June 23, 2014

Training that results in increased on-the-job performance through greater retention has recently taken a significant step forward.

For decades, decentralized organizations have had to cope with training challenges that included lack of standardization, inconsistency, and facilitation challenges. In addition, an absence of centralized record-keeping also negatively impacted their efforts.

We’ve seen how modern LMS’s have addressed the latter issue and, today, multimedia-based e-Learning is effectively solving most of their other training challenges.

One such multi-national company has commented publicly about the positive impacts made on their organization by a corporate-installed LMS and, most importantly, by the movement toward e-Learning.

“At first, we had no full-blown training program which anyone and everyone could utilize. However, with e-Learning we have found a training answer that is not only cost-effective for use at multiple plant locations, but also has received favorable responses from the employees. Everyone’s happy today: upper management, the supervisors, the trainers, and our workforce.”

E-Learning has become the greatest value in training today. The investment is comparatively modest and employee retention results are excellent.

With traditional classroom training, the more you use it, the more it costs. With multimedia e-Learning (rooted in full motion video, animations, and/or simulations), employees are able to spend more time on-the-job and less time in the classroom. That’s because media-based e-Learning allows each trainee to proceed at his own pace — rather than being negatively impacted by a single pace within a classroom setting. The interactivity allows each trainee to repeat, review, and retain much more of the information than was ever possible in a traditional “lecture/reading” environment.

As one company representative has said, “If we want to help our employees work smarter, we’ve got to give them the tools to do the best job possible. We can do that with e-Learning!”

One caution! Repurposed PowerPoints are not effective e-Learning. At best, they are information tools and, at worst, they are the antithesis of learning.

Multimedia is the best e-Learning answer —- as it was in the days of CD-ROM.

More on Wednesday – – – – –

— Bill Walton: Founder, ITC Learning