6 Tips for Instructional Designers on how to engage the Modern Learners

Today’s modern employees put great value on continuous learning opportunities at work. They are willing to put in all the effort to develop their careers, but they also have high expectations from any training course they attend.

So what can L&D departments do about getting them engaged into the learning process and make the most out of each training session?

How to Engage the Modern Learners

#Tip 1: Go on demand                                                                        

Training and learning doesn’t happen just in a classic training setting, at fixed schedules. It needs to be accessible anytime, anywhere. So you should make it available on all devices, online and offline. Your employees will learn better at their own pace. Business LMSs have plenty of features to offer when it comes to eLearning and online training.

#Tip2: Keep it short

If you want your employees to really learn, you need to focus on micro learning. Offer small bits of information that can be assimilated easily and put into practice right away. A short piece of training material a day will be just right; it will neither overwhelm the learner nor make him lose interest.

#Tip3: Make it Personal

All employees learn in different ways and come up with such different packages of prior knowledge that “fits all sizes”. Personalized learning paths allow you to set a targeted learning track for each employee depending on his or her level of understanding and prior acquired skills.

#Tip4: Nothing beats interaction

Most of the new information comes from a course forgotten within a month from the training. Employees need to participate in training courses in an active way, raise or answer questions, solve tasks, debate, argue. That’s the only way to achieve better retention rates. In the case of online courses, don’t be shy and use the debate, forums, and group discussion features.

#Tip5: Create a resource area

If you want employees to like your courses and want to know more, create a space where you can share information, arrange web resources or documents by topics and encourage your learners to contribute. Learning management systems offer features such as e-portfolios, resource areas or libraries, where you can put relevant training materials for everyone to access.

#Tip6: Make it Fun

Training should be fun and challenging. It’s a bid hard to offer mugs as prizes in an online environment, but let the games begin. Stars, we still points, badges, titles, virtual trophies… gamification is the talk of the town. It’s quite engaging and learners are easily motivated. We are all kids inside and we still enjoy competitions. With a little help from an instructional designer, any training can turn into a tournament. 

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