eTraining is a form of eLearning but is naturally more focused on activity and process. While it cannot replicate the activities of experiential learning, it can define how to perform those activities. As such it’s a potentially very useful way to instruct employees on your organisation’s latest process, behavioural and operational requirements.
What is eTraining?
eTraining means training using an electronic platform. Organisations can use it to impart important information to employees without assembling them at a central location at a set time. This saves considerable time, effort and organisational strife and ensures that an entire workforce can be kept up to date with the latest procedures and policies.
What are the benefits of eTraining?
Utilising eTraining means that you don’t need all of your employees in one place or even at the same time. Instead they can complete courseware from remote locations or simply at home. In many cases, they needn’t be online together either although you could still schedule everyone to watch a broadcast at the same time before interacting with it. However, while live broadcasts can only be ‘aired’ once, on most occasions, eTraining lectures and lessons can be accessed at any time.
It can still take a great deal of time to prepare an eTraining course – many weeks in many cases. While it’s possible to outsource this work, be aware that doing so tends to be expensive. Also note that large courses frequently need updating and if you’re outsourcing, that can get increasingly expensive.
Microlearning in eTraining
An increasingly popular form of eLearning is microlearning and this directly translates into the world of electronic training. Instead of utilising large courses, chunking lessons into bite-sized microlessons format enables instructors to more-effectively pass on information (and have their audience better take it on board) making the training process significantly more effective.
Using microtraining in this way means it’s dramatically quicker to author courseware – potentially minutes instead of weeks – and that the barriers for people creating the courses drop quickly. This in turn means that updating elements of courseware is relatively quick and painless and doesn’t involve expensive content updates and, in some cases, entire course republishing (just because a part in the middle became outdated).
What do you need for eTraining?
To perform electronic training you’re going to need a Learning Management System or LMS. This is software which helps create and operate eTraining courses. There are many varieties which are generally separated into those which provide course content and those which allow you to create your own content. The prices can vary considerably but before choosing, it’s worth checking out the latest iterations which are based around the concept of mobile lms.
Better eTraining with microlearning
A mobile LMS allows you to create eTraining course for mobile phones. At a time where smartphone saturation is nearly ubiquitous, it makes sense to leverage these ownership levels and allow your students and employees to access microlessons on their own terms (where and when they want) using their own device. Doing so dramatically reduces logistical challenges and means that your audience is far more likely to complete courseware in a timely fashion and absorb the required information much more effectively.