Developing an eLearning strategy that crosses state lines
Growing businesses often need to implement eLearning strategies to effectively train employees in tasks such as using new software, interacting with clients and developing new skills. For companies that have expanded across state lines, this issue becomes more complicated. If training staff are located in one state, but the employees in need of training are in another, what’s the best solution? In many cases, eLearning can implemented seamlessly to provide excellent training from anywhere in the world. Keep reading to learn how expanding businesses can benefit from this strategy:
Create a roadmap
If your company is new to eLearning, it’s best to take the time to develop a solid roadmap. You might find it easier to work backwards from a specific goal. For example, if you want your staff to learn how to use a new piece of software, start with that goal and work backwards through the steps necessary to achieve that end result. What related knowledge will they need to gain before they can really dive into the software? How will it be implemented into the already established workflow? Grab a whiteboard and draw out the map. Then use it to start planning your eLearning strategy.
Make it interactive
Everyone has their own unique learning style. But one surefire way to get your employees involved in the learning process is to make your eLearning sessions interactive. Even if users aren’t directly interacting with a live teacher, you can implement other solutions. According to eLearning Industry, you can use hyperlinks to great advantage here. Links can take learners through specific real-world scenarios. These will let them get a hold of the new information and see how it would work on the job. The more practical or pseudo-practical experience they can get, the better.
Make it testable
Simply completing course modules isn’t enough. You should be able to accurately determine if the eLearning goals were reached. That means you’ll need a test at the end of each session. This information can inform you if your strategy isn’t working, or if it’s doing the intended job. Along with a knowledge test, you may also want to implement a survey at the end of the course. How did the participants feel about the modules? This information can also be valuable going forward.
Follow up afterwards
The final key to making sure your strategy is successful is to follow up days, weeks and months after the training is complete. Does the information stick with employees? Do they make use of it on a daily basis? These are important questions. If the information isn’t sticking, your employees may need a refresher course. Travantis recommended setting up a video call after the training to get an accurate read on how the eLearning program went.
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