July 20, 2015

“Optional Word-for-Word Audio Capability” is the number one and most essential factor necessary for effective e-Learning!

Without it, the courses you provide will fail to significantly improve on-the-job performance and increased retention for nearly half of your trainees.

You want your trainees to learn, retain, and apply the information you present.

But, you must never forget that 40% of your workforce is not reading-fluent (typically, able to assimilate little written above a fourth grade reading level).

Yet, it is also a given that all of your potential trainees are capable and want to learn.

They’ve grown up with television, computers, tablets and smartphones so they more readily learn by watching full-motion video and graphic animations, accompanied by spoken language.

Optional word-for-word audio gives all of your trainees the same opportunity that, traditionally, only the reading-proficient had.

Everyone needs to have the same access to all the information and learning you choose to offer.

All need to have the same opportunity for increased retention and effective on-the-job application of the principles and techniques encountered in their training.

So, why not level the playing field for everyone?

Good training should be inclusive — not exclusive.

Yet, we do not want to slow down or bore the reading-proficient. And, that’s where the “optional” button comes into play. In a well-designed e-Learning course, the word-for-word audio can be turned “off” or “on” depending on the learning culture and desires of the individual.

The next time you are evaluating an e-Learning course, be on the lookout for this essential design characteristic.

You’ll find “optional word-for-word” audio embedded in the design — or, you won’t.

If that feature is present, the course will do its job for everyone.

If it is missing, the course will fail nearly half of your trainees.

More on Wednesday – – –

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