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Compliance Training of the Future – What to Expect

What is the future of online compliance training? What are the e-learning strategies likely to be used for presenting compliance training content to the learner of the 21st century effectively? Well, companies are likely to adopt the following to impart good compliance training online.

  1. Video-based learning
  2. Gamification
  3. Problem-based learning

Let us see why.

Video-based learning

Video is arguably the most popular online media format. According to Cisco, by 2017, videos will account for 69% of all consumer Internet traffic. Also, videos are highly effective in making online learning interesting. Studies by researchers at the MIT have proven that video-based learning maximizes learner engagement. The ability of videos to engage learners effectively makes them the ideal choice to deliver the dry content of compliance training programs.

Many organizations are already using video-based online compliance training programs, and this trend is only likely to increase in the near future. For instance, Virgin America uses videos to deliver regulatory compliance training in a very interesting manner. Here is a video from the airline, explaining the precautions to be taken to ensure in-flight safety.


Gamification is another fast-growing trend, affecting various corporate functions including learning. According to a study conducted by MarketsandMarkets, the global gamification market is likely to grow from USD 1.65 Billion in 2015 to USD 11.10 Billion by 2020, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 46.3%. Gamification is very useful to break learner monotony, and it is for this reason several companies are gamifying their “page-turner” online compliance training programs. For instance, one of our clients in Australia uses a gamified online course, based on cricket, to train its people on anti-corruption norms. Here is a screenshot from the course.


The trend of using gamified e-learning programs for compliance training is likely to grow in the years to come, thanks to tools such as Gioco, OpenBadges by Mozilla, and the NGA Gamification Server which enable firms gamify their learning content in a cost-effective way.

Problem-based learning

I’m sure you’d agree with me that compliance training serves no purpose if it doesn’t help your staff identify potential violations of laws and prevent them. And, the best way to equip your people with the skills needed for identifying possible breaches of norms is by developing problem-based online compliance training programs. Problem-based learning elements such as case-studies and scenarios go a long way in training your people on compliance issues efficiently.

They provide good understanding of the nuances of the laws and regulatory norms, helping prevent their violations. One of our clients in the manufacturing space used case studies in its e-learning program on the norms stipulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The case-studies helped its learners clearly understand the norms, how they were violated, and consequences of the violations. This proved very useful to prevent similar violations in the organization. The high efficacy of problem-based learning is likely to ensure its continued use for delivering compliance training online in the near future.


E-learning programs of the future, designed to impart compliance training programs, are likely to utilize the following strategies.

  • Video-based learning
  • Gamification
  • Problem-based learning

Video-based online training programs make compliance courses interesting, while gamification is useful to prevent learner monotony. Problem-based learning enables effective comprehension of the nuances of rules, thereby preventing their violation. Hope you find the post useful. Do share your views.

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