Is your organization growing? Ensure your eLearning programs can keep up
Whether you’re starting a learning program from scratch or are adding training content to an existing program, creating a scalable solution is imperative (especially for fast-growing businesses).
Although it can seem daunting, there are dozens of tools in the market to help your business be successful. Here are a few recommendations for scaling your learning program.
Invest in tools
For growing companies, investing in a tool like a learning management system (LMS) is immensely beneficial. Harnessing the scalability of an LMS enables your learning program to grow as your company grows.
If you’re planning on opening a new remote location or expanding into another country, a cloud-based LMS can allow your company to create a consistent and accessible learning experience for remote and international learners. Similarly, organizations looking to add a significant amount of training content for your sales team within the next year can plan ahead with an LMS to strategize seamless reporting and deployment methods. Or, if you’re still in the process of building a program, you can leverage the reporting capabilities of an LMS to measure and track the effectiveness of learning programs and content. As your company evolves, an LMS offers a host of valuable features to cater to your learning needs.
Determine learning content needs
Where are your employees needing additional training? Does your company need to create a program for progression or succession planning? It all starts with content. As your company grows, it’s important to map out areas of need prior to actually adding content.
Evaluate & expand content
Once learning programs have been in place, measuring impact will help inform future learning decisions. For companies early in the process of planning a learning initiative, piloting training can be very useful. Starting with specific departments and then expanding to the entire company allows organizations to gradually scale a program.
Offer content with multiple levels
After implementing a program, expanding content can help employees fully benefit from training. Learning and development professionals know that “one size does not fit all.” After having deployed a program, look into adding more curated content. For employees who may not need preliminary training, many content providers offer training that features multiple levels. For example, for employees needing to take courses on Microsoft Office, courses are available in beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Offering courses with different learner categories allows your company to provide the right training to the right employee.
Provide courses in different formats
Since eLearning provides the perfect environment for asynchronous learning, providing training courses in multiple formats can also create a friendlier environment for employees to learn. For employees interested in improving computer skills, offering mobile training allows learners to watch training on a tablet while using a desktop computer to follow along. Additionally, for companies looking to expand training to other departments, mobile learning allows for employees to learn on-the go or in the field.
Add training in other languages
If your company is looking to expand overseas or abroad, considering different language options is important to plan in advance. For organizations looking to create a consistent learning experience, plan ahead by looking for course content that already comes in multiple languages. That way learners are presented with the same content in the same course. Otherwise learners may end up having to view different content in different languages.
As your organization grows or takes steps in a different direction, the consistent evaluation of your learning program, its delivery and scalability will contribute to the overall success of the program in the long term. With the right tools and content, this transition will be easier and most effective for you and your learners.
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About the author
Spencer Thornton is the Vice President of Content at OpenSesame and is an eLearning industry veteran with over 15 years of experience in the space. As the VP of Content, Spencer splits his time between helping existing content partners be successful selling their content in the marketplace and recruiting new groundbreaking training providers to join the team.