Ten Ways eLearning Can Enhance Your Program Rollout

Training and compliance are important factors to the success of any healthcare organization. But when changes are happening fast, what is the best way to disseminate the required information to get your team up to speed quickly? For your next program or software rollout consider implementing a comprehensive eLearning training program. eLearning presents many advantages over of face-to-face or computer lab learning sessions, resulting in lasting benefits for the employee and the organization’s bottom line.

  1. Increase knowledge retention. eLearning doesn’t mean that the learner will take a passive role in training — it’s actually just the opposite. The right eLearning program has the ability to increase interaction by allowing the participant to take an active role in the training process. Studies have shown that programs requiring participation, such as gamification and/or interactive knowledge checks, actually increase engagement and knowledge retention, making the participant better able to apply the information in context and thus be more likely to commit it to memory.
  2. Increase organization-wide buy-in. No rollout can be successful without total acceptance of the training process from your team. In the often unpredictable and busy healthcare environment especially, research has shown that professionals (and adult learners in general) are more likely to engage in and be open to web-based eLearning courses as opposed to a traditional face-to-face or computer lab session. The ability to complete training at a time that is convenient and in their own comfortable work environment helps to ensure that the training is not overlooked in favor of other pressing obligations.
  3. Get employees trained faster. Whereas a traditional face-to-face session may take weeks to plan and schedule, an eLearning program can be implemented very quickly. Additionally, participants are able to learn at their own pace and not be slowed by the interruptions or questions that often occur in a traditional classroom or lab environment.
  4. Reduce the overall cost of the rollout. The cost per head of an eLearning program is often a fraction of the cost of a face-to-face or computer lab training session. When you consider the costs of hiring a trainer and hardware or software, preparation, facilities, and potential travel and accommodation expenses, eLearning provides significant advantages to the bottom line. Additionally, consider the environmental costs of a traditional face-to-face session. ELearning will reduce travel related emissions and cut down on the need for paper, resulting in an overall smaller carbon footprint.
  5. Put professionals in control of their learning. Rather than forcing all the program knowledge on your learners at once, eLearning gives your team the ability to learn over time, revisit certain lessons that may require additional attention and even practice what they’ve learned while receiving feedback in a real-time environment. Additionally, with eLearning tools, you’re creating an online resource that may be referenced as needed in the future and updated based on feedback from learners to reflect the latest changes in the program.
  6. Standardize the learning process. Eliminate the inconsistences that are common with face-to-face training, including variations in presentation styles or formats. With eLearning programs, you’ll ensure that messaging is uniform for every participant in order to quickly implement consistent communication of policies and processes across the entirety of your organization.
  7. Get more data from training. Advancements in eLearning development has made it possible to track and store a participant’s behavior as they interact with the eLearning program. This can provide valuable insight into which portions of the program have been completed and highlight areas that may require additional time. Assessment data can also be mined to determine where more training might be needed to ensure success.
  8. Make training more convenient for remote employees. Mobile learning modules make training possible for healthcare professionals that are working remotely or traveling. What’s more, individuals are now accustomed to and enjoy utilizing mobile applications for many areas of their daily lives, making mobile apps a well-accepted learning format for all employees, near or far.
  9. Make easy improvements to your training program. The analytics and behavioral intelligence gained from previous eLearning training sessions can be used to create enhancements to future training sessions. For example, if user engagement was abnormally low for one session, it may make sense to incorporate additional simulations or games to improve future training.
  10. Meet the educational needs of your audience. ELearning programs are customizable to suit the unique learning needs of your team. This could mean utilizing gamification, animations, mobile apps and implementing 508 compliance to support the needs of impaired learners. There is also the ability to incorporate real-world challenges and simulations to ensure easy application to the actual work environment.