When training initiatives aren’t successful, it’s easy to blame your budget. If only you’d had enough money, it would have had better results. But more often than not it’s not the size of your budget, but how you’re using what you’ve been given. Budgets have been an eLearning scapegoat for as long as eLearning has existed; unfortunately, more money won’t necessarily fix something that’s fundamentally broken. Instead, learn how to use what you have to increase training effectiveness.
If you love a good deal, the idea of purchasing off-the-shelf training programs for your company can definitely sound appealing. From a low per-person price to promises of big returns, a savvy shopper might be swayed into nabbing more generic content for the right price. But before you hand over your credit card, you should know that off-the-shelf eLearning isn’t always the best deal. For some organizations, it makes sense, but for many others with large numbers of employees—well, it could cost much more than anticipated.
As far as the education technology industry is concerned, there were a lot of years where it stayed on the backburner. While companies plowed their money into marketing or software, training was usually deemed sufficient with a few videos or a long-suffering module that hadn’t been updated in years.
We’ve talked about the best way to create a personal learning environment and how to create a company culture that embraces training. But when talking about actual, physical space, the discussion shifts a little. While the cultural tone and the availability of digital learning can definitely enhance a learner’s experience, the way your space is set up could be a help–or a roadblock.
Feng shui and meditation aside, tapping into your office zen doesn’t necessarily mean yoga at your desk. Instead, it’s a state of mind that allows you to be calm and creative, even when you work in a high-stakes position. Whether it’s in preparation for learning or getting into the zone to check off your to-do list, your surroundings and equipment definitely have a bearing on your creative process. Here are some of the areas to check before you get started.
As digital learning professionals, we’ll admit it: those who work in corporate training aren’t usually seen as the “cool kids in class.” As part of HR, learning and development can sometimes get an inherently negative reputation based on employee experiences with HR in the past.
By now, Netflix has successfully made it from Blockbuster disruptor to a cultural phenomenon. From original series to all of your old favorites, the sheer availability of entertainment is part of the appeal. You find yourself on the couch with a playlist of TV, movies, and documentaries that seem tailor-made to your interests. It’s what makes Netflix so totally bingeworthy: It always has new suggestions queued up and ready to go.
When your typical training tactics start to feel a bit stale, it’s tempting to try and bring in new technology to remedy the issue. But sometimes, what could seem like a solution could actually compound the issues you’re having, like learners who are unenthused and disconnected.
When we talk about training “shelf life,” we’re defining how long content stays fresh, engaging, and relevant without a redesign. Too often training is designed with the idea that it’ll be perpetually evergreen and always applicable. Of course, those who have taken a course with actors in bell bottoms and aviators can tell you that old, irrelevant content can be spotted a mile away.
Cave paintings are more than just pretty pictures. Our ancestors used stories as a way to pass information from generation to generation. Whether the message was genealogical in nature or just “Stay away from sharp teeth”, stories have had a way of capturing attention and relaying information that really sticks.