The key to making better online courses is to test, revise, and test again.
Massachusetts Department of Public Heath's Patient Navigation Training program has a new video that shows what navigators do beautifully.
Beginning any new training program can be an exercise in anxiety. Testing, piloting and review are essential steps that lead to a more successful program, but the true test of the effectiveness of a program is when your participants succeed. Engagement varies widely, depending on the course and who’s taking it. And there’s no one […]
When I reflect on our most successful online training projects, I see patterns. The same reasons for shifting from live training to e-learning appear again and again. I’ve never formally made a list, but it turns out someone else has. In the 2013-14 Towards Maturity Benchmark report based on their annual benchmarking survey, the “key […]
1. Look seriously at your existing training. Complacency could be costing you money. Look at the way you’re already handling training, and decide if it’s really the best way to continue. You may be struggling with outdated materials or expensive trainers. A total overhaul of your training methods could paradoxically be the way to save […]
It's a common misconception that each online course is the same as the one before it. Courses are made up of people, and everyone is different. Your program and your facilitator have to adapt each training session to fit the people in it if you hope to succeed. These are seven common hurdles in online programs and some easy solutions.
Washington’s Office of Healthy Communities offers an innovative online training program for a new breed of workers that could help define the future of healthcare. WOBURN, MA–The Office of Healthy Communities already works with community members by funding programs that improve health, such as cancer screenings and help with substance abuse. Now the Washington Department […]
The following resources will help program directors understand what's so important about making courses available to everyone, along with some tips to improve what you offer.
Acceptance, adjustment, and setting expectations are critical to overcoming obstacles with training your staff online.
The Office of Healthy Communities at the Washington Department of Health's high aspirations: train 500 health workers per year.
Look at a needs assessment as the launching point for a deep investigation into what it will take for your online learning program to succeed.
Here's how to prepare yourself to convince stakeholders online training is the way to go.
So-called online training can be a huge waste of time and money. Avoid these bad habits to make sure they're more useful.
Break down your evaluation into pieces for the best-quality results that will really improve your training program.
Smart program directors understand the value of goal-setting when setting up a successful online training program. Unfortunately, setting goals for training is difficult. You must look inside your program and understand both how it works and how your trainees are best motivated. The following items can help you look at goal-setting from a different point […]
Training has become fast-paced, thanks to the expansion of jobs, updates to current positions, changes in the company — all in the midst of budget cutbacks and limited resources. Organizations need a way to train incoming and current employees, and many businesses are considering the move to an online training program. No longer are businesses […]
Organizations that are moving their online training program into an online space are faced with a difficult decision that will endure for the life of the program. Does it make sense to hire a new facilitator who is skilled in online work, or train an existing employee to do the work?
With the work it takes to implement a training program, it can be difficult to find time and resources to evaluate the effectiveness of it. Many administrators view evaluation as time-consuming and costly, but they shouldn’t. In fact, by ignoring how well (or poorly) your training program is engaging participants and making a difference in […]
The solution to all performance problems is not always training. Sometimes it can be as simple as a workflow improvement or a job aid. The flowchart “Is training really the answer?” from instruction expert Cathy Moore helps you decide if your organization needs a training program or might need a simpler resource. Moore has also […]
Computer-based training makes it easy to offer unified training across vast geographic distances. However, some topics are better delivered in a live setting. You don't have to choose between the two training methods, however, if you adopt a blended learning approach.