Operations executives are finding that an eLearning program has a valuable place in training their employees on a wide variety of topics. But the term eLearning can be confusing and misunderstood and since it is relatively new in the operations world, it is helpful to clarify what it means and what an eLearning program might look like in a plant, warehouse or distribution environment.
Happy New Year! To kick off 2016, we’re going to look at what we can accomplish with a different approach to structuring your eLearning course. By the end of this article, you’ll be able to: write effective learning- and course-objectives. outline the structures for different stages of training. create clear pathways to realizing the outcomes for your eLearning courses.
Personalization is a big deal in eLearning. But do we really know the learning styles of our users? Depending on your theoretical reference, there are as many as 7 different learning styles. Your learning style not only determines how you learn, it is also very likely to be the most enjoyable and efficient path for you to acquire new knowledge.
In his article, “What is Custom Content Training?” (2015), Ted Stoecker discusses the benefits of utilizing custom eLearning for the specific needs of individual warehousing and logistics companies.
A while ago I wrote an article on the importance of elearning to employee happiness. In that article I showed that learning is the second most important reason for people to enjoy their work. Learning and growth gives people the feeling of doing something worthwhile. It makes them feel like they are moving ahead personally and professionally. I pointed out how eLearning can be a great tool to fulfill this need.
A large American Telecom company learned this the hard way. They deployed an eLearning tutorial to train their employees on the use of a new internal collaboration application. This new tool is a file management and sharing system with a virtual social space intended for communication. The intention was to encourage employees to use it, and to maximize its effectiveness. It was a noble eLearning attempt: 64 vignettes with video clips featuring live amateur actors engaging in dialog. Each vignette began with exactly the same introduction (conceivably for the sake of continuity), and scenes were devised to train employees on the various aspects of usage. Well, the audience hated it. Scenes were poorly executed, and the dialog was forced and artificial. Employees were bored, and the attempt at encouraging and training employees to use the tool fell flat.
With more ways to access knowledge than ever before, anybody with an internet connection can now be a student in practically any chosen field. And custom content eLearning is one of the most powerful tools in disseminating information to your organization’s communities and audiences.