How to digitise your learning programmes
By Cegos Team the 18 November 2019
Digital learning should form part of any modern L&D strategy. Whilst face-to-face and on-the-job training remain essential elements, digitising appropriate learning material can be convenient, cost-effective and scalable.
So, how do you go about digitising your L&D content? Here’s a 6-point plan.
1. Prepare and organise
It’s important to have the right focus, so that digital learning complements face-to-face training and vice versa. Take time to define your goals and think about how digital learning can help achieve them. You should also factor in potential issues with implementing your digital learning programme, such as technology limitations, and take steps to accommodate them. Conduct a needs analysis first and, if you have the time and resources, run a pilot project.
2. Get buy-in from your workforce
If your organisation is new to digital learning, you need to promote the change among your workforce. Design a toolkit that will communicate, engage and secure the support of your people, so they understand why you are introducing digital learning and, ultimately, how they will personally benefit.
3. Put the right technology in place
Your organisation will need to invest in the technology and software most suitable for delivering your digital learning content. It pays to get the advice of a trusted training provider, such as Cegos, who can help implement and manage your new programme. You’ll need to set up a robust Learning Management System (LMS) or even a Learning Hub (LHUB)*, which builds a community among your learners and encourages individualised learning paths.
4. Design learning content
Once you have implemented your LMS or LHUB, you need to design the training curriculum and individual modules that will benefit your people. Importantly, you should consider what kind of material is appropriate for online delivery and how your people will best learn and engage with that content. You might bring in some expertise here or even buy ready-made material if your learning needs are generic. For example, you don’t need tailored content to learn skills such as effective email writing.
5. Deploy and deliver
You should appoint a team to manage and deliver the digital learning. Ideally, the personnel will be familiar with the digital training environment and understand the strengths and pitfalls, as well as how to integrate e-learning with face-to-face provision. User experience should be top of mind throughout this point in the process.
6. Evaluate and improve
You should continually evaluate your digital training programme and make improvements as you go along. Make sure your programme is delivering the objectives outlined in stage 1 of this process, and that learning methods are working effectively. To do this, you’ll need to build evaluation and reporting tools into your learning system.