during the pandemic affected 1.2 billion children in 186 countries. In this article, we discuss why virtual learning is in dire need of inclusivity and inclusive learning practices. Why Does Inclusive Learning Matter in the Era of Zoom Classes? Edtech is a booming industry. In 2019, edtech investments reached a whopping US $18 billion. Further, the online education market is estimated to cross the $350 billion mark by 2025. There is no doubt that learning institutions are investing heavily in online learning. But inclusivity is still lagging far behind. The OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) found that 25% of secondary school-aged students from underprivileged backgrounds lack a computer. The writing on the wall is clear. Virtual learning is bound to widen the divide, and its impact will be felt most by underprivileged students. For educational institutions, delivering a positively inclusive learning experience online is essential to attracting students who do have access to educational technology. “In the higher education space, most schools were, and still are, predominantly focused on that in-person campus visit to do all those same things, but it’s expensive and it means only students and parents who travel to campus can get that real-life feel and experience.” - Matthew Pellish, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at CampusReel Bringing Personalization to the Virtual Classroom Although virtual learning has stripped away the human touch that accompanies a classroom setting, there are ways to make it more engaging and meaningful. Engage students even before the class starts. This can be done by setting an agenda for the session beforehand and asking students to send in their queries and expectations from the session. Turning the greeting into a short discussion is a great way to engage everyone right off the bat. Tools like Zoom make it simpler to personalize every class with features like backgrounds and notes. Use the chat feature generously. Teaching and learning online has to be a one-sided flow of information for it to be effective. However, the chat feature empowers teachers to break the monotony. The best way to keep students attentive is through personalization. Attentiveness can be achieved by asking many questions, even if they are simply yes-or-no questions. It enables teachers to keep a check on engagement and pivot when needed. Simulating a Sense of Community A discussion on an inclusive learning environment is incomplete without mentioning student community building. Online teaching and learning is limited in its ability to provide a sense of community. Since students are physically separated from their peers, one-on-one connections are lacking. Despite the distance, there are a few solutions you can use to reduce the distance virtually. Identify the type of community you want to develop. Whether you’re offering synchronous or asynchronous courses, it is crucial to keep the student-peer-instructor link active. Create a loop of feedback between teachers and students to enable community building. Modern tools offer a number of ways to seek feedback that provides insight on teaching style and the general classroom environment. Create a classroom forum online. Forums offer the best of two-way interactions with a platform outside of the online class. This ensures constancy and inclusive learning even after the class is over. For those who weren’t able to attend due to technical difficulties or poor connectivity, they never lose track of what’s going on. Cultivating Two-Way Interaction Two-way interactions are an integral part of engaging learning experiences. Inclusive classroom activities online may not completely replace them, but much can be done to build a more involved form of communication. One way to design such activities is to use the Kanevsky and Keighly framework to engage students with the five Cs: choice, challenge, control, complexity, and care. Use screen sharing and remote access tools. Physical classrooms offer avenues for students to present to their peers. In a virtual classroom setting, this can be achieved with screen sharing. Empower students to retain better by making them present their perspective and understanding of different concepts. This gives other students the impetus to do the same. Initiate group discussions through your course management system. Inviting students to design the resources and collaborate on group projects will jumpstart in-depth discussions. Many course management systems allow students to share their notes with each other. This creates inclusive learning environment. Finally: Why Will the Online University Experience Will Attract More Students Although learning institutions are beginning to open up for the in-person learning experience, the effectiveness of a virtual classroom is undeniable. Like remote working, remote learning is gaining ground, and inclusive online teaching is inevitably important. A Cengage survey revealed that 68% of students prefer hybrid learning: a combination of online and offline course delivery. In addition, the Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) found that the number of students who enrolled in online-only programs rose from 3.5 million during the fall to 5.8 million. Fostering meaningful, hands-on learning similar to that in a classroom is difficult. Even though student enrollment in online courses is rising, learning institutions are facing the challenge of delivering a highly engaging learning experience. But with an understanding of the learning outcome and the right tools, institutions can develop robust, inclusive classroom activities that every student will want to benefit from. Frequently Asked Questions Do students and teachers prefer online teaching and learning? According to a recent survey by Cengage, about 73% of students prefer some courses to be delivered fully online. In addition, 57% of teachers said they prefer teaching hybrid courses over online-only courses. Is online teaching and learning a growing trend? Yes. Online learning platform Coursera experienced a huge spike in enrollments. In 2021, enrollment increased by 32% and peaked at 189 million. What are the principles of inclusive education? The principles of inclusive education are: Togetherness Participation Acceptance Equality

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Remote Working is Shaping the Future of Schooling

Article | May 11, 2022

For so long, we have deeply embedded technology in our everyday lives. Working and learning from home complement each other, creating an ecosystem of solutions. Even as organizations continue to lean towards remote offices and hybrid working, the same may not be possible with learning. Businesses worldwide have blazed the trail for remote working. The past two years have seen both, formal education, and work taking a big virtual leap. While virtual learning has been around for some time, we have thrust it into the mainstream only because of the events following the pandemic. Remote work is no longer a trend or the domain of freelancers and tech workers. While organizations learned to maintain their productivity even as their workforce was scattered, schools and learning centers weren’t far behind. Schools could shift learning online using the principles and technology businesses were using to stay productive. Working and Learning from Home, Together Zoom classrooms are no match for the physical learning environment provided by a school.Although online education existed as a part-time alternative, traditional schooling has always been a holistic, on-premise experience. Virtual schooling cannot be dismissed, as proven by the last two years. It is especially significant in today’s remote work era and as a precursor to it. While there were mixed feelings about accepting the new normal, families enjoyed several benefits including lowered education costs, zero travel time, children’s safety, and a newfound work-life balance. Virtual schooling has become the norm. It worked only because parents could also stay back and help create a learning environment at home while they worked. They have now become integral to their kids’ learning and growth. “In the higher education space, most schools were, and still are, predominantly focused on that in-person campus visit to do all those same things, but it’s expensive and it means only students and parents who travel to campus can get that real-life feel and experience.” - Matthew Pellish, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at CampusReel Cultivating the Workforce of the Future Virtual learning will provide children with the bandwidth they need to become competent in a world where remote working is the standard. They will have already conquered the learning curve. Remote learning will equip learners with the technical understanding, attitude, and collaborative spirit needed to excel in a technology-driven world. In addition, it will prepare them not just for hybrid workplaces but for a hybrid life that promotes work-life balance. Just as remote work enables easy access to talent worldwide, remote learning will help students access elusive academic programs and high-quality education in a flexible setting. Final Word The future has been transformed forever, and virtual schooling is gaining traction. It also looks set to follow the footsteps of remote working, a concept that is now solidifying in the form of hybrid workplace policies. Higher education institutes are realizing the advantages of virtual learning. They are incorporating a remote angle into their course delivery to make it faster, efficient, and more accessible. Will hybrid learning be the future of schooling? Looking at the course that online learning is set upon, it will.

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Telelangue is a creator of learning technologies with a R & D team of 45 people, and a language school with 800 professors all over the world. Innovation has been at the heart of its strategy since its creation: we invented language courses by phone and are pioneers in Digital learning thanks to a 360 ° approach combining distance learning or face and face and multi-media platform (tablets, smartphone, computer). Since August 2011, Telelangue is a Berlitz group company, strengthening its reach in more than 70 countries.

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Parkway School District Optimizes Blended Learning Environments with PowerSchool Solutions

PowerSchool | January 15, 2022

PowerSchool, the leading provider of cloud-based software for K-12 education, today announced that Parkway School District in Chesterfield, Missouri, utilizes PowerSchool solutions to create optimal learning environments for students. Through their partnership, Parkway Schools sees benefits from PowerSchool’s Unified Classroom® Schoology Learning and Naviance by PowerSchool solutions to support district-wide teacher collaboration and student career preparation efforts, respectively. “As a long-time Unified Classroom Schoology Learning and Naviance by PowerSchool user, both solutions have played an instrumental role in improving our in-person, distanced and hybrid learning environments,” said Bill Bass, Innovation Coordinator - Instructional Technology, Information, Library Media, and Federal Programs, Parkway School District. “Thanks to PowerSchool's dedication to interoperability and teaching and learning, we have been able to transform our work and foster more meaningful learning experiences for our students and staff. PowerSchool continues to serve as a trusted partner and resource for our district, and I look forward to working with them for years to come.” Parkway Schools cited PowerSchool’s Unified Classroom® Schoology Learning as an instrumental solution that has helped the district foster improved learning environments over the years, especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. With the district’s ongoing usage of Schoology prior to school shutdowns, the district was prepared to shift from in-person to virtual classrooms in a timely and efficient manner, creating a seamless virtual (and now blended) learning environment for students and staff. Additionally, the district said Schoology’s Assessment Management Platform (AMP) enables educators to collaborate with one another to create improved question-based assessments for students. Prior to partnering with PowerSchool, the district used various learning management systems and realized the need for a comprehensive platform to manage student assessments, district curriculum, e-learning efforts and digital content. Since integrating Unified Classroom® Schoology Learning, Parkway School District has seen improvements related to personalized student instruction, teacher collaboration and student performance. The district has also used Naviance by PowerSchool, providing students self-discovery tools that help them uncover their strengths and interests to make informed decisions about their futures. “Parkway School District’s use of our Unified Classroom Schoology Learning and Naviance by PowerSchool solutions truly shows the expanded capabilities educators can have by partnering with PowerSchool. We’re proud to see the continued impact our solutions make for Parkway Schools’ educators and look forward to empowering these changemakers for years to come.” Craig Greenseid, PowerSchool Chief Revenue Officer Parkway School District is a diverse, suburban school district located in Chesterfield, Missouri. The district serves over 17,000 students across 29 campuses within the St. Louis County community. Since its founding, Parkway Schools has received several accolades within the broader St. Louis community, including a designation as a Top Workplace by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Business Health Culture Award from the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition, among others. About PowerSchool PowerSchool is the leading provider of cloud-based software for K-12 education. Its mission is to power the education ecosystem with unified technology that helps educators and students realize their full potential, in their way. PowerSchool connects students, teachers, administrators, and parents, with the shared goal of improving student outcomes. From the office to the classroom to the home, it helps schools and districts efficiently manage state reporting and related compliance, special education, finance, human resources, talent, registration, attendance, funding, learning, instruction, grading, assessments and analytics in one unified platform. PowerSchool supports over 45 million students globally and more than 13,000 customers, including over 90 of the top 100 districts by student enrollment in the United States, and sells solutions in over 90 countries.

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Beyond Med School: MEDSKL works with RBC to launch free online financial education for medical students

MEDSKL | November 29, 2021

With the average total debt of medical school graduates now exceeding $200,0001, and financial stress and uncertainty contributing to doctor burnout, building financial acumen is more important than ever for the next generation of physicians. MEDSKL, a leading e-learning platform which reaches medical students from more than 400 universities globally, aims to tackle this issue with the launch of a dedicated financial literacy channel. Financeology: where medicine, business and personal finance intersect will help medical students and new doctors improve their knowledge of personal finance and practice efficiency. Launched in collaboration with RBC Healthcare, the channel offers the next generation of physicians key personal finance strategies to help them make sound financial decisions so that they can focus on what matters most: helping patients. "Student debt has risen three-fold over the past few decades. This is causing significant doctor stress and burnout," said Dr. Sanjay Sharma, a professor of ophthalmology at Queen's University and the founder of MEDSKL. "We have partnered with over 200 leading specialists to help teach students around the world how to be better clinicians. Today we are excited to launch our Financeology channel to address another core need: how doctors can make good personal and business financial decisions." MEDSKL's Financeology channel launches with a series of animated lessons focusing on the concept of good versus bad debt. The channel will feature modules to educate doctors about business fundamentals, and making their practices more efficient as the cost of operating a clinic increases, while managing increased patient demand as our population ages and as the impacts of the pandemic evolve. The channel is accessible for free to students, residents, and doctors at medskl.com. "We've worked with MEDSKL to co-create financial content that's relevant to medical students in the early stages of their careers. Many students have a learning gap when it comes to managing their personal finances. The MEDSKL platform enhances the training doctors receive at medical school to help them prepare for their careers, and life after school. We're proud to support MEDSKL and their innovative and accessible approach to e-learning, and our collaboration reflects the core mission of RBC Healthcare to support the personal and professional needs of healthcare professionals throughout their journey from student to practitioner." Flora Do, Vice President, RBC Healthcare About MEDSKL MEDSKL is a leading e-learning platform that helps medical students from over 400 Universities become better clinicians. Its core medical content, created by award-winning medical experts in over 25 specialties, addresses the 150+ clinical presentations that are the foundation of medicine. About Dr. Sanjay Sharma Dr. Sanjay Sharma is an eye surgeon and professor of ophthalmology at Queen's University. He has authored over 200 articles and three books and has received awards from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Association of Faculties of Medicine in Canada, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The creator of a series of e-learning platforms, Dr. Sharma completed his medical training at Harvard University. About RBC Healthcare RBC Healthcare was created to address the needs of healthcare professionals at every stage of their learning journey and career. RBC Healthcare has a network of more than 1,000 RBC Healthcare Specialists who are trained to understand the unique financial needs of healthcare professionals at each of their life stages. The RBC Healthcare Advantage and RBC Healthcare Advantage Pro plans are designed to deliver solutions to address the financial, lifestyle, and practice management needs of eligible healthcare professionals who join, or are already banking with RBC. About RBC Royal Bank of Canada is a global financial institution with a purpose-driven, principles-led approach to delivering leading performance. Our success comes from the 88,000+ employees who leverage their imaginations and insights to bring our vision, values and strategy to life so we can help our clients thrive and communities prosper. As Canada's biggest bank, and one of the largest in the world based on market capitalization, we have a diversified business model with a focus on innovation and providing exceptional experiences to our 17 million clients in Canada, the U.S. and 27 other countries.

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Tilt 365 Launches New E-Learning Series for Practical Application of Assessments

Tilt 365 | November 01, 2021

Tilt 365, a strengths assessment and team development disruptor with educational tools for its network of certified coaches, today announced the launch of its new self-paced e-learning series to help users practically apply the recommendations from their True Tilt assessments to their lives and their team dynamics. The highly interactive e-learning modules include self-reflection assessments, bite-sized learning pieces integrated with application exercises as well as informative and entertaining video snippets. Executive coaches, team leaders and human resources (HR) teams use the actionable takeaways from the asynchronous learning courses to help better their clients, themselves and/or their workplaces. Expertise in how to leverage the True Tilt assessments ultimately leads to greater conversations and understanding between teams, and a happier, more productive work environment. This initial launch includes the e-learning modules -- “Leveraging Your True Tilt Report” and “Understanding Your Unique Amplifier.” Each takes about 30-minutes to complete and can be purchased as an upgrade to a True Tilt Personality assessment for an additional $59. The “Leveraging Your True Tilt Report” module empowers users to learn how to identify their True Tilt, understand how their thinking and feeling styles show up as one of the four Tilt patterns (Impact, Structure, Clarity and Connection) and ultimately leverage their character strengths and develop an agile mindset. This deeper understanding of the strengths-based assessment results gives teams and individuals guidelines on how to practically apply the learnings, an unique and high-return add-on offering. The “Understanding Your Unique Amplifier” module goes beyond explaining the impact of each of the four True Tilt patterns and dives deeper into each person’s Unique Amplifiers. Human behavior is too complex to reduce to the four types, therefore this module dives into explaining each unique sub-persona along with the social preference to help people understand their distinctive and nuanced preferences and associated behaviors. Tilt 365’s new e-learning series goes beyond the diagnostic assessment by providing tangible actions to best capitalize on individuals’ and teams’ strengths and weaknesses. The modules provide education on how to review the assessments to form a holistic view of a team’s diverse personality traits and triggers that helps leaders gain value from the diversity of thought across their teams. The e-learning series is embedded in all of Tilt 365’s workshop and certification offerings as pre-work. Offering the asynchronous learning series in preparation of interactive workshops shortens the virtual meeting time and allows for more discussion, which increases the return from the sessions. “As global companies and leaders innovate how they approach team dynamics in permanent remote- or hybrid-work environments, Tilt 365 will continue to strategically extend its organizational development tools. The Tilt 365 e-learning series offers digestible, but actionable insights that help teams maximize the positive impact from our assessments on their culture and effectiveness.” Erika Bill-Peter, Chief Learning Officer at Tilt 365 The e-learning series was created in partnership with Sonata Learning, which helps organizations improve staff performance through learning, knowledge management, process optimization and appropriate use of technology. Sonata Learning has worked with Target, The World Bank, the U.S. Army and more. About Tilt 365 Tilt 365 is a disruptor in the personality assessment, organizational development and certified coaching academy sector. Backed by 20 years of character science research, the company offers a suite of strengths-based personality assessments to help people grow beyond a personality type. Tilt 365 provides leadership and organizational development services to help its high-growth clients to reduce divisiveness, identify commonalities, increase team agility and improve performance with company culture that provides psychological safety. It has several educational programs with in-person, virtual and blended models to further advance its network of certified coaches and internal human resource experts. Tilt 365 has been recognized for four consecutive years by Training Industry’s Assessment & Evaluation list.

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Beyond Med School: MEDSKL works with RBC to launch free online financial education for medical students

MEDSKL | November 29, 2021

With the average total debt of medical school graduates now exceeding $200,0001, and financial stress and uncertainty contributing to doctor burnout, building financial acumen is more important than ever for the next generation of physicians. MEDSKL, a leading e-learning platform which reaches medical students from more than 400 universities globally, aims to tackle this issue with the launch of a dedicated financial literacy channel. Financeology: where medicine, business and personal finance intersect will help medical students and new doctors improve their knowledge of personal finance and practice efficiency. Launched in collaboration with RBC Healthcare, the channel offers the next generation of physicians key personal finance strategies to help them make sound financial decisions so that they can focus on what matters most: helping patients. "Student debt has risen three-fold over the past few decades. This is causing significant doctor stress and burnout," said Dr. Sanjay Sharma, a professor of ophthalmology at Queen's University and the founder of MEDSKL. "We have partnered with over 200 leading specialists to help teach students around the world how to be better clinicians. Today we are excited to launch our Financeology channel to address another core need: how doctors can make good personal and business financial decisions." MEDSKL's Financeology channel launches with a series of animated lessons focusing on the concept of good versus bad debt. The channel will feature modules to educate doctors about business fundamentals, and making their practices more efficient as the cost of operating a clinic increases, while managing increased patient demand as our population ages and as the impacts of the pandemic evolve. The channel is accessible for free to students, residents, and doctors at medskl.com. "We've worked with MEDSKL to co-create financial content that's relevant to medical students in the early stages of their careers. Many students have a learning gap when it comes to managing their personal finances. The MEDSKL platform enhances the training doctors receive at medical school to help them prepare for their careers, and life after school. We're proud to support MEDSKL and their innovative and accessible approach to e-learning, and our collaboration reflects the core mission of RBC Healthcare to support the personal and professional needs of healthcare professionals throughout their journey from student to practitioner." Flora Do, Vice President, RBC Healthcare About MEDSKL MEDSKL is a leading e-learning platform that helps medical students from over 400 Universities become better clinicians. Its core medical content, created by award-winning medical experts in over 25 specialties, addresses the 150+ clinical presentations that are the foundation of medicine. About Dr. Sanjay Sharma Dr. Sanjay Sharma is an eye surgeon and professor of ophthalmology at Queen's University. He has authored over 200 articles and three books and has received awards from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Association of Faculties of Medicine in Canada, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The creator of a series of e-learning platforms, Dr. Sharma completed his medical training at Harvard University. About RBC Healthcare RBC Healthcare was created to address the needs of healthcare professionals at every stage of their learning journey and career. RBC Healthcare has a network of more than 1,000 RBC Healthcare Specialists who are trained to understand the unique financial needs of healthcare professionals at each of their life stages. The RBC Healthcare Advantage and RBC Healthcare Advantage Pro plans are designed to deliver solutions to address the financial, lifestyle, and practice management needs of eligible healthcare professionals who join, or are already banking with RBC. About RBC Royal Bank of Canada is a global financial institution with a purpose-driven, principles-led approach to delivering leading performance. Our success comes from the 88,000+ employees who leverage their imaginations and insights to bring our vision, values and strategy to life so we can help our clients thrive and communities prosper. As Canada's biggest bank, and one of the largest in the world based on market capitalization, we have a diversified business model with a focus on innovation and providing exceptional experiences to our 17 million clients in Canada, the U.S. and 27 other countries.

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Tilt 365 Launches New E-Learning Series for Practical Application of Assessments

Tilt 365 | November 01, 2021

Tilt 365, a strengths assessment and team development disruptor with educational tools for its network of certified coaches, today announced the launch of its new self-paced e-learning series to help users practically apply the recommendations from their True Tilt assessments to their lives and their team dynamics. The highly interactive e-learning modules include self-reflection assessments, bite-sized learning pieces integrated with application exercises as well as informative and entertaining video snippets. Executive coaches, team leaders and human resources (HR) teams use the actionable takeaways from the asynchronous learning courses to help better their clients, themselves and/or their workplaces. Expertise in how to leverage the True Tilt assessments ultimately leads to greater conversations and understanding between teams, and a happier, more productive work environment. This initial launch includes the e-learning modules -- “Leveraging Your True Tilt Report” and “Understanding Your Unique Amplifier.” Each takes about 30-minutes to complete and can be purchased as an upgrade to a True Tilt Personality assessment for an additional $59. The “Leveraging Your True Tilt Report” module empowers users to learn how to identify their True Tilt, understand how their thinking and feeling styles show up as one of the four Tilt patterns (Impact, Structure, Clarity and Connection) and ultimately leverage their character strengths and develop an agile mindset. This deeper understanding of the strengths-based assessment results gives teams and individuals guidelines on how to practically apply the learnings, an unique and high-return add-on offering. The “Understanding Your Unique Amplifier” module goes beyond explaining the impact of each of the four True Tilt patterns and dives deeper into each person’s Unique Amplifiers. Human behavior is too complex to reduce to the four types, therefore this module dives into explaining each unique sub-persona along with the social preference to help people understand their distinctive and nuanced preferences and associated behaviors. Tilt 365’s new e-learning series goes beyond the diagnostic assessment by providing tangible actions to best capitalize on individuals’ and teams’ strengths and weaknesses. The modules provide education on how to review the assessments to form a holistic view of a team’s diverse personality traits and triggers that helps leaders gain value from the diversity of thought across their teams. The e-learning series is embedded in all of Tilt 365’s workshop and certification offerings as pre-work. Offering the asynchronous learning series in preparation of interactive workshops shortens the virtual meeting time and allows for more discussion, which increases the return from the sessions. “As global companies and leaders innovate how they approach team dynamics in permanent remote- or hybrid-work environments, Tilt 365 will continue to strategically extend its organizational development tools. The Tilt 365 e-learning series offers digestible, but actionable insights that help teams maximize the positive impact from our assessments on their culture and effectiveness.” Erika Bill-Peter, Chief Learning Officer at Tilt 365 The e-learning series was created in partnership with Sonata Learning, which helps organizations improve staff performance through learning, knowledge management, process optimization and appropriate use of technology. Sonata Learning has worked with Target, The World Bank, the U.S. Army and more. About Tilt 365 Tilt 365 is a disruptor in the personality assessment, organizational development and certified coaching academy sector. Backed by 20 years of character science research, the company offers a suite of strengths-based personality assessments to help people grow beyond a personality type. Tilt 365 provides leadership and organizational development services to help its high-growth clients to reduce divisiveness, identify commonalities, increase team agility and improve performance with company culture that provides psychological safety. It has several educational programs with in-person, virtual and blended models to further advance its network of certified coaches and internal human resource experts. Tilt 365 has been recognized for four consecutive years by Training Industry’s Assessment & Evaluation list.

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