5 ways to keep elearners engaged

virtual training

We all know the challenges that virtual training can bring:

  • Learners “skip through” the content and don’t complete the course
  • No post course testing (so you just hope that they understood the main concepts)
  • Users get bored, switch off or multi task (maybe checking their thousand of emails)
  • The courses don’t work on tablets or mobile phones
  • Modules are too long, screens are too text heavy and there is zero interaction

It is no wonder that for some organisations classroom training not virtual training – especially for Health and Safety –  is still king even in 2019.

But what if you could guarantee none the above would apply even in online training? What if the courses you provided for your teams were engaging, beautifully designed, included testing, games, certification, auto translation and could also be edited to include content specific to YOU and also represented YOUR brand values?

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Key Features

When choosing online training or eLearning there are several key features that the courses should contain with the above in mind.

1. Locked content

Courses should have the ability to be “locked” so that users are unable to skip through the content and claim to the “done the training!”. In the case of Compliance and Safety training this is key. There is little point asking your teams to sit through any kind of training course if they can merely skip through it.

2. Testing

This is also vital for any Training Manager to keep a record of Individual Learning Objectives and KPIs. Without testing it is difficult for those in L&D to have faith in what their teams know and want they don’t know. Especially important if you are a Safety Training Manager responsible for the welfare of a site team.

Cheat resistant testing will ensure that the user has really understood and assimilated the content – and proof of this should be provided in the form of certificates.

3. Boredom

This is – quite frankly – a real problem in any virtual training scenario. With the rise of bite sized, instant gratification information available online, making people sit through 30 minutes of online content may be seen as problematic.

This can be overcome but making the courses beautiful to look with rich media and interactive quizzes and multiple choice questions.

Catering for all audiences with male and female narrators and tutors. And using inclusive and diverse actors. Plus incorporating stimulating learning environments. This will all go a long way to keeping engagement high and learners learning.

It goes without saying that multi device learning is now simply expected. Many of us now choose to spend our down time or travel time learning and up-skilling.

4. Choice

Giving learners the choice of a personalised learning environment helps them to focus and concentrate or simply to learn in a way that suits them.

5. Remote updates

Other features of great eLearning also include remote updates – so you can rest in the knowledge that your learners have access to the very latest course content.

So if you have not thought about eLearning – or have scare stories about lack of engagement – download our free eBook or check out our website.

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