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Remote Learning: 4 Best Practices for Online Training

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According to a study conducted by Slack, an estimated 16 million U.S. knowledge workers started working remotely due to Covid-19 as of March 27. However, that number is likely to be much higher now. Remote work now covers most job roles across organizations. This includes HR, Learning and Development, and all other related functions. 

But as many have discovered, it’s not quite as simple as circulating a dated PowerPoint deck to your learners; in fact, it’s far from it.

Here are a few strategies that will help you offer effective remote learning:

Interactive Training Courses

The first step in offering effective remote learning is to create engaging E-Learning content.

Especially with remote learning, it’s imperative to deliver quality and immersive content that keeps learners engaged. There are various ways to make your training courses interactive like incorporating Animations, Pop-ups, user generated content, and Social media links. Though a few learners prefer reading text based content, most modern learners opt to learn through video or webinars.

With a remote team, understanding their learning preferences can help you develop more effective strategies for delivering learning and training at work. Furthermore, the VAK Learning Styles model helps classify some of the most common ways people learn:

  • Visual: learners respond to images and graphics.
  • Auditory: learners prefer verbal presentations.
  • Kinesthetic: learners prefer a physical, hands-on approach.

While understanding these preferences can give you valuable insight into how to plan and deliver training. Employing all three learning styles to some degree, and presenting material in a variety of formats is a key to remote training.

KloudLearn helps you create engaging training courses with its pre-built Course Authoring Tools. These training courses can contain modules in a variety of interactive formats like rich text articles, Youtube videos, screencasting sessions, and more

Accessibility

COVID-19 has created a need for organizations to enable employees to learn from home. It has also highlighted the importance for learning and development (L&D) teams to improve their focus on training remote employees. A strong mobile learning strategy can offer on-demand, anytime, anywhere access to training.

Mobile learning has two crucial aspects that are of importance:

Firstly, the learning management system that is implemented in your organization must be mobile friendly. The LMS must ideally have a mobile application which provides your workforce a seamless mobile learning experience across all devices.

Secondly, your training content needs to be mobile appropriate. Training courses must ideally be short, interactive and digestible. This makes it perfect for the learner on-the-go.

KloudLearn’s mobile application helps provide a frictionless, uninterrupted learning experiences for your workforce.

Collaborative Learning

Remote work has a tendency to make employees feel isolated. Brandon Hall Group’s research finds that employees feeling less connected to their peers is one of the main reasons for the loss in productivity during remote work. 

Group Webinars, Instructor-Led Training, and Virtual classrooms can be incorporated to facilitate social learning and a collaborative learning environment.

These live training sessions for professional development promote interaction where employees can ask questions, chat with one another and the instructor can give instant feedback.

KloudLearn provides you with interactive features that promote peer-based learning like Discussion forums, group feed, and content ratings. Additionally, KloudLearn’s integration with zoom allows you to host webinars and Instructor-Led Training sessions effortlessly.

Important research by  Morgan McCall’s revealed that informal learning (70% experiential learning and 20% social learning) is responsible for 90% of on the job learning. The study also discovered we learn primarily through our relationships with our peers by sharing knowledge and observing others. This helps us conclude that Social Learning can play an important role in Remote Learning.

Boost Learner Engagement

One of the benefits of self-paced learning is that it allows for greater flexibility, so you can learn between projects and work meetings. The flip side is that training in a remote atmosphere can feel rather impersonal and result in disengagement.

During remote learning, it is especially important to find as many ways as possible to actively engage your employees to help reinforce what they learned and improve retention.

According to the IWG Global Workspace Survey, Organizations with a more engaged workforce can claim a 41% lower absenteeism rate, 40% fewer quality defects in product testing, and a 21% higher profitability margin. 

One of the most effective ways to boost employee engagement is by incorporating game-based elements in the workplace.

In an Enterprise training context, “gamification” utilizes a reward system consisting of points, badges, and certificates to improve learner participation and promote sustained training motivation.

Streamline Remote Learning with a Learning Management System

Remote training promises to add flexibility to training programs while reducing costs, but doing it effectively requires adopting some new techniques. Check out Kloudlearn for your remote training and onboarding needs. Request a demonstration of the Kloudlearn platform here to learn more.

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