How ready are you to respond quickly to performance needs, business problems, or changing business directions? When it comes to digital learning, the trick is to move fast and not just save production costs.
To be relevant and to stay that way, elearning has to be needs-driven. That means moving at the speed of business priorities, such as the launch of a new product or initiative, and employees’ performance needs.
The need to stay relevant
With the rise of BYOD and connectivity, learners are in the driving seat. They will actively seek and consume content to meet a performance need they have, there and then.
On the one hand, your learning content has some stiff competition. But not all freely available content is up to the challenge – there’s also a LOT of it. On the other, the role of training and L&D teams is becoming more about providing useful, relevant needs-based content, and helping source and filter other relevant, curated content.
When the need arises, you need to make sure you can quickly provide relevant learning on it, to the right standards, and get it out to everyone’s devices.
The need to move with business needs
This is also true when it comes to emerging business needs, whether it’s a new product the sales team needs to know about, a change in the financial market, or new compliance legislation.
To be relevant to your business, you need to be able to quickly and effectively move to these needs with appropriate training and performance support.
The need to accept learning as a ‘living thing’
As an industry, perhaps we sometimes spend too long creating and polishing learning materials that will have a short shelf life or need to be updated regularly.
There’s a general tendency to ‘productize’ elearning, rather than think of it as part of an ongoing learning process, where some changes will be inevitable.
Of course, there are different types of learning and performance needs. Short shelf-life learning may be needed to fill some gaps, but more immersive ‘life-skill’ training may be a better fit elsewhere, such as building leadership skills.
But with modern-day learners actively seeking and consuming digital mobile and social content, training and development teams need to find smart ways to produce more elearning, produce faster elearning, and produce smarter elearning.
Whether a single resource, a collection of resources, a learning game, video, or social poll – modern elearning is really an umbrella term for digital learning that meets a pinpoint need in a timely fashion. To miss the window of need puts your elearning on the sidelines.
Next step: Read our guide on how to accelerate your elearning process. In this guide we set out simple steps to help you use modern collaborative technology to speed up your ability to meet learning needs.