Implementing eLearning training programs must balance with your employees’ daily work schedules so that they can find time to focus on completing their learning tasks.
I’m sure we’ve all preached the words “work-life balance” at some time in our careers, swearing we will follow this idea religiously! But when our day-to-day routines creep in, it’s easy to be swept into an unhealthy, unbalanced lifestyle. When it comes to eLearning training programs, if they do not balance with the demands of your daily work schedule, it can feel impossible for employees to find the time to complete their assigned learning tasks, which will leave both you and your employees frustrated. But don’t stress! There are ways and strategies to effectively implement eLearning into your daily work life that will at the same time increase motivation and learning outcomes amongst your team. Read on to find out how!
Bite Sized Modules
First of all, you’ll find eLearning training courses much more manageable if they are broken up or segmented into small, bite-sized modules. If each small unit only takes, say, 5 or 10 minutes to complete, your staff will be able to fit in a little learning each day and stay on track to reach their learning goals. Additionally, short modules provide regular recognition of achievement, so your staff stays motivated and engaged by their eLearning.
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Our second pro-tip is skill-based learning. Each eLearning training module should focus on developing one industry-specific skill only and contextualizing it in regard to daily work processes. This approach allows your employees to immediately apply the new skill or knowledge within the workplace which shows the relevance of the content and enhances learning outcomes. It will also make it easier for your staff to switch on and complete one or two learning modules each day since it is not taking their focus off their work process but rather helping with the current work. (See Adaptable Learning: Custom eLearning Development for Niche Business Needs)
Suiting your Staff’s Routine
Last but definitely not least is that the delivery method needs to suit your staff’s routine. If you have staff working on-site, then a blend of online learning with some in-person training can be a great wholistic approach. However, say your team works flexibly between their workplace and home, they need to be able to pick up and continue learning from where they left off. This is another strength of eLearning training courses as they can be easily accessed at any time from anywhere online.
So, when developing your online eLearning training course, think in small steps and think about what is relevant for your staff, and you will certainly see success!
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