How can I quickly deliver training to my team?
Online platforms for delivering goods, services, and content have totally streamlined how we do things. For instance, instead of schlepping to the pet store for food, you can now subscribe to your pet’s favorite chow using an app. Just create a profile, add in your credit card, set your delivery schedule, and voilà! Pet food is delivered straight to your door, on your schedule, and usually for a lot less than what a brick-and-mortar store would charge. Even better, you save yourself the time and hassle of an extra errand, reclaiming some precious time you can spend playing fetch with Fido!
Similarly, when you need to put your team through training, you no longer need to mess with organizing in-person, instructor-led training. Today, creating and delivering training to your team is super easy using online training systems. With the right one, you can create and deliver training to your team—and track their progress and scores—right from your computer, with no coding skills or steep learning curves.
And what’s the impact of moving to online training? For one, you’ll no longer have pricey travel expenses or trainers to book. It also means no classroom space to reserve, nor lunches to buy. With the right online training system, your learners can learn on-the-go, from a laptop, a tablet, or a smartphone, without the hassle and expense of face-to-face training.
If it sounds like the future is here today, you’re right! In this article, we’ll dive deeper into how online training is made, giving you a closer look at how you can deliver it to your team at a fraction of the cost of old-fashioned, instructor-led training.
Creating online training, in a nutshell
The process of creating online training, no matter how you slice or dice it, consists of three basic things:
- Identifying training goals (that is, what does your training need to do?)
- Gathering content to support those goals
- Getting a creative to turn static reading or lecture material into something engaging that learners can do on their own
What follows is a quick summary of the key ideas for each of these things. But if you’d like to do a deeper dive, we’ve gone into much more detail in our article, “What’s the Best Way to Create Online Training?”
Identifying training goals
Before you begin any project, you need to be clear on your purpose. For training, that means you need to know what your learners must do after they take your training. Once you’re clear on the training goals, you can figure out the right depth and breadth of content you’ll need to cover in your online training. One big benefit of taking a little time to think through your training goals is that you’ll probably uncover some success metrics (for example, productivity reports and sales goals) that you can use later to measure the impact of your training.
Gather content that supports those goals
With your goals in mind, it’s time to gather all of the source material for your training. If you’re currently training on this topic in a classroom setting, you should have access to existing materials like PowerPoint slides, participant worksheets, how-to videos, and policy and procedure manuals—just to name a few.
Once you’ve rounded up all of your source content, it might end up being more than you imagined! But don’t panic. One easy way to focus on the most essential content you’ll need to achieve your training goals is to sort it into two piles: need-to-know info and nice-to-know info. The need-to-know content takes top priority, and the nice-to-know stuff can be woven in as needed or offered as optional study materials. This sorting process generally doesn’t take too long. And by doing it, you can make sure that your online training feels relevant and helpful to your learners, and it’s laser-focused on the things they must know or do to hit your goals.
This is everyone’s favorite part of creating training: turning dull, static lecture material into interactive content that keeps learners engaged and primed to absorb important information.
To turn classroom content into interactive online training, you’ll need specialized software apps known as “authoring apps,” a fancy name for technology used to create online training. Some apps for creating online training are easier to use than others. Many have steep learning curves, and when you’re all done, you still have to use another app (more on that in a moment) to share training with learners.
A better option is to use an all-in-one training system like Rise that makes it easy for anyone to create training, deliver it to learners, and analyze its impact all in one spot. Plus, it makes the process of transforming static content into interactive training fun and easy.
For instance, you can easily morph old-fashioned classroom activities like role-playing into interactive scenarios and knowledge checks, with just a few clicks. These kinds of activities help you to turn boring do’s and don’ts and lengthy reading material into thought-provoking, effective learning experiences that challenge people to think and learn by doing.
Delivering online training
Once you’ve created your course, you’ll need to get it to learners. In some orgs, that means uploading it to a special hosting platform called a learning management system (LMS), which lets learners access your online training course and tracks their progress and scores.
In short, you use one app to create online training and another separate app to host it. While this multi-app approach does mean lower costs and less hassle than classroom training, there’s an even better way to make online training easy to create, enjoyable to take, and simple to manage and track.
Today’s smarter, easier, more cost-effective alternative to using two apps is an all-inclusive training system like Rise. With Rise, you get everything you need to create and deliver online training straight to your learners—all in one convenient spot—and for one price.
Rise is insanely easy to use. With modular components called learning blocks, you can easily add text, images, videos, and interactions to your course. You can build a beautiful, interactive lesson in just minutes. And with interactive scenario, knowledge check, accordion, labeled graphic, and sorting blocks, it’s easy to create training that actually engages your learners.
With Rise, you don’t need to start from scratch. Rise includes loads of prebuilt lessons and professionally designed course templates on common business topics. When you’re done building training, it takes seconds to deliver it to your team. And they can take courses from any laptop or tablet, or even from their smartphone.
That’s all there is to it! No scheduling hassles, no traveling hassles—no hassles at all! Online training created in Rise really is the best, easiest way to put training into the hands of your learners.
Let’s sum it up
Classroom training used to be the only way to deliver training, but online training systems like Rise have changed all of that. With Rise, anyone can create engaging and effective online training—and deliver it to their learners—in one easy-to-use system that reduces time, hassles, and cost.