Training managers work with a lot of constraints. If you are a training manager working independently or with a large corporate organization, you might agree with what I am about to share. In this blog, I would like to list some of the challenges and limitations faced by training managers and how eLearning can come handy to overcome these challenges.
1. Not able to reach larger groups or audiences
Training managers can address only a limited number of participants. If participants are spread over a wide geographical area, they are obliged to travel from one place to another to take training sessions. As it is not always possible to coordinate multiple schedules and seek permission from multiple managers to let their employees participate in the courses, the reach of the training session is invariably limited.
However, with eLearning, online courses can be created to ensure that while some get to attend the face to face classroom sessions, others are not left behind and have equal opportunities to gain knowledge.
2. Cope with increasing costs of travel and logistics of organizing the event
Physical training sessions involve travel costs, hotel accommodation and other logistical expenses. Budgets are never unlimited, and therefore one has to work within the limitations of the budget. This limits the number of participants, location choices, etc. Another factor that is to be noted is these expenses are not asset building expenses and once dispensed they are gone.
However, in the case of eLearning, investing in the development of a course ensures building of an asset that can be used not just by today’s participants but also future participants. Thanks to the authoring tools that are available today, one can also make minor changes to the course content to suit the current needs.
3. Handle the monotony of repeating the content to different audience
Training managers need to repeat the same talk over and over again. A lot depends on the individual and his or her ability to sustain and retain the same interest despite repetition. Dependency on individual abilities and creativity can be minimized when basic content is shared online with participants.
E-learning programs can provide the option to training managers to share basic content that can be reviewed by participants online. The time thus saved can be utilized to interact with learners and facilitate exchanges of experiences related to the application of concepts.
4. Need to address participants with varied preferences and levels of knowledge
Another challenge faced by training managers is the multiple knowledge levels of the participants. Some may come to the training session with a fairly good knowledge, while others may not have any prior knowledge. The training managers need to bring those with limited knowledge on par with the others. The latter, meanwhile might get bored listening to content they already know.
E-learning courses can be used by training managers to provide basic information on a specific subject matter. This course can be taken by all participants, prior to attending the classroom session. Thus, valuable classroom time is saved for more complex and advanced knowledge sharing.
5. Unable to accurately measure the learning outcomes and training feedback
Finally, there are limited options to measure learning outcomes and feedback on training for training managers when they take face to face sessions.
When courses are taken online, learning can be tracked at every stage of participation. Assessments and tests can be conducted at every stage to ensure that the learning is progressing according to the intended plan. It is easy to provide support and help through online methods to participants who have difficulties in either accessing or comprehending a section of the course. Online feedback forms can be used to ensure participants give their response to the quality of training program. Since the feedback is solicited for an online program, responses are likely to be less biased and more objective.
For these reasons, it is a good idea for training managers to blend eLearning into their training initiatives. This ensures their training reaches more participants and facilitates comprehensive knowledge sharing – not to speak of the opportunity to reinforce and re-visit knowledge from time to time.