According to a Gallup survey, only 30% of the American workforce is engaged. Information overload has made sure that attention spans are shrinking. It now takes a great deal to keep your employees engaged. Irrespective of course content and value, if engagement is lacking, learning does not happen. If you’re looking to make your training programs effective, engagement is the key.
Let’s try to understand why engagement rates are low.
Learners find the learning experience boring and frustrating. In spite of gamification and gimmicks, if the learning process isn’t interesting, a few brownie points and badges don’t make a difference. Is there no hope to this conundrum? No, there is and it begins with the choice of LMS.
LMS choices are made based on use cases and needs of trainers and administrators. Little goes into making sure a LMS makes life easy for learners.
How to make life easy for learners? Make learning easier.
Even movies come with trailers. The same applies to consuming any large content. If learners are expected to sit through lengthy courses, they are most likely to be bored.
So break it down.
When content gets broken down into actionable bites, it’s not just easier to consume but easier to act on as well. Learners will have takeaways and will have some incentive to sit through long courses.
So much has been spoken about microlearning in the LMS community. Though it is a step forward, it doesn’t address the problem completely.
What we need is a little more than microlearning.
Research suggests, human brain is not capable of processing information that is not of immediate use. Microlearning courses have to be broken into actionable micro-bites and a choice of progress has to be built in – an intelligent suggestion mechanism that allows learners to move from one actionable item to another.
Different lesson choices for different learners leading to different learning paths is the key to make learning simpler and easier.
Take cue from real world behavior.
How many times has something been bought on the internet without looking at reviews? Is there any action of ours that is devoid of social authority?
The same applies to learning.
People look up to peers and are more likely to consume things that are consumed and shared by them. That begs the question,
Is the content from your LMS shareable?
Can your learners create informal learning groups?
And showcase what they have just learnt and find interesting new courses shared by others?
Having all this built in a LMS makes sure people learn, stay engaged and grow.
Concepts like same learning paths for all, robotic language, lengthy monotonous courses that don’t kindle the curiosity of the learners don’t belong to the 21st century.
People are intelligent, talented and busy, they’ve actionable time bound stuff to do.
Make sure the LMS you choose is built for them.
At EduBrite, we made sure we did.