6 tips for your online learning to engage modern learners

27Apr

Online learning is going through a major transformation right now due to the emergence of both new technologies and lack of devoted time to learning from the employees’ side. 1% of a typical
work week
 is all that employees have to focus on training and development. Today’s modern learners require a different approach to online learning. Here are our top 6 tips to make your online learning more engaging for your employees.

Micro-learning is the future

Create bite-size pieces instead of big courses. The content should be digestible in minutes, not hours.

Gamification

Creating fun point systems that entices the learner to perform will help drive motivation. We can take an example from Duolingo that lets the user learn new languages. They do this well through a thoughtful process of unlocking new levels the more they learn. But gamification can be used for much more.

Encourage discovery over pushing the content top-down

People prefer to find out things on their own rather than being told what to do. Your learning platform should enable easy and fast discovery of content that would help your people do their tasks better. 70% of employees access answers to on-the-job questions through search engines. Categorizing and tagging content enable faster discovery of content.

Develop a community where everyone learns and helps others to learn

Enable peer-to-peer collaboration and content creation. Foster development of “influencer” authors inside your organization, who are encouraged to create, curate, maintain and expand your existing learning content base.

Intentional behaviour change that leads into better learning and performance

The role of online learning should be to change employee behaviour. According to the Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve, the quality of learning is affected by the level of retention, which in turn is affected by repetition and the quality of memory representation. Online learning should enable regular reviews (repetition) via discovery and community engagement and discussions (improve the quality of memory).

Less is more

Your online learning content should not create content that is nice to have instead focus on content that improve job performance and employee satisfaction at work. You should regularly update or delete content that has become obsolete or irrelevant to your business.