The modern work environment is unlike anything from the past and organisations often find themselves struggling to implement online training that will maximise its elearning effectiveness.
How do you make sure your team, (with their 21st-century attention spans) are learning effectively, and actually enjoying the training?
It’s easy for a beginner to get overwhelmed with knowledge and tasks when they first start work.
A good rule of thumb is to assign no more than three courses at a time to each employee. As one course is finished, another one can be added.
In this new age of technology, employees expect organisations to present relevant and ‘to-the-point’ training that will make their jobs better and easier. Your training should feel like a pleasant jog on the beach, not an Olympic Marathon. Skip the extras that would be nice for employees to know – for now.
Note : An experienced eLearning consultant will be able to help you to decide what is:
- must-know (critical information)
- should-know (important background information that you could attach as a resource), and;
- could-know (nice-to-know information that you may even omit) information
The real game-changer is to present learning as a challenge and motivate your learners to acquire knowledge from completing tasks. Gamification techniques can contribute to making learning both fun and rewarding. Just like any game, there are risks and rewards, and we all like to be rewarded. For an example, you could incorporate badges, avatars and encouraging messages such as “Awesome”, “100% Correct” or “Congratulations, you got 10/10”.
Also, sprinkle your course with familiar scenarios, so your learners have the confidence in the knowledge that they can apply the learnings in your workplace.
For better or for worse, we’re used to constantly being in contact with other people via social media, and that affects how we learn, too.
Interaction with other people, always improves both engagement and completion speed.
Ways you can inspire this kind of motivation include:
- Issue certificates at course completion
- Sending congratulations emails to employees when they finish a course
- Asking employees to share updates on their progress or projects with the others on socials
- Using badges, leader-boards and rewards for completing units or passing tests.
These strategies, when used correctly, will motivate your workforce, improve your staff retention-rate, increase productivity and produce a better bottom line.
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