Good morning Australia! Through this blog post, I would like to share 7 aspects a training manager needs to know this morning in Australia. As you know, today’s training manager’s biggest challenge is training their employees at the speed of changing needs. When your business requirements change at a jet speed, your training requirements also change. So, to deliver your training at the same speed as changes happen, you need to explore the options that can speed up your training delivery at reduced costs.
Let’s explore five aspects you need to know to get your day started.
Buy vs. build
In Australia, many registered training organisations (RTOs) offer, off-the-shelf courses. However, organisations cannot customize these courses to suit their training needs. As a result, some concepts or situations stated in the course may be generic and may not be relevant to the employee. So, when you customize your training materials, your organisation-specific training needs are addressed, as it is process specific and is easy to understand. When you customize, licenses are not required and the course may be rolled out to as many users as needed. You can edit the course to your heart content, and when business requirement changes, you can easily enhance it easily and quickly. You can develop the course with fewer modules in the beginning and later evaluate and make any modifications to improve the efficacy of the course. Changes and updates may be made and more modules can be added based on the need.
Blend learning for effective learning
E-learning is still in a nascent stage in Australia. As a training manager, if you are still skeptical about moving your training to web-based e-learning modules, you can take a look at blended learning for the smooth transition from ILT to online. A step-by-step process, through which the organisation can move learners from classroom training to online learning, is easier to adapt. By this blended method of learning, you can teach soft skills and behavioral aspects in the classroom, and reference materials and job aids and videos can be made available in the online learning for supporting, so that the cost of conducting training is low when compared to the costs involved in ILT.
Explore mobile learning
As a training manager, you should realize that your learners spend most of their time using their mobile devices. Implementing mobile learning in your organisation can give you a huge potential to cater to the learning needs of individuals in your organisations. Mobile learning allows your learners to access the training material on their personal devices in the work environment. Survey reports suggest that mobile learning is carving a significant place for itself in the training programs, as organisations are increasingly integrating mobile learning with more formal learning formats such as classroom training.
It’s November and already the second quarter
As we move to the second quarter of the financial year, it’s time to evaluate where you are as compared to what you have planned. You must evaluate the ROI on your training dollar to make sure that you utilize your financial resources efficiently to achieve your training goals. Also, check which training programs are working for you and scrap or revamp those that are not yielding results. You have to carefully plan your budget to make sure that you are spending all the financial resources allocated. It’s important to make sure that you spend the entire training budget allocated, in order to receive a comparable or increased budget for the next fiscal year. A good way to spend your left-over training budget is to convert your training materials into videos. You can also consider upgrading your LMS and authoring tools.
Outsource for better results
Afraid about outsourcing? Here are some stats to boost your confidence; Australian organisations are showing an inclination towards outsourcing. According to a benchmark study by ITNewcom, 75% of organisations already outsource some of their software applications, while 85% outsource some of their software infrastructure. Offshoring your bespoke e-learning gives you access to a professional and expert services. This way your organisation can concentrate on your core business and likewise can also increase productivity in non-core business processes. For a training manager, outsourcing can help save the valuable time of his resource, operating costs and training costs, giving an overall cost advantage. To know more about selecting an e-learning offshore partner, check this blog.
You can modernize your old e-learning courses
You may have developed a course long back in 2006. Fast forward to 2015, these courses have become outdated with no takers. These courses need to be revamped to suit the new learners. Instead of creating the course again from scratch, you can give your existing course a facelift in quick and cost-effective ways with whatever budget that is left over. There are numerous rapid authoring tools like Articulate Storyline, that can help you develop course quickly and cost effectively.
Promote to bring awareness
Now, you have successfully developed an e-learning course and launched it across the organisation; end of the day you realize that there are a very few takers for the course and your effort went in vain. This happens because your online training is not promoted to your learners. If you create a good product and don’t inform people about it, you will fail. The same is the case with e-learning. Promotions play a big role in determining the success of a training program. There are numerous ways you can promote e-learning in cost-effective ways; for instance, give rewards to your learner who completes the course You can also leverage social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram to strengthen your e-learning initiative.
Hope you find the blog useful this morning. Check this space for more interesting updates about the training in Australia.