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Why Businesses Should Veto Traditional Training

by Jeffrey Roth

What type of training model does your business use? If you’re still conducting in-person training, there’s a good chance your employees are not digesting the information being presented to them. Why would they? In-person training is, for the most part, difficult for both trainers and trainees to engage with.

For an administrator, training employees is supposed to be enjoyable. Instead, many trainers dread training sessions because they are forced to try to engage uninterested learners. Because of this, the majority of administrators dislike leading in-person trainings. If you don’t believe this, ask for a volunteer to lead your company’s next employee training session. If no one steps forward, you can bet your training model is sub-par.

Traditional training is not just a drag for trainers, but also for learners. After all, who wants to sit in a classroom for hours trying to pay attention to PowerPoint slides while others are whispering and playing solitaire on their iPhones? No one. In fact, if you were to take a poll concerning the number of employees who enjoy in-person trainings, it’s doubtful that more than a handful of people would say they look forward to classroom-style training sessions.

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Why Do Companies Keep Outdated Training Models?

In the corporate world, classroom-style training is becoming obsolete. Many organizational leaders are finding that employees and administrators prefer online learning to classroom-style learning.

Why do companies whose traditional trainings are dreaded by both trainer and trainee hold onto outdated training models? There are several reasons for this, but the main one is that business owners are unaware that online training, or eLearning, is an excellent, up-to-date alternative to classroom-style training.

Online Learning Is Best for Corporate Training

In a corporate setting, online learning, also known as eLearning or LMS-based learning, is preferable to traditional learning for a variety reasons; here are a few:

LMS-based learning is administrator-friendly – Of all training models, eLearning is by far the most trainer-friendly due to certain features that are specific to an LMS. For example, learning paths functionality helps trainers stay on top of what certifications their users must have, and enables them to ensure learners are on the right track with their education. Other LMS tools make grading and reporting easy. Online learning allows trainers to have a life outside of work, and that’s the main reason administrators prefer this type of training model.

eLearning is convenient – There is truly no other type of learning that is as convenient as eLearning. With eLearning, an employee can access training materials any time, any place, from any device connected to the Internet. eLearning enables employees to take quizzes, watch videos, listen to lectures, take part in video conferences, and connect with peers, all from the comfort of their own homes. Also, mobile learning, a feature most eLearning systems have, allows users to access work-related resources using any type of device, including smartphones. Learners love the convenience eLearning affords them.

Online learning is fun and customizable – Corporate training should be effective, but it should also be fun and engaging. LMSs have plenty of social features that engage employees; some eLearning systems even allow the use of social media for professional communication. Online learning encourages social interaction, appeals to a learner in the way he or she responds best to, and can be highly personalized to individual learners. Christopher Pappas writes, “Employees love the fact that they don't have to keep up with their colleagues or be held back by those who may be progressing more slowly. Online training courses give them the ability to move at their own pace, so that they get most of their individual training experience.” The engaging, customizable nature of online learning makes it desirable to users and administrators alike.

Corporate learning need not be boring; it can be exciting. The TOPYX corporate LMS ensures this. This award-winning social LMS is filled with features that engage learners and make a trainer’s job much easier. TOPYX includes all of the features mentioned in this article and more.

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Has your company vetoed boring, in-person training in favor of a more up-to-date model? The success of your workforce may depend on this decision.