Corporate training is incredibly important for companies: keeping workers informed with the latest policies, procedures and practices ensures operational efficiency and helps employees feel valued (and that they are growing professionally). However, it’s very easy to get wrong and if you don’t offer the best corporate training, employees will disengage and learning will be ineffective. In the case of eLearning-based training, course completion rates regularly struggle to exceed 20 per cent. So, how do you make training effective and engaging? Check out these top corporate training tips…
10 best corporate training tips
Forcing workers to sit through long courses that are packed full of information that’s not entirely relevant to them is a recipe for ineffective learning. Microlearning, on the other hand, breaks courses down into short, concise topics that take minutes to complete. By focusing on single subjects, learners aren’t overwhelmed with new information and are far more likely to retain knowledge.
2. Chunking Strategy
Human memory can only absorb three-to-five pieces of new information before it gets overwritten or shunted out by other content. By employing a chunking strategy, there’s a greater opportunity for knowledge to embed within long-term memory. It’s the reason why learning a 10-digit phone number is very hard when presented as 0406555912. However, when presented in three chunks as 0406 555 912, it’s much easier to remember. The same goes for other more-complex topics too.
3. Mobile learning
eLearning software has not evolved much since the turn of the Millennium. Consequently, it rarely offers modern, engaging, interactive interfaces and learners suffer from the poor experience. However, by switching to mobile learning, training can be delivered direct to learners’ own smartphones. This immediately enables touch-screen, interactive interfaces and more-engaging learning. It also means that courseware can be delivered via an app.
A great many corporate training courses are designed by outsiders who are creating general courses for multiple organisations. The lack of tailored learning means that it’s harder for workers to relate to. However, by using your own experienced employees to create training courses, learners find the new information dramatically more engaging and relatable.
5. Spaced Repetition
Learning about something new is all well and good, but all learners will forget information over time. This reality can be plotted using the Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve. The good news is that this can be remedied through the practice of spaced repetition: the repeating of lessons at increasing time intervals. It’s important to use the correct spaced repetition schedule (revising too soon or too infrequently will cause the practice to fail), but when you get it right, knowledge is highly likely to become embedded.
6. Just-in-Time training
L&D technology has advanced enough for etraining to be delivered on demand. This is called Just-in-time training. Microlearning and cloud delivery are particularly useful here as short, targeted lessons can be dialled up minutes before they are needed and delivered to learners’ own smartphones.
Learning is most effective when it doesn’t feel like learning. Transforming interminable multiple-choice questions into mini games transforms a learner’s experience. Modern technology makes this process simple too – just upload existing questions and answers to gamified templates to instantly transform them into engaging games.
A switch to microlearning-based corporate training can instantly push course completion rates up to near-90 per cent. However, adding incentives and real, tangible prizes regularly pushes that figure to 100 per cent completion. We find that offering multiple small prizes (such as shopping or food vouchers) is more effective than offering the chance to win a large prize.
It’s important to reinforce all correct answers when employing the best corporate training. Reinforcing helps embed the knowledge when a learner gets a question right but it also ensures that a learner remembers the correct answer if they get a question wrong.
The final entry in our list of 10 best corporate training tips is analytics. Analytics provide feedback on how successful a course is. With IRL learning this might involve handing out feedback forms and processing them. eLearning is more efficient at measuring effectiveness as it can identify roadblocks when learners give up in the same place. Plus, it can identify whether groups or learners in a specific location are struggling more than others.
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