E-Learning Design: The Tools Your Team Will Need
An effective e-learning program takes a diverse team to build. Everyone comes to the table with a different skillset, and they need to work together to produce effective learning content. To help you along your way, here are some tools that will help your team work and learn together.
Tools for Learning
The learning needs of an organization are continually in motion. Teams need to be adaptable and responsive to their company’s changing learning needs, which often result in frequent re-design or impromptu course development. For example, if your organization recently opened an office in a new region, your staff may need to be trained in the local language quickly.
Your e-learning program will therefore need to support flexible learning, where employees can take part at different times and use tools that suit their style of learning. Consider including the following features:
- Access to a variety of exercises at any time
- Instructor support via phone, email, instant messaging or in person
- Program access across a variety of devices
- A variety of group learning, individual exercises and one-on-one support
With the Speexx Blended Learning program, your employees will instantly have access to abundant exercises in grammar, listening, reading comprehension and vocabulary to supplement their learning. Our certified trainers are available to support your team 24/7.
Tools for Collaboration
There are a lot of details to be accounted for in a new learning design. Collaboration among your team members is imperative to ensure everyone is on the same page. Without effective communication tools, the whole project can be derailed.
Tools like Google Docs offer the ability to collaboratively create documents that can be written, edited and accessed by all team members in real time. Google Hangouts can be used to videoconference or chat to keep the conversation flowing as work is being done on a project.
Some e-learning programs, like Speexx, offer built-in training administration and tech integration support. This decreases the amount of administrative oversight and streamlines the rollout phase of the learning design.
Tools for Reporting
Reflecting on the learning experience is an important part of e-learning design. Evaluating learning content for effectiveness is a way to ensure maximum retention. Post-completion surveys are one method to gather feedback from participants. Evaluations or quizzes are another good way to glean insight both before learning happens and at the end, allowing you to track progress over time.
Speexx offers integrated language tests that gauge your staff’s language abilities using the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR), the most widely used and recognized language proficiency scale. These tests can also be used as a quality filter for applicants. For tracking in real time Speexx also has a built-in Performance Center, which provides detailed reports and analytics on learning experiences as they happen.
Effective learning programs make it easy for users to engage in their programs on any device, at any time. When designing an e-learning program, accessibility and flexibility should be key considerations. To explore the integrated tools Speexx offers for learning, collaboration and reporting, try out a 30-day free trial today.
For more information about the benefits of Blended Learning, read our white paper on “Making the Case for Blended Learning”.
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