Easy, Efficient, E-learning: 4 Strategies for Business Learning
The internet exists to make the sharing of information easier, so it’s no surprise that our global connectivity has made the world our classroom. Anyone with access to a computer and a little time can learn a new skill or read through archives of information for relatively little cost. That’s why E-learning is such a rapidly growing industry, and businesses from steel manufacturers to Yahoo to 1-800-Flowers are taking note.
E-learning offers opportunities to train employees, practice problem-solving, and teach new skills in ways that are convenient for employees and cheaper for businesses. Below, we’ve gathered some ways that eLearning can become a part of your company’s growth and employee training strategies.
1. Pick the system that’s right for you
What does your workforce look like? What are your employees’ needs; what is your company’s growth plan? For many businesses today, their workforces are full of millennials and younger employees eager to learn and develop new skillsets. The Docebo E-learning Trends Report 2017 reveals that 22% of millennials place training and development first as their most coveted benefit (flexible working hours come in second at 19%).
Other companies may need their employees to keep up-to-date with compliance policies or regularly conduct safety training. Knowing what your employees need to succeed, and how you want the company to continue growing, will help you select the best types of e-learning for that training.
Considering what your specific employees need also means being willing to switch e-learning tools or learning management systems (LMS). Most companies have an LMS, but many employees and administrators want a better user interface and increased integration into the company’s existing structure. Many of the tools companies use today but find clunky are about 10 years old and aren’t designed with learning outcomes in mind, so if you and your employees are feeling that your existing tech doesn’t fit your needs, you’re not alone.
Recently, Brandon Hall Group found that at least half of the companies they surveyed were planning to switch LMS or e-learning tools (Docebo 2017 p. 21). With new e-learning products entering the market every day, and MOOC platforms to support individual modules, there’s a better chance than ever that you can find the right tool for your company at the right price point.
2. Look for creative e-learning possibilities
There are a lot of e-learning tools and products out there, and many of them may not look like traditional classroom-style models. Nearly 70% of companies now use some kind of interactive game in their training process; many others use simulations or mobile learning to train employees on the job and in the moment.
3. E-learning well-suited for employee training
E-learning is well-suited to skill acquisition, both for technical and soft skills. Employees can learn how to use new software through online modules. A lot of the onboarding process can use e-learning as well. For example, employees don’t need to sit in a room for hours to read through company policies and benefits–they can read through that information on their own in an e-course, saving everyone time and money.
However, if the necessary skill has a hands-on or in-person requirement, such as operating machinery, building something, or even working in a group, you may consider supplementing an e-course with in-person training. Some things are still learned best through real-time experience.
4. Fit the tech to the people
Once you’ve chosen an e-learning tool that fits your company’s needs and workflow, you’ll also want to make sure that your employees can easily use it and feel comfortable with the tool.
We’ve written previously about how translating and localizing training materials can improve employee adoption and increase efficiency, and we think that localizing your company’s teaching tools is always a good idea, whether those materials are in print, in person, or online. Some platforms may not be available in every country, so it’s also important to consider the potential for translation when choosing your e-learning products.