Once you have these insights, tailor your content to meet the above specifications. In training, one size seldom fits all. Off the shelf training in most cases is a simple waste of time and effort.
Online training doesn’t have to be a one way affair. Interaction is an important aspect of the learning process. Make room for games, quizzes and even case studies that learners can practice with co-learners or their managers/peers. Establish learning objectives for every milestone reached.
Unlike classroom training, online courses can be very effective in pacing the learning as per the participant’s schedule/learning need. While designing the course, it is important to ensure that the learner can pace the content as per his/her schedule but at the same time, care should be taken to ensure the learner is devoted to an ‘x’ amount of time on a regular basis. Give freedom but with certain limits and responsibilities.
Online courses are also a great mechanism to deliver the same learning experience to geographically spread people within an organization. Sharing can be a very powerful tool in online courses. Create platforms for learners to voice their learning. When employees within an organization share how they are implementing their learning, it can pave the way for a very strong learning culture within the organization.
Last but not the least, as part of the course design; include some training for the managers/supervisors on how to continually reinforce the learning of their team members and reward their team for achieving a milestone.
What other things have you taken into account for your organization? Please share your experiences.