Migrating your traditional training methods to the online world can be challenging. You may be overwhelmed by questions such as which LMS software to use, how to diversify learning materials, and whether you should offer personalized training paths.
These are just some of the questions that might keep you from pursuing what you think is right for your company. There are a lot of hard decisions to be made.
Since you don’t have experience in this field, we’ve decided to lend you a helping hand. Here are the proven strategies you can follow today to successfully deploy your online training programs.
Align Training Goals with Online Training Software
To deploy your online training, you will have to use one of the LMS software solutions. Don’t get surprised by the number of LMS tools, as the market is flooded with them.
The success of your online training efforts depends, to a great extent, on which LMS tool you decide to go with. So how do you choose online training software?
You should base your decision on your training goals. Do you want to address certain knowledge gaps and lack of specific skills? Do you want ongoing compliance training? Or maybe you just want to make your workers happy and provide them with the opportunities for professional growth and development?
Whichever goal it is, make sure to dive into the features of LMS tools to check whether they can support your plan.
And remember, if you want to adopt online training as an ongoing L&D strategy, it is always better to invest in an intuitive and robust LMS platform so you don’t have to switch system often.
Don’t Make Final Decisions Before a Thorough Assessment
Before you can go all in investing in software, creating learning material, and designing learning path, you will have to assess your current situation. This will help you make a data-driven decision, and plan learning paths that reflect your specific company needs. More importantly, you will ensure the success of your online training and make the deployment straightforward.
There are several things that you have to assess:
- Technical restrictions – Do all of your workers have an Android or iOS device? Do they have a PC at their home? Do they have access to the Internet? How good is your internal network infrastructure? These are the questions that you have to answer.
- The size of the learner base – Knowing exactly how many enrollees you will have will help you choose an online training software that can support that many students and activities.
- The size of the available budget – Asses the L&D budget before jumping into actions as you may hit a wall and stop the training because your resources have run dry.
- The deployment speed – How fast do you plan your deployment to be? If you want it to happen immediately, you will have to plan ahead and make contingency plans for all sorts of scenarios.
Launch a Pilot Online Training
Once you have all your data, you can make your online training. Don’t go all in. Make a sort of prototype training course to share it with your target audience. The pilot program should leverage all the LMS features that you plan to use in the future so that you can test them.
It would be good, if you have the time, of course, to add several types of learning materials to assess their engagement potential and how they affect knowledge retention.
Why is launching a pilot online training course good for ensuring great deployment in the future? Pilot training reveals any bottlenecks, technical problems, software issues, and onboarding challenges. You can then address them, and make sure that your deployment becomes a complete success. This is also a good opportunity to test online training tools by using a demo.
Once the pilot online training is finished, you shouldn’t stop at examining technical problems only. This is the time to extend your efforts to improve the online training of your colleagues as well as the training participants.
This can be done in person or with a short survey. Don’t look at the feedback you receive as an ill-intentioned criticism, but as another chance to improve your online training.
As a course creator, you can be biased. This is why you should engage as many people as you can. As a final effort, you should take the pilot course yourself. See how easy it is to navigate through it, is the learning material to the point and engaging, and check whether you have any problems with scoring and certification.
Once you are done with rectifying the issues pointed out in the feedback, you can deploy your online training. But bear in mind that this is not the end of your journey.
Deployment is Not the End of Your Efforts
Once you launch your online training, you can sit back and relax for some time. But don’t forget that the most important part is yet to come.
You have to continue monitoring your online training and evaluate its success. Bear in mind that deployment success is one thing, while the course success is another. Compare the results to see whether you’ve reached your goal. Most of the online training tools have built-in analytics so that you can check the results of the assessments on the go.
This is a good time to launch a survey as well to gather the feedback once more, but now from a much larger audience.
Investing time and effort in the pre-deployment planning goes a long way in terms of deployment success and long-term course success. Before you launch online training, make sure to go through all these steps to be able to develop and deploy a course that benefits both you and your enrollees.
Author Bio: Kamy Anderson is an ed-tech enthusiast with a passion for writing on emerging technologies in the areas of corporate training and education. He is an expert in learning management system & eLearning authoring tools – currently associated with ProProfs Training Maker.