If you’ve ever sat in a training room and looked around, you’ll no doubt have found at least one person who clearly doesn’t want to be there. Skilled face-to-face trainers are usually able to subtly encourage and re-engage participants but how do you go about making sure employees are fully engaged when training is delivered via e-learning?
Because e-learning is relatively new compared with training that takes place in the traditional classroom setting, it’s understandable that businesses are apprehensive about how it stacks up.
But according to the 2018 LinkedIn Workplace Learning Report, talent developers are depending more and more on online learning solutions to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse, multi-generational workforce.
Not only does the report outline a variety of learning preferences across those surveyed – 68% prefer to learn at work, 58% at home and 49% at the point of need – but also that the number one reason employees feel held back from learning is that they don’t have the time.
In an article in Personnel Today, Kay Lucker, senior consultant at talent management consultancy a&dc, explains that good training should include a variety of activities that appeal to four key learning styles: activist; pragmatist; reflector; and theorist. “To keep all four varieties engaged, any programme should combine multiple styles such as e-learning, face-to-face and simulation exercises that appeal to each,” she says.
Hayley Adamson, service delivery director at learndirect adds that online learning is likely to play an important role as part of a blended approach: “It’s very much a self-serve proposition, so people can learn at their own pace and it doesn’t need to be based around their working time.”
In an article for the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals, Andrew Weir, employer services manager at Moorepay, suggests asking the following questions to ensure e-learning is effective for your business:
- Do you allow your employees to learn in short bursts? It’s easier for employees to absorb the information in short five-to-ten-minute sessions.
- Are your modules engaging? The best way to get people to take in information is to catch their attention. Consider using graphics and videos to make your modules more engaging.
- Are your modules interactive? Interactive online tests are great learning tools. Qualified teachers understand this.
- Are your modules mobile compatible? Flexibility is one of the main advantages to e-learning, which is why your modules need to be mobile-friendly so that your employees can access them from anywhere and from any device.
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