Gone are the days when training happens once a quarter. Old ways of thinking of training as an event are changing to thoughts of continuous learning, with an ever increasing demand for new skills in the workplace.
And that’s easier when you’re all in one place, right? Creating a culture of learning when your team’s remote can seem quite daunting, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult thing. So here’s some tips for helping to keep your team up-to-speed.
1. Create a one-stop-shop for learning
You need to make learning easy, and that starts with finding it. Help your team know where to go by keeping it all in one place.
Platforms such as an LXP is perfect for this. They can hold a whole host of resource formats, not just elearning, and often have extra functionality for events meaning all training needs are covered. Plus, they can access when they need it.
2. Recreate the classroom virtually
Hosting online sessions is easier now than ever. There’s loads of great video conferencing tools to make use of.
But you need to be clever about it – no one wants to sit on a video conference for a full day. Techniques such as flipped classroom training focus on a blended learning approach, giving learners the chance to study up first before a session to cover practical application.
By extracting out the factual parts and delivering up front, you can quickly reduce the amount of time needed to be on a video call.
3. Rethink your content strategy
Now more than ever we need to rethink how we approach learning, and that starts with your content strategy. Take a step back to plan out content at a high level, before drilling down into the specific resources you’re going to create, curate or purchase.
There are tons of off-the-shelf content providers for you to leverage, as well as a whole bunch of content available on the web to curate – videos, blogs, articles. Plus, you probably have great resources already available from your organisation.
Platform functionality like pathways lets you create learner journeys tailored to your teams. This includes sharing pre and/or post work for any online training sessions you’re running.
4. Make it interactive
Passive learning experiences just don’t work. When it comes to digital learning, mix up the formats a little to give variety and stop it feeling too repetitive. When running online sessions, make it practical and engage attendees – give tasks and ask them to share their results, run short quizzes to keep them on their toes.
And try to keep them engaged. Social features like comments and forums encourage people to share experiences and how they’ve practically applied what they’ve learned in their day-to-day roles.
5. Give them a chance to shine
Remember, it’s not all down to you. Why not let a team member take the lead and host a session to share some of their specialist knowledge or something they’ve just discovered.
Equally, there’s a shift towards self-directed learning. So create an environment where they can easily find the resources they need, and let them lead their own development and broaden their skill set.
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