Planning Your Training
Smart planning is key to success. Before you start writing your online training, it’s better to plan a framework of your training’s description, its learning outcomes, training goals, organization and selection of training content, assessments, interactions, learner expectations and so forth. Having this information in hand will keep things well organized and moving forward smoothly.
1. Select Training Topic
The first thing you need to do is decide your training topic you will create your online training on and research it well. Deciding the training topic beforehand will help you determine a particular section of a subject to cover in your training.
Pick a focused, well-defined topic for training. You can always create additional trainings to expand your offerings. Many people find it easier to create and manage short trainings.
2. Analyze Target Audience
After deciding the training topic, it’s time to analyze your training’s target audience:
- Who’s your audience?
- Are the learners, experienced professionals, skilled workers, or people trying to start a new career?
- What is your learners’ knowledge level?
- Beginner, intermediate, advanced?
- What will be the most difficult concept?
- How can you make it easier to understand?
These questions may be daunting at first, but they provide a solid foundation on which to build online training.
3. Determine Learning Objectives
After deciding the training topic and your target audience, it’s time to determine the learning objectives of the training. Learning objectives are the major “take-away” knowledge of your training.
A set of effective learning objectives helps you determine the different areas you will cover in your online training and satisfies the online learner’s need to know “what’s in for me.”
Great learning objectives allow you to add and organize training content, add relevant examples, and select the right training experience to meet your learners’ needs.
4. Organize Training Resources
After the planning phase, it’s time to gather and organize the material you have in hand. Pull together and evaluate everything you have (videos, presentations, PDF’s, etc). Differentiate between “relevant” and “nice-to-know” information, and add or remove content accordingly. Brainstorm intuitive ways to present the training materials to meet your training goals.
How to Write Effective Training
Once you are done with the planning and organizing phase, flesh out content for your new training. If you already have the training content written, you can start by writing a short training description, dividing your content into lessons and/or modules, and developing the learning objectives to go along with each section.
If you are converting an instructor-led training into online training, think about all the things you say when you conduct a training session and try to include them in your training. These will need to be covered with audio (we hire professional Voice-Over talent) and closed-captioning text to meet accessibility standards (ex. American Disability Act – Section 508, etc).
Provide Supplemental Information
Provide supplemental information and handouts in like PDF’s so the learner can review it afterward. Don’t let learners miss out on your wisdom! As you write, don’t forget to stick to the point.
Do note that online training can be interactive, PowerPoint-based (training with PowerPoint decks uploaded) or text-based (content-orientated training with content presented in an online format, requiring learners to read the training material and successfully complete quizzes and/or a final exam).
Explore the Templates
Take advantage of the built-in training templates in our Learning Management System (or LMS) to create engaging and memorable training experiences for your learners.
Leverage eLearning Technology
Remember, your aim is to redesign and improve your existing content by leveraging technology, not merely transferring your content from one medium to the other. Take advantage of the different features that our training authoring tool has to offer, and combine it with excellent content to create a training that makes learners come back for more.
Complete Training Creation Process
Once you have everything thing in place, complete the training creation process by performing a quick Quality-Assurance (or QA) on your online training. Proofread training content for typos and grammatical mistakes, double check each hyperlink and support material, and view your training from a learner perspective in order to ensure an error-free, professional looking training.
Good luck with your first training!
Creating Online Training
Now that you have authored a draft of your online training content, have carefully crafted learning objectives and assessments, identified key audio and visual support, and planned out some engaging activities to get learners deeply involved in the subject matter, it’s time to build what you’ve designed.
Before you begin, it’s always a good idea to take your authoring tool for a spin to get acquainted with its functionalities. Why not create a sample training first, preview it, and then move ahead with designing your first training?
Create Evaluations and Assessments
Train learners in a particular topic and then assess and grade their knowledge after completion of the training. Evaluate your learner’s knowledge and reinforce learning by adding effective assessments in your training.
Include short quizzes after each module and end your training with a comprehensive final exam. Assessments help learners retain more, and show both you and your learner the level of learning achieved at the end of the online training. Don’t forget to provide effective feedback to ensure maximum learning transfer.
During the design phase, you need to decide which content would go in the training’s slides and the elements that can go well with the content. For example, images, audio, and video can help reinforce and potentially take the place of text.
Interactive elements such as activity and game templates generate interest. Assessments give learners feedback on how they are doing and can help correct misconceptions. Also, consider what content should be presented as support material or job aids.
Message From Our Founder
Chief Training Officer & Founder
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Disorganized? Understaffed? Undertrained? Over-worked? Non-existent?
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They’re busy. And they try hard. But are they really getting anything done? Is their work making a MEASURABLE difference to your company? When I asked this question about my own company, I didn’t like the answer. That’s why I created Green CulturED. As a partner, you’ll be able to grow a dedicated, COORDINATED team of cannabis industry rock stars. And best of all, critical (but time-consuming) tasks such as recruiting, training and retaining top talent will become effortless, and you’ll finally have a team all moving toward the same goal… …growing YOUR company! So if you like the idea of transforming your ordinary (or non-existent) training into a well-developed eLearning solution, then schedule a demonstration today.
They’re busy. And they try hard. But are they really getting anything done? Is their work making a MEASURABLE difference to your company? When I asked this question about my own company, I didn’t like the answer. That’s why I created Green CulturED.
As a partner, you’ll be able to grow a dedicated, COORDINATED team of cannabis industry rock stars. And best of all, critical (but time-consuming) tasks such as recruiting, training and retaining top talent will become effortless, and you’ll finally have a team all moving toward the same goal…
…growing YOUR company! So if you like the idea of transforming your ordinary (or non-existent) training into a well-developed eLearning solution, then schedule a demonstration today.
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