The Old Way
Many companiesand trainingprofessionalssubscribe to theidea thatformal training shouldbe instructorled andlast hoursand hours. Actually, The Old Way ofthinking doesn’talways come fromtrainers or instructionaldesigners but fromC–levelexecutives and VPsat companiesthat thinkof trainingas anafterthoughtand expectemployee level trainingto resembletheir experiences inhigher education. However, as trainingcontinues to evolveand maturehow bestto delivertraining to managersand employeeshas dramaticallychanged.
Small Bit Size Chunks
Short bursts oftraining utilizing instructionalvideos and PowerPointsthat focuson specifictopics, that canbe accessedby students(employees and managers) just intime, shouldbe usedrather than longdrawn out formaltraining methods. The benefitof keepingtraining content short and sweet isthat learnerscan accesscontent while onthe jobquickly, learn whatthey needand moveon……thisis powerful. Also, trainees are muchmore engagedand muchmore likelyto use(and re–use) trainingcontent that isshort compared tohour longor even30 minute courses.
Rather than tacklea topicin onelarge course, compartmentalizingtopics into shortlibraries of subtopicsallows learners toaccess the exactknowledge they needto performin themoments of need. Forexample, rather thanhaving an hourlong Work Place Safety Course, itwould be betterto havea learneropen upa shortcourse on Fire Extinguisher Safety orLadder Safety. Withproper compartmentalizationtrainees can quickly find andaccess training contentin thecontext of whatthey aretrying to learnand achieveon thejob orwhen theymay needa quickrefresher.