July 6, 2015

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

We’ve seen how modern LMS’s have addressed the latter issue and, today, e-Learning has proved capable of solving the other challenges.

One multi-national company has commented publicly about their transition to e-Learning solutions for their training challenges:

“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.”

Well-designed, media-based e-Learning programs are the greatest value in training today. The investment is comparatively modest and the retention results are excellent.

With traditional classroom training, the more you use it, the more it costs.

With e-Learning, your employees really do spend more time on the job and less time in the classroom.

That’s because e-Learning allows each worker to proceed at his own pace — rather than being slowed down within a classroom setting.

In addition, the interactivity allows the worker to repeat, review, and retain much more of the information than was ever possible in a traditional “lecture/reading” environment.

One caveat, however.

E-Learning that contains written words and sentence structures that exceed a standard 4th grade reading level will fail to communicate with more than 40% of your workforce.

In addition, reconstituted PowerPoints and adapted written procedures may inform, but will seldom train.

Your more effective answer will be those programs created in the modern learning culture of full media presentations. Combined with optional word-for-word audio, you will find the e-Learning that enhances skills acquisition and learning retention.

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!”

More on Wednesday – – –

— Bill Walton: co-Founder, ITC Learning
(Mondays & Wednesdays)