As the CEO of an online learning company, you may believe that I would sit exclusively in the camp that online training is all you need to train your staff. Or at least spruik it as THE ONLY alternative.
Well you’re wrong.
My totally unbiased professional opinion (based on 10 years plus in the learning and development industry) is NO company can solely rely on the ONE method of training.
Everyone learns through a range of learning styles and techniques, and a company needs to recognise this, to effectively train their employees.
While there are various models and theories around the concept of learning, there are seven commonly accepted styles of how people learn:
- Visual (spatial): A preference to learn through pictures, images, and spatial understanding
- Aural (auditory-musical): A preference to learn through sound and music
- Verbal (linguistic): A preference to learn through using words, both in speech and writing
- Physical (kinesthetic): A preference to learn through physical tasks using their body, hands and sense of touch
- Logical (mathematical): A preference to learn through using logic, reasoning and systems
- Social (interpersonal): A preference to learn in groups or with other people
- Solitary (intrapersonal): A preference to work alone and use self-stud
So no employee in your organisation will learn the same. While one staff member might learn best in a group scenario with visual presentations, another might prefer to work alone, listening to auditory sessions and competing tasks online at their own pace.
Therefore a one dimensional training method will not be the most conducive strategy to educating and upskilling your employees. Instead to meet the learning needs of a diverse workplace (and to position your business in a much stronger position) a holistic training strategy needs to be devised.
Employees should be offered a blended learning experience including instructor lead training (ILT) course work, video and interactive presentation, assessments, conferences, in-house training and networking sessions and on the job training.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not for one minute suggesting that an online training platform has no place in your organisation.
In fact, far from it.
Not only can an online training platform provide an organisation the capability to deliver different training modules (such as training assessments, PowerPoint presentations, video training and more) an industry best LMS can also effectively administer the whole training program.
This is where I believe the true value of a Learning Management System comes to fruition.
In choosing the right LMS a company will have the capacity to fully administer the overall training program including maintaining accurate employee training records, integrate with internal programs (such as payroll), automate compliance programs and provide a mechanism for reporting, certification and gap analysis.
An LMS is an essential tool for the complete administration of a company’s training program. In my mind it’s a tool worth its weight in gold – as it will take your office out of the 90s and into the new workplace.
Where it should be.
How to select the right LMS for your SME
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