Let me ask you a quick question. Do any of the phrases below describe your role?
- A business consultant
- An HR professional
- A corporate training professional
- A departmental or operations manager
- Anyone that needs to teach something to others
You might be wondering what these different jobs have in common. Anyone working in these roles is involved in the training of a team of people. They, directly or indirectly, oversee the dissemination of information to build skills, increase knowledge or change belief patterns.
There are different methods of distributing educational information, and they all have advantages and disadvantages. eLearning is becoming a method of choice for transferring knowledge, skills and beliefs.
However, before you can launch an eLearning initiative, it’s good to understand what will be involved in shifting from the current approach.
Are You Ready for eLearning?
You have buy-in. You’re fully convinced an eLearning initiative is a worthwhile investment, but convincing other internal stakeholders that don’t understand it as well can be difficult. It helps to plot out a list of convincing talking points before asking for buy-in. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
You have budget. The purpose of training and performance support is to ultimately improve business performance so, like a good suit, it’s worth the investment.
You have time. Especially if you’re new to eLearning, you want to allow enough time to get it just right. That could mean a few rounds of edits, so your eLearning project shouldn’t be treated like a race to the finish line.
You have a delivery platform. Your shiny new eLearning course needs be put somewhere where your audience can access it easily when they need it. This usually involves some kind of LMS that allows you share content, track course completions, conduct assessments and report on course effectiveness, such as ExpandShare.
Your audience has access to adequate technology. Advanced technology has become so prevalent, it’s easy to assume everyone has a mobile device or easy access to high-speed internet. Depending on your audience that might not be the case, so take stock of the technology available to your learners and make sure they can access what they need.
You want to measure and report on results. This is arguably the biggest advantage to eLearning. How do you know it’s working? Assessment results are only the first step. You need to be able to determine whether the behaviors taught in the eLearning course are being successfully applied in the field.
Notice that none of these statements have to do with the content itself? That’s because any training content can be converted to eLearning, whether it’s historically been delivered in a live, classroom setting, a video, a series of handouts, a job aid, etc.
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