For decades, decentralized companies have had to cope with training challenges that included lack of standardization, inconsistency, and facilitation challenges. An absence of centralized record-keeping has also negatively impacted their efforts.

We’ve seen how modern LMS’s have addressed the latter issue and, today, the right kind of E-Learning is effectively solving the other challenges.

One such multi-national company has commented publicly about the positive impacts made on their organization by a corporate-installed LMS and, most importantly, by the movement toward multimedia-based E-Learning.

“At first, we had no full-blown training program which anyone and everyone could utilize. However, with E-Learning we have found a training answer that is not only cost-effective for use at multiple plant locations, but also has received favorable responses from the employees. Everyone’s happy today: upper management, the supervisors, the trainers, and our workforce.”

Well-designed E-Learning courses are the greatest value in training. The investment is comparatively modest and the retention results can be excellent. However, today there are two general types of E-Learning. Only one type will give you the results you seek.

It is essential that the E-Learning programs you present to your employees are multimedia-based. They must be rooted in full motion video; optional word-for-word audio; and with minimal written words on the screen.

The other type — reading-based E-Learning — will bring you even worse results than traditional classroom instruction — so, make certain that you are committed to multimedia-based E-Learning. Only then will you get the retention results you are seeking.

With traditional classroom training, the more you use it, the more it costs. Not so with E-Learning!

With multimedia-based E-Learning, employees really do spend more time on the job and less time training. That is because those courses allow each worker to proceed at their own pace — rather than being slowed down within a classroom setting. The interactivity allows the worker to repeat, review, and retain much more of the information than was ever possible in a traditional “lecture/reading” environment.

As one company representative has said, “If we want to help our employees work smarter, we’ve got to give them the tools to do the best job possible. We can do that with E-Learning!”

More on Tuesday – – –

— Bill Walton, Founder, ITC Learning
www.itclearning.com/blog/ (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
e-Mail: bwalton@itclearning.com