When you think of training at work, "fun" may not be the first word that comes to mind. Useful, perhaps. Yet it is indeed possible: effective AND entertaining training. In this article, we share valuable strategies and techniques for taking workplace training to the next level and upgrading the learning experience. Five tips to make sure your training programs catch on and learners stay motivated.
Gamifying your training is a great way to make learning fun and engaging again. By adding interactive H5P elements, such as quizzes, games, simulations and puzzles, you can engage and motivate learners to actively participate in their training experience. Imagine your colleagues playing a virtual game where they have to solve customer service problems to earn rewards for their achievements? Including a leaderboard for the real service guru in your department? Voila: instant, exciting and immersive learning environment that also promotes information retention.
Stories, anecdotes and case studies are powerful teaching tools that help your students understand complex concepts more easily and apply them to real-life situations. By presenting real-life examples, participants will see the relevance of your teaching and remember it better. Imagine telling an inspiring story during your training course about a colleague who solved a difficult situation using effective communication techniques. With clear examples of how he or she did so ánd what the results were. By sharing these stories, you encourage trainees to apply the same skills and gain confidence in their own abilities.
By adding interactive H5P multimedia elements, such as videos, animations and images, you make your training content more visually appealing and engaging. This allows participants to better focus on the core of your message and absorb information more easily. For example, consider using interactive videos that demonstrate complex procedures step by step. By incorporating visual elements, training becomes more lively and engaging, keeping employees interested and learning more. You know: 'a picture is worth a thousand words'.
Group activities are excellent ways to promote collaboration, interaction and peer-to-peer learning. By having students work on assignments as a team, they can communicate effectively, learn from each other and develop valuable teamwork skills. You can facilitate this both physically (with meetings) and online (by setting up communities). For example, challenge your participants to work in groups to solve a problem and come up with the best overall solution. This not only promotes involvement, but also strengthens the mutual relationships and trust between course participants. And that is a nice side benefit, especially if these trainees also meet each other on the shop floor.
Rewarding trainees for their achievements during training stimulates motivation and commitment even further. Therefore, consider awarding certificates, badges or other forms of recognition to your trainees who have successfully completed training or achieved certain goals. It creates a sense of accomplishment and encourages your trainees to further develop themselves. For example, consider awarding cup badges' to employees who excel in customer service skills after completing related training. More tangible rewards, such as incentives or outings also promote the degree to which your trainees really go for it during your training program. With a link to an external loyalty program, you can make the rewards even more tangible. Participants can then see in your learning environment at each step what is still needed to obtain the next 'prize'.
Optimizing on-the-job training is vital for promoting engagement and motivation. Put simply: to learn effectively. By integrating gamification, storytelling, an interactive approach, group activities and rewards, you create an engaging and stimulating learning environment. You break away from dry theory and make sure that material comes to life. At Procademy we understand the value of Learning Management Software for realizing this type of effective learning trajectory. That's why we offer Procademy , the software that lets you take your training to the next level. This way, you turn workplace training into an exciting journey (again), continuously stimulating the growth of your trainees. Contact us today to discover how we can support your organization in developing the best learning pathways.