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4 E-Learning Methods to Keep Pace with How Your Employees Consume Information

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by 
Teralyn Seabrook
on August 09, 2017

The Old Way of Learning is Dead

Gone are the days where employees sit in a classroom for two hours to complete trainings courses and attempt to retain information they may or may not find useful.  With the increasingly fast paced working environment, employees don’t have time to set aside multiple hours to complete training. According to research from Deloitte, “the average employee only has time to devote 1% of their work week to professional development. That means, only 24 minutes a week or 4.8 minutes a day can be allotted to training in a normal 40-hour work week.”

Have your learning methods kept pace with how information is consumed, or does your learning strategy continue to rely heavily on the traditional learning techniques? Here are four learning trends to help you improve employee performance through modern learning and development methods.

 

  1. Microlearning in the Workplace

    Microlearning is an effective e-learning solution that provides content in small short bursts of time, usually no longer than 10 minutes. With managers finding it difficult to allocate time for employee learning opportunities, microlearning gives employees the ability to incorporate learning into their daily schedule through short, but focused training. 

    In addition to microlearning courses being produced quicker and reducing training costs, it also has many benefits including employee engagement. According to a survey done by Software Advice, 58% of  employees surveyed would be more likely to use their company’s online learning tools if the content was broken up into multiple, shorter lessons.

    During our performance management cycle at PeopleFluent, we posted “Learning Bytes”, or short 5-minute videos demonstrating each step of the year-end process and how to use our Performance Management tool for year-end evaluations. The clips were short and easy to understand, even for employees who were unable to attend the in-person session.

     

  2. Just in Time Learning to Improve Employee Development
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    With the growing demand for on-demand access to learn anywhere at any time, employees can learn what they want and when they want. Related to microlearning, just in time training is used to improve job performance by enabling learners to learn a new skill quickly and efficiently. It helps employees that need to be quickly trained on a specific skill or task, or those needing a quick refresh on an existing skill at the moment they need it.

    Creating a learning strategy that includes both Microlearning and Just in Time e-learning can increase the amount of information an employee retains during a learning session. Delivering small bits of information just in time will help employees learn at their own speed.

     

  4. Video Learning, a Key Element of Any Digital Learning Strategy

     

    Did you know that by 2019, video will be responsible for 80% of internet traffic? Although the concept of video learning is not new, there’s been an increase in its usage in the learning and development realm. In fact, 98% of organizations say they will implement video as a part of their digital learning strategy.

    Video learning allows employees to view short videos which helps to absorb and retain more information. Video-based training is also mobile friendly and can be accessed using multiple platforms including phone, desktop and tablet.

     

  5. Social Learning to Boost Employee Engagement
  6. Organizations are seeing great benefits in incorporating social learning into their training and development strategies. Social learning supports the transfer of knowledge by giving employees the ability to listen to thoughts and opinions of their peers globally at any time. PeopleFluent’s learning management system offers collaboration, quizzes and surveys that weave social collaboration into learning strategies.

    The concept of social collaboration can improve employee engagement and productivity. Research done by McKinsey says that productivity gains enabled through using a social learning platform can be as high as 35% by being able to connect with others using social technologies.

 

How PeopleFluent Can Help

E-learning trends continue to evolve with how employees are able to retain knowledge. PeopleFluent’s learning management system gives you the ability to use all four e-learning methods.  Contact us to schedule a customized product demo to learn more about our lear

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