Why would anyone be interested in learning anything unless they knew exactly what they will need the information for? Setting clear learning objectives at the beginning of every LMS training course will help your learners see the benefits of their learning, how it will help them develop and improve their skills and create the right environment for learner engagement, simply because your audience will want to know more.
E-Virtual learning can provide some excellent advantages including a quick way to introduce new concepts, consistent and flexible training, an increased possibility of retention and more. Incorporating relevant and real-life scenarios in your virtual training is the best way to ensure the trainee is retaining information taught, as well as making sure their new skills can be applied immediately in the workforce.
Here are some great ways to make sure employees are provided with an appropriate amount of real-life experiences in their virtual journey:
- Make training scenarios as interactive as possible. Depending on the type of training, learners should be asked a lot of critical thinking questions which can help with decision-based situations. Be sure the “how” in a situation is accompanied with the “why.”
- Introduce a timed aspect to training. This can be valuable for any industry, but it is particularly helpful for fast-paced environments. Trainees should know how a real-life situation should be handled in a timely fashion, since workplace situations deserve immediate attention. Create challenges to help them adapt in high-pressure situations, and help them learn how their successes or failures in the virtual scenario could impact a real-life situation. Reflect on what could have been done differently and acknowledge when appropriate actions are taken to encourage thoughtful and sound decisions.
- Have learners create their own scenario. Making sure the student can apply their learned knowledge by letting them “create their own adventure” can be extremely telling of their understanding of concepts. Depending on the complexity of their newly created scenario, the virtual facilitator can reinforce necessary concepts which may need more attention and at the same time gauge the learner’s retention and how their organization’s culture may impact the way they handle certain situations.
- Use case studies to lead simulations. This can help a virtual facilitator provide students with a solid framework for interaction and practice newly learned skills. Case study simulations can also be used to identify and apply solutions in a real-life situation and can help to increase the learner’s fact-based decision-making skills. Giving the learner opportunities to think strategically can be extremely valuable!
The last tip is to create a meaningful experience throughout the training. Finding meaning in new information helps learners not only connect more easily, but also grasp knowledge in an effortless way. To create a meaningful LMS experience, build follow-up opportunities with your learners’ personal experiences and evoke their emotions. Resonating with your audience’s own experiences means offering them relevant content to explore real-life situations, which is proven to help your learners see how new learning is applicable to them.