If you want to improve the skills of your employees, it is essential that your business goals be aligned with your training objectives. Every organization motivates its employees to continuously achieve goals to increase their profitability. If your learners are not adding productivity to your company’s working system, then they are not helping you generate positive results. So, while training them, it goes without saying that their learning objectives should be in complete sync with the business goals. In case they are not, then the training turns into one big excursion to achieve nothing. This decreases the effectiveness of your training program and renders your training expenditure futile.
Garry is a recent college graduate and works as an instructional designer (ID) in a large manufacturing company. Recently, he designed an eLearning course for the firm’s service technicians. Garry expected the course to be highly successful. However, the course proved to be a dismal failure, and many members of the target audience complained that it is not learner-friendly. Garry is a worried man.
If an organization wants to succeed in its training initiatives and achieve its learning goals, it is important that knowledge transfer takes place. The aspects of knowledge transfer include organizing, creating, and distributing knowledge and ensuring it is available for future users.
Very often, training managers and their teams face the challenge of racing against time. Imagine that you and your team of trainers have to take up the challenge of getting 150 new hires acclimatized to their job roles, and ensure they get trained on the skills necessary to perform their job effectively. And, the time you have to complete the training is a mere 2 weeks. Now that’s what we call intensive training.
While designing online learning courses, instructional designers stick to the same traditional approaches and techniques. There’s nothing wrong with this and is completely normal – they work inside their comfort zone as training material designers and developers. They use these strategies because they consider them as good strategies to build the training material on. However, the problem is that many times these instructional design approaches are not optimal.
When creating an online course, we eLearning vendors request our clients to provide us with all the necessary content for the course, and then also talk about creating new content. The client often finds it hard to comprehend this request. “What is the difference between content curation and creation? Why do we need to make use of both, when creating online courses?”, they ask. These questions must be answered – so that we have the freedom to create a course that is complete and reliable, and they get a course, worthy of their investment.
Developing online instructional modules for ERP end-user training is always a challenging task. You must consider the instructional design aspects, the functionality issues and the visual treatment of each screen. Even though there are many authoring tools available making the task easy with their amazing abilities, they all have their own weaknesses too. For example, Articulate Storyline does not provide responsive output, Adobe Captivate has its limitations for developing quizzes and Lectora Inspire lacks quality in its simulations. So, how do we ensure that these issues are done away with and create effective online instructional modules for your ERP end-users?
Instructional Technology is to create engaging, effective learning experiences, that cater to the needs of different individuals. It is the precise procedure of outlining, creating, assessing and dealing with the whole instructional procedure to guarantee successful and proficient learning. Below are the basic elements of Instructional Technology:
The popularity of e-learning has been growing rapidly in the education and corporate training sector. Most training managers have started opting for eLearning to train their employees. However, as we all know, only a few get effective results through e-learning. Have you ever wondered about the reasons behind this?
Instructional Designers (ID) come from various educational backgrounds. Regardless of their varied educational backgrounds, each of them come up with creative instructional ideas and strategies for presenting content. An instructional designer can be from any educational background but should have the characteristics listed in the infographic below.