One of the main objectives of training should be that it prepares your employees to handle the situations they encounter in their everyday task. Such training should reflect workplace realities. In the self-placed mode, adding that realism to the eLearning course plays a crucial role to bring about a practical approach to learning.
Here are some ways to make your eLearning courses practical and actionable.
Add scenarios that are realistic and those that relate to the learning objective. For example, consider the sales training course.
One of the course objectives is to make the learner understand the techniques of making a successful sale. We have used two characters, Bob who is a junior sales representative trying to sell his first product and David a senior sales representative. In the plot, Bob tries to make a sale but he is not able to and so he takes the help of David. In this scenario, we have presented the necessary skills and knowledge that the learners need to understand in the form of a conversation between these two characters.
Embedding videos that show the organizations workplace process, interviews of fellow colleagues sharing their experience when solving a particular problem that occurred in the workplace or welcome speech of the CEO of the company for the new hires in induction training leads to creating awareness about workplace realities to your learners.
For example, in an induction training eLearning course, the message from the CEO or senior Managers can be in the form of a video to make the course lively and engaging.
Adding images relevant to the content is very crucial in an eLearning course. But when those images are real, it makes the course even more effective. Using real photos in eLearning can improve the perception of the learners because they can see their colleagues/products involved and as a result it will be worth the time to participate in the development. For example, consider the product training course where real photos are used in order to explain the installation of a battery of an explosive detector.
The goal of training through simulation is to get the learners close to the realistic situation in a virtual medium and make them learn the skills required to tackle such situations. Simulations can be used for various trainings such as safety training, operator training, software training, etc.
5. Problem-based Learning
In this approach, a real problem is posed to the learners and the information that is required to solve that problem is presented as a process of solving the problem. For example, let us go through one of the eLearning courses that we have developed for safety training.
These are a few methods that can make your courses pragmatic. Please do share your thoughts on this subject!