Training is an essential component of any successful business, be it a for-profit or a charity. After all, without it, staff won’t know what the mission and goals of the organization are. Nor will they know how to help the business achieve those goals.
But how the program is crafted will ultimately determine the readiness of the audience it’s aiming to prepare. If the material is dry, static, and underwhelming, trainees are going to tune out, going through the motions but not getting much out of it. If it’s engaging and interactive, you have a better chance of reaching them.
Luckily, training is no longer static or one-dimensional thanks to a bevy of digital training tools. These tools bring training to life, but they aren’t created equal. Nor are all of them going to be a slam dunk for your business or institution. Training programs are as unique as the constituents they serve and require careful consideration when choosing one. But even with that, there are some must-have digital tools that can help set your online training program apart. Here’s a look at three of them.
Your training program is only as good as the number of people who complete it. Measuring its effectiveness is imperative for every organization. That is where an LMS, or learning management system, comes in.
An LMS, serves as the hub to create, manage, distribute, and measure learning materials. It’s used for everything from teaching student coursework to corporate training programs. Among many important functions, one very important aspect of an LMS is the ability to measure analytics. This is critical for an organization to gauge the most effective way to teach their audiences. If there isn’t a way to measure the effectiveness of training, it’s difficult to improve your processes to fit learners’ needs.
Additionally, many companies are moving the LMS to cutting-edge cloud-based platforms that can create any type of training that will be optimized for both desktop computers and mobile devices. What you can get with a cloud service runs the gambit from build training materials, including things like gamification, to focusing solely on measurement, enabling you to track the engagement and comprehension.
For training programs, using the cloud can take a lot of the heavy lifting out of the equation. Many companies of all sizes are moving their businesses into the cloud as it reduces costs and frees up time to focus on running and growing the enterprise.
A big challenge for organizations aiming to train people is keeping them engaged. How subject matter is presented can make all the difference in whether or not someone retains and understand it. The worst thing an organization wants to see happen is a loss of interest early in the training session. One way to keep people engaged is through gamification, a relatively new strategy. With gamification, the concepts of gaming are applied to the training material, with users rewarded for correct actions.
When gameplay is combined with instructional courses, it can increase the attention and interest and thus the learning of learners. Take the gamification of a corporate training program. Done the old way and chances are that you’ll lose the interest of some employees early in the seminar. But if the employee is rewarded for correctly performing tasks in the game, they will stay engaged longer than sitting through a lecture with PowerPoint slides. That knowledge achieved in the game can then be applied to real-world scenarios, achieving the desired outcome.
Not to mention that playing games, even ones that are attached to learning, can be addicting. That would be bad if the employee was playing Candy Crush instead of working, but if the organization is aiming to boost education, adding gamification can help motivate employees.
Thanks to the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy, Americans have fallen deeply in love with their mobile phones. These days, they do everything on mobile whether it’s checking a bank account or purchasing goods and services. Scores of people watch videos, send emails and keep up on social, all from their mobile device.
That hasn’t been lost on the training industry, which has increasingly realized the need to deliver training materials on mobile. To have an effective training program, it has to be able to reach the target audience wherever they are. Companies, like Vector Solutions, can take even the most text-heavy content and turn it into engaging material to be consumed on mobile devices. There are even apps that will convert PowerPoint presentations into image-rich, engaging training content.
Training programs are increasingly moving online, providing educators with the ability to develop feature-rich content that reels the viewer in and keeps them engaged. There is no one-size-fits all solution, but by leveraging a variety of tools, an organization can build a training program plush with latest technologies to reach their learners. Combining all of them can take your training and your students to the next level.
Guest Blog Post By: Paul Olgenn is a webinar pro. A fantastic marketer, he knows exactly how to both catch and retain a client’s attention, be it towards a product or a learning program.