Adapting to Digital Learning

Part 1 – Are we prepared to migrate?

Migrating to an Online Training Method – When one hears about online training methods, there are multiple questions that come to the fore

  1. Are we prepared to migrate?
  2. Will the investment be huge?
  3. How long does it take to adapt?
  4. Are these effective?
  5. If the answer to the above is yes, then how does one measure?

Let me take up the first question – Are we prepared to migrate?

In today’s day and age when technology has surrounded you in many ways, it is more a matter of acceptance and experimentation that will lead you to newer heights. The benefits of technology come to those who are willing to try and immerse themselves as soon as possible. So the overwhelming answer is – Yes, you are ready….if you have a Smartphone you are ready, if you are using a desktop or some other computing  / productivity device you are ready…and migration is simple because training has moved to a web server which is often termed as ‘the cloud’. So you need a simple URL or a web link to get started. There is no better example related to the power of the web than ecommerce and if you have bought or even attempted to buy off an app or a website, you are more than ready to take a course online.

Eager to get answers to the rest? Well, this series will continue….just click on the mail that will get delivered once every week. Till we meet again next week, Happy learning!

Part 2 – Will the investment be huge

It depends how you want this answered. If you seek a mathematical answer on a stated figure in isolation, it would sound absurd. If you compare the investment to the inherent benefits in terms of cost saved and enhanced productivity, it may look small in comparison. More than the monetary aspects it is the investment of efforts that would be huge – Efforts to identify the core need, efforts to bring in the seriousness in the learner to complete a course, efforts to help the stake holders realize the value that a solution has brought the company…..yes, the efforts are huge but with an expert hand to help you, you can actually make it simple to navigate this journey.

Part 3 – How long does it take to adapt?

We are in a digital era. We are besieged by digital information which has created a habit for content consumption…..which is both good and bad. The good is that digital content is easy to adapt to but the bad part is that the deluge has made people sensitive towards what they want to read based on the utility that it brings to them.

It thus becomes imperative that to help people adapt, we need to be relevant. To be relevant, we need to address a certain problem. To address the problem, we need to delve deep and study the root cause and to understand the cause, one should toil hard to understand several dimensions and slowly arrive at the right one.

Part 4 – Are these effective?

Yes of course they are, but to make it effective one should not underestimate the ground work involved. Whatever the learning methodology, if there isn’t a pin pointed problem, chances are that the learner may not relate to the course he is undertaking. One may ask, will the learner accept that there is a problem? Well, that is the struggle that most companies go through. This calls for a good feedback system that isn’t considered mandatory paper work but a way to mentor the learners to understand what it takes to perform well or rise up the ladder. There are ways and means…and technology enables this too….where a blended learning method eases a learner’s way into adapting various methodologies including digital

Part 5 – How does one measure?

While there are certain standard methods, like course completion statistics, platform access frequency, pre-and post-assessment scores and several other numbers that can help ascertain a learner’s engagement with the platform…it may not be sufficient to ascertain if learning has been effective. This requires more work towards setting up relevant KPIs….It is important to spend significant time and effort to identify KPIs that connect well to an organizational need – could be business related, values based, individual development programs or something more suitable.

There has to be joint ownership between the vendor and client too. Working towards KPIs cannot a fleeting affair. It has to be monitored regularly for course corrections or for desired results.