Web training helps employees develop their skills and acquire knowledge. The key is to build the training program the right way. Some organizations try to build their own online training program, but if they lack the experience in creating training programs, the program can fall short. Whether you are building your own web-training program, or seeking a third party resource, here are five key elements that all successful web training programs should possess.
1. Dedication to Curriculum Development
The organization itself has to have a dedication to training and developing its employees. This includes buy-in from all levels of the organization. Buy-in starts at the top with the executives and trickles all the way down to the employees and the staff of the business.
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Additionally, having a team of employees dedicated to the training functions is also necessary. The focus of these employees is to develop and govern anything that has to do with training within the organization. Since their sole purpose is to focus on training, it ensures that the training is always up-to-date and top notch. If you are not able to develop your own training content, take advantage of your training provider’s content library if they have one.
2. Training Hours are 24/7
Another key element of thriving web training program is that it is always available to attendees. Employees should be able to access the training programs or reference information when and where they need to do so. This helps to meet the needs of the training attendees because they can complete training programs, activities and exercises at times and places that work best for the employee.
3. Real-World Application
If nothing else, the sole purpose of training is to teach employees how to apply what they learn to their job tasks and their role in the organization. This starts with the activities and exercises attendees have to complete during the web training. Assignments should relate directly to the activities the employee has to complete in their job, so once the attendee learns how to do it during training they can transfer this knowledge to the real world.
4. Prompt Feedback
In the majority of cases, web training programs are self-paced training. Since attendees can move through the training at their own pace, they need to receive prompt feedback on their progress. Prompt feedback helps to ensure that attendees grasp a concept prior to moving on to the next learning module in the training.
5. Annual Evaluation
The web training program also needs scrutinizing on an annual basis. Trainers can evaluate how well the program is fitting the current needs of the organization and its employees. Trainers can then develop the content of the program to refresh it and update it. If content becomes stale, then the quality of the web-training program plummets. Along with it, the skills and knowledge of the employees also tend to decline.
Many companies are turning to online training options to bring the skill and knowledge level of their employees up a notch. Use these five tips to build your own effective training program or to find a training program that is sure to provide success to your business.