4 types of training on e-Learning platforms

Written by SeekLMS Correspondent on 08 November 2021

There is no worse feeling than working in a place that expects you to do something but doesn't give you the tools you need. In recent years, e-Learning platforms have allowed companies to bring knowledge closer so that their collaborators are more prepared for the world of work. This approach can be achieved through formal and informal interventions. 


Next, we will present you with 4 types of business training that you can implement through e-Learning platforms.


Orientation to new collaborators


Orientation to new collaborators is the type of training most used in e-Learning platforms. It serves to formally welcome and introduce new employees to the rest of the staff within their first week of work. This training is crucial for all positions and departments in the company. 


This type, of course, can be configured in the e-Learning platform as an introductory course package and gives you the advantage that the new collaborator, even before entering, can take the orientation course. It is also possible to block any other onboarding or complementary course, in the e-learning platform, if the collaborator does not successfully complete the orientation course. 


Educational content, activities, or processes can be tailored to provide an improved or more personalized experience for the learner, based on information analyzed through learning analytics. This promises to be better for students than the traditional education approach that has been implemented in much of higher education.


Generally, human resources conduct this type of training and cover the following topics:


  • Mission, vision, and values ​​of the company.
  • Corporate culture.
  • Organizational structure and introduction of the leadership team.
  • Mandatory documentation for new collaborators.
  • Summary of benefits.
  • Administrative procedures (logins, corporate emails, etc).
  • Key corporate policies.


Onboarding training


Despite what many companies think, mentoring and onboarding are two totally different types of business training. 


This is where the e-learning platform is of great importance since it must have an induction curriculum configured according to the profile of the position. The platform will also allow evaluations to be placed at certain points in the curriculum and to keep track of the progress and results of the induction courses. These learning pieces of evidence can be automatically reported to the direct superior manager or the person in charge of the induction process. If the induction course has a deadline, there are also alerts that notify the human resources staff to be able to monitor whether the collaborators have successfully completed the courses that correspond to them. There are multiple functionalities in e-learning platforms that allow better adoption and control, that is why it is very important to choose well which platform accommodates the needs of the organization. 


This type of training is created strategically with the aim that new employees are as successful as possible in their new positions in the shortest period of time.


Development of technical skills


No matter what technical level your collaborators are at, there are always ways to improve with e-Learning platforms. Technical skills include knowing how to analyze data, write content, manage social networks, coding, programming, among many others depending on the job profile.


This curriculum can be subdivided into related learning modules on the e-learning platform so that they can go from the lowest level of difficulty to a course for experts. In this type of training, it is very important to evaluate the theoretical knowledge that is taught and its application in real cases.


E-learning platforms allow you to configure assessments for these two types. In the first case, a simple assessment of theoretical questions and answers is usually used to mark. Nevertheless, In the second case, you can configure cases that are narrated in videos uploaded to the platform and then ask questions about decisions to be made based on the established context.


Taking into account the answers, you can continue with explanatory videos of how the practical situation is developing.

In addition, current elearning platforms easily allow the creation of simulation-type content, which increases the chances of good learning of technical skills.


Training in technical skills is a fundamental component of employee education because it is the main way that they will know how to do their job technically well. Those who already know how to do their job will also benefit because, by engaging in continuous learning on a regular basis, they will stay current.


Development of soft skills


The way your employees behave is as important as their knowledge, which is why soft skills are so essential for their growth. Soft skills are personal attributes that allow them to interact effectively and harmoniously with their co-workers, management, and clients. 


Various studies have shown that a gap in soft skills among employees affects the success of the company and increases turnover rates. Some topics that can be considered in e-Learning platforms to enhance soft skills may be the following:


  • Communication skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Conflict resolution
  • Leadership skills
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Time management
  • Ethics
  • Teamwork
  • Adaptability


In particular, the evaluation of soft skills in an e-learning platform should be focused on practical cases. As we mentioned for the technical evaluations, this can be done through videos narrating a certain context where leadership skills, conflict resolution, and many other situations must be applied.


The idea is that once a decision is made regarding a certain situation, the collaborator can see the outcome of the situation according to the decision made. This allows to better internalize the consequences of making a decision, both positively and negatively. 


In particular, the evaluation of soft skills in an e-learning platform should be focused on practical cases. As we mentioned for the technical evaluations, this can be done through videos narrating a certain context where leadership skills, conflict resolution, and many other situations must be applied.


The idea is that once a decision is made regarding a certain situation, the collaborator can see the outcome of the situation according to the decision made. This allows to better internalize the consequences of making a decision, both positively and negatively. 


Finally, in the field of developing this type of skills, and given their social nature, e-learning platforms allow the creation of interactive activities between people, ideal spaces to practice this type of learning. We have, for example, forums or wikis, both tools where these learnings can be demonstrated. Finally, in the field of developing this type of skills, and given their social nature, e-learning platforms allow the creation of interactive activities between people, ideal spaces to practice this type of learning. We have, for example, forums or wikis, both tools where these learnings can be demonstrated.


Conclusion

The e-Learning platforms are great support for the orientation and incorporation of new collaborators to a company. Not only will it help them to improve as professionals, but it will also reinforce certain aspects that will make the company improve significantly, such as hard and soft skills, which are crucial in the professional and personal development of the employee. 


It is also important to note that the configuration of this type of course in e-learning platforms not only depends on the platform as such but on how the learning of this type of skill and its evaluation has been proposed. In other words, in order to have an e-learning platform that helps you carry out the aforementioned trainings, it is important to have a previous project to define the job profile, competency profile, and ways of learning of the organization.



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