Even with the growth of custom e-learning, organizations still spend billions on training and development each year in the hopes of gaining a competitive advantage. But the reality is, most of their learners will forget up to 90 percent of the information they’ve learned after just one week. Shocked? Anyone who has survived a Slideshow driven training session shouldn’t be.
Research tells us that seven fundamental principles of learning must be present for the successful transfer of knowledge, which has much less to do with how lessons are taught and more about how people learn.
Custom e-learning solutions offer a flexible approach that can offer multiple modes of training at one time for a fraction of the cost of traditional training. This multi-modal approach means that every employee regardless of their learning style can create lasting and usable retention of the training they’ve received, which leads to a faster return on investment, and better overall performance.
This can be better broken down by the 7 principles of learning:
The principle of awareness works on the notion that all learning needs to center around the learners themselves. Platforms which are designed for and around users and their learning styles, add overall strength to the results found in a personalized learning environment.
Organizations who want their employees to learn a new skill, need to ensure that they have answered the question of ‘why’ the training needs to take place. To do this, find a custom e-learning solutions provider who helps you do a deep-dive into the challenges, ambitions, and motivations you have around the learning, and how it will affect your customer-base—and your bottom line. When employees understand why it’s important, they understand what their role is in the grand scheme of things.
Motivation stems from emotional learning, which can produce positive results and fulfill an overall need for the employee. The ability of e-learning to deliver instant feedback drives the gears of motivation and promotes interest in continuing education.
Organisations not only need to acknowledge the various ways people learn, such as visual, aural, verbal and physical—but they need to understand that every learner comes to the table with varying degrees of knowledge about the topic they are about to learn. Experts on a subject will not approach the material the same way someone new to the concept will, and it is this flexibility and ability to tap into modern resources which make custom e-learning solutions so powerful.
Further, the ability for in-depth interactivity, through e.g. customer service-related virtual reality, creates an environment which is relevant to the learner and gives them a reason to care about the process.
In terms of learning, engagement means learners are successfully immersed in what they are learning and are giving their full attention to the process. The ability to add interactive elements which are customized to the organization and the individual learner are essential in ensuring the journey is successful. This may mean learners experience a variety of tools such as:
- Tailored, digital learning games
- Videos & animation films
- Interactive, digital learning
- Simple, digital learning modules
- Plug and Play modules
- Virtual Reality Training
By developing clear expectations and providing periodic feedback throughout the training process, e-learners receive motivational reinforcement that produces better test results and more completed training modules. When learners receive timely feedback or correction, it shortens the feedback loop while ensuring motivation levels won’t drop.
Adequate support means providing all the necessary tools in a way that is easily understood and accessed by the student. Custom e-learning provides one platform with integrated components which allow learners to learn at their own pace and refer to past materials as needed. Reducing the stress involved in learning a new subject is a key measure of support that alone boosts confidence and post-training job behaviour.
The Principles in Practice
A worldwide culinary conglomerate, McDonald’s is no stranger to reinvention, particularly when it comes to the way employees are welcomed into an organization. Through a host of customer e-learning solutions, McDonald’s has been able to reinvent their onboarding process through an interactive learning platform designed to transform new employees into effective contributors.
Based on results from exit interviews, a need for stronger onboarding was identified, which led to a modern solution which not only boosted the employee experience but reduced the costs of frequent turnover. Read about it here.
The Next Step
Whether it’s for preboarding, onboarding, compliance or product training, a customized e-learning solution can create secure, flexible, automated and enterprise-ready solutions for any organization. Book a free demo to see how you can create engaging learning experiences that grow profit.