5 ways to engage staff in eLearning
Engaging your staff in training is an integral part of your company’s success. Here’s a closer look at how eLearning can help you get staff on board and make the most of training initiatives in the workplace.
1. Keep it relevant and inclusive
Avoid boring your learners by keeping the material both relevant to their roles and up to date. The best eLearning content should be challenging for the user and supported by engaging videos, visuals and other multimedia. However, don’t present material in a passive fashion. Think about how learners will engage with the course modules and give them opportunities to think, make decisions, and get feedback and rewards.
2. Make it rewarding
Speaking of rewards, positive reinforcement is one of the most effective ways to keep learners motivated. You could provide points to users after they’ve completed a quiz or module. Make the points redeemable for rewards, such as a gift card, time off or other incentives. By rewarding users for their success every step of the way, it reinforces their dedication to learn.
3. Encourage teamwork
eLearning should not take place in isolation. By providing learners with opportunities for collaboration and teamwork, you allow them to benefit from the experience of other professionals, ask questions, and provide feedback and advice – all of which contribute to the retention of information and long-term learning success.
4. Make it interactive
Just say ‘no’ to PowerPoint slides and quizzes. When it comes to creating eLearning that’s fun, engaging and motivates learners, interactivity is key. To keep your learners motivated, provide modules that offer an array of interactive features. For example, you might consider incorporating links to further resources that users can click on to learn more about a topic, forums where they can ask questions and get feedback, or a mix of content in different media, such as videos or infographics, to keep things interesting.
5. Support a BYOD environment
Gartner predicts that 70 per cent of professionals will conduct business on smart devices by 2018. Given this, it’s important for educators to structure their eLearning initiatives a way that supports users accustomed to bring-your-own-device (BYOD) working environments. The considerations for BYOD in developing eLearning are quite extensive.
Consider which device types your workers use – are they likely to want to access modules via smartphone? How could you make use of the tablet form factor when formatting content? Next, explore which elements of eLearning are best suited to remote access – your employees might prefer to explore core coursework on a laptop or desktop while at work, but sit assessments at home using a tablet or smartphone.