Elearning Challenges and Solid Strategies to Solve Them

Designing Digitally


Making sure that all employees are on the same page when it comes to training can be a headache for training departments and managers. When the methods are traditional and the employees are geographically spread out, the problem can become worse. This is just one of the many reasons why eLearning is a better option for corporate education.

Even though eLearning is the answer to many training issues that arise, it can  come with some challenges of its own. However, there are sound strategies that combat some of the most common challenges that can occur.

Problems and solutions

Let’s take a look at some common eLearning challenges that businesses face and the ways to overcome them.

  • Reluctance to change. Some employees aren’t comfortable with advancing technology and can be resistant to switching over to a program that is very technologically driven.
  • Solutions: One way to combat a fear of change is to highlight all the benefits that come along with eLearning. Point out that the information will always be readily available to the employees, they can go at their own pace, and they only have to focus on the areas they need, as opposed to a more traditional approach, which requires everyone to have the same training, whether they need all of it or not. It’s also important to communicate frequently before and during the training roll out. Keep the lines of communication open!
  • Keeping learners motivated. In some ways, accountability is harder with an eLearning program. Left to do the work on their own, some employees may put it off. While traditional methods can be boring, some employees view them as a chance to get away from their everyday routine and may not be comfortable working at their own pace.
  • Solutions: Introducing rewards is a way to get employees interested in the eLearning activity. Another way is to tell a story through the training. Making the activities more obviously relevant to the employees and their duties will pique their interest. Simply making sure that the learning objectives are clear can be enough motivation to hook an employee. Remember, high engagement is one of the keys to comprehension.
  • Poor design. A poorly designed eLearning game won’t fulfill any of the necessary goals. It will cause the learners to become confused and frustrated. Obviously, confused and frustrated employees won’t have a good attitude toward the activity and very little true learning will take place.
  • Solutions: The best fix for this problem is to make sure that the content of the activity is relevant to the learner. Make sure it is streamlined, without extraneous information. The activity should have clear goals and be relatable to the employee and their needs in terms of job duties.

When some simple strategies are in place, it is less likely that learners will be unengaged, unmotivated, and unwilling to change. No one training method is perfect, but eLearning has many advantages over traditional learning and is revolutionizing corporate education.  

Designing Digitally, Inc. can assist your organization to conduct a needs analysis and design an eLearning training program that specifically meets your needs.  We will help you develop strategies that will result in highly, engaged employees, greater productivity, and an improved bottom line.

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