The rise of technology has produced a paradigm shift in every industry and the world of training and development is no exception. Online learning with an LMS platform has made learning more accessible and user-friendly. Even better, today’s most advanced platforms have features that extend beyond core functionality for a better experience. In this blog series, we’ll take a look at how a company can use learning objectives, blended learning, and a great user interface to maximize their learning software and Do Better Work. Enjoy!
This summer I had the wonderful experience of marrying my long-time girlfriend. We got married in Ukiah, on the far northern-western edge of California’s wine country. Picture the scene: a gorgeous, rustic ranch overlooking almost-ripe vineyards, in the foothills of the coastal mountain range. The sun was setting, the wine was poured, and my father stepped up to make a short toast. He began with a humorous anecdote about my childhood precocity and quickly tied this into his childhood nickname for me… “Ready, fire, aim.”
You see, my dad developed this nickname for me because I was all psych and no planning. I was the kid that had to burn himself on the hot iron to learn that it was hot, no matter how many warnings I got from my mother.
Right now you’re probably saying to yourself – “Wait, isn’t this post supposed to tell me how to effectively use my LMS platform?”
It is, I promise! I chose this little story because I wanted to discuss the importance of avoiding “Ready, Fire, Aim” learning programs.
In my role as a Service Delivery Manager at Lessonly, I’m fortunate enough to spend a lot of my time helping new clients define and map out their learning objectives. I’ve seen many new clients who are psyched to implement a new cloud-based learning platform and finally free themselves from the great-for-1998 user interface in their clunky old legacy LMS. They are ready to charge ahead and build online courses, create and assign learning objects in real time, and flex their new-found learning muscles.
Tempting as it is to pull the trigger here and start blasting away, this is where it’s crucial to take a step back and be sure to aim before firing. Instead of throwing away your shot, it’s important to consider the desired learning objectives.
At Lessonly, our version of taking aim is the Learning Action Plan, or LAP. With this document we define and list:
- Training milestones: What are the large-scale changes we want to power with online learning? What kinds of behavior changes are we trying to enact and for which teams?
- How we’ll measure success: Does success mean an increase in CSAT scores? Or, do we focus on decreased time to proficiency for new hires? Is success simply meeting and exceeding sales quotas?
- Deadlines: When does this need to happen by and why? What happens if it doesn’t?
Areas of knowledge: Employees need to know a lot. What areas of knowledge fall under company knowledge, software tools, processes & procedures, and products & services?
- Content: What kind of learning experiences are we trying to create? Do we lean towards entirely web-based, or do we need to incorporate more blended learning?
This is just a brief glimpse into the process. While it may seem tedious, this approach is crucial to building and deploying a successful learning program. Before you jump into your LMS platform, take the time to set-up detailed learning objectives for your training efforts—doing so will be a surefire way you hit your targets on the first shot.
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