We are contacted more and more frequently by companies that want to give a drastic change to their training. They are determined to change the way they have delivered their online courses (and not only) so far and obviously they are looking for a modern e-learning platform (LMS).
Although, the issue isn’t just technological. Let’s explain ourselves more.
In addition to wanting to change their LMS (for example, because it doesn’t allow for Mobile Learning management), they want to literally “trash” their course catalog. Yes, that’s right. They are the first to realize that the e-learning course catalog they purchased 5 or even just 3 years ago no longer works.
This is the reaction of Training Managers when they enter their platforms to see how many Learners are attending the freely accessible catalog courses to develop their skills:
Well, it’s not nice to find out that the e-learning course catalog that was purchased at a high price is not being used, and it’s even less pleasant to find out the reason why: because it’s not useful. Learners do not consider the courses in the catalog to be useful: they are too long, often outdated in content and graphics, and not mobile-friendly.
In short, this is the situation. But let’s analyze the causes and the 3 characteristics that a modern e-learning course catalog must have, to find out together if there is a solution.
Spoiler: don’t worry, there is a solution ?
1. Length of an e-learning course
Traditional off-the-shelf courses suffer over time. It’s immediately clear that an e-learning course from 5 years ago, or even more so from 10 years ago, is outdated – not just in terms of graphics or because it is not mobile-friendly, but also in terms of its…excessive length.
Today, in the midst of Digital Transformation, our Learners need to access training content that gets straight to the point.
While it’s true that there is no real learning without repetition, we must make sure that this repetition is possible and just in time. Of course, you will never see an employee repeat a 2-hour course every week to learn a new skill, but this will certainly happen if the content you offer is designed according to the principles of micro-learning.
2. Level of Engagement
Here’s another problem with “old style” catalog courses: zero involvement. We often hear about customer experience and user engagement, fundamental elements in modern training, but you will certainly not find them in courses developed 10 years ago. And it’s not even fair to expect “old style” Content Providers to effectively communicate with the new generation of employees entering the company: Millennials.
If your e-learning course catalog provider has a smart and young work group, you are in good hands. They will think in terms of Microlearning and produce engaging content, using the best communication strategies and effective storytelling.
3. Immediate applicability of training content
In a recent post, Josh Bersin correctly spoke of a new paradigm for corporate training: Learning in the Flow of Work. Training deeply embedded in daily work, able to make a difference, support and improve the performance of employees because it’s immediate, just in time, and accurate.
As a consequence, Corporate training managers have begun to understand the importance of Microlearning in creating personalized content (for example, for training on products and services sold by the company). Why not also benefit from the advantages of Microlearning for wider training that you want to deliver through ready-to-use catalog content?
Especially when the topics involve the soft skills and digital skills essential in today’s work world, it’s essential to provide immediately applicable training content “in the workflow“. This is possible only if: the courses are micro and get straight to the point; employees can access courses just in time (when they need them); the content is easily recoverable and usable without getting lost in the chapters and sub-topics of a course.
3. E-learning courses accessible from Mobile devices
There is not much to say here. If the e-learning course catalog you purchased is not mobile-friendly (smartphones and tablets), there is not much to be done. The advice is as follows:
Solution: think Microlearning when choosing your e-learning course catalog
At the beginning of the post, we made a small spoiler: there is a solution.
In fact, renewing your e-learning course catalog is not complicated. There are several providers who have begun to understand the importance of renewing their ready-to-use training offer. Some companies more than others have made Microlearning their corporate mission:
Litmos is a world leader thanks to its 100% Microlearning e-learning course catalog, with over 2000 catalog courses specifically designed to save companies from boring training.
Therefore, the Litmos Heroes e-learning course catalog stands out not only for being pure Microlearning (short, immediately applicable, engaging, and mobile), but also for being a constantly updated catalog. In fact, new resources and content are available every month, specifically to meet the training needs of modern Companies.
In conclusion, there is a solution to accelerate the training of your company and support your employees in the development of the required skills, thanks to effective and just-in-time training.