Did you know that actively disengaged employees outnumber engaged employees by nearly 2:1 (Gallup Study, 2016).
One of the top reasons for disengagement is “many companies’ and organizations’ training and resources stink”! Good instruction and sound course design is paramount for retaining outstanding talent at an organization.
Learn how to empower learners through the 4 Point Quality Check System. The 4 Point Quality Check System can help support Virtual Instructional Led Training (VILT) experiences to become more engaging, meet quality industry standards, increase credibility, and show impact.
Well-designed training works!
1. No Procrastination!
Your content should be informed by data, aligned to business goals, and ultimately solve a problem. It should also be based on the Science of Learning. Questions such as “What kind of learner are you?” or “How does your learner learn best?” are important when reaching and engaging your learner. The focus should be on meeting the diverse range of needs learners need to thrive.
- Visual Stimulation- infographics, flow-charts, demonstrations, video clip, mind maps, pictures, graphic organizers
- Audio Stimulation- create meaningful dialogue, ask thought provoking questions, create group or discussion groups, ask for comments or recommendations, tell stories or narratives
- Tactile/Kinesthetic Stimulation- scenarios, digital labs, simulations, gamification, poll questions
2. Make learning stick!
Adaptive learning environments coupled with clear progress indicators are the key to enabling learners to quickly get to necessary content they are less confident about. The content should be delivered in bite-sized chunks, so the learning is easily digestible. The technology-based learning environment should orchestrate and mediate resources that are unique to each learner’s needs. You must do your homework and do thorough analysis of who will be accessing you your Virtual Instructional Led Training (VILT).
- Who will assess your training?
- What will happen in your training?
- Why would they access and engage in your training?
- When will they access your training?
3. One Size Doesn’t Fit All!
Continuous assessment of your learner’s progress is paramount to being able to adapt and measure impact of your technology-based learning. Rating the learner’s confidence in the content delivered is crucial for knowing whether the instructional design is efficient and productive. There should be a variety of question choices and good adaptive design to incorporate different questions types.
- Pre- or post- evaluations and assessments should be aligned to your learning objectives or what you ultimately want the learner to take away from the course.
- The assessments should be pre-crafted with clear guidelines or scoring rubric.
- The assessment should challenge the learner to transfer what they’ve learned to specific and real-life tasks.
- Pre- or post- evaluations and assessments should provide meaningful feedback to both the content learner and content builder.
4. Learning Can Be Fun!
Layers of incentives such as certifications, certificates, badges, or a progress bar creates a culture of positivity and achievement that reinforces motivation for continuous improvement for the learner.
The foundational tenets of the 4 Point Quality Check System are crucial to help people fundamentally grow and transform into life-long learners, with technology-based solutions that help them learn and relearn quickly. I believe the process of learning is power and helping organizations to deliver the right knowledge to achieve success should be a key goal.