Organizations are spreading their presence across countries and continents. This means, organizations will not only have to deal with culturally diverse and globally dispersed customers, but also with employees. While organizational training is important for all employees, it can be practically impossible to get all the employees under one roof. Even if you make it possible, you need heavy investment of both time and money, which might possibly exceed your training budget. Appointing trainers for each location can be a solution, but the sessions will not be consistent at all locations, and the cost of trainer will substantially increase for the same service. In such situations, computer-based online training or e-learning can be a viable solution.
How to use computer-based online training or e-learning to train geographically dispersed audience?
1. Online Training Courses
The most common format of e-learning is online courses that are hosted on a Learning Management System (LMS) and assigned to employees. Earlier, these courses were boring page turners, where the only interactivity that the learner performed was to click on the “Next” button. However, a lot has changed in recent times and well-designed e-learning courses will not be boring as some continue to think.
To build engaging and effective e-learning courses, instructional designers analyze the subject matter and the target audience, formulate instructional strategies (the learning/teaching method) and design a blue print and storyboard for the course. Taking this storyboard as reference, technology experts develop the course using various tools, which is published after numerous iterations of reviews and finally published to a format that is compatible to the LMS.
2. Virtual Classrooms
Computer-based training is not restricted only to such courses. Virtual classrooms are another great way to engage learners in an interactive and collaborative learning experience. The good news is, in spite of being a classroom type of set-up, learners do not have to travel to a location to undergo this training; also you do not need to appoint too many trainers. You only have to subscribe to an online meeting tool, schedule a training session on it, invite all the learners to come online at a particular time, share your screen with the training presentation on it when everyone is online, and deliver the training, just like you do in a classroom. These online meeting tools provide features such as chat or microphone to ask questions during the session. Also, these sessions can be recorded for on-demand training material.
3. Digital Learning Repository
A digital learning repository is more of a platform that stores various formats of online training material such as online courses, recorded virtual classroom sessions, videos, infographics, and podcasts. A Learning Management System (LMS) can be a digital learning repository, which gives you access to the learning material anywhere, anytime. You need not set a particular time for employees to access these online training material like in a classroom set-up. Employees themselves will access them whenever they want to and complete the training. Such a format of computer-based online training can also be used as on-the-job performance support.
These are 3 effective ways to start off computer-based online training in your organization. Apart from easily and quickly training your globally dispersed workforce, you can also save a few dollars on your training budget and of course you valuable time and efforts too.