Training departments have become learning and development departments and training managers have now become L&D professionals. It is no longer adequate for training managers to merely plan scheduled training programs for employees. Their role has become more broad-based with employee. The role of L&D professionals has become more broad-based as they see their efforts towards employee development as a means of encouraging talent retention. The focus has shifted to earning employee commitment by facilitating their growth and development. Let’s see how L&D professionals can help in the employee learning process.
Get management buy-in: It is important to obtain the concurrence and buy-in of the top management as far as learning and development activities are concerned. The senior management should endorse learning as a business driver and provide all the necessary resources.
Align L&D function with individual goals and business objectives: All L&D activities should be business driven. L&D professionals should not lose sight of the fact that all learning activities are geared towards enhancing individual performance. Therefore, strategically speaking, all the activities should be aligned with the business goals of the organization.
Provide a range of learning activities by monitoring learning requirements across the organization: People have different learning preferences. Sometimes, they have access to different technologies. Learning opportunities should cater to all employees in an environment that is most suitable to them. For example, a foreman might be comfortable with instructor-led class room training but a senior executive who spends considerable time travelling might want to use Smartphone or iPad for learning. If L&D professionals keep these varied requirements in mind, they can come up with a plan that is best utilized by employees with diverse needs.
Undertake regular cost-benefit analysis: It is a good practice for L&D professionals to evaluate the ROI of each learning activity. This can be measured based on the reaction of participants, the increase in the knowledge or skills displayed by the participants or by business results.
L&D Professionals have to keep pace with the rapid pace at which both technology and businesses are changing. They need to re-align and re-orient their training and device mechanisms to suit both the organization as well as the employees in a way that best meets their business needs.
Subscribe to Our eLearning Design Blogs
Get CommLab's latest eLearning articles straight to your inbox. Enter your email address below:
As instructional designers, training managers, subject matter experts, project managers, and project stakeholders, we all have heard of the term ‘process’. Deciding on and selecting the process which will increase learner performance and improve the Return on Investment (ROI) is of utmost importance to everyone involved in an eLearning project.
Welcome to today’s blog post.
Every instructional designer will be trained on standard instructional design principles such as ADDIE or Gagne’s nine events. It is not easy to remember all these concepts and apply them at the right instant of time, especially for people that have just started their career in instructional design. Therefore, as an instructional designer, you should be skillful at four different slices of an eLearning pie that always remind you of the ideas behind these principles. Let’s see what they are.
The aviation industry was the first industry to adopt eLearning and define the standards for online course development. The Aviation Industry Computer-based Training Committee (AICC) develops guidelines for CBT and WBT. They adopted eLearning to ensure flexibility and minimize costs. The use of eLearning has reduced the dependency on aircraft and other high-end training devices considerably. E-learning courses used to train the people in the aviation sector need to be developed meticulously as even minute details play an important role. E-learning courses for the aviation industry should not infuse doubts in the mind of the learner, and they need to enable him to take quick decisions. This is essential to ensure the safety of passengers and air crews.
Dealing with subject-matter experts for eLearning courses is a regular sight for an instructional designer. The subject-matter expert or SME is an integral part of your course, and this person works behind the scenes gathering relevant content for your eLearning course.
It’s well known that efficient instructional design is the heart of an effective eLearning course. But, how will you make sure this instructional design is learner-centric? In this post, we will look at some tips to design learner-centric eLearning courses.
Title: Visualization in an eLearning course
“Something is happening. We are becoming a visually mediated society. For many, understanding of the world is being accomplished, not through words, but by reading images.” – Paul Martin Lester, “Syntactic Theory of Visual Communication”
Frontline managers need to frequently interact with employees and possess excellent technical skills. They are responsible for creating reports, enforcing rules and regulations, signing approvals etc. They should lead from the front and motivate their team members to acquire the required skills.
Being a training manager, you may be looking for proven ways to make your training and development initiatives a sure success. You put all your efforts in making a good curriculum to develop an effective online training program.
A checklist is a quick reference tool which tells you of the things you need to ensure in your eLearning course. It enables instructional designers to stay on track and avoid rework, thereby reducing the development time and costs. A checklist consists of a list of parameters that need to be checked thoroughly to maximize the success of your eLearning course.
A storyboard is the blue print of an eLearning course. It describes each element of the slide and how the content needs to be presented on the slide. It gives an idea of how the course is going to look. Rectifying errors at this stage minimizes errors in the later stages of the course development, thereby saving your time, money and effort.