Learning at Work Week provides the perfect opportunity to consider how new tech can enhance learning.
This week (15-21 May), organisations large and small are thinking about learning at work, thanks to the organised by the Campaign for Learning.
Companies today have access to a range of exciting learning methods to engage employees. For inspired companies, this year’s campaign theme – ‘Let’s get Curious & Creative’ – provides the perfect opportunity to consider how innovative new technology can enhance the learning process.
Curious and creative
Curiosity drives heads of learning to explore the latest learning techniques on offer, just as it compels employees to expand their knowledge, skills and capabilities. Companies that seek out creative approaches to learning, content and delivery stand to gain the best results from their learning initiatives.
The trick to a successful learning and development program is being able to engage employees. Gone are the days of standardised educational videos and group exercises – learning now consists of social, mobile and video content that can be created, shared and accessed from any location. Game-based learning and simulations are also beginning to shape corporate learning through the delivery of compelling content.
Instead of handouts, why not deliver training content digitally, on the device of their choice?
The learning experience can now be very much learner driven, with employees able to satisfy their curiosity and desire for learning whenever and wherever they choose.
Through a Learning Management System (LMS), multimedia presentations and fully searchable video content can be easily created to provide a more fulfilling learning experience and allow staff to learn in a manner which best suits them on whichever device they feel most comfortable with.
LMS platforms have radically expanded the scope for creative learning methods with personalised learning experiences that help meet the needs and requirements of each individual employee.
Technology has also enabled companies to get more creative with engaging game-based learning activities; interactive assessments and animated stories can be added to the learning program to captivate staff as they progress through learning materials.
Boosting morale and motivation
The obvious benefit of a successful and engaging learning and development program is that staff members at the receiving end will be better equipped to perform their jobs to a high standard. The investment that organisations make in enterprise learning demonstrates to staff that they are valued and supported in their career progression through skills enhancement.
Through creative and engaging methods of staff training, morale and job satisfaction can be increased and result in higher staff retention. Enterprise learning also provides employees with a more rounded understanding of their industry and job role and this can boost employee confidence which in turn can increase staff productivity.
Learning analytics helps training managers to measure and see this impact more readily, providing detailed insight into engagement levels and supporting predictions of learner success. This provides valuable business information around workforce capabilities that organisations can capitalise on to create competitive advantage.
Learning at Work Week is an ideal time for companies to consider their own workplace training. Companies seeking to reinforce their commitment to staff development can expect to find an exciting range of possibilities open to them thanks to technology-based learning.