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Five steps to effectively create in-house e-learning training and cut costs

by , 25 November 2013
E-learning is all about training and using interactive computer programs. You can use them to teach employees' new skills or knowledge, as well as put them through tests and quizzes. It also helps you reduce your cost of training, make sure you're training at the right level and assess employees' knowledge and skills regularly.

So how do you make sure your e-learning programme is successful?
The experts at the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management explain how.

Follow these steps to ensure your e-learning tool is successful:

Step #1: Assess your business's needs. What do you want to achieve and how long do you want to take to get there? How many of your employees need this training and is there another method you can use to train them? When you answer these questions you'll know how to reach the next step. Define your goals. Set up regular report timelines to track performance.

Step #2: Test the tool with a small test group. Before you roll out the training to all your employees check that it does everything it's supposed to do. Is the tool easy to use? Did it explain the answer in a way that learners understand?

Step #3: Use the feedback you got from the test group. By conducting a short survey, you can check if the features and design are useful to everyone.

Step #4: Modify your design with the changes you've found. It's is important to use features that won't overwhelm your learners. Focus on your specific needs to achieve your learning goals.

Step #5: Monitor your e-learning tool often. Now that it's up and running, you've evaluated it, made changes and everyone loves it you can sit back and relax. Absolutely not! You need to keep a close eye on the tool to make sure nothing goes off track. Many companies have made the mistake to let the tool run without checking on it only to find no one was using it. Check if questions are skipped. Perhaps the question was asked poorly or there was a problem with the system at the point when the question came up. Also check how often 'troubleshooting' is used. The problem the learners face can be solved when you fine-tuned your instructions.

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