7 Ways to Make Your Mandatory Training More Exciting!

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Tuesday, 02 July 2013 15:44
Annual mandatory training is common in many organizations, but does not always scream excitement to employees. It’s that dreaded time of the year employees hope to get the checkmark for and revisit 12 months later. Hearing that training is a must may even cause stress and anxiety. As an e-Learning developer, it’s important to think of ways your course can erase the negative feelings associated with training and turn training into an enjoyable experience. But how?

You can incorporate many ideas and concepts into your mandatory training to make it a little less stressful. Here are 7 ways to add excitement to your online training course:

 

  1. Create a Dynamic Framework   

    Create a framework that allows content to easily evolve and develop over time rather than repeating the same content each year. When employees see the same information over and over again, they can get lost in the course and not pay attention to what really matters. A dynamic framework makes it easy to update e-Learning content, saving time and improving the learners’ experience. One great tool to use for developing a flexible framework is Lectora Inspire. The Design Wizard helps you jump-start course creation with customizable templates and themes, creating a dynamic framework for your course.

  2. Condense Your Content

    The time it takes to finish a mandatory training course can be overwhelming. Create a curriculum that takes your employees 2 hours or less to complete. Shorter training courses can help keep learners engaged and focused and lead to higher testing scores.

  3. Focus on the Employees

    Create questions with content tailored to your employees’ roles and responsibilities within your organization. This will help improve the effectiveness of the course and the ability of your employees to relate to the material.  A tailored training approach fosters a learning environment with a greater testing success rate.

  4. Add Interactivity and Engagement 

    Develop a course that delivers the necessary training in a fun way. Create interactivity in your e-Learning course by incorporating games, characters or videos. The choice is yours, as long as the interaction is relevant and complimentary to the content being presented.  

  5. Give Your Employees Options

    Your employees may already know a lot of the information they are being tested on and may not need to go through each topic of the course in its entirety. One way to move these employees through the course quickly is with an initial question and answer pretest. Ask your learners one to three questions at the beginning of each section. If they answer correctly, they receive full credit for that topic and immediately move on to the next section. If they answer incorrectly, they are presented with additional information and then attempt the questions again. 

  6. Add an Incentive

    Employees will be more excited about completing training if they are rewarded. Incorporate badges or certificates at the end of your course, confirming a job well done. Based on your organization’s policies, maybe even make it a competition and give a prize to the top-scoring employee. 

  7. Re-evaluate

    It’s important to re-evaluate the audience being tested for each course. Confirm that each course’s content is as personalized and role-specific as possible. This can help your learners stay engaged and improve their overall learning experience. 

 

These are just a few ways you can make your annual training less stressful and more exciting. If you are looking for new ideas to help you spice up your training, Lectora University has TONS of awesome resources that can help you get started!

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Kristen Marshall

Kristen Marshall is a Marketing Assistant at Trivantis Corporation. She actively writes blogs for Lectora.com as well as manages the social media sites for the brand. Kristen graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and a specialization in Public Relations. In her spare time she enjoys running and traveling.

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