When utilised correctly, eLearning can be an extremely beneficial tool for workforce development and internal staff training. Having said that, there are often a lot of elements to consider when implementing a successful eLearning strategy. Here are eCom’s top 10 tips to get you started:
1.Develop a Plan: eLearning can be very effective tool for organisations wishing to develop staff or provide training but it can also be a disaster if it is not managed correctly.
2.Create a Blended Model: If you need training for compliance, eLearning is a great help! It has to have the right blend to meet the requirements within the organisation.
3.Collective Approach: Success comes from careful execution. Pay attention to who should be included in order to manage expectations, ensure senior management commitment and involve any key stakeholders.
4.Adopt Change: The introduction of new methods and technologies involves change. This creates hesitation, which can be overcome if there is confidence in the people leading the change.
5.Greater Assistance: The starting point for an eLearning project involves consideration of both individual and organisational issues. Capability is dependent on in-house resources or the ability to source outside assistance.
6.Embrace Technology: The growth and diversity of mobile devices makes ‘just in time’ learning a real possibility. People talk about these technologies but it is a different matter to have these technologies work exactly how you expect them to in all organisations.
7.Time Saving: eLearning projects have achieved significant savings as it can cover a large number of people in a short period. Travel costs can also be reduced or eliminated, particularly in geographically dispersed organisations.
8.Feedback: Developing your own content means you need to manage expectations throughout the project. Communication has to be ongoing and feedback mechanisms need to be in place.
9.Good Instructional Design: There are many variables in an eLearning project. A solution that has worked for one organisation may be problematic for another. The learning topic must be suitable for an eLearning approach.
10.Bespoke Service: The training need should dictate the learning design. Only then should the eLearning method be considered as a possible option.
These tips highlight the major issues to consider when developing an eLearning strategy. So to be successful keep it as simple as possible. If you are new to eLearning, start small, with a specific project that has a very high ROI. Remember to get it right!