Everywhere around the internet people have been claiming that corporate training is failing for different reasons: learners themselves aren’t disciplined enough to follow-up or managers don’t care to follow-up, both of which are false. Corporate training is still failing, but it doesn’t have to be. Many people and companies alike believe that with a traditional learning management system, learners will be forced to take modules and assessments and then corporate training will succeed. Wrong again. A learning platform can help corporate training, but forcing your learners to appreciate different skills and master irrelevant things is where corporate training fails. Here are three ways corporate training software is failing.
Most corporate training programs have an admin focus. Locking learners in slides for the amount of time a trainer thinks appropriate, forcing learners to watch entire videos before they can advance, and the inability to go back once a learner reaches the assessment portion all leads to an admin-focus. An admin-focus is great, for the admin. It’s not great for the learner. So, if I’m an employee and I’m forced to work my way through an hour-long module every time I have a question about my daily processes or technique, you’re right that I’m not going to follow-up with training by myself.
Focusing on the learner means that employees are excited for the opportunity to jump back into your platform so they can jump around and find what they need and do just that. They don’t have to search around asking questions, kick the door down at meetings to find out the new process change for setting appointments, or just simply cry while on the phone with an inquisitive customer. Sure, those last two might be exaggerations, but if corporate training companies keep going down the path they’re on, it won’t be long until those hyperboles are realities.
I’ve been in a course authoring software on the creator side and I can tell you why every module is an hour-long. It took me forever to figure out how many pixels away from the top the title should be, how to mark two answers correct in a multiple-select feature. So, once you figure out a solid template, you just duplicate it 30 times and think, “What is everything anyone would ever want to know about this topic, because I do not want to create another module about this.” At the end of that creative process, you look back and feel ashamed of yourself for creating something so boring, the deadline has come though, and you must send it off.
Instead, when you have an easy and intuitive online training software, you don’t have to think about how to add different elements, you don’t have to outsource the creative process, and you don’t need training to build training. When the information can come right from the best source, learners can ask questions directly to the credible creator, lessons can be updated quickly, and the learning process is expedited.
So, stop trying to find the most bells and whistles of how you can control your learners and let them choose to learn with a better learning solution. Start with a tour of Lessonly here.
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