Company training programs are widely supported by eLearning already because of the cost-effectiveness of use and ease of access to the knowledge being taught. It doesn’t require a specific “teacher” in the same way educational institutions do because the work-based curriculum lends to asking questions of colleagues and line managers who have already completed the program themselves. However, a key issue when switching from classroom training to e-Learning is that quality standards can lower and workers fall through the gaps because there is no formalized structure in place.
Here, we’ll explore how to convert classroom training to eLearning without these downsides, as well as how embedded eLearning can create competent students who love the new dynamic and whose development can thrive like this.
Understanding The Human Element
There is a vast difference when converting instructor-led training to eLearning when it comes to digital content. With an assisted slideshow for example, an instructor can make comments, additional points and elaborate on what is showing on screen. However, when presented digitally, the same content doesn’t have the same enthusiasm or delivery that can make it engaging (and in some cases, can even be confusing.)
Instead, understand that there is a difference between a student reading and interpreting by themselves and an instructor telling them how to perceive it, so you’ll need to adjust your content by:
- Knowing the point – what are you actually trying to get across and can it be misconstrued if read on screen?
- Get organised – Think chronologically. It’s very difficult to link two theories or pieces of related information together if they are in different sections or modules. Figure out the best way to show linking information and the way you can present this to students to make it clear. For example, you could organise according to importance, educational categories, grouping similar topics together or even in a step-by-step guide according to your needs.
- Use different mediums – Read, research, write, repeat. It can get boring, no matter how interesting the subject matter. Instead, look at ways to incorporate different mediums into your courses: from videos and even printable handouts, to online discussions or forums.
Make It More Engaging
You’ll lose one vital aspect when switching from classroom training to e-Learning and that’s the instructors’ capabilities to adapt on the go to re-engage a group’s attention. This is something that needs to be considered early on by doing things such as;
- Adding games. Gamification is an excellent way to boost online learning, particularly when trying to understand difficult problems because they can be made easier to understand, make the content more enticing and appeal to most learners’ competitive natures.
- Visuals. From interactive videos to infographics, visuals allow students to picture something in their head and make it easier to remember. This also avoids the likelihood that someone will misunderstand or perceive subjects differently, so even a few diagrams can be more helpful than nothing.
- Audio. Don’t be afraid to add narration. Just because you aren’t there doesn’t mean you can’t walk them through it anyway and this allows them to stop and start at their own pace to make notes.
The key point to note when making this e-Learning leap is to ensure that you’ve considered the differences with engagement, delivery and organisation when using an eLearning platform over classroom-led formats. That way you get the benefits of both worlds without a drop in quality or employee performance.