How do you find the prospect of e learning? Daunting? Time consuming? Too technical? Whether as a Manager, Student or Company Director e learning is often perceived as a challenge resulting in frustration for all parties involved. Despite this, within healthcare, there remains a steady rise in e learning, which has become a necessary part of training due to changing shift patterns, and high staff turnover.
Furthermore, there is evidence to suggest that when compared to the traditional mode of classroom learning, e learning is more effective due in part to its flexible nature.
But why is it that some managers struggle to get their learners on board and finishing their courses? Although this is due to a combination of reasons, learners may also resent being forced to refresh knowledge periodically, and therefore, more likely to resist training. Finding strategies designed to keep learners engaged and motivated are the key to successful e learning programmes.
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The main purpose of a Training Timetable is to establish a plan that will identify a student’s goals and create a plan of work which will be carried out to achieve the agreed objectives. Training plans should identify both the long and short term objectives that are required, together with a regular training schedule that will satisfy training needs within a specified time-frame.
Ensuring all current employees are trained takes time, so it is important that managers plan training schedules during quiet periods and, where possible, allocate ‘protected training time’ where staff can go to a quiet area to complete their work. It should also be appreciated and acknowledged that some students prefer to work in the privacy of their home or after business-hours to avoid undue work disruptions.
2. Engaging LMS
Using a Learning Management System significantly improves the learning rates of employees. If the content of the training is reliable and of a high standard the more relevant the skills will be that people acquire, and by extension the organisation becomes productive and profitable overall.
Managing blended learning through an LMS improves and streamlines the training administration process as a whole, whilst allowing you to plan, collaborate and communicate your training activities calendar with your learners and trainers. More recently, some employers have found useful gamification techniques which are built into some platforms to help reward and motivate employees.
3. Relevant Courses
Careful design of the curriculum is an important part of the quality monitoring and improvement process. When the curriculum is reviewed periodically, it can be scheduled into business processes in order to ensure that the courses consistently remain relevant and current, especially in times of rapid change.
Students need to have a personal connection to the material, whether that is through engaging them on an emotional level, or connecting the new information with what was previously learnt. By keeping the content relevant, attention remains optimised. Without that connection, students may lack the motivation to try and complete the course or disengage altogether.
4. SMART Objectives
To be useful, learning objectives should be SMART:
Having specific learning objectives can help to focus a student’s learning on specific areas whilst helping them to maximise their time spent in work environments. Through the on-going discussion of learning goals between supervisor and student it helps to ensure that time will be productively spent and all parties involved are aware of the learning that is trying to be achieved.
The main aim of these discussions in which objections are set are to principally give the learners a clear idea of what they are expected to learn, what will be expected of them, and forms the basis for evaluating the trainer, learner, and course effectiveness.
5. Robust Monitoring and Feedback Systems
The monitoring and evaluation of a company’s e learning should form part of the continuous process of quality auditing and improvement that will assess its training programme and, whether it is effectively meeting it’s aim and objectives.
By having robust monitoring processes organisations can determine what is and is not working well, so that adjustments can be made and assessments regarding training can properly establish what is actually happening versus what was planned.
The importance of student feedback in relation to the course content should be not be underestimated and every opportunity should be given to highlight both positive and negative feedback at every point in order to ensure that relevant, engaging and consistent course content is delivered in line with company aims.
Why Choose Care Consort
- At your fingertips do you want an extensive library of training courses ranging from NVQs right through to more specialist recovery and behavioural management courses?
- Does your current care management solution give your staff instant access to accredited training and is it fully integrated with the Care Certificate, supporting employees from day 1 right through their employment?
- Are you looking for a flexible, cost effective system which empowers employees and students with additional learning tools and resources for self-improvement?
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