Enterprise can employ thousands of employees, work with an equal number of partners, and serve customers worldwide. Company leaders accept the changes to adapt to the thriving, ever-changing business environment. However, employees from the next generation expect a workplace to feed their minds with knowledge and build their skills. Training and development opportunities are the most popular benefits any employer can offer to the millennials, as stated by Deloitte’s 2016 report on corporate learning trends.
The advancement of technology has only made human learning more critical. “Research suggests that within 15 years, roughly half of all jobs will be automated,” says Edward D. Hess, professor of business administration at the University of Virginia and co-author of Humility Is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age (Berrett-Koehler, 2017).
That means creating work cultures geared towards constant learning is the key. When raw technology is cheap, employers’ competitive differentiator will be the quality of the human workforce-having employees who can think, relate, and learn continuously. As Hess says, “Like most things in business, the concepts are simple, but the challenges are in the execution.”
And when it comes to the learning environment, challenges are endless. Creating and maintaining an enterprise learning environment requires continuous measurement, disciplined use of processes, and overcoming objections when integrating the learning environment into the company operations.
While all of this is no easy job, here are three tips for creating the right enterprise learning environment.
Enterprise learning styles: Blended learning vs. Hybrid learning
An enterprise learning environment provides a programming mix that suits your entire audience.
Blended learning combines both offline and online activities and features. Learners can interact with instructors, course content, and colleagues or students via physical classrooms and online platforms. Online exercise supports ‘in-class’ lectures.
This mode of learning will help you to work with various learning styles. You specifically need this learning method when your participants include tech-savvy, shorter attention spans of Gen Z to traditional, less tech-oriented Gen X practitioners.
Hybrid learning is similar to blended learning; only the online interactions take place face-to-face between the employees and the instructor. This method doesn’t include only online features, but the classrooms must incorporate interactive elements, too.
Regardless of your approach, remember that The Learning Pyramid shows hands-on experience at the ‘practice-by-doing’ method is one of the most effective ways to learn. So, your training mix must incorporate the same features and a better learning experience.
Interactive learning experience: Gamification for instant and better engagement
Cloud-based solutions are needed to provide a hands-on learning experience in the real world that offers practice-by-doing expertise to increase knowledge retention.
You put tools in the learner’s hands and create scenarios they will love to encounter. Applications can range from educating new software to gamifying complex cybersecurity threat response techniques.
While the method is vital, especially when educating on complex technologies, the experience overall for enterprise learning must also be useful. To provide such an environment, you must use purpose-built tools, and best-of-breed platforms to create, manage, and accelerate programs efficiently.
When evaluating cloud service providers, look for the ability to upload tools and environments intact to the cloud easily. Ensure that employees can work in isolated virtual training labs to ensure no harm to infrastructure and eliminate learner anxiety, thus freeing them towards the experiment.
Also, look for features that deliver knowledge in a more in-person way using online mediums such as over-the-shoulder monitoring and chat assistance. This allows learners to get help when they are stuck and need assistance the most.
Extended enterprise: Seamless integration between software platforms
Purpose-built cloud platforms deliver faster time-to-value. You must scale the business, skillfully create content, and manage programs. When considering an LMS, always check for the functions that can be automated to drive cost-efficiency. Be sure that the LMS provides top-notch features like auto shut-off of resources and alerts to control the budget, multi-language support, and more.
All LMS integrations must be simple to implement and use, and the core tools should be used to leverage the best of the LMS platforms. For example, you wish to purchase an LMS, so you must look for tools or LMS features to simplify your process around administrative tasks, documentation, tracking, reporting, and delivery of learning and development programs.
You also want to integrate an LMS system that speaks the best with your existing software applications. If they don’t communicate well with each other, you may have to consider choosing a different LMS platform.
Finally, if your enterprise uses a sizeable public commodity cloud, you would want a specialized cloud provider solution to maintain and integrate the entire system between your software applications and the LMS platform. This way, you can save yourself time from integration headaches.
Takeaways: LMS-Your one-stop-shop learning platform
Integrating LMS platforms ensures that your team focuses more on creating the best content for your employees and not just spending their time on administrative tasks. Learners can interact with the code, features, programs, and operating systems from a web browser. Using cloud technology enables online learning that is more convenient than traditional learning methods.
Let’s not forget about the benefits of online learning. It allows the learner to have one-on-one interactions with the instructors and SMEs, get hands-on learning through simulations and exercises, and leverage on-demand resources and modules. And all of this can be implemented cost-effectively with greater accessibility that reduces travel and shipping costs.
All the tips mentioned above are to create an effective learning environment, and once you implement these, you can see a new era of learning success.