The Secret of Bite-Sized Learning and eLearning Development

Adriann Haney | 06/25/2013

Advanced e-learning systems are now commonplace in the work environment, and savvy business leaders know that they provide an unmissable opportunity to create a skilled, agile, and efficient workforce. If you want to take your online learning systems to the next level though, there’s a consideration that you absolutely should not be neglecting. That is, how you can reinforce the learning of your employees.

Classroom based learning and expensive training events are all well and good, but when push comes to shove, they count for nothing if you don’t ensure that the messages are cemented and learners retain the information.  An adaptive and tailored elearning reinforcement management system will enable your employees to really live what they have learned, by delivering on the spot and job specific pieces of learning.

Donald Clark commented that, ‘Despite detailed research into motivation, distribution and reinforcement, most current methods of delivery still rely on a supply-led, lecture and classroom-based model that flies in the face of the theory’. In other words, many businesses are still using methods that just aren’t up to scratch. So when does reinforcement work best, and how should it be executed in your business?

Firstly, it’s worth noting that the best solutions are simple, easy to use, and highly responsive. In the case of reinforcement, businesses should avoid complicated solutions that ultimately won’t deliver the desired results. The psychology of human learning may be complex, but this is even more reason for the tools to be easy to use and designed to be enjoyed rather than dreaded.

It’s crucial that the platforms should be accessible via a range of devices. With more and more people working on the go from remote locations, coupled with the fact that technology is providing us with unprecedented opportunities, it’s vital that the solution fits in with modern ways of living. Cameo fully meets this requirement, and is accessible via laptop and mobile devices. Wherever you can receive email, you can access the system.

Beyond the technical requirements, high-quality follow-up is essential. A good system will build upon the learning already delivered, and ensure that the points are reinforced for the learner, intelligently picking up on any specific areas for development. Say, for example, your business delivered a 30-minute statutory health and safety training session. Cameo allows the business to send out follow-up triggers via email that invite users to answer scenario-based questions from aspects of the course. But more than just this, the system can pick up on points that the learner perhaps didn’t fully understand, and ensure that these skills gaps are acknowledged and dealt with in the follow-up. It’s this sort of intelligent and responsive solution that can take elearning development in your business to the next level. Daily triggers are what can really make learning stick, and a system such as Cameo can deliver this.

And finally, there is of course the issue of tracking learner responses and sending out tailored messages and prompts when necessary. On the ball L&D professionals recognise that employees are individuals, and while your organisational strategy may necessitate a uniform approach, you should never overlook the fact that a more personalised reinforcement system can appeal to learners more effectively. Again, Cameo truly delivers in this. There’s a wide range of reporting options, as well as the ability to target individuals with specific information and learning objectives.                                   
It’s crystal clear that Cameo provides the perfect solution for businesses that put blended learning at the forefront of their priorities and strive to build a company learning culture that will drive their operations forward. With responsive functionality, a focus on the individual as well as the group, and an approach that aligns with proven theories on reinforcement, it’s a must-have for your organisation.

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