Build a Culture of Flexibility in 2022 through Effective Digital Training and Development

by | Nov 29, 2021 | E-Learning | 0 comments

If you’ve been given a mandate to convert all your face-to-face training into a digital format and have no idea where you or your training organization should even start, it can seem like an intimidating concept. If you’re using ineffective and outdated methods of online learning such as Zoom, you might feel frustrated and a little overwhelmed, too. If you keep a few key things in mind as you try and navigate this slightly unfamiliar territory, you’ll be able to simplify the process–and your life. To guide you through, Pivto Digital Learning Services is bringing you seven important steps to get you started off on the right foot with your eLearning production.

The first step is to think of your most important takeaways in your training programs and start with those. You want to make sure you get the important things out of the way first and foremost, especially if they’re vital to your organization or company’s mission. Staying on track and strategically prioritizing your courses will ensure that you don’t forget anything. With the most important information right up front, your learners can start understanding the most vital aspects in a short amount of time.

Second, make sure you determine your learning objectives. What do you hope for your learners to gain from this content? You must understand what goals you hope to accomplish from it and have them laid out clearly. Digital learning requires the same foundation as in-person learning–and just as much planning to boot.

Next, take some time to gather all the materials you need to convert. The whole process will be much smoother if you have all of your documents, presentations, PowerPoints, and assessments ready to go before you move on to the next step. If you have video recordings of any instructor-led training, whether in-person or on Zoom, you may want to add that to the list.

Once you have all of your materials ready, you should move on to step four: consult with a subject-matter expert (SME). They will help guide you in the development of your training content and fill any gaps in the learning. It’s extremely important to get a professional’s recommendations to ensure the clarity and quality of your program. The opinions of your subject-matter expert will be a great asset for your learners by allowing you to bring them a simple way to absorb the most important aspects of the course, which in turn gives them a more in-depth education in a way that promotes a better retention of their training.

After you’ve finished applying your subject-matter expert’s suggestions to your course, it’s time for step five. This is when you should start thinking about which method of delivery best suits your needs and your content. Thanks to the vastly adaptable nature of digital learning, there are a number of different ways to make your content easy for your teams to access, absorb, and apply. Would you prefer video lectures or presentations from your leadership team? Or maybe a more engaging approach would suit your subject matter best, in which case you may consider interactive learning modules or animated videos. You can even opt to release podcasts as a way to cater to on-the-go trainees and accelerate their learning.

Speaking of on-the-go learners, step six is to keep in mind that schedules can vary greatly for remote teams, and you need to design your courses to be flexible so they can all learn at their own pace. Luckily, this is where digital learning shines–if used correctly. It’s best to offer your content in small, bite-sized chunks–and to do so asynchronously, so everyone can consume the material on whatever schedule works best for them.

Once you have those steps down, it’s time for step seven, which is probably the most important step of all: making your content relatable to your listeners. How exactly do you go about that? By telling great stories. Where exactly do those great stories come from? They come from your experts and instructors, the people helping you deliver content and have the most hands-on experience with your topic. They’ll be key in adding a human element of engagement to your programs and connecting with the learners beyond the written material. Great stories are always memorable, too, and a good way to emphasize why the material is important or give useful solutions to real-world situations the learners may come across while out in the field. Don’t be afraid to talk to your instructors about incorporating some of their personal anecdotes into the training.

If you’ve been overwhelmed by the process of converting to remote training and feel daunted by the idea of choosing a digital learning partner or creating content, these seven easy steps should help get you going in the right direction.

If you would like to seek professional advice early in the process, Pivto Digital Learning Services can help you streamline your transition to online training. We create quality learning experiences for our clients’ employees, partners, and customers, giving them unparalleled confidence in their eLearning deliverables. With our simplifying solutions, you can send material to any device and give your trainees the freedom of learning on their own time. This flexibility is one of the greatest aspects that digital learning has to offer, and we can help you use it to its full potential. No matter how complicated the topic, we can help create an effective, straightforward way for you and your organization to accelerate the learning process and get your trainees on the track towards success as soon as possible.

How do we do that? With our solid understanding of the psychology behind learning, our expertise in the application of digital media to facilitate learning and retention, and our ability to approach the designing of that media from the learner’s point of view, while also maintaining a full grasp of the underlying needs of our clients and their businesses.

If you would like more information about our services or simply need a little more help, please visit our website at www.pivto.com to schedule an appointment.