e-Learning's potential to improve staff training is undoubted. The Research Institute of America found that e-Learning increases retention rates by 60%, whilst The Information Daily found that e-Learning can cover five times the amount of material as classroom training in the same amount of time spent.
But the effectiveness of e-Learning training depends on the e-Learning itself, and the way in which it is delivered. For example, no amount of e-Learning can be of use if staff cannot access it.
Here are some ways you can ensure your e-Learning is reaching its full potential:
e-Learning can be delivered either via URL sharing links or a Learning Management System (LMS). URL links are suitable for one-off training exercises or simple content, whilst an LMS should be used for any regular training. The benefits of an LMS are hard to overstate - an LMS provides a single hub for all training, with granular analytics that allow you to track staff training outcomes and see exactly who has completed what content, and when.
Staff must be properly trained in how to access e-Learning resources. This depends on how your e-Learning is delivered - a benefit of URL share links is that they're easy to use. If you're employing an LMS, staff need to be onboarded. This can be done in-house, or (in some cases) through the LMS provider. eCoach can provide staff training on how to get started with the platform.
The rise of mobile learning means that staff should now be able to access e-Learning content wherever and whenever they want. Staff are now learning on the go, particularly when commuting. In order to tap into this changing trend, e-Learning content needs to be bite-sized and snackable. Long-form or complex content simply won't work on mobile devices.
Material must be well balanced in order to keep training fresh and engaging. This means mixing traditional text and images with video content and quizzes. eCoach's interactive templates are a great way to add variety to your training.