Jim is the training manager of a large manufacturing company. Recently, the organization held a training program for its staff members on its newly-implemented ERP system. The learners participated enthusiastically in the training program, and Jim believed that the knowledge acquired in the program would help the employees perform well. But, to his dismay, the learners could not transfer the learning effectively to their jobs.
Many in the L&D profession face a similar predicament. Often, firms provide good training to their people, and the learners understand the subjects taught effectively. However, they are unable to apply the learning to their work. Where does the problem lie? Why are employees not able to convert the knowledge gained into performance? The answer – organizations primarily provide theoretical inputs to staff members, but seldom enable them to use this information at work. To overcome this problem, companies need to develop training programs that allow their people to put theoretical knowledge into practice.
Many companies are adopting online learning methodologies to train their staff, and this trend shows no sign of slowing down. One of the key aspects of creating a performance-oriented web-based learning program is the choice of the right authoring tool. One of the most widely used e-learning development software is iSpring Suite. This latest version of this PowerPoint-based technology-enabled learning development application, iSpring Suite 8.7, is power-packed with various features that enable learners apply their theoretical knowledge at the workplace. Let us see what they are and how they help put theoretical information to practical use.
1. Branching Scenarios Can Be Incorporated
A branching scenario is an interactive learning element, where learners are presented with a challenge, and based on how they react, new challenges are produced with multiple ways of handling them. A fine example of corporate learning programs, where branching scenarios can be used effectively, is the training delivered to salespeople. A salesperson can be presented with a tough customer question, and based on his answer, he can be asked another question. Depending on his response to the second question, he is presented a third question, and so on. Branching scenarios enable sales reps apply their training to work, by helping them understand the implications of their answers to customer queries, and this goes a long way in improving their abilities to hold good customer conversations.
You can use iSpring Suite 8.7 to develop branching scenarios, very effectively. The rapid authoring tool comes with several templates that help you create these complex scenarios, rapidly, with minimum effort. One of our clients in the insurance sector has developed a 20-minute web-based course comprising several branching scenarios, using the e-learning development application, in just a week.
2. Good Video-Based Lessons Can Be Created
Videos are inarguably the most popular learning format and go a long way in imparting skills in an effective, engaging manner. You can use videos to help your learners apply theoretical knowledge of procedures at work. Check out this scenario.
A nuclear safety technician attends a workshop where he is provided a list of steps to be followed in case of a reactor meltdown. Then, he is presented an online video-based learning session which explains how to follow the steps, by demonstrating them. The technician can now apply his learning in the event of an accident.
iSpring Suite 8.7 allows you to make the best use of training videos. You can insert these learning elements into the slides of your technology-enabled learning materials in a seamless manner.
3. Effective Screencasts can be Produced
Screencasts are very useful tools to impart effective training on the use of software applications. Consider the following scenario.
An investment banking professional attends a classroom training session where he is taught about discounted cash flows (DCF) and other valuation methods. Then, he is shown a screencast that shows the steps involved in creating a financial model based on the theories explained in the classroom, using MS-Excel. The learner can now use the knowledge acquired in the instructor-led training session at work.
You can use iSpring Suite 8.7 to create record on-screen activities without using any third-party applications. The rapid authoring software comes with a tool called iSpring Cam that can be used to capture screens, and these recordings can be included in your online courses.
We thus see that iSpring Suite 8.7 can be used to enable learners apply their theoretical knowledge effectively to their jobs. How do you use the online course development tool? We’d love to know.