Developments in training delivery have accelerated over the last two years. Organizations were forced to look at new and innovative ways to administer and deliver training to workers in remote and dispersed settings. Online learning opportunities were the universal answer to accommodate these new training requirements. Now, as we look beyond the pandemic and get back to more conventional workplace settings, there are a few trends that will continue to evolve the way we train.
Flexibility in Training Access
Flexibility has certainly been a key factor for just about everything we’ve done since 2020. And training delivery will be no different moving forward. The need for “just in time” training delivery, meeting workers when and where they need it, will continue. This includes remote learning through virtual led instruction, elearning courses, and mobile deployment of training content.
In the same way you might look up a how-to video on YouTube before you fix your garbage disposal or assemble furniture, workers will benefit from micro learning content they can review prior to conducting tasks and procedures. This includes topics such as PPE usage, roles and responsibilities for confined space entry, and DOT vehicle inspection procedures.
As media evolves in our personal lives, the expectation will be for similar experience when we consume on the job training content. Training managers can engage learners through a mix of hands-on learning, online learning and virtual and augmented reality training opportunities.
The applications for Virtual Reality (VR) in the health and safety training space give organizations a better way to conduct hands-on training for critical training topics. VR training can be conducted independently or with an instructor present, enabling remote training, team collaboration, or even competition. This groundbreaking VR training provides first-to-market Multi-User Functionality allowing up to dozens of trainees to learn, practice, and interact at the same time, in the same environment — from any end-point in the world.
Content is Still King
One of the top reasons that corporate training programs fail is that the training content is irrelevant or unengaging. Truly valuable training is relevant to the job and issues faced by employees. Expertly produced content with sound instructional design principles engages employees in the content no matter which training delivery format they use. At the foundation of training success, great content still matters.
The growth in artificial intelligence (AI), voice recognition, and chat bots or personal assistance technologies will drive groundbreaking developments in the way we learn. Technology based learning will become more personalized, utilize more gamification and social learning theory concepts, and training managers will have better data on what their employees need for training to be successful.
With more tools than ever before to deliver training, having a plan for your training content, delivery method, and training management is how you ensure and effective safety training program. Evolved Safety can help you source the best delivery methods and the right content to motivate and protect for your workforce.
Source: Linkedin Learning 2020 Workplace Learning Report