Over the last decades, as technology has advanced, the method and approach of corporate training has changed. Now that online training has become the norm, and remote working commonplace, the necessity has increased while many of the same basic training challenges remain: how to keep training engaging and effective. L&D teams must be aware of some basic pitfalls to avoid having their e-learning programmes fail.
Don’t underestimate your employees’ ambition
Staff today want to receive training, so they can progress in their careers. Studies show more than two-thirds of employees are concerned with not achieving their full potential. They want to improve their skills, take part in more decisions, and climb the corporate ladder. Organisations must match the dynamism of their staff.
Ineffective training is a waste of money
In order to make sure your company is not wasting money, time and resources on digital training that doesn’t work, measurable goals matched to staff roles is important. Identifying these roles and the training required must then be followed by creating the right content and assessments, in the most suitable methodology and delivered at the right time. Your LMS must also be able to deliver effective, detailed reporting that provides valuable feedback. Experienced e-learning providers such as FUEL, which specialises in all aspects of delivering and maintaining learning academies, can ensure your initiative succeeds.
Course content must be effective
Online training programmes often fail because of the course content itself. The digital content creation process is crucial to avoid delivering ineffective material to your trainees. Identifying the needs of each set of learners, developing relevant curricula, and then producing engaging content is key. Digital content must then be created using the most effective methodologies to convey the knowledge. Budget considerations obviously come into play, and this is where an experienced provider such as FUEL can make sure production is done more efficiently than trying to do it in-house. The curricula helps dictate the development of customised learning pathways for learners which are carefully sequenced. These pathways can remain locked in sequence or made flexible, depending on needs.
Identifying gaps in existing programmes
A training needs analysis helps highlight where there are gaps and suggest how to fill them. Designing an online training approach that suits your people will lead to greater success. This could mean a mixture of video-based content, webinars, peer-to-peer and in-person learning. Along the way, this mix might also need to be adapted for highest effectiveness.
The value of effective training
Many companies still undervalue staff training, even though studies show it impacts customers, employees, and stakeholders. An good, well managed e-learning academy engages employees, equips them to perform well, and creates a better experience for customers.