Remote training or eLearning continues to transform itself in light of ongoing technological advancement. Today it characterizes itself by a raised level of innovation, experimentation and research for advanced solutions. Many training organizations have begun asking themselves how to better optimize the implementation of eLearning?

Many factors come into play which are complementary and must be analyzed in their own right:

Importance of interaction, sharing and discussion

The drop in motivation of trainees is the primary factor in cases of abandoning of online training programs and this problem is undeniably linked to the lack of contact and interaction trainees can experience. It is therefore crucial to provide participants with opportunities to exchange ideas via tools like forums, chats, virtual classrooms, video conferencing, etc. An LMS platform can facilitate the interaction of these available tools.

Organization of group work and co-construction of tools

This favours the engagement on the part of participants while also fostering a better dynamic for virtual groups. The aforementioned tools are useful to reaching this objective as they make collaborative work systems possible such as wikis and the sharing of documents.

Necessity to plan for some on-site training

Ideally, as the training program is being implemented an exchange must occur with managers and team leaders in order to together determine the amount of time employees will be trained onsite.

Prioritizing organized and coherent learning

Condensed training programs are to be eliminated in favour of preserving a level of coherence within training sessions while also avoiding the accumulation of too much information in a limited amount of time. This issue leads to counterproductive results.

Implementing mixed training options

If possible as an option in terms of human resources and geography, it becomes intriguing to include on-site elements within a training program. This will in turn foster more discussion and sharing face-to-face and one-on-one interaction which will improve the group dynamic and overall mood surrounding the training.

A variety of educational support options

It is essential to use information and communication technologies to provide beneficial elements to trainees. To this end, online training programs comprised a variety of media (written, photo, video, animated diagrams, etc.) will be further appreciated while also being more efficient. The quality of eLearning content used becomes of great importance in such cases.

Training evaluation

This essential step consists of ensuring the objectives of the training program have been met by analyzing the different dimensions of the training program in efforts of improving it. This made up of two types of evaluation methods: those that gauge the impact of the program on trainees and those that evaluate the training mechanism itself.

At the end of the day, different elements must be taken into consideration in conjunction with known and stable learning strategies all within a work context that encourages educational diversity and innovation where the exchange of ideas and materials.

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Caroline Irrmann