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With much of the world still adjusting to new changes, such as integrating a remote workforce and needing online access, to connect team members to vital company resources, eLearning has been more valuable than ever.
Not only does online access provide a solution to keep business members continuing basic business duties with things like email and file sharing, but it also opens an array of opportunities for learning and development. eLearning is a great way to effectively learn, grow, and train, and will be long after the COVID-19 pandemic dies down.
Here are some of the top ways online learning can help grow your business and employees.
With online learning, you can deliver important information at the exact time it is needed. With many people working from home or having to create new hours to be able to create a new work/home balance, this is a necessity. For example, a module can be utilized right before an employee enters a new store to review the right steps before an audit or inspection, or when someone needs to review the right way to report a business violation to HR. On the other hand, this could also be used to prepare new employees that are entering the onboarding phase and need to learn the information to follow their job duties properly. eLearning allows your employees to train online during allotted business hours, or during their wait in the doctor’s office waiting to be seen.
With eLearning, you can cater to many different learning styles and offer training that is familiar and in line with today’s technological advancements. Training can be taken online via a computer, mobile phone, or tablet. eLearning can even be delivered through VR headsets, which is pretty phenomenal considering where eLearning started. With most people owning at least one computer and/or mobile device, it makes sense to offer training that can be found through these mediums. Plus, with the ability to add in gaming mechanics such as leaderboards, avatars, awards, etc., and create immersive learning through serious games and simulations, training can be more enjoyable to learners. This increases motivation and desire to perform well, using friendly competition to drive performance results. Think about it, would you rather take your training by reading and taking a simple test, or would you like to play a game that taught the same information and allowed you to test your mastery in real-time?
As stated, many people have been faced with new workspaces and schedules. This alone can create stress and challenges, so the last thing you want to do is create training and learning opportunities that are going to add to that stress. Instead, you want to offer information in a way that caters to the situations your employees are being faced with. With online learning, you can deliver information in bits and pieces that are going to be much easier to digest than trying to absorb large amounts of new information at once. With microlearning, you can focus on specific items at once, allowing your learner to become an expert in that topic before moving on to the next mini-lesson. Oftentimes, companies will create microlearning courses to prepare employees in various categories and then create a more complex analysis course to test what was retained. The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) did this with the “Fundamentals of Equipment Leasing” course they created for learning how to lease finance equipment to customers.
As much as we love online learning for L&D at Designing Digitally, we also know it’s not a walk in the park. As with taking on any task, especially a new one, planning is needed - and expertise. Creating an eLearning course that caters to your specific company and employee needs, is not something to be taken lightly. It needs to be thought out well, and include the right team members to do the needed jobs and ensure the audience will gain the intended information and ensure the desired goals are met.
To expand on the previous benefits above, here are some expert tips from our Instructional Design Team that we think will help you in your online learning planning and development. Partner or not, we are here to help see that your eLearning course succeeds.
Your employees typically aren't taking mandatory training on their phones. They're completing training at their desks or on company-issued training devices during work hours. Don't invest money and effort to make your online training mobile compatible unless you have a specific use that warrants it. For example, the “PING Golf Club Fitting Learning Simulation” is developed for mobile devices that could be utilized when partner store employees were assisting customers during their shopping experience for new PING clubs.
Our team also suggests that you invest in creating a memorable learning experience that will have true value to your learner. It's worth the expense to make a cool, interactive game rather than a basic eLearning module that may battle with everyday distractions. You can show your learners you respect their time and intelligence by giving them training that's worth taking.
If you're training learners on how to complete a process or procedure, be sure everyone in your organization agrees on the steps of the process. Course development comes to a screeching halt if teams have to wait for a client to debate over how the process is supposed to go. Additionally, ensure that you have the needed support from your team and know how to obtain buy-in from the necessary management and stakeholders.
It is no secret that eLearning has come to the rescue for many companies during the challenges created from the COVID-19 crisis, and it will continue to help companies improve performance for many years to come.
If you are ready to convert your traditional training to eLearning or need an update to some outdated content from the past, we are here to help. We will consult with you to identify training needs, and can take the development worries out of your hands. To learn more about us and the proactive support approach we take on learning evolution, contact our team today.