Making the switch from traditional learning methods to e-Learning is quite the learning curve for most businesses. Luckily, we have some easy tips for you.

No matter the size of your business, any wide change in the way you operate can be a hard task to make smooth and simple. This extends to workplace training: what if your most experienced employees are used to being taught in a particular way and you’ve decided to embrace the new age of learning instead?

Luckily, there are a few key guidelines and standards you can adhere to which will make the transition as painless as possible.

1. Slow and Steady

Although it might sound tempting to completely overhaul your workplace training overnight, it might not go quite as smoothly as possible. If you’re already employing a specialist for your employee training, they might need to be released or asked to train in new skills so that they can deliver the new methods.

Additionally, you might need time to instil an eLearning culture within the business as some may be reticent to adopt it. Give key statistics and figures to your workforce so that they understand the benefits of the growing technology.

2. Do Your Research

You may want to replicate the current training curriculum into eLearning modules, but what else is there out there? Will a different course be beneficial to your employees or might it be a waste of time? Understand the key differences between courses and train employees only in the skills that are relevant to their position or risk your training falling on deaf ears.

It is also advisable to find out whether it would be better for you to acquire out-of-the-box eLearning or to go bespoke instead. Opting for the latter means that you can have internal branding and style within your courses, but it is worth noting that the price will also invariably rise. Budgetize and properly plan out your new solutions before making any snap decisions.

3. Invest in a Learning Management System

For the uninitiated, a learning management system (LMS) is one of the fundamentals of workplace eLearning. Within a set of simple, intuitive dashboards, you are able to simply and efficiently monitor data and performance and also assign courses based on department and individual criteria.

It’s worth noting, however, that not all learning management systems are the same as you aren’t likely to get the same level of functionality from one to the next. Invest in the best if you want to ensure success.

4. Make Sure Everything Works Once You’re Ready to Go

Although a bit of an obvious tip, it’s far too easy to not take an impartial outlook when reviewing your eLearning solutions, so much so that errors and performance issues can slip by undetected. This is where it’s worthwhile to invest in solutions from a company who have a proven background of success and achievement when it comes to providing top quality eLearning products.

Even something as simple as an errant typo can make a huge difference for your learner – it can affect the credibility of the course in their eyes and potentially mean that they don’t take it half as simple. Also ensure cross-browser compatibility and that you have looked at ways of making it as responsive and engaging as possible.

Safety Media are available to assist with any of the above and can help with making the transition as painless as possible. Call us on +44 (0)1745 535000 or email sales@safetymedia.co.uk.

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