Online Learning: Top Challenges Faced By L&D Professionals
The pandemic has transformed the entire work culture and forced us to adopt the concept of working from home. Along with the changing work policies, we have seen a massive rise in online tools that aid not only the remote working styles but also remote training needs.
Online learning or eLearning has become the most preferred way of delivering training to employees in these times. But even though it is a very effective way of training remotely, it comes with its own set of challenges. For instance, L&D professionals need to ensure that the training content is well-structured to convey important topics in the best possible way.
Developing digital content is no easy task. Be it creating a comprehensive online course or just a video for explaining new product features, L&D professionals need the right equipment and tools to create something that is engaging, content rich and well-structured. This becomes easier with the help of an eLearning authoring tool.
An authoring tool helps you develop digital content quickly and efficiently in just a few clicks. The best part is, you do not need any elaborate training or technical skills to learn to use these tools. To find an option that aligns with your organizational needs, you can research and compare authoring tools available in the market.
Let’s look at some of the most common challenges that can ruin the impact of the online learning experience:
Reduced motivation levels
Probably one of the biggest challenges L&D professionals face is reduced levels of motivation since there is no social element when employees learn online, invoking a feeling of isolation. It could also be because employees aren’t excited about learning a particular topic but must do it as a part of compulsory training.
To combat this, L&D professionals need to make eLearning courses fun with the help of interactive elements like videos, quizzes, games, etc. For instance, you can build a reward system where employees get badges for achieving a certain milestone. This not only boosts their interest but also fosters healthy competition amongst the employees.
No matter what industry you belong to, there is always more work for the given number of hours which leads to employees facing difficulty in managing time for learning. Most of the time, employees cannot take out more than 20-30 minutes at a time to dedicate it to learning.
To help your employees schedule their training well, make sure the course content is structured in a way that can be consumed in a shorter span of time as well. For instance, if your eLearning course is in small modules focused on only topic employees can quickly go through it while traveling to & fro work or during breaks between work.
Finding the right software to deliver your eLearning course is a big challenge. If the eLearning platform being used has an outdated or complicated user interface, employees need to navigate through unnecessary information to access their learning content.
For instance, if the software has too many pages without good navigation aids to show how to return to the main homepage, employees can end up feeling frustrated.
To prevent this from happening, L&D professionals must take utmost care to choose an eLearning platform that combines a well-designed user interface with high functionality. It is also crucial to make the eLearning course accessible from a wide range of platforms and devices so as to provide employees flexibility in learning.
The evolution of technology has certainly proven to be a boon for L&D professionals working hard to deliver training to employees. By overcoming the above mentioned eLearning challenges, L&D professionals can execute and deliver excellent eLearning courses for their employees.
Dallas Dorrall is passionate about music and is living her dream managing and promoting Nashville/Muscle Shoals based Country Music Artist, Johnny Collier, currently touring the US. While traveling, she enjoys reviewing new artists, restaurants and nightclubs. Dallas is crazy about her family and friends and attributes her enthusiasm for life to a quote by Marianne Williamson (which she still reads every day) entitled “Our Deepest Fear”.