In a competitive world, organizations need to implement effective training strategies for their employees to stay ahead of the curve. An organization’s competitiveness is measured by the process, performance and employee motivation.
The approach of using passive learning is no longer relevant. The learning environment has become more dynamic as employees need to quickly adapt to the technological changes in the market. Technology is evolving so do learning strategies.
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Here are some modern learning strategies that will help corporate learners:
- Virtual reality: Virtual reality (VR) makes use of computer technology to generate realistic experience. The advantage of VR is that it combines the digital world with the social interactive elements of a traditional classroom. Some examples include the use of virtual training coaches like chatbots and avatars to keep the learners engaged.VRs are a great way to engage Millennial learners since they are adept at collaborating with others and creating their avatars. Online virtual platforms, such as Second Life, can bring a human element into the e-learning environment.
- Next-Gen Solutions: With employees expecting a holistic learning experience, organizations are striving to make training more effective and meaningful to the next generation of employees. Organizations are coming up with new training strategies that are more interactive, gamified, and data-driven instead of the age-old tradition of classroom training and standard LMS courses.Here are some characteristics of next-generation learning solution:
- Modern user interface
- Interactive elements
- Formative assessments
- Personalized experience
- Advanced gamified features
- Mobile Learning: The use of mobile devices for corporate training has improved the course completion rate among employees. Organizations have begun to encourage the use of personal devices to encourage the concept of lifelong learning.Personal devices have spawned interaction and learning through social media. With authoring tools becoming more responsive, the concept of just-in-time learning is expected to become more popular among employees.
- Enhancing content: Content that was once offered as PDFs are no longer considered as effective as interactive elements. Organizations have begun to look at means to make these text-only content (instructor-led training and virtual instructor-led training) into more interesting and engaging training material.These text-only content have been converted to quizzes, role-play, group discussions, and multiple-choice questions. Organizations have understood the need for interactive elements to keep their employees active and engaged during the training.
- Formative Assessments: Training managers conduct a variety of informal and formal assessments during the training process to modify learning activities. This is done to make the training more effective.Qualitative feedback essentially consists of details of the content and performance of the employee. Summative feedback to monitor the outcome for external accountability. Formative assessments can be made more effective when it is based on progress, social interaction, and achievement of the learner.
- Video-based learning: There has been a significant rise in the number of learners using streaming video for training. Organizations are using advanced technology and tools to create inexpensive video-based training programs.Video-based learning has become a very effective strategy to engage millennial employees. Video conferencing training tools, such as skype, have been used effectively to create low-cost training. With the cost of video production going down, instructors have begun making their training videos and posting them on social media channels like YouTube.
- Analytics-driven: Organizations have begun to utilize predictive and user behavior analytics to understand the motivating factors of their employees. With learning activities now going digital, the collected training data is providing organizations with valuable insight and a better understanding of the employee’s training process, patterns, and effectiveness of the learning intervention.These tools when integrated into the LMS and used in real-time can provide actionable insight into the learning process. The tools can help manage, track, report training activities without human intervention.
- Customized training: Training earlier focused on the concept of “one-size-fits-all”. Learners today expect organizations to consider their experience, skills, performance, and technological fluency while creating training programs. The training program is expected to offer social activities for the employees to share their learning experiences with others.
Including all of these elements as modern learning strategies in the training program will not only result in a positive learning experience but bring a better return on investment for organizations.