Custom training in the workplace goes through a lot of changes. This is especially true for those that are done online. There are so many changes and developments happening in the elearning industry. There are programs being built, applications being created, and learning management systems that are being improved constantly. You want to ensure that you are using the latest technology and advancements so all the employees will benefit from it.
As we get ready to finish the 2nd half of the year, employees are struggling to meet quotas or take on new projects. That means they could use a great custom training program to get them through the second part of 2017. Employees are highly productive when they are well-trained and equipped with the right knowledge and skills. That is always good news for the company. A high productivity means more profit and growth for the business.
Here are some ideas to use when it comes to training programs for the latter half of the year.
Microlearning stored in online libraries
These short courses are very helpful as performance support tools – as long as they can be used just-as-needed. This is why you have to make sure it is available for employees to access whenever they need a refresher course. Microlearning has consistently been one of the rising trends in the elearning industry. If you can create multiple courses that are short and informative, that is already very helpful. But if you can create it in such a way that will allow employees to access it across multiple devices and anytime it is needed, that would be a great way to boost employee productivity. Set up an online library and store the courses there.
Mentoring and coaching programs
While this had been used for many years, it is only now that it is being done online. Mentorship is quite beneficial for both parties. When you make it accessible online, it becomes even more powerful. Employees who are using it will gain insight from more experienced colleagues or senior officials. At the same time, the mentors can improve their skills as they use online platforms to help struggling members of the workforce. It helps put mentors put into practice what they know about the business. The exposure of the mentees and problems they face will help mentors widen their knowledge base. The online platform makes their reach longer and wider.
Collaborative learning through social networks
Social learning is a great way to learn. But collaborative learning takes it to the next level. This usually involves a more interactive and engaging social learning programs that will give both communication and collaboration a boost. It is more aggressive in promoting a harmonious relationship within the business. Project management software programs can be a great tool to use to ensure that the collaboration will be as successful as possible.
Serious games while learning
Setting up rewards is a great motivation. This is what makes gamification a great option for custom training programs. You have to realize that these rewards do not have to be monetary or tangible for it to motivate employees. Even the recognition and bragging rights are enough to make employees want to participate. Consider using serious games in your next training program because it is not only effective, it is also a lot of fun.
Connecting to real-world activities
Finally, you want to make sure that all that is learned through your online training programs will be translated into real-world activities. After all, knowledge without practice is nothing. Make sure you incorporate activities like branching scenarios, simulations, and even gamification to allow employees to apply what they learned. Doing this will help them go through the decision-making process without suffering the consequences in case they make a mistake.
For now, these 5 will really take your custom training program to the next level. Before the end of the year, you should look into the new elearning trends to ensure that you are maximizing what you can use for your training initiatives.
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