Your organization might have killer training content, but it holds little value if it is not delivered in an engaging way. To get your employees on board, you must first prioritize accessibility and convenience of your training program. From there, you can excite learners by implementing interactive elements, captivating visuals, and competitive elements.
When planning your next training and development program, here are four things you should consider.
A Mobile Friendly Platform
Mobile devices hold great potential for online learning. Enabling mobile learning lets employees learn anytime, anywhere, and on any device. This eliminates geographic boundaries and scheduling conflicts for business units and their respective training programs. We suggest a cloud-based mobile platform so that learners don’t have to install software. This makes learner onboarding much easier and more efficient. Sooner or later your organization will have to make the switch to mobile learning to improve learner motivation. It’s safe to say that mobile learning is here to stay.
Social and Collaborative Learning Strategies
Interactivity between learning content, the learner, and peers makes the learning experience much more engaging. This multidimensional approach can be implemented through social and collaborative learning strategies. When exploring a topic, learners who collaborate by sharing ideas and experiences become more motivated, better retain learned information, and create valuable relationships with employees. Social and collaborative learning can be encouraged through messaging platforms, forums, or a newsfeed.
Introducing gamification in your training program not only incentivizes employees to engage, but also makes learning fun! You can implement a healthy spirit of competition through a mix of competitive strategies that emphasize recognition and rewards. For example, strategies might include a point system, progress indicators, a reward system, badges, and a leaderboard. Recognition and rewards systems provide employees with a boost of instant gratification, which increases engagement. Gamified learning courses also provide immediate performance feedback to learners. This gives employees a sense of advancement, accomplishment, and responsibility. Lastly, a gamified program gives learners a safe environment to obtain and practice the required learning material.
Studies show that content and visual design are equally important when designing a training program. High-quality visuals can help communicate and simplify complex topics as well as help learners connect with the topic. According to the Visual Teaching Alliance, visuals are processed 60,000x faster than words and have a greater capacity to be encoded in long-term memory. We suggest you pair your textual content with a variety of captivating images, engaging videos, animations, and interesting infographics to draw in the learner and keep them engaged. You also should make strategic decisions around the layout, colors, fonts, white space, positioning, and branding.
If you are looking for an engaging way to deliver your next training program, let us know! We not only provide the ultimate user experience, but also provide the ultimate client experience!