Abiding by the different rules and regulations is mandatory for employees of any organization. So, organizations are leaving no stone unturned to deliver compliance training. But often, these compliance training programs end up being lengthy and dry; so employees dislike taking them. And with great demand and necessity, comes the need for creativity to develop engaging online compliance training courses. Here are 3 super simple ideas to make your online compliance training courses engaging and stick for long.
While games are great as leisure activities, they are also very effective in engaging learners in a learning activity. Many of you might have a perception that games are only for children. But a report by the Entertainment Software Association states something different. It was found that, 48% of adults aged 50 and more play games and 70% of them use computers and mobile devices for that. This busts the myth that games are only for kids.
So, harness the power of games for making your compliance training engaging and motivate learners with a problem-solving approach. As games are more a form of entertainment than a training method, and include rules, goals, and competition, they create interest in the employees to take the course. Also, the chances of retaking a game-based e-learning course are high than a simple, dry course. So, when a learner retakes the course, irrespective of success or failure, information sticks for a longer time, allowing him to recollect at the time of need.
Here is an example of how to incorporate a game-based training approach in your safety training – Gamified Safety Training Inspired by Counter Strike.
Scenarios add the much needed personal touch to the otherwise boring compliance training programs by providing real-life contexts. They support learners with short modules in contextual settings that offer training with minimum jargon. They first offer real-life problems in a virtual environment and later provide solutions to those problems. Also, information offered in such contextual settings helps employees manage it within their working memory and also store it in their long-term memory.
Another method of this approach is branching-scenarios. In this, learners are offered a problem and expected to solve it. In the process, each decision they make leads to a consequence where they need to make a decision yet again, until they either solve the problem or fail. This method gives learners control over a situation by letting them make decisions – pretty much like they would do in real life. This also improves their decision-making capabilities.
Here is a case study of how scenario-based e-learning worked wonders for online data privacy policies and procedures training – Scenario-based E-learning Courses for Excellent Compliance Training.
The human brain’s ability to process information is limited. Moreover, the attention span of humans (8 seconds1) is also shrinking. When employees don’t focus for long, they cannot remember the information for long. But, organizations cannot afford the consequences of compliance breaches simply because their employees do not remember the norms. In such situations, training content in the form of short, bite-sized learning nuggets, known as microlearning, is the perfect solution as it aids better retention of the rules and regulations.
Develop micro modules, which are not more than 10 minutes each, in various formats such as videos, infographics, games, or quizzes. This helps you address individual learning styles. As these modules are short, they act as just-in-time support with easy access anywhere, anytime, on any device, and learners will be able to retain the information for a long time.
These are 3 ideas to make your boring compliance training programs interesting and engaging for your employees. But when you choose such strategies for learner engagement, you must also see if your authoring tool supports their development. If you want to know which authoring tool best suits your compliance training requirements, here is an article – Best E-learning Authoring Tools for Online Compliance Training Development.