Has an eLearning course that has worked for you over the years aged? One way to know if that is the case is to ask yourself if your employees are unable to keep up with the pace of your industry? Is the course not delivering the impact it used to? Has the dynamics of your business changed? Perhaps not. Or is it that the course you have bought needs to be changed in keeping with the modern age?
We all agree that eLearning courses are essential in the learning and development context.
“To engage your learners and ensure that the training you deliver is future-proofed, your eLearning strategy must always be on its toes. In other words, you need to modernize your eLearning portfolio.”
So, how can you modernize your eLearning portfolio?
Adopt New Technology
One of the key aspects to consider is if your training is built and supports modern technology. A lot of older training was built to support Flash which is breathing it’s last. With the evolution of new and better technology, the inclusion of a millennial workforce, and mobile devices ruling the game, it is important to ensure that your training meets these new expectations. Migrating your older courses to a modern and more compliant technology should be your primary concern.
Opt for a Learner-Centered Course Design
Gone are the days when eLearning was synonymous with text-heavy modules that made the learners “page turners”. Modern eLearning solutions are bite-sized. Think short videos, explanatory audio, summarized text versus longer sentences, etc. You need to go for content that is short, mobile-friendly, and that offers flexibility to the learners. Clearly, it is about using more visuals and interactive elements like quizzes and games, which can pique the interest of the learners, anywhere and at any time they want. See what works for you and move forward, keeping it fluid and intuitive.
Design for Scaling
The next point is to comprehensively support your organization’s growing needs with a growing portfolio of eLearning courses. You need to opt for courses that can be scaled up so that they can address the emerging skills gaps. Consider investing in a robust, feature-appropriate Learning Management System which can scale with your organization. This is a fundamental decision. The LMS can help you structure your course, manage your learners, make it easy for your subject matter experts to add content, and drive easier access to the courses.
Change the Interface
Believe it or not, a contemporary interface comes as a welcome breather for the learners. This, in essence, means creating a clean and easy-to-use interface without distractions for the learners. This can also help drive engagement. For instance, you can go for a course interface that can include your brand’s colors for added consistency. Rather than about fancy visuals, the focus is on simplicity and utility. At the same time, you need to keep the navigation as easy for the end-users as possible. With such accessibility to the course, there will be no looking back for the learners.
Constantly Evaluate the Learner Demographics
As much as it is important to change the course, you also need to evaluate the learner demographics. Are your course participants GenX or Millennials? Do they use tablets, mobiles, or desktops to learn? How quick are they when it comes to grasping various concepts? Do they find the courses challenging enough? All these questions will help you evaluate the motivations and preferences of the learners. Using the information, you can modernize your training. In short, the course content and structure need to be driven by the unique needs of your employees as much as by the course content and learning objectives.
Visuals, Visuals Everywhere
At the end of the day, visual content will have more impact than text-based content for the learners. The visual idiom helps in improving retention power. Visuals are interesting and appeal to the learners in a way that text can’t. Think of short animations or videos that can demonstrate the functioning of a product or how to repair a product. Compare that to trying to explain that in limited words. Likewise, think of a series of videos, say, based on workplace safety. All these will keep your learners hooked to the course and help them progress always towards course completion.
These were some of the ways you can modernize your eLearning portfolio and catalogs. While this can seem like a lot of work, with the right combination of eLearning course development, technology, and subject matter expertise the task can be addressed with great effectiveness. And it will be worth it!
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