Most organizations understand the inherent benefits of a robust learning program (both live training and elearning) , but they don’t always know how to create a culture that is conducive to such programs.
A learning initiative without the proper implementation can do more damage than good as it will ultimately end up being a waste of resources.
So how do you create a culture for collaborative learning?
While there is no “magic bullet” formula, there are some things you can focus on that can help to maximize the success of your program.
Share in Creation
Where possible, encourage all employees to create content in some capacity. In other words, decentralize content creation so that people become personally invested in the training that is developed.
In addition, make it easy for this content to be shared across the organization. Some companies leverage internal social sharing platforms to make this happen, which is apparently a good idea given that a study by McKinsey indicated that 74% of people reported a positive benefit using social technology on the job.
Use Various Content
Bullet points on a PowerPoint slide shouldn’t be the only way content is delivered to employees. Various forms of media should be used where applicable – such as videos, audio, blogs, wikis, webinars, and podcasts. With 85% of the U.S. population reporting that they watch videos online, this form of message delivery is almost expected nowadays (source: Nielson).
Cross Platform Compatibility
All learning content should be accessible on multiple devices. From computer screens to smartphone screens, the learning management system that is in place should not limit people’s access to learning opportunities simply because of the technology that is being used. Cross platform testing and compatibility is a critical component to any successful learning program.