As with any other business function, Training and Development (T&D) requires careful planning to ensure that its implementation has the desired outcome. However, not all good trainers are good training planners, and organizations often do not have people with the skill-set to create high-impact training programs. The use of Learning Management Systems (LMS) by several organizations has made it easy to conduct training; however, carefully planned training programs are a must if organizations want to maximize their returns on investment in such technology. This blog hopes to serve as a brief guide in enabling trainers to create learning modules which would have a high impact and ensure that the desired training outcomes are achieved.
To devise a particular training module, you should be clear about what the learning outcome should be. As a result, it is essential to first pen down the broad-level goal of the training module, and later, different sub-objectives which would need to be achieved in order to ensure the accomplishment of the goal.
Use of an LMS such as GyrusAIM would enable you to devise a number of different types of training modules. You can have a live instructor-led training session over a video-conferencing platform offered by the LMS, or you could have a pre-recorded training session, or you may have a presentation-based session with a voiceover. Depending on what is the topic of the training module, you can decide on the module format and create the necessary content by utilizing a variety of in-built content creation tools.
Non-incentivized training can get uninteresting for employees, most of whom are past their age of education. But gamification can change that. Which is why most LMS products, including GyrusAIM, offers the feature wherein you can gamify learning paths.
A strategy without a time-plan is an incomplete strategy. And this applies to training strategies as well. Therefore, once you have created the right training modules and designed a gamified learning path, it is important that you mention the specific time-line that intended trainees should stick to while taking the learning modules.
Modern LMS products offer a wide variety of techniques for assessment of trainees’ understanding of topics after undertaking training modules. It is essential that trainers devise well-framed tests to assess how much every employee has grasped every topic that he or she was supposed to learn. If performance in tests is unsatisfactory, the same employee could be instructed to re-take the specific modules.
It is essential that the learning modules are devised to equip employees with the latest knowledge and skills. As a result, once learning modules are created, it is necessary that they are regularly evaluated for relevance, and if necessary, specific parts can be updated. Changes may also be made on the basis of feedback received from module-takers.