Friday 7 February 2020
Inside learning Technologies e-Magazine page 14
Effective steps to a digital learning transformation It’s been estimated that over 70% of organisations are transforming their learning programmes and strategy and adopting a digital approach. But what does that transformation entail and who drives it? With the pace and complexity of modern business, keeping people up to date is vital. Added to which, there’s the continual pressure to do more with fewer resources and to optimise productivity. This translates into a greater demand for more effective and extensive training. It’s a requirement that many organisations struggle to cope with. Increasingly, they’re looking to digital learning for the answer. The business case for digital learning The digital approach has benefits not just for management, but for the learner too in terms of engagement, motivation, retention and application. A multimedia approach attracts people to the content and is more visually engaging and memorable.
E-learning adopts pedagogical strategies to enhance relevance and retention. Gamification makes training more active and replaces the passive lecture or page-turning format of traditional courses. The use of story-based learning and scenarios demonstrate how the knowledge can be applied directly to the job you do. Scenarios can be created and adapted to make training more personally relevant. Making the transformation And e-learning can be easily and regularly updated as the need for new training or new information grows. This allows an organisation to bridge gaps in knowledge and performance quickly. It can be reused and repurposed to create a library of resources or to create microlearning to allow learners to update or refresh their skills when they need to, without repeating the entire course. It helps personalise, recommend and target the content to individual needs. On the one hand, how you move digital learning into your organisation is relatively straightforward. There are plenty of providers of the hardware and software you need. Training catalogues containing a suite of elearning modules cover most if not all your business training areas.