The process of training employees has undergone a transformation in recent years. Once, expensive seminars were the only way to impart information to a large group of workers, meaning that companies had to carefully choose when to launch such a session and what to teach. Now, with eLearning solutions becoming a popular and enduring part of the landscape, those time and money restrictions have vanished. This leaves a new question: When organizations are free to deploy lessons on a variety of topics that can be completed at pupils' chosen speed, what types of tactics should they embrace to ensure they see ideal results?
"Taking a more compelling approach to training may have immediate results."
Embracing a new methodology
A recent Training Zone blog post by Christina Lattimer suggested a four-step process for crafting a modern and effective learning method. She noted that this breakdown was created by Cafe Style Learning's Fi Haywood and Alan Jones. The idea is rejecting classic learning strategies that might be insufficient when it comes to actually getting workers to retain the ideas they learn. While baseline training methodologies tend to be inflexible and may fall short for those reasons, taking a more compelling approach may have immediate results. Engaging workers rather than simply telling them facts could be a breakthrough approach.
Lattimer stated that Haywood and Jones' method is called EPIC, which stands for "experiential, playful, iterative, collaborative." These elements of design are far out of step with what would be possible in a classroom. Placing a whole team in the care of an instructor for one afternoon limits the interesting tactics that can be used to pass on important lessons. For important, using an iterative system wherein lessons cycle back with new information instead of progressing from one to two to three could help pupils gain a strong proficiency with the material, but it isn't economical when seminars are the only vehicle of learning.
"Employee training strategies that prize experience over old-fashioned instruction are catching on."
Creating an employee training strategy that prizes experience over old-fashioned instruction is catching on as a philosophy. Lattimer quoted an eLearning Industry post by contributor Rajiv Jayaraman that laid out a plethora of benefits from this change in tactics. Students could end up learning faster and staying engaged in their lessons. While being told concepts by a teacher is a very abstract form of training, experiential courses can simulate what pupils will have to do when they really apply the lessons. These are not automatic benefits of eLearning - rather, they are good tactics that can be employed to make digital training programs successful.
Simulate the experience
Another eLearning World piece, this one by Marina Arshavskiy, addressed an important concept in eLearning: simulations. When a lesson is delivered digitally, it's possible to create a compelling and realistic environment that will instruct learners on not only what to do but how to use those abilities in context. Arshavskiy pointed out that when students attend a lecture, they just receive the information. In a simulation, they can put the concepts into action, fail and use that mistake as a learning experience. In these ways and more, eLearning promises new types of landscapes for pupils to engage with.