Training is all about transferring skills and knowledge that are essential to perform particular tasks in one’s own job field. An effective employee training helps to achieve organizational goals combined with individual employee goals.
Nowadays, organizations are getting attracted towards eLearning since it provides result-oriented and a cost-effective employee training. According to Workforce.com 73% of employee training in Fortune 500 companies is delivered via online methods and according to eLearning.com, 77% of American firms are already using eLearning. This shows the reach of eLearning all over the world.
Your eLearning program can be a dud, if it fails to engage you learners; hence designing and developing a smart and lively employee training is imperative.
Analyze your intended audience and frame effective objectives
Understanding the learner’s requirements and thinking in a learner’s perspective is an essential part of any eLearning/online training courses development. since they are the people who are going to take the course finally.
Framing effective and assessable learning objectives depends on the available content and training requirements. According to Robert F Mager, framing learning objectives occupies an essential part and it provides a foundation for developing any training course. Learning objectives define Quantifiable and measurable learning outcomes of a learner in predefined time. Hence, to provide clarity about a course and describe specific outcomes, well-written learning objectives are necessary.
Involve the subject matter expert
Always try to make a course to be more than just an information dump. This requires an adequate understanding of concerned subjects be it technical/non-technical. Hence, it is necessary to involve a subject matter expert while developing the eLearning training courses. SMEs are experts at their own work field and possess immense knowledge over the subject and training objectives that are specific to an organization.
Create interactive and hands-on learning
“You cannot judge a book by its cover”. But the truth is, if the book cover is not good enough, most of the people won’t try to reach out for it. The same can be applied to eLearning. Boring and visually poor training courses doesn’t contribute any learning. A good and visually rich training course supports the acquiring skills and knowledge in it. It helps to learn the subject thoroughly and recalls it quickly. An interactive and hands-on training course enhances the learning process and creates more interest.
Develop your course with all appropriate interactive and creative elements such as Animations, scenarios, Simulated conversations using avatars/learning agents and Meaningful graphics/Real images. Using interactive elements turns out your course into a hands-on learning.
Make the audio script more conversational
A good instructional designer must be familiar with writing an interesting and conversational audio script as it enhances learning process and facilitates the learner to understand the concept thoroughly. Make the audio script simple and clear and try to analyze the tone of the narrator. maintain a friendly and conversational tone.
The given audio script should be in synch with the onscreen text and it is necessary to maintain some pauses to process the given information as visual content for the learner. An effective and well-written audio script helps the learner to retain the concepts and learnt efficiently.
Include Assessments(Tests and Quizzes)
Assessments in eLearning help to evaluate the course effectiveness and online training. It also provides feedback to the learner immediately or at the end of the course and involves the learner actively throughout eLearning. Assessments must go hand-in-hand with the learning objectives and should be able to measure the training outcomes. Interactive and game-based assessments help to enhance the training program and provide easy retention of the subject for the learner.
All these tips help to make your course a comprehensive, quick as well a pragmatic training program in an effective way. Do you think there are other things that have been missed out ?Do share your thoughts and ideas.
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