How has your training infrastructure adapted to today’s business world? Before COVID-19 hit the world by storm, many L&D professionals struggled to get their organizations to include robust eLearning tactics as part of the training process. However, as the pandemic continues, many organizations are forced to quickly move to a digital learning environment. We have already covered the process of shifting from ILT (instructor led training) to VILT (virtual instructor led training). The emergence of digital training methods as the go-to solution has caused several changes for training and development approaches and learning design.
With eLearning being at the forefront of training strategies right now, it is a great time for organizations to shift their focus away from traditional training and to digital training. With that being the case, here are some important things to keep in mind:
1. Learning design is still critical. Designing thoughtful and engaging content and training modules takes valuable time and coordination. Now more than ever, training needs analyses are critical; however, with the rush to move to a digital/online format, some fundamental design details are being overlooked. The design of new digital training modules needs to be centered around the audience and not just the content. It is not about just getting through the material; it’s about actively learning.
2. Use technologies that you already have. Tools are readily available in your workspace and home. It is time to think outside the box and outside your traditional learning management system (LMS). Although not all tools are designed specifically for training, there have been many advancements in the past year to create ease and flexibility to get the job done. Platforms such as YouTube, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom offer many capabilities that are accessible through your mobile device. Tools like Camtasia, Loom, and Arist enable you to instantly create and share content that can be viewed anywhere. It would be worthwhile to reevaluate what you are using, or not using, and develop a strategy to better engage your learners.
3. eLearning offers endless flexibility. eLearning can give your employees the flexibility to learn when it is convenient for them. With several platforms available as mentioned above, learners can access content from a multitude of sources on and off the clock. eLearning offers endless options and accessibility. You can motivate your team and boost their engagement by offering training that includes gamification, microlearning, and video, which are more memorable formats for employees.
4. Digital and eLearning offers more analytics and tracking. Do you currently analyze or assess your training program? With eLearning, it is much easier to assess your training effectiveness. You can keep track of progress, administer assessments, and collect data and scores. With the capability of measuring data from your training, you can identify gaps in the process and target your training methods better. Some of the important areas that you can track include engagement, retention, and individual progress. You will need to think about what data is most important to your organization and start there.
Converting from traditional training methods to eLearning might take a bit of an overhaul, and it is best to be prepared. With a significant percentage of the workforce still working remotely or from home, it is critical to keep your employees engaged and adequately trained. Keep in mind that a blended learning approach will always be the most successful tactic to keep in your back pocket. While in-person instructor-led training has come to a screeching halt, it will begin after the pandemic clears. If you feel overwhelmed, or do not know where to start, Dashe is always here to help. Figure out what is right and most effective for your organization and your team.