Like everything else, learning too is now remote. Rather than ask all employees to come to a central location to attend a 2-day workshop or even an hour-long class, organizations are not preferring to partner with a microlearning platform for remote workers. The advantages are many – employees can learn at their own pace and at a time that’s convenient to them. The content is structured as short modules which is easier to focus on. As a result, engagement is higher and the material is retained for longer. It’s also cost effective. So, how do you find the best micro learning platform for your organization?
Here are a few points to keep in mind.
It must be mobile friendly
We do everything on our phones. If you can conduct bank transactions on your phone why not use it to learn too… Not all workers have access to a computer or laptop but they’re sure to have a phone. Thus, the platform you choose must be mobile friendly. It should be easy to operate and provide a seamless experience irrespective of whether the person chooses to use his phone or laptop to learn. It’s also important to keep in mind that your learners may not always have access to high bandwidth internet. Thus, it should support online and offline learning.
It must be easy to navigate
It’s very frustrating to have to look for a button to proceed or to be unable to skip a particular section if required. The platform needs to be intuitive and easy to navigate. Buttons and tabs must be clearly visible and the interface should ideally be personalized for each person. When an individual opens the app, it should show relevant content. Why should a person have to go through a module that isn’t required for him/ her? Ideally, they should also be able to see how much of the module has been completed and how much is left at a glance.
It should provide multiple mediums of training
A microlearning platform for remote workers must support multiple mediums of conveying a concept. In some cases, you may need to upload a document for workers to read and understand. In others, a video of how to complete a task would be more relevant. You should also be able to present material in the form of infographics, tables, charts, etc. Also, look into the languages supported.
Does it include gamification features?
It’s always more interesting to approach a new subject as a game. Gamifications features make mobile learning more interactive and engaging. It could be as simple as breaking training down into levels. Only when one level is completed can a person proceed to the next. Ladder boards and progress boards also give the learner an idea of where he/she stands and encourage a healthy competitive spirit. Since learning is remote, an award system with badges keeps learners motivated. Similarly, having a quiz at the end of the module not only helps assess the learner’s understanding of the subject but also provides feedback.
These are some of the critical features to look out for when you choose a microlearning platform for remote workers. These platforms can be used for everything from onboarding new employees and familiarizing them with your standard operation procedures to helping employees acquire new skills. It’s an investing in your employee’s wellbeing as well as you company. After all, everyone wants to work in a company where they feel valued. Apart from higher productivity, you’ll see your employee attrition rate falling and finding new talent will be much easier. So, are you ready to start?