Debunking 3 Myths about Online Compliance Training

Posted by Josh Young on 4 May 2017 |

students online elearning compliance trainingIf you Google the advantages of eLearning courses, most every article you find will highlight the lower costs and overall efficiency of this training model. But are these financial savings worth it if the online compliance training program you choose is ineffective or boring.

After all, the goal of these training programs is to educate, not save money. And online training is kind of sub-par, right? You just use it to check a training box.

While we readily admit that a hybrid training strategy is routinely preferred, eLearning offers greater advantages than just being cost effective. Let us dive deeper and examine some commonly held myths held about online compliance training. 

Myth #1: It's much lower quality than in-person training.

As with any training program, quality will vary. But effective, well-constructed online compliance programs are out there—you just have to look a little harder.

Some questions that you should ask when evaluating online programs (or any training for that matter) include:

  • How well does the program support learners?
  • Can the program be adapted for varying skill levels, ages, cultures, or abilities?
  • Does it offer assessment tools to test how much learners have retained?
  • How easy is it to facilitate?
  • Does it fulfill regulatory requirements?
  • How frequently is the content updated?

By answering these questions, your school can more readily determine if the online training course being considered is the right choice for your campus.

Myth #2: It isn't very engaging.

This is perhaps the easiest myth to debunk. Because the truth is that online training platforms make it simple to distribute education sessions to learners when and how they want to consume them. In fact, 67 percent of eLearning students access training courses via mobile devices. And by giving the learner increased control and access to the content, they are in a better position to gauge the right time for a training session.

The nature of these courses also lend themselves to a number of innovations that drive increased engagement, such as:

Gamification

Many eLearning programs have begun to incorporate game theory and related mechanics to better engage learners, forcing them to think critically about the covered subject matter and solve problems related to real-world scenarios.

This strategy is already being embraced in the corporate world. In fact, retail giant Wal-Mart introduced gamification to train 75,000 workers on safety procedures in its distribution centers. After the initial six-month pilot, the retailer cut safety incidents by 54 percent, leading Wal-Mart to expand the training strategy to its transportation department as well.

Storytelling

Admittedly, scenario-based learning is already heavily used in more traditional education programs. But online training courses offer the ability to more seamlessly integrate interactive content, such as dynamic videos, to create a more engaging learning experience. 

Social learning

According to Pew Research Center, 90 percent of young adults use social media with 82 percent active on Facebook alone. A social-enabled eLearning platform can facilitate greater communication by allowing learners to collaborate and discuss relevant topics before, during, and after training sessions.

Myth #3: It's one and done.

Many online training programs actually embrace the opposite strategy. According to a 2014 survey of learning professionals, 94 percent of respondents noted that e-learners preferred short-form modules—courses lasting 10 minutes or less.

And in response, many online training programs now employ microlearning or burst learning techniques—short, single topic education sessions that can be spaced out over an extended period.

This strategy accounts for the "forgetting curve" theorized by Hermann Ebbinghaus, which claims that students tend to forget 80 percent of what they have learned in the past 30 days. By frequently engaging with new training topics and revisiting established information, your campus can keep these relevant facts at the forefront of the learners mind and encourage their retention in long-term memory. 

Conclusion

 Depending on the program your campus chooses, online compliance training can either be a riotous success or a complete and utter failure. Without thorough research and evaluation, there's no way for your school to be certain it has found the right course. 

Ideally, whatever training system your campus chooses -- whether online or in person -- it should be:

  • Engaging - built with interactive content that draws in learner participation
  • Applicable - using real-world scenarios and historical examples
  • Personalized - reflecting the unique tone and needs of your campus
  • Frequent - updating policies and processes to account for shifting legislative requirements

To find out more about eLearning courses and how you can incorporate them into your faculty and student training programs, request a demo of our services today.

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