Do you think it’s worth spending on catalog courses in an era where most organizations are shifting to adaptive courses? If no, this blog is for you. Adaptive courses are customized, company-specific courses that best address your training needs. These courses give your employees the flexibility to undergo training that is relevant to them. Want to see how these adaptive courses help your employees receive relevant compliance training? Here we go!
Ability to have content specific to your organization’s compliance needs
As every organization has varied compliance training needs, a catalog course cannot serve the desired outcomes due to its generic nature. In your organization the designations, departments, roles and responsibilities differ, so, if courses are generic, it is difficult for employees to understand and apply to their specific situations. However, if courses are specific – use scenarios, avatars that mirror your workplace, it becomes easy for employees to relate to the content. For example, a compliance training course designed for a marketing team may not work effectively for a production team as their training needs differ. For instance, a sales rep requires Code of Conduct training related to gifts and entertainment since he needs to know that giving or receiving gifts from clients beyond a certain limit is forbidden by law. But, for the Learning and Development (L&D) team, that may be of no relevance as they don’t directly deal with the client. Hence, you need to go for an adaptive training course that delivers knowledge necessary to satisfy specific training goals.
Ease of updating modules
Since compliance rules and regulations change periodically, it is necessary that you update your training content whenever required. In case any violations in compliance rules and regulations occur and they undergo a change that should be brought to your employees’ notice immediately. Recently, OHSAS (Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems) released the first draft of ISO 18001 updating the existing rules and policies. Now organizations need to make sure they follow the updated safety rules and regulations, not just the old ones. Adaptive training courses provide you the ease of updating training modules since the specific rule in the module needs to be modified and not the entire module. If you have opted for a catalog course, you will be forced to go to the vendor for updating the content. You do not have access to the course files and you also do not have any control over the costs. However, if you have developed the course in-house or have outsourced the course, you are the author and have access to the source files. With minimal cost you can make changes and therefore your courses stay relevant longer too; thus, compelling you to go for adaptive courses.
Engage the learner
According to Towards Maturity, 2013, 67% of organizations say user engagement is the top barrier to adopting technology-enabled compliance training. But adaptive learning caters to individual learning styles and this engages the learner with the content. As every individual has a different learning pace, adaptive learning courses ensure the training content matches the learning pace. This sort of individual learning helps in knowledge retention for long periods since the learner’s expectation out of the course and the course content go hand in hand. In short, the content can actually be designed based on the learning preferences of your employees. If your employees are not comfortable with computers, more video-based courses that require minimal computer skills can be used. Alternatively, if your employees are computer savvy, a more sophisticated game-based learning approach can be designed. Ultimately, you get to choose what works for your employees.
Hence, it is a good idea to consider adaptive courses to train your employees on their individual needs. By adopting adaptive compliance courses, you not only save their business time but also your training dollar. So why ponder much when the solution lies with you? Go ahead and opt for adaptive courses!
Do share your experiences with using adaptive courses for compliance training.