Do you ever get the feeling that your employees no longer want to engage with your training packages? If it’s been a while since you refreshed your eLearning content, that could be the reason why. From graphics that no longer run as well as they should through to unnecessary content, there are lots of ways to refresh outdated eLearning. At Darlo Digital, we’re here to give you some of our favourite examples.
Ditch the old-fashioned images
Try looking at your eLearning package like it’s a class you sit through at school. Most people can empathise with how ridiculous a lesson seems when the textbooks feature images that are outdated. If your eLearning package is the same, it’s a good idea to upgrade your visuals.
Old-fashioned images are likely to frustrate adult learners who are trying to enhance their professional skills. Fortunately, switching up your online course’s photos for a newer version is easy. Stock photography sites provide professional-looking photos. Additionally, you can turn to websites such as PixaBay if you’re looking for free options.
Exchange heavy data for attractive graphs
Although it may seem sensible to write down numbers and create bullet point lists of percentages, doing so makes the content difficult to absorb. According to the Barcelona Field Studies Centre, graphs allow learners to contextualise numbers better than when you add data to a table.
When choosing graphs to add to your eLearning package, make sure you stick to a format that most people are familiar with. For example, pie charts or bar charts. Only use more complex data visualisations such as scatter graphs if it’s necessary, and try to veer away from the types that feature statistically-heavy research papers. Making sure the data is easy for your employees to apply to their working life is the goal here. When the information is easy to read, it’s easy to remember at work.
Use soothing colours that are easy to look at
The days when creating PowerPoint presentations bursting with vibrant colours was acceptable are long gone. While an explosion of colours and tones may feel fun to create, it’s not easy for learners to stare at for hours on end. In the pursuit of refreshing your outdated eLearning packages, try using black for the writing and plenty of white space.
Research from Malaysia has discovered how the use of colour can affect information retention. To demonstrate this, the research team examined whether participants remembered statements better when reading them from a white background or a blue background. Those who fell into the white background group had a higher retention rate. While a white background alone won’t guarantee that your employees will remember what you write, it can at least help with retention.
Analyse whether your eLearning package meets current training needs
Even if an eLearning package has worked well in the recent past, it may not remain relevant for long. If your company is rapidly evolving, it’s worth taking a look at what the current training needs are and whether your eLearning packages currently meet them. Failing to do so means your employees may not see how the package could help them, which then leads to disengagement.
A simple way to achieve this is to survey those who’ll take the course and ask them where they feel the gaps in their training are. Take some time to analyse the results and try to identify common trends. If you don’t feel as though the course tackles these learning gaps, adjust the content accordingly.
Give your employees a break and treat them to a video
Although many people enjoy reading, facing page upon page of text can feel tiring. To refresh your outdated eLearning package, try replacing some slides with video content. The use of video in eLearning isn’t about propping up half-hearted learning practices either. Most academics agree that visualisation promotes memory retention, which means your employees will absorb more of their training. You can use video to reinforce the information conveyed through text or to explain a topic that’s difficult to communicate fully through words alone.
The use of video also gives your employees the chance to learn about how your organisation operates in a different culture. If you’re running a multinational business, a sharp understanding of cross-cultural interactions promotes lots of benefits. It allows managers to become better leaders and it ensures that employees from different branches have a comfortable experience when interacting with each other.
Make sure each package features your current branding
The correct use of branding doesn’t just make your company recognisable amongst your customers. It also promotes a sense of unity among your employees. If your branding has evolved since you first created an eLearning package, it’s time to return to it to see if you can make some tweaks.
If your current branding doesn’t match the logos and colours that feature as part of your online learning, change them. Your employees may find that the content resonates with them a little more if it comes in a format they recognise.
Create an eLearning experience that works across multiple platforms
Finally, consider how accessible your eLearning package is. If it’s responsive to certain web browsers but not others, are you shutting out some of your employees? Similarly, do you feel as though you could benefit by creating a mobile-friendly version? Bringing your eLearning to the mobile world gives employees the chance to learn in different settings or while they commute.
Even if your eLearning experience was mobile or tablet-friendly before, is that still the case? Both Android and Apple regularly update their operating systems. Although you’re likely to receive a prompt when creating an app, that won’t always happen with online learning. Ensure you test drive the package before each training period to make sure it’s still compatible.
When you leave your eLearning package to sit in its current state, it’s unlikely to appeal to your employees over time. To avoid your content becoming outdated, update the pictures, ditch bright colours, and use black text with lots of white space. Once you incorporate videos and different types of platforms for accessibility, your package will become easier to absorb.