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What are soft skills? People skills, attitude, empathy, time management, conflict resolution, negotiation, networking, creative thinking, communication… a whole host of positive personality traits and behaviors.

Many believe that soft skills can only be taught in person since they are, at their core, interpersonal skills. However, with the right strategy, e-learning is not just possible but actually very well suited to delivering effective soft skills training. Here’s how…

Step 1: Assessment


Math is one of the most divisive subjects in a school student’s syllabus! Some hate it, some fear it, and yes, some understand and love it too.

Traditional methods of lecture, practice, homework and assignments provide some results — but often not enough to make students embrace math as a subject. Today, the same modes of teaching are being taken online during the pandemic. Without updating and refreshing the way in which math is taught, mathemaphobia (yes, there’s actually a word that means a fear of math!) is arguably worsening.

While teaching students math online, it’s important to rethink course…


For the past several years now, there has been a rapid move towards mobile device adoption. Most mobile phone users check their phones as much as 150 times daily, and 13% of millennials use their smartphones for over 12 hours a day.

The world of e-learning is no different. Online learners are moving mobile first, too.

The difference between m-learning and ‘traditional’ e-learning

  1. When compared to personal computers, smartphones have smaller device screens.
  2. Arguably, they offer better user experience as learners are used to the highly responsive touch screen.
  3. We use our phones very often but tend…


Telling a story is the most powerful way to activate our brains. When we listen to a PowerPoint presentation with bullet point lists, for example, the language processing parts of the brain are triggered. We learn the words that are being used, but that’s about it.

On the other hand, stories light up the entire brain. The story doesn’t just trigger language processing — your brain reacts as if the events of the story are happening to you.

The story talks about delicious foods? The sensory cortex lights up. Talking about movement? The motor cortex gets activated. …


You’ve heard of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) — they are among the industry’s favorite buzzwords today. The two terms are often confused with each other and used interchangeably, but they are actually quite distinct, with each bringing a unique set of benefits to the e-learning table.

AR is a technology that superimposes virtual data on top of a user’s view of the real world, thus providing a composite view. It modifies the environment by the addition of visual elements, sound, or other sensory stimuli.

On the other hand, VR is a computer-generated simulation in which a person…


Retaining the right talent plays a vital role in an organization’s success. But this is easier said than done, with constant employee churn being a major drag on business momentum. E-learning has been widely embraced by Learning & Development teams in the HR function to drive upskilling of the workforce — but the core human resource management function of employee retention has not really tapped into the potential of e-learning based solutions in their role.

To understand the link between e-learning and retention, let’s first study the factors that result in high attrition in the first place.

Have you heard of the Peter Principle?


Augmented reality (AR) adds a layer of computer-generated imagery over the real world in the form of data, information, infographics, images or graphics. It’s revolutionizing e-learning as an industry, but nowhere more so than in healthcare.

The overlay of interactive imagery makes it easier for learners to grasp complex information. Since AR adds a layer of computer-generated imagery over the real world, in real-time, there are several circumstances where it is more useful than virtual reality, which only uses the virtual world for communication. This is especially true in the healthcare sector, where so much happens just beneath the surface…


Whether physical or online, Instructor-led Training (ILT) is the kind of education format that most of us are familiar with. ILT can be imparted via the typical classroom setting with a professor, teacher or trainer leading a group of learners, or in an e-learning setup with a live online lecture and multiple students logging on concurrently.

ILT has obvious advantages. The instructor, who is assumed to be a subject matter expert, is available to answer queries immediately, and to keep a close eye on the progress of each learner.

On the other hand, ILT brings with it several major constraints…


Great e-learning content is created through high quality visual and instructional design of the modules — but don’t discount the important role that audio design plays. Audio design is the process of recording, developing, or producing audio elements that suit the material being communicated. It includes voiceover, music and sound effects which are either specially recorded, created digitally, or edited.

Audible sounds are integral to the way we make sense of the world and our surroundings. That’s why it’s so important to build them into interactive learning experiences as well.

How does sound design enhance learning delivery?


What’s the best way to train users on how to use software? Especially for kinesthetic learners, the answer is to give them hands-on experience.

Traditionally, there have been two methods by which software usage training is imparted: in-person instructor-led classes, and comprehensive training videos. Today, advancements in e-learning allow organizations to add a layer of simulation to the training process.

At Hornbill FX, this was exactly the approach we took to making an e-learning module on Google Workspace for a client.

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