One reason why old-school training methods lead to less than optimal learning experiences is that it has not evolved much over the years. Most corporate training days consist of cramming employees inside a seminar room in some hotel and being forced to watch hours upon hours of PowerPoint presentations. The lack of focus and the equal lack of interest results in half-awake participants and ineffective knowledge transfer.
One thing that an LMS does right is allowing users to access their training across multiple devices 24/7. So instead of a seminar room, users can do their training using their laptops, PC’s, tablets, and mobile phones. Best of all, they can switch between devices whenever they feel like doing so, which in turn, leads to unmatched focus for maximum transfer of product/service knowledge and uninterrupted training sessions.
Worried that they won’t take their training seriously? Well, don’t be. Learning Management Systems typically have an analysis report that you can view in real-time. Meaning that you will be able to gauge how much a user really understands what you are trying to convey.
Let’s be real for a minute here, probably 90 percent of the entire population would rather play a game on their phone than sitting through countless of videos and charts explaining why Brand X is better than Brand Y.
Luckily for today’s employee, Learning Management Systems can turn training into a fun game. Training modules can be tap into gamification techniques like progressing through “levels” or awarding badges. You can also create a leadership board that pits users against each other to keep those competitive juices flowing. Add a fun reward for the top scorers, and you can have yourself an engaging, interactive, and fun training program that your employees will actually enjoy.
Most training seminars and modules miss the mark because moderators fail to realize that their participants learn differently and at varying paces. This is what makes an LMS such an effective training tool! Administrators have the ability to analyze which training methods your employee is successful with and is able to cater to his/her preferences.
For example, you notice that one user does really well answering quizzes while having some trouble deciphering knowledge from infographics. With the data analysis of an LMS, you can spot trends like this and adjust your training as needed. An LMS that offers micro-learning or Open Learning features can help your learners create their own playlist and choose the content that works best for them.
Another great time to analyze an employee’s learning metrics is during onboarding. The data can help you uncover their strengths and weaknesses so that you can make sure to support your new team member from the beginning.
Company training sessions do not have to be confined to old boring methods that have been around for years. With Learning Management Systems, employee onboarding, product or service training, and skills assessments can be more interactive, engaging, and most importantly, more effective!