How to use e-learning technologies to transform workplace learning

by Michael Mata07 Oct 2016
In a world that is constantly evolving, only companies with the most adaptable and dynamic employees can face new challenges and opportunities successfully.

Chief learning officers can use cutting-edge e-learning technologies—such as video, wearable devices, digital textbooks, smartphones, and responsive e-learning design—to educate and develop their workforce.

A recent report by the market research company Technavio predicts that the e-learning market will grow by 15.64% between 2016 and 2020. Companies that aren’t invested in e-learning may soon find themselves eclipsed by their competitors.

Listed below are tips that will help CLOs create more engaging learning environments using e-Learning tools.  

Use video learning to educate the workforce.

Videos haven’t just changed the way we acquire information and entertain ourselves, they’ve also revolutionised the learning environment. Videos are processed by the brain 60,000 faster than text, making them the ideal medium for learners who want to process new information quickly.

It’s never been easier and cheaper to create and share video content. Today, L&D professionals can record and edit high-quality videos instantly using their smartphones and tablets. More advanced forms of video production are also becoming cheaper and more accessible.

On the other hand, many organisations struggle to share their video content with their employees in a way that ensures great playback across different devices, while simultaneously ensuring security and scalability for a global workforce.

Fortunately, the technologies that are powering video—such as cloud video storage, conversion, and smart streaming—are easier than ever for enterprises to obtain.

CLOs should focus on incorporating video modules into broader work-related curriculums. For example, educational videos could be combined with classroom-based activities and digital textbooks to create more comprehensive and dynamic learning environments.

Invest in responsive e-learning design.

Your workers will be accessing learning materials through tablets, smartphones, and computers.

To ensure a seamless experience, CLOs should invest in responsive e-learning design (RED). By employing RED, workers can access e-learning materials easily, as well as process and retain information more effectively.

Encourage collaboration with employee-generated content.

Workplace learning environments have developed an unfair reputation for being transactional, indoctrinating, and top-down in structure.

One way to create a more collaborative culture and ensure that the first-hand knowledge gained by employees is shared with those that would benefit the most from it is to produce employee-generated content (also known as user-generated content).

Because employee-generated content is often uncharted territory, CLOs should brainstorm with L&D professionals and department heads to:
  • Identify the content that needs to be generated
  • Choose the best medium to deliver that content
  • Identify the best platform and learning environment for that content