E-learning can be a great addition to any companys learning and development strategy; it has all the benefits of traditional training such as upskilling and increased staff engagement and retention, but its flexible and self-paced so learning can fit in around the busy demands of the workplace whilst minimising time away from the office. However, the companies that get the best return on their e-learning investment are the ones that know the best ways to maximise its value.
If youre considering making e-learning part of your L and D strategy, follow our tips to make sure you get it right:
Select a suitable course
Youre investing a lot of time and money in company training so you must ensure it meets the needs of your organisation and staff. Theres a lot of programmes out there so when assessing their suitability, make sure you look into the course content and benefits that itll deliver. Any good training provider will be happy to provide more details should you need them, so if youve got a question- ask away!
Without a doubt, the biggest benefit of an e-learning programme is its flexibility; you can do it anywhere, on any device and its much easier to take time out of a busy work schedule than traditional classroom based courses. However, this doesnt mean it should be any less work; learners must still put in the time. Ensure your staff set aside time for regular study sessions and plan ahead to get maximum value out of the programme.
Find a suitable space
Crucially, learners must have somewhere that they can focus on their studies without any distractions, whenever they need to. Whether this is a meeting room during work hours or time at their desks in the evening, it should be quiet and allow them to really focus on the course material. Encourage staff to switch off their phones as, whilst they arent in a traditional classroom environment, these sorts of interruptions could be detrimental to the learning process.
Invest in the right equipment
Whilst a good internet connection and fully functioning PC, laptop or mobile device probably wont be a huge problem within a working environment, its important to ensure that all learners have the appropriate technology to carry out their e-learning programme. The best training providers will use learning systems that allow participants to access the materials on multiple devices for added flexibility.
Use the resources
With any good e-learning programme comes a whole range of available materials and tools to compliment the course content. But as well as stressing the importance of utilizing these resources, you should also encourage staff to seek help from their online tutors whenever they need it. Plus, social platforms and online forums allow them to stay on top of material, solve queries and pick up useful ideas and suggestions from fellow learners and experts.
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